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By Michelle A. Brown

 

    Taylor Sweet has been a Teacher Assistant (TA) at Wildwood School for almost one year.  Her career here began in an unusual manner.  Having graduated college the year before, she was unsure how she wanted to use her BA in psychology.  She decided to work as a personal boxing trainer until she “figured it out.”

By Michelle Singh

 

    I first met Keshet in November 2018. Prior to this meeting, I had spoken to her mom, Dorit, on the phone many times over the years regarding required FE&T trainings and optional workshops offered by Wildwood. When I met Keshet and her mom at Wildwood in Latham to complete the intake for the new Yoga for Anxiety 10-week session I was offering, I could sense Dorit’s apprehension about the program. She had concerns about the composition of the group and was apprehensive that there might be too many people.

By Dorit Amitay, Parent

            It all started with me just being happy to find a yoga class for Keshet. There aren’t many options in regard to fun physical activities for girls on the spectrum in our area, so I decided to give it a try. To my pleasant surprise, it turned out to be a great match! It was wonderful to see how Keshet willingly responded to Michelle's routine, and followed her directions. She has improved over time within the sessions, and is very proud of her achievements!

By Tom Schreck

    

    Boxing gyms don’t conjure up the image of inclusion and nurturing. When you watch Rocky train at his South Philadelphia gym it is dark, loud and filled with angry, sweaty men. Despite the cliché, some young people supported by Wildwood have found a home, a new activity and lots of friends in the welcoming environment of Schott’s Boxing in Albany.

By Maggie Pascucci, LMSW

 

    The benefits of having social connections is well documented and it is clear that they lead to a greater sense of well-being and improved physical health.  Unfortunately, it is all too common that adults with disabilities have fewer social networks and friendships than people living without a disability. It is not atypical for an individual’s staff or family members to fill the role of “friend”, rather than peers or community members.  Barriers to developing social connections may be varied, such as communication challenges, accessibility to transportation and limited exposure to social opportunities. However, supporting people to develop and maintain connections should be at the forefront of our minds, given the positive impact such relationships have on one’s life.

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