Written by Foundling Intern and Guest Blogger, Liam M.
The men and women involved with The New York Foundling’s Developmental Disabilities program and services have been taking advantage of community activities and events across the city and surrounding counties. And with summer around the corner, including longer and warmer days, the best is yet to come!
Below is a roundup of some of the exciting ways our individuals are keeping busy, and putting into practice the skills they’ve been working on in recent months with their advocates, coaches, and mentors. Together, they’re setting and achieving goals centered on independence, as well as teamwork and relationship building with others.
- In May, a group of residents based in the Bronx mastered art classes, using different materials and style of paint—like water color and acrylic—to express themselves through artwork, building the techniques and skills to become better painters!
- A field trip to Old Tapan took place recently where our individuals were able to take the front seat of Go-Karts, and enjoyed the outdoor air and wind driving on the tracks with their house managers and the Direct Support Professionals who provide care for them at home.
- Last week, hundreds of men and women from The Foundling’s Developmental Disabilities Division attended an annual basketball tournament in Nyack, NY. There were several different teams competing and players enjoyed the drills to help them prepare. Staff from The Foundling served as coaches, referees, and scorekeepers—and the sidelines of the court were filled with cheerleaders!
More events are underway this summer for the men and women in The Foundling’s Developmental Disabilities Division—as well as our other program areas. To learn more and get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.