New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) Rural Barriers Listening Session

Date: October 12th
Time:  2:00 PM
Location: NYSACRA
240 Washington Ave Ext #501, Albany
Event Details: The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) wants to hear from DSPs and disability service providers that serve individuals in rural communities!
Join the NYS DDPC on  October 12th  to share the challenges that the people you serve face regarding advocacy, community engagement and supports, and social opportunities.
Light refreshments will be provided.
R.S.V.P. is strongly suggested.
If you have any questions, require translation services, or would like to R.S.V.P., please email:

You Can Taste Culinary Delights while Helping a Great Cause!

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A Fourth Annual Taste of Independence food-sampling extravaganza is being held by Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Taking place at Batavia County Club, 7909 Batavia-Byron Road, Batavia, NY 14020, the event will offer guests a chance to try some signature dishes of the Genesee Region’s finest restaurants, plus a basket raffle and 50/50 split club.

The participating restaurants include: D & R Depot Restaurant, Sweet Sarah’s, Pizza Land, Lori’s Delectable Edibles, Tops Markets, TF Brown’s Restaurant, Rock & Roll Bar & BBQ, The North Pole Restaurant and Party House, Red Osier and Wegmans.

Our thanks to non-restaurant event Bronze Sponsors: • iCircle Services of the Finger Lakes, Inc., Arctic Refrigeration Company of Batavia, Inc., Henry J. Mager Scholarship Fund, Debra McKnight, and Thrivent Financial Action Team. Friend Sponsor: Tompkins Insurance Agencies.

Tickets are $15 and can be picked up at the ILGR office, 113 Main Street, Suite 5, Batavia. Space is limited! To R.S.V.P., become a sponsor, or get more information call Donna at 585-815-8501, ext. 411, or email

Independent Living expects the event to increase awareness of its programs to help people with disabilities living in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties to remain independent and empowered, to which programs the funds raised will be directed. Its services include independent living skills training, advocacy, peer counseling, Diabetes self-management classes, a loan closet of medical equipment, housing and employment assistance, Social Security and Medicaid assistance information and referral, and many more.

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Starlight Studio & Art Gallery Presents: New Artwork by Bob Budin & John Price

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Opening reception for an exhibition of new work by
Bob Budin and John Price
Friday, September 8th
6 – 9PM
Starlight Studio and Gallery, 340 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

John Price’s drawn characters seem assembled from a list of parts: one gets four legs, a beak, a fin and some spots. Another gets two pairs of ears and is wearing lipstick. Two tails, antlers and a long neck. A sort of goat with three pink humps on its back. These features are often only lightly suggested to the extent that some characters are little more than a notched or amoeboid contour with something like a face. The creatures are dispersed, irregularly, in a choppy landscape of marker and crayon, always in profile as if waiting to be classified by an imagined biologist.

Robert Budin’s landscapes have similarities in structure to those of John Price: simple divisions of land and sky, atomized characters here and there, a preference for broad shape over detail. Budin’s characters, however, are anonymous: repeated silhouettes of people doing little more than conversing. They are accompanied by remnants of geometric functions: an axis, an arc, a trajectory, often gargantuan in scale among the little figures. The images are unassuming, but this scale disparity between landscape and figure and the ambling compositional approach add a bit of subtle humor that is characteristic of much of Robert’s work.

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Independent Living to begin Wyoming County De-Clutter Support Group

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ILGR WyCoDeClutterGrpHeadIf you’re in the Wyoming County area and have issues with managing your possessions or cluttering and would like to have support, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) will soon begin a FREE twelve-week “De-clutter Your Possessions Support Group”. The Group will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM every Monday from September 25th to December 18th (except Columbus Day), at ILGR’s office in the Community Action Building, 6470 Route 20A in Perry, New York 14530.

Adults, who feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the idea of getting rid of things that clutter their home, will discuss topics including recovery from cluttering, learning to set achievable goals to beat the clutter, and how to reduce acquiring. In addition, topics such as cleanliness, and how to avoid procrastination when it’s time to clean or organize, will also be discussed.

Participants MUST pre-register to attend; to sign up or get more information, please call David Dodge at (585) 815-8501, ext. 414, or email him at

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.

Beginner American Sign Language Classes Available

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If you would like to learn to have brief conversations with Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing individuals who are American Sign Language (ASL) users, Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC) has a class for YOU! The eight-week course of instruction will be presented by experienced ASL teacher Jeanette Grimaldi at ILNC’s Haeberle Plaza office at 746 Portage Road, north of Pine Avenue, in Niagara Falls, NY 14301.

The ASL for Beginners Class will be held 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesdays, from September 6, 2017 to October 25, 2017; the Class fee is $25.00, and the textbook is $15.00. Anyone interested in taking the course should RSVP by August 25, 2017.

Potential participants can get more information, or register for the classes, by calling Jeanette at (716) 402-5508 or e-mailing her at

Independent Living of Niagara County 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.

Independent Living & University Heights Arts Association announces second series of exhibitions of artists with disabilities in the Genesee Region

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The second ARTiculations Ability Exhibition — a forum for artists with disabilities in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties to display their work publicly — will open at Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) in Batavia on September 5th. Titled “Faces and Places”, it features the work of two artists: Gary Appis, whose paintings depict rural landscapes and farm scenes; and Timothy Logston, whose detailed graphite portraits feature celebrities as well as the artist’s family members.

A product of a partnership between ILGR and the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), the Exhibit will be on display through December 3rd. The opening reception is on Friday, September 8th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at ILGR’s office, 113 Main Street, Suite 5, in Batavia.

Other artists with disabilities residing in the Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming County areas are encouraged to submit their work to this juried competition, as there will be additional ARTiculations planned quarterly exhibits in the future.

For over a year, ILGR has been “art partnering” for people with disabilities with the UHAA, a group of artists in North Buffalo with a commitment to community that places art in businesses and nonprofits through an established ARTpartnering program. The organizers are pleased to note that the ARTiculations Ability Exhibitions has “mapped” into UHAA’s system by placing a plaque with a Quick Response (QR) code scatter bar graph that can bring up information about it when scanned by your smart phone.

For questions on the event, please call Emily Dale at (585) 815-8501, ext. 400.

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.

Recreational Opportunities Survey – Please participate!

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The University at Buffalo Department of Rehabilitation Science invites individuals 18 years of age or older who have a disability to complete a brief, anonymous survey about motivators and barriers to participation in physical recreational activities. Additionally, we want to better understand how individuals discover recreational opportunities. Your survey responses will provide valuable insight that organizations may use to make recreational activities more accessible. Thanks in advance for your valued input!

Please follow the link below to access the survey:

DEAN Meeting Scheduled!


The DEAN Board will be meeting next Tuesday, August 15 at 2 PM at Deaf Access Services (4th floor of Tri-Main Building) on Main St. near Amherst. Please join us!

We will be giving important updates and discussing our schedule for the upcoming year. Come learn more about the poetry book, about the ADA celebration in July, upcoming events in October and the possibility of another Spring conference!

Please bring new guests. We are always looking to expand our ranks and membership is free!


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