The New York State Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services--Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015). To assist in the development of the State Plan, individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, employers, and service providers are invited to attend public meetings to provide comments on the provision of vocational rehabilitation services. The public comment period extends from January 26, 2015 through February 23, 2015. View the announcement.
A notice from the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health:
The most important people in the life of children are the parents. Parents play an important role in securing the safety and welfare of their children. This often includes seeking good medical treatment. In the world of medicine, parents are given countless treatment options to combat illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe chronic illnesses. We want to know if this holds true in the mental health treatment field. The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH), together with the REACH Institute, would like to know more about your experience as the parent of a child who has received mental health services. We want to know if you are given a full range of treatment options and if you know what type of treatment your child is receiving.
Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. We will use the information we gather to develop strategies for helping families get the best mental health treatment for their children. We believe that parents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their child is receiving so that they can make informed decisions on the effectiveness of that treatment.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about the employment of individuals with disabilities and celebrates their many and varied contributions to America's workplace. The theme for 2014 is Expect. Employ. Empower.
A notice from Disability Rights New York:
One of the serious issues facing students with disabilities in New York schools is the use of restraints and seclusion. While the use of such measures is permitted in emergency situations, state regulations prohibit restraints and seclusion as ongoing or standard interventions to address behavior. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to determine the actual frequency and scope of the use of restraints and “time out” rooms due to unclear definitions and reporting requirements. We suspect that there is substantial under-reporting and overuse of restraints and seclusion in schools. As the Protection and Advocacy system for New York State, Disability Rights New York is committed to assessing and addressing these issues.
To that end, we need information. Below is a link to a short survey for parents, students, advocates and professionals who work with students with disabilities. The survey should take no more than 2 to 4 minutes. If you have previously taken an earlier version of this survey in recent months, please consider re-taking the survey as additional questions have been added.
If you are aware of anyone who would like to complete this survey but does not have computer access or requires accommodations, please contact DRNY directly at (518) 432-7861 for direct assistance.
A notice from the Statewide Coalition of Developmental Disabilities Family Advocacy Organizations:
Families and self-advocates can help set the advocacy agenda for the coming year by completing this brief Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Survey! Results of the survey will be used to identify the top advocacy priorities across New York State. Families’ and self-advocates’ top priorities will be shared with providers and provider associations and will be front and center of our statewide advocacy campaign to OPWDD and our elected officials to fight for what is needed!