Looking toward the Future May 18, 2020
As we begin to look toward the future in our country, state and in our own personal lives, IAHD has begun to prepare for the re-opening of programs and offices. One thing is for sure; We will never go back to “business as usual.” We have lost people we support, staff and colleagues and we have also been impacted by the loss of long time beloved board member, Mary Bonsignore.
Mary was a fierce advocate for more than 50 years. She fought for the rights of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, including her son, Michael.
Mary was a dedicated member of IAHD’s Board of Directors for decades and she was the co-founder of parent led groups, including United Today, Organize Parents of Impaired to Action (UTOPIA) and Parent Action Committee for People with Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (a/k/a “The Mom Squad”). She played a key role on The Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council, and chaired its Family Support Committee. Mary continued her advisory work with the NY State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, and Services for the Developmentally Challenged (SDC).
Her presence will be greatly missed, but her legacy lives on. Rest in Peace, Mary
Mary Bonsignore’s family is not having any services at this time due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Condolence cards can be sent to:
210 West 251 Street, Apt 5H
Bronx, New York 10471
Although this pandemic has wreaked havoc over the last 8 weeks, it has brought us together in new and innovative ways. Staff has pulled together and made sacrifices beyond the call of duty and families & loved ones are expressing gratitude and appreciation like never before.
Some Good News
- Nearly 90% of the staff who tested positive have recovered and returned to work
- The isolation sites we have set up are currently empty
- More than 2 weeks has passed since we have had a positive test for COVID-19
We realize we are not out of the woods yet, but we are grateful for a moment to take a breath, reflect and plan for the future.
No matter what comes our way, we remain IAHD STRONG!
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