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NYSARC maintains an active library of resources to help people navigate the world of developmental disabilities, from the first inklings that a child may have an intellectual or developmental disability, to the needs of older people with developmental disabilities.

We encourage you to browse the resources below, search for a specific document, or click the "The NYSARC Library in Delmar" button to the left to arrange a visit to the NYSARC Library in Delmar.

  • In the 10th issue of OVT for the year, Marc Brandt summarizes what has been a very busy May in Albany with the Justice Center legislation and new limits on executive compensation. Also, NYSARC Development Consultant Judi Cantor shares the secret to successful fundraising: storytelling. Not a subscriber to OVT? Join today and receive a chance to win one (1) Amazon Kindle Fire!

  • The newly appointed People First Waiver Steering Committee will conduct its first meeting on June 9, 2011. This past April, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) released its "Concept Paper" for an 1115 Waiver which it submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Concept paper is one of the first steps in the process of NYS developing an 1115 waiver with the Federal government.

    In This Issue
    News from NYSARC
    The Facebook Update
    Self-Advocate Corner
    Guardianship Matters

  • In the latest issue of OVT, NYSARC, Inc. Executive Director Marc Brandt shares important information about new bills that will advance the profession of direct support and the Inclusive Workforce Stakeholder Group announces its Employment Institute, to be held on July 17-18th. Click the link to read these stories, and much more, in OVT.

  • On Monday, the New York State Assembly finished up a series of statewide hearings on abuse. The hearings were in response to stories in the New York Times on abuse in state-operated programs.

    In This Issue

    • News from NYSARC
    • The Facebook Update
    • News from Our Chapters

  • In the 12th issue of OVT for 2012, Executive Director Marc Brandt shares important information regarding a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of the institution of the Willowbrook case, NYSARC Development Consultant Judi Cantor reviews the 5 key steps to forming a planned giving program, and our Essex County Chapter's (Mountain Lake Services) Kids' Camp is featured in our lead article.

  • In the latest edition of The Arc's e-newsletter, Fusion, CEO Peter V. Berns comments on the many challenges that have been facing Arc members throughout the country. Numerous states have been faced with reoccurring deficits and a great deal of advocacy efforts have been focused on state issues. For NYSARC, Inc., these past several months have found our efforts focused on issues concerning budget reductions, proposed abuse legislation stemming from the New York Times stories, and other important legislative priorities.

    In this issue

    • News from NYSARC
    • The Facebook Update
    • News from Our Chapters

  • NYSARC, Inc. Executive Director Marc Brandt reflects on the passage of the Justice Center legislation, we share important information on the upcoming NYSARC, Inc. Annual Recreation Conference, and find out how you can participate in the Sib Survey project. All this and much, much more in Our Voice Today.

  • As I read through last issue's News from Our Chapters, I was struck by the sheer volume of our Chapters' contributions to their local communities. Whether it was The Arc of Schuyler's creation of a commemorative garden recognizing Jim Wilson's 33 years as Executive Director; Eric Byrd's inspirational story of perseverance, highlighted by his desire to give back; or Ken Jackett winning a vocational services award in recognition of his work at the Wellsville Redemption Center, our Chapters are making meaningful and important contributions to their local communities.

    In recognition of their efforts, we have created a special section in this week's OVT dedicated to the volunteer efforts that our Chapters undertake each and every year. As evidenced by the examples found below, our Chapters take advantage of every opportunity to give back to the local communities who give us so much support throughout the year.

    • In This Issue
    • News from NYSARC
    • LAN Breaking News
    • Volunteer Stories
    • The Facebook Update
    • News from Our Chapters

  • In the latest issue of OVT, Governmental Affairs Consultant Paul Marchand analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court ACA decision on the I/DD field, NYSARC, Inc. announces its Fund Development and Public Relations Educational Summit, and more information is shared on the New York State Sibling Survey. All this and more in the latest issue of Our Voice Today.

  • With this issue of Our Voice Today, I am proud to announce the immediate availability of NYSARC's new website, located at www.nysarc.org, and the new Trust Services site, located at www.nysarctrustservices.org. Among numerous new features, there are a few about which I am particularly excited.

    In This Issue
    LAN Breaking News Special
    News from NYSARC
    News from Our Chapter

  • In this issue of Our Voice Today, Marc Brandt stresses the importance of open communication and the need to reach more people with the vital information we provide in OVT. Also, hear about an exciting opportunity Jennifer from our Chautauqua County Chapter had (we'll give you a hint--she spoke with the United Nations!). All this and much more in today's issue of OVT.

  • On August 7, 2011, former NYS Governor Hugh L. Carey passed away at his Long Island summer home. The Governor served from 1975 to 1982. The current NYS Governor, Andrew Cuomo, stated in a press release that Carey "was widely credited with saving the city of New York from bankruptcy." The banks and the federal government initially refused to bail out New York City but Carey initiated a rescue plan that has been credited with saving the city from default.

    In This Issue
    Understanding the 1115 Waiver: Terminology Guide
    News from NYSARC
    From Our Chapters

  • In this issue of OVT, Executive Director Marc N. Brandt shares his thoughts on the passing of Robert Schonhorn, former Executive Director of CP of NYS. Also, NYSARC opens its registration period for the 2012 Recreation Conference and we share important information about Voice! 8 from our Otsego County Chapter.

  • On August 24, 2011, the second meeting of the Steering Committee of the OPWDD People First Waiver met in Albany, New York. The appointed Steering Committee has been given the responsibility to oversee and guide the development of the new waiver and shape the ultimate system reforms the waiver is expected to achieve for New York State. The Committee is made up of individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, service-providing agencies, public officials, and individuals representing healthcare and long-term care.

    Over the course of the three-hour meeting, Committee members received a briefing from OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke, updates on the Waiver development process, received reports from the five design teams, and discussed next steps.

    In this issue
    Understanding the 1115 Waiver: Terminology Guide
    News from NYSARC
    From Our Chapters

  • In this issue of OVT, NYSARC Governmental Affairs Consultant Paul Marchand weighs in on federal block grants, NYSARC announces its annual Convention Theme Design competition, and we share an article written by our general counsel staff published in NYSBA Elder and Special Needs Law Journal.

  • Opening Letter

    On October 20, NYSARC will kick off its 62nd Annual Convention. This year, we've expanded the program to Thursday to include educational and training opportunities for self-advocates and direct support professionals. We're also welcoming the stars of the documentary Wretches and Jabberers as our first keynote speakers. And on Saturday, October 22, we'll end our Convention with a plenary session on the 1115 Waiver, a program that promises to change our field forever.

    You may ask, "Why does NYSARC hold a convention every year?"

    Also: "Handling Challenging Behaviors and Teaching Social Skills" with Dr. Jed Baker, NYSARC Trust Services: Examining the Potential for a Conflict of Interest, and the latest headlines from our Chapters.

  • In today's issue of OVT, Paul Marchand, NYSARC's Consultant on National Governmental Affairs, assesses the risk that a block grant proposal poses. Also, we announce the opening of our 2012 NYSARC, Inc. Annual Convention registration period, including exciting information about this year's Pre-Convention program. Click the link below and read these articles--and much, much more--in the latest issue of Our Voice Today.

  • In the latest issue of Our Voice Today, we announce the formation of the NYSARC Irene Relief Fund, analyze Medicaid Health Homes in the latest "Understanding the 1115 Waiver" blog post, and share information about a special educational and training opportunity for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and Self-Advocates at our Annual Convention.

  • In this issue of OVT, Executive Director Marc Brandt shares the reasons why he's excited about this year's Convention. Also, you can find the registration form for the Convention, the latest information about the upcoming Willowbrook Conference, and how you can enter the Convention Theme Design Contest and win an iPad!

  • Sixty-two years ago, the families that founded what was to become the largest non-profit of its kind had no idea of the historic consequence of their actions. In 1949, this handful of parents wanted for their children the same qualities and inclusive life within the broader community as the families of today aspire for their children. Yes, it was a different time and the understanding and perspectives of these early pioneers were perhaps shaded by their need to protect their loved ones from a society that had little understanding or empathy for their children.

    In This Issue
    NYSARC Trust Services
    Latest from LAN
    Self-Advocate Corner
    Chapter News