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By Michelle A. Brown

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Everyday Heroes celebrants:

Elena Clark, Scott Iovinella, Heather Nay, VeYontae Riley, Drew Suto, Crystal Torres

 

    These devoted employees worked hard to enhance the lives of people they support through a variety of activities. They believed in the people they serve, encouraged them to believe in themselves and to try new things. They were celebrated in June where they presented projects depicting the journeys they took with people they support over the course of the year.

    Over the past five years, Wildwood School has been able to increase its resources available in technology to meet the diversity of needs for student therapeutic sessions, instruction and programming.  On any given day, you will see iPads, Smartboard Interactive whiteboards, MacBooks and more being used for everything from leisure time to direct instruction since every room is now equipped with a Smartboard and a set of iPads and there are shared MacBook computers available for classroom use.    

By Michelle Singh

    Through a grant funded by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, (OPWDD), Wildwood provides In Home Behavior Support Services to families who have an individual with a developmental disability living at home who exhibits challenging behaviors. Services will be provided to families and caregivers to help them maintain their family member at home, and improve overall quality of life for the family. This program serves both children and adults. Behavior support will be ongoing and can continue for up to 6 months (or beyond as needed).

    The individual exhibiting the challenging behavior must live at home with family members and be eligible to receive OPWDD funded services. The family must reside within a nine county region, which includes, Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Schoharie, Fulton, Montgomery, Warren and Washington counties.

    For more information or to make a referral, please contact Michelle Singh, Coordinator of Family Support Services at 518.640.3350.

    If you’ve been to the Latham offices in the last few months you know that there is plenty of construction activity going on. Wildwood is making changes to better adapt to the changing needs of the people we support.

    One of Wildwood Foundation’s longest running (and walking!) traditions will add another chapter to its over 20 year history on Saturday morning September 28, 2019. The Walk for Wildwood will once again be held  at Colonie’s Cook Park. The leisurely one mile loop can be walked either once or twice making it a family friendly event that welcomes people of all ages and abilities.

    Registration is $35 and includes a free 2019 “Super Hero” walk t-shirt. We encourage everyone to set up a Firstgiving.com pledge page and seek donations from all their friends and families. Mother Nature is sure to cooperate so get ready for a wonderful Wildwood family day. Enjoy spending time with family, friends and staff, while visiting the vendors at the exciting community fair, listening to the hard rocking sounds of the Wildwood WoW Band and of course, walking!

    Day of registration and the community fair get going at 9:00 am with the walk commencing at 10:30 am right after a rousing warm up from Wildwood’s Zumba Jay! For more information contact Jenn Lawrence at 518-836-2310 or at jlawrence@wildwoodprograms.org.

    You can register for the walk at www.firstgiving.com/wildwood.

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