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Jonathan, a Special Olympian who loves to boogie!

2021-04-05T08:27:29-04:00April 5th, 2021|Categories: News & Updates|

A reporter once asked Jonathan Peterson-Bernhard how long he has been figure skating. Jonathan answered, “About 15 minutes.” Indeed, Jonathan, a young man with autism, has been training for much longer than that. He was introduced to the sport in 2012 when his former recreation coordinator enrolled her residents in a weekly therapeutic skating class. Jonathan had never skated before but picked it up quickly. He took to it so well that in the spring of 2016, his coach invited him to train for competition in the 2017 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, held in Poughkeepsie. Not only did [...]

Jumping for Joy!

2021-03-30T12:54:33-04:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: News & Updates|

Jesse Saperstein, a Living Resources employee, autism awareness advocate, and person with Asperger' Syndrome is excited to share his COVID -19 vaccination journey to inspire others to “Have a Heart, Do Your Part and Get Your Shot.” Jesse works as a Habilitation Liaison and Creative Writing Instructor and he is a member of our training staff. As such, he qualified for an immunization. On a personal level, Jesse decided to get the vaccination to keep his individuals safe, saying, “I work for an agency where it can easily spread due to the group living situation. I don’t want to give the [...]

Do you know 22q?

2021-03-30T11:13:21-04:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Deletion 22q, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome and VCFS (Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome) is a topic that Amy Maiorano, a graduate of our College Experience Program, understands on a personal level. Amy describes herself as a typical 27-year-old with a “hidden disability” that makes her unique. Her life’s passion is to share about her disability and raise public awareness of Deletion 22q.  Deletion 22q is the second most common chromosomal disorder after Down Syndrome, affecting 1 in every 4,000 live births. This disorder is caused when a small part of chromosome 22 is missing and results in the poor development of [...]

Doing Their Part in Ulster County

2021-03-29T15:10:23-04:00March 29th, 2021|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Our Ulster County Day Community Opportunities Program recently had a group vaccination adventure and it went amazingly well! Staff members split their program participants into smaller groups to ensure safety and social distancing during travel to the vaccination site. To make their experience even more special, after each person was vaccinated, the staff rang a bell in celebration. Click here to watch a brief video highlighting the experience. Program manager Heather Henderson said, “It was pretty emotional just realizing the importance of what we were all doing together.” Once everyone was vaccinated, the group went out for a socially distanced lunch. [...]

Mindfulness in March and More!

2021-03-29T15:06:59-04:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Jorelle was a professional dancer who specialized in the flair, energy, and muscular strength of African Dance. When she was 29, she was injured in a car accident which she attributes to black ice. Although many things have changed for Jorelle, creative expression still dominates her personality. She delights in the yoga and mindfulness classes she takes through Living Resources’ Acquired Brain Injury group. Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of oneself in the present moment, without judgement. This weekly meeting provides Jorelle with structure that breeds calm, particularly during this time when everything is still so unknown. She writes: [...]

Celebrating a job well done!

2021-03-29T15:06:26-04:00March 19th, 2021|Categories: News & Updates|

Katie Kelly, who receives support from Living Resources, certainly has reason to celebrate. Her success at Price Chopper/ Market 32 over the past 30 years speaks for itself. As Jacquie Slater of WNYT - TV reported, “In a store with more than 200 employees, Katie Kelly is one of a kind.” More of Ms. Slater’s story is presented below: “Born with an intellectual disability, her family says Katie has defied the odds since the day she was born. She thrives on her routines. She loves people and helping others. Katie’s sister and guardian is Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly. When Meg [...]

Cooking Up Some Fun!

2021-03-30T16:00:38-04:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: News & Updates|

The College Experience students recently had a SWEET time learning about the Culinary Arts. For six Fridays in a row, eleven College Experience students participated in a virtual culinary class with Matthew Williams, Executive Chef at the Albany Marriott International. The hour- long classes covered a lot of ground. Among other topics, students learned about the differences between commercial and home kitchens, were shown proper sanitation procedures, introduced to The Ten Essential Cooking Methods, and shown how to read recipes, nutrition, and food labels.  During one class, the students watched Chef Matt prepare two breakfast recipes -Oatmeal Bake and Stuffed French [...]

Rolling up their sleeves to help others!

2021-03-17T14:57:37-04:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

College Experience graduates Zahin Momen and Sara Lehnert have been enjoying their volunteer shifts at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York at their new site in Latham, NY. Due to the pandemic, businesses have closed and many people have lost their source of income, causing them to reach out to food pantries for assistance. Eager to help, Zahin and Sara have been teaming up with the other volunteers to get food to people in need. They sort and repack donations of food and non-food items, preparing them to be loaded onto trucks. Once on the trucks, the packages are [...]

Practicing for summer swim season!

2021-03-16T13:07:52-04:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Today at Living Resources|

Our College Experience Alumni Activities Club enjoyed their first trip to the Goldfish Swim School - Colonie  for an open swim session. Nick Williams and Megan Matuszek took the opportunity last week to marinate in the 90-degree heated pool water, finding it to be a perfect escape from the frigid winter. They clearly enjoyed themselves and look forward to repeating it in the near future!

Our CEO is vaccinated, are you?

2021-03-16T12:47:45-04:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: News & Updates|

Our CEO Elizabeth Martin got her first COVID 19 Vaccination and encouraging anyone she speaks with to do so when they are eligible! She said, "I’m doing this for myself and others. I have hope that in the months to come, the data will show being vaccinated not only protects me but helps prevent me from accidentally giving someone else COVID. I’m doing this because I’ve become incredibly impatient. I want this pandemic to end. I’m sick and tired of masks, social distancing and Zoom. And I’m sick and tired of the unbelievable stress this pandemic has had on our staff [...]

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