Respite participants have a super time!
Respite participants have a super time!
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The Elmwood Health Center exterior photo.
Elmwood Health Center Celebrating 25th Anniversary
We’re happy to share that the Elmwood Health Center, an affiliate of People Inc., is 25 years old this year! The Elmwood Health Center is known throughout Western New York for providing high quality health care to people with special needs. Serving a diverse patient population, including a large percentage of people with developmental disabilities, as well as the general public of all ages, the Elmwood Health Center has grown from 500 patients in 1994 to well over 5,000 patients today.
Services include: Adult and pediatric primary health care; audiology; podiatry; counseling services; gynecology and neurology; as well as occupational, physical and speech therapies.
In addition to being certified as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Council for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Elmwood Health Center has received national recognition for its creative use of electronic health information. It has also been honored with a National Outcomes Excellence Award for its advanced use of electronic health information technology (eHIT) in patient care delivery, and was recognized as a Health IT Visionary by New York State eHealth Collaborative. In partnership with HEALTHeLINK, the Elmwood Health Center pioneered online reporting of childhood immunizations to the NYS Department of Health.
As a founding member of the Safety Net Association of Primary Care Affiliated Providers of Western New York, the Elmwood Health Center is committed to providing health care services to various populations. Staff makes it a priority to be sensitive and professional to all patients, while recognizing the differences in people and adapting the delivery of its care to meet their specific needs.
Thank you to all of our staff and partners who provide excellent care and to our patients for trusting us with their healthcare needs.
Participants from Ken-Ton Respite, including: Zack (Red Power Ranger), Michael (Captain America) and Natalie (Sully from Disney’s Monsters Inc.), alongside staff members Ken, Marisol (not pictured) and Angelica (Mystique from the X-Men comic books).
Malihur powering a stationary bicycle.
Participant Michael alongside instructor Marisol having fun with static electricity.
Respite Participants have a Super Time!
This past month, participants in our Ken-Ton Afternoon Respite had a super time meeting superheroes and having fun with science!
They attended the Nickel City Comic Con at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and met many recognizable characters. Some of their favorites were X-Men characters from the Superhero Alliance of WNY, a non-profit group that portrays well-known comic book heroes and villains, while raising funds and awareness for local charities. Pictured top are participants from Ken-Ton Respite, including: Zack (Red Power Ranger), Michael (Captain America) and Natalie (Sully from Disney’s Monsters Inc.), alongside staff members Ken, Marisol (not pictured) and Angelica (Mystique from the X-Men comic books). Angelica, who volunteers with the Superhero Alliance in her spare time, was given an assortment of comics and free passes for the Respite participants to enjoy.
Participants in our Ken-Ton Afternoon Respite Program also had a great time at the Niagara Power Vista, where they took part in educational and interactive activities. Pictured is Malihur (left) powering a stationary bicycle, and Michael (left) alongside instructor Marisol having fun with static electricity.
Ken-Ton Respite is just one of People Inc.’s Afternoon Respite Programs that are held at various locations providing support for children with developmental disabilities after school or a day program. Staff provide activities based on each person’s interests and offer assistance with homework, while parents work and do errands knowing that their loved one is well cared for. To enroll your child or someone you assist, contact Thomas Olszewski at or 716.683.7100, ext. 248.
Join us and be the Greater Good
People Inc. has received a grant to participate in the AmeriCorps program, a national program often referred to as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. It is known as the People Inc. ETHOS Program, which stands for Empowerment Through Helping Others Succeed. The goal is to hire members who will work alongside People Inc. staff through January 2020, participating in a variety of human service activities, while gaining valuable job skills. There are 12 different positions available ranging from day services, residential, Deaf Access Services, People & Paws, greenhouse and services for older adults. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance, student loan deferment, an education award toward college and other benefits. Applicants cannot be current People Inc. employees and must be economically disadvantaged (see link for full eligibility). U.S. military veterans, their families and those with a disability are encouraged to apply.
If interested in applying or know someone who is, visit The deadline for applicants is June 30, 2019. For more information, contact Jeff Sanderson, Grant director, at or 716.817.7463.
An image of the award given to People Inc.
People Inc. Contract Manufacturing Recognized in Partnership with
Pfannenberg USA

For three years, People Inc. Contract Manufacturing has enjoyed a successful partnership with Pfannenberg USA, a
global manufacturer of thermal management, liquid cooling solutions and signaling technologies. On May 16, this collaboration was recognized with the “Business and Entrepreneur Award” from Buffalo Business First as part of their Manufacturing Awards, an annual celebration of companies that are making a difference in Western New York through employment and community involvement. We look forward to many more years of collaboration with great companies like Pfannenberg!
Don’t Delay – ONLY 3 Months Away!
Have you registered your business yet? The People Inc. Foundation Annual Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament and Auction will be held on Monday, August 12, at the Orchard Park Country Club. Companies are invited to sponsor a golf team as a way to network and reward their customers and staff. All teams are treated to complimentary gourmet food and beverages, a unique gift, golf cart for the day and advertising.
This fundraiser has been a huge success thanks to our sponsors. Proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities, special needs and older adults that People Inc. serves.
To register, go to For more information, contact Melanie Brown at or 716.817.7450. See YOU on the greens!
Jocelyn Bos Named LeadingAge NY 2019 Professional
of the Year
We’re so proud of Jocelyn Bos, vice president of Housing Development for People Inc., who has earned the 2019 Professional of the Year Award from LeadingAge NY. This award honors a long-term care professional’s contributions to the well-being of the elderly or chronically ill in his or her community. A congratulatory video featuring remarks from People Inc. staff and community members made its debut at an awards event on May 22.
For over 36 years, Jocelyn has been an asset to the Western New York community. Her professional efforts range from advancing the lives of people with special needs as they age, to significantly expanding affordable housing and programs for older adults and people with developmental disabilities. In her off hours, she has even found time to offer her expertise and talents to ensure local fair housing practices and assist many other agencies’ efforts to provide support services. Way to go, Jocelyn, and thank you for
your dedication!
Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act
Earlier this month, representatives from People Inc. joined Congress members Brian Higgins and Jim Sensenbrenner, WNY Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL) and the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology to announce a federal legislation. The Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act will help make it easier for people with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions to access specialized wheelchairs and adaptive equipment technology. More information about this initiative can be found on Congressman Higgins’ website.
People Inc. employees manning a table at DD day.
People Inc. Participates at DD Day
People Inc. was proud to take part in Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day on May 30! Held at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, NY, staff shared information about our programs and services through table displays and workshop presentations, as well as brought joy to event attendees with therapy dogs. The conference, commonly known as DD Day, brings together local and regional agencies, industry-connected vendors and suppliers, direct support professionals, families and the people that all of these groups support. To view photos from the event, visit our Facebook photo album!
Free Training for Parents
Are you or do you know a parent looking for guidance for a child with unique needs? The People Inc. Incredible Years Program is offering free trainings this summer that can help parents/guardians foster positive relationships with their children. The program provides tips on how to cope with the stresses of parenthood, avoid power struggles, determine appropriate consequences and develop creative and imaginative play with your child. For more information or to enroll in the summer sessions, call 716.382.0558. The free training is made possible by a Family Support Services grant through the WNY DDSO.
 Gaelynn Lea. Back L-R: David Mack-Hardiman, associate vice president for the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc.; Paul, Gaelynn Lea’s husband; Alex Jusko, intern for the Museum of disABILITY History; and Doug Platt, curator, Museum of disABILITY History.
Musician and Public Speaker Gaelynn Lea Visits Museum of disABILITY History
The Museum of disABILITY History team was so happy to welcome Gaelynn Lea, classically-trained violinist and songwriter, and her husband, Paul, as they visited the Museum on May 29. She visited a day before her keynote speaker engagement at the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Gaelynn has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. She began touring nationally in September 2016, speaking about disability, finding inner freedom and the power of music. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. She uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and promote positive social changes. Learn more about Gaelynn and her “Disability Pride” in the story by WBFO 88.7.
Pictured front: Gaelynn Lea. Back L-R: David Mack-Hardiman, associate vice president for the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc.; Paul, Gaelynn Lea’s husband; Alex Jusko, intern for the Museum of disABILITY History; and Doug Platt, curator, Museum of disABILITY History.
Featured Job of the Month: Home Health RN Supervisor/Case Manager
People Inc. is seeking a full time Home Health RN supervisor/case manager to provide treatment, nursing care and health instruction to patients in their homes. Responsibilities include: Adapting hospital procedures to home situations, giving skilled care to patients requiring part time professional service and initiating nursing measures to prevent complications or minimize the disabling effects of disease or injury; observing, evaluating and reporting to physician patients’ physical and emotional conditions and reactions to drugs and treatments. The Home Health RN supervisor/case manager will also interpret to physicians any social and physical factors in the environment that affect patient care; plan for coordinated nursing service for patients and families/staff under his/her care; maintain necessary records for analysis and planning of service; perform diagnostic tests as authorized; and other duties. Minimum requirements: Must possess a current license and be registered to practice in NYS as professional nurse; possess a NYS driver’s license that meets agency policy; CPR certification; Home Health Care experience preferred, one year of medical/surgical experience or equivalent required. To apply or to view all of our openings, click here.
Secure YOUR Future and the Future of People Inc.
Did you know that you can secure YOUR future and the future of People Inc. with a Charitable Gift Annuity? Make a gift NOW that pays you back for life! For a free illustration, contact Christine Mathieu, Legacy officer, at or call 716.817.7256.
A couple in 1920's costumes.
A table of party goers.
Thankful for “Roaring Twenties” Gala Success
Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., held its 20th annual spring gala, “The Roaring Twenties,” on May 16 and is very grateful for the level of support received. Held at The Atrium @ Rich’s in Buffalo, NY, the 1920s-themed event featured live music by the Bobby Militello Quartet, basket raffle, silent auction, food stations, two-hour open bar and a costume contest! Event proceeds benefit Headway of WNY to ensure that people in Western New York with brain injuries and other disabilities have access to advocacy, resources and support systems to enable them to live as independently as possible. Headway of WNY thanks its sponsors, donors, volunteers and colleagues for helping to make this year’s gala a success! To view photos from the event, visit the Facebook photo album.

Recent news stories that include information from People Inc. and agency representatives.
“Little library, big impact:” One of People Inc.’s Day Habilitation locations was featured. Observer, April 30, 2019.
The Buffalo News: Column – Potential funding cuts behind them, unified sports teams soar
“Matt has Down syndrome. At the time of his birth, no varsity sports existed tailored specifically toward including youths with disabilities. That changed six years ago in Western New York, when Doug Ames, Newfane’s athletic director, attended a Section VI organizational meeting in West Seneca.”
CBS News: Kodi Lee, singer who is blind with autism leaves “America’s Got Talent” judges and audience in awe after inspiring performance
“An ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant who is blind and has autism wowed judges on the show and received a standing ovation from the entire audience. With his mother alongside him, pianist and singer Kodi Lee delivered an inspirational performance for the ages, earning him a trip to the show’s final and becoming an overnight sensation.”
Good Morning America: Here’s what this 7-year-old thinks about having Down syndrome
“If you've ever wondered what a kid with Down syndrome thinks about it, Ellie Ochalek has your answer. Turns out, she thinks it's a pretty good thing, if you consider the words ‘powerful,’ ‘loving,’ ‘kind’ and ‘grateful’ – all positive personality traits.”
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