Date: 8/20/2020

Video Description: Donal Conn, Founding Principal of Kaydeross Performance Solutions, addresses the following topics:

  • The Psychology of Safety & Wellness at Work
  • Rules For Virtual and Partially Remote Work Teams
  • Facilitating Video Virtual Team Meetings
  • Promoting Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Building Communication Plans & Protocols
  • When The Cat’s Away …Managing From Afar
  • Virtual Team Celebrations & Employee Recognition
  • Maintain Your Organization’s Culture Remotely & Values

Video Recording: Leading Remotely: Maintaining Performance & Employee Engagement From Afar

Date: 8/19/2020

Video Description: Andy Lee, Director of Voter Services for the League of Women Voters of Albany County addresses the following topics:

  • What New Voters Should Know
  • What Else to Expect at the Polls
  • How to Organize for Election Day
  • GOTV Tools and Scripts for the Final Weeks
  • Election Day Challenges: What to Do?
  • Transportation and Polling Place Accessibility

Following the presentation, Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) members Maria Samuels, Executive Director of Westchester Disabled On the Move; Phil Prehn, Statewide Systems Advocate at ARISE in Syracuse; Dr. Gregg Beratan, Director of Advocacy and Development from Center for Disability Rights in Rochester and co-founder of #CripTheVote; and Monica Bartley from the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York have a round table discussion on Get Out The Vote efforts in their ILCs around the state.

Video Recording: GOTV: The Time Is Now!

Date: 7/30/2020

Video Description: Amy Nitza, PhD, Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz, addresses the following topics:

  • Not being able to meet face-to-face with consumers
  • Reassuring consumers that ILCs are still there for them, and virtual help is effective
  • Dealing with stress and methods for recovery

Webinar Recording: Managing Disruption and Continuing to Deliver

Date: 7/15/2020

Video Description: Keri Gray, Senior Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Communications for the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) addresses the following topics:

  • Voter Suppression: What it is, How it Impacts Outcomes, Why it Matters to the Disability Community
  • Stakeholder Education: Approaches and Tools that Work
  • Levering Candidate Questionnaire and Forums to Advance Your Cause
  • Making the Most of REV Up!'s Tools and Resources

Webinar Recording: REV UP! Making the Disability Vote Count

Webinar Transcript: REV UP! Making the Disability Vote Count (PDF)

Additional Resources:

Date: 7/9/2020

Video Description: A roundtable of representatives from ILCs around the state discuss how they adapted to operate in the "new normal" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics include:

  • Ensuring all staff have proper technology, including Internet access
  • VPN and other forms of remote access such as LogMeIn, SplashTop, Google Remote Desktop
  • Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Skype
  • Temporary phone numbers via Google Voice
  • Voice over internet protocol
  • Zoom with encryption to allow for staff calls, plus staff with consumers
  • Zoom alternatives
  • Managing bandwidth
  • Peer counseling, wellness calls and emotional support strategies for staff and consumers

Webinar Recording: Best Practices for ILC Remote Operations

Webinar Transcript: Best Practices for ILC Remote Operations (PDF)

Date: 6/17/2020

Video Description: Presenters from Disability Rights New York (DRNY) address the following topics:

  • Why it Matters: Understanding the Impact of the Disability Vote
  • Voter Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Polling Place Accessibility/Ballot Marking Devices
  • Alternative Voting Options
  • Absentee Voting in NYS Today
  • DRNY Recent Litigation

Author: Presented by Helen Charland, Advocate, DRNY, and Christy Asbee, Executive Director, DRNY

Presentation Slides: Election Accessibility and Voter Rights (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Election Accessibility and Voter Rights

Date: 4/13/2020

Video Description: Grief and loss is important to understand. It is not a problem to be solved, but rather, a process to be experienced. Never the less, it is a complicated process and even more so during a pandemic. This webinar focuses on breaking down the complexities of grief. How to recognize it, what to do with it, how to support others, and how to sustain mental wellness during a time that is filled with worry and heartbreak.

Author: Presented by Carly Nichols, LMSW, APHSW-C, Support Services Manager at CareFirst; a Hospice, Palliative Care, and Grief Services agency.  

Presentation Slides: Understanding Grief and Loss During the Pandemic (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Understanding Grief and Loss During the Pandemic


Date: 4/29/2020

Video Description: Open Doors (MFP) Transition Center Social Work Coordinator- Laurie Carter, LMSW presents a webinar on the Emotional Impact of COVID-19.

This webinar focuses on staff (TS, HS, Peers) and the impact the COVID 19 virus has had on us personally and professionally. We discuss the many changes and stressors we face (fear, isolation, anxiety, stress, grief, guilt……) as well as strategies, techniques and resources to assist in coping with the, sometimes overwhelming nature of this pandemic.

Author: Open Doors (MFP) Transition Center Social Work Coordinator, Laurie Carter

Presentation Slides: The Emotional Impact of COVID-19 (PPT)

Webinar Recording: The Emotional Impact of COVID-19

Webinar Transcript: The Emotional Impact of COVID-19 (DOC) 

Presentation Description: Open Doors (MFP) Transition Center Project Nurse Laura Bingell, RN outlines what we need to know about infection control.

Further your knowledge and awareness of
• Hand hygiene, cough etiquette
• How disease spreads
• Vaccines
• Use of gloves and masks
And be able to educate your consumers.

Date: 3/21/2023 (Revised)

Author: Open Doors (MFP) Transition Center Project Nurse, Laura Bingell, RN.

Presentation Slides:2023 Universal Precautions Slides and Comments

Presentation Slides with Audio and Captions in Slide Descriptions: Universal Precautions Open Doors Training 2023(PPTX)


Video Description: This is the second part, in a two part webinar series, introducing the basics of Supplemental Need Trusts (SNTs). This second part covers the rules and options on transferring, spending or depositing a lump sum payment while recieving Medicaid, SSI, Veteran's Benefits, SNAP/Food Stamps, and Housing Subsidies including Section 8. 

Date: 11/15/2019

Author: Presented by Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program, Director, Valerie Bogart.

Presentation Slides: Using Supplemental Needs Trusts to Retain Public Benefits, Part One and Two (PDF)

Webinar Recording: Using Supplemental Needs Trusts to Retain Public Benefits, Part Two (External Link to YouTube)