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Intro


Carousel 51

Community Development for the

Developmentally Disabled of New York State

#AeternusUmbra

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Intro


Carousel 51

Community Development for the

Developmentally Disabled of New York State

#AeternusUmbra

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With a Special Needs son in the family, our long term goal is to build an "Interdependence Community" for the Developmentally Disabled in New York. Our goal is to support the Developmentally Disabled and Autism communities in their quest for a "purposeful" life.

We focus on NY State Jobs, Self-Direction & Housing for the Developmentally Disabled on our Carousel 51 Blog.

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Quote


"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

President John F. Kennedy
 

Quote


"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

President John F. Kennedy
 

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"Interdependence Community" is an evolving term. The definition of “interdependence” is people, animals, organizations, or things depending on each other to grow and thrive. Interdependence includes the full participation of all people in community life, including those with Developmental Disabilities.

Building a house is simple. Creating a community is more complex and we seek collaboration with partners and agencies. 

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Mike Sweeney


Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney


Mike Sweeney

Mike and Katie Sweeney

Mike and Katie Sweeney

Michael Sweeney is an Self-Direction Autism Advocate, Interdependence Community Developer, Friend of Cornell Blockchain, and Lousy Surfer. As parents of an Autistic son, Mike and Katie Sweeney are very active in a number of Autism causes and charities including Otto Specht/Threefold Communities, Achilles International, CO/LAB Theater Group, Daniel's Music, SNACK, and Surfers Healing. The Sweeney's participated in the Simons Simplex Collection at Columbia University Medical Center, which is an Autism study funded by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC.

Mike is a "Housing Navigator" in New York State.

Mike @ LinkedIn

None of this works without the support of my wife Katie Bilik Sweeney. 

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Autism Advocate


Autism Advocate

Autism Advocate


Autism Advocate

Dustin, Fazie, and Dylan in NYC

Dustin, Fazie, and Dylan in NYC

Dustin Sweeney is our 21 year old Autistic son who surfs, runs, hikes mountains, and loves to attend Broadway musicals. Dustin follows big brother Dylan’s career in the United States Navy where Dylan will be training as a Naval Flight Officer after graduation from the United States Naval Academy in May of 2019. Dustin has led us to many great people and places over the years, and creating an Interdependence Community is our family mission. 

Our Naval Aviator son will need an interdependent team, same as our Autistic son.

Our Naval Aviator son will need an interdependent team, same as our Autistic son.

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Charity


Charity

Charity


Charity

With my wife Katie Sweeney and OutsideIn Strategies, we have a lot of fun with the people and organizations that are involved with Dustin Sweeney and his friends.