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Patti McDonald Is Honored at the 45th CMA Gala

Over the years, we’ve grown and thrived in several communities thanks to the dedication and selfless service of men and women like Patti Ann McDonald. This year we are proud to recognize Patti Ann McDonald as one of the honorees for our annual gala on November 7th. Continue reading to learn about…

7 Cool Assistive Technologies Driving Accessibility for Intellectual Disabilities

Assistive Technological solutions are improving accessibility options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. First defined in federal law with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA), assistive technology can include any software, device, or equipment used to bolster or maintain the functional capabilities of people with disabilities.…

The Direct Support Professional Crisis

It’s estimated there are more than two million Americans working as Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). A DSP is someone who teaches life skills, supports empowerment, and provides physical assistance as needed while supporting the self-direction and choices of an individual with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD).  DSPs are often referred…

In The Mainstream: The Newsletter of Community Mainstreaming Summer 2019

Our Growing Family - From The Executive Director - Eileen McDonald Egan, MPH, MA Donate Now Welcome to All Our New Families and Thank You to All of Our Supporters and Friends for Helping Us Make This Happen 2019 is a year of exciting growth for CMA. We will be…

Celebrating the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2019 will commemorate the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26, 1990 President George H.W. Bush signed this monumental piece of civil rights legislation that prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities and special needs across all facets of life, including…

What Is Community Inclusion & Why Is It a Win-Win Scenario?

Community inclusion is important because all people, regardless of their abilities, should be able to participate and engage in a full range of community activities. At Community Mainstreaming (CMA), the principles of community inclusion inform and fuel all of our programs. Continue reading to learn more about community inclusion and…

Helpful Tips for Teaching Social Boundaries to Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Whether it's for a job or to simply make friends, it's critical to teach social boundaries to adults with developmental disabilities. A decreased level of self esteem, social withdrawal, and feelings of alienation can all be the direct result of a lack of social skills. As a result, we've put…

Community Mainstreaming Newsletter – April 2019

Community Mainstreaming Live at the Landmark Thank you to everyone who came to see Community Mainstreaming’s band, The Main Attractions, perform on March 24th at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. The music was lively, and attendees had a wonderful experience getting to know our work. Our performers…

Keys to Unlocking Employment Opportunities for Adults with Disabilities

Finding employment today for anyone can be a challenge, but finding employment opportunities for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) in the Long Island area can be filled with uncertainty — especially if you don't know where to look. However, you don't have to do it alone. The team at Community…

Activities for Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

At Community Mainstreaming, we're more focused on the types of activities adults with disabilities can do — and less focused about what they can't. Let's take a closer look at a few different types of activities adults with disabilities can do at home. Nature Activities for Adults with Disabilities Whether…