Commencement speaker Jim Sinocchi, Managing Director of the Office of Disability Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase & Co, and a member of The Viscardi Center’s Board of Directors, had a message to share with Viscardi’s graduating Class of 2018: “We all have a little bit of superhero in us.”
Albertson, NY — Broadway came to Long Island for a musical afternoon in benefit of the Reach for a Star Luncheon, which raised close to $221,000 for vital afterschool programs and extracurricular activities for students with severe physical disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School (HVS) at The Viscardi Center.
Special guest Kara Lindsay, famous for her roles in Newsies, WICKED, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, performed a set of show tunes for a crowd of 450 attendees at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on April 10. At the close of her set, Lindsay sang “Tomorrow” from Annie with several second graders from Viscardi.
On April 10, Henry Viscardi School alumna Rachel Gross served as the keynote speaker at the 36th annual Reach for a Star Luncheon, which raises vital funds for extracurricular clubs and activities that enrich the lives of students with severe physical disabilities. Gross, who currently studies public relations and civic engagement at Hofstra University, discussed the many programs and services available at Viscardi that afforded her the opportunity to develop new skills, build up her confidence, and spend time with friends — just like other kids her age.
On May 5, 2018, the National Honor Society Viscardi Chapter will host a flea market to benefit Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center. The flea market will be held at the school from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
New Coalition Aims to Shine Light on Significant Need to Enhance Oral Health Care for People with Disabilities; Two-Day Inaugural Meeting October 26-27
ALBERTSON, N.Y., October 18, 2017 – The Viscardi Center announced today that it has joined with Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), to create Project Accessible Oral Health (PAOH), an international public-private partnership that will raise awareness of, and address the significant need for, increased oral health care for people with disabilities, thus improving their overall health and quality of life.
Alexa Williams, Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center Class of 2016 Salutatorian, will appear on the annual national education media event, American Graduate Day 2017, airing live on public media stations from coast-to-coast on Saturday, October 14. (In New York, the event will air on WNET.) A freshman at St. John’s University, Alexa will share her experiences at Henry Viscardi School, as well as her plans for the future.
The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profits providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities, is the focus of an in-flight video feature now playing on the seatbacks of all JetBlue Airways flights during October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This marks the second time that Viscardi was featured in a JetBlue video; in October 2015, the airline produced a clip that was viewed by approximately 2.7 million customers across the U.S. This year’s feature highlights how JetBlue’s partnership with The Viscardi Center strengthens its aim to enhance passenger accessibility, as well as its commitment to broadening the horizons of employees with disabilities.