Lights, Camera, Action!: Movie Night at IAHD

April 15, 2024 | Comments Off on Lights, Camera, Action!: Movie Night at IAHD

All three IAHD day habilitation programs– Tarrytown, St. Mary’s, and Bainbridge– participated in a first ever synchronous movie night! Streaming from Tarrytown and shared on Zoom, our audiences in the Bronx and Westchester watched the 2019 film The Peanut Butter Falcon starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Zack Gottsagen. At a later date after watching the movie, these IAHD moviegoers will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Gottsagen, who has Downs Syndrome, to discuss his experiences as an actor with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability.

The people we support were situated in rows as if they were in a movie theatre and were given snack bags of all the best foods a movie theatre has to offer. Everyone had an awesome time not only with the people in their specific program, but with other members of the IAHD community they may not get to see very often. It was great to have the three day programs participate and interact in solidarity for a common activity; hopefully, we will be able to do this on a more frequent basis!

The ArtsMobile Returns

April 11, 2024 | Comments Off on The ArtsMobile Returns

ArtsWestchester returned to IAHD, bringing along their ArtsMobile! Splitting up into multiple groups, people from our Tarrytown day program got the opportunity to create beautiful decorative clay pieces inspired by nature. Look below to see one of the groups hard at work making their masterpieces.

Thank you to ArtsWestchester for this incredible opportunity! We hope to see you again next year!

Rallying for Rights in Albany

April 6, 2024 | Comments Off on Rallying for Rights in Albany

At the beginning of April, IAHD Tarrytown staff and some of our Champions took a trip up to Albany to participate in a rally organized by the New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) with their fellow self-advocates. The purpose of the rally was to advocate for a 3.2 % Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and a $4,000 wage enhancement for direct support professionals (DSP) and other essential staff. During this rally, our Champs had the opportunity to meet several New York State legislators, including Mary Jane Shimsky and Rebecca Seawright.

In reflecting on their afternoon in Albany, Champions Matthew, James, Rima, and Hector all felt that experiences like these directly appealing to those in power made them feel like they were helping themselves, others like them, staff, and the world.

Check out the gallery below for a glimpse into their afternoon in Albany. We cannot thank our Champions, IAHD staff, and all those rallying for our rights!