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deterredhimfrommakingthemostofhisdaywhichhecontinuouslyfaceswithaninfectioussmile.Heissemiretiredfromadayhabilitationprogramwhichhestillattendsthreedaysaweek.OnoffdayshegoestomuseumsBroadwayshowsmovieszoosandrestaurants.ObservingVincentspenchantforsingingdancingandguitarplayingonewouldneverknowthathehastriumphedoversomuch.Heisatruewarrior.MostofuswouldnothavethestaminaordrivetoliveourlivesasjoyfullyasVincentdoes.Acomedianinhisownrightheknowshowtomakeeveryonelaugh.HebringsboundlessjoytothelivesofLenoxRoadresidentsstaffandcommunitymembers.Weloveandappreciatehimandweapplaudhisperseveranceandresilienceashecontinuestolivehislifetothefullest.ILAsownVincentFauciwholivesinourLenoxRoadResidencereceivedawell-deservedawardduringaJune24ceremonyheldbytheBrooklynDevelopmentalDisabilitiesCouncilBDDC.BDDChasmadeanannualeventofitsthoughtfulRecognitionAwardsDayduringaregularlyscheduledmonthlymeeting.IninvitingagenciestonominateindividualstheCouncilnotedEachdaypersonswithdevelopmentaldisabilitiesovercomeobstaclesandchallengesintheirquesttoachievegreaterindependenceandinclusion.Acerticateofrecognitionand10cashgiftbestowedonVincentduringanintimateceremonywastheCouncilswayofexpressingappreciationforthevaluehebringstothelifeofanyonewhomeetshim.RobertLashleyAssistantSupervisoroftheLenoxRoadResidencewhoaccompaniedVincenttotheceremonysuggestedthattheCouncilcouldnotpossiblyhavechosenabetterhonoree.VincentissuchawonderfulspiritsaidRobert.Hehassomuchenergyandcharismaandhesrolemodelforallofus.Vincent72hasenduredmanyhealthchallengesyetthesemedicalissueshavenotVincentFauciHonoredinBrooklynByJanetWoolwordResidenceSupervisorLenoxRoadResidenceVincentproudlyshowshisawardfromtheBrooklynDevelopmentalDisabilitiesCouncilPhotobyRobertLashleyVincentFaucireceivinghisrecognitionawardfromPaulCassoneExecutiveDirectorCEOoftheGuildforExceptionalChildrenandChairoftheBrooklynDevelopmentalDisabilitiesCouncil.PhotobyRobertLashleyStaffWatchAnnWelbeckthecommunityoffersrst-rateprogramstotreatautism.Mysonshousesupervisorsappreciatemyinput.WhenitcomestoKeithIdosaythisishowitshouldbedone.TheyrespectmyopinionsbecauseofmypositionatILA.InadditiontobeingveryactiveinhersonslifeMs.WelbeckisinvolvedwithherlocalparishAllSaintsEpiscopalChurchwhichservedasarehearsalspaceforDancingwiththeILAStarslastyear.Ms.Welbeckalsooccasionallyrevisitshertravel-agentrootsbookingtripsandotheroutingsforfriendsandclients.ShesalsodonesometravelingherselfvisitingherboyfriendinHamburgGermanyandherfamilyinGhana.IloveBelgium.IfIcouldspeakFlemishIwouldlivethereshesays.LookingtowardthefutureWhenaskedwheresheseesherselfattheAgencyin5-10yearsMs.WelbecksaysEverytimeImaskedthisquestionIhavetosmilebecausebeingwhereImcomingfromandwhereIamgoingIhavetotakeitonedayatatime.NotthatImpushingmyselftoimprovemylifeitsjustthewaymysituationisrightnow.EachdayIworkveryhard.IfanopportunityhappenstocomeaboutIwillembraceit.SometimesIplanondoingsomethingbutlifegetsintheway.MeanwhileMs.Welbecksuggeststhatweallsimplywakeupinthemorningandknowyourealive.Itdoesntmatterifthesunisoutorifitsraining.Putasmileonyourface.Dontworryaboutthingsyoudontknow.Liveinthemoment.Takethingsonedayatatimeandhelpsomeonealongtheway.SpeakingaboutherIndividualsshesaysIwouldliketothinkImmakingadifference.IfonedayImnothereanymoreIwouldlikethemtofeelAnnwashereAnndidthisforthem.continuedfrompage314