Nov
14
8:00 AM08:00

Family Services Conference

Lexington, Chapter of The Arc New York, will hold its 23rd Annual Family Services Conference on Tuesday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 465 N. Perry Street, Johnstown.

This conference is an opportunity for individuals with disabilities, their parents and families, and professionals who support individuals with disabilities to meet and share stories, strategies and resources for supporting young people with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Dream Big.” 

The conference will feature several guest speakers presenting on a variety of topics about parenting and supporting young people with differences. It will begin with opening remarks from Assemblyman Marc Butler of New York State’s 113th District. After that, Shaun Evans, DPT, will give the keynote presentation, titled “Dream BIG … ANYTHING is Possible.” Evans is the Vice President of Education at Ainsley’s Angels of America Foundation. He will share his family’s story of extreme persistence, love and togetherness as they supported his oldest son’s dream of running across the USA, 3,200 miles in 60 days, despite being born with cerebral palsy.

Concurrent breakout sessions will follow the keynote presentation. Tina Beauparlant of Parent to Parent of NYS will present “Planning for a Successful Transition from High School to Achieve Your Child’s Dream.” She will share a parent’s perspective on how to help your child have a successful transition from high school while supporting their dreams.

Joy Stockwell, who has worked for OPWDD for 30 years as a direct support professional, Self-Direction professional and Self-Direction liaison for the Capital District, will present “Exploring Self-Direction.” Her presentation will offer insight on the OPWDD Self-Direction program, which offers people who are eligible for OPWDD services the flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that are right for them and let them live the life they want.

After lunch, Keith McCauley, Region III Deputy Director of OPWDD, will give a keynote address, in which he will provide updates from the past year at OPWDD. Two more concurrent breakout sessions will follow.

Renee Carr will present “Mental Health and Wellness.” Carr is the Coordinator of Education and Information-Referral Services as well as a certified mental health first aid instructor at the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Her presentation will provide an overview of mental health-related diagnoses. It will incorporate tools to help manage some of the symptoms related to mental illness and provide a better understanding of their impact on one’s wellness. 

Dr. Kristin Knapp-Ines, a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D) who regularly conducts trainings, presentations and workshops at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), will present “Supporting Individuals with ASD to Meet Their Full Potential in Meaningful Employment.” This training will briefly describe the definition, characteristics and misconceptions that are common to individuals with ASD, some of the challenges they may face in the workplace due to social deficits, and suggestions and tips for working with individuals with ASD in the workplace so that they may reach their full potential.

Attending any two sessions will qualify an attendee for one FET annual required training, which allows people to maintain their status in the Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver Service.

There is no cost to attend for individuals with disabilities or their parents and families. For professionals, the cost is $75. For more information, to register or to arrange for transportation and respite/childcare, please call Lexington Family Services at (518) 773-2014. Attendees may pay at the door or mail registration and payment to Lexington Family Services at 43 Harrison Street, Gloversville, NY 12078.

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Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

National Alliance on Mental Illness Informational Session

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Please join us for an information session about National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This session will be focused on an overview of the organization and its resources.

NAMI-NYS is the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI-NYS provides support to family and friends of individuals with mental illness and persons living with mental illnesses through more than 50 affiliates statewide.

This session will also be available in Spanish.
 

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Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

SEEING MY TIME®: THE SKLAR PROCESS

Do you lose important papers? Are you always running late? Do you find yourself rushed to get things done? Do you have trouble remembering a simple to-do list? Do you miss or forget important appointments? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, then this class is for you! Please join Erin Hollenbeck, a Seeing My Time® instructor, as she provides insight to executive functioning in this presentation. You are guaranteed to learn at least one tool that will help you manage your time more effectively! Seeing My Time® was developed by Marydee Sklar.

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Jul
14
10:30 AM10:30

LEXINGTON GOLF TOURNAMENT

The inaugural Lexington Golf Tournament will be held Friday, July 14! Please join us at Hales Mills Country Club as a player, sponsor or spectator. The day includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, gift, goody bag, lunch, prizes, and a prime rib or vegetarian dinner. Registration is 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. and Shotgun starts at noon. The tournament will be a scramble/best ball, so it doesn’t matter what your skill level is — everyone can contribute to your team. Bring your friends and family to this fun event!

You can register as an individual, twosome, threesome or foursome. The registration fee is $100. Contact Ned Hirt at hirtn@lexcenter.org/(518) 775-5336 or Tim White at whitet@lexcenter.org/(518) 775-5342 for a registration form or to arrange two payments of $50.

Please share this information with people you think might be interested. For questions, contact Ned Hirt or Tim White. We are looking forward to seeing you join us on this great day!

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Jul
12
10:00 AM10:00

Albany Nurturing Environment Meeting

Fourteen years ago, we began the Nurturing Environment Program. Our goal is

to continually strive towards creating a more nurturing, caring, supportive and safe environment for everyone – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in all Lexington locations – that, in addition to making Lexington an even better place for everyone, will eliminate the possibility of abuse. One aspect of the program is a monthly meeting where we share ideas and suggestions on how to make Lexington an even better place for people we support and our employees.

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Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Swim Program

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Swim Program

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Swim Program

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Swim Program

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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May
23
12:00 PM12:00

Ask the Advocate

Individual 15 minute phone appointments with Education Specialist, Tina Beauparlant, of Parent to Parent of NYS. Do you have any questions related to the IEP process that you want answers to? Do you know how to request information about your child/student? Do you understand your role at a CSE meeting?cDo you know how to discuss your child’s needs at a CSE meeting? If you have questions we have answers for you! If you are a Parent, Grandparent, Family Member, Medicaid Service Coordinator, here is an opportunity to come and get your questions answered. Call Family Services at 773-2014 to make an appointment.

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Swim Program

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Swim Program

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Sensory Swim

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Sensory Swim

This class, instructed by clinicians and designed for children 3-17 years of age with sensory disorders, promotes motor development and sensory processing skills through various aquatic activities. Parent/caregiver participation is required. This is a 12-week program that runs until June 14.

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

MUSIC THERAPY FOR SCHOOL - AGED CHILDREN DIAGNOSED ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

Fun-filled musical activities where music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. Every Tuesday in April. Ages 3-12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; ages 13-21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Please call Family Services at (518) 773-2014 to RSVP.

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Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

Ask the Advocate

These are 15-minute phone appointments with Tina Beauparlant, an education specialist at Parent to Parent of NYS. Do you have any questions related to the IEP process? Do you know how to request information about your child/student? Do you understand your role at a CSE meeting? Do you know how to discuss your child’s needs at a CSE meeting? If you are the parent, grandparent, caregiver, family member or Medicaid service coordinator of a child with differences, this is an opportunity to get the answers to all the above questions and more. Call Family Services at (518) 773-2014 to make an appointment.

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Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

AUTISM MOVEMENT THERAPY AND CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Autism Movement Therapy and Creative Movement is a movement and music integration strategy combining patterning, visual movement, calculation, audible processing, rhythm and sequencing for a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve behavioral, emotional, academic, social, speech and language skills. This session will be targeted toward individuals ages 5-18 and their parents and caregivers. Parent participation is required. Come dressed to move and have fun!

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