ALBERTSON, NY (October 1, 2022) – Recently, at the National Organization on Disability (NOD)’s Annual Forum, entitled NOD at 40: Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future, The Viscardi Center was honored as a 2022 NOD Leading Disability Employer. Now in its eighth year, the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal recognizes companies for measuring and achieving strong talent outcomes for people with disabilities. With this recognition, NOD shines a light on those employers that are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce by adopting exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities.
Our memorable event will be back in-person for its special 40th anniversary! The Reach for a Star Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, with the Cocktail Hour at 11:00 am and the Luncheon at 12:00 pm. We are more than thrilled to welcome back Chilina Kennedy, the longest running “Carole” in the history of Broadway’s Beautiful – The Carole King Musical as this year’s entertainer. Chilina is currently developing a one woman show around the music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Our Luncheon is a very special sneak peek into a brand-new show that celebrates some of pop music’s greatest songs.
The Viscardi Center’s annual fundraising event drew big names and crowds in support of children and adults with disabilities.
May 25, 2022 ALBERTSON, NY – Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe took the stage and played a song set with his rock group, the Johnny Smyth Band, at The Viscardi Center’s 55th Celebrity Sports Night, sponsored by Delta Air Lines, on May 19. The uplifting event brought together philanthropists, community leaders, celebrities, and professional athletes to raise funds and awareness for critical educational and employment opportunities that enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
County Executive Blakeman and Viscardi student athletes announce return of annual Games at Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in June
April 26, 2022 ALBERTSON, NY – Nassau County Executive Bruce A. Blakeman and student athletes from the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center today announced plans for the 2022 Nassau County Games for the Physically Challenged, which will be taking place June 3rd and 4th at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College.
At this signature fundraiser, presented by Delta Air Lines, all-star athletes support vital programs for children and adults with disabilities.
The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations providing programs and services that educate, employ, and empower children and adults with disabilities, is holding its 55th annual Celebrity Sports Night live and in person on Thursday, May 19. The honorees at this year’s event are Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and John McEnroe, Tennis Hall of Famer. Native Long Islander Steve Serio, Co-Captain of the Paralympic Gold Medal USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, will also be recognized.
Henry Viscardi School student reporters interviewed Dr. Chris Rosa, the new President & CEO of The Viscardi Center, for a special edition of the Cougar Chronicle newspaper. The activity was a way for the students to improve their interviewing and writing skills, while introducing Dr. Rosa to the Viscardi community.[Read more…]
Yesterday, Senator Robert Dole, a genuine, honorable Statesman who dedicated his entire life to serving our great nation and advocating for all people with disabilities passed away at the age of 98. Senator Dole was a giant, in an era where leaders could vehemently disagree about which set of public policies were best for the nation, yet still agree about the need to expand opportunities for all Americans. While our whole country mourns his loss, let us take a moment to remember and recognize the leadership role he took in the drafting and passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Without his true commitment to bipartisanship, the ADA would not have been possible. This piece of legislation has become the gold standard for the international community as countries formulate their own legal principles to uphold the civil rights of people with disabilities.[Read more…]
The Viscardi Center Board of Director’s Chair Russ Cusick announced Dr. Chris Rosa, most recently Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Inclusion Initiatives, City University of New York (CUNY), has been appointed as the next President and CEO of the Center, effective January 1, 2022. Dr. Rosa will also serve as President of the Henry Viscardi School and Abilities, Inc.[Read more…]
The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center held a socially distanced, in-person commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2021 on June 24, 2021. The event also recognized graduates from the Class of 2020 who, following the cancellation of last year’s ceremony due to restrictions from the pandemic, finally had the opportunity to experience the pomp and circumstance of a traditional graduation ceremony.[Read more…]