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Welcoming the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to Wheatley Farms

Welcoming the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to Wheatley Farms

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As young adults with disabilities near the age of 21, parents begin thinking about next steps―the types of adult services or opportunities that will most resonate with their child. To offer an introduction and answer questions, AHRC Nassau hosted young adults, parents and teachers from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District on the grounds of Wheatley Farms & Arts Center.

Students tour Wheatley FarmsThere, they met Assistant Director of Project Development Bridget Cariello and Volunteer Coordinator Jerri Walker and were split into groups to experience current opportunities and discuss plans for programmatic growth.

The students became quickly engaged in educational activities such as plantings and soapmaking, while parents were invited to the Wheatley Farms Clubhouse to learn about AHRC services and resources available through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), including day, pre-vocational, supported employment, and residential services.

To remember the day, students took home a soap souvenir and the flower they planted with the care of the Wheatley Farms & Arts Center team.

“It was great. Everybody was very knowledgeable. They [AHRC Leadership] answered every question the parents came up with. They helped us understand the different programs, and I can see my daughter will have many activities to transition into that will keep her active and that she would enjoy,” said Irene Radoslovich, a parent participating in the tour.

AHRC welcomes transition coordinators, care managers, and families for visits to learn more. To schedule a visit, please reach out to us here.