Organization Brings Together Those With Disabilities And Without

The Rockland Social Network has been planning events for 22 years.


Sandy Sewell started the Rockland Social Network 22 years ago to give people with disabilities the chance to enjoy recreational programs. Sewell said she wants people with disabilities like herself to have opportunities to get out and have fun.

With the assistance of other volunteers, she is planning “The Halloween Costume Party” for disabled people and others who want to join them.  The Saturday, Oct. 20th event is a combination costume party and dance with refreshments and prizes. , who uses a wheelchair, said the Rockland Social Network tries to plan two or three dances annually. In past years, they also organized picnics and fashion shows.

Sewell, who is the nonprofit group’s chairperson, said between 80 and 100 people are expected to attend the party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack. Invitations are being sent to group homes affiliated with Jawonio, Venture, St. Dominic’s and other organizations in New York and New Jersey that provide services for people with disabilities, who identify as consumers.

Admission costs $12 for consumers and other attendees and $7 for aides.  Sewell said volunteers and donations help make the party a success. The network is looking for contributions of gift cards from local merchants.  Local Girl Scout troops have assisted at past dances by serving beverages and food and speaking with the attendees. 

“They learn disability isn’t a barrier and I believe in that,” said Sewell.  

For more information about the Rockland Social Network or the Halloween Costume Party, contact Sewell at wheels562@aol.com and reference the party in the subject line or call her at 845-356-6518. 


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