AHRC New York City


Join Us for the Celebration of People with Disabilities in Film Marathon at Pace!

AHRC New York City is excited to announce its participation in the 2015 Disability Film Festival Marathon at Pace University! The festival will feature short films respecting autonomy and empowerment of people with disabilities. It is free and open to the public. Screenings will happen on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 17, 10:00 AM4:00 PM

Monday, March 23, 10:00 AM2:00 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 AM2:00 PM

Film Marathon  small 2015A “best of the best” marathon of screenings will occur on Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. along with a distinguished panel of expert practitioners on the advocacy of disability rights in society, who will be discussing the challenges and the opportunities highlighted in each of the films, with the panelists inviting engagement from guests. AHRC New York City is partnering Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City. For information on seating arrangements and on more about the festival, please contact Dr. James Lawler at at lawlerj@aol.com or at 212-346-1013. The Disability Film Festival Marathon 2015 will be held in the Bianco Room, B Level, 3 Spruce Street (William Street), of Pace University, in Lower Manhattan, New York City. We hope to see you there!




“It Works”: AHRC NYC’s EBS Holds Employment Education Event at Brooklyn Borough Hall


AHRC New York City’s Employment and Business Services, (EBS,) hosted an event at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Taking place in the beautiful courtroom area of the building, the event was an opportunity for EBS leadership and staff to explain the mission of EBS and how they can help prospective partners achieve their goals. Also featured were current partners of AHRC NYC, who provided testimonials about the successes they have had with employees who are supported through our services.

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We create awareness in the community and educate employers on the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities,” Shauna Lozada, Director of Marketing, said. Shauna outlined a number of ways AHRC New York City can help businesses, including tax credits. “Our guys can do any job that any of us can do, just with reasonable accommodation,” she added.


Shauna Lozada and Steve Towler

Shauna Lozada and Steve Towler

The event began with a welcome to Borough Hall from Lori Lewis, Head of External Affairs and Marketing, who thanked AHRC New York City for their continued partnership and provided a brief history of the building. She then gave the floor to Steve Towler, Associate Executive Director, who explained how he helped to create Employment and Business Services in 1986 and how he still sees the first person whom he found a job for.  He also responded to a question on the importance of integration in the workforce. “Integration is one of the real keys to long term success, and we work to make that possible whenever we can,” Steve said. “The majority of people we support are fully integrated into their workplace…

Steve also expounded on AHRC New York City’s work with Specialisterne USA, a company founded in Denmark that helps find jobs for people with disabilities who typically require low levels of support, and who can work in the all-important technology sector.


“These workers have great attention to detail, high tolerance for repetitive work, the kinds of things in the modern economy we need a lot of,” Konstantin Zborovskiy, Program Director, said.

Salvatore Moran, Associate Director, EBS, highlighted many of the programs that AHRC NYC makes available to serve the needs of businesses that hire people with disabilities, including Hudson River Services, (which provides janitorial services to a myriad of locations, including the Staten Island Ferry and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court,) SHREDability, and Specialisterne USA.

Sal explained how SHREDability, an AHRC NYC-operated business in the Bronx, provides secure document destruction for a wide variety of businesses in the region, while employing people with disabilities. He also explained that the company has a strong interest in opening a SHREDability location in Brooklyn, and as gift to Borough Hall, he announced that SHREDability would provide shredding services free for one year.


From a business perspective we’re meeting you’re needs,” Sal said. “From a social perspective we’re putting people with disabilities, at-risk youth, and community members to work. From a sustainability perspective, SHREDability helped save over 26,000 tress last year. Many individuals go above and beyond once given the opportunity [to work],” Sal added. “And we are looking for opportunities to grow in Brooklyn. It’s a great place to do business and it’s wonderful to see it growing.”

Greg Costa

In a testimonial to the great partnership EBS has had with so many employers, Greg Costa, Associate Director for Food and Beverage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, summed up the arena’s experience with AHRC New York City’s supported employees.  “Here’s two words for you:,” he said.  “It works. – And if it works for us in our ever-changing environment, there’s no situation where it doesn’t work.

Munson Dinner is a Huge Success for AHRC New York City Foundation

The 35th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday, February 3rd, at the Grand Hyatt New York, benefiting the AHRC New York City Foundation. The honorees this year included New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances; New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford; and Olympic gold-medal-winning ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Joel S. Isaacson, President of Joel Isaacson and Co., received the Business & Philanthropic Leadership Award. New York Mets star reliever John Franco accepted the Munson Award on behalf of Mets hero Mookie Wilson, while former Yankee third baseman Charlie Hayes accepted the Legend Award for Bernie Williams. For the 35th consecutive year, Diana Munson attended the event and gave thoughtful and heartwarming remarks.

I feel truly honored to receive this award from an organization that has been dear to my family for three generations,” Mr. Isaacson said. “From a young age, AHRC taught me about the importance of community, a value that has penetrated every aspect of my life and one that I hope to inspire in clients, colleagues and family. I look forward to continue supporting its remarkable work to bring dignity and purpose to the lives of those it touches.

The 2015 Thurman Munson Awards Dinner

The Munson Awards are presented to professional and Olympic athletes in recognition of their athletic accomplishments and contributions to the community. The awards honor the memory of Thurman Munson, a Yankee legend who captained the team to two World Series championships in 1977 and 1978. This year’s event raised approximately $700,000 for the AHRC New York City Foundation, and since the event’s founding it has raised over $13 million.

The Gouverneur Parents Association’s 18th Annual Seminar


at the New York State Association of Black , Puerto Rican & Asian Legislators Conference

“Parents & Consumers: Identifying Needs And Finding Alternatives”

Where are we now and Where are we going?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time: 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 2, Concourse level

Albany, New York

Participating Agencies:

NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Metro New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office

East Harlem Council for Community Improvement

Self Advocacy Association of New York State

The Guild for Exceptional Children, Inc.

Manhattan Community Board Eleven

Giving Back To Our Community LTD

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP of NYC)

Birch Family Services

AHRC New York City

On Your Mark

My Time Inc.



This seminar will include presentations from the OPWDD Commissioner, The Justice Center, Self Advocacy Group, & A Parent Advocate

Contact person:

Willie Mae Goodman, Chairperson/President

Gouverneur Parents Association



Remembering Al Agovino



Al Agovino news blog

The AHRC New York City Board of Directors, staff, membership and people supported and their families mourn the passing of AHRC New York City’s former Board Member, and extend sympathy to his beloved and bereaved family. The father of a daughter with an intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD), Al and his late wife Vera worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with I/DD and their families – work that continued even after the tragic loss of their beloved daughter. Al was a person of great integrity and common sense who helped many others get through the difficult trials in their lives. His commitment to advocacy for people with I/DD was exemplary.

Al served on the AHRC New York City Board of Directors for twenty-six years. He resigned in 2002 because of ill health, but remained an active member of the organization. Al served as AHRC New York City’s President, chaired many committees over the years and was on the NYSARC Board of Governors. He was appointed to the New York State Board of Visitors of Metro NY in 1978 by the Governor and served in that role for two decades including serving as President in 1995 and 1996. Al served in an advisory capacity on many state councils and commissions including the New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, and the NYS Autism Advisory Council. He was well known and well respected throughout the I/DD community in New York State.

We offer our sincere condolences to his children and grandchildren. Al will be remembered by his “AHRC New York City family” and will be greatly missed.

Laura J. Kennedy, President
Gary Lind, Executive Director