On May 28, 2015, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled participated in the DD DAY Conference. This is the largest one day conference for people with developmental disabilities in the United States.
This year, during the 27th Annual Award Ceremony, Community Services took home the Partnership Award presented by the Self-Advocacy Association of NYS. This award is given to a business or organization who focuses on best practices for services and options for people with developmental disabilities and exemplifies innovative strategies when creating programs and services. Mark R. Foley accepted this award on behalf of the Agency, accompanied by members of our L.E.A.D.E.R.S self advocacy group.
Xavier Chestnut was honored with the Personal Achievement Award. This award is presented to a person with a developmental disability who has made a successful stride towards greater independence and has helped other individuals to do the same. Xavier participates in our Self-Directed Services plan. His bright smile and giving spirit exemplify what it means to be, “Living the Community Services Mission.” Congratulations Xavier!
To learn more about DDDAY!, visit www.ddday.org
Juneteenth is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the South.
In Buffalo, NY, Juneteenth is celebrated from June 13th to the 14th. This year they celebrated their 40th consecutive Juneteenth Festival at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Park.
For the first time, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled participated in their Juneteenth Parade early Saturday, June 13th. They began at the corner of Genesee and Goodyear and proceeded into MLK Park.
At Community Services we strive to encourage the people that we serve to be productive, participating members in the community. We felt that participating in the Juneteenth parade would be an excellent opportunity to get both our employees and the people we serve involved with the community. The day couldn’t have gone any more perfect. Everyone arrived bright and early that Saturday morning with their blue shirts, ready to have some fun. They had pounds of candy to give to the children who were eagerly awaiting with their bags wide open; banners and signs with the Community Services logo on them, and music to add to the festivities. Everyone had such a great time that they were already thinking about ideas of what to do next year. Thank you everyone who participated in the Juneteenth Parade!
Laura Daniels, Mix96 (WMSX, 96.1 fm) Morning Show Host for “The Mix Morning Rush with Laura Daniels” has been appointed to the Community Services Support Foundation Board of Directors
Laura brings 17 years of experience in media and marketing to the Board. Born and raised in Jamestown, Laura returned to Western New York after 15 years in the Albany, NY radio market. There she hosted mornings at WYJB, B95.5 fm, an Albany Broadcasting Company station, and was also a radio personality on sister stations WFLY Fly 92.3, WDVT 94.5 The Drive (Rutland, VT), and WZMR 104.9. In November of 2012, she returned to Western New York to become host of her own morning show called “Mix Morning Rush with Laura Daniels.” Laura is also President of Laura Daniels, Inc., a voiceover and copywriting business, also offering independent consulting on on marketing strategies, creative conceptions, specific recruitment and ad placement. We are happy to welcome Laura to our Board and look forward to the great energy, and fresh ideas she will bring.