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Did you know that 800 million people are affected by some kind of hearing loss? One-third of those affected are of retirement age - 65 years or older and the other two thirds are pre-retirement age, this statistic includes infants and children!
Hearing loss does not discriminate and has the potential to affect everyone. To raise awareness, as well as to illustrate the diversity of hearing loss, we have asked individuals of all ages and levels of hearing loss to speak about their personal experiences. Professionals will also be presenting about the rights of individuals with disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Join us and learn how you can make Dutchess County more accessible for people with hearing loss.
Date: Wednesday, September 24th
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Location: The Henry A. Wallace Center
at the FDR Presidential Library & Home
Route 9, Hyde Park, NY
No registration fee - Lunch provided
  • Cheylisia Edwards, US Dept. of Health & Human Services - Office of Civil Rights
  • Bruce Gitlin, Attorney, NY Center for Law & Justice
  • Kathleen S. Friedman, LCSW, CSC, Director Deaf/HH Program & Limited English Proficiency Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Westchester Division
  • Parents of Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Children
  • Individuals in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Community
RSVP by: Monday September 15, 2014
Jeanine Byrnes, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Community Liaison
Mid-Hudson Interpreter Service, Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc.
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845-452-3913 x103 Voice
845-345-8416 Video Phone for ASL Users
Panel is funded by: Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc.
In collaboration with:
Dutchess County Deaf Awareness Group
Hudson Valley Catholic Deaf Center
Sign Language Interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices and CART will be provided

Posted September 9, 2014

NYSILC Best Practice Webinar

Join us for a webinar on Sept 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT.

Register now if you haven't already!

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is holding a Best Practice Webinar to highlight the following Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) projects and the outreach populations they serve:

• ARISE - veterans with disabilities.
• Capital District Center for Independence (CDCI) - healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities.
• Center for Disability Rights (CDR) – deaf and deaf/blind Support Service Provider (SSP).
• Center for Independence of the Disabled (CIDNY) – youth with disabilities.
• North Country Center for Independence (NCCI) - veterans with disabilities.

The webinar is hosted by the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL).

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
View System Requirements

**** External Real Time Captioning Available for This Event ****

For those requiring real time captioning, when the webinar is about to begin, use the following link to open the external captioning for the event: https://2020captioning.1capapp.com/login.php

User name: bpw (all in lower case)
Password: bpw (all in lower case)
Click on ENTER.

If ENTER doesn't appear, you have logged in to the captioning service too early. Please log out and log back in. The link will be active 10 minutes before the webinar is set to begin.


Posted September 4, 2014

A note from our friends at Community Access:

Dear Fellow Peers and Providers,

Community Access is pleased to announce Howie the Harp Advocacy Center's expansion into continuing education. This exciting new initiative is designed to offer professional development opportunities to the growing number of working peers looking for career advancement, as well as to help provider organizations prepare and train their peer workforce in the changing environment of Medicaid redesign.

Our initial course, Peer Leadership and Supervision, will be offered twice this Fall. The first session will be October 6th – 10th at Howie the Harp in Harlem. The second session will be offered November 3rd – 7th in Brooklyn. Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day of the week. This 25 hour course is free of charge to participants.

Please review the application for our Peer Leadership and Supervision course (below) and share them widely – particularly those who you believe are prepared to take on a leadership role. Each applicant is asked to secure an agency recommendation as well as approval to attend the one-week program. The deadline for submission is September 19th, and we will let applicants know if they have been accepted into the program by September 26th.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Jennifer Coffey, our Continuing Education Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Posted August 27, 2014


The National Federation of the Blind of New York State, Inc., proudly announces our 2014 Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be presented at our State Convention banquet in Niagara Falls, New York, on November 8, 2014.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • You are a resident of New York State.
    • You are legally blind.
    • You are currently accepted in or enrolled in a degree program at the undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate level.

Application Instructions:

Option 1: Mail/email a completed application and essay (described below) to the Scholarship Committee.

Link to the fillable PDF application: http://www.nfbny.org/Documents/2014/2014%20NY%20Scholarship%20App.pdf

Catherine Mendez, Chair
NFB of NYS Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 205666 Sunset Station
Brooklyn, New York 11220
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Option 2: Complete and submit the fillable form online at http://www.nfbny.org/Scholarshipapp.htm

Deadline and Selection Process:

All application materials must be received on or before September 15, 2014. A member of the NFB of NYS Scholarship Committee will conduct a brief telephone interview with each applicant prior to October 1st.

NFB scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence, financial need, and community service. In preparing your essay, you may wish to keep the following things in mind:

    • A well written, carefully edited essay will count strongly in your favor.
    • The committee members are all successful blind college graduates. Consider howyou can most effectively convey your best qualities.
    • Since the awards are restricted to blind people, the committee will be interested inthe techniques and approaches you use in living as a blind person, as well as yourattitude toward and perception of life as a blind person.
    • Almost all blind students have financial need. Committee members will assumebasic need, so you may choose to refer to this topic only if your need is unusual.
    • Scholarship finalists are required to attend and participate in the convention (at the Federation's expense). You will be notified a few weeks prior to the convention if you are a finalist.


Posted August 19, 2014

The Center on Rehabilitation Synergy located at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, is pleased to announce the following ONLINE training program beginning September 8 through October 17, 2014:

Introduction to Supported Employment Series: 6 week, 3-course Job Coach Series

  • Course 1: Orientation to Supported Employment (September 8 -19)
      • gives a history of vocational rehabilitation
      • introduces "person-first" and "disability-sensitive" language
  • Course 2: Job Coach 1 (September 22 - October 6)
      • introduces the dynamics of providing Support Employment services and strategies
  • Course 3: Job Coach 2 (October 6 - 17)
      • student will apply new knowledge to practice writing training plans, as well as implementing a task analysis

To register and process your payment, go to: https://gseweb.gse.buffalo.edu/gse-survey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=8lKK453K

Registration deadline: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Each course can be taken individually for a cost of $60 each, or taken as a series for a total of $160
  • This course series is sponsored by the "Center for Rehabilitative Synergy" (not the Region 2 TACE Center)
  • It is open to the public and, therefore, there are fees to participate in the courses
  • 6 CRC credit hours will be awarded per course after successful completion, 18 CRC credit hours total

The Center for Rehabilitative Synergy provides a broad range of vocational rehabilitation and educational services to rehabilitation professionals, teachers/school professionals, family members and employers.

If you have any questions, please contact Center on Rehabilitation Synergy:

Center on Rehabilitation Synergy
University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street, 316 Parker Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3007
Phone: 716-829-3934