A Loss In The Jawonio Family

Jawonio mourns the passing of Gloria Botwinick, a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt and grandmother. Gloria passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2015. She was a true force to be reckoned with for her life’s work as a passionate advocate for people with disabilities.

Gloria was a Jawonio Board member for more than 40 years and was one of the original leaders in Rockland and NYS as part of the family advocacy group home movement, establishing transportation for the disabled and fighting for equal access to social and recreational opportunities throughout the county.

Gloria could be counted on to be part of any Jawonio fundraising or awareness event and she and husband, Arnold, were recognized with the prestigious Friends of Jawonio Award in 2003.

In 2009, the couple received the NYS Rehabilitation Association Martha Fitzpatrick Citizen Advocate Award, and in 2014, Arnie and Gloria were inducted into the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame for their lifetime commitment to disability justice.

Gloria, born in Brooklyn in 1934, was 80 years old. She is survived by her husband Arnold, her daughter Barbara and son-in-law Michael Algranati. The couple have 3 children, Josh, Jacob and Samantha.

Gloria and Arnold’s son Michael, is a resident of the Jawonio Bobbi Lewis residence in Chestnut Ridge.

Jawonio CEO, Jill Warner, delivered one of the eulogies and quoted close friend and Board Member Dan Salmon who said, ” A true champion of the disabled has been lost. When no one spoke, Gloria did, when no one was interested, Gloria was. She feared no one and said what she believed and improved the lives of people who could not speak for themselves.”

A period of mourning will be observed at the Algranati residence: 11 Meadow Lane, New City, NY 10956

Tuesday, May 19, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm

Wednesday, May 20, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm

The family has requested Memorial Contributions may be made in Mrs. Botwinick’s memory to Jawonio Foundation.

Via mail: Jawonio Foundation, located at 260 N. Little Tor Road in New City, NY 10956.
Please call 845.708.2000 for more information.


Better Hearing and Speech Month

Hearing Test
For the past 75 years May has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). This month provides opportunities to raise public awareness, knowledge, and understanding about communication disorders, which include hearing, speech, language, and voice. Communication impairments affect the most vulnerable people in our society – children.

The theme for 2015 BHSM is “Early Intervention Counts.” According to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 10 percent of children have moderate to severe communication impairments, including speech production/articulation, stuttering, and language-learning difficulties.

Children with speech and language impairments are 4 to 5 times more likely than their peers to experience other language-learning disabilities to include significant reading problems.

Programs, such as the Early Intervention Programs, like the one we have at Jawonio can help detect and correct these disabilities at an early age. Without the help and guidance that Jawonio provides many of these children are misdiagnosed and left without treatment or help.

Jawonio provides a lifetime of services starting with very young children and continuing until they reach adulthood. If you, or someone you know, is in need of services, now is a good time to take charge of your hearing, and seek help if you think you may be having a problem.

For more information about the Jawonio Health Center, please call 845-708-2000 x1310 and make an appointment today with our outstanding Jawonio Audiology clinicians for testing and hearing services.

National Nurses Week

During National Nurses Week and throughout the year, Jawonio is proud to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. This year, National Nurses Week begins on Wednesday, May 6, with National Nurses Day, and ends on Tuesday, May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale – the founder of nursing as a modern profession.

Jawonio is very fortunate to have nursing care at every level of service we provide. Our nurses currently support our children and adults in programs such as, Early Childhood, Summer Education, Residential, Day Services, Behavioral Health and also at our Jawonio Health Center.

Our nurses demonstrate leadership by taking active roles in advancing nursing quality and patient safety consistently through ongoing training and continuing education. We thank these unsung heroes for their everyday efforts to care for and improve the overall health of the people we serve.

After speaking with our nurses, we asked their favorite part about working at Jawonio. Nurse, Barbara Stern’s favorite part about working at Jawonio is the day to day interactions with her patients. “It’s rewarding to see how happy they are when visiting the health center and catching up with what’s been going on; they really appreciate all members of the health center staff,” says Stern.

Nurse,Sandra Foley, agrees and loves being a nurse at Jawonio because “she loves working with our residents and their families. I’m the person that makes a frightening medical event not so scary. I love that I am there to support and advocate. I love that I have a whole team of people working with me to complete our mission,” says Foley.

Aside from the satisfaction they receive from interacting with patients and providing support, Renee Brooks, nurse at Paul J Tendler Independent Living Center, loves how appreciative each patient is for the services they provide. “Whether I am taking their blood pressure or just asking how are they feeling that makes my job here at PJT a rewarding experience every day,” says Brooks.

We are so thankful for the wonderful nurses we have here at Jawonio. Thank you for all that you do!

Job Fair and Information Session

Attention Job Seekers Start Your New Career at Jawonio!

Jawonio Inc, will be hosting a Career Fair at the Quisqueya Sports Club, located at 25 Broadway in Haverstraw, NY, on April 17, 2015 from 6:00 PM -9:00 PM.

This event is open to the public, all are welcome to come learn about Jawonio and our current career opportunities.

For more information or to apply visit us online at www.jawonio.org/careers

Benefits & Perks:

* Full-Time, Part-Time and Per Diem Positions available
* Health, Dental and vision coverage
* Education Assistance Programs
* Paid Time Off
* 403b Retirement Plan

Build a Brighter Future…For people with special needs and for yourself!
260 N. Little Tor Road, New City, NY 8457082000

April is Autism Awareness Month

Sourced from Kerry A. Delaney, Acting Commissioner, OPWDD

April is Autism Awareness Month and New York is joining the rest of the country in recognizing the unique talents and contributions of individuals with Autism. Yesterday, April 2, we celebrated World Autism Awareness Day! I encourage you to participate on social media by posting a photo or sentence about how you are “lighting it up blue” and don’t forget to tag your post with #LIUB and #OPWDD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States and is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. Individuals diagnosed with ASD have great potential for achievement in many areas, including the arts!

Two great examples of individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD are Adrian Esposito, a young filmmaker with several films under his belt, and Jeremiah Iheoma, a 5th Grader who has written a children’s book called “My Super Life with Autism” about the abilities he has that he considers “super powers.” Jeremiah’s story is highlighted on page 4 of the Spring edition of the OPWDD’s quarterly People First News newsletter.

Each individual’s needs and goals at OPWDD are monitored and addressed through a person-centered planning process which enables individuals to live, work, and participate in the community in a respectful and independent way. By doing so empowers all individuals with ASD to utilize their own talents and abilities.

Several scientific studies are currently being observed to help people better understand ASD at the genetic level, as well as to provide early detection in an effort to provide needed supports as early as possible.Some of these initiatives include:

  • Identifying a gene that predicts the severity of ASD
  • Studying the relationship between Fragile X Syndrome and ASD
  • Developing the Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Behavior Inventory (PDD-BI)
  • Conducting a school-based program that provides individualized functional behavioral assessment and intervention for challenging behaviors
  • Studying the possible role of excessive folic acid supplementation on Autism

Check out the Autism Platform to see the ongoing commitment required to prepare our service system for the needs of people diagnosed with ASD.