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Southern Tier Resources

CAMP—Camp Onseyawa

The mission of Rotary Camp Onseyawa is to provide a camping experience for 8-16 year old children with disabilities from the 4 county area (Ontario, Seneca, Yates, Wayne), and to foster independence and acceptance of others through social, recreational and educational aspects of life.

Camp 2017 Dates--TBD in August 

Camp held at Babcock-Hovey Camp Site, Finger Lakes Council (Boy Scout Camp), 7294 County Road 132, Ovid, NY.  Camp # is 607-869-3841(only when camp is in session).

To learn more, download the information for parents pages, or the Camper Application for Summer 2017 (when it becomes available), go to:

CAMP—Camp STAR 2017

Dates for 2017 camp TBD.

To be eligible, parents of children residing within the school districts of sponsoring Rotary Clubs (Bath, Canisteo, Chemung Sunrise, Corning, Elmira, Elmira Heights, Hammondsport, Hornell, Horseheads, Prattsburgh, Watkins/Montour), ages 6-12 with a disability that precludes the from attending other camp programs are invited to apply.

Camp STAR is located in the cabin area of Watson Homestead Retreat Center.  The site was chosen because of its relative freedom from architectural barriers and adaptability t the speciall needs of children with disabilities.  Watson Homestead is located on Dry Run Road, off Meads Creek Road, three miles North of the Coopers Plains exit (42) of the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86) 

Registration is due by July 2017.

To request an application, please email:

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CAMP—Lions Camp Badger 2017

Open to youth and young adults from every region of NY state.

Session 1--for ages 13-20--Full two-week, overnight camp: July 2-14.  Overnight partial camp: July 2-7.  *Day Camps go from 9-4 M-F.

Session 2--for ages 21-27--Full two-week, overnight camp: July 16-28.  Overnight partial camp: July 16-21.  *Day Camps go from 9-4 M-F.

*Day camp participants MUST have transportation to and from camp each day.

Lions Camp Badger will operate two-week long, inclusive summer programs where campers, with and without disabilities, will build greater self-awareness, confidence and independent skills, while providing their families and caregivers a break from he demands of constant care.  Youth with disabilities may have a wide range of learning styles, strengths, and challenges.  Common diagnoses include Developmental Disabilities, Learning Disabilities Aspergers, Pervasive Developmental Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities.  This camp does not have the expertise or capabilities to support campers with complex emotional and behavioral disabilities 

All campers must be able to take care of their hygiene and other self-care tasks, be continent, as well as self-manage in a group and respond to direction and authority.  This camp can accommodate personal aides for a limited number of campers.  In this case, an additional fee will be charged to offset the costs of employing the aide, including the cost of providing food and lodging.


For more information, please visit the website: or call 1-800-232-7060

For specifics on pricing and camp options, please visit:

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CAMP—Wellness G.I.F.T.S. 2017 Retreats

Opportunities for Camping Retreats by non-profit organization that "Gives Inspiration for the Soul (G.I.F.T.S.)."  This is for families who have members with special needs, specifically focusing on individuals with developmental disabilities, of any age, living at home with their parents or caregivers.  Retreats provide educational, therapeutic ad recreational activities for the entire family.   Open to families in Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming or Yates Counties.

Wellness G.I.F.T.S. is located at 7531 County Route 13, Bath, NY 14810

To learn more, contact Nicole Blough, Executive Director, 607-684-3243 (Fax 607-776-9218)

To print out registration forms, go to: (Please note that you should print out and mail the completed forms.)


 June 16-18, 2017

July 21-23, 2017

August 25-27, 2017

September 23-24, 2017 ages 18 & up

Limited scholarships are available.

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Family Support Services Directory

2017 OPWDD Region 1--Finger Lakes DDRO Family Support Services Directory of Agencies & Programs

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Housing Guide developed by Westchester Institute on Human Development

This housing guide, created by John Maltey and his staff, is quite comprehensive.  Many of the items and information contained within the guide can be applied to any county in NYS. 

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Online Concussion Support Group

Local online support group for those with a concussion. 

Facilitator: Steve Hicks


START (Southern Tier Autism Resources Team)

START (Southern Tier Autism Resources Team) group is a parent run and organized autism support group for those families living with an autism spectrum disorder.   Childcare is provided in the Parent Resource Center during meetings by trained staff from the Arc of Steuben. 

Location: United Way conference room above the Corning Library, Corning, NY  

Facilitator: Robin Drury

Contact: by phone: 607-562-3607 or by email:  

The Pieces of the Puzzle Support Group

For parents/caregivers of children and/or teens with special needs.  This group discusses issues and hopes to help families find positive solutions as well as family supports available in the area.  Adults with disabilities looking for assistance are also welcome.

Meetings:  Held the 3rd Tuesday of every month

Time:  6:00-7:00 PM

Location: Cohocton Public Library, 8 Maple Avenue, Cohocton, NY 14826

Facilitator: Maria Ammarell

Contact: by phone: 585-384-5384 or by email:

Total Communication Outreach

If you or someone you know is struggling with communication due to, but not limited to, Autism, Deafness, Selective Mutism, being non-verbal, Auditory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, or a Physical disability, then Total Communication Outreach (T.C.O.) is for you.  T.C.O. is a free, family-run support group for those looking for a consultant, an advocate, education presentations, resources, additional contacts, American Sign Language lessons, or just a "listening ear."  Support group meetings 3 times a month, individual assigned sessions and we are available via Facebook daily.

Meetings and Locations:  2nd Monday of every month, ASL Chat Night at Barnes and Noble Cafe

                                         3rd Monday of every month, Arnot Mall (food court by movie theater)

                                         4th Monday of every month, Christian Life Chuch, 2355 Bailey Creek Road, Corning (activities, snacks & drinks provided to children at this meeting)

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Facilitator: Chuck Dougherty

Contact: or Group can be found on Facebook at "Looking Through Deaf/Autistic Eyes"