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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

Job Opening: Family Support Services Intake and Eligibility Case Manager

The Intake and Eligibility Case Manager is responsible for establishing a professional and supportive relationship for parents who contact Parent Network seeking information and/or assistance on behalf of their child with a developmental disability to obtain OPWDD Eligibility. The Intake and Eligibility Case Manager will conduct an initial screening to determine parent/child needs and the

Moms of Children with Special Needs Retreat

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​What to Expect on an AMR Retreat Three nights of peace, sleep and friendship with other moms who already understand your challenges! Breakfast daily. Transportation and other meals extra. Total lodging cost only $200 per guest! Private baths. Completely casual, sleep as long as you want. Zero expectations of you. You don’t even have to

Father’s Day Retreat

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​What to Expect on an #ATLASCLUB Retreat ​​Three nights of peace, sleep and friendship with other dads who already understand your challenges! Breakfast daily – transportation and other meals extra. Total lodging cost only $100 per guest!  Private baths. Completely casual, sleep as long as you want. Zero expectations of you. You don’t even have to

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Parent Network!

December is often a time for holiday celebrations, family gatherings, and the promise of new beginnings with a new year around the corner. For many families, the holidays bring a unique stress and opportunities for disappointments. Children with disabilities may have difficulty adjusting to the changes in their routine, the expectations to visit family and

The World Really Is a Stage, Scripts and All, to an Actor With Autism

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SYRACUSE — Early Thursday morning at the cafe across the street from Syracuse Stage, an actor named Mickey Rowe ducked in from the drizzly chill just as a barista unlocked the door. Starring as Christopher Boone in Simon Stephens’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” he had a matinee to perform in

Families of young people with autism struggle with mental health needs

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home — are

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro, and partner with cerebral palsy, look to wow Buffalo

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Mayo Alanen danced eight years ago on ABC-TV’s smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” with actress Lisa Rinna, as well as fellow professional dance instructors Kym Johnson and Anna Demidova. He has taken the ballroom dance circuit by storm during the last year with a different partner, Lauren Walier, a 20-year-old college freshman with cerebral

3 from Niagara County honored at developmental disabilities statewide conference

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Three Niagara County residents received statewide honors at the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State conference on Oct. 30 in Saratoga Springs. All three honorees were chosen from nominees across New York. Awardees include: New York State Sen. Robert G. Ortt of North Tonawanda received the Legislator of the Year Award. As chair of

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