By Concetta Hinkel, Parent


During the past 30 years, my son, Bill, has worked as a Data Entry Machine Operator (DEMO) with support from Wildwood Employment Services.  This achievement became a reality because of their constant focus to improve Bill’s computer skills and job performance, while also helping his supervisors and co-workers understand his disability. It started in 1986, when Bill was able to get several job training opportunities. 

By Amrit Michelle Singh, Coordinator of Family Support Services, Yoga Instructor


Yoga has been practiced for many centuries as a way of healing the body both physically and emotionally. It is a form of physical fitness used to relax and relieve stress improving one's overall well being. However, there are many preconceived ideas and myths surrounding the practice of yoga.  In this article, Michelle Singh tries to set the record straight about a few of them.

Wildwood Programs Presents: Social Relationships and Sexuality Education Program

LGBTQIA+, Lifestyles and Disability
Wednesday, October 27, 2021  10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presented via Google Meet by Kate Napolitano, MA, LCSW, Social Relationships and Sexuality Educator

This is a general educational workshop for anyone who wishes to improve their awareness and understanding of the broad spectrum of sexual, romantic, and affectionate identities that exist, and how, indeed, having a disability can nuance such lived experiences. For example, people who identify with both the LGBTQIA+ population and with disability can have the experience of a “multiple marginalized identity,” and are typically at an increased risk for discrimination, depression and other well-being-related issues.

We’ll take a look at some of the basic definitions of a variety of sexual and affectionate identities to increase your comfort with discussing them. The emphasis of this workshop will be that multiple sexual and affectionate identities do exist, and we all have a daily responsibility to treat each other safely and respectfully, no matter our sexuality. However, no one will be specifically encouraged to adopt a particular identity. Everyone is welcome.

We’ll also examine how to respectfully include the existence of such identities into sex education discussions with your child in ways that also respect your own culture; what can happen for a person with disabilities who realizes they identify with anything considered outside the sexual or affectionate “norms,” and how everyone can best support them. This workshop is generally targeted for teens, adults, and parents.

To register email Within your email include the following:

1) Indicate your preferred email
2) Indicate your preferred phone number
3) Indicate title of workshop(s)
4) Interest in training (professional and agency affiliation or family member)
5) Age of child
6) FSS eligible (If family member, does your child/loved one live with you and are they OPWDD eligible.) This is not required to attend the training but we do need to note this for grant purposes.
7) Number of people attending

To attend, you must click on the Google Meet link at the time of the training. Or call in to the number shared with you upon registration. (For questions only, please contact Kate Napolitano at 518.640.3346 or



Our Second Annual Conference on Sexuality and Disability will take place all day on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Theme TBA.  Generally speaking, we’ll host speakers from throughout the Capital Region and beyond who will provide workshops and activities for education on different topics related to sexuality and disability. Keep an eye on our upcoming announcements to get all of the details! Our First Annual Conference was a huge success - hope to see you for our second-time around!


By Nicole VanDenburgh, Senior Communications Coordinator


September 25 was a beautiful fall morning for the 2021 Walk for Wildwood! The Wildwood family was again able to gather together at Cook Park in Colonie to toss on their newest Walk for Wildwood swag and get a little exercise to benefit Wildwood. This annual Wildwood event is not only the perfect place to catch up with old friends, make new ones and find out what’s happening at Wildwood, but it also plays an important role raising funds for the many services of Wildwood.

By Nicole VanDenburgh, Senior Communications Coordinator


Every year, the second week in September is reserved to honor and celebrate Direct Support Professionals. DSPs are the special individuals who carry out Wildwood’s mission through their support of people in community residences, day supports, recreation activities, community habilitation, respite programs and in our transportation department.

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