TRI’s Transition Services Bridge the Gap for Young Adults
At The Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), individuals with disabilities can find the tools they need to enjoy independent, fulfilling lives, due to TRI’s partnerships with area businesses, organizations, and communities. In order to further its mission, TRI offers a number of innovative programs targeting young adults with disabilities through local schools. In addition to its In-School Work Readiness and Community-Based Work Programs, the Transition to Work program provides students with disabilities the opportunity to study at TRI’s Westbury site in order to learn skills that will help them to succeed in the wider world.
Featuring weekly support groups, mentorship programs, community internships, and a dedicated transition-to-work coordinator, the Transition to Work Program strives to help students gain a foothold in a career. After a vocational assessment test designed to meet New York State laws and establish a sensible and individualized vocational plan, TRI’s Transition to Work team works directly with students to design a customized plan that can include vocational exploration, preparation for high school equivalency tests, and placement services to help connect students with vocational trainers and therapeutic counselors. While the typical program lasts 10 months, a summer version of the program has been designed especially for students with Individualized Educational Plans.
Conference to Examine Issues Affecting People with Visual Impairments
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., will serve as a sponsor of the upcoming 7th Annual Conference on Employment and Visual Impairment: Policy and Practice, “Your Future is Now,” which will be held at Baruch College’s Computer Center for Visually Impaired People. The conference, scheduled for April 11, 2014, will focus on policies and practices related to the employment of individuals with visual impairments. In addition, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates associate partner Craig Wolfson will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Deborah Dagit, who recently retired as the chief diversity officer and vice president of global diversity and inclusion at Merck and who now serves as the president of Deb Dagit Diversity LLC, will deliver the keynote address. The daylong event will include 10 workshops for people with vision loss or visual impairments and a vendor exhibit on assistive technology products.
At the workshop “How to Get Around N.Y.,” members of the PASS Coalition will discuss their work in advocating for safe and accessible streets in New York City. Other workshops will include a session on Project RAY, a smartphone with advanced technology for intuitive eye-free operation, and a session on how to plan business trips and vacations. Workshops will also address issues such as low-vision eye evaluations and the services that the NYS Commission for the Blind provides to the community.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates to Sponsor Touro Law School Auction
Dedicated to strengthening communities, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., will send 10 members of the law firm to Touro Law School’s 20th Annual Goods and Services Auction on March 26, 2014. Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates will also sponsor the event. Proceeds will provide stipends for law students to work in public interest or nonprofit organizations.
In addition, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates has nominated Robert King, an attorney with the firm, for the event’s Public Interest Attorney of the Year award. The award recognizes attorneys for pro bono and public interest work.
Touro Law Center, a program of Touro College, is located in Central Islip. Coursework covers all types of law, and students and faculty have the opportunity to work with state and federal courthouses located next to the law school building. The Touro Law Center’s Public Interest Law Fellowships, which are funded in part by the annual auction, offer upper-division students 10-week summer jobs with public interest legal firms and employers. The work focuses on topics such as poverty law, public rights law, and civil rights law.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates to Sponsor Brookville Center Fundraiser
A group of 10 employees from the New York law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., will attend the upcoming Nassau County AHRC Foundation Reach for the Stars event on May 20, 2014, to benefit the Brookville Center for Children’s Services’ autism program. Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates is a Reach for the Stars Sapphire Star sponsor. The Sapphire Star designation is awarded to donors who contribute at least $5,000.
The 2014 Reach for the Stars event will honor Michele Iallonardi, Suzanne Reek, and Dawn Tortora-Morici, who are board members of the Nasau-Suffolk Autism Society of America. The Rising Star Award will be given to Raquel Vasinkevich, a senior at Great Neck High School who saved $8,000 over the course of four years to fund a carnival for children with disabilities at the Brookville Center for Children’s Services. Vasinkevich has a brother with autism who attends Brookville Center.
Providing a range of services for children with autism, Brookville Center focuses on helping families to understand their children’s needs. Services include a daycare, preschool, special education, and respite and recreation programs for children.
Nassau AHRC Program Hopes to Expand with County Contract
New York-based law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., supports several charities doing work in the Long Island community. One of the organizations Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates supports is the Nassau County AHRC Foundation, Inc.
Nassau AHRC helps more than 2,200 people who have developmental disabilities. It does so in part by training them for work and employing them through initiatives like its eWorks program, which recycles electronic waste for businesses in the Tri-State Area. Recently, Nassau County itself signed on to use eWorks’ recycling services.
This contract with the county has the potential to significantly grow the program. To date, eWorks has already received over 10,000 pounds of electronic waste, and it expects to recycle approximately 100,000 pounds of waste for the county over a yearlong period. Expansion of the program will help provide steady paychecks for the adults with disabilities employed by eWorks, many of whom would face difficulty finding a job elsewhere.
The Fay J. Lindner Center for & Developmental Disabilities
At Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, PC, community outreach forms an important part of doing business. Every year, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates hosts events to support several charities. In 2012, its schedule included a Tantalizing Tastes event to benefit the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities.
The Fay J. Lindner Center offers assessment and treatment to people with autism spectrum disorder from childhood through the end of their lives. The center was founded in 2001 as the Lindner Center and renamed to honor the support of the Fay J. Lindner Foundation.
Today, the center operates out of a cutting-edge facility run by AHRC Nassau. It offers assessment services ranging from diagnostic testing to functional behavior assessments to adult Asperger assessments. It also provides individualized and interdisciplinary treatment, reduced-rate psychotherapy performed by doctoral students, speech and language therapy, and more. For additional information on the center, including ways to volunteer or donate, visit FayJLindnercenter.org.
The Kosciuszko Foundation Presents the Chopin Piano Competition
Highly regarded throughout New York State, the mortgage banking law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is widely recognized for its philanthropic efforts. In addition to contributing to several organizations that advocate for health issues and the rights of individuals with disabilities, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates supports the Kosciuszko Foundation, which promotes international academic and artistic dialogue and collaboration.
For nearly a century, the Kosciuszko Foundation has devoted itself to strengthening cultural ties between Poland and the United States. The organization funds scholarships and research fellowships to facilitate intellectual exchange between the two countries. In addition, the foundation has long sponsored musical competitions in honor of the many talented artists of Polish origin.
The Kosciuszko Foundation established the Chopin Piano Competition in 1949, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Held in the first half of October every year, the competition is open to gifted Polish and American youths aged 16 to 26. Contestants perform a diverse repertoire that highlights the works of Chopin and other Polish composers, as well as Polish styles, such as traditionally inspired mazurkas.
Individuals with Disabilities Find Employment with TRI Training
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., offers its clients expertise in all areas of mortgage banking law. In its mission to provide forward-thinking solutions, the firm draws on the talents of a vibrant and diverse staff. Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates has built its inclusive workforce in part through a close partnership with The Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) in Westbury, New York.
For over 45 years, TRI has helped people with disabilities to achieve their greatest potential and independence. The nonprofit organization offers a range of therapeutic and educational services, as well as a comprehensive vocational training program through its Business and Career Training Center. With the cooperation of businesses and other organizations in the community, the training center guides individuals through the entire job preparation and search process, ranging from basic skills training and internships to full, competitive employment.
Every year, approximately 200 people graduate from the TRI Business and Career Training Center with skill sets in office technology, bookkeeping, inventory, building maintenance, and computer graphics. Throughout its history, TRI has found job placements for 10,000 individuals, including 50 of whom have gone on to work at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates.
Upcoming Events to Support Hunter’s Hope
In addition to providing legal services relating to loans and real estate, New York law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, PC, generously supports numerous charities, among them the Hunter’s Hope Foundation. Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates has hosted several events for Hunter’s Hope, including the organization’s 2013 annual gala.
The Hunter’s Hope Foundation supports research into and awareness of Krabbe disease and the leukodystrophies often diagnosed along with it. In spring and summer 2013, the charity will hold several fundraising events, including Every Step Walk & 5K Runs in Taunton, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon; and Longmont, Colorado. Each of the walk/runs will be held in honor or memory of a person diagnosed with Krabbe disease or a leukodystrophy.
Hunter’s Hope will also benefit from two golf tournaments during the summer of 2013: the Sixth Annual Drive for Hope in Camarillo, California, and the 17th Annual JVL Golf Tournament in East Farmingdale, New York. For more information on Hunter’s Hope, or for sign-up information for any of its fundraisers, visit www.huntershope.org.
AHRC Nassau and the Freeport Vocational Center
For more than 60 years, AHRC Nassau has supported people with developmental disabilities. The organization runs programs ranging from job training to actual employment, with many activities taking place at its Freeport Vocational Center. Built in 1970 and 115,000 square feet in size, the Freeport Vocational Center provides a safe, OSHA-compliant working environment complete with on-site nurses who can help program participants when they need extra support. The center is located near Meadowbrook State Parkway in Freeport, New York.
The Freeport Vocational Center hosts several AHRC Nassau programs. Its pre-vocational program readies participants for work in the community in a supervised environment that includes skill training, compensation, and structure. The program also partners with a national group of clients that offers regular work to participants. In addition, the center contains AHRC Nassau’s assembly and packaging services, and its electronic waste recycling program, each of which employs adults with disabilities.