Category Archives: Positive Futures

Positive Futures: Andrea Giudice

Andrea Giudice
Andrea Giudice
Andrea Giudice, blind from birth, spoke to the Windsor Lions club on January 10th about her experiences with guide dogs. She was born and raised in CT, attended public schools and graduated from UConn. Her professional career has been varied, however, she has always worked for nonprofits. In addition to working at the Equipment Restoration Center at NEAT she is an active volunteer, serves on various boards, enjoys reading, spending time with friends, movies, TV, horseback riding and being with family.

Andrea is a frequent guest of the show. In this episode she talks about the importance of volunteering and tells us SHE GOT A JOB!

Positive Futures: Jonathon Slifka, Gov. Malloy’s Liaison to the Disability Community

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Jonathan Slifka, Gov. Malloy's tireless liaison to the disability community, was in the house promoting positive futures on the CRIS show with the same name. Twice a month, host Stephen Famiglietti interviews experts in the arena of employment to help those with disabilities identify the countless resources in the state available to job seekers.

Jon was in to talk about the many activities around the state this month, Disability Employment Awareness Month, that will promote the abilities of people with disabilities, as well as connect people with helpful resources. You can read more about it here and listen to it, once we edit out the "hot mic" moments.

Positive Futures Podcast  |  Governor's Press Release

Positive Futures: Tracy Andrews (part 1)

Tracey Andrews, Low Vision Specialist
Tracey Andrews, Low Vision Specialist

Tracy Andrews is a Low Vision Specialist with more than 9 years of experience with both Vision Dynamics and New England Low Vision and Blindness. Tracy shows customers the latest in low vision equipment and shares strategies and tips for living a full and independent life with a vision impairment. Tracy is herself legally blind and can identify with the challenges and struggles our customers face. Tracy loves sharing her message of hope and inspiration to her customers and to groups around New England. Tracy loves to run and completed the New York Marathon. Her passions are spending time with her husband and two children, running with her friends, music and playing with her dogs.

Positive Futures: Tracy Andrews (part 2)

Tracey Andrews, Low Vision Specialist
Tracey Andrews, Low Vision Specialist

Tracy Andrews is a Low Vision Specialist with more than 9 years of experience with both Vision Dynamics and New England Low Vision and Blindness. Tracy shows customers the latest in low vision equipment and shares strategies and tips for living a full and independent life with a vision impairment. Tracy is herself legally blind and can identify with the challenges and struggles our customers face. Tracy loves sharing her message of hope and inspiration to her customers and to groups around New England. Tracy loves to run and completed the New York Marathon. Her passions are spending time with her husband and two children, running with her friends, music and playing with her dogs.

Positive Futures: Ryan & Emily- NEBA (part 2)

Ryan Aldrich, Program Manager at New England Business Associates
Ryan Aldrich, Program Manager
Emily Kalenauskas Division Supervisor at New England Business Associates
Emily Kalenauskas (Division Supervisor) at New England Business Associates
Ryan Aldrich (Program Manager) and Emily Kalenauskas (Division Supervisor) of New England Business Associates (NEBA) came into CRIS to record a two-part conversation about the services offered by NEBA and their experiences with employers and job seekers with disabilities.

New England Business Associates

NEBA is a non-profit organization known nationally and internationally for its work in supported employment as well as supporting the integration needs and rights of people with disabilities and/or employment challenges.

Positive Futures: Joyce Armstrong & Nora Bishop (Benefits Counseling)

Nora Bishop, Ticket Coordinator, BRS
Nora Bishop, Ticket Coordinator
Joyce Armstrong, Program Director
Joyce Armstrong, Program Director at BRS

Nora Bishop and Joyce Armstrong have been helping people navigate employment and its effects on disability income for many years. Today they talk about several very important issues, including Ticket-to-Work.