Press Room

Seagull Services Celebrates Older Americans Month

Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Summary: During Older Americans Month in May, Seagull Services paid tribute to its oldest program participants. The group of participants who range in age from their mid-60s all the way through their 80s were honored by the staff and other residents with special recognition on May 20th. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of music and refreshments to mark the occasion. Older Americans Month was established in 1963 as a time to acknowledge the contributions of older persons in our country, and every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy, who established it, has issued proclamations asking that the nation pay tribute to older persons in their communities. more…

Seagull Academy offers in-person and remote learning

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Category: Announcements
Summary: With the start of the spring semester in February, Seagull Academy has begun a hybrid program that combines in-person and remote learning across its classes. An infusion of technology with big screens and additional computers in each classroom makes it possible. It enables each student to learn in the way that suits him or her best 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 its website, 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.