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Brad Watts, left, of People Inc., Lavion Stephens of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium and Denise Paszkiewicz of People Inc. at the unveiling of Business First's Million Dollar Nonprofits. Photo by Jim Courtney.
People Inc. Featured in Business First
People Inc. was featured in the annual “All About Non-Profit” section and other recent issues of Buffalo Business First. Check out these articles:

People Inc. taking over Rochester disabilities unit

People Inc.’s Elmwood Health Center Receives Prestigious Award
Upon the high recommendation of the Community Foundation of Western and Central New York and WNY HEALTHeLINK, the Elmwood Health Center was honored at the New York eHealth Collaborative Gala and Awards Ceremony on October 15, in New York City. Honored as a New York Health IT Visionary for their pioneering use of technology to improve the lives of the community, the Elmwood Health Center in Buffalo, NY serves many of whom are un-or under-insured and struggle with chronic conditions. See website for more details.
Pictured L-R: Barb Johnson, nurse at the Elmwood Health Center; Dave Whitlinger, NYeC Executive Director; Eliza Wild, office manager of the Elmwood Health Center; Samuel J. Palmisano, president and chief executive officer, IBM; Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo;” Herbert Pardes, MD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Sumir Sahgal, MD, Medical Director, Essen Medical Associates, P.C. & EssenMED House Calls; Louise West, practice administrator, Myrtle Street Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC; Dr. Nirav Shah, on behalf of the NYS Department of Health.
Barb Johnson and Eliza Wild from the Elmwood Health Center receive the New York Health IT Visionary award.

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Ivan the Invacar Book Series Premieres
Fun and exciting reading for children

The Museum of disABILITY History is excited to share some fun news about a new children's book series that is now available! The book series will be about Ivan the Invacar, with the first book being Ivan The Invacar Helps Big Dog. All of the books have been written by James M. Boles, Ed.D., president and CEO of People Inc., along with a team of educators who reviewed the books throughout the process.
The book is currently available in the Museum of disABILITY History gift shop and online at store.museumofdisability.org.

Successful Buffalo Chili Fest
Once again, People Inc. and Web Art Designs had the community saying…HOT DANG! Held at Statler City in downtown Buffalo, this year’s Buffalo Chili Fest featured chili from all over Western New York. The options ranged from food trucks to fire companies to award-winning restaurants. It was an extremely close competition as every chef brought their A-game. Buffalo Chili Fest newcomer, Siena, won first prize from the celebrity judges as well as the People’s Choice Award, despite fierce competition by some other outstanding challengers!
Siena, winners of the Buffalo Chili Fest.

International Interest Gained for Abandoned Asylums Book
Abandoned Asylums book brought back to life by the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo
Gaining intrigue from North America to UK and Down Under
part of the Abandoned History Series, offers the work of John Gray, who has captured through photography the final throes of the once majestic monuments of medical treatment that were state institutions for treating people with disabilities. Gray, of New England, spent twelve years taking photos that are eerie, while at the same time architecturally beautiful, of abandoned asylums in various towns and villages that mark New England’s landscape. Alongside the remarkable pictures, text allows readers to explore the history and current conditions of these asylums in the recently republished book by the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc., and its publishing entity People Ink Press.
The book will be available in early January. Copies of the Abandoned Asylums of New England book may be pre-ordered by sending an email to PeopleInkPress@people-inc.org, or purchased online at store.museumofdisability.org and on site at the Museum of disABILITY History at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Proceeds will benefit the Museum of disABILITY History.

Read more in the press release.

Ceremony of Remembrance at Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery
People Inc. and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department held a Ceremony of Remembrance to honor the lives of individuals who now rest at Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery on Niagara Street Extension in Lockport on October 18. Former residents of the Niagara County Almshouse were commemorated with a program, an unveiling of a memorial garden and music. Approximately 70 names of individuals laid to rest in the cemetery were read during the program. Read more in the press release...
(L-R) Niagara County Manager, Jeffrey M. Glatz; Niagara County Undersheriff, Michael J. Filicetti; James M. Boles, Ed.D., People Inc. President.

40 Year Employee Betty McClamb Receives Service Recognition at People Inc.
If you have had the chance to meet Betty McClamb, consider yourself lucky! As an employee of People Inc. for 40 years, Betty has touched the lives of and all of the individuals she has worked with.
Click here to read more in the Buffalo Criterion!

Get Out the Vote
Throughout the last few months of the election season, People Inc. Public Affairs department held many educational events. The goal was to inform individuals in day programs and group homes about deadlines to register to vote, watch debates and be informed on issues and watch the debates.
There was a webcast of the National Forum on Disability Issues, a historic nonpartisan event at People Inc.’s office at 3131 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, NY. Participants from the People Inc. Young Adult Life Transitions Program at the University at Buffalo attended. The 2012 event builds on the success of the first ever forum organized by the disability community in 2008. The forum focused on the disability positions of the 2012 Presidential candidates. The candidates provided their positions on a wide variety of disability issues directly to the disability community.

Headway of Western New York Annual Walk, Run and Wheel 5K
The Headway of Western New York Annual Walk, Run and Wheel 5K was held on October 7, at the Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo. The event course provided participants a journey along Buffalo’s majestic waterfront. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise awareness for those living with traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.

Watch this inspirational story from the event:
“Like” Headway of Western New York on Facebook

Amy Cavagnaro from Themed Learned Club Featured in The Buffalo News
A participant from People Inc.'s Themed Learning Club, Amy Cavagnaro, was recently featured in The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV Channel 2. Amy is a talented swimmer on the Williamsville East swim team!
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