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Lindsay Alperin

Lindsay Alperin is the YEP Career Readiness Program Director at Partners for Youth with Disabilities. She comes to PYD as an experienced Occupational Therapist having worked with individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings including schools, homes, and hospitals. In her role, Lindsay provides oversight of all aspects of the YEP Career Readiness Program.

Lindsay is passionate about supporting the education and development of career readiness skills for youth with disabilities in an inclusive setting. Her background and hands-on experience are critical for this role as she has witnessed first-hand the barriers individuals with disabilities and their families face in everyday activities.

Lindsay received both her Bachelors of Science in Health and Science Studies and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, reading, being outside, and spending time with her friends and family.

New guide for increasing advocacy skills in young adults with disabilities

Tim Davis and John Waterman of PEAC, Judy Shanley of Easterseals, and Genelle Thomas of PYDAt the recent convention of the American Association of Intellectual and Development Disabilities, PYD, Easterseals, and PEAC released the new Implementation Guide for the Transportation Advocacy Mentoring Initiative (TAMI).

This “how to” manual provides guidance on leveraging peer mentoring to improve advocacy skills and highlights the successes of the 2017 TAMI pilot project.

The guide can benefit those interested in improving self-advocacy skills for youth and young adults with disabilities, peer mentoring strategies and models, and/or accessible transportation.

If your organization is interested in replicating the TAMI project in your area, please contact nationalcenter@pyd.org for support and guidance.

Download Guidebook Here

Report: Global assessment on the leadership needs of youth with disabilities

Juan and Regina sitting in the UN council chamberIn June, Regina Snowden presented at the Conference of State Parties at the U.N. in NYC to release the global mapping and needs assessment report written by the Leadership and Mentoring Task Force of the Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities.

PYD co-chairs this task force with Mobility International USA. Through our affiliation, PYD was funded to lead an effort to conduct a mapping exercise and needs assessment to better understand:

1) What youth report they need to be better leaders.

2) How organizations are including youth with disabilities and what they report needing to be more inclusive.

To download the full report, visit the website for the Leadership and Mentoring task force or click on the image below.

Title page that reads "Global Mapping Exercise and Needs Assessment Report"

Become an NDMC member

Thank you for your interest in joining the National Disability Mentoring Coalition!  As a membership organization, NDMC provides organizations and individuals interested in mentoring as a disability inclusion strategy access to:

– National network of disability mentoring professionals and stakeholders
– Monthly networking call
– Quarterly training webinars and newsletters
– Annual NDMC planning meeting and networking opportunity
– Access to the NDMC eMentoring Platform
– Amplification through NDMC social media
– Influence on the national disability mentoring policy agenda
– Access to NDMC #DisabilityMentors Publication on Medium
– NDMC programming and initiatives
– Invitations to all NDMC activities, including Hall of Fame and advocacy events

If you have questions, please contact ndmc@pyd.org to learn more. If you want to join, please proceed to the correct form below and join the Coalition today!

Student – $25 annual membership, full benefits

Individual– $100 annual membership, full benefits

Nonprofit, Education, Government – $250 annual membership, full benefits

Corporate – $500 annual membership, full benefits

Network Partner – Free membership with access to limited benefits (Join the NDMC Mailing List and access to quarterly training sessions)

*Memberships are non-refundable.

A Salute to Deep Chinappa, PYD’s Director of Outreach and Recruitment

Deep sitting in front of a bongo drum, alonside a row of youth with drumsI have the good fortune of knowing Deep for over 17 years. Deep has filled those mighty years of devotion to PYD’s Access to Theatre (ATT) and Making Healthy Connections (MHC). MHC has been serving youth as a group mentoring program for 25 years. Its first name was “Youth in Preparation for Independence.” It was among an entry of beginning to provide group mentoring programs to be offered to youth with disabilities, seeking supportive school year based group mentoring programs. YIPI became MHC, when we changed a focus to put the topic concentration in the area of health, fitness, recreation and sports.

For over 17 years, October through May every other Friday night, and Deep would drive from Western, MA to Boston to helm MHC. The group met at the Brighton Oak Square Y for most of those years. Deep never missed a Friday night, with the exception of winter weather.

He empowered youth with all ranges of abilities. Indeed Deep’s talents are of the range I often refer to as “the Pied Piper.” That is the analogy of a man who has the gift of talent to engage and empower youth. Deep brought more than education, title, credentials to youth service. He brought the gift of insight, dedication, synergy, empathy, and commitment. These traits are not something that can necessarily be taught in a classroom. They come with innate talent and the quality of who an individual is, by character, nature and traits, that translate in to ability to engage and transform the lives of youth to find their own empowerment, their abilities.

There are so very many times I would watch Deep work with youth individually and in the group mentoring settings. The youth would respond to his gift of kindness, insight in to what each individual youth might be experiencing. In addition to finding the best guest speakers for the youth and parent group, he would see that youth who needed transportation to or from MHC obtained that. He tackled all manners of mayhem to celebrations,teen angst to teen best of times, that can come with group settings. He could always empower, encourage and help the youth become more disciplined for their own forward movement for independence, education, individual talents and career readiness.

Young man talking animatedly, while Deep sits next to himIn addition, Deep oversaw the MHC Parent Group that met simultaneously while their youth met. Lisa Jennings, parent guide of the Parent Group, was the faithful oversight of parent support while parents had the chance to gain insights from the speakers Deep would bring for them.

At the end of each first hour of the MHC group settings, the next hour would be the engagement of the youth in sports and recreation activities that the Y facilities provide. There was Deep in the center of the mix, making baskets, and joining in the game. The guide, the teacher, the coach, the support, the base of all things MHC. Then be sure that all the youth were in the best of care for transportation home.

Imagine: A world with more individuals that are Deep. Deep’s work represents a fortune of giving, dedication, time, commitment, talent and rewards that are most enriching a return on the investment of giving –his work truly illuminates the power and potential of youth with disabilities, and his work further PYD’s mission for so many years is priceless. We salute Deep’s many years of service and are honored to work with such a rare individual whose commitment to mission and service to others is paramount. Thank You Deep!

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