Neil Vatsyayan (left) and Katrina Schadt have developed a valuable friendship during time at Commercial Services.
Thirty-three-year old Neil Vatsyayan loves Halloween, Six Flags theme parks and his tae kwon do class. He graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2001 and lives with his parents in Latham. He also has a moderate case of Down Syndrome, a genetic abnormality which presents the afflicted individual with challenges in areas such as: language and communication; conceptual, social and emotional development; motor skills; and personal care, even as they cope with a variety of other health concerns and a shortened life expectancy.
For those with disabilities like Vatsyayan, finding employment can be extremely difficult, particularly for those in need of extra supervision or a specially regimented environment. As a result, according to staff at the Colonie branch of the Center for Disability Services (CDS) employment program, Commercial Services, they can often wind up leading very sheltered lives or being shipped off to day care programs during the hours that other family members are at work.
Day “habilitation” programs, according to Commercial Services Director of Quality Control and Business Operations Chris Schelin, can often be inflexible and offer less growth potential than employment programs like the for-profit mail services operation on Karner Road in Colonie, where Vatsyayan works as a mail processing clerk. More importantly, Schelin said, employment programs like this one give CDS consumers an opportunity to work and earn paychecks in a safe environment that is conducive to their success. “These guys have pride,” he said with obvious pride. “They work really hard.”
Congratulations 🎊 when I started riding the bus it was 50 cent you could smoke on the bus and was no air... but you listen to the people up the fare at a fare rate and made positive changes as well as added more routes to our urban areas... and now when times are hard for everyone you lighten the load and allowed no fare Transportation so people can continue to get to work me and my family are very thankful.
It sucks that you guys took out the midnight bus and got rid of the 451. A lot of elderly used the 451 to get to drs appointments and hannaforf
I have been riding local buses for...oh...over 60 years!! And I am truly grateful and glad to have CDTA in our communities!! THANKS and Happy Anniversary CDTA!!
I remember taking the city bus to both jr high and Linton...except when I hid behind the gas station and told my mother I missed the bus...😂
Seems like yesterday it was the 40th anniversary. Keep rocking it!!!
I remember when it was 75 cents and we had transferres
ROAD WORK ALERT: NYSDOT is repairing or replacing sidewalk panels and ramps on US 9W between Magee Drive and the Wendy’s Entrance to the Bethlehem Town Center for the remainder of this week and part of next week. Bethlehem Local Businesses
Tomorrow is our last day for our Summer Rock Hunt. If you've found one of our painted rocks out in the neighborhood be sure to comment here or email [email protected] to be entered into the gift card raffle. And, if you need an excuse to take a walk at our beautiful neighborhood trail, Van Dyke Preserve, there were 2 painted rocks there recently. Find one of those and those count too! Happy Hunting! mohawkhudson.org/our-preserves/van-dyke-preserve/... See MoreSee Less