Puberty, Sexuality, and Behavior: How to Guide Young People with Disabilities

Talking with your child about sexuality can be challenging, especially as a parent of a young person with disabilities. Set manageable goals and learn effective strategies to become your child’s first sex educator.

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018


Presented by:
INCLUDEnyc Family Educator Kaitlin Roh and YAI Assistant Coordinator of Sex Education & Clinical Curricula Development Consuelo Senior, LMSW


Independent Living to hold a Job Fair, welcoming applicants with disabilities

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Do you feel that your disability may be the real reason that you’ve not been able to be hired for gainful employment? Then this Job Fair is the event for YOU! The Western New York Independent Living, Inc. Family of Agencies (WNYIL), a growing agency serving the disabled citizens of Western New York, is recruiting for numerous openings, (administrative positions, direct service counselors, human resources, accounting, driving, care coordinators, and more), in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, and is holding on-the-spot interviews. They have too many open positions to list them all!

It takes place from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday April 17th, 2018 at the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main Street at Ferndale Road, Williamsville, NY 14221. Starting at 10:00 AM, a free shuttle, with room for two wheelchair users and three ambulatory passengers, will travel from the off-street parking lot at the WNYIL office at 3108 Main Street in North Buffalo to the Fire Hall each hour. Getting a seat will be on a first-come, first-served basis. While appreciated, your calling in advance will not guarantee that you get a ride on a particular trip. Call 716-836-0822, extension 186, if you are in need of a ride and we will try to accommodate you.

WNYIL was founded in the Independent Living Civil Rights Movement, and, because of its philosophy, always has given first consideration to applicants with disabilities. So, come on down and bring your résumé!

For more information on the Job Fair, call Robin at 716-836-0822, extension 137.

WNY Independent Living, Inc. is Western New York’s largest cross-disability, consumer-directed, non-residential organization for persons with disabilities. At WNYIL, individuals of all ages and all types of disabilities learn to exercise their freedom of choice to take control of their own lives, in order to live more productively in, and contribute to, the community.

Citizens with Disabilities and Others Can Break Bread and Speak with the President of the Buffalo Common Council

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Mental Health PEER Connection (MHPC) is holding its Tenth Annual Breakfast with the Policymaker on Friday April 20th, entitled “Recovery in Action”. The Guest Speaker will be Darius G. Pridgen, Ellicott District Common Council Member and President of the Buffalo Common Council. This exciting opportunity to connect with one of the area’s decision makers on issues affecting the Mental Health Recovery community will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202.

Tickets are $30.00 each, or a table of ten for $200.00, including breakfast, with the proceeds benefiting MHPC’s Housing Assistance Fund. There will be a Basket Raffle and a 50/50 Split Drawing at the event.

Accommodations will be made for attendees with disabilities, and special dietary arrangements can be requested. To reserve your place at the breakfast or for more information, please go online to to order tickets, or call Marykate Waringa at 716-284-4204, Extension 146.

Mental Health PEER Connection is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.


THIS FRIDAY (March 16 from 6-8p) at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery!

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Starlight Artist Alison Matione and Buffalo artist Marc Tomko exhibit their artwork and collections.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16th, 2018 from 6-8pm

This exhibit is part of our “Side By Each” series in which Starlight artists are exhibited alongside artists from this region and beyond. Curated by Kyle Butler with the help of Starlight staff.

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

340 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14202

Independent Living in Batavia welcomes new HAWNY Program Specialist

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) has long worked to assist residents of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties (GOW) who are dealing with homelessness, through the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY).  ILGR is pleased to announce that Dai Nguyen has joined their staff in the position of HAWNY Program Specialist.

For those who might be unaware of them, Dai is inviting representatives of human service or government agencies that are likely to encounter customers who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or have problems securing housing, to an ongoing series of GOW Continuum of Care meetings, to be held the third Thursday of every other month, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM., beginning March 15th.  Under HAWNY sponsorship, they take place at the Main Office of ILGR, 113 Main Street at Center Street, Suite 5, in Batavia.

While the gatherings are primarily open discussions on the needs of the homeless, likely topics include updates on: the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Continuum of Care (CoC), a program designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; theHomeless Management Information System (HMIS), a database that keeps track of homeless people; Rapid Rehousing, HUD’s model for alleviating homelessness; grant applications; housing updates in GOW; plus new events and services.  In addition, attendees can get assistance with HMIS training, HUD procedures, and the multi-faceted non-for-profit PathStone‘s programs, so that their customers can access these services as soon as possible.

The third Thursday dates set for 2018 are: March 15th, May 17th, July 19th, September 20th, and November 15th.

While encouraged, registering in advance is not required to attend. To RSVP or ask questions on the event, please call Dai Nguyen, at (585) 815-8501, ext. 417.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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