Mt. Kisco, N.Y. – (5/24/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), along with his Special Needs Advisory Council hosted a roundtable and awards ceremony on Employment and Transition Opportunities for People with Disabilities, at the Mt. Kisco Library.

At the roundtable, Senator Ball honored nine local businesses who currently provide employment opportunities for people with special needs.

“Many times after folks age out of the school systems the services that they rely on and need disappear,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is so very important that we recognize and honor the companies that help those with disabilities transition into the work force to utilize their skills to better themselves, the community and the economy.”

Senator Ball honored the following businesses from Putnam County:

Shop Rite of Carmel

Gilead Presbyterian Church

Putnam County


Other businesses honored include:

Basilico Pizzeria

Clarfeld Wealth Strategists & Financial Confidantes

Northern Westchester Boys and Girls Club

Advocates for the Disabled

Village Social Restaurant

Inter-Faith Council for Action

“In our Warwick store we have a young man with special needs that is in charge of the water aisle. The aisle that he takes care of is in the best order out of any aisle in all of our 31 corporate stores, said John Trama of Shop Rite, who was honored at the roundtable. “I think he helps us more than we help him.”

During the roundtable, parents, special needs advocates, agency representatives and providers discussed how New York State can improve employment and transition opportunities for people with special needs.

Among the issues discussed were the need for more transportation options, the value of internships and the need for programs that provide people with special needs valuable skill sets in order to receive quality employment. Senator Ball and his Special Needs Advisory Council will also be working with the Office of People with Disabilities (OPWDD) and the local School Districts to see how both can work together to help parents successfully transition their children from the education system to employment.

“The transition from school to the adult world for students with disabilities and their families is more often than not a disaster,” said Senator Greg Ball’s Special Needs Advisory Council Chair Terry Pirraglia. “These student often never receive from their school districts the guidance and instruction in the vital skills necessary for adult life. The result is that a vast majority of students with disabilities leave school unprepared for the adult world.   To make matters worse, when parents seek adult services for their child they soon realize that they are inadequate or worse non-existent.  Many parents describe the transition process for their children like, ‘falling off a cliff’, I look forward working with Senator Ball on this issue”

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Krista Gobins: (845) 200-9716.


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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