Happenings & Stories

My Speaking Experience At The Cypress Bay BRIDGES Program

My Speaking Experience At The Cypress Bay BRIDGES Program

Today, I went to visit the Cypress Bay BRIDGES Program to talk about what my experience is like in college at UNF and FIU. I first initiated the speech by telling everyone my name, how old I was, and that I was an alumnus of Cypress Bay High School. I announced to the...

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2019 marks International Women’s Day. Started over 100 years ago, the first gathering on record was in 1911. This is an international celebration, acknowledged by various countries across the globe. “Women are key members of our workforce and community.  At...

BRIDGES FIELD TRIP TO FIU

BRIDGES FIELD TRIP TO FIU

On March 7th the BRIDGES program and other ESE students from Cypress Bay High School took a field trip to Florida International University (FIU). The purpose of the field trip was to provide the students with information about higher education and other programs that...

February Fun with BRIDGES

February Fun with BRIDGES

February was a fun-filled month for the BRIDGES Program at Cypress Bay High School. To start off the month, on February 6th the class went to A Painting Fiesta.  At this art studio, students are provided the supplies necessary to create a painting with direction given...

New Endeavors for the BRIDGES Program Coming Soon

The HDS Foundation has consistently supported the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs in Broward County Schools. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Foundation is hoping to continue its work in Broward County, but also to expand their support to...

FISP Gala

FISP Gala

On Friday, February 8, 2019, the HDS Foundation was honored to attend the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) 14th Annual Gala FISPY Awards. Miss Bryan, Producer of the DJ Laz Morning Show, was the evening’s MC.  In attendance were Presidents Harry...

January 2019 Events with BRIDGES Cypress Bay 

January 2019 Events with BRIDGES Cypress Bay 

2019 started off with a bang for the BRIDGES program at Cypress Bay High School. Field trips and activities where the students could practice such daily life skills as budgeting and social skills kept the class entertained. A benefit of the BRIDGES program for the...

Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day

Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day

On Friday, February 1st, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties both held their yearly “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”. This yearly event is sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, who encourage students aged 8 to 18 to participate by...

ASDY-Tech Team: Miguel

ASDY-Tech Team: Miguel

ASDY-TECH is a NEW (Jobs-related) Program initiated by The HDS Foundation, Inc.  This program focuses on providing training and potential employment to young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum.  ASDY-TECH (coined after the Autism Spectrum Disorder Young...

ASDY-Tech Team: Mario

ASDY-Tech Team: Mario

ASDY-TECH is a NEW (Jobs-related) Program initiated by The HDS Foundation, Inc.  This program focuses on providing training and potential employment to young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum.  ASDY-TECH (coined after the Autism Spectrum Disorder Young...

Cypress Bay BRIDGES Visit Lucille’s American Café

Cypress Bay BRIDGES Visit Lucille’s American Café

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the BRIDGES class from Cypress Bay High School visited Lucille’s American Café in Weston, Florida for lunch. The students all ordered their lunch and received individual bills so that they could practice every day skills of budgeting,...

ASDY-Tech Team: Marco

ASDY-Tech Team: Marco

ASDY-TECH is a NEW (Jobs-related) Program initiated by The HDS Foundation, Inc.  This program focuses on providing training and potential employment to young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum.  ASDY-TECH (coined after the Autism Spectrum Disorder Young adults),...

ASDY-Tech Team: Gabriel

ASDY-Tech Team: Gabriel

ASDY-TECH is a NEW (Jobs-related) Program initiated by The HDS Foundation, Inc.  This program focuses on providing training and potential employment to young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum.  ASDY-TECH (coined after the Autism Spectrum Disorder Young...

FBI Miami Citizens Academy Alumni Association Toy Drive   

FBI Miami Citizens Academy Alumni Association Toy Drive   

Carla Otiniano, Program Manager of the HDS Foundation, visited with the FBI Miami Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI Miami CAAA) on Monday, December 17, 2018, to contribute to underserved children in the community. HDS  provided a donation of $1000 to the FBI...

Pantry of Broward Toy Drive

Pantry of Broward Toy Drive

Every year during the holidays, HDS Companies donates toys to those who are less fortunate. This year HDS donated to Pantry of Broward, an organization who serves not only seniors in need who are on low, fixed incomes, but also grandparents raising their...

ASDY-Tech visits BRIDGES Cypress Bay

ASDY-Tech visits BRIDGES Cypress Bay

On November 30, 2018, employees of ASDY-Tech visited the BRIDGES program at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL. A jobs related program initiated by the HDS Foundation, ASDY-Tech is coined after Autism Spectrum Disorder Young-Adults, and it focuses on small...

BRIDGES Cypress Bay High School Autumn Events

BRIDGES Cypress Bay High School Autumn Events

The BRIDGES HDS Foundation Program at Cypress Bay High School is more than just a class. It is an opportunity with those on the Autism spectrum to learn how to better socialize, money management, and other necessary life skills for independent functioning. Such things...

ASDY-Tech & eHousingPlus went fully digital!

ASDY-Tech & eHousingPlus went fully digital!

We are proud to announce that, due to the hard work and dedication of HDS Companies along with the assistance of ASDY-Tech, eHousingPlus went fully digital with their internal operations of eHP Digital Docs this Monday, October 15th. The ASDY-Tech employees have been...

A New BRIDGES Cohort Has Started…

A New BRIDGES Cohort Has Started…

On September 6, 2018 Carla Otiniano, Program Manager for the HDS Foundation, visited the BRIDGES program at Cypress Bay High School. Each school year, the BRIDGES Program goes through a renewal and new students are selected for the new school year. Carla’s intention...

ASDY_Tech’s Journey

ASDY_Tech’s Journey

ASDY-Tech has undergone some exciting changes over the past few weeks. One of our first employees, Zachary, has left us as he confronts his next exciting life opportunity of going away to college. At the HDS Foundation, we want all the best for Zachary he begins his...

ASDY-Tech Employee Pilot Program

ASDY-Tech Employee Pilot Program

On June 18, 2018, ASDY-Tech launched in Weston, Florida. A division of the HDS Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, ASDY-Tech was initiated to provide training and potential employment to young adults with Autism and related Disabilities. The pilot program of...

Amazon Smile Supports Charities

Amazon Smile Supports Charities

Did you know that Amazon supports charities through purchases made through the Amazon Smile program? You can help the HDS FOUNDATION INC. by logging into https://smile.amazon.com. After logging in, towards the bottom search for and " HDS Foundation Weston FL ". Our...

NICO – Best Year of My Life

NICO – Best Year of My Life

On June 21st of 2017, I started working at a company in Weston known as Housing and Development Software as a paid intern, which marked the beginning of the best year of my life. Unlike most businesses, the employees are specially trained to interact with coworkers on...