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State Senate Approves Disability History Curriculum Legislation
As reported in the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) “News & Views” e-newsletter, this week the New York State Senate approved S.2352 to promote greater awareness and understanding of people with disabilities. Sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (Erie, Niagara), the legislation, if enacted, will require the New York State Education Department to make curriculum materials available to secondary schools which aid in the instruction on the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. Current statute requires the availability of the curriculum materials in elementary schools. According to the sponsor’s memo, pilot programs in schools located in Western New York have demonstrated the effectiveness of the curriculum in the classroom. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly (A.8466) by Assemblyman Michael Cusick (Richmond). More information will be announced soon about People Inc.’s involvement with the Disability History Curriculum.

Headway of Western New York’s Annual Spring Fundraiser
There is still time to attend this event!

Headway of Western New York
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!

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: 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.


Marcia Ergort Promoted to Vice President Residential Services
People Inc. is pleased to announce that Marcia Ergort was promoted to the position of Vice President Residential Services. Marcia started her career with People Inc. 35 years ago as an overnight staff at Center Street in East Aurora. Since that time she has been promoted into various management positions, most recently holding an Associate Vice President position in Residential Services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Buffalo. Marcia was the Western Region Vice President for the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) for four years and currently serves on NYSACRA’s Policy Committee. Congratulations, Marcia!

Need a Mother’s Day gift?
Think of People Inc. and the Embrace the Difference Jewelry line this Mother’s Day! When an item from the Embrace the Difference jewelry line is purchased, $30 from each piece sold will be donated to People Inc. In order to have People Inc. receive the donation, please choose People Inc. as the “chosen charity” in the online checkout process or please let the store clerk know at Reeds Jenss. To view and purchase securely online, visit www.embracethedifference.org or www.reedsjenss.com.
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People Inc. Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament
This year is People Inc.’s 11th Annual Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament! It will be held Monday, August 20, at East Aurora Country Club. As in the past, the format will be four-man best ball scramble with your choice of an early round teeing off at 7:30 a.m. or the afternoon round which will start at 12:30 p.m. Spending the day golfing with friends on the beautiful hills of East Aurora Country Club, the abundant food and beverages and of course the prizes are just some of the reasons to participate! However, the best reason is to support a wonderful cause. As Western New York’s leading non-profit human services agency, People Inc. assists more than 10,000 individuals and their families. Through a variety of services, including residential, supported employment, community outreach, health care, senior living and recreation programs, the agency helps families and people with disabilities, as well as seniors, live more healthy, independent and productive lives.
To register, visit the golf tournament section of the People Inc. website or call Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, at 716.817.7269.

CEO of Hunter’s Hope Foundation Tours Museum of disABILITY History
Recently, Jacque Waggoner, chief executive officer of Hunter’s Hope Foundation, received a personalized tour of the Museum of disABILITY History from Douglas Platt, curator and Brie Kishel, project coordinator. Jacque shared, “It is a wonderful thing you are doing.”

According to Douglas, Ms. Waggoner was impressed with the content and design of the Museum of disABILITY History. They spent time talking about the Museum’s inaugural exhibit, which is the “Birth of Newborn Screening” and it was mentioned that an exhibit about Krabbe disease could be developed in the future at the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute. Douglas shared that the Museum of disABILITY History would be happy to collaborate on the project as the Museum has an abundant amount of information about newborn screening, which has deep roots in Western New York. 
L-R: Brie Kishel, project coordinator; Jacque Waggoner, CEO of Hunter’s Hope Foundation; and Douglas Platt, curator.

Zach Anner.
Photo courtesy of therealzachanner.com
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day) will be held on Thursday, May 24, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at a NEW location at the Conference Center Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, NY. The convention has long been a staple of the Western New York developmentally disabled community, bringing together local and regional agencies, industry connected vendors and suppliers, direct support professionals and the individuals that all of these groups support. The conference, which includes 28 one-hour workshops, is the largest one of its kind in the United States. People Inc. and the Museum of disABILITY History is proud to be part of this event for the service fair.
The keynote speaker will be the Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network star, Zach Anner from “Rollin’ With Zach!” Anner is a comedian and cultural satirist born in Buffalo. He has cerebral palsy, which he calls the “sexiest of the palsies.” After graduating from high school with honors and a GED, Zach attended college at the University of Texas at Austin.

Registration has been extended to May 21. Walk-ins on the day of the event are only available for the service fair.  For more information, visit http://www.ddday.org/ and the press release for more details.

People Inc. Earns Golden Buffalo Award from BNHRA
People Inc. was recently awarded the Golden Buffalo Award from the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA). The Golden Buffalo is awarded to a company that demonstrates the importance and positive impact strong human resource practices can have within an organization. The award recognizes an organization in Erie and Niagara County who has demonstrated creativity in the development and design of a human resource best practice, has aligned a human resource best practice with the organization’s overall mission and has recognizable and measurable positive outcomes in human resources. This award recognizes the highest achievements in practices that Advance the Human Resource Profession in Western New York.
Patricia Duke and Kate Alterio of the People Inc. Human Resources Department.

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The Blue Rose
You are invited to attend…
“The Blue Rose”
By Gerda Weissmann Klein, adapted for the stage and directed by Darleen Pickering Hummert
Theatre for Change
Wednesday, May 30, 7 p.m.
Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
3860 Main Street, Amherst
Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.
The Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to be part of this event by providing education to students about disabilities.

The event is sponsored through the generous financial support of the Daigler Family Scholarship Fund, as administered by the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in collaboration with The Blue Rose Foundation.

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. People Inc. manages 17 senior apartment locations throughout Western New York providing safe, affordable housing for seniors age 62 and older who meet income requirements. For more information about other locations, call 716.817.9090.
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