Erie County Office for People with Disabilities

Erie County Office for People with Disabilities The ECOPD was created to ensure that citizens with disabilities have a direct voice in their governm
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12/06/2023

It’s officially the holiday season! You can find these inclusive ornaments at Target 🎅🏻

Find out if you're eligible for SNAP benefits
12/06/2023

Find out if you're eligible for SNAP benefits

Food stamps & SNAP benefits are here to put healthy, nutritious food within everyone's reach. However, less than half of eligible are enrolled!

More info at: www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/stretch-your-budget-let-food-stamps-help

For assistance, call Erie County Senior Services at (716) 858-8526.

Now we REALLY love New York!
12/06/2023

Now we REALLY love New York!

New York State offers many attractions for visitors with accessibility needs. Explore our listings and view accessibility amenities for New York attractions.

12/05/2023

TOMORROW: Register now!

There is still time to register for our kickoff webinar- Introducing A Home Usability Peer Network.

- December 6, 2023; 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern
- Register for the webinar at https://bit.ly/45ORjxx

Join us for a kick-off webinar at 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern on December 6 to learn more about home usability and discuss how a peer network can support your housing and home usability work. Peer calls will start in January 2024.

Image: Flyer with the NCIL and Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC: PICL) logo and two houses. The flyer says “Save the date, December 6th 2023, 3:00pm-4:00 p.m. Introducing a Home Usability Peer Network: A kickoff webinar for CILs to connect and share resources about programs that support home usability and modification”.

12/05/2023

Enjoy a free community concert and learn about the recent renovations to the Colored Musicians Club. Call 716-858-8900 ext. 2 to make reservations. See below for details.

12/05/2023
12/05/2023

🚸 Are you a parent or caregiver of a child dealing with mental health or other behavioral issues? If so, let help you find your way—a "one-stop-shop" app to learn about mental health resources available locally for your specific need.

Learn more & download today: erie.gov/eriepath

Cc: Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), Erie County Department of Mental Health

Sensory-friendly performance at TOY, Sunday, December 10
12/04/2023

Sensory-friendly performance at TOY, Sunday, December 10

The Theatre of Youth is having a special sensory friendly performance of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown on Sunday, December 10th at 10am! A great opportunity to take out the family

https://theatreofyouth.org/sensory-friendly/

12/04/2023

FREE Family Friendly Event

Knock out your holiday shopping list by joining us for a FREE holiday market at Aspire of WNY's Center for Learning in Cheektowaga on December 8th. This family-friendly event will have plenty of FREE activities for the kids to do while you shop at the over 40 vendors.

Did we mention that all the kid’s activities are FREE!!!!!

12/04/2023

Recognizing the signs of hypothermia can be lifesaving. This condition means the body is losing heat faster than it can produce it. 🌡️

Here's what to do if someone has hypothermia:

➡️ Call 911
➡️ Move the person to a warm place
➡️ Warm the person gradually
➡️ Help them put on dry clothes and wrap them in a blanket

Holiday shopping is on Saturday at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery
12/04/2023

Holiday shopping is on Saturday at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

Register now, the webinar is Next Week!NY ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for quali...
12/04/2023

Register now, the webinar is Next Week!

NY ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for qualified disability-related expenses on a tax-free basis without limiting their ability to benefit from Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and certain other means-tested benefit programs.

https://meetny.webex.com/webappng/sites/meetny/meeting/register/9b202c00a9f6405ab81286073cb912a5?ticket=4832534b000000061e2ac6c54143e7e0c91bfcc301f72d241b64d32bc64f27b945af2d3b4a1b1cb2×tamp=1701703926837&RGID=r6fc50f397a445ad24210e4d14b691caa

12/04/2023
If you have somebody, or you can’t get out of the house due to illness or something, shoot me a text, and I’ll drive by ...
12/04/2023

If you have somebody, or you can’t get out of the house due to illness or something, shoot me a text, and I’ll drive by and give you a miniature parade,” Russell said.
You can reach Russell at (716) 912-8506 and set up a time for him to stop by with the Christmas truck.

What a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer!

We see all the trees, colorful lights, and plenty of other decorations for Christmas around WNY, but when you attach them to your car, you make something new -- the Christmas truck.

Why not get the ReadyErie app today?
12/01/2023

Why not get the ReadyErie app today?

Erie County sent a ReadyErie test message today, 12/1 at 12 p.m.

Don’t have the ReadyErie app on your phone? Download for free and enable notifications – available for Android and iPhone. www.erie.gov/readyerie

More information about the ReadyErie test: https://www2.erie.gov/exec/index.php?q=press/get-ready-readyerie-download-free-app-receive-emergency-alerts-storm-updates-erie-county

Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Get the facts about Social Security's Disability Insurance Program
12/01/2023

Get the facts about Social Security's Disability Insurance Program

Facts about Social Security Administration's disability program.

VIA is selling holiday greeting cards
12/01/2023

VIA is selling holiday greeting cards

It’s the season to spread holiday cheer! VIA is selling Holiday Greeting Cards (5” x 7”) to raise funds for our rehabilitation services. Festive designs by VIA’s youth clients. Purchase yours today:
https://ow.ly/gY7E50Qe3me

12/01/2023

Today is the big day! It’s our opening of our show tonight. The performances are from Friday until Sunday . Hope you all come and check out our performance.

12/01/2023

November 29, 2023 NYSOFA Highlights Winter Energy Assistance Fairs, Cold Weather Tips, Emergency Resources for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

I would love to touch the bronze Mona Lisa!
11/30/2023

I would love to touch the bronze Mona Lisa!

Tomas Bustos and his wife Jacinta came up with a way for the blind and visually impaired to experience world-famous paintings such as The Starry Night and Mona Lisa. NBC News’ Priscilla Thompson shares more on the traveling exhibit “Masterpiece Relief for the Blind.”

11/30/2023
11/29/2023
11/29/2023

From inspecting weighing devices to ensuring compliance with the scanner accuracy law—which requires that merchants list accurate prices—Erie County's Division of Weights & Measures works behind-the-scenes to protect consumers from fraud.

Details at: www3.erie.gov/consumerprotection/weights-and-measures


Cc: Erie County Division of Consumer Protection

If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of others
11/29/2023

If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of others

You can't really be present for the people in your life if you aren't taking care of yourself.
-Kerry Washington

If you are unable to get out in inclement weather you can get library materials by mail!
11/29/2023

If you are unable to get out in inclement weather you can get library materials by mail!

Did you know? "Library by Mail" is a FREE service that brings library materials to the homebound through the mail—offered by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Learn more at: buffalolib.org/mobile-services/library-mail

Questions? Call: 716-858-7156 …or email: [email protected]

Cc: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library

11/29/2023

Hey everyone!

Are you ready for an emergency? If not, then you won't want to miss the upcoming event on emergency preparedness. It's taking place on Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The event will cover everything you need to know to be prepared for any emergency. You'll learn about emergency kits, how to create an emergency plan for your family, and much more.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to be prepared for any situation. Register now by clicking on the link below and let's stay safe together!

This a good tip to take care of your physical and mental health
11/29/2023

This a good tip to take care of your physical and mental health

🗣️ FOCUS on these things and your life will improve.

FACT.

11/29/2023

Shows this weekend! Join us! You’ll love this show!

DIAL is a first-of-its-kind contact center, initially established in 2021 as a national hotline to help people with disa...
11/29/2023

DIAL is a first-of-its-kind contact center, initially established in 2021 as a national hotline to help people with disabilities access COVID-19 vaccinations. Today, DIAL connects people with disabilities to a broad range of services such as housing assistance, accessible transportation, legal assistance, and more to support independent living in the community.

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11/28/2023

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) filled its 100th public health fellow position in November, marking a milestone for the largest Public Health Corps program in New York State.

In Erie County, fellows have been assigned to the Cancer Services Program, Health Equity, Harm Reduction, public health clinics, Epidemiology and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. In addition, fellows are embedded with nearly 40 non-profits and community groups, focusing on projects that reduce health disparities and contribute to positive health outcomes.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/100-public-health-fellows-and-counting-multi-year-program-erie-county-department-health

Erie County Parks have a lot to offer all year 'round!
11/28/2023

Erie County Parks have a lot to offer all year 'round!

Did you know that several of are on the NYS Birding Trail?? Recently, two more Erie County Parks were added to the trail, Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park and Red Jacket Riverfront Habitat Park! We are so excited!

This is a great time of year to go out and observe winter ducks and other species which migrate here from the colder north. And you can spend the winter getting ready for the spring migration! WNY is located along the Atlantic Flyway, and bird watching in the spring is spectacular in this area.

Check out the full list and trail map here: https://ow.ly/nJ9r50Qaowv
Learn more about Seneca Bluffs here: https://ow.ly/FLz950Qaowt
Learn more about Red Jacket Park here: https://ow.ly/AxHG50Qaowr

(Pssst...maybe think about putting a good pair of binocs and a birding book on your holiday gift list this year!)


11/28/2023

Code Blue tonight 11/28/23 in the City of Buffalo

The following overnight shelters will be OPEN tonight:

586 Genesee St, Buffalo, 14204 - accessible location, open 8pm-7am (This location was formerly a women's shelter but will be open to all for Code Blue.)

Daytime Warming Centers:
11/29/23 - Daytime Warming is OPEN

Code Blue Clients will be permitted at the NFTA METRO Transportation Center from 5:30pm-7:30pm to obtain bus tickets to the Code Blue Shelter They will not be allowed to wait at the NFTA outside of those hours.

To receive Code Blue updates for the City of Buffalo, text CodeBlueBuffalo to 898-211. This notification is available to anyone including clients.


Outside of Erie County, contact local law enforcement or 211 for shelter options.

Know the risks of lead poisoninghttps://www3.erie.gov/health/press/kids-your-home-know-your-risks-lead-poisoning?fbclid=...
11/21/2023

Know the risks of lead poisoning
https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/kids-your-home-know-your-risks-lead-poisoning?fbclid=IwAR3-UdlnjY3HwffDYVJsot_2obUfrjqzZYuj12j9fnjnQiHURHVcue3w6tM

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and Live Well Erie have these messages for anyone with a young child in their home: know your risks of lead poisoning and get children tested for lead at age one year and age two years.

As lead paint degrades, especially on surfaces like windows and windowsills, doors and door frames, stairs, porches and bannisters, it will chip and flake and turn into dust. Those chips can be consumed by young children, or inhaled by anyone in the household.

Get Your Child Tested
There is no safe blood lead level in children. Lead is a neurotoxin that damages the brain. Even low levels of lead exposure can cause serious and lifelong health impacts. Children should get tested for lead at age one and age two years, and as recommended by their pediatrician. When a child has a high blood lead level, other children in the household should also be tested.

ECDOH public health nurses provide case management in coordination with the family’s primary care provider for all lead poisoned children, while sanitarians conduct investigations and provides information to parents of children under age 18 years old that have tested positive for elevated blood lead levels. This is one of several county resources for lead poisoning prevention.

Know Your Risks of Lead Poisoning
The city of Buffalo has some of the oldest housing stock in the country. Properties built before 1978 are assumed to have lead present, since lead paint was commonly used before its dangers were well-known. ECDOH created a searchable database of all properties at www.erie.gov/leadsearch. Anyone can find the date that a property was built, and if that date was before 1978, you should assume that lead is present.

ECDOH has resources for renters, homeowners and property managers on how to address lead paint contamination at www.erie.gov/lead, including free Lead Safe Work Practices training. Also, the ECDOH Office of Health Equity recently published its newsletter, Let’s Talk About Lead, which outlines sources of lead exposure and ways to reduce the risk of harm.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/kids-your-home-know-your-risks-lead-poisoning

Pies and open play at Gigi's tomorrow!
11/21/2023

Pies and open play at Gigi's tomorrow!

Looking for something to do Wednesday morning? Stop by the playhouse for open play from 9:30 - 11:30! We also have received a generous donation of pies to share with the community. We will be distributing those during open play. We hope to see you there!

Register below.
https://gigisplayhouse.org/buffalo/sfcalendar/?eventId=a0VHt00000S6XItMAN

We love cartoons! This looks like it will be a good one
11/21/2023

We love cartoons! This looks like it will be a good one

The network is developing its first-ever series featuring a lead character on the autism spectrum and his neurodiverse friends.

Help make shopping enjoyable for everyone
11/21/2023

Help make shopping enjoyable for everyone

Prepping for Black Friday Shoppers? Be sure to remember the importance of making the area Accessible! 🛍️🛒

Accessible Shopping: Clear Paths
It's important to provide sufficient space for all customers to shop.

Avoid overcrowding aisles and entrances with seasonal items, displays, racks or equipment that reduce accessible routes to less than 36 inches width.

Provide accessible routes to all shopping areas, including service counters, fitting rooms and bathrooms.

Northeast ADA logo. If you have a disability-related question, contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 or our website https://www.northeastada.org/

11/21/2023

The 2023 National Coding Symposium is back for another year of coding fun, bringing even more opportunities to engage students and all...

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Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
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Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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