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WBFO: “Developmental disability service providers urge Governor to keep funding in place”
People Inc., among other organizations, that provide programs and serves to individuals with developmental disabilities continue to urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo not to make any funding cuts. WBFO’s Eileen Buckley recently visited one of People Inc.’s day programs to hear directly from participants about the benefits they receive. Find out more in this in-depth interview…

Your Signature is Needed! Sign the Petition!
Let’s get to over 10,000 signatures! People Inc. is part of a statewide effort asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent further budget cuts. After three years of reductions, we CANNOT accept any additional cuts without impacting both the quality and quantity of supports and services that our agency offers to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Please sign the petition and ask your friends and family to do the same! Thank you!

Step into a New Chapter with People Inc.’s Senior Living Apartments
By the time adults have lived through six or more decades, they have had their share of memories, trials and triumphs. As the working years come to a close, decisions on where to kick up your legs and unwind are eminent. People Inc.’s Senior Living Apartments aim to provide affordable and safe housing for individuals ages 62 and up who are looking to maintain an independent lifestyle. If you have a loved one looking for affordable and independent living, it is important to plan ahead and start the application process early. Many People Inc. Senior Living locations are accepting applications, including its newest location in Springville, as well as in Amherst, Angola, Akron, Blasdell, Grand Island, Lackawanna, Lockport, South Buffalo and Wheatfield. For more information, call 716.817.9090.

People Inc. Supporting Members Make a Difference
People Inc. Supporting Members are donors that give $100.00 or more to the People Inc. Foundation throughout the year. We even offer a very affordable recurring option of just $10 a month. Simply mail us a voided check so we can deduct the amount directly from your checking account or provide us with your credit card information and your card will be charged monthly. Anyone can be a Supporting Member – People Inc. employees, family members, friends and other community members. Join now and receive a 2014 People Inc. Supporting Member calendar! 2014 Supporting Members should be receiving their calendar and member packet very shortly. Other benefits include an exclusive invitation to our Supporting Member Appreciation Event on May 7, 2014, as well as discounts at local businesses. Go to www.people-inc.org/donate to give online or contact Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, ssnyder@people-inc.org or 716.817.7269 with questions.

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People Inc. Senior Companion Program Helps to Make Independence for Seniors a Reality
People Inc. has recently acquired the Senior Companion Program from Child and Family Services. The program’s goal is to provide aid and, ultimately, independence to seniors and other adults who are frail or homebound. Among other activities, the Senior Companion may assist with daily living tasks, such as grocery shopping and bill paying; provide friendship and companionship; alert doctors and family members to potential problems and provide a break to family caregivers.

A Senior Companion, 55 or older who lives in Erie County, volunteers his or her time supporting the lives of older adults. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illnesses and offer respite for caregivers. Senior Companions are supervised by the professional staff of People Inc. and other collaborating agencies. All Senior Companions receive 20 hours of pre-service orientation, as well as four hours of in-service training monthly. In total, senior companions complete 40 hours of orientation training. Most Senior Companions have had previous experience in caring for the elderly. Senior Companions earn a tax-free hourly stipend plus travel and meal reimbursement.

If you are a senior looking for assistance or would like to volunteer to become a Senior Companion, call 716.343.5063.

News from Headway of WNY
Did you know? Headway of WNY has a special Grant Fund which has helped provide individuals with: a specialized quad crutch, a computer with adaptive software to assist with college courses and an evaluation for a computerized communication device. Individuals with traumatic brain injury who would like to apply to this emergency fund should write a letter to Diana Landwehr, director of Support and Advocacy, or email support@headwayofwny.org. Letters should detail what the need is, how much it costs and what other resources have been approached to fund the need.

Save the date! Headway’s Spring fundraiser will be Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club, 772 North Forest Road, in Williamsville. Many levels of sponsorship and donation opportunities are available. If you have questions or would like additional event information, contact Christine Melchiorre at cmelchiorre@HeadwayofWNY.org or 716.408.3100.

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Publications and Upcoming Speaker at the Museum of disABILITY History
The list of books published under People Ink Press and the Museum of disABILITY History continues to grow. These publications are part of our efforts and mission to create a more accepting society. Click on the flyer to find out what is currently available. Books can be purchased in person at the Museum of disABILITY History Store, located inside the Museum at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Questions? Give us a call at 716.629.3626. Can’t make it in to the store? Check out the Museum Store online at store.museumofdisability.org. Most books are available to purchase online as E-books through Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (Nook).

Museum of disABILITY History’s February Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series
The Museum of disABILITY History’s Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series for the month of February will feature Dr. Kim E. Nielsen, professor of Disability Studies, History and Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Toledo. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the Museum of disABILITY History. The presentation will be held on Friday, February 21, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dr. Nielsen will review her book, A Disability History of the United States. For more information or to register, call 716.629.3626. “Like” the Museum of disABILITY History on Facebook for updates on events and other news!

The Museum of disABILITY History was included in an article by Disability.gov, the federal government website for people with disabilities. Check out #7 in “10 Activities to Make This Year Count.”

Something Sparkly and Symbolic for Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Treat someone you care about with a piece of jewelry from the Embrace the Difference ® collection! People Inc. is proud to be one of the charities that benefits from the collection: $10 to $30 from every purchase is donated to a participating charity of the customer’s choice. When in the check-out, online or at ReedsJenss, please select People Inc. in order for the agency to be a recipient of the proceeds. Thanks for your support!

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