By Melinda Burns, Director of Adult Education


“We are excited to be full-time and in-person this fall,”  said Bill LeForestier, Director of Wildwood School.

That’s really great news! Over the past school year, Wildwood School staff developed protocols based on guidance from NYSED, NYSDOH and the CDC. Those protocols allowed Wildwood School to be fully in person last year from September 9th until November 30th for the whole school and in-person full time for the Elementary Program Level until May 17th. These are the dates when programs pivoted to the hybrid model until the end of the year. All programs were fully in person for the summer 2021.

Every year, the second week in September is reserved to honor and celebrate Direct Support Professionals. DSPs are the special individuals who carry out Wildwood’s mission through their support of people in community residences, day supports, recreation activities, community habilitation, respite programs and in our transportation department. 

This week is valued by everyone at Wildwood. Families and volunteers provided gift cards for the daily raffle with surprises for local restaurants, retail shops and events. Our CEO, Lou Deepe and our COO, Lisa Getman shared heartfelt messages to start the week and the Communications Department produced a new video that not only thanked our DSPs but also let everyone know how important they are.  CBS6 news featured a segment about the importance of DSPs and highlighted the work they do with video footage from Wildwood. Each supervisor in every location recognized their DSPs in their own unique way and our Facebook DSP week tribute reached over 7,000 people.

DSPs support people in becoming more independent, through enhancing social skills, and  providing a safe and consistent home structure. They keep the people we support safe during transport, and they help them find meaningful employment opportunities. They are friends, family, counselors, confidants and they are always there. 

Although DSP week has concluded, it is important that we continue to show our support and appreciation every single day. And if you know someone who has what it takes to be a good DSP, please send them our way.

This week, we salute our DSPs for the amazing work they do for our agency 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We wanted everyone to know just how important our DSPS are and the things these professionals do by creating a special video to showcase all their hard work. Click here to watch:


Adult Education classes will be offered this fall online! Over 20 courses that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home- no travel involved. Classes are open to the public. An especially exciting offering is the College Connection Reading tutoring. 

Check out all of the details here: files/AL_Registration_Form_Fall_2021.pdf

Registration deadline is: 9/15/21. 

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