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Self-Advocates to Increase Public Awareness of Housing Options for People with Disabilities

AHRC New York City is proud to announce a project that will result in a visual explanation of independent living options for people with I/DD. AHRC NYC was chosen among dozens of applicants to participate in Making Policy Public, a program of The Center for Urban Pedagogy, to educate marginalized populations about social justice issues through collaborations between advocacy groups and graphic designers.

February 12th, 2016|General Interest|
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March 11th: Manhattan DD Council’s Legislative Breakfast

The Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to attend its 27th annual Legislative Breakfast. Guests will include key Manhattan Legislators and Helene DeSanto, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Service Delivery, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Friday, March 11, 2016, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am

February 9th, 2016|Events, General Interest|
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AHRC New York City CHRONICLE – Winter 2016

We are proud to announce the publication of the AHRC New York City CHRONICLE, Winter 2016 edition! This edition offers the latest news from AHRC NYC, and also includes updates about the latest developments in legislation affecting the field of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

February 8th, 2016|General Interest, The Chronicle|
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February 24th Topic: Your Child’s IEP

The IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is the educational blueprint for students with special needs. This webinar will help caregivers of children with developmental disabilities understand their child’s IEP.

February 5th, 2016|General Interest|
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Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council Expresses Concerns Over Resources

On January 29, 2016, the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC), members of the community, and families made their voices heard to legislators across Staten Island. One of the organizers of the event was SIDDC Chair and AHRC New York City's Associate Director of Residential Services Michael Weinberg.

February 4th, 2016|General Interest|
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Film Festival Marathon at Pace University

Join Pace University and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems for a film festival marathon featuring short films respecting autonomy and empowerment of people with disabilities. The event will feature a distinguished panel on advocacy of disability rights.

January 29th, 2016|Events, General Interest|
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Senator Diane Savino Shares Concerns about Increase of Minimum Wage in New York State

Appearing on WLIW's (thirteen) program, "Metro Focus" and the New York State Senate Public Hearing on Labor, Senator Diane Savino shares her concerns about the increase of minimum wage in New York state.

January 29th, 2016|General Interest, Video|
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Urge Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature to Propose a Minimum Wage Funding Solution

Gov. Cuomo has proposed a $15 minimum wage for all but he failed to put funding in for Direct Support Professionals, special education staff, and other low-wage workers whose rate is set by the State. Call or write the Governor and your Senator and Assemblymember today!

January 25th, 2016|General Interest|
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Families of People with Disabilities Express Concerns to Legislators at Public Hearing

Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez Gave Families an Opportunity to Express Their Concerns to Legislators at a Public Hearing on January 14th, 2016. The field of I/DD in New York State has experienced devastating cuts over the last few years. The large turnout of family members – over 100 people signed up to speak at the hearing with many more present – is a testament to the strong concerns being voiced by families.

January 21st, 2016|General Interest|
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February 3rd Topic: Terrified About the Future

The NYC Family Advocacy Information Resource (NYC FAIR) is a new advocacy group of family members of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and concerned others. As the current family leadership is aging this organization is looking to the next generation of parents, siblings and others to become active participants in the lives of their loved ones with disabilities.

January 14th, 2016|Events, General Interest|
  • Patrick Islar, from AHRC NYC's Fisher Adult Day Center, enjoying the Christmas festivities.

Our Partnership with Salem United Methodist Church

On Wednesday December 16, 2015, a Christmas celebration was held at the Salem United Methodist Church in Harlem. Karen Zuckerman, Director of Volunteer and Corporate Engagement at AHRC New York City, connected with the Director of Youth Ministries at the church, Ronald Isler, Sr. Together they launched a special holiday event.

January 8th, 2016|General Interest|
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Work of Art: Collaborating at The Queens Museum

During the week of January 4, 2016, people from AHRC NYC's Cyril Weinberg Adult Day Center, Joseph T. Weingold Adult Day Center, and Day Habilitation Without Walls traveled to the Queens Museum to participate in an art project using colored soda can tabs led by the artist, Alice Hope.

January 8th, 2016|General Interest|
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January 14th: Public Hearing

New York State Legislators, Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez, Assemblymember Keith Wright invite you to attend a Public Hearing. A chance for Families, Self-­‐Advocates and all who support people with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) to express their concerns to legislators.

January 1st, 2016|Events, General Interest|
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Dimitri Druzhinim Receives Artwork Scholarship

Congratulations to Dimitri Druzhinim, who received a Celebrating Achievements award on Friday December 11, 2015 at the Elizabeth Connelly Center. Dimitri won scholarships for free painting classes.

December 29th, 2015|General Interest|
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James Thompsen Pays It Forward

James and his support staff began to look for an apartment that would suit his needs. They discussed where he likes to shop, what he likes to do, and if there were people he wanted to be close to. He chose the St. George neighborhood so that he could be close to the Staten Island Ferry terminal, as he used to work there and still remained acquainted with his coworkers.

December 21st, 2015|General Interest|
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AHRC NYC Visits Health Advocacy & Wellness Program at LIU

A Health Advocacy and Wellness Program has been running for two years at Long Island University (LIU). The program has created a valuable partnership between AHRC New York City and LIU.

December 21st, 2015|General Interest|
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Alex Torres, Artist and Entrepreneur

Alex Torres is a painter, designer, and musician. Over the past decade he has devoted himself to cultivating his identity and artwork.

December 21st, 2015|General Interest|
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January 13th Topic: Treatment & Education of Autistic & Communication Handicapped Children

Learn how to organize the environment for people with communication challenges using the TEACCH framework to assist your loved one to become more independent.

December 13th, 2015|Events, General Interest|
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Living in the Spotlight: Henry Houghton’s Passion for Performance

Henry Houghton has been busy, performing in local plays and musicals, working at the Museum of Natural History, and moving into his own apartment. Each goal is made by Henry, with support from AHRC NYC.

November 18th, 2015|General Interest|
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New York Public Library for History Partnership Values Visible Lives

AHRC NYC's partnership with the New York Public Library is unique, as AHRC NYC has become the only partnering organization in which people with disabilities will be conducting the interviews, as part of the Visible Lives project.

November 17th, 2015|General Interest|
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month Event

AHRC New York City's Employment Business Services department hosted an appreciation dinner on November 4, 2015 for its contracted employers.

November 16th, 2015|General Interest|
  • AHRC NYC Executive Director Gary Lind with Dr. Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, and AHRC NYC Board President Angelo Aponte

NYSARC, Inc. Honors Dr. Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz with 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award

We are proud to congratulate Dr. Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, NYSARC, Inc.'s Volunteer of the Year Award winner for 2015.

November 16th, 2015|General Interest|
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December 9th Topic: Sexuality and People with I/DD

This workshop presents a thoughtful and experienced approach to understanding sexuality and your adult child with a developmental disability.

November 15th, 2015|Events, General Interest|
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December 2nd Topic: Vocational and Educational Services and Supports

Learn about Disability Rights New York’s programs and services, which promote the civil and legal rights of people with disabilities throughout the state.

November 15th, 2015|Events, General Interest|
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Self Advocate, Denise Brinson

Denise has been a self-advocate for as long as she can remember. "My favorite part about being apart of the self-advocacy group is that I get to speak up for my rights. I also make new friends and learn about new areas and places from the people I meet."

November 14th, 2015|General Interest|
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