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Family Initiative Coordination Services Project - Partners - redesigned website

The Bureau of Early Intervention and Family Initiative Coordination Service Project announces a redesigned and updated website for the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project, also known as Partners. The newly redesigned website includes:

  • New and updated information, resources and supports on a variety of Early Intervention related topics for families
  • A dropbox feature which allows a user to view content translated instantly into one of 104 different languages
  • Information on Early Intervention Partners Training for parents
  • Helpful links to State and National programs and organizations
  • Early Intervention Program Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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Adriondack Assistive Technology Expo Supplemental Funding Opportunity!

Clarkson University presents the Adriondack Assistive Technology Expo on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23 and 24 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Exhibitors at this confrence include Ablenet, Inc., ACCES-VR, Crick Software and more to come! In an effort to promote the use of Assistive Technology and and to increase access to information for Assistive Technology consumers, this year's Expo is offering supplemental funding to 10 individuals.

Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until Oct. 20. Individuals who are interested in applying for this opportunity should click here for information and an application. Funding for this opportunity is made possible by a grant from the John B. Snow Foundation.

Lunch and snacks will be provided at the conference. Click here for additional information about the Adriondack Assistive Technology Expo.

Regional Coordinator Position in Hudson Valley Office

We are seeking a part-time Regional Coordinator in our Hudson Valley office, located at Westchester Institute for Human Development.  Additional information available through the link below.

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YOUTH POWER is seeking youth between the ages of 14-24

YOUTH POWER! is seeking youth to be members of a peer-run statewide planning group for AMPLIFY-NY! Youth and young adults with developmental and other disabilities ages 14-24 are invited to join this group to help design and plan regional youth leadership forums across the state, beginning with the pilot forum in the Capital District. Young people who are interested in joining this group can apply by clicking here.

Members of the planning group will also have the opportunity to be selected for a scholarship to attend the University of YOUTH POWER! (UYP), the premiere for-youth-by-youth social justice conference modeled after a college experience. Planning group members must be 18+ to attend UYP. For more information on the AMPLIFY-NY initiative, please visit

New York State Population Needs Assessment

In 2015 the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities Balancing Incentive Program provided St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children a grant to assess the need for services for the aging out medically fragile population in New York State, and to develop a pilot group home model for young adults with medical fragility. Young adults with complex care and medical fragility frequently face challenges finding care settings prepared to meet their unique needs. With limited skilled nursing facilities that serve their age demographic and a few group homes capable of meeting their complex clinical needs these young adults are often relegated to social isolation in institutional settings intended for the elderly or left to be cared for by their aging parents struggling with inadequate support.

Using this funding opportunity to carry forth project goals in tandem with policy and capital project components St. Mary's partnered with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) and developed a model for a medically supervised IRA to ensure that young adults aging out of pediatric settings - both at St. Mary's skilled nursing facility, and throughout the state - receive long term services and supports in an environment that is age appropriate, enriching, family-centered, and community-based. The pilot residence which is anticipated to open in July 2017 is designed to provided support to eight young adults who are medically fragile and require 24/7 care.

In addition, St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children in partnership with the healthcare research firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips completed a formal assessment of the medically fragile population in New York State. Attached below are the results of this analysis in the enclosed report; Children and Young Adults with Medical Fragility; A Population Needs Assessment.

Report: Children and Young Adults with Medical Fragility, A Population Needs Assessment

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