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Arc of Westchester's 61st Annual Meeting Press Release

Arc of Westchester Holds 61st Annual Meeting

Keynote Discusses Health and Safety Issues

HAWTHORNE, NY - June 3, 2011 - The 61st Arc of Westchester Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 1 at Arc of Westchester’s Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center in Hawthorne. Over 100 attendees included chapter members, invited guests, self-advocates, staff and board members.

The keynote address “Providing for Valued and Protected Living in the Community” was delivered by Roger Bearden, Chair, New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. He discussed that the right to a safe and healthy environment for all people with developmental disabilities is a priority. Mr. Bearden shared with the audience some measures the state is putting in place to further ensure safety and health in all settings and possible additional efforts on this important issue.

Ben Golden, NYSARC Associate Executive Director of Governmental Affairs; Sheryl Frishman, Arc of Westchester President; and Ric Swierat, Arc of Westchester Executive Director, joined Mr. Bearden on a panel that discussed NYSARC initiatives as well as the chapter’s policies surrounding health and safety in our programs and residences.

The evening’s program also elected new and returning members to the board of directors. Paul Stevelman, of South Salem, was elected Secretary and Robert Nuccio, of Yorktown Heights, was re-elected Treasurer. Harriet Schlieffer, of Chappaqua, and Jonathan Ferguson, of Princeton, NJ, were elected as new members to the board. Myles Bartley, of New York City; Katharine Conroy, of White Plains; Miriam DiLeone, of Yonkers; Jerry Shenkman, of Scarsdale; and Chinika Thompson, of Greenburgh, were re-elected to the Arc of Westchester Board of Directors..

Gallery265—The agency’s art gallery—opened a new art exhibit at the event “New Work from Old Friends,” featuring the unique work of over 50 individuals with developmental disabilities. Art committee member Rob Miss presented awards to the winning artists.

The agency also recognized a number of partners, community volunteers and schools, for their outstanding contributions to social inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. They were all presented with unique artwork created by individuals in our arts programs. Among those receiving an award is Evan Latinier, Westchester County Director of the Office for the Disabled, for his strong leadership and support of the Westchester County ParaTransit System. Several school and camp scholarships were also awarded to three Arc of Westchester program participants.

Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in the county serving people of all ages who have disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Currently celebrating 61 years in the community, Arc of Westchester has long advocated social inclusion for individuals with disabilities because of benefits to the individual and to the entire community.

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