Archived News & Events, March 2018


NHS/AVS Attends the Best Buddies Ball

Best Buddies 2018The 2018 Best Buddies Ball was held on March 16 at the Heinz History Center. Fifteen Buddies from NHS/AVS attended the event, which began with a walk down a red carpet and cheers from other guests. The theme of this year’s event was black and gold, with individuals dressed to impress in their finest outfits.

Our NHS/AVS Buddies, alongside their peer Buddies, danced the night away and made new memories. All of the guests enjoyed a gigantic cookie table supplied by an amazing cookie crew, Bethel Bakery, who created over 50 types of cookies including allergy-sensitive, gluten-free and sugar-free. Guests could also take photos in an old race car from Kennywood, an amusement park in Pittsburgh considered to be one of the oldest and most beloved still in existence. Thank you to all of our supporters and participants for an enjoyable event!


Partners in Kindness with Guardian and NHS/AVS

On March 16, NHS/AVS individuals Jonathan, Shequala, and Mark, alongside their accompanying staff members, visited Guardian Protection Services’ Warrendale, PA office for the 3rd annual Partners in Kindness event. The day was planned to show appreciation for the Guardian employees who, for more than 20 years, have delivered holiday gifts to the individuals at NHS/AVS. Partners in Kindness banners decorated Guardian's employee cafeteria, cookies and St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcakes were served, and dozens of prizes were raffled off. Guardian employees and guests from NHS/AVS were encouraged to wear purple in honor of the company's “Guardian Cares: The Power of Purple initiative."

As the Guardian employees came through the cafeteria, they were greeted by and enjoyed visiting with the NHS/AVS guests, who handed out home-made thank you cards to acknowledge the holiday gifts. Guardian employees in Tempe, Arizona, who have participated in the holiday gift giving from afar, joined in on the celebration event via video conference. Jonathan, Shequala, and Mark enjoyed talking to the Arizona employees and showing them a few of the cards.

We thank Guardian's Mary Lynn Moriarity and Emil Parent for their dedication to and coordination of the event. Thanks are also due to the Guardian employees who stopped by to say hello and to spend time with everyone from NHS/AVS. We are grateful to Guardian Protection Services for their support!


Bowling Outings with Kennedy and Zapp

Team KraZyIndividuals and staff from both the Edward J. Zapp and Kennedy Program Centers at NHS/AVS held their own bowling events at Paradise Island Bowl prior to the 4th Annual Bowling Tournament on March 9. The organizations had three fun-filled days at the lanes, giving opportunity for many individuals to join in on the fun.

During the games, staff competed for a spot on Team KraZy, a team organized for the company-wide tournament. The final bowlers for the team were Jan Harvilla, Tom Ford, June Griese, William Burgwin, Rozell Burroughs and Daria Tauber. Three teams from the Malcolm, Fox, and Maratta group homes, as well as a team of Lintons consumer employees, participated in the competition at Zone 28.

Team KraZy went on to take second place at the tournament!

Everyone enjoyed a great outing, filled with bowling and a pizza lunch at Paradise Island. Special thanks to the Walter F. and Ellen H. Nicoden Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation for its support of these outings.



NHS/AVS Dental Study Published

NHS/AVS Dental Study PublishedA study conducted to develop NHS/AVS’ dental sensory program was published in February! Titled "Effect of sensory adaptations for routine dental care in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities”, the study was published by the Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability on Taylor & Francis Online. The study was designed and composed by Cynthia N. Potter, Jane L. Wetzel and Kenneth E. Learman.

This study examines whether a sensory adapted dental environment (SADE) is capable of diminishing anxiety and agitation in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as opposed to a routine dental environment. Researchers studied and measured the heart rate, blood pressure and agitated behaviors of subjects when receiving treatment in both environments. The study concluded that a decrease in the frequency and duration of agitated behaviors is noticeable when an individual receives dental care in a SADE.

You can read the entire study on Taylor & Francis Online’s website by clicking here.