TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick has a very personal reason for recognizing the people at Mountain Lake Services and the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
That's because two of his nephews take advantage of the services provided by Mountain Lake Services, which is based in Port Henry.
One lives in a residential home in Ticonderoga. The other gains valuable work experience at Wal-Mart through an employment agreement with Mountain Lakes.
Dedrick spoke passionately about the situation during a March 2 meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. His words followed a presentation by Dawn McCarthy, community and staff relations manager of Mountain Lakes Services.
"The programs offered by Mountain Lakes do a great deal to instill a sense of pride and independence in people like my nephews," Dedrick said following the meeting.
McCarthy told supervisors the purpose of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is to recognize that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are valuable, contributing members of local communities.
"The goal goes beyond the month of March, as Mountain Lake Services works daily to ensure that each individual that we support builds and reaches for future successes," she said.
Dedrick couldn't agree more.
He said Mountain Lake Services does a tremendous job of "fulfilling its mission." The organization's mission is, "enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and our communities."
McCarthy also pointed out that Mountain Lake Services is Essex County's largest employer, with 490 full-time and 148 part-time workers helping 500 people with disabilities.