This autistic 18-year-old from Coram, NY aspires to be a game coding professional. IWL donated funds for a 20-session training program at Game U., which teaches kids with disabilities how to code and design video games.
For our annual "Adopt-a-Child-for-Christmas" program, the IWL spread holiday cheer to a four-year-old boy from New York who lost younger twin siblings in a tragic accident this past summer. The League presented him with gift cards, to Dave and Busters and Chuck E. Cheese, goggles and swim lessons.
Marathon runner and mother of two of our grant recipients in 2016, Lisa Tuozzolo, was interviewed while running the NY Marathon and featured in the NY Post. The IWL gave gift cards to this family after NYPD Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was killed in the line of duty.
I don't know if I can find the words to thank you. Jonathan is a very special boy. He is funny, quick-witted, sassy, loving and smart. Unlike many kids though, he has to work so hard for EVERYTHING! He can act out and get frustrated when he isn't understood.
He loves words and getting his point across. He will find a way to be understood. Thank you for helping him get more PROMPT sessions. He is speaking now because of this. We really appreciate all of your help and support. Love, David, Colleen, Andrew & Jonathan."
Dominick is a twin who was born prematurely. he is able to enjoy bike riding with a special, adaptive bike.
"We just got the bike and are having so much fun! Thank you to all who made this possible. The timing was perfect because school just ended. Dominick loves it as did his twin Brother Dante. (Dante has hydrocephalus so this is a great asset to their physical therapy). Thank you again for all of you help with this."
From one of the organizations we fund, ACLD (Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities) in Bethpage, NY:
"I cannot tell you how many families we have in queu to help this year. It’s simply wonderful to be able to assist so many thanks to the generosity of IWL. Here are some of the happy smiles from Summer Camp made possible by IWL ."
Patrick, a 4-year-old from Huntington, NY, receives an autism therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA. The IWL donated towards the co-pays for this therapy, which are not covered by the family's insurance.
"Dear Italian Welfare League:
This is amazing news! Your commitment to helping the Italian community is impressive and we are truly grateful to receive this opportunity. The family and his team are overjoyed by the support you have provided. The funds will really help with getting Patrick the therapy he needs without having to think about the financial burden. We look forward to his...
One of the organizations supported by the IWL is Breakthrough Intensive Physical Therapy of Islandia, NY. It helps children and young adults with neurological diagnoses, like the four Bambini pictured here, to become as independent as possible by improving their mobility and building their confidence for a better quality of life.
Nicole is a sixteen-year-old with a history of cerebral palsy and a severe seizure disorder.
Last year, Nicole underwent a hemispherectomy surgery for seizure control followed by a shunt revision. Both surgeries were successful, however after the surgery Nicole was left with increased right sided weakness, poor balance, a limited ability to walk with support, and decreased endurance for motor skills.
The IWL bought a specialized transport chair to help Nicole to participate in school, family gatherings and social events.
Emily has a diagnosis of 22Q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome or Velocardiofacial Syndrome. She has receptive and expressive language delays, and difficulty being understood by unfamiliar listeners. The IWL helped her continue therapy at Speech Language Pathology in Motion.