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News, Notes and Events

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NYS DDPC: Vaccine Education Webinar

NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Vaccine Education Webinar 

VaxFactsDDNY and the Autism Society Habilitation Organization (ASHO) are hosting a Bengali/English vaccine education webinar for people with IDD and their families on Thursday, August 12th at 7:30pm. Dr. Vincent Siasoco is the featured speaker and ASHO will provide simultaneous interpretation. 





NYS Office for New Americans: Recognition of Disability Pride Month

New York State Office for New Americans

In recognition of Disability Pride Month, and the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the New York State Office for New Americans is announcing the publication and distribution of Voyage, a free multi-lingual resource book designed to help new Americans families celebrate their children’s growth and development, identify the signs of disabilities and get help and support for their children early if they need it. This book was developed by the ONA Ramirez June Initiative to support new American families with young children.





NYS Youth Justice Institute: Welcome to our monthly roundup

June 30 - July 27, 2021

NYS Youth Justice Institute

An initiative of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Children and Family Services and University of Albany





Partnership to End Addiction: Is opioid necessary to treat pain?

Partnership to End Addiction

You’ve just received an opioid prescription for your teenager. On the one hand, you may think, “If my doctor prescribed this, it must be safe.” There are obviously times when such medications are needed, helpful and should be taken. On the other hand, you may be worried about just how risky it is for your child to take opioids.





NYS OCFS - Child Care Stabilization Grants Coming Soon!

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Child Care Stabilization Grants Coming Soon!

Child care providers, funding is coming soon to help you recover from the COVID-19 pandemic! All you will have to do is complete the application and meet the eligibility requirements. The application is fast, simple, and will automatically calculate your grant amount.





Annual P-3 Summer Institute

The NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF) is partnering with the NYS Education Department's Office of Early Learning to convene the annual P-3 Summer Institute

This event will be held virtually. Presentations will be published each Thursday from July 22 - August 12, 2021. Once published, participants may register and view them at any time.





Policies Advancing Transformation and Healing (PATH) Learning Community


Policies Advancing Transformation and Healing (PATH) Learning Community

Interest Form

Deadline: July 30, 2021

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is excited to launch our Policies Advancing Transformation and Healing (PATH) Learning Community. This year-long Learning Community will bring stakeholders together to advance policy and systems-change implementation that reimagines youth and young adult mental health systems.





5 Minute Survey on Covid-19 Vaccines for Children

Parents/Caregivers: 5 Minute Survey on Covid-19 Vaccines for Children

Do you have a child with a disability under the age of 18?

Children 12 years and older can get a Covid-19 vaccine now. Soon, younger children will be able to get a vaccine.

The VaxFactsDDNY Project, in collaboration with the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, wants to hear your thoughts on Covid-19 vaccines for children. It will only take 5 minutes of your time!

Please fill out and/or share the Child Vaccine Perception Survey here in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Bengali, or ASLClick Here





Child Tax Credit

Earlier this year, the American Rescue Plan passed and ushered in a historic one-year expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that has the power to significantly boost income security, reduce child poverty, advance racial equity, and create a public investment for the good of all children. Families will get up to $250 or $300 per child up to 17 years of age. This is a transformational benefit. Monthly payments are slated to begin this week.






News and Updates from Prevent Child Abuse New York

News and Updates from Prevent Child Abuse New York

July 2021






From Friends of Recovery-New York: News and Events

July 2021

From Friends of Recovery-New York (FOR-NY) - Check out our news and events throughout New York State. Summer BBQs, Arts Festival, Employment Opportunities, Free Webinars and more...





Promote Summer Meals for Kids & Teens!

Hunger Solutions New York

Promote Summer Meals for Kids & Teens!

Summer 2021 is here! Kids and teens age 18 and under can get free, healthy meals at sites across the state through USDA's Summer Food Service Program. Visit to learn more and access outreach resources to promote summer meals. 





Virtual Event - Save The Date

The New York State Department of Health will host the first annual state-led Opioid Overdose Awareness Day. This day will honor and reflect on the people who have died of overdose and celebrate people who dedicate themselves to harm reduction and saving lives.





Immigrants Can Access Critical Nutrition Programs

Permanent Block of Public Charge
Rule Ensures that Immigrants Can Access
Critical Nutrition Programs

Starting immediately the 2019 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule that kept immigrants and their families from accessing public benefits, including SNAP, is no longer in effect.




Information on applying for SNAP and WIC during the COVID-19

Have you or your family lost income recently?

You may be eligible for programs that help you get the food you need.

Get information on applying for SNAP and WIC during the COVID-19 outbreak, and learn how we can help.


Community partners: For the 2.2 million people living in NYS households who struggle against hunger, COVID-19 presents unique challenges. As more schools, child care centers, and meal sites are impacted, additional families may lose access to the programs that improve their nutrition, health, and well-being. Hunger Solutions New York is working to provide updates on the operation of federal nutrition assistance programs that can help schools, community organizations, and families mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the food security of low-income people.

We work to promote and maximize participation in key federal nutrition assistance programs.


As a statewide organization dedicated to alleviating hunger, our mission is more important than ever. Keep updated on developments.


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