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November 20, 2012

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November 20, 2012

Because I fell apart after the death of my mother in 1993, I went to a Continuing Day Treatment Program (CDT) to begin to put myself back together. Her death triggered my schizoaffective bipolar type disorder. I was severely, suicidally depressed, and unable to function. My affect was flat. All of my college buddies lived far away, so I basically had no friends. Because of the disorder I could not teach, my passion, and I had no income. I had nothing except for dreary time on my hands. But one day at CDT, we were told about HAI and of a performance that HAI had free tickets for. I think it was Ballet Hispanico. I went, and even though I could not enjoy it at that time, it did something for me. I went to an occasional event that HAI gave tickets to. In 1996, at an Intensive Psychiatric Treatment Program (IPRT), I was in an art group where I was invited to attend the HAI Art Studio--My life started again after that. I had a weekend activity. I made friends. I started doing art, I got cats for the first time in my life and I started painting cats. HAI and Cats put passion back in my life. I began exhibiting my work, and eventually began selling it as well. I now have a second career that I am passionate about, and I am an award-winning Outsider Artist of HAI where I had a solo art exhibit of 60 paintings, and have appeared in international magazines and other publications, all thanks to HAI. (I still attend HAI events.) Now I am on the Board of Directors of HAI, where I do my best to give back to HAI and to give HAI to others who would benefit from the services of HAI.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

THANKS SO MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL EVENT MY GRANDKIDS FLEW IN FROM COLORADO , SO IT WAS A FIRST EVENT FOR THEM. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS COLD THE BEAUTIFUL THANKSGIVING BALOONS , CERTAINLY MUST HAVE HYPNOTIZED THEM BECAUSE THEY NEVER COMPLAIN THEIR MOTHER WAS JST AS EXCITED. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND HEART FOR ALLOWING US TO ATTEND.

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THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

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NO CHANGES KEEP DO,ING A WONDERFUL JOB AND REMEMBERING THE SOLDIERS

December 29, 2010

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December 29, 2010

I have a 2 year old little boy with Down's syndrome. He does not walk and as it is difficult to attend a busy parade with a child, this orgnaization provided us with a pass for a specific area so that he could enjoy the parade.

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The Thanksgiving Parade

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None. They were extremely helpful.

December 14, 2010

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December 14, 2010

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. The contact people were very helpful and informative. The set up was excellent, police were very accomodating when we arrived. We enjoyed experiencing the parade with the other families of disabled children and the military personnel. Perhaps others who use the area could be better educated as to the various needs and limitation of those in wheelchairs and with autism. (see below)

Unfortunately, a family arrived late after the parade had begun and were ushered in at our spot. I tried to explain to the mother that her kids could not stand in front of my grandson because he sits so low in his wheelchair that he could not see over them. I also explained that he flapps his arms whem excited so to be careful putting ehr children up next to his wheelchair. She continued to motion for her children to get in front of him throughout the parade (foreign language spoken) I tried to get her to lean down and put her head at his level so she could see that he was already havent to look throughnt he barricade, but she refused. I asked a police officer to help me explain to her and he said she has the same pass you do so he couldn't do anything. There was another older child in a wheelchair next to my grandson. This child had MD and was nonverbal with aspergers. This woman kept leaning over in front of him to take pictures. Blocking his face with her arm. I told her that was a human being even though he could not speak and she needed to keep her arm out of his face. She also complained to another family becasue the parent was having to hold her autistic child at times throughout the parade especially when she urged her children to crowd infront of them. She stood behind me and continually held her camera next to my face to take pictures. Other parents tried to explain to her that this area was for special needs children and she should give them the space they needed. One parent even told her that we had all arrived the hour early to ensure a pleasant experience for our children. I was glad when the parade was over because of having my hair pulled but her camera hand and being pushed from behind by her.

All this said I am greatly appreciative of the opportunity this special viewing area afforded us and would endure all the negativity experienced again for my grandson to get a front row seat to the parade as he had a blast!

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parade

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none

December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

The people at Hospital Audiences were wonderful the day of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I can't thank them enough for providing a space for me and my family to watch the parade. I felt like a child again!

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December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

HAI provides a specialized bus that is wheelchair (and bed) accessible. Thanks to the OMNI bus, we are able to take our elderly, handicapped residents out on special outings. We go to the South Street Seaport in nice weather, to an annual senior citizen's luncheon that we are invited to, to fall foliage trips, etc. There is no other way our residents could get out. The staff on the bus are all wonderful and so helpful. It is truly a blessing having this service available. Many thanks to H.A.I. and all its wonderful staff.

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Have been using the bus for many years. Have gone on so many wonderful trips. The city lights is always a favorite.

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Am very happy with the organization.

December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

HAI has consistently served the residents at our Health Care Facility. Whether it was a in house concert or a trip to NYC, the staff has been professional and courteous. This organization deserves more recognition than it gets. They services that they provide enable people in health care setting a chance to get out into the community, listen to music, enjoy performances and enjoy life.

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On many ocassions they have subsidized performers the the Facility as well as provided transporttation to entertainment venues in the NYC area.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the city and high power organization donate more money to HAI.

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