Woods Makes Presentation at CHOP Conference
Woods was well represented at the 42nd Annual Philadelphia Regional Conference on Developmental Disabilities at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday, May 11. Our own Dr. Scott Spreat, Dr. Maura Roberts, Stephanie Geider and Cheryl Kauffman presented a session on Employment Support: Pre-employment Transition Services and Promoting Integrated Employment.
The group talked about the history of employment, Woods’ Brookwood School model and innovations in employment for people with IDD.
Woods to Host LBCCC Young Professionals Summit
Woods is proud to be hosting the Young Professionals Summit “Bettering the Leaders of Tomorrow”, which will be presented by the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 27, from 8:30 am -12:30 pm.
Cost for a summit pass is $75 and includes Continental Breakfast, Networking Opportunity, Three Breakout Sessions, and Keynote Address by Merrick Rosenberg, Co-founder of Team Builders Plus and Take Flight Learning. For more information or to purchase a summit pass, please visit www.lbccc.org.
Wednesdays at the Woods’ Bike Repair Shop
The story of our dynamic duo, Steve and Shawn, and their heartwarming friendship and shared interest in fixing bikes has been featured on multiple local news networks and publications! Click the links below to view all of the coverage.
True Mercy is a fiction thriller written by Idelle Kursman, the mother of a son with autism. Below is a blurb about the book and information on where it can be purchased. For more information on Idelle Kursman click here.
Danger lurks everywhere for Marina. When the ship carrying her and other human trafficking victims from Europe arrive at a port in New Jersey, Marina manages to escape and wants nothing more than to be rid of her traffickers and free the other women. But one of the underground organization’s vicious henchman will stop at nothing to recapture her. Marina scarred his face while on the ship and now he only desires to inflict the cruellest death possible on her. She is doomed until an unlikely pair come to her aid: a young man with autism and his widower father. Still reeling from the death of their mother and wife, son and father encounter her by chance and all three become caught up in the powerful tentacles of an international human trafficking ring. Will the madman succeed and destroy all their lives? Will relentless evil triumph in the end?
“From the first page of True Mercy, I knew I was in for a wild, harrowing ride of a story. Thankfully, author Idelle Kursman is up to the task; she is a true storyteller and wordsmith.” -Robert Liparulo, best-selling author of The Dreamhouse Kings, The Thirteenth Tribe and The Judgment Stone
True Mercy is available on Amazon, IngramSpark, and Smashwords. Print and e-book.
Fox 29 reporter Joyce Evans, along with her cameraman Shane, spent a few hours at Yellow Daffodil on June 20th. The Yellow Daffodil staff had a great time interacting with the pair and talking about their roles at the shop and life at Woods. Click here to view the segment!
Check out the latest edition of our quarterly magazine Woods World- Spring 2017!
The third annual Run for Woods was our best run/walk ever with nearly 1,100 people running, walking or rolling — including hundreds of individuals served by Woods – making our run/walk one of the largest integrated sporting events in Bucks County! Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Faulkner Ciocca Dealerships, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, and Corner Bakery Café, for providing a delicious lunch and dessert to all of the participants!
Check out the photos from the 2017 Run for Woods here!
Miss America Outstanding Teen Nicole Jia paid a visit to perform for and interact with the individuals at Woods. Nicole was in town to participate in the opening act of the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia. Everyone in attendance enjoyed her dance number, piano piece, and especially the sing along with Woods residents!
Thank You Faulkner-Ciocca Dealerships!
Faulkner and Ciocca Dealerships have agreed to sponsor the Run for Woods for the third year in a row! During the month of November we made trips to several Faulkner-Ciocca Dealerships to personally thank the staff members for their continued support of Woods, especially our Run for Woods 5K.
Special thanks to Patrick, Lindsay, and Adam for sharing their inspirational stories at the dealership visits! You can view all three speeches here.
On October 19, members of the Woods community gathered to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a moving parade featuring handmade signs with moving messages. Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.