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AmongthemanydelightsofthisissueisaheartwarmingarticleaboutourstaffrecallingunforgettableILAmoments.SeeDirectCareStaffReectonTheirFavoriteILAMemoriespage12.IwasdeeplytouchedwhenIrstreadthosereminiscenceswhichareproofthatwhatILAdoesisalaboroflove.IencourageyoutoreadthatarticletoseewhatworkingatourAgencymeanstostafflikeIrisQuirindangoMarieRoseReneDanielMikokuRuthMohammedEvaMcKoyMarciaMcIntoshMargaretYancyandMichaelWilliams.Butthisarticleisnotaboutnostalgia.Itsaboutthefuture.Thescopeandfundingofourserviceswilldrasticallychangeinthenextfewyears.Withinourcurrentstructureweproudlyprovideindividualizedservicesandactivitiesbutgovernmentfunderswanttomoveagenciestowardsmallerresidencesandstafngarrangementsalternativesto247goalswhichIembrace.HoweverIamconcernedthatthesuccessesourIndividualshaveachievedarenotlostintheever-evolvingconceptofindividualizedcare.Theoutcomemaybefewerpeeractivitiesandlessinvolvementofdirectcarestaffresultingintheunintendedconsequenceofisolation.Soasyoureadthearticleconsiderthemovingscenestheirstoriesevokebecausethesetalesofsuccesschallengeustodoevenbetteraswemovetowardanunsettledfuture.Thesestoriesareinspirationalremindersthatwemustnevercompromiseourprinciples.CommunityInclusionasaSocialResponsibilityWhenIrissaysThebestpartofmyjobistakingtheIndividualsoncommunityinclusionactivitiestheentirehistoryofoureldcomestomind.Wetakeforgrantedtheavailabilityofsuchactivitiesasbowlingoutingsamusementparktripsmuseumvisitsormerewalksinthepark.Buttheywerenotalwaysthereforallourcitizens.Thefoundersofoureldfoughtforthesesimpledignities.WhileIndividualsbenetgreatlyfromcommunityinclusiontheyalsoeagerlyattendmanylargeILAgroupactivities.Itistheirchoicetodosoandtheyenjoythemimmensely.Yetnewerideologiesdiscouragetheseactivities.Myhopeisthattheseactivitiesarenotregulatedoutofexistence.TheNecessityofServicesMargarettellsusthathernativecountryprovidesnoresidentialservicesforthedevelopmentallydisabled.ThatfactshowshowfarwehavecomeintheUSandinNewYorkinparticularbutalsohoweasyitistofallbacktothosedarkdaysifwedonotmaintainourvigilanceonbehalfofourIndividualsrights.EnjoyingAllLifeHastoOfferDanieltalksaboutthevaluethatIndividualsndintakingavacation.TheseextrasgoalongwaytowardhelpingIndividualsrealizeaqualityoflifethattherestofusdo.Yetnancingthoseexperiencesisbecomingmorepoliticizedandcomplicatedbynewfundingmechanisms.Asaresultthreatsincreaseinsocietyslivinguptoitsresponsibilitytomakealifeforallpeopleregardlessoftheirability.MedicalChallengesAreInevitableInthearticleyouwillreadaboutthreeremarkabletriumphsovermedicalchallengeswhicharebecomingagrowingconcernasourpopulationages.MarciatellsofthesupportanIndividualreceivedasherecoveredfromcoloncancersurgeryandyearslaterhiscancerremainsinremission.EvagivesanaccountofhowphysicalandoccupationaltherapyhelpedanIndividualrecoverfromanaccident.MessagefromtheExecutiveDirectorLookingBacktoLookAheadByArthurPalevskyExecutiveDirectorcontinuedonpage5ArthurPalevskyExecutiveDirectorPhotobyBenjaminO.SotoCoverpageMarciaMcIntoshResidenceSupervisorResidentialNursestandingcenterenjoyingamomentwithCarltonAvenueResidencestaffandIndividuals.SeeDirectCareStaffReectonTheirFavoriteILAMemoriesonpages12-13forreminiscencesfromMarciaandsevenotherILAstaffaboutworkingwithIndividuals.PhotobyBenjaminO.Soto2