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 government by advocating for enhanced services and programming.

Operating as usual

09/16/2021

Our Professional Development Series continues on the 21st and 23rd of this month!

Next week’s workshop will help you identify learning profiles and utilize strategies to maximize learning and build confidence.

For more info or to register:
Call: 716-332-4170
Email: [email protected]

09/16/2021

Next week we will be officially starting our 716 Teens Club!!

Young adults (ages 14-21) are welcomed to come play games and work on their social skills.

For more info or to register:
Call: 716-332-4170
Email: [email protected]
Visit: https://parentnetworkwny.org/events/

09/16/2021

Calling all SUPER PARENTS and/or CHILDREN ‼️

Our Mindfulness Stress Reduction Series continues next week and focuses on self-care and growth.

Learn more on how to feel powerful and in control while prioritizing the important things in your life. 💪🏼

For more info or to register:
☎️ 716-332-4170
📧 [email protected]

https://www.ready.gov/september
09/09/2021
National Preparedness Month | Ready.gov

https://www.ready.gov/september

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. Weekly Themes Social Media & Graphics Videos More Info National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importan...

The story of Frankenstein, like you've never seen it before. An original play, written by Anna Rose Wood-Jacobowitz, and...
09/09/2021

The story of Frankenstein, like you've never seen it before. An original play, written by Anna Rose Wood-Jacobowitz, and staged and filmed at Gallaudet University. Co-produced by National Theatre of the Deaf, Gallaudet University Theatre, and Connecticut Deaf Theatre, this is one theatrical event you won't want to miss.
Keep your eyes open for further updates on this incredible workshop, streaming online soon! #Deafenstein

The story of Frankenstein, like you've never seen it before. An original play, written by Anna Rose Wood-Jacobowitz, and staged and filmed at Gallaudet University. Co-produced by National Theatre of the Deaf, Gallaudet University Theatre, and Connecticut Deaf Theatre, this is one theatrical event you won't want to miss.

Keep your eyes open for further updates on this incredible workshop, streaming online soon! #Deafenstein

Did you know service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals are not the same? You may have heard the te...
09/08/2021

Did you know service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals are not the same? You may have heard the term service animal, emotional support, or therapy animal used interchangeably, but it’s important to know that there are differences. Only service animals are entitled to the legal protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While all these types of animals may provide comfort, support, and companionship there are key differences.


Service Animal Emotional Support Animal Therapy Dog
Training Trained to do work or perform tasks specifically related to an individual’s disability. Do not require specialized training Behavioral training
Task or work performed Any task for work specifically related to an individual’s disability Provide emotional comfort, support, and companionship to an individual Volunteer in community settings to provide comfort and affection
Animal type Dog but under some circumstances can be a miniature horse Not limited to a specific type of animal Dog
Legal rights Full public access rights under provisions of the ADA Have limited legal rights which do not include full public access rights No uniform state or national access rights

For more information on the differences between ADA recognized service animals and other types of support animals we recommend you view the following

https://adata.org/service-animal-resource-hub/differences

Did you know service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals are not the same? You may have heard the term service animal, emotional support, or therapy animal used interchangeably, but it’s important to know that there are differences. Only service animals are entitled to the legal protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While all these types of animals may provide comfort, support, and companionship there are key differences.


Service Animal Emotional Support Animal Therapy Dog
Training Trained to do work or perform tasks specifically related to an individual’s disability. Do not require specialized training Behavioral training
Task or work performed Any task for work specifically related to an individual’s disability Provide emotional comfort, support, and companionship to an individual Volunteer in community settings to provide comfort and affection
Animal type Dog but under some circumstances can be a miniature horse Not limited to a specific type of animal Dog
Legal rights Full public access rights under provisions of the ADA Have limited legal rights which do not include full public access rights No uniform state or national access rights

For more information on the differences between ADA recognized service animals and other types of support animals we recommend you view the following

https://adata.org/service-animal-resource-hub/differences

09/07/2021

Our Kite Flying Festival is just two and a half weeks away! We're looking forward to seeing you and your families for an afternoon of kite flying and activities in celebration of mental health, recovery and resiliency. We hope your calendars are marked!

09/07/2021

This Thursday,September 9 will be the last day to register for a FREE shirt. Shirts will not be for sale at the event.

https://form.jotform.com/dspgwny/StepUp21

Kick off Down Syndrome Awareness month virtually or in person! Join us at Canalside OR virtually to move and exercise with Fitness Ability! We will not be walking as a group this year.

After your session, feel free to explore Canalside with your family.
*In person participants must register. Registration is $10
(price includes T-shirt if before September 9.)
Wear your T-shirts at Canalside or virtually on October 2!
• Session 1: 10:00-11:00 AM • Session 2: 12:00-1:00 PM

Personal Disaster Preparedness: I Am Hard of Hearing
09/01/2021
Personal Disaster Preparedness: I Am Hard of Hearing

Personal Disaster Preparedness: I Am Hard of Hearing

Learn about personal preparedness tips for people with disabilities in the event of a disaster. The PSA emphasizes the Ready Campaign’s four building blocks ...

Service dogs can be an integral part of the daily lives of people with disabilities. People use their animal’s skills an...
09/01/2021

Service dogs can be an integral part of the daily lives of people with disabilities. People use their animal’s skills and training to assist them in fully participating in everyday life. However, the topic of service animals can be complex. There is often misunderstandings and confusion about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals.
https://adata.org/service-animal-resource-hub

Service dogs can be an integral part of the daily lives of people with disabilities. People use their animal’s skills and training to assist them in fully participating in everyday life. However, the topic of service animals can be complex. There is often misunderstandings and confusion about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals.
https://adata.org/service-animal-resource-hub

Timeline Photos
08/31/2021

Timeline Photos

It’s okay to feel overwhelmed by the past year and a half. It can be daunting to navigate your comfort level as we adjust to this new normal. Do not let the pressure of “normalcy” force you to do anything you're uncomfortable with. Take this new season of life at your own pace and remind yourself that it’s okay to not be okay with everything going on in the world. We’re in this together. 💚

This is a recorded webcastAre you wondering about what’s new in the world of assistive technology (AT)? Are you curious ...
08/31/2021
JAN Monthly Webcast Series - August 2021 - AT Update: What’s new in 2021

This is a recorded webcast

Are you wondering about what’s new in the world of assistive technology (AT)? Are you curious about trends related to accommodating with equipment and technology? Do you simply have a love of gadgets? Join JAN Lead Consultant Teresa Goddard and Senior Consultant Matthew McCord for an introduction to new and improved products and a discussion of how to apply them as workplace accommodations. Using real JAN case examples, we will discuss new accommodation approaches to a variety of accommodation challenges with a focus on new sensory technologies.

Are you wondering about what’s new in the world of assistive technology (AT)? Are you curious about trends related to accommodating with equipment and techno...

08/26/2021

Can an employer end telework accommodations once at-risk employees with disabilities receive a COVID-19 vaccine? An employer should not assume that just because an employee received a vaccine that the employee is no longer at-risk and can return to work. Some employees may still need to telework and others may be able to return after being vaccinated but reasonable accommodations might still be needed at work to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Learn more: JAN FAQ: COVID-19 Vaccination and the ADA at https://askjan.org/blogs/jan/2021/04/faq-covid-19-vaccination-and-the-americans-with-disabilities-act.cfm

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and audio descriptionhttps://acblists.org/g/ADP-List/topic/85000640
08/25/2021
[email protected] | Paralympics Q&A

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and audio description
https://acblists.org/g/ADP-List/topic/85000640

Hello all, During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a number of questions came up in regards to the audio description coverage. This e-mail should hopefully clarify matters for the Paralympics. Each question is a level-three heading, and there are links to resources throughout. Please let me know if you have...

Everything you want to know about audio description..and more!  Check it outhttps://adp.acb.org/
08/25/2021
The Audio Description Project

Everything you want to know about audio description..and more! Check it out
https://adp.acb.org/

The Audio Description Project (ADP) promotes audio description activity in all media and venues and disseminates information on that work throughout the USA and beyond.

Unique Farm, Neighborhood Designed With Inclusion In Mind
08/25/2021
Unique Farm, Neighborhood Designed With Inclusion In Mind

Unique Farm, Neighborhood Designed With Inclusion In Mind

What started as a farm offering people with developmental disabilities a way to contribute and find purpose is expanding into a community with the addition of a pocket neighborhood.

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HELLO EVERYONE!!!!! This is a reminder that the DDAWNY Family Committee will be holding their monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday March 19, 2019. The meeting will take place at ASPIRE of WNY located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga. As always, if you want to bring your loved one(s) to the meeting and are in need of on-site respite services, please call 1-585-794-0408 by MONDAY (the 18th) and indicate the age and any special requirements needed by your loved one(s). Please remember that parents/family members incorporating these respites services are required to remain in the building during the meeting time. Finally, feel free to invite members of your social network, support group(s), agency representatives, family, friends, school community, etc...to the meeting!!!!! We look forward to seeing you and your guests on the 19th!!!!!
HELLO EVERYONE!!!!! This is a reminder that the DDAWNY Family Committee will be holding their monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday February 19, 2019. The meeting will take place at ASPIRE of WNY located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga. As always, if you want to bring your loved one(s) to the meeting and are in need of on-site respite services, please call 1-585-794-0408 by MONDAY (the 18th) and indicate the age and any special requirements needed by your loved one(s). Please remember that parents/family members incorporating these respites services are required to remain in the building during the meeting time. Finally, feel free to invite members of your social network, support group(s), agency representatives, family, friends, school community, etc...to the meeting!!!!! We look forward to seeing you and your guests on the 19th!!!!!
HELLO EVERYONE!!!!! This is a reminder that the DDAWNY Family Committee will be having their monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday November 20, 2018. The meeting will take place at ASPIRE of WNY located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga. As always, if you want to bring your loved one(s) to the meeting and are in need of on-site respite services, please call 1-585-794-0408 by MONDAY (the 19th) and indicate the age and any special requirements needed by your loved one(s). Please remember that parents/family members incorporating these respites services are required to remain in the building during the meeting time. Finally, feel free to invite members of your social network, support group(s), agency representatives, family, friends, school community, etc...to the meeting!!!!! We look forward to seeing you and your guests on the 20th!!!!!
HELLO EVERYONE!!!!! This is a reminder that the DDAWNY Family Committee will be having their monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday September 18, 2018. The meeting will take place at ASPIRE of WNY located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga. As always, if you want to bring your loved one(s) to the meeting and are in need of on-site respite services, please call 1-585-794-0408 by MONDAY (the 17th) and indicate the age and any special requirements needed by your loved one(s). Please remember that parents/family members incorporating these respites services are required to remain in the building during the meeting time. Finally, feel free to invite members of your social network, support group(s), agency representatives, family, friends, school community, etc...to the meeting!!!!! We look forward to seeing you and your guests on the 18th!!!!!