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May 1, 2013

Spread Mental Health Awareness in May

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:36 pm

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recent years, attitudes toward mental health issues have evolved; negative attitudes and stigmas associated with mental health have changed, and there has been growing acceptance toward individuals with mental health issues.

As a shining example, Fred Ferrainolo, 56, works at The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming’s Hilltop Industries and is dually diagnosed with an intellectual disability and mental illness. He is part of a team that inspects and bags dry beans as they move down an assembly line, on a contract between Hilltop and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS).

In 2012, Fred was recognized for his work as an “Outstanding Performer” during NYSID’s annual William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Awards Program. For Fred’s full story, read pages 6-7 of the Spring 2013 edition of The Parchment, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming’s quarterly member newsletter.


NYSID celebrates the efforts of our member agencies and corporate partners to help create more inclusive communities for individuals with mental illness. Together, let’s work to increase mental health awareness and demonstrate the ways in which we collectively turn business opportunities into jobs for all New Yorkers with disabilities.


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