Each year, April is recognized internationally as World Autism Awareness Month, and the United Nations General Assembly designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. People around the globe come together and pledge to go BLUE to spread a message of acceptance and inclusion in support of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For the last 21 years, HDS Companies has taken part in the “Light It Up Blue” pledge.
The HDS Foundation was founded in 2008 and has served as the driving force behind the numerous charitable efforts of HDS Companies. The Foundation encapsulates HDS Companies’ commitment to pursuing corporate social responsibility initiatives in the communities in which we live, work and learn by providing viable resources and opportunities that serve Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder through community-based partnerships, as well as through the volunteer efforts of its workforce community service group, the HDS Contenders.
“Light It Up Blue” is just one of the many community outreach events supported by the HDS Foundation during World Autism Awareness Month. Later this month HDS Foundation will proudly sponsor, Florida Division on Career Development and Transition’s VISIONS Conference XXVI, the annual Tropical Nights Gala, benefiting University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), and the 2nd Annual Dan Marino Foundation Autism Awareness Block Party at Marino Campus Broward, a post-secondary school located downtown Fort Lauderdale.
HDS Companies invites you to support this worthy cause by donating, wearing your blue, posting an inspiring message in support of Autism Awareness. One post, one picture and even one act of kindness can create a ripple effect that has the potential to reach an audience far beyond your imagination.
Please join us, invite your family and friends, and let’s “LIGHT IT UP BLUE!”
Here are a few ways in which you can show your support:
• Wear your Autism shirt, wrist bands, badges or anything you have showing your support. If you do not have anything, just wear blue to show your support.
• Change the frame of your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profile photo for the month just by adding #LightItUpBlue.
• Take and post a selfie and be sure to tag it with #LightItUpBlue You can personalize it by adding where you Light It Up Blue and with who.
• You can visit the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue website for additional resources at autismspeaks.org/how-light-it-blue.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and fair housing became law. By signing the Civil Rights Act, President Johnson declared, “Now, with this bill, the voice of justice speaks again. It proclaims that Fair Housing for all, all human beings who live in this country, is now part of the American way of life.”
Co-sponsored by Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale, the Fair Housing Act sought to end residential segregation and ensure all Americans had access to safe and decent housing. The Act initially prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on color, race, national origin and religion. Later, the Act was amended to prohibit discrimination based on sex, disability, and familial status.
As part of our corporate social responsibility, and as a proponent for assisting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who seek safe, affordable housing, HDS Companies is proud to promote and support this excellent campaign for fair housing. For more information on Fair Housing, please visit https://www.nationalfairhousing.org.
At ASDY-Tech, the jobs related program initiated by the HDS Foundation, it isn’t always about work. Sometimes it’s fun and games. During the month of March, the HDS Foundation would like to share with you the hobbies of our ASDY-Tech employees. In today’s blog post we will be sharing what Marco wrote about his favorite hobbies:
While I am not working at HDS, my hobbies are listening to music, going to the gym, going swimming and playing video games.
I like to listen to music, my favorite genre is hip-hop, R&B, and pop music. Music is the life of everything, it’s in my soul. I enjoyed listening to the radio station while I was a kid. There were no mp3s players and no iPhones at that time; therefore, I would watch music videos on TV. I like to dance, I often dance while I listen to music. I dance at home and sometimes in the clubhouse near my house. Music really makes me feel happy.
I like to walk around the neighborhood with my headphones on. When I have my headphones, I also love to watch music videos on YouTube. I enjoy watching and listening to different types of YouTube videos.
Another hobby that I enjoy is working out. I go to the gym every week. I use all the machines such as the treadmill, dumbbells, and dead weights. I try to work out a regular basis and be active. I remember when I went to the YMCA in Charlotte, it was so big and beautiful. At times I do miss the YMCA in Charlotte. I remember when I went to the YMCA in Charlotte, I walked around the indoor track and would talk to my old friends from high school. I would go to the basketball court at the Y and watch my friends play basketball. When I moved to Florida, I went to a private gym inside the clubhouse where I live. It is small, but I have a mission to accomplish, and so I continued to work out.
I also take joy in swimming, I like to go during the summer time when it’s hot. I enjoy getting in the water and relaxing. In the past, during the Spring and Summertime, I usually go to the pool in the afternoons. I like to freestyle and backstroke when I swim. When I don’t swim, I rest in the recliner to dry myself off and get some sun. I usually stay by the pool for at least 2 hours. Swimming is fun, because the water is warm, and I get to relax. I also use the tube for relaxing in the pool.
The last hobby that I like to do is play video games. Playing video games is my favorite hobby to do. I enjoyed playing lots of games when I was a kid. I played a collection of Super Mario games. Sometimes I even played computer games. It was hard work to download games on my computer, but once I did, I enjoyed them very much. Currently, I mostly play video games on the weekend due to my work schedule.
All four of my hobbies I enjoy very much, but I will continue to try new things and learn new hobbies.