Happenings & Stories

First Tee Golf Mentoring Program

First Tee Golf Mentoring Program

Last Saturday, December 12th, 2015, the First Tee of Broward held an Open House at Weston Hills Country Club to provide families with an overview of their Golf Program. This NEW Program, which kicks off January 9th, is a nine week activity designed by First Tee of...

Holiday Gift Exchange and Lunch

Holiday Gift Exchange and Lunch

The CBHS students enjoyed the comfort and ambiance of Chili's as they ate and celebrated the holidays this week. The HDS Foundation group, including Cristina Miranda Gilson, Carla Otiniano, Hannah Miller and Dr. Sandy Rizzo Weiner joined the class and both teachers of...

Golf at Cypress Bay

Golf at Cypress Bay

Last week, Ms. Donna Mansolillo’s class had the opportunity to learn about and play golf at Cypress Bay High School. Part of an intro to the First Tee of Broward’s Golf Program, students were treated to a preview of the Golf Program that is starting in January,...

Dan Marino Walkabout Autism

Dan Marino Walkabout Autism

The CHBS ESE Department and the HDS Foundation are once again teaming up to raise funds through involvement in the 2016 Dan Marino Walkabout Autism. This community event is unique because through it, the Marino Foundation awards K-12 School...

CBHS Homecoming 2015

Homecoming is an exciting time of year for many high school students. It's a week of celebration, group activities, and pep rallies all leading up to the coveted football game and dance. Often, though, the students participating in these festivities are part of the...

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Dressing up and going to a party are typical activities high school students partake in on Halloween. This year, the Cypress Bay Social Skills class organized a party of its own. The event was scheduled at Tarantella's Ristorante at Weston Town Center on Halloween...

It’s Official

The Cypress Bay H.S. Social Skills students are on their way to being good money managers. This week, the entire class went to the Bank of America branch at Weston Commons to officially activate their bank accounts. Earlier in the month, Bank of America staff met with...

Bank of America Visits the Bay

Bank of America Visits the Bay

Saturday, October 3 was an exciting day for our Social Skills Project class students. Most of them visited and met with Bank of America executives who were kind enough to give their time to Cypress Bay's ESE department on a Saturday. These...

JAFCO 2015 In My Shoes Lunch

JAFCO 2015 In My Shoes Lunch

JAFCO’s Children’s Ability Center kicked off the season with its most successful fundraiser, the 5th Annual In My Shoes luncheon at Boca West Country Club on October 2, 2015. With 750 people in attendance, the organization raised close to...

Money Management

Money Management

On September 25, 2015 the HDS Foundation, along with executives from Bank of America, hosted a lunch workshop related to bank accounts, ATMs, and learning to manage money for students. Bank of America collaborated with the students, explaining...

Neighbors and Friends

Neighbors and Friends

This past month, the HDS Foundation had the opportunity to collaborate with the ESE Social Skills project class in a ‘getting to know each other’ lunch event. Cristina Miranda, President of the HDS Foundation, together with Ms. Donna...

Light it up Blue #LIUB

Light it up Blue #LIUB

World Autism Day is April 2, 2015.  At HDS we join thousands of companies who will Light it Up Blue #LIUB.  Autism touches most of our lives; either we have a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or know of someone who lives with Autism.  The HDS Foundation, Inc. was...

Start A Small Business

A Program for Persons and Families with Developmental Disabilities Picasso Einstein's E4i program provides solutions to families and individuals interested in exploring or pursuing self-employment. - PROJECT FAMILY - a course for parents/caregivers interested in...

2014 Entrepreneurship Camp Starts Today!

After much hard work, the HDS Foundation and Picasso Einstein launch the Summer Entrepreneurship Camp.  Seven young men have signed up for this hands on camp experience which promises to be both exciting and challenging, mixed up with a great deal of FUN.  Nelson...

End of Summer Lunch for STEPS Interns

As the summer comes to an end, the Dan Marino Foundation STEPS Interns were able to celebrate their time with a fun lunch and a movie day.  Each of them contributed to the fun by bringing in a home-made item for our pot-luck lunch.  The DMF STEPS  Interns spent part...

Dan Marino Foundation Recognition Dinner

Meagan Bouscher-Miranda, HDS Foundation Program Manager, attended the DMF Recognition Dinner, held at the Hampton Inn, Fort Lauderdale.  All the job coaches, interns, and job sites were praised for their efforts in helping the interns achieve their summer program...

1st Day of Summer Internship Program

A great deal of excitement and anticipation in the air at the HDS Foundation as our first Summer Internship Program kicks off.  We welcomed four student interns from the Dan Marino Foundation Summer STEPS Program, together with their Job Coach and Supervisor.  Our...

2013 Cheer Buddies Banquet

The Cypress Bay Cheer Squad and the Cheer Buddies held their yearly baquet at Weston Hills Country Club. They celebrated their accomplishments and said goodbye to the Senior class, awards were given out and comical "Superlatives." All the students had a wonderful time...

Orientation for Dan Marino Summer STEPS Program

The HDS Foundation staff attended Orientation for the Dan Marino Foundation Summer STEPS Internship Program this week.   HDS is a new partner for the Dan Marino Foundation, and will be a summer job site for a small group of interns.  As part of the Foundation’s long...

Cypress Bay High School ESE End of the Year Brunch

As the school year comes to an end, the Cypress Bay High School students were able to put their skills into practice at the end of the year luncheon. Students, teachers, members from the ESE department, and employers were all present as the students spoke about what...

Autism Day: The Marlins VS The Phillies

The HDS family visited the Marlins Park on Sunday, April 14th to watch the hometown Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Marlins went above and beyond to focus the game on Autism awareness. They had volunteer recognization during the game, an Autism kiosk...

1st Visit to Artserve

The HDS Foundation Team did a presentation on software testing for dozens of STEPS Program Participants.  Our staff  presented plans for a summer internship program which was currently in the works with the Dan Marino Foundation STEPS Program staff. We had the...