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You Are Invited to a Fun Meeting of the CEOs
Meet the “CEO of Erie County”
the CEO of People Inc.!

Thursday, April 5
5 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Airport Plaza Jewelers - “The Showroom”
4230 Union Road, Cheektowaga
(33 Expressway East to the Union Road Exit, behind the Kiosk and next to Subway)
It’s a meeting of the CEOs and chocolate is their business! You are invited to meet Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and People Inc. CEO James M. Boles, Ed.D. In conjunction with the People Inc. Fowler’s Chocolate Sale, they will be greeting and helping customers! People Inc. receives 100 percent of the net proceeds!

A Few Days Left to Participate in the People Inc. Chocolate Sale – Delicious Fowler’s Chocolate
Did you need to finish filling some Easter baskets or just craving some chocolate? There is still time to participate in the People Inc. Chocolate Charity sale in conjunction with Fowler’s Chocolate and Airport Plaza Jeweler’s. Stop by the Airport Plaza Jewelers - The Showroom, 4210 Union Road in Cheektowaga this week – there are extended hours! Hurry in – the sale ends Saturday, April 7! People Inc. receives 100 percent of the net proceeds! Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, April 4-Friday, April 6: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Administrative Professionals Day Coming Soon on April 25!
Recognize your colleagues, assistants and receptionists with a unique gift, while supporting a great cause! Two gift options filled with Fowler’s Chocolate and other goodies are available to pre-order. Proceeds benefit People Inc. Please see the flyer for more information and click this link to order! Order by Friday, April 20. For more information contact Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, at ssnyder@people-inc.org or call 716.817.7269.

Disability History Curriculum Bill being pushed in the State Legislature
Last year a bill was introduced in the New York State Legislature requiring children in grades K-12 in New York State be taught through a curriculum developed by the Museum of disABILITY History the history of people with disabilities. The bill and curriculum aim to promote greater awareness and understanding of people with disabilities by amending current NYS Education Law 801 to make available to all students “suitable curriculum materials to aid in the instruction, understanding and acceptance of students with disabilities.” The bill is sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo and Assemblymember Michael Cusick of Staten Island. Cusick is also the Chair for the NYS Assembly’s Disabilities Task Force.

“Teaching kids this important history will open their minds to the unfortunate past of how people with disabilities have been treated while at the same time show them the contribution they make and will continue to make to society,” said James M. Boles, Ed.D., president and chief operating officer of People Inc.

Presently the bill is in the Education Committees of both houses of the Legislature. The goal is to get the bill passed by the end of the Legislature’s legislative session this June.
For more information, contact People Inc. Public Affairs Director Kevin Horrigan at khorrigan@people-inc.org or 716.817.7475.

Anti-Bullying Initiative
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. have begun development of an Anti-Bullying Program which will educate and encourage students to recognize and report bullying incidents they witness in their schools. The anticipated goal is to decrease the number of incidents that occur. Brie Kishel, project coordinator, has been researching the “Dignity for all Students Act,” legislation that will be going into effect on July 1, 2012, while also attending seminars and public forums in the local school districts to better understand the key concepts and concerns schools are trying to address. The goal is to have this curriculum available during the 2013 school year. The program will be a stand-alone community outreach program of the Museum and People Inc. designed for fourth grade elementary students. Although the approach of the program will be “teaching through puppetry,” this is a separate project from the Kids on the Block. For more information, contact Brie Kishel, project coordinator, at bkishel@people-inc.org or 716.629.3623.

Headway of Western New York's Annual Spring Fundraiser
Headway of WNY, a not-for-profit agency and an affiliate of People Inc., provides resources, support groups, recreational programs, training and educational programs to both survivors and caregivers of brain injury. Please support the upcoming fundraiser:

Healing, Growing, Celebrating Life!
Thursday, May 10

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Windows on the Green
772 North Forest Road, Williamsville
Tickets are $40 each and include food and two hours of beverages (beer, wine and soda) and chance to win door prizes! Plus an opportunity to support Headway!

Your support helps Headway of WNY continue support and advocacy for persons with brain injuries and other disabilities. Headway of WNY strives to help a variety of people in their journey after injury and disability. Services include: advocacy, direct support groups, a resource directory, community education program and a  partnership with the Veteran’s Hospital to support veterans who are injured and their families.

Like Headway of WNY on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headwaywny. For more information, call 716.408.3100.

Jakes Shares What he will DO….
What WILL you do to inspire others? Jake from People Inc.’s Young Adult Life Transitions Program at University at Buffalo shares what he will do…. take a look at the video. The video was submitted to the “Campaign for Disability Employment’s 'What can YOU do?' Video Contest.”

Special Features in Western New York Family Magazine
The April issue of Western New York Family Magazine includes a section called “The Special Needs Child.” An article called “Sharing Noah’s Story,” by Public Affairs Manager Nicole Forgione was reprinted from the Museum of disABILITY History Blog on page 28-29. An ad for People Inc. Residential Services appears on page 42 of the same issue.
People Inc. Senior Living  was featured in the March 2012 issue of Western New York Family Magazine’s ElderCare section. An article about People Inc. Senior Living is featured on page 44. Click here to learn more about People Inc. Senior Living.

Western New York Family Magazine is available on newsstands and online.

Special Limited Time Offer at People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living
Do you know a senior, age 62 or older, with a limited income who is paying too much for an apartment or having difficulty maintaining a house? Does this senior live in Lackawanna or a surrounding area? People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living in Lackawanna has an answer! Subsidized rent is based on income. For a limited time, there is a $300 move-in allowance – there are just three easy steps:

‎1. Apply to People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living by May 31, 2012.
2. Move in by September 1, 2012.
3. Receive a $300 move-in allowance

For more information about eligibility or for a tour of People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living, call 716.823.1874.


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Skills Enhancement Program
People Inc. is offering a New Skills Enhancement Program for adolescents and young adults ages 16-24 and their families. The eight-week training program will be held April 16- June 11.
Parents attend this FREE training program and learn to:
- Foster a positive relationship with your young adult through effective communication and respect
- Help your young adult transition into adulthood
- Facilitate a healthy living environment for your son or daughter
- Empower your young adult to make good decisions and healthy choices while encouraging independence
Young adults attend this FREE training and concurrently learn to:
- Build trusting relationships through mutual respect
- Enhance employment and self-sufficiency skills
- Develop healthy communication and conflict resolution techniques
- Address concepts of feelings identification

This free training is made possible by a Family Support Services grant through the WNY DDSO. For more information or to register, call Sue Olexenko at 716.880.3767.


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