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Center News–2016
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CP of NYS award winners

Special 2017 Telethon section

Calling All Performers!

Surprise: It's Santa!

Festival Highlights Beauty of the Season

Trees & Jubilees

Moving Day

Brown Receives Joslin Award

When In Troy…

Community Service Superheroes

It’s an Honor: Center’s Telethon Recognized

A Big Buddy Walk

Success for Spaten Sprinters

Fashion on the Runway Takes Off

A Golden Anniversary for Langan School

Big Bowling Bonanza

MS Symposium Set

Fashion On the Runway to Benefit the Center

Langan School to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Strikes & Spares for the Center

Buddy Walk Celebrates 20 Years

Concert for a Cause

Center Receives Moving Mountains Award

Thrill of Competition

Union’s EDGE Students & Center Team Up

Congratulations to Odessa Mitchell!

Success and Surprise at Siro's Cup

Thanks to Our Parade People

Americade Roars Away

El Duque Draws Hundreds

Rodeo Round Up

“El Duque” at Center’s Aficionado Experience Evening

Great Gallery, Great Golfers

Artful Exhibit

Neighbors are Key

Spotlight on MOVEment

RPI Students Seek Solutions

Game On!

Service Day @ the Center

Special 2016 Telethon section

NanoDays @ the Center

Operation Superpower!


Center for Disability Services

Congratulations to Our Award Winners

Employees from the Center for Disability Services were recently honored at 2016 Cerebral Palsy of New York State awards presentations at the Hilton Albany Hotel.

Richard Whaley, who works in mail processing at the 700 South Pearl Street location of the Center for Disability Services, was one of three recipients of the prestigious Al Felmet Achievement Award. This award is for individuals who have made a significant contribution to society and who are regarded as an inspiration to people of all abilities.

CP of NYS Staff Recognition Awards were presented at a dinner on October 18. Winners were Sherdon Smith, Skills Coordinator, Skye Schiller, Clinical Assistant, Patricia Rowan, Certified Teaching Assistant and Harvey Scherer, MD, Child Psychiatrist.

Also shown in the photograph is Odessa Mitchell, Certified Nursing Assistant, St. Margaret’s Center, winner of the Leading Age New York Regional Employee of Distinction Award, and Alan Krafchin, (on the far right) President & CEO of the Center for Disability Services. St. Margaret’s Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services, is a pediatric and young adult skilled nursing facility which offers short and long term stays, respite care and training to transition a loved one to home.

Since he was hired in 2008, Sherdon Smith’s natural leadership has set a positive example for other staff. During a difficult time at his program, he encouraged co-workers to continue to focus on the people they support. His message was meaningful and demonstrated the importance of working together. Smith recognizes when others are having difficulties and takes time to work through challenging situations with them.

Skye Schiller, a 15 year employee, brings enthusiasm to the workplace and promotes a positive atmosphere. Her duties involve providing direct support to people with medical needs and she makes an effort to incorporate individualized and fun activities into this role. She also uses her personal talents, such as the expertise to design and sew a memory quilt using souvenir t-shirt materials, to enrich the lives of others.

Patricia Rowan is a leader among her peers. She welcomes new learning opportunities, has participated in training of Handle with Care Positive Behavior Supports and is a trainer for the Center. She puts the needs of the Clover Patch program before her own and is willing to assist in other classrooms at other sites to help staff and children succeed. Rowan, who has been an employee since 1996, maintains a positive attitude even in difficult situations.

Since 1992, Harvey Scherer, MD, has demonstrated his commitment to the Center’s mission by meeting the needs of the individuals, families, and staff served in the Psychiatry practice at Center Health Care. He provides excellent, continuous, and reliable services for people with disabilities. Dr. Scherer welcomes new patients in an already full schedule, supervises social work and psychology staff, oversees a new clinician delivery of service model, and serves as an active member in the design and implementation of the Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration model.

These award winners exemplify the Center’s values and are outstanding representatives of all of the staff who make the Center for Disability Services the place where people get better at life. Congratulations to all!



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