HOT TOPIC! Supports for Students with Developmental Disabilities

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Many students with disabilities receive supports and services through the special education process. Students with developmental disabilities may be eligible for services through The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).  Eligible students can receive services from their school district and OPWDD. In order to be eligible for OPWDD services the student must go through

YOUTH POWER! Announces Two FREE Opportunities for Youth and Parent/Caregivers in Western NY in July!

YOUTH POWER! is excited to announce TWO FREE opportunities for youth and parent/caregivers in the Western Region! We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and accompanying Foundations for Leadership parent/caregiver workshop series! Applications have been attached; read below for more information! **Please note: it is not required that

YOUTH POWER!’s AMPLIFY-NY 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum and Foundations for Leadership!

YOUTH POWER! is excited to announce two great opportunities available for youth ages 14-24 and parent/caregivers in the Western Region! We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and accompanying Foundations for Leadership parent/caregiver workshop series! Applications have been attached; read below for more information! **Please note: it is

Five Things Every Parent Should Know About the “Every Student Succeeds Act”

What is ESSA? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal law that outlines how states can use federal money to support public schools. In September 2017, New York State submitted its plan for the approximately $1.6 billion New York receives annually under ESSA. Why does it matter? New York State is committed to

HOT TOPIC! Making Transitions Stick – Part 1

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Big changes, adventures and opportunities are ahead for your young adult with a disability! There will be change, new experiences, new challenges and most importantly new rewards!! Transitioning to adulthood for young adults with disabilities incorporates four areas of life… live, learn, work and play. School provided(s) foundational skills but we need to be prepared

YP! NY Institute for Self Advocacy

YOUTH POWER! is still accepting applications for the New York Institute for Self-Advocacy (NYISA). NYISA is YP!’s newest initiative; designed to train young adults (21+) with developmental/intellectual disabilities to advocate for themselves and their peers in community, systematic, and policy settings. Graduates from the institute will go on to become part of the Emerging Leaders

Hot Topic! Gala & Parent Network Leaders

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On September 28th, 2017, Parent Network of Western New York was happy to celebrate our 30th Anniversary of helping the community with a Throwback Thursday Gala. The event took place at Hotel Henry, “The Henry”, former Richardson Olmsted Campus, an architectural legacy of the National History Landmark. The fundraising event filled the hotel with a

32nd Annual College Night

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Western New York College Consortium of Disability Advocates The consortium, better known as “C.C.D.A.,” is comprised of a group of post secondary and secondary education professionals, along with community and government agency representatives who are directly involved in working with students with disabilities. The group was originally formed to address the needs of students with