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Human Service Agencies Need Government Funding
The lack of government funding continues to affect local human service agencies like People Inc. “According to the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY, the State never paid $90 million dollars that was approved in the 2013 budget for agencies that help the developmentally disabled.” Individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages will be affected by state budget cuts. Find out more...

WKBW-TV Channel 7: NYS Still Owes $90 Million for Developmental Disability Programs

“Improving Communication for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia”
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate, which is devastating for the individual and his or her family. Caregivers and professionals coping at any stage of dementia are invited to attend the “Improving Communication for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia” presentation on Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m., by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Western New York Chapter. It will be held at People Inc. Seniors Unlimited, 2635 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

Learn how improving communication with a loved one can enhance personal relationships, routines and time management. Creative activities will be shared. A Laughter Yoga session will also be provided. Tours of the People Inc. Seniors Unlimited program will be available. To attend the presentation or to learn more about People Inc. Seniors Unlimited, call 716.768.2371, or RSVP through the Facebook event invite.
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People Inc. in the News
People Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer James M. Boles, Ed.D. was recently quoted in an article that ran in several Bee Newspapers around Western New York. The article, entitled “Momentum Continues for those with Disabilities” also featured quotes from Museum of disABILITY History Director Doug Farley and Museum Curator Doug Platt.

People Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer James M. Boles, Ed.D. was included in Business First’s 2014 Power 250, a list of the 250 men and women who wield the most clout in the eight-county region of Western New York.

Craft Fair and Open House at People Inc. Daffodil Senior Living
People Inc. Senior Living Apartments provide affordable and safe housing for seniors ages 62 and older who are looking to maintain an independent lifestyle. If you have a parent or grandparent looking for affordable and independent living, stop by our Craft Fair and Open House, Friday, April 4, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at People Inc. Daffodil Senior Living, 160 Robin Road in Amherst! Many People Inc. Senior Living locations throughout Western New York are accepting applications. For information about how to apply, call 716.817.9090. For more information about the Craft Fair and Open House, call 716.625.6081.

The Sun: People Inc. Senior Living celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Sun: The residents of People Inc. Holly gave back to those in service

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How You Can Help
Spring It On: Support People Inc. through “Spring It On,” Buffalo Niagara’s Day of Giving, powered by United Way. This 24-hour online fundraising event encourages supporters like you to make a one-time, secure, online donation to the local not-for-profit agency of your choice. People Inc. is happy to once again be part of this opportunity. Help support People Inc. by going to www.springiton.org/peopleinc from 8 a.m. March 20 - 8a.m. March 21, 2014, and make a donation. Every little bit helps! Thank you for your support!

AmazonSmile: Do you enjoy online shopping and want to help People Inc. at the same time? Here is your chance! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support People Inc. every time you shop at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the exact same low prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to People Inc.!

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile; your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com. On your first visit, select People Inc. as the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Your selection is saved, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. Let’s start shopping!

Roommate Connections Networking Event
People with developmental disabilities who are interested in meeting new friends and making connections for future roommates are invited to attend our Roommate Connections networking event.
Tuesday, March 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gloria J. Parks Community Center
3242 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214

The primary focus is on those interested in moving to Buffalo and surrounding areas (i.e.: Amherst, Clarence, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda). To register or for more information, contact Maya Hu, mhu@people-inc.org or 716.817.7437 or Amanda Skorupski, askorupski@csdd.net or 716.883.8002.

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Disability Rights Advocate Alec Frazier to Speak at Museum of disABILITY History
As part of its ongoing Person First Forum series, the Museum of disABILITY History will host Alec Frazier, disability rights advocate, who will lead a discussion entitled, “Nothing About Us without Us.” The event will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo.

The presentation will focus on concepts of advocacy and self-advocacy. Additionally, Frazier will discuss the University at Buffalo’s only disability-run endeavor, the Diversity in Disability symposia.

The Person First Forum is a free event. Regular admission applies for those who wish to tour the Museum of disABILITY History, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to register for the event, call 716.629.3626.

Mark Your Calendars: Spring disABILITIES Film Festival
Spring 2014 disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series – hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Featured Movie:
Raising Matty Christian
Movie Times:
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Movie Location: Amherst Dipson Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo
Reception: 5 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo

The goal of the event is to provide entertainment and information while exploring issues faced by individuals with disabilities. For more information, call 716.629.3626.

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Calling Artists with a Traumatic Brain Injury for “Make Your Mark”
Headway of WNY is embarking on a new and exciting art project called “Make Your Mark!” The event will be held June 21, 2014. It is a large-scale, community art project for survivors of a traumatic brain injury and veterans. To get involved, contact Sarah DePerrior, veterans outreach specialist, at sdperrior@headwayofwny.org or 716.408.3110 or Susan Borden at smb.artist@yahoo.com or 716. 982.5947

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