On this cold March morning, we are looking forward to warm weather!
We're taking this opportunity to let you know that Challenge has registered to be a part of the Ithaca Festival parade, Friday, June 2nd! We'll have more details closer to the event! ... Read More...Show Less
Check out our 2017 artwork by 21 year old Trevon McBean. We love it! Ithaca Festival is getting close... 😀
That’s one of the main takeaways when you talk to John about why he came to Challenge.
John came to Ithaca at a young age after moving from Watertown. In school in Ithaca, John says he started to get interested in writing, specifically poetry, and says he had a teacher who urged him to keep writing what he enjoyed. That hobby stays with him to this day, but it was in 2010 when he really started to think about using his skill as a writer on a more consistent basis.
John says he gained some confidence when he jumped into the world of self-publishing. He’s worked with a friend to create “Poems From the Heart,” “Mikey’s Find,” and “Stories of Wonder,” and says he even has plans to put together a comic strip in the future. He says it can take anywhere from 1 to 2 months to come up with the ideas and complete each writing project.
Like many of the people who come through Challenge’s doors, a little help has gone a long way to make John a success. John says he was referred to Challenge in 2012, when he started doing some light production work at Challenge’s facilities. Now, you can regularly see John in Challenge’s Imaging department, working on completing projects for individuals, municipalities, law enforcement and more.
John says coming to Challenge has really helped him out, and says this is the longest he’s ever held a job.
“I used to always go fast (at work),” John said, when asked about the biggest help Challenge has provided. “Now, I take my time.” John says he’s seen the positives of what Challenge can provide, adding that the organization can provide guidelines and help people “get their life in order.”
This Tuesday is World Down Syndrome Day, which happens on March 21 (or 3-21). This number combination stands for and celebrates the third copy of the 21st chromosome people with Down Syndrome have. On...
Today (March 21) is recognized as World Down Syndrome Day. We'll be sharing stories throughout the day of people who are marking the day worldwide.
We start with author Sue Workman, an Ithaca College grad who writes about Lucy, a funny and curious young girl who also has Down syndrome. Today, all proceeds from her book "My Sister Lucy" will be donated in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. ... Read More...Show Less