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disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series to feature the movie “Bully”
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. are pleased to host the 8th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. A reception will start at 6 p.m., film screening at 7 p.m. The featured film is “Bully,” followed by guest speaker Jesse Saperstein, best-selling author, autism advocate and motivational speaker.
The Film Festival will feature the award winning and acclaimed documentary Bully, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year. The topic of bullying is an emerging social concern that has been played out in headlines all across the world. Bullying is a topic that cuts across gender, age, ethnic and economic demographics. The movie features five kids and their families by offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched their lives.
Thank you to our generous sponsors: Bissnet, Buffalo Healthy Living, The Buffalo News, Child and Family Services, Hadley Exhibits and New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
Tickets for the disABILITIES Film Festival can be purchased on the day of the event, at the Museum of disABILITY History or in advance at www.tickets.com. The cost for the disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series is $2.00 for students with I.D. and $5.00 for general admission. To learn more, visit www.disabilityfilmfest.org or call the Museum of disABILITY History at 716.629.3626.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Forum
In order to better educate our community on the topic of bullying, including the bullying of individuals with disabilities, the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. will host a Bullying Awareness and Prevention Forum on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, located at 3860 Main Street in Buffalo (located next door to the Museum of disABILITY History). The panel will be made up of local experts on bullying awareness and prevention. Attendees will learn about the Museum of disABILITY History’s brand-new “kNOw bullying” program, which will premiere in school districts across Western New York in January of 2013. The workshop cost is $5.00/person, which includes a free admission voucher to the 8th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series on October 4. To RSVP for the forum, call 716.629.3615.
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Mary Roty, left, and June Grier talk about health care after a group discussion on Medicare's prescription drug "doughnut hole" led by Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul on Tuesday at People Inc.'s Oak Senior Housing in Clarence.
Photo: Derek Gee/Buffalo News
Congressmember Kathy Hochul Visits People Inc. Oak Senior Living
Seniors throughout Western New York are concerned about Medicare’s prescription drug coverage. Congressmember Kathy Hochul visited People Inc. Oak Senior Living in Clarence on September 18 to discuss Medicare and the “doughnut hole.” Read more about it in The Buffalo News article: “Seniors fear return of Medicare 'doughnut hole.'”
To learn more about People Inc. Senior Living, call 716.817.9090.

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, People Inc.’s Elmwood Health Center will be honored at the upcoming New York eHealth Collaborative Gala and Awards Ceremony in New York City as a New York Health IT Champion for their pioneering use of technology to improve the lives of the community that the Elmwood Health Center serves, many of whom are un- or under-insured and struggle with chronic conditions. Click here to read more...

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Assistive Technology Expo
The Assistive Technology Expo will be held on October 4, 2012, at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road in Lackawanna, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The expo is being sponsored by Parent Network of WNY, People Inc. and Early Childhood Direction Center.
The Assistive Technology Expo is for assistive technology users, their families, educators, clinicians, agency providers and administrators. The expo will feature keynote speaker Jonathan Campbell, assistive technology specialist with the PACER Simon Technology Center in Minnesota.
The expo will include a vendor fair consisting of local and national assistive technology representatives. Two panels of experts will talk about what technology is available and how to incorporate it across all settings to enhance quality of life of individuals who use assistive technology.
The Expo costs $35 and includes a buffet lunch. For more information or to register, visit www.parentnetworkwny.org or call 716.817.7484.

We are Still Looking for a Few Good Chefs!
Restaurant chefs are needed to participate in the Buffalo Chili Fest! The event will be held on Sunday, October 14, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at Statler City, 107 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Chili samples will be featured from some of the area’s finest restaurant chefs. The event will include live music, a photo booth, People Inc.’s Kids on the Block of Western New York puppet show, prizes, celebrity judges and plenty of chili. There will be awards and bragging rights upon conclusion of the event, as voted on by the public. The event is presented by WebArt Designs and proceeds benefit People Inc., Western New York’s largest human service agency. For more information, check out www.buffalochilifest.com. Download forms, print posters to advertise and encourage your patrons, friends and family to come down and vote for your chili, and even purchase admission tickets! Please see the extended article for more details and Q&A. For more information, contact Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, at ssnyder@people-inc.org or 716.817.7269.

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Walk with Headway of Western New York
What: Headway of Western New York “Walk, Wheel and Run”
When: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m. / Run Start 9:30 a.m.
Where: Erie Basin Marina at The Hatch, Buffalo

Participants can run, walk or wheel the course. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise awareness for those living with traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities. Enjoy a picnic lunch, music and raffles! For more information, call 716.408.3100. “Like” Headway of WNY on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headwaywny.

Presentation by the Center for Disability Studies
What: Alison Barkoff: “The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision: Where are we today?”
When: Friday, October 5, 2012, noon-2 p.m.
Where: University at Buffalo (North Campus)
509 Baldy Hall, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Conference Center

Alison Barkoff is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice who works to enforce the Olmstead decision in Washington, D.C.. The Olmstead case ruled that unwarranted institutionalization or segregation of persons with disabilities was discrimination violating the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The Supreme Court ruled in favor of enabling the right of people with disabilities to live in their communities.
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Dr. James M. Boles, People Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, and Betty McClamb.
40 Year People Inc. Employee Betty McClamb Receives Service Recognition
If you have had the chance to meet Betty McClamb, consider yourself lucky! She has been an employee of People Inc. for 40 years. Read more about Betty and get some helpful advice from her in the extended article. People Inc. and all of the individuals she has worked with have been lucky to have Betty McClamb in their lives!

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