FULTON, NY â€“ ARC of Oswego County has announced that Casmir Usiatynski of Oswego is the winner of its Dr. John Readling Award for 2010. Usiatynski will formally receive the honor at the ARC Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Oswego Elks Club. To reserve seats for the Annual Dinner, which is $16.00 per person, call DorÃ©e Kellogg at ARC of Oswego County at (315) 598-3108 by April 27.
Usiatynski was employed by Oswego Industries, Inc. from 1995 to 2009, beginning as a Rehabilitation Technologist and eventually reaching Director of Engineering and Special Services. His talents for environmental modification and assistive technology were shown in the many different aids, jigs, and positioning devices he designed for individuals with disabilities, helping to improve their comfort level, work productivity, and ease of home activities. His enthusiasm for his work made him a strong force in the development of the Fun Rock CafÃ©, the training center and cafeteria at Oswego Industries, Inc.; and of the first fundraising Gala for ARC of Oswego County. In his current position with National Institute for the Blind, Cas continues to assist people with disabilities in performing rewarding work.
The Dr. John Readling Award is awarded annually to someone whose efforts have made a positive and significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Oswego County, as nominated by ARC of Oswego chapter members. Dr. Readling, who devoted many years and countless hours to such efforts, helped to shape ARC of Oswego County and its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., into the fine organizations that daily help people with developmental disabilities, and mental or physical challenges. Past winners of this award include: Cherryl Grant, Elizabeth Vaught, Carol Alfieri, Freda Bowman, and Patrick Devendorf.
ARC of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to children and seniors with disabilities since 1955. Services include Early Intervention and evaluation services for infants and toddlers, guardianship assistance, recreational and respite activities, senior day habilitation programs, and more. Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation. Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.