eWorks Program Partners with Nassau County for e-Waste Recycling
A new contract with Nassau County will bring as much as 100,000 pounds of e-waste to AHRC Nassau’s eWorks electronics recycling program. The eWorks program provides jobs for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities while offering a responsible recycling process for items such as computers, televisions, and copy machines. Currently, the program has about 30 clients in the Tri-State Area.
Employees of eWorks, which was founded in 2010, work at the AHRC vocational training center in Freeport. They help with unloading e-waste items from delivery vehicles, sorting and labeling items, and dismantling recyclable items and parts. In addition, they clean and prepare items to be shipped to other facilities. More than 20 adults with disabilities are employed in the eWorks program.
“With the way the economy is, it is very difficult getting community-based jobs for adults with disabilities,” Karleen Haines, director of AHRC’s vocational services, said in a recent press release. “With eWorks, it gives these workers the ability to earn a pay check like everyone else and it improves their quality of life.”
Touro Law’s Community Justice Center Receives $40,000 Grant
Touro Law Center will expand its immigration law training thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Hagedorn Foundation, an organization based on Long Island that supports social equality. The funding will support Touro Law’s Community Justice Center (CJC), a law business incubator in Hauppauge, New York. Alumni lawyers working at the CJC will receive intensive training in how to represent immigrant clients in pro bono situations.
Lawyers will develop in-depth knowledge of U.S. immigration law while interacting with officers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security. Specialized training will cover topics such as humanitarian relief, naturalization, and family based immigration. Lawyers also will work with the Brentwood office of Make the Road New York, which serves the immigrant communities of Long Island.
The CJC opened in late 2013 and provides space for new graduates to begin building their own practices. Lawyers are charged minimal rent, and they receive mentoring and training opportunities that prepare them for a career that balances work with giving back to the community.
AHRC Adds 5K Run to Annual Fundraiser
The annual AHRC Walk, which draws hundreds of people to support the AHRC Foundation, has added a 5K fun run to its 2014 event. The AHRC Walk & Fun Run will be held on September 14, 2014, at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County. Families are invited to enjoy music, free snacks, games, and face painting. The New York law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates regularly supports the AHRC Foundation, and members of the firm participate in the walk each year.
The 2014 5K Fun Run, which will not be timed, is open to anyone, including those in wheelchairs and people pushing strollers. The AHRC Walk will follow, and Fun Run participants in the run can stay for the walk.
The AHRC Foundation supports local organizations that work with people with autism and other special needs. The foundation’s financial support and efforts to raise awareness about special needs issues have affected thousands of children and adults. AHRC also provides clinical, vocational, and residential services for people with developmental disabilities.
New Project Looks for Genetic Link for Autism
The Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, one of the many nonprofit organizations supported by New York law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., recently participated in a Greater New York Autism Research Center of Excellence national research project. The project, which is based at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, looked at genetic samples from 150 families with at least two members with autism. The study aims to find a gene that is susceptible to autism, which is likely to be hereditary.
Along with its participation in national research projects, the Lindner Center aims to help families and children with autism to provide treatment and diagnoses. The center, which works with schools and the community, utilizes the most current research and diagnostic tools. The center operates out of a new facility on AHRC Nassau’s campus in Brookville and offers clinical services such as speech and language assessments, adult Asperger’s assessments, and functional behavioral assessments.
Kosciuszko Foundation Promotes Polish Musical Heritage
The Kosciuszko Foundation, named for a Polish-born hero of the American Revolution, grants approximately $1 million annually to fund scholarship as well as cultural and academic exchanges benefiting students and researchers in Poland and the United States. Thanks to the generous support of businesses such as the Long Island-based law firm of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, PC, the foundation is able to promote increased civic and educational ties between the two nations.
Among its programs, the Kosciuszko Foundation regularly sponsors and promotes a variety of musical events showcasing the contributions of Polish and Polish-American composers and performers. Among recent events held under the group’s auspices were a violin and piano performance featuring Henryka Tronek, violinist with the New York Philharmonic, and pianist Katarzyna Glensk. The March 2014 performance highlighted the experiences of Ms. Tronek’s mother, acclaimed 20th-century cellist Halina Kowalska, and the experiences of her family in surviving World War II.
Another March event focused on the prolific 19th-century Polish composer Frederic Chopin. Chopin Days 2014 offered two days of concert performances in celebration of the composer’s birthday on March 1, 1810. Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska performed nocturnes, ballades, mazurkas, and other pieces by Chopin and his contemporaries, friends, and rivals.
NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly to Begin Cancer Treatment
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer in his face and head, stated that doctors have called his cancer “treatable and potentially curable.” Kelly is the founder of Hunter’s Hope, an organization that supports research into a cure and treatment for Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies that fatally attack the nervous system. Kelly’s son Hunter, who suffered from Krabbe disease, died at age 8. Kelly is scheduled to begin cancer treatment in mid-April.
Before Peter King, the author of the SI article, visited with Kelly and his family at the hospital, he sent a message to his Twitter followers asking for notes for Kelly. He received responses from around the world. Many respondents wrote that they had admired Kelly when he played football and had followed his struggle with cancer through social media. King theorized that the “overwhelming love” for Kelly was a result of people’s love for him as a hardworking and upstanding football player and sadness that a “good man” was struggling with a life-threatening disease.
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.