Blogs from our CDS Life Transitions community of organizations.

At CDS Life Transitions, we serve many diverse populations, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, seniors, veterans, the chronically ill, and children.  Our Blog is intended to engage both the diverse communities we serve and the many people who compose our circle of support, who give time, talent and resources to further our mission.

The genesis of CDS Life Transitions was the establishment of CDS Monarch 43 years ago, the brainchild of parents who had children with disabilities, who were aging out of school and in need of a safe haven that would provide community, growth and opportunity.  The mindset that accompanied this human service organization is the current that runs through all of our affiliates today.  This mindset acknowledges that all people face unique challenges and have different abilities, yet all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, deserve opportunity and deserve care.  This mindset also ascribes to the tenet that belonging to a community, and being a part of something larger than oneself, drives happiness, health and well-being.

We are an organization that has grown through community building for underserved populations.  This value creation is the output of our mission to create opportunities for people through our compassionate, community-focused organizations.

No woman or man is an island and CDS Life Transitions proves this universal truth every day.

Enjoy our Blog and the varied topics that we address and ponder as we strive to serve as many people as possible.


Sankar Sewnauth

President and CEO, CDS Life Transitions


As was the case with many restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular Flutters Café at CDS Life Transitions’ headquarters had to close. Unlike many of those, Flutters was resurrected and experienced a grand re-opening on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. “The reopening serves a dual purpose,” says Chad Williams, Associate Director of Employment Services at […]

Most people would agree, especially after any type of hospitalization, that nurses are the unsung heroes and heroines of the health care system in our country, as they provide much of the critical care received. Similarly, for many people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, they rely heavily upon specialized caregivers including Direct Support Professionals […]

Benefits of Community Living In the United States, both people with disabilities and the aging population are increasing in numbers.  The increased costs, and decreased independence, dignity and community participation of institutional housing options have precipitated the growth of community living alternatives. CDS Life Transitions offers community living for people with disabilities through its CDS […]

As with the general population, people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) are living longer and by default, are being prescribed more pharmaceutical products, most in a concurrent, polypharmacy approach. Caring for the medical needs of this population is of the utmost importance to safeguard quality of life and to advocate for those who in […]

The COVID-19 pandemic of the past year can clearly be identified as a disruption or a disturbance that was not anticipated across the globe.  The pandemic can be further categorized as a black swan, a low-probability, high impact event that has the ability to dramatically alter the course of history. In many industries, this black […]

Over 100 years ago, in the year 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I hostilities formally ended.  Initially called Armistice Day, this monumental day became Veterans Day, a day to commemorate the men and women who served the United States in war time and peace time, […]