Teach kindness in 2020

Schools are opening in a challenging new way. Perhaps it is an opportunity to include a discussion known to be stimulating and of interest to children. Kindness can be taught and should be a part of our school day. Maurice Elias of Rutgers University Psychology Department states, “as a citizen, grandparent, father, and professional, it is clear to me that the mission of schools must include teaching kindness. Without it, communities, families, schools, and classrooms become places of incivility where lasting learning is unlikely to take place. We need to be prepared to teach kindness because it can be delayed due to maltreatment early in life. It can be smothered under the weight of poverty, and it can be derailed by victimization later in life. Kindness can be taught, and it is a defining aspect of civilized human life. It belongs in every home, school, neighborhood, and society.” 

Read more here: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-kindness-essential-reduce-bullying-lisa-currie?fbclid=IwAR05QdLUszjVE0a8buxoYeC9JYADXLOO-eg5qhAR2ybQMVSmwz0EFlotG8Q

State and Local Leaders Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act and AIM Services Croquet OFF the Green with 30+ Saratoga businesses

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                              July 24, 2020

CONTACT:      JOANNE YEPSEN       (518) 526-5272

                        DIANA PIKULSKI       (802) 233-5377


WHAT: State and local leaders pledge support and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which was signed into law on July 26, 1990 and kick off Croquet OFF the Green, a week-long activity, co-sponsored by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, to bring foot traffic to recently re-opened Saratoga retail shops and restaurants while raising awareness and funds for AIM Services. All activities are being conducted according to the NY-Forward recommendations.

Proclamations have been issued and received from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Paul Tonko, NY State Assembly member Carrie Woerner, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly.

WHERE: The Garden Tent at the Adelphi Hotel, 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-678-6000

WHEN: Monday, July 27, 2020 11:30 am -12:30 pm.

WHO:  June MacClelland Senior Director & Chief Compliance Officer AIM Services, Inc.

Office of Paul Tonko

United States Representative serving as the U.S. Representative from New York’s 20th congressional district. 

Carrie Woerner

Assembly member for the 113th District of the New York State Assembly.

Daphne Jordan

Senate member for the 43rd Senate District

Matthew Veitch

City of Saratoga Springs Supervisor 

Meg Kelly

Mayor, Saratoga Springs, NY

Hall of Fame jockey Ramon Dominquez

Saratoga Chamber of Commerce

About AIM Services, Inc. One-third of all families in the United States are impacted by disability. Formed in 1979, AIM Services, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization providing residential and community-based services to people with physical and intellectual disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injuries and those who are looking for nursing home transition or diversion. Through community-based services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of self-confidence and independence. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people of diverse abilities. Visit our website at www.AIMServicesinc.org.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush.  Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary, the ADA National Network recognizes this landmark event and the important work to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

With love and ingenuity, AIM workers keep the standards high

There are so many beautiful moments in this coverage (link below) of AIM Services, Inc and the care that their essential workers are giving the developmentally disabled people who they serve every day during the #COVID-19 pandemic. David says of his program assistant, “he’s my best friend.” One worker named Vicki is a DSP (direct support professional) and program assistant who goes above and beyond to help the residents in an AIM group home feel comfortable despite being out of their routine. For Vicki, as you will see in the video, the benefits go both ways. “Who else gets to go to work and be loved?”, she asks. This story is a great breath of fresh air during a difficult time. Thank you AIM Services and Channel 13.