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Mill Neck Services Group Leads By Example

Recently, the Self-Advocates group from Mill Neck Services, Inc. (MNS) participated in a kick-off event at this year’s Self-Advocates’ Open House. Held at the regional office of the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (LIDDSO) in Hauppauge, the event was packed with over 100 advocates and support staff.  After being introduced, the MNS participants chatted with other self-advocates about their experiences, including a presentation about deaf culture.

Among the topics the group discussed, with the assistance of a PowerPoint slide show, were how language and communication access are crucial, ways to approach a deaf person, and the importance of the words used in identifying people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The MNS self-advocates wrapped up their presentation with a mini lesson teaching the ASL (American Sign Language) alphabet and the numbers 1 through 10.

Toward the end of the event, Bridget Cariello, the Long Island regional coordinator, had a chance to introduce the MNS participants to Jacquelyn Best, the new regional office director, at which point the Mill Neck Self-Advocates expressed how they are looking forward to developing new ideas and collaborating in the near future with the regional office.

Caitlin Dold, Medicaid Service Coordinator at Mill Neck Services, who also attended the open house, emphasized the participants’ dedication to self-advocacy by saying, “On a daily basis, the individuals we serve advocate for themselves and their wishes, whether it’s for programs that they want to be involved with or enroll in — socially, in educational settings, or in programs through MNS. In fact, their presence at the open house and previous events, such as last fall’s Self-Advocacy conference, allowed them to put their advocacy, as deaf individuals, into action by sharing their unique experiences and educating other participants.”

Long Island Self Advocacy consists of regional groups that are part of the Self Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). Founded in 1986, SANYS is run by and for people with developmental disabilities. Among the core activities that SANYS promotes are: teaching individuals with developmental disabilities about self-advocacy; educating self-advocates and families about individualized supports; providing support for regional self-advocacy groups.

Established in 1986, Mill Neck Services, Inc. has placed more than 1,000 deaf, hard of hearing or otherwise disabled workers in over 400 businesses operating on Long Island. Mill Neck Services is part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, which also includes Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and Mill Neck Manor Early Childhood Center. For more information, please call 516-922-4100 or visit www.millneck.org.

News

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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