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Seagull Services main office, located at 3879 Byron Drive in West Palm Beach, will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 9 and 10.
Should you need to reach us, please call the main phone number, 561-842-5814, and a staff member will return your call as soon as possible. 

Camp Seagull travels across the country and around the world - virtually!

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Category: Announcements
Summary: This summer, Camp Seagull is taking students on explorations farther than they’ve ever gone before. Of course they’re travelling virtually, but oh, the places they are going! Operating Camp Seagull online meant that students wouldn’t be getting together each day at Seagull Academy for Independent Living, but it also meant they’d enjoy adventures together that they otherwise never would have experienced. Camp opened on June 8 with Theme Parks as the first week’s theme. The participants already have “travelled” to Lego Land, Busch Gardens, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney World, and Universal Studios! Other themes include “Behind the Scenes”, “Adventure”, “Holidays and Celebrations”, “Around the World”, and “Road Trip Across America.” Each day, campers log into a private Zoom chat more…

Seagull Services names Katrina Long-Robinson to Board of Directors

A tribute to Linda Moore on her retirement

Date: Monday, June 29, 2020
Summary: Linda Moore began working at Seagull Services as a case manager in 1994. In a career spanning more than 25 years with the agency, she has held numerous administrative roles. But she always kept the needs of the program participants close to her heart. With Moore’s retirement this month, Seagull Services pays tribute to her for a career of dedicated service to the agency’s program participants and all individuals with developmental disabilities. Moore will retire on June 30, 2020. more…

James D. Barnard, Ph.D. 1948-2020

 
Seagull Services Board of Directors and staff extend sincere condolences to the family of Dr. James Barnard, who served on Seagull’s Board for more than a decade prior to losing his battle with cancer on April 11, 2020.
 
Dr. Barnard, a licensed psychologist, served clients in Palm Beach and the surrounding counties for 38 years.  He dedicated his professional career to serving underprivileged and challenged individuals in the mental health, forensic and developmental fields, including the program participants at Seagull Services. 
 
“As a member of our board, he offered a psychologist’s perspective that helped us understand the real-life challenges that our program participants had to deal with on a daily basis,” said Laura Fowler, Chair of Seagull’s Board. “He offered excellent guidance as to what types of programs we as an agency could provide to improve their lives. He was kind and compassionate, and wanted only the best for Seagull’s program participants.”
 
Seagull Services is a private, non-profit social service agency that is dedicated to facilitating improvement in the quality of life of developmentally challenged students and adults. Seagull offers advocacy and a variety of educational, social and vocational programs designed to encourage achievement, self-reliance, and economic independence.

Seagull Services temporarily suspends Adult Day Program

Seagull Services temporarily suspends adult day program
as precaution against coronavirus spread

WEST PALM BEACH, Fl  March 18, 2020 - Seagull Services announced on Wednesday that it has made the difficult decision to close its adult day program for people with developmental disabilities through the end of March. The closure will begin on Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

“We know that this will be a hardship for some of the families who rely on Seagull Services’ programs for their loved ones,” said Dan Stanislawczyk, President and CEO of Seagull Services. “We believe that it’s necessary to act in an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Seagull provides education and vocational programs for adults and students with developmental disabilities. Seagull’s program for adults with developmental disabilities includes daily living skills, job-training, and supported employment for optimal independence. It also offers enrichment activities such as field trips and creative arts. 

Seagull already had suspended all field trips. Seagull’s charter school, Seagull Academy for Independent Living (SAIL), follows the schedule of the Palm Beach County School District and had suspended classes as of Friday. SAIL is working to set up a distance learning program for its students, which is expected to begin after the week of spring break. 

While Seagull had hoped to continue operating its programs for adults,  it became clear that Seagull’s  Achievement Center where most of the adult participants gathered each day in a communal setting was not conducive to the “social distancing” prescribed as best practice to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“Given that many of our participants have medical conditions and compromised immune systems in addition to their intellectual challenges, their risk for serious illness is higher if they were to contract COVID019,” Stanislawczyk said. “We feel this step is in the best interest of all concerned.” 

Seagull will continue to monitor the situation in Palm Beach County and follow guidance from public health authorities. Families should monitor Seagull’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Seagullindustries/and its website, seagull.org for the most up-to-date information. 

 

Dan Stanislawczyk Named New CEO

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fl., June 11, 2019 - The Board of Directors of Seagull Services announced today that it has chosen Dan Stanislawczyk as the agency’s new President and CEO.

Stanislawczyk will lead Seagull Services’ various programs for adults and students with developmental disabilities, enabling them to realize their full potential through education, training, employment and community integration. Stanislawczyk also will oversee Seagull Academy for Independent Living (SAIL), the agency’s charter school for middle and high school students with developmental disabilities and its Business Services program that provides packaging, light assembly and other services to businesses nationwide.

“We are excited to welcome Dan to Seagull Services, and we are confident that he will carry forward the great work that Seagull has provided to the community over the past 40 years, supporting and serving students and adults with developmental disabilities,” said Laura Fowler, Chair of Seagull Services Board of Directors. “Dan’s substantial experience with special populations and charter schools will help guide Seagull to meet the future needs of its program participants,” she said.

Stanislawczyk has more than two decades of service to adolescents and adults in special populations, including an extensive background operating a charter and private school support service company. As a business and educational consultant, he has conducted training and professional development in organizational leadership, business development, and workforce development. He has overseen several private and charter schools in Florida and served on several boards and accrediting agencies.

He discovered his passion for working with special populations early in his career while teaching secondary education and working with students with disabilities. His passion in working with special populations led him to a role as Director of Accountability with the state of North Carolina for the North Carolina State School for the Deaf in Morganton.

Stanislawczyk holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Scranton and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Capella University. He has been recognized for his commitment to the community and leadership by Rotary International as a two-time recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award.

Stanislawczyk lives in Lake Worth Beach with his wife, Melinda, and their three children.

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast tours Seagull Services

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. May 31, 2019 - U.S. Rep. Brian Mast was in Palm Beach County on Friday for a tour of Seagull Services.

Mast was welcomed by Board Chair Laura Fowler and Interim CEO Linda Moore, who led a tour and information session at Seagull’s headquarters north of Blue Heron Boulevard.

 “We’re very grateful for you taking time to visit Seagull and learn about our programs,” Fowler told Mast.

 Seagull is celebrating 40 years in service to adults and students with developmental disabilities in Palm Beach and Martin counties, but faces challenges as state and local dollars for special needs programs fall short of providing for all who need the programs, Fowler said.

The 45-minute tour included a visit with participants in Seagull Services’ Adult Day Program as well as with participants in Seagull’s Business Services Division that provides packaging, shipping and other fulfillment services to numerous private businesses in contract with the agency.

Mast joined Seagull’s leadership team following the tour to discuss issues, including the need for greater funding and ongoing efforts at finding employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.