The Viscardi Center

The Viscardi Center The Viscardi Center The Viscardi Center is a network of non-profit organizations providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower people with disabilities.
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Founded in 1952 by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., The Viscardi Center provides Kindergarten through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, adults with disabilities and businesses. Learn more at viscardicenter.org

Founded in 1952 by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., The Viscardi Center provides Kindergarten through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, adults with disabilities and businesses. Learn more at viscardicenter.org

Mission: The Viscardi Center educates, employs, and empowers youth, adults, and veterans with disabilities or similar needs, so we can all discover the love of learning, the power of work, the freedom of independent living, and the self-confidence to fulfill our dreams.

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A new Johns Hopkins data tool helps people with disabilities determine when they qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine and co...
02/19/2021
Johns Hopkins launches vaccine prioritization dashboard for people with disabilities

A new Johns Hopkins data tool helps people with disabilities determine when they qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine and compares how different states prioritize people with disabilities in their vaccine rollout plans.

Tool compares how states prioritize people with disabilities in their vaccine rollout plans, helps people with disabilities determine when they qualify for shots

NYC residents: Learn more about current COVID-19 vaccine distribution and expanded eligibility details on February 22 at...
02/19/2021

NYC residents: Learn more about current COVID-19 vaccine distribution and expanded eligibility details on February 22 at a virtual town hall hosted by the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Register here: https://bit.ly/3pC21Ca

The Senate emergency COVID-19 relief funding includes NO funding for community-based services — services that many peopl...
02/17/2021
Action Alert! Tell Your Senators We Need Emergency HCBS Funding in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill! - AAPD

The Senate emergency COVID-19 relief funding includes NO funding for community-based services — services that many people with disabilities rely on to stay out of institutions, where COVID-19 is spreading. Be heard. Take action TODAY. 👇#MedicaidCantWait #HCBS

On Monday, October 12th, the disability community is coordinating a national call-in day to voice our opposition to the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Happy Valentine's Day! 💕
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's Day! 💕

Happy Valentine's Day from this little lovebug! ❤️🐾

#SunnyAtViscardi #facilitydog

It's encouraging that the MTA has recently taken an important step to accommodate those with disabilities by appointing ...
02/11/2021
A conversation with Quemuel Arroyo, the MTA’s first chief accessibility officer

It's encouraging that the MTA has recently taken an important step to accommodate those with disabilities by appointing its first chief accessibility officer. In this Q&A, Quemuel Arroyo shares what he aims to accomplish in his new role.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a less than stellar track record when it comes to providing accessible transit options for New Yorkers. The majority of its subway stations are still not fully accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. But a new executive at the autho...

Viscardi community: New York State has announced that it will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility beginning on Monday, F...
02/10/2021
Phased Distribution of the Vaccine

Viscardi community: New York State has announced that it will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility beginning on Monday, February 15. View the full eligibility list now on the New York State vaccine website.

*Eligible for vaccination at State-operated mass vaccination sites, and, at the option of local health departments (LHDs) at LHD-operated point of distribution sites.

We’re beyond thrilled that The Viscardi Center's President & CEO, John D. Kemp, has been named a 2021 Imagine Awards Lon...
02/08/2021

We’re beyond thrilled that The Viscardi Center's President & CEO, John D. Kemp, has been named a 2021 Imagine Awards Long Island finalist in the Certilman Balin Leadership Excellence category!

It's an honor to be included among other impactful nonprofit organizations and leaders in the Long Island community. Take a look at this year's finalists: imagineawardsli.com/finalist/

#ImagineAwardsLI #LITop20NFP

Show support for our students this Valentine's Day! Give just $10 to help provide remote learning tools for home instruc...
02/06/2021

Show support for our students this Valentine's Day! Give just $10 to help provide remote learning tools for home instruction and critical PPE for in-person classes. And when make your donation from now until February 14, you can deliver your own special virtual Valentine message to students at Viscardi!

Send your Valentine's Day gift: https://bit.ly/2YAaPxB

There are just a few tickets left for our virtual Whiskey & Wits event on February 4th! Don’t miss your chance to sample...
01/28/2021

There are just a few tickets left for our virtual Whiskey & Wits event on February 4th! Don’t miss your chance to sample premium whiskey and bourbon while matching wits with your fellow Viscardi supporters.

Ticket purchases include a tasting kit with Clyde May’s samples, a whiskey glass, Chocolate Works truffles, and other goodies.

Reserve your spot: http://ow.ly/Kevk50DlfpT

Have you secured your spot for “Whiskey & Wits” – a virtual whiskey tasting and trivia night on February 4? Proceeds fro...
01/25/2021

Have you secured your spot for “Whiskey & Wits” – a virtual whiskey tasting and trivia night on February 4? Proceeds from this fundraiser will support The Viscardi Center's Technology Fund, which provides our students with laptops and online access to remote programs and curriculum.

Tickets, sponsorships, and more info available at: https://www.viscardicenter.org/party-for-a-purpose/

*You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets. Valid ID may be requested.*

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Stay informed by attending the New York City Mayor's Office for People with D...
01/21/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall for the Disability Community. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Stay informed by attending the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall for the disability community -- tomorrow, 1/22 at 12 p.m.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/39qFUZm

Join the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Assistant Commissioner Dr. Olusimbo Ige for a presentation and discussion on Vaccine Distribution in NYC. After presentations the community will have the opportunity for feedba...

Reflecting on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we strive for a more accessible and inclusive world: “Injustic...
01/18/2021

Reflecting on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we strive for a more accessible and inclusive world: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Remote live captioning is a service that can enhance the web conferencing experience for all, and it’s growing in demand...
01/14/2021

Remote live captioning is a service that can enhance the web conferencing experience for all, and it’s growing in demand. Read on to learn why organizations should take advantage now, and how The Viscardi Center's Digital Accessibility Services can help: bit.ly/2Kim4XY

Safe & effective COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all New Yorkers at no cost, likely by mid-2021. NYC residents: L...
01/14/2021
Notify NYC American Sign Language Message: COVID-19 Vaccine

Safe & effective COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all New Yorkers at no cost, likely by mid-2021. NYC residents: Learn more about the vaccine at nyc.gov/covidvaccine or watch the video below for a message in American Sign Language.

Notify NYC message by the NYC Emergency Management--Learn more and sign up for Notify NYC: NYC.gov/notifynycLearn more about NYC Emergency Management: NYC.go...

Join us for “Whiskey & Wits” – a virtual whiskey tasting and trivia night on February 4 at 5:30 p.m.! Proceeds will supp...
01/11/2021

Join us for “Whiskey & Wits” – a virtual whiskey tasting and trivia night on February 4 at 5:30 p.m.! Proceeds will support The Viscardi Center's Technology Fund, which provides our students with laptops and online access to remote programs and curriculum.

Tickets and sponsorships now available at: https://www.viscardicenter.org/party-for-a-purpose/

*You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets. Valid ID may be requested.*

Stay ahead of the curve with this 2021 Nonprofit Trends Report from Cerini and Associates, LLP. This in-depth report com...
01/07/2021

Stay ahead of the curve with this 2021 Nonprofit Trends Report from Cerini and Associates, LLP. This in-depth report combines valuable input from several industry leaders, including our President & CEO, John D. Kemp.

Take a look: https://lnkd.in/egrPbxQ

Start the new year by taking care of your oral health! Download the accessible dental provider directory from Project Ac...
01/05/2021

Start the new year by taking care of your oral health! Download the accessible dental provider directory from Project Accessible Oral Health (PAOH) to find an accessible provider serving children and adults with disabilities in Downstate NY: bit.ly/3pR9nlR

We made it. Happy New Year!
01/01/2021

We made it. Happy New Year!

Formally the President & CEO of United Spinal Association,  disability rights lawyer Jim Weisman played a key role in th...
12/31/2020

Formally the President & CEO of United Spinal Association, disability rights lawyer Jim Weisman played a key role in the passage of the ADA and was a founding board member of AAPD.

Learn about extraordinary #HVAA20 leaders with disabilities: bit.ly/3ncqj5A

In 2020, The Viscardi Center provided thousands with access to a high-quality education, meaningful employment, and a sa...
12/30/2020

In 2020, The Viscardi Center provided thousands with access to a high-quality education, meaningful employment, and a safe environment with the necessary technology and protective equipment. We could not have withstood such a challenging year without all of you!

We were also fortunate to have experienced some moments of sheer joy—like when Henry Viscardi School students took part in a virtual sing-along with Tony Award-winning performer Ali Stroker.

Watch the sing-along:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zze6nFkCCs

Support our work: https://bit.ly/3oICBD4

As chairwoman of DP Hanoi in Vietnam, Duong Thi Van's mission is to improve community participation and job opportunitie...
12/29/2020

As chairwoman of DP Hanoi in Vietnam, Duong Thi Van's mission is to improve community participation and job opportunities for people with disabilities, especially women.

Learn about this #HVAA20 recipient and other leaders with disabilities: bit.ly/3ncqj5A

Join us on February 4 for an evening of whiskey sampling, live trivia games, and fun!Proceeds from the virtual “Whiskey ...
12/28/2020
“Whiskey & Wits” Party for a Purpose

Join us on February 4 for an evening of whiskey sampling, live trivia games, and fun!

Proceeds from the virtual “Whiskey & Wits” Party for a Purpose will support Viscardi’s Technology Fund, which provides our students with laptops and online access to remote programs and curriculum.

Stay tuned for more event details in early January!

https://www.viscardicenter.org/party-for-a-purpose/

“Whiskey & Wits” Party for a Purpose December 22, 2020 by Mike Caprara A A A A virtual whiskey tasting featuring live trivia games and exciting prizes!   Date:February 4, 2021 Time:5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Location:Virtual PURCHASE TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS Join us online for an evening of whiskey sampl...

A woman with blindness, Mata’afa Fa’atino Utumapu led her org in pushing for Samoa to ratify the United Nations Conventi...
12/24/2020

A woman with blindness, Mata’afa Fa’atino Utumapu led her org in pushing for Samoa to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Learn about this #HVAA20 recipient and other leaders with disabilities: bit.ly/3ncqj5A

Simply put, this has been a challenging year. But it’s also reaffirmed the need for educational and employment opportuni...
12/23/2020
Alumni Share Their Favorite Viscardi Memories

Simply put, this has been a challenging year. But it’s also reaffirmed the need for educational and employment opportunities that have empowered people with disabilities for generations. Programs and services at The Viscardi Center not only provide children and adults with the skills and confidence to succeed in school, at work, and in our communities, but also memories, connections, and a profound sense of independence.

Last year, we asked alumni of The Henry Viscardi School to share their favorite Viscardi moments and opportunities. Watch this video to find out what they told with us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w12nznZtSk

Support our work: https://bit.ly/348z7BS

Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center alumni share some of the unforgettable memories and opportunities from their school days that provided them with...

After acquiring a disability himself, EQ Sylvester founded the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA), which teach...
12/22/2020

After acquiring a disability himself, EQ Sylvester founded the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA), which teaches golf, organizes tournaments, and connects golfers with disabilities to adaptive equipment.

Learn about this extraordinary #HVAA20 recipient and other leaders with disabilities: bit.ly/3ncqj5A

Jaime Huerta Peralta is a professor and architect designing accessible workplaces in Lima, Peru. He teaches at three uni...
12/22/2020

Jaime Huerta Peralta is a professor and architect designing accessible workplaces in Lima, Peru. He teaches at three universities and has authored several books on accessible design.

Learn about this #HVAA20 recipient and other leaders with disabilities: http://bit.ly/3ncqj5A

With over 30 international awards under his belt for film & animation work, Braam Jordaan is a champion for better educa...
12/21/2020

With over 30 international awards under his belt for film & animation work, Braam Jordaan is a champion for better education opportunities for the deaf community.

Learn about this extraordinary #HVAA20 recipient and other leaders with disabilities: http://bit.ly/3ncqj5A

Andy Imparato is a disability rights lawyer and policy expert who moved to California in January to lead Disability Righ...
12/17/2020

Andy Imparato is a disability rights lawyer and policy expert who moved to California in January to lead Disability Rights California (DRC) after a high-impact 26-year career in Washington, D.C.

Among his many accomplishments, Andy helped lead coalition efforts to pass the ADA Amendments Act in 2008 and helped negotiate the disability provisions in the bipartisan 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Learn about this extraordinary #HVAA20 recipient and other leaders with disabilities: http://bit.ly/3ncqj5A

Meet Ron, a 2014 graduate of The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center now living on his own in NYC and pursuing ...
12/16/2020
Meet Ron: Viscardi Alum, Grad Student, and Entrepreneur

Meet Ron, a 2014 graduate of The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center now living on his own in NYC and pursuing a master’s degree. At Viscardi, Ron developed confidence, engaged in competitive sports, excelled in the classroom, and gained real-world skills that continue to guide him as a budding entrepreneur.

In Ron’s words: “The Henry Viscardi School is truly a magical place. From a young age, you feel valued, you feel normal, and you learn that you can achieve the impossible.”

This and every season, your contributions sustain programs and services that help people just like Ron discover the love of learning, the power of work, the freedom of independent living, and the self-confidence to fulfill their dreams.

Support Viscardi's mission to educate, employ, and empower: www.viscardicenter.org/holiday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHFga63SsZY

Since graduating from the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center in 2014, Ron has succeeded academically and as a budding entrepreneur set on helping h...

The Henry Viscardi School
12/15/2020

The Henry Viscardi School

Our students were thrilled today to participate in an educational virtual tour and Q&A with Assemblyman Ed Ra. They discussed several topics, including college, debating, and how to become an informed voter. Thank you Assemblyman Ra for being a friend to Viscardi and the 4201 Schools Association!

Judy Heumann is an influential disability rights activist and author who has long been a driving force behind countless ...
12/14/2020

Judy Heumann is an influential disability rights activist and author who has long been a driving force behind countless national efforts to advance disability inclusion.

Learn about this #HVAA20 recipient and other leaders with disabilities: bit.ly/3ncqj5A

JR Harding is disability advocate, author, and full-time faculty member at Florida State University, where he teaches co...
12/11/2020

JR Harding is disability advocate, author, and full-time faculty member at Florida State University, where he teaches courses on workforce inclusion and leadership.

Learn about this #HVAA20 recipient and other extraordinary leaders with disabilities: http://bit.ly/3ncqj5A

Happy Hanukkah from all of us at The Viscardi Center!
12/10/2020

Happy Hanukkah from all of us at The Viscardi Center!

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Totally impressed with my visit to the Viscardi Center. What a wonderful place for these K thru 12 students with special needs to learn. Thank you Viscardi Center for all you do. 😃