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Chappaqua Discussion Focuses On Jobs For Special Needs Residents

Chappaqua and New Castle officials will meet to discuss employment opportunities for special needs residents.
Chappaqua and New Castle officials will meet to discuss employment opportunities for special needs residents. Photo Credit: Contributed

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The Town of New Castle is hosting an employment event for those with special needs on Thursday, May 5, at the Chappaqua Library Auditorium.

The event, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will look at the issue and problems associated with finding employment for special needs residents. Topics will include if the need is being filled, and if not, how to do a better job at finding employment opportunities. 

"When we took over the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing my first thought was to follow the lead of the Prospector Theater, which provides employment for people with disabilities. Research has proven that there are so many added benefits of employing people with disabilities. People with disabilities help to diversify the workplace," said New Castle Town Supervisor Rob Greenstein. "It has also been demonstrated that diversity adds many positive qualities to the workplace include a level of respect of others. I look forward to exploring how we - as a community – can do a better job of providing employment opportunities for those with special needs."

These are the panelists:

  • Robert Greenstein, supervisor, Town of New Castle 
  • Jerry Phillip, interim executive director, Neighborhood Network of New York 
  • Lucille Rossi, Greeley PTA's special education committee 
  • Heidi McCarthy, director, Special Education and Related Services 
  • Trish Kallman, owner of Hip Kids
  • Tracy Powell-Rudy, director Corporate Engagement, ASTEP 
  • Danielle Abrosh Gootzeit, member of Exceptional People of New Castle Committee 
  • Dawn Rosen, president Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Eric Byrne, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
  • Roberta Lasky, Arts & Culture Committee

"Chappaqua's school system is inclusive, meaning our children, both typical and those with disabilities, are included in the fabric of our schools—in the classrooms, the playing fields, the cafeteria, everywhere," said Rossi. "As our students with special needs transition to the adult world, being included in the community and workplace becomes just as important. These students benefit from exposure to work experiences while still at Greeley. This roundtable will highlight opportunities that currently exist in New Castle, as well as what we can do to further increase employment options in our town." 

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