Stories

Jeanne’s Story – Autism Awareness Month

Monday, April 23, 2018

Jeanne is a twin. According to her mother, Jennifer, the two children couldn’t be more different. Jeanne’s parents knew things wouldn’t be the same, ever since she was diagnosed with autism at a young age. Jeanne took a moment to describe how autism makes her feel different from others, so people who aren’t on the […]

A Poem by Carmelita

Friday, January 5, 2018

Carmelita is a part time staff member who also participates in several AccessCNY mental health programs. She has been positively impacted by the peer support system! As a result, she wrote this powerful poem inspired by the relationship building of peer supports. Just last week she went to a training on mental health peer supports. Here she […]

DSP Appreciation Week – Jason Deskiewicz

Friday, September 15, 2017

“My Uncle Dan was a successful member of the program prior to me even starting 7 years ago. I like to tell employees about how I saw things from the other end.” Jason has been a Residence Counselor at AccessCNY for 7 years. But before he started, his Uncle Dan was a program participant who […]

DSP Appreciation Week – Dykel Howard and Katie Hohl

Thursday, September 14, 2017

“It’s a wonderful experience, helping people become independent. There are rough moments, but those moments make you want to help even more.” Katie and Dykel work together at one of AccessCNY’s residences for people with disabilities where they have 12 years of experience combined.  Together, they provide a level of care and service that has […]

DSP Appreciation Week – Cameron Hudson

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“I want people to know that I care, and I am here for them.” Cameron Hudson is something of a jack-of-all-trades in the Independent Housing Program at AccessCNY. She fields questions from the community about the program, talks to people in crisis, connects program participants with resources and has a caseload of her own. In […]

DSP Appreciation Week – Denise Braun

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

“I just want people to know that there is help for people with mental health issues in school.” For many people, educational consultants like Denise can be an important part of getting a degree while working through a mental health issue. AccessCNY employees like her help with financial aid, study skills, class registration, connecting students with […]

DSP Appreciation Week – Jim Moffett

Monday, September 11, 2017

“I love this career, and I am happy I chose it. I am grateful to have been able to do this. I wouldn’t feel this way in another job.” Jim Moffett has worked as a Direct Service Professional for 25 years, with 21 of them at AccessCNY. His self-deprecating style of humor is infectious, and […]

Cisco’s Story – Mental Health Housing

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cisco has been in AccessCNY’s mental health housing while on his journey to recovery. In this video, he talks about how important mental health treatment has been to his recovery, as well as staying sober. “I was an alcoholic and an addict. I was struggling with both addictions. It’s a miracle I made it through […]

Frances’ Story – Mental Health Recovery

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Frances talks about her journey to mental health recovery, and reaches out to others who might need help. In her words “You can’t fix anything if you don’t acknowledge that it exists.” All during the month of May, AccessCNY is sharing stories of success in mental health. Watch Frances’ story below!

Sabrina’s Story – Mental Health

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sabrina started her journey toward mental health recovery with AccessCNY four years ago. In that time, she will be the first to tell you she has made huge progress. Diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, a mood disorder and Dyslexia; Sabrina wanted to go back to school. Now in her late twenties, she […]