gentleteachingwebLooking to improve how you interact with others? Interested in establishing a more effective relationship with an individual with disabilities that you work or live with? Gentle Teaching can help, and MDS launched a four-part Essentials of Gentle Teaching training series on February 12, 2013.

Gentle Teaching is a philosophy for supporting people with disabilities which is based on mutual respect, mutual change, and mutual growth. Emphasis is placed on establishing a solid, positive relationship between people with disabilities and those who support them. With this foundation, change and growth are achieved through teaching new skills and focusing on participation in a logical flow of activities.

The four-part Gentle Teaching monthly training sessions are intended for families, staff, providers and professionals. Participants should have completed the Introduction to Gentle Teaching workshop (part of Orientation) within the past two years. An Introduction class is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.

Changing Ourselves So That Others May Grow
Tuesdsays, February 12th & February 19th 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: David Yeiter

Essentials of Teaching: "Nuts and Bolts" "Getting it Done"
Tuesdays, March 12th & March 19th 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: Jessica O'Connor

Why Calendars, Schedules and Routines Are Important
Tuesdays, April 16th & April 23rd 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: Paula Smith

Putting It All Together
Tuesdays, May 14th & May 21st 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: David Yeiter

Participants should have completed the Introduction to Gentle Teaching workshop (part of Orientation) within the past two years. An Introduction class is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is necessary. For more information, contact Jessica O'Connor at 352-1304. Click here for information on Gentle Teaching workshops.

projectsearchweblogoInterested in learning about a job training program for individuals with developmental disabilities? Project SEARCH will host information sessions at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene on two Wednesdays in February – on February 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and on February 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Project SEARCH is a job training program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Participants in Project SEARCH become Interns, learning skills on the job, and gaining practical experience as they rotate through internship sites at the hospital/clinic. Internships are structured to teach skills that are marketable and needed in the workforce. The goal of Project SEARCH is employment that matches the Intern’s experiences, strengths and skills. Project SEARCH starts each year in September and ends in June. Click here to find out more about Project Search and how to apply.

Qualified applicants are students who are between the ages of 20 and 34 years old and want to learn job skills through unpaid internships at CMC/DH-K. All applicants must be eligible and receiving services from MDS and Vocational Rehab. Students transitioning from high school must turn 21 before the end of their Project SEARCH program. Priority is given to those transitioning from high school.

Project SEARCH partners include Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene, Keene School District, Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions, Monadnock Developmental Services and NH Vocational Rehabilitation. Learn more from representatives of these partners at either information session. RSVP to Molly McNeill at 352-1304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Keene Sentinel's Monadnock Profile tells the story of Linda Quintanilha as a mom, a voice and an advocate for people with disabilities. Click here to read the article.

For the fifth consecutive year, free tax help and preparation is available at the River Center in Peterborough, as part of their Money Matters program. This free service, aimed at helping people of moderate to low income file their taxes, is offered at the River Center office at 46 Concord Street. Call 603-924-6800 to schedule free tax preparation from an IRS certified tax preparer.

As NH moves to switch to private Medicaid Managed Care, Connecticut has decided to stop using private insurers for its Medicaid health programs. As of January 2012, all of the state's Medicaid programs will be funneled into one system operated by a third-party administrator, with the state, rather than the insurers, will bear the risk of claims. This also brings the state back to a fee-for-service model rather than a flat fee per patient. Read articles from USA Today and the Hartford Courant to find out more about this switch. Click here to find out more about Medicaid Managed Care in NH in our Advocacy section.

targetshareatreewebChristmas 2011 was made much brighter for many families and children supported by Monadnock Developmental Services, thanks to the kindness and generosity of an incredible group of individuals, businesses and organizations in our region.

For the twelfth year in a row, employees of Kennedy Information in Peterborough sponsored a number of area families, providing toys, clothing, books, certificates and gift cards to make Christmas more joyful for them.  Other companies whose employees sponsored families with holiday items, gifts and food baskets were United Natural Foods of Chesterfield, SunBridge/Harborside Healthcare of Sharon, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, and WKS-Residential Resources Inc.

Borders Books donated hundreds of children’s books to MDS last summer, and Children’s Services hosted a book sale to raise money, bringing in more than $800 to go toward gifts for families. As part of its Share-A-Tree Program, and in conjunction with the Monadnock United Way, Target celebrated the season of giving by donating a holiday tree with lights and decorations.

Wally Reney, along with Toys for Tots and Douglas Toys, donated dozens of stuffed animals and toys for children connected with MDS.   A group of thoughtful and generous men, the Retired Six-Pack, donated, delivered and stacked five cords of wood for several families. We also want to thank the Blais family, the Broad-Vigneault family, the Messier family, Norma Leach, MDS employees, and many other community members who gave gifts and donations to help make a better Christmas for families in need in our region.

These generous folks' kindness touch these families in many ways, especially during these difficult times. From one family: “Awesome!  Thank you so much.  We couldn't afford to buy anything for our son.  This means so much to us.”  A mother cried and said she was “thrilled and overwhelmed with all the gifts. Another wrote a note to us saying:  “Thank you so much, I can't even express how much we appreciate your help!”

On behalf of everyone at MDS and the individuals and families we work with, we thank all of you for your generosity and good will.

 

Christmas 2010 was much brighter for many families and children supported by Monadnock Developmental Services, thanks to the kindness and generosity of an incredible group of individuals, businesses and organizations.

Monadnock Development Services is pleased to welcome Donald Hayes of Keene as the newest member of its Board of Directors. MDS is the area agency providing supports and services to people with developmental disabilities in the southwestern corner of New Hampshire.
plungewebTwo Monadnock area Penguin Plunge teams – the Frozen Sections and the Frozen Paws – are looking for a few more brave souls to join them in raising money for local Special Olympics teams. Each team member is required to raise at least $350 and then jump in the frigid ocean waters at Hampton Beach on Sunday, February 6th.

mcstemployerawardsDecember 2009: Ten employers in the Monadnock region have been recognized for excellence in disability employment practices and policies at their businesses. The Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST) and Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) will honor all of these exemplary companies at a special ceremony in Keene on December 14th.

January 2010: The Bureau of Developmental Services, with the help of New Hampshire Family Voices, has released preliminary first year data from the New Hampshire Autism Spectrum Disorders Registry created in late 2008. The first year’s data has been released, showing 119 people across New Hampshire diagnosed during that 12 month period. Of that number, more than 60% were diagnosed under the age of five, an important statistic in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

dennisbillwebDecember 2009: Bill Lynch of Keene has received the MDS Dennis DiTullio Citizen of Honor Award, with very special recognition of Lifetime Achievement for his work over the past 25 years. This award recognizes his enthusiastic support, dedication and tireless work in assisting individuals and families with developmental and other disabilities.

kennedy_groupJanuary 2010: Christmas 2009 was much brighter for a number of people in our region, thanks to the kindness and generosity of a group of individuals, businesses and organizations who truly made a difference for dozens of families supported by Monadnock Developmental Services. Especially during these difficult times, this generosity touched every family in so many ways.

For the tenth year in a row, the remarkable employees of Kennedy Information in Peterborough sponsored a number of area families, providing toys, clothing, books, certificates and gift cards to make Christmas brighter for them. Other companies whose employees sponsored families and children were FirstTracks Marketing Group of Peterborough, SunBridge/Harborside Healthcare of Sharon, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, PSNH, United Natural Foods, and WKS-Residential Resources Inc. Wally Reney and Toys for Tots donated dozens of stuffed animals, toys and sleds for MDS children. The staff of the Community Kitchen provided nutritious food baskets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas for MDS families in need. We also want to thank the the Blais family, the Broad-Vigneault family, the Messier family, Norma Leach, Dennie Wheeler, the Family Council, MDS employees, and the many other wonderful community members who gave gifts and donations to help make a better Christmas for families in need in our region.

Especially during these difficult times, this generosity touched every family in so many ways. One mother wrote: “As I left the MDS office, I was attempting to get to my car without anyone seeing the tears in my eyes. But these tears were not like the ones I shed last Christmas. These tears were tears of Joy.” We heard from another family: “Because of you, my children awoke on Christmas morning to see that Santa had come.” Another comment: “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

On behalf of everyone at MDS and the individuals and families we work with, we thank all of you for your generosity and good will. If you have any interest in sponsoring a child or family for next Christmas, please call us now at 352-1304 and we’ll put you on our list for 2010.