Friday, February 11, 2011

Block Institute's Brightest Star

Last Saturday, Keelie Sheridan, Miss Greater NYC, invited and organized a few local titleholders and myself to participate in the Block Institute's Brightest Star competition. It was the final round of the Institute's pageant competition wherein 10 finalists represented their preliminary awards including .... I was a guest judge and it was definitely a hard job! The video presentations were impressive, giving a glimpse into the lives of these very capable yet developmentally disabled adults, highlighting their independence and community service.

Aman and Phillip - two of my favorites!
The Judges and Aman, Block Institute's Brightest Star

Aman Khajah came away the winner, a fan favorite because of his Michael Jackson dance moves. I was excited to be featured on Fox5 Good Day Street Talk with Aman and his father on Saturday. Check it out!

The Brooklyn Eagle also wrote an article...HERE

About Block Institute:

Block Institute of Brooklyn, New York, a non-profit, non-sectarian agency is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. Established in 1962, Block Institute has extensive experience providing individualized services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

For nearly 50 years, Block Institute has been a beacon of hope for the developmentally disabled and their families. Our program offerings include Special Education and Evaluation Services for children with special needs ages three to eight years old. For adults with disabilities who are age 18 and older, we provide Day Habilitation, Vocational Services, Day Treatment, and quality Residential Care in a family like setting. Our adult programs help individuals with disabilities to develop increased independence, individuality, productivity and community inclusion. We firmly believe that every individual, no matter his or her disability, has the potential to achieve greater independence, and lead a more fulfilling life.

Block Institute is committed to community awareness, sensitivity, and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. We are devoted to providing our services in environments that promote dignity, personal well-being, and good health.

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