A New Group on the Rise: Friends of Mill Neck
Mill Neck is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new group, Friends of Mill Neck. This group, in particular, aims to act as a resource for anyone who has ever been associated with any Mill Neck Organization, to help coordinate discussions, solutions, social gatherings and events, up-to-date Mill Neck news and more!
Friends of Mill Neck is run by two Deaf employees of Mill Neck, and former students of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf: Janice Buonincontri and Vincent Romanelli.
Vincent, who was born Deaf after his mother contracted Rubella during her pregnancy, now works in Mill Neck’s Billing Department and for Mill Neck Services. “We want to be role models for the Deaf community and show them that there is hope after they graduate school; they can still have a successful life.”
Janice was diagnosed Deaf after a high fever due to a severe case of Chicken Pox at 6 months old. Janice now works in Mill Neck Services in the community habilitation program and the Starry Night Café, which provides a place for socialization for Deaf adults.
“I learned oral communication first because I had hearing parents, which was really tough on me growing up. I never had the access to the Deaf culture that Deaf children have now so it’s really great to see that,” she said.
Friends of Mill Neck will have a special booth at this year’s Apple Festival, signing up interested participants and selling T-shirts and goodies.
In the meantime, check them out on Facebook!