Garlic Planting at Elija Farm

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On a crisp, sunny day in November, NSSA’s Adult Clients went to nearby Elija Farm to help with garlic planting. They started with a little exercise by walking around the planting fields, stopping at different spots along the way to smell herbs and identify different plants. They then all donned gloves and took turns planting garlic bulbs in the freshly-tilled soil. Many hands made quick work of the big job.

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The ELIJA Farm offers opportunities for innovative, farm-based vocational programming for differently-abled individuals, and our Long Island community. Since 2016, NSSA Adult Services Program participants have helped with farm tasks, taken meditation classes and participated in healthy cooking presentations at the farm.

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See meditation story here

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See cooking story here

Everyone seemed to enjoy their work in the beautiful sunshine and we expect to be invited back in the spring to help harvest the garlic crop.

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Thanks, Elija Farm, for our ongoing partnership and collaboration.

NSSA’s Beaded Bracelet Business is Booming

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Participants in NSSA’s Adult Services Program have been busy making bracelets to sell to staff, families and at a local holiday fair. They started with Chakra bracelets, but they have branched out to other decorative beads and colors.

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They work as a team, sorting and stringing the beads and packaging them according to size. Barell parent Liza Hein, has generously assisted the endeavor by sourcing and donating materials for the bracelets, as well as sharing her industry expertise.

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On November 25, some of the adult program participants took their handmade bracelets and body scrubs, as well as knitted items donated by a staff member’s parent, to a local Holiday Fair. The Creating Keys Inclusive Holiday Fair was an ideal location for the clients to sell their items to the public.

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Alyssa was an excellent salesperson, engaging with potential customers and upselling bracelet quantities. She was even interviewed by News12 (video below).

These handmade bracelets aren’t just beautiful to wear. They have provided an engaging project that contributes to the learning, growth and skill development of our adult program participants. We can’t wait to see where this project takes them next!

Smithtown High School East Leadership Club Visits Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism

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On November 30, the Smithtown High School East Leadership Club visited The Martin C. Barell School to learn more about NSSA’s school program. For seven years, Smithtown High School East students have been hosting dances for our students and clients at their school, so we have an excellent long-standing relationship with these amazing students.

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When the Smithtown students arrived in the morning they were given a tour of the school by Stacey Agosta, NSSA Senior Behavior Intervention Specialist, then split up into smaller groups to spend time interacting with students in their different classrooms. Our teachers explained what the students were currently working on so the high schoolers were able to participate in the activities. They also brought craft projects to do with the students.

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Afterwards, members of the Leadership Club shared a pizza lunch with the NSSA friends they have made over the years at their school dances.

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We are so grateful to the students of Smithtown High School East for taking an ongoing and active role in the lives of our students and adult program participants at NSSA. We look forward to more wonderful events that these students host each year for their friends at NSSA.

The Best Things in Life are Sweet

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For the past few months NSSA Adult Clients have been experiencing new activities thanks to a grant received from The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation. NSSA has been offering more opportunities for enriching instruction in areas such as music, yoga, bowling, cooking, painting, horseback riding and more. Activities such as these help broaden the interests and skill development for our clients and help them to lead fulfilling lives.

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On October 22, several groups of adult clients went to Bake Me a Cake Boutique for a step-by-step cake decorating class. They each had their own personal-sized cakes to decorate. They cut and shaped their cakes, rolled out fondant, cut out different shapes, and applied all the pieces to turn their plain cake into a whimsical rainbow fish. Tiny bites of sweet fondant may or may not have been taken throughout the class! At the end, the cakes were placed carefully into bakery boxes to be taken home to their families.

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We can’t wait to see where NSSA adults go next!

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