CDS Monarch Connection
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January 27, 2017


The Advocate is CDS Monarch's bi-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!

Thanks for reading! :)


Celebrating 40 Years

In 1977, a group of families came together looking for a way for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive services after they aged out of the school system. They created Continuing Developmental Services, establishing a company that would grow and diversify to provide services to thousands of people in Western New York. All year long CDS Monarch will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with success stories and events, and we look forward to sharing them with you. 

You can join in on the fun by following us on Facebook and by sharing with the #CDSTurns40 hashtag!


Mission Champion: Valarie Daniels

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.

Valarie started at CDS Monarch in February of 1988 as a support specialist at Webster Creative Opportunities. One year later, she was promoted to treatment coordinator, and in 2008 she came to the Wolf Life Transitions Center when the building first opened. In 2010 she became site manager of Blended Creative Opportunities where she currently serves, supervising DSPs and treatment coordinators. She also supervises TransitionsActive Seniors and Recreation

"Val is very dedicated to the individuals and her staff, and she places the operations of her programs at the forefront every day," CDS Monarch Director of Person-Centered Services Jayme Sharpe said. "Val is always willing to assist whenever and wherever she is needed. Her continued commitment to CDS Monarch is truly appreciated."




Handicapables Discuss Respect

The Handicapables, a disability self-advocacy group that meets at the Wolf Life Transitions Center, recently discussed what it means to be respectful:

"Being kind and using your manners. Listening to other people, whether you agree or disagree. Everyone can have their own opinion, and when someone is talking, you should be quiet and listen."
- Dan S.

"When you respect others you listen to what they have to say. You don't interrupt them. You are always truthful."
- Matt S.

"We should all be respectful to each other. We should give everyone a chance to speak for themselves. Everyone is important. Everyone counts and should be heard."
- Sarah L.


Introducing: CDS Care Cab

Beginning March 1st, CDS Monarch will offer non-emergent transportation to people in Monroe County through their new service: CDS Care Cab. CDS Care Cab has the ability to transport ambulatory individuals as well as individuals utilizing wheelchairs. Stretchers are not currently available.

CDS Care Cab will operate Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

More details to come!


Promote Independence Through Perfect Fit

Have you ever thought of helping to support someone living with an intellectual or developmental disability become independent? 

CDS Monarch’s Perfect Fit Program (previously called Family Care) allows you to open your home with the goal of providing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to live and share their lives with someone in the community. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Perfect Fit provider, please call 585.236.5174, or email Tracy Mellon, Perfect Fit Coordinator.


Get Ready to Roll!

Strikes for Abilities is an annual, community-wide bowling party hosted by the CDS Wolf Foundation that raises funds needed for year-round recreation, health, wellness and socialization activities as well as emergency assistance for people at CDS Monarch. Many of our recreational services, for example, Special Olympics, are made possible by people like you! Join the fun by becoming an event sponsor, volunteer, pledge raiser, or bowler!

Sunday - March 5th
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
AMF Empire Lanes
2400 Empire Blvd,
Webster NY 14580


We hope to see you there!



Sweetheart Dance
February 17th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
860 Hard Rd., Webster

10th Annual Strikes for Abilities Bowling Party
March 5th
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
AMF Empire Lanes - 2400 Empire Blvd., Webster



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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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