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the personal touch

July 14, 2016


The Advocate is CDS Monarch's monthly newsletter, which shares the exciting stories about how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are achieving their dreams! We hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoy being a part of them, and we encourage you to share them and help us celebrate these achievements!

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Handicapables Practice Wheelchair Safety at Wheelchair Rodeo

The Handicapables, a group of individuals receiving services at CDS Monarch, practiced safely maneuvering their wheelchairs through a course designed by CDS Monarch staff. This exercise was designed to increase the individuals' wheelchair mobility and their overall safety awareness to create a safer environment for everyone. This is just one of many initiatives CDS Monarch takes to keep safety as one of our top priorities! After going through the course, the Handicapables practiced backing up onto the van lift. Everyone did a great job!

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Mission Champion: Chris Ryan

The Mission Champion feature highlights staff members who are doing an exceptional job in the name of our mission so the people we serve can achieve their dreams.

Chris Ryan started in December of 1999 as an Accounts Payable Coordinator, where she currently serves today. Her daily tasks include, but aren't limited to, processing invoices and payments for our vendors, processing advances and reimbursements for staff and processing checks. Chris said that with the increased business at Unistel Industries, the demand for processing has increased.

"Chris is always willing to work with staff if they need help understanding our billing systems," Accounting Manager II Ana Nikolovska said. She has a great attitude and likes to investigate and solve problems."




Individuals Bring Lego Italy to CDS Monarch

The Hard Road workshop prevocational program assists and works with the people we serve to help prepare them to move on to a more independent work setting. The individuals work on skills including but not limited to following directions, staying focused on their assigned work task, and respecting their peers and staff. The work floor has been using 3-D Lego sets of iconic buildings from around the world, like the Empire State Building, the United Nations Building and the Sydney Opera House to help with these skills.  Each Lego set comes with a booklet of directions accompanied by pictures to show how many of what piece is needed as well as where it should be assembled on the model.



CDS Monarch Homes Host Summer Picnics

Some of the residences have been hosting summer picnics over the past few weeks, inviting family, friends and former and present staff to come enjoy food and fun. Hardwood Lane, Janes Road, Mill Hollow Crossing and Atlantic Avenue are some of the houses who played host for these exciting picnics! Additionally, Webster Creative Opportunities hosted a summer carnival in which individuals and staff played games, had their faces painted and enjoyed cotton candy!


CDS Monarch Athletes Compete at Special Olympics State Summer Games

The College at Brockport hosted this year's New York State Summer Games Saturday, June 11th. Approximately 1,800 athletes and coaches from all across New York State participated. CDS Monarch had 17 track and field athletes and four aquatic athletes, with seven coaches participating.

Each CDS Monarch athlete earned at least one medal in their competition, with most earning more than one. 


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Individuals Present Artwork to CDS Life Transitions Staff Member & Veteran

Sue (left), Aaron (second from right) and Elizabeth (right) created a flag with their own hand prints to thank Brian (center) for his service and for talking to them about life in the military. In addition to serving in the military, Brian also works in our IT department.

Thanks for your service, Brian!


CDS Monarch Nutritionist Discusses Healthy Eating

CDS Monarch Nutritionist Diana Luther was a guest on the Eyes on the Future radio show on June 4th where she discussed some healthy eating habits to help boost productivity this summer, including eating traps to avoid, how to eat right on a budget and more! She was joined by guests from Wegmans, Rochester Regional Health and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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Red, White & Blue Dance
July 15th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wolf Life Transitions Center

Special Olympics Skills Golf Tournament
August 21st
Time TBD
Salmon Creek Country Club, 355 Washington St., Spencerport



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*Note: CDS Life Transitions is the hiring agent for CDS Monarch

Thank you, from the CDS Monarch Family!

CDS Monarch assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and thrive in their communities by delivering high-quality, personalized life planning and transition support.

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