Happenings & Stories

THRIVE’s Community Learning Opportunity Event

THRIVE’s Community Learning Opportunity Event

Recently, Project THRIVE held their Community Learning Opportunity (CLO) event. CLO is a career fair held for the THRIVE students, in which the students educate businesses and employers on what Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is and different ways to support employees...

THRIVE meets Temple Grandin

THRIVE meets Temple Grandin

In March, Dr. Temple Grandin gave a seminar at the University of North Florida about her accomplishments. This was of particular interest to the THRIVE students because Dr. Temple Grandin is a remarkably successful woman and innovator in the agricultural...

How YOU Can Help the HDS Foundation through AmazonSmile

How YOU Can Help the HDS Foundation through AmazonSmile

Did you know Amazon is the most massive internet retailer in the WORLD?! Did you also know that they offer a sister website, AmazonSmile that offers all of the same items, prices, and benefits PLUS donations? The HDS Foundation mission is to provide services and...

My Experience

My Experience

Helping with the HDS Foundation over the past year has been a big part of why I’ve loved working here so much. In my time at HDS I have written a few of our blogposts for the foundation about the events it has hosted and participated in. Seeing how great of a time the...

BRIDGES Fundraises at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

BRIDGES Fundraises at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

Last week, the BRIDGES program collaborated with the Cypress Bay High School Best Buddies Club and National Honors Society for a fundraiser at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. The fundraiser had an amazing turnout and was very successful in raising...

BRIDGES End of the Year Dinner

BRIDGES End of the Year Dinner

This month, the BRIDGES students had a fun-filled End of the Year Dinner. It was an enjoyable occasion where all of the students came in their best cocktail attire: cute dresses, and button down shirt and slacks. The venue was decorated with blue table cloths,...

BRIDGES Takes a Trip to Channel 10

On Thursday, May 4th, the BRIDGES students went on a field trip to visit the Channel 10 newsroom. Everyone was very excited to visit the newsroom and learn all about working in journalism. The students had a great time and even got to try out...

Survivor: Visions Edition XXIV Conference

Survivor: Visions Edition XXIV Conference

This year marked the 24th VISIONS Conference and Transition Institute, held at the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center in St. Pete. Many organizations, instructors, schools, and leaders came together to learn and be informed about transitioning outside of high...

HDS Foundation on “Here’s Help” Radio Show

HDS Foundation on “Here’s Help” Radio Show

The HDS Foundation relies on different allies of communication and networking to inform people about our programs and our mission here in South Florida and beyond. We recently had the opportunity to reach out over the airwaves, on the Here’s Help Radio Show, an...

DCDT Visions XXIV Conference

DCDT Visions XXIV Conference

This year, the HDS Foundation and some of its Board Members are very excited to be traveling to sunny St. Petersburg, FL to attend the DCDT Visions XXIV Conference from May 3-May 5, at the Sirata Beach Resort and Convention Center. There, we will be attending...

BRIDGES goes to Bit-by-Bit

BRIDGES goes to Bit-by-Bit

This month, the BRIDGES students had the thrilling opportunity to visit the Bit-by-Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center. Bit-by-Bit is a Therapeutic Horse Ranch that provides healing with the help of horses and promotes the independence of those in need of therapy or...

BRIDGES visits the YMCA

BRIDGES visits the YMCA

This April, the BRIDGES students visited the YMCA in Weston. The students had the opportunity to tour the facilities, ask questions, and even got to try out some of the gym equipment. They learned all about what working at the YMCA looks like, and all the services the...

HDS Lights It Up Blue

HDS Lights It Up Blue

April 2nd has been declared by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day, and April as World Autism Month.  This year, the Foundation, the HDS Companies, and the employees dressed in blue to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.  To celebrate World Autism...

College Living Experience Summer Residential Camp

College Living Experience Summer Residential Camp

The College Living Experience’s (CLE) Summer Residential Camp is a great way for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to transition from high school to post-secondary education. The students have a support system so they are not alone when they...

BRIDGES Takes a Trip to Weston Regional Park

BRIDGES Takes a Trip to Weston Regional Park

This month, the BRIDGES class took a trip to the Weston Regional Park. The purpose for this trip was to do a team building exercise outdoors. The students all had a great time, and were excited to get out of their usual classroom setting. Everyone enjoyed the fresh...

BRIDGES Visits the Fire Department

BRIDGES Visits the Fire Department

Being a first responder is no easy task, but it is definitely an exciting profession to learn about. This month, the BRIDGES class was able to visit the Fire Department and learn about what it takes to be a firefighter. The BRIDGES students seemed very intrigued by...

Dan Marino Campus and Open House

Dan Marino Campus and Open House

This month, the Dan Marino Campus will be hosting two open houses. The Dan Marino Campus provides post-secondary education for young adults aged 18 to 28 with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are two campuses, both located in South...

BRIDGES visits City Hall

BRIDGES visits City Hall

This month, the BRIDGES students got the opportunity to visit City Hall, specifically the City of Weston Emergency Operations Center, or EOC. The EOC building was just recently completed, and houses the EOC, IT Department, Fire Marshal, Police, and other safety...

BRIDGES visits A Painting Fiesta

BRIDGES visits A Painting Fiesta

This month, the BRIDGES class took a trip to A Painting Fiesta Art Studio for a social skills opportunity and fun outing. This trip allowed the students to explore their creativity through specific guidelines set forth by the studio. The social skills they used were...

BRIDGES Community Networking Event

BRIDGES Community Networking Event

The BRIDGES Program was created by The HDS Foundation as a community partnership for high school students with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, who are on a standard diploma track. The program addresses both mentoring, financial tools/education...

Holiday Luncheon and Secret Elf 2017

Holiday Luncheon and Secret Elf 2017

On December 15th, the students of Cypress Bay High had their annual Holiday Luncheon and Secret Elf gift exchange. The wonderful luncheon took place at Chili’s for a second year. The HDS Foundation staff was able to join the classes festivities. The students picked...

THRIVE Christmas Party

THRIVE Christmas Party

College isn’t just about going to class and writing papers. The full college experience includes meeting new people, making great friends, and having a blast. Social life is an essential and fun part of college, and that is no different for the Project THRIVE...

Second Annual Halloween Party

Second Annual Halloween Party

October 29th marked the Second Annual Halloween Party for the Cypress Bay BRIDGES program. Both Parents and HDS Foundation staff members were invited to celebrate with the class. HDS Foundation was very happy to be invited to this party and were ready to have some...

Opening Bank Accounts with Bank of America

Opening Bank Accounts with Bank of America

On October 1st, all the students of the Cypress Bay BRIDGES Social Skills class and their parents, who came to Cypress Bay for the day, met with a Bank of America representative. The Bank of American representative spoke to them about opening bank accounts for...