Blog Posts and Articles

People with disabilities demand fund in N.Y. budget to permanently raise staff pay

People with disabilities demand fund in N.Y. budget to permanently raise staff pay

By Kate Lisa and Spectrum News

Workers who care for New Yorkers with disabilities said Monday they no longer want to have the same fiscal battle with state lawmakers over their salaries each year — pushing the Legislature this budget cycle to include a fund to permanently boost wages. 

Hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities rallied in Albany on Monday to fight for more support for staff who work for nonprofit providers and help the viability of the field.

"We all need to be paid the way we're supposed to be, and we haven't been for a long time," New York Disability Advocates President Mike Alvaro said. "It's time for them to start investing in us. We care for our individuals so our individuals can live their lives the way they're supposed to."

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More Medical Schools Expected To Train Doctors On IDD

By Michelle Diament 

A new effort is underway to dramatically expand training on intellectual and developmental disabilities at the nation’s medical schools.

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County Hosts 7th Annual ‘Think Jobs’ Round Table Forum

ThinkDIFFERENTLY conference recognizes employment of residents of all abilities, honors local businesses that participate in the effort

Dutchess County gathered dozens of local businesses, civic groups and individuals for the County’s seventh annual “Think Jobs” round table discussion, which highlighted the advantages of local businesses hiring residents of all abilities and honored community partners which employ those of every ability. The event, which aligns with the County’s popular “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” initiative, held in coordination with the County’s Department of Community and Family Services, the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) and the Dutchess One Stop Career Center, was hosted at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

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The Importance of Special Needs Trusts for Children with Autism

By:  Karen B. Mariscal, Esq. Mariscal Special Needs Law

One thing we can do to ease the anxiety and make sure our children are not only safe and secure but can live the best lives possible after we are gone is to prepare an estate plan that takes our children’s special needs into account. 

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Prevention Strategies for Seasonal Influenza in Healthcare Settings

By: CDC

Preventing Seasonal Influenza. This article provides excellent information, be sure to share it with family and friends as we head into the back-to-school season.

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Walmart Adds Sensory-Friendly Hours at Stores Nationwide 

By: Shaun Heasley

The nation’s largest retailer is looking to be more welcoming to people with disabilities. 

 

Walmart said it will modify the shopping experience at most stores across the country during special times now through the beginning of the school year to be more accommodating to those with sensory issues. 

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The Relationship Between Choice and Injuries of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

By: The Council on Quality and Leadership

People with IDD are often denied choices based on concerns for their safety, including to prevent and reduce injuries. This study examined the relationship between the service-related choices of people with IDD, and their injuries.

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Explicit and implicit: Ableism of disability professionals

By: Carli Friedman, PhD Published in Disability and Health Journal

What are disability professionals' implicit and explicit attitudes towards disability? This article written by Carli Friedman, PhD, from CQL | the Council on Quality and Leadership, Townson, MD. explores how people who work with disabled people or whose work is about disability often have direct power over disabled people and can impact their lives immensely; they also have a role in creating and institutionalizing knowledge about disability. 

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A young man at Greystone Programs Amenia residence works with Robokind’s Milo to engage in social skill development

Enabling Smart Technologies to Improve Individuals’ Lives

By: Matthew Cerasaro, Greystone Programs, Inc. Published in Autism Spectrum News

The COVID-19 pandemic moved us into a digital space and opened up the world of smart technologies. It challenged us to ask ourselves, “How can we integrate advances in technology into the lives of our individuals to promote independence, lessen the dependency on staff, and move away from a prompt dependent environment?” At Greystone Programs Inc., we are leveraging the power of smart technologies to increase health & wellness, promote independence, and increase autonomy to improve the quality of life of the individuals we support.

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Welcome 2022 Board of Directors Officers

Welcome 2022 Board of  Directors Officers

We value each member of Greystone's Board of Directors and benefit from their expertise, leadership, compassion, and generosity. We extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation for our outgoing officers and welcome Greystone’s 2022 officers: Angelo Angerame, President; Paul Austin, Vice President; Terry Copeland, Treasurer; and Barbara Passaro, Secretary. Thank you all for believing in the mission of Greystone Programs by enriching lives one person at a time.

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Angelo Angerame

Q&A with Angelo Angerame, Greystone Board Member and Hudson Regional LTC Pharmacy Chief Executive Officer

How did you get involved with Greystone Programs? I have been involved with Greystone programs since 2014, when I began to work at the pharmacy that provides medications for the participants at Greystone Programs.

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Patricia Seholm

Q & A With Patricia Seholm
Programs Coordinator at Greystone's Pleasant Ridge IRA

What is your role with Greystone Programs?
I am the Programs Coordinator at Greystone’s Pleasant Ridge IRA. My everyday responsibilities include the financials, maintenance, keeping the house running, and making sure the individuals in the house are safe and healthy. I also work with the nurse to ensure everyone is up to date with their medical needs.

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Susanna O’Brien and son Daniel

Parent Reflection with Susanna O'Brien

Susanna O’Brien has spent over 34 years as a Nationally Board Certified Secondary Biology Educator. She is the mother of two young adults with autism. Over the years, she has become a special needs advocate, a social skills group leader and writer. Susanna has written many articles about parenting children with special needs and even is the author of an upcoming book about raising two sons with autism. Susanna has been a speaker at special needs conferences and workshops throughout the Hudson Valley and is an active member in our community. She has been using Greystone Programs’ for its’ Respite services for her son Matty, who has also just moved into Greystone's newest home Grants Path.

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Kristina Gargano

Q & A With Kristina Gargano Community Services Coordinator

What is your role at Greystone Programs?
I am a Community Services Coordinator. I oversee Community Habilitation and Respite programs for families living in the Orange County area as well as provide support to families in need of services.

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Mark Holmes

Q & A With Mark Holmes, Director of Facilities

What is your role at Greystone Programs?

I'm the Director of Facilities Management, which means our department caretakes all of Greystone's properties, including the homes, the land and the vehicles. We also take part in projects for people with disabilities in the community who still live at home or independently. We work with our partners at NYS to determine and perform these projects.

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Tracilyn Vatcano

Q & A With Tracilyn Vaticano Asst. Executive Director, Programs

What is your role at Greystone Programs?
I am the Assistant Executive Director of Programs. I currently oversee Greystone's Residential Programs and our Day and Employment Programs. Additionally, I am the Chairperson for our Infection Control Committee.

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Al Macur

Q & A With Al Macur - Director of Information Technology

What is your role within Greystone Programs? 
Director of Information Technology, responsible for all corporate systems and data. In addition, we provide end user support for residence managers, assistant managers, all administrative employees and day and community-based employees.

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Susanna O'Brien & Son Matthew

Get To Know Susanna O'Brien - Donor and Mother of an Individual Greystone Supports

Susanna O’Brien has spent over 34 years as a Nationally Board Certified Secondary Biology Educator. She is the mother of two young adults with autism. Over the years, she has become a special needs advocate, a social skills group leader and writer. Susanna has written many articles about parenting children with special needs and even is the author of an upcoming book about raising two sons with autism.

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