July 2013

Life Transitions Times

Issue #1

Staying Connected


On behalf of everyone at CDS Monarch, I would like to introduce you to our new e-newsletter for the Life Transitions division (which includes Residential, Day Habilitation, Unistel Vocational and Family Support Services). The purpose of this biweekly newsletter, the "Life Transitions Times", is to provide you with updates on our services, current news about our individuals and their accomplishments, as well as, upcoming events. We hope you find this newsletter helpful and a way to stay connected to CDS Monarch and the individuals we serve. Your continued support and involvement with CDS Monarch is truly appreciated.


Sankar Sewnauth

President/CEO, CDS Monarch

Achieving Their Goal: Full Time Employment

Linda D., who has been a part of the Unistel Prevocational Workshop (Hard Road) since April 2001, has just accepted a full time position with the Flutter's Cafe team at the Wolf Life Transitions Center. Learn more about Linda's personal dream>>

Stephen T., who has been a part of the Unistel Prevocational Workshop (Blossom Road) since March 1999, has just accepted a full time position as a member of the Wolf Life Transitions Center's Janitorial team. Learn more about Stephen's personal dream>>

Congratulations to both Linda and Stephen on achieving their goal of having full time employment!

An Award for Advocacy

CDS Monarch's self advocacy group, The HandiCapables, were chosen as the Self Advocacy Group of the Year by Self Advocacy of New York State (SANYS). The award was given at the Western Regional Self Advocacy Conference in Batavia on June 7th, hosted by SANYS.

Earlier in the year, members of The HandiCapables attended a training offered by SANYS and all participants received a certificate of completion.

From Music Therapy to the Concert Hall

April S. began learning to play the ukulele just a year ago, and since then she has performed twice at the Hochstein School of Music Concert Hall. Read more about April's mission to become a musician>>

A Dream Come True

On May 22nd, Janes Road resident Marlene Clark was able to fulfill her dream of being an audience member on the Maury Povich show. She traveled to Stamford, Connecticut for an overnight stay, with her Assistant Residence Manager, DeiDei Damco, and RN Sue Barone. The ladies had front row seats for the taping, and the episode will air in September.

Special Olympics: NYS Summer Games

CDS Monarch had eleven athletes and four coaches attend the New York State Special Olympics Summer Games at the University of Buffalo. They were part of the 1,800 plus athletes and coaches from all across the state. See how our team did>>

Join Us for Family Education & Training

Diet and Nutrition for Children with Developmental Disabilities - Part 3

July 9, 2013 6:00-8:00pm

Wolf Life Transitions Center - 860 Hard Rd. Webster, NY 14580

This session provides an overview of the food pyramid, portion sizes, and how to prepare meals for healthy eating habits and the importance of active play to prohibit childhood obesity. 

Presenter: Marcia Middleton, Director, Healthy Hero Outreach Program

For questions regarding Family Education Training, or to register, please contact your Service Coordinator or Jackie Blake, Program Coordinator, at (585) 347-1031 or Jacqueline.Blake@CDSMonarch.org.

Learn more about CDS Monarch Services

Thank you for your Support!

The CDS Monarch Family

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