Happenings & Stories

If You Don’t Know the Sender, It Might Be a Pretender!

If You Don’t Know the Sender, It Might Be a Pretender!

Today the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class participated in a workshop hosted by Luke Wilson with Family Network on Disabilities. Since the pandemic, teens have spent an extraordinaire amount of time on their phones, computers, and tablets, either doing virtual school or...

Where There’s a Whisk, There’s a Way!

Where There’s a Whisk, There’s a Way!

The HDS Foundation B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program is always keeping things fun and exciting when it comes to our Community Based Instruction (CBI) activities. Now that we have been virtual, it’s important to keep our mission alive guiding the students to independent living...

Homestead Parent Meeting Was a SUCCESS!

Homestead Parent Meeting Was a SUCCESS!

Last night, the HDS Foundation hosted a successful Parent Meeting with our Homestead Senior High School BRIDGES (Self-Determination Class).  We were happy to have the opportunity to meet the parents and share the programs and resources the foundation has to offer. The...

Say No To Cyberbullying

Say No To Cyberbullying

In a digital age, teens have constant access to their electronics whether it is a cell phone, tablet, or computer to communicate and socialize with their friends. This makes them an easy target to be cyberbullied.  Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass,...

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

In 2006, the PACER Center-Champions for Children with Disabilities founded PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Through various partnerships with national parent organizations, PACER was able to provide schools, parents, and students with an abundance of...

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. the Builders

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. the Builders

The B.R.I.D.G.E.S Builders participated in a fun Community Based Instruction (CBI) activity last Friday, when they all were able to show their building skills as they all built a birdhouse together. Facilitators, Kathy Gorman-Gard and Donna Mansolillo began the CBI...

Ask Eustacia – Q&A

Ask Eustacia – Q&A

Yesterday, the HDS Foundation attended the Ask Eustacia – Q&A webinar where Eustacia Cutler, Dr. Temple Grandin’s mother, presented on the topic: “How Will I Find My Way to the One Who Will Help Me Find My Way” via Zoom. Our employees and staff at HDS Companies,...

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Parent Zoom Meeting

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Parent Zoom Meeting

The HDS Foundation B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Parent Meeting was a SUCCESS! Our board members kicked the meeting off by introducing themselves and sharing their overview on how the program has grown over the years. After the introductions were made, our President and Chairman,...

Happy National Nonprofit Day!

National Nonprofit Day, founded by Sherita J. Herling, commemorates August 17, 1894, when the Tariff Act became law and gave exemptions for charitable institutions and nonprofit organizations. Today, we celebrate National Nonprofit Day by recognizing the positive...

Getting Where You Need to Go!

Getting Where You Need to Go!

Transportation is an important aspect for postsecondary transitions for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  When they have the freedom to get to and from work, school, social activities, and medical appointments, their ability for independence...

How Young Adults with ASD Can Prepare for Employment

How Young Adults with ASD Can Prepare for Employment

As High School students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), begin their postsecondary journey towards employment, they may begin to feel overwhelmed by the process of pursing their first job. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the families to help their child...

Hurricane Isaias

  HDS is closely watching the forecast for Hurricane Isaias. Landfall is anticipated to occur north of our location sometime over the weekend, however we anticipate we will be fully operational throughout the weekend and into next week. HDS continues to operate...