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May 13, 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 share them and help us celebrate these achievements!

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Note: This newsletter is specifically for CDS Monarch. Stay tuned for more information about newsletters for the other companies.



CDS Monarch Hosted 7th Annual Autism Awareness Fair

CDS Monarch hosted its 7th annual Autism Awareness Fair Friday, April 29th at the Wolf Life Transitions Center in Webster. More than 100 people came out to enjoy this family friendly event. Featured activities included face painting, a bounce house and 12-year-old author Jeremy Iheoma, who wrote My Super Life With Autism

Ultimately, this community event serves to raise awareness about autism and provide educational resources for those impacted by autism. Thanks to everyone who came out, and we hope to see you at next year's fair!

Check out the photos on Facebook!

Want to learn more about how we help people with Autism? Check out Autism Skill Building.


Mission Champion: Kyesha Jackson

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.

Kyesha started at CDS Monarch in January of 2015 as a support specialist at Blended Creative Opportunities (BCO). Her daily tasks include helping the individuals work toward completing daily goals, assisting them with music and art projects, among others.

"Kyesha is always promoting independence and growth with the individuals," Blended Creative Opportunities site manager Valarie Daniels said. "She brings smiles and laughs to the individuals."



CDS Monarch Talks Autism for Eyes on the Future Podcast

Marissa Mynter, Recreation Coordinator at CDS Monarch, was one of the guests on Saturday’s Eyes on the Future podcast, discussing research and educational resources for those impacted by autism.

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CDS Monarch Athletes Score Medals at Regional Basketball Tournament

The College at Brockport hosted the Special Olympics Genesee Regional Senior Basketball Tournament Sunday, April 3rd. One team from CDS Monarch participated.

The CDS Monarch team finished in second place in their division, earning a silver medal.



Meet Bruce!

Bruce lives in our Culver Road residence, a specialized house for people with hearing impairments. He enjoys many activities with his housemates, including bowling, doing puzzles and watching Nascar. He also receives Medicaid Service Coordination services. During the day, Bruce attends Blended Creative Opportunities at our Wolf Life Transitions Center in Webster where he is able to learn the skills necessary to become independent and participate in group activities with his friends. We're so glad to have Bruce as a member of the CDS Monarch family!



CDS Monarch Helps Kids with Autism Become more Social

As a company that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, CDS Monarch officially recognized April as Autism Awareness Month. CDS Monarch offers innovative services for people on the autism spectrum, such as Autism Skill Building, which helps people diagnosed with autism learn social skills in group and community settings.

“Every day, the children that come to Autism Skill Building are exposed to a structured peer setting where they are able to learn and practice appropriate social skills in hopes that they can then use those skills in their everyday lives,” Autism Skill Building Coordinator Makenzie Finnemore said.



Consider CDS Monarch as your donor designation for United Way!

Does your company participate in a United Way campaign? Please consider selecting CDS Monarch as your designated agency.

CDS Monarch's United Way Donor Designation Number:


Gifts go directly to supporting critical, yet unfunded, areas of need for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by CDS Monarch.

Help us spread the word! If your company participates in the annual United Way campaign, we would be glad to come visit your workplace and present to your team about the mission of CDS Monarch, and how they can make a difference for people right here in our community by designating their United Way gift to agency #0427. Please contact us at (585) 347-1201 or for more information.


Sponsors Wanted! 29th Annual Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournament


Monday - July 18th
29th Annual Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournament
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monroe Golf Club
155 Golf Ave
Pittsford, NY 14534

Presented by:

Want to do more?

The CDS Wolf Foundation is looking for volunteers to join the planning committee to help solicit donations and plan the event. Email or call Bill Walter, Associate Director of Marketing and Fundraising, at 585.347.1205 for more information.




Family Education & Training: TIES & Starbridge
May 17th
Wolf Life Transitions Center
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Family Education & Training: Benefits to Early Intervention
June 7th
Wolf Life Transitions Center
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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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