Christopher Alvarez, who graduated valedictorian from the Henry Viscardi School (HVS) at The Viscardi Center last spring, was one of seven honored by the Town of North Hempstead in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this week. Councilman Peter Zuckerman selected Alvarez as an exemplary Hispanic-American who has “positively influenced and enriched the North Hempstead community,” and recognized his achievements at Town Hall in front of Supervisor Judi Bosworth and other councilmembers.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 to commemorate the independence-day anniversaries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in 1821, and lasts until October 15.
The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center is a New York State supported school that offers parents of children with severe physical disabilities and who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day, a traditional educational setting option that provides rigorous academics and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Its specialized, accessible educational setting provides a fully-enriched academic program, a variety of therapies, assistive technology and medical supports to students who may otherwise need to receive instruction in their homes or a hospital.
Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center educates, employs and empowers children and adults with disabilities. It provides Kindergarten through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology, adapted driver education and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, and businesses.