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GLITCH: Grow, Learn and Innovate with Technology

Empower Transition Through Technology Conference

When students with disabilities Grow, Learn, and Innovate with TeCHnology (GLITCH), they create, shape, and maximize their abilities. This free conference, sponsored by Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC), Central RSE-TASC, Mohawk Valley Community College, and The Kelberman Center, will explore tools, applications, and practices to help students successfully transition to the world of work, post-secondary learning, and independent living!

Educators, professionals, family members and students are all welcome.

Student Track: 9:00am-1:30pm

Family/Professional Track: 9:00am-2:30pm 

Please register by May 14, 2018.

Location: Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica Campus, 1101 Sherman Dr., Utica, NY 13501
Date: May 21, 2018
Time: 8:15am-2:30pm



Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Parenting

A Webinar

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other forms of trauma can impact the health and well-being of individuals throughout their lives. Individuals who are exposed to trauma often experience key challenges that affect parenting. This webinar will focus on the impact of ACEs and PTSD on parenting and intervention strategies for positive outcomes. Participants will be exposed to best practices regarding assessment, psychoeducation, and utilizing a strengths-based approach when working with families. This webinar is appropriate for service providers from all adult and child-serving organizations.

Date: May 15, 2018
Time: 12pm-1pm



Share Your Insights on the Long Term Care System

Take the Survey Now!

Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health and Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging, request your participation in a survey on barriers and gaps for New York’s long term care system. This information is the first step in creating a NYS strategy to help meet the needs of our ageing population now, and in the future. 

Take the survey now!



Autism in Love

A Free Film Viewing, Hosted by YOUTHPOWER!

Join YOUTHPOWER! in their celebration of Autism Acceptance Month. This free screening of the Emmy-nominated movie Autism in Love will be followed by a group discussion of the film. Please register beforehand.

Location: Albany Public Library; 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Date: April 28, 2018
Time: 1:30pm



Research Funding Opportunity

Community Living and Participation of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A new funding opportunity from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL has been announced for an Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on community living and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The purpose of the RRTC program, which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topic areas as specified by NIDILRR. These activities are designed to benefit rehabilitation service providers, individuals with disabilities, family members, and other stakeholders.

The purpose of this particular RRTC is to conduct research, training, and related activities to contribute to optimal community living and participation outcomes of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

This grant opportunity closes on June 4, 2018.



NYS Oral Health Coalition Annual Meeting

The 2018 New York State Oral Health Coalition Annual Meeting will feature presentations and workshops on a number of hot topics in oral health.  The plenary session will explore new thinking on redesigning systems to improve children's oral health.  Entitled, How Oral Health Can Change the World: Improving the Well-Being of Children and Families Through System Redesign, this panel will explore how oral health can play a larger role in ensuring all children and families have the opportunity to succeed in life.  The keynote speakers will be Meg Booth, Executive Director of the Children's Dental Health Project and Juliette Price, Executive Director of the Albany Promise.

A presentation by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center will provide information about key findings from several studies including one using Medicaid claims data to understand areas with high need for dental services. Another session will provide information on the opioid epidemic including prescribing recommendations, risks, benefits, alternatives, storage, and disposal of controlled substances.

Register here!

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Troy 235 Hoosick Street Troy, NY 12180
Date: April 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM



A Four-Part Webcast Series in Spanish

SAMHSA, together with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association, invites you to participate in a four-part webcast series called “Nuestra Salud.” This webcast series, conducted in Spanish, will share best practices for behavioral health treatment and recovery for the Latino population. Registration is required for the webcasts.

The webcasts will air on the following dates (all times listed are in Mountain Time):

Monday, April 16, 2018 

  • 12–1 p.m.: Trauma-Informed Practices and Latino Populations: Getting to the Core
  • 4–5 p.m.: Latino Communities and the Opioid Crisis: How Are We Coping?

Monday, May 7, 2018   

  • 12–1 p.m.: Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment:  Best and Promising Practices for Latinos
  • 4–5 p.m.: Recovery and Peer Engagement: Are We Reaching Latinos?

Please invite and share this event with Spanish-speaking and limited English-proficient families, consumers, advocates, and other community members and stakeholders. Please also consider hosting a group viewing to make it easier for your families, clients, and staff members to watch and participate. Please contact Maxine Henry at with questions. 



Mental Health First Aid Training

Project AWARE: “Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education”

This free 2-day workshop introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, and demonstrates how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. 

It is intended to improve mental health literacy of adults who interact with transitional-age (16-25 years) youth. 

Registration deadline is May 9th. Registration form is available here!


Location: Health Link/OASIS: One Telergy Parkway/6333 State Route 298 East Syracuse, NY 13057
Date: May 17, 2018
Time: 9:30am-2pm



Are You a Family Member of Someone with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability?

A Brief Survey by The New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation

Family member perspective helps NY Alliance to make informed recommendations, craft effective strategies and most importantly, share meaningful resources in the field to best support people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Take the survey here.



Bringing Light to Postpartum Depression & PMAD

A Free Webinar

Join Sonia Murdock, executive director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, and Bridget Croteau '06, Mrs. Suffolk County America 2017–18, for a live webinar discussion about postpartum depression (PPD) and PMAD (perinatal mood & anxiety disorders) on May 2, 2018. Murdock and Croteau will provide insights on PPD/PMAD from both an educational and personal perspective, with the opportunity for participants to ask questions in real time. Both women aim to raise awareness so that those experiencing PPD/PMAD know they are not alone and know where they can go for resources. Registration for this webinar is required to receive login information. Register here.

Date: May 2, 2018
Time: 8pm-9pm



Register Now for What's Great in Our State 2018

A Forum to Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness

This free event honors individuals and programs that are successfully addressing the issues of children’s mental health. These include work on early identification, outreach, family education, providing mental health awareness in schools and successful intervention on behalf of children and their families. This year's keynote speakers are Peter Gray, PhD and Diana Paige.

Register here! 

Location: New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave Albany, NY 12230
Date: May 8, 2018
Time: 1:30-4:30pm



Resilience & Race: Overcoming Challenges of Identity Dynamic

Race equity refers to a circumstance in which race is a neutral factor in determining how one fares. For example, with race equity, we would be able to see similar graduation rates among youth of various races--disparities attributed to race would be minimal. 

This upcoming webinar opportunity is intended to promote race equity in the development and implementation of policies, programs, and our own personal interactions. The mind sciences research and evidence-based practices have direct implications on daily work.

Resilience has been shown to protect against the harmful impact of stress. In recent years, researchers have identified strategies to bolster resilience in the face of challenges related to identity, particularly race and ethnicity. These strategies can be applied to navigate difficulty interpersonal dynamics, bolster self-concept in challenging environments, and overcome stereotyping. This webinar will be useful to professionals who work with diverse populations. 

Register here!

Date: June 6, 2018
Time: 1:30-3:00pm



Upcoming Early Childhood Conferences

There are two upcoming early childhood conferences in NY State. 

The New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC) annual conference April 19-21 in Verona, NY Register here

NYS Head Start Association Conference, May 8-9 in White Plains, NY. Please send an email note to Patty Persell, NY Head Start Collaboration Director at to receive the registration packet. 



NYSHealth Funding Opportunity: 2018 Special Projects Fund

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Special Projects Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). Applicants must submit an online inquiry form to determine whether a proposed project fits the funding criteria. The deadline for the online inquiry form is March 13, 2018. Selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals, with a deadline of May 16, 2018.

NYSHealth Special Projects Fund awards are one-time, nonrenewable funding opportunities consistent with the Foundation's mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers but outside of its main priority areas. 



Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal

Publications by the Federal Trade Commission and SAMHSA

The Federal Trade Commission, in partnership with SAMHSA, has developed a new fact sheet to help those in need of treatment for opioid dependence or withdrawal. The new fact sheet, Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal, provides information on how to obtain proper and safe help for the treatment of opioid dependence or withdrawal. The sheet is available in English (click here) and Spanish (click here).

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