Brendan and Arielle Salmon are twins that were born through C-section at 36 weeks due to a difficult pregnancy. At 26 weeks the doctors detected that Brendan’s growth was not progressing at a normal rate and was starving in utero. The Salmons made the difficult decision to go through with a premature delivery in order to do what was best for Brendan. Arielle came out healthy, but Brendan came out not breathing, weighing less 2Lbs. 14oz.and was in the NCIU until he was considered healthy and diagnosed with Inter Uterine Growth Retardation (IUGR).
The Salmons knew that Brendan would be developmentally delayed in all areas and were worried they would have a hard time finding the help they needed. “From the minute we walked into Jawonio, we knew this was the place for Brendan,” says their mother. He started at Early Intervention at 2-years-old, receiving speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, as well as care in the Audiology Department once it was detected that Brendan had mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears.
The Salmons continued to use Jawonio’s services throughout the years and have become close with the staff. “Having a child with disabilities has changed our lives for the better. Brendan has taught us what the meaning of life is through his struggles,” says their mother. Brendan and Arielle are now 18-years-old, entering a new stage of their lives. The Salmons are continuing to receive support from Jawonio to make sure that Brendan gets the proper guidance at this point in his life. Without Jawonio’s Early Intervention services, Brendan would not have received the care and attention that he needed early in his life. Help Jawonio continue to provide better futures to young children with special needs by donating to the Kidz Express Fundraiser today!
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Kimberly and Tiffany Mason are twins that were born 3 months prematurely with complications. Because of the difficulties they had, it took them 2-2 ½ months to come home. Their mother says that her and her husband had no idea what to do, but that’s where Jawonio stepped in.“Jawonio Early Intervention was truly a life changer,” says their mother.
The staff worked hard with Kimberly and Tiffany through physical, speech and occupational therapy. The Masons felt that the Jawonio staff focused on each of their daughters’ specific needs. “What other parents deemed as ‘normal milestones’ were ‘celebratory milestones’ for us! Jawonio understood that and celebrated with us,” says Kimberly and Tiffany’s mother.
The Mason twins went on to attend Jawonio Preschool and the Summer Education Program. Tiffany ended up working as a Jawonio cam counselor for six years and after college she became apart of Jawonio’s Condo Program, living an independent life. Kimberly lives independently in the Bobbi Lewis House. Twenty-eight years after starting with Jawonio’s Early Intervention, Tiffany now works part time for Jawonio as the Human Resources receptionist and Kimberly attends the Nyack Studio Arts day program.“The Early Childhood Services play an integral part in who Kimberly and Tiffany are today,” says their mother. Help Jawonio continue to provide better futures to young children with special needs by donating to the Kidz Express Fundraiser today!
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Brian Golden, Lior Zweig, & Natalie Mastalerz are sophomores at Clarkstown North Senior HS working on a project for their annual National History Day competition. The theme for this year’s competition is “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange”.
As a person who is hearing impaired, education and utilization of American Sign Language (ASL) is fundamental to Brian. He and his friends believe in the importance of opening the window of deaf education to the hearing society.
They decided to create their project on the analysis of the revolutions throughout history in hearing impaired education, acceptance, and involvement of ASL from times of forced oralism to the full flourishing of hearing impaired culture and ASL. Through their project they also hope to help make others more aware of the past suffering of the hearing impaired in their plight to equality and education.
Earlier this month, Brian and Lior visited Jawonio because they felt that our knowledge and experience in the education of the hearing impaired provides viewpoints that would prove invaluable in their expose. They interviewed staff member Debbie and consumers Francis and Dennis.
The students really enjoyed their time with us and we were so happy to help. Best of luck to you all on your project!
Today Senator David Carlucci and his Communications Director Justin Devendorf visited our Jawonio Tech building to visit some of our staff and consumers. Together we celebrated the passing of the ABLE act in New York State. Senator Carlucci was instrumental in getting this important legislation passed for individuals with disabilities.
The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act is federal legislation that aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses.
Julio Vargas, Jawonio Supervisor and Jill Warner, CEO said a few words at the event.
“Jawonio’s lifelong mission of achieving independence has finally come true with the establishment of the Able Act Law” – Julio Vargas
“We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with Senator Carlucci today the passage of the Able Act. For too many years people with disabilities who could enter the workforce or save money were limited due to an income/savings restriction to access benefits. This legislation removes this barrier and is a giant step forward in the effort for full inclusion of people with special needs into our society.” – Jill Warner
The passing of the ABLE act will have a tremendous impact on the families we serve here at Jawonio and we are so thankful for Senator Carlucci’s support and hard work in the community.
A huge thank you goes out to all those that participated in our End of Year Appeal. Thanks to your generosity and nearly 300 donations, we surpassed our goal and raised over $52,000! We could not have done it without the amazing Salmon Family (Dan, Ellie, Scott, Karen, Lisa and Roselle) as well as our top gift givers Helayne & Paul Stoopack, Jill & Jeffrey Degen and Annmarie & Robert Uhl.
Here is a message from the Salmons:
A few weeks ago we appealed to you to support Jawonio during their annual Holiday Appeal. A very aggressive goal of $50,000 was set and the work began. Letters and emails were sent and phone calls were made. We are happy to say that you have helped make the 2015 Jawonio Holiday Appeal the most successful in their history. Your contributions and notes that came with them are very touching and heartwarming. The generosity exhibited by hundreds of people is truly amazing.
It was our pleasure to share our story with the community, our friends and relatives and to see your response. You know how important this organization has been to us and many others that it has helped since 1947. It is imperative in this time of diminishing government support that we step up and make sure we remember the words of Arthur Ashe, ” The Greatest Joy in Life Comes from Helping Others”.
Thank you for being a part of this successful campaign. Happy, healthy new year to all.
– Dan, Ellie and Scott Salmon
From our Jawonio family to yours, we extend our most heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. Please click here to see all of you acknowledged.