315-478-1462
Sep
9
Fri
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available.

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“Three Options for Continued Learning; SU, OCC & ACCES-VR Services”

Presented by Bud Buckhout & Brianna M. Shultz, SU; Dean Tzivanis, OCC & Kathleen Joyce ACCES-VR

InclusiveU, provides a specialized transition program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; InclusiveU takes place on the Syracuse University (SU) campus. The Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC) at OCC program provides an opportunity for young people with disabilities to enroll at Onondaga Community College (OCC) to earn an industry-recognized credential, or an associate’s degree and acquire a job that pays a living wage in the regional workforce. ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. Come and learn about all the services we can provide to individuals with disabilities who want to achieve employment and independence.

Oct
7
Fri
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available.

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“Discipline & Suspension; Understanding the Rights of Students with Disabilities”

Presented by Kara Georgi, Starbridge

Did you know there is a difference between general discipline procedures and discipline procedures for students with disabilities? Children with disabilities have specific rights under state and federal laws when it comes to suspensions and school discipline. This workshop will provide an overview of these rights and the process used for discipline and suspensions. Participants will learn about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how to create a proactive behavior management plan to help avoid future conflict.

Oct
13
Thu
Creative Skills Development: Thinking Outside the Box @ Justin's Tuscan Grill
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Creative Skill Development:  Thinking Outside the Box featuring

Diana P. Vega of Lifespire, Inc. who is the Director of Lifespire’s Department of Education and Training.  She is a training consultant and highly sought-after speaker from the greater NYC area.

Guys Group of People Inc., Buffalo, NY.  Guys Group consists of four young men who will join their life quality coaches to share their experiential learning adventures as they traveled coast to coast in an RV and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Agenda

8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Registration and Beverages
Welcome

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Presentation by Diana P. Vega

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presentation by Diana P. Vega cont’d.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon Buffet by Pascale’s Catering

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Presentation by Guys Group featuring Aaron Hanson, Eric Johnson, Jon Caldwell, Nick Feeterman and Life Quality Coaches Christopher Zienski and Nick Cacciotti.

Participant Registration
(Includes Lunch)

Individual with a Developmental Disability/Parent/Family Member
$35

Professional/Other
$60

Reservation and Payment Deadline: October 6th (or when full).

Nov
18
Fri
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available.

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“Understanding Diploma & Credential Options for Students w/ Disabilities; Newest Updates”

Presented by Kristine O’Brien, SUPAC

Even if you have attended this training in the past you will want to join us to hear about the newest updates from NYSED. Have you heard about the new graduation options for children with disabilities? This training by Syracuse University Advocacy Center (SUPAC) will provide families with important information to help them become an active participant in the transition process. Participants will: Understand the current graduation options in NY State, basic requirements for quality transition planning, and the importance of Career Development Occupational Studies integration.

Mar
2
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate

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“How to Involve and Engage Students in the Individualized Education (IEP) Process”

Presented by Kristine O’Brien, SUPAC

Student participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning process improves both in-school and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. When parents, school staff, and those participating in the IEP planning process prepare students effectively to participate in their IEP meetings the students learn self-advocacy skills and take an active role in their own IEP development. During this training parents will engage in strength based activities as well as take home many great tools and strategies to involve their child in the IEP Process.  Bring your lunch!

May
4
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

MSC’s may earn a 2 hour certificate for ongoing MSC training; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Recreation and Respite”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration Required. EFR has many recreation and respite opportunities for all ages. Join us and learn about Project Explore, Parents Night Out, SU Match & more!

Jun
1
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Families receiving Family Education and Training Credit must have their MSC register them for a workshop; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Employment and Work Training Programs”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration is Required! Are you interested in working? Do you need more training? EFR has work readiness, job development programs and supportive employment services.

Aug
3
Thu
“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” @ Exceptional Family Resources
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” 
What is the purpose of a Person-Centered Plan?

How is a Person-Centered Plan used to write an ISP?

What is my role during a Person-Centered Planning meeting, how can I advocate in a positive way?

Attendees will learn strategies of how to develop a meaningful & useful Person-Centered Plan (PCP). Attendees will be given different examples of planning tools/forms to assist with gaining information and insight about a person’s desires, needs, interests and personal goals. This workshop will show how the information from a PCP meeting will be used to develop a clear and concise Individualized Service Plan (ISP). An ISP will be written in plain language using information from the PCP including meaningful goals, important safety information and valued outcomes that directly support the needs, interests and values of a person.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone receiving OPWDD services, their family members, MSC’s or other professionals that participate in the PCP/ISP meeting process. Join us for a fun afternoon as you prepare for your next successful PCP/ISP meeting!

Presenter: Karen Adams, Resource Specialist/MSC, QIDP  Karen has worked at Exceptional Family Resources since 2003 as an educational advocate, MSC, Resource Specialist, Family Education & Training Coordinator and the editor of the Onondaga County Resource Manual. Karen resides in Liverpool with her husband Tom and their two children; Stephanie (20yrs old), Frank (19yrs old). Frank has moderate/severe autism. Over the last 17 years, Karen has attended 100’s of IEP/ISP and PCP planning meetings as both a parent and a professional

Registration is required (OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is available; if needed contact Karen for paperwork & forms) Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided RSVP: kadams@contactefr.org  or call Karen Adams 478-1462 Ext. 337

All of our workshops are FREE & open to the public. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE MANUAL

Exceptional Family Resources resource manual is produced every two years and guides users to the many services that exist in Onondaga and surrounding counties.   We are always looking for local businesses who are interested in purchasing advertisement space in the manual.

Sep
9
Fri
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available.

downloadarticleLOGO-dropshadow

“Three Options for Continued Learning; SU, OCC & ACCES-VR Services”

Presented by Bud Buckhout & Brianna M. Shultz, SU; Dean Tzivanis, OCC & Kathleen Joyce ACCES-VR

InclusiveU, provides a specialized transition program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; InclusiveU takes place on the Syracuse University (SU) campus. The Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC) at OCC program provides an opportunity for young people with disabilities to enroll at Onondaga Community College (OCC) to earn an industry-recognized credential, or an associate’s degree and acquire a job that pays a living wage in the regional workforce. ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. Come and learn about all the services we can provide to individuals with disabilities who want to achieve employment and independence.

Oct
7
Fri
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available.

logo

“Discipline & Suspension; Understanding the Rights of Students with Disabilities”

Presented by Kara Georgi, Starbridge

Did you know there is a difference between general discipline procedures and discipline procedures for students with disabilities? Children with disabilities have specific rights under state and federal laws when it comes to suspensions and school discipline. This workshop will provide an overview of these rights and the process used for discipline and suspensions. Participants will learn about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how to create a proactive behavior management plan to help avoid future conflict.

Oct
13
Thu
Creative Skills Development: Thinking Outside the Box @ Justin's Tuscan Grill
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Creative Skill Development:  Thinking Outside the Box featuring

Diana P. Vega of Lifespire, Inc. who is the Director of Lifespire’s Department of Education and Training.  She is a training consultant and highly sought-after speaker from the greater NYC area.

Guys Group of People Inc., Buffalo, NY.  Guys Group consists of four young men who will join their life quality coaches to share their experiential learning adventures as they traveled coast to coast in an RV and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Agenda

8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Registration and Beverages
Welcome

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Presentation by Diana P. Vega

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presentation by Diana P. Vega cont’d.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon Buffet by Pascale’s Catering

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Presentation by Guys Group featuring Aaron Hanson, Eric Johnson, Jon Caldwell, Nick Feeterman and Life Quality Coaches Christopher Zienski and Nick Cacciotti.

Participant Registration
(Includes Lunch)

Individual with a Developmental Disability/Parent/Family Member
$35

Professional/Other
$60

Reservation and Payment Deadline: October 6th (or when full).

Nov
18
Fri
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available.

Screenshot 2016-03-21 15.03.40

“Understanding Diploma & Credential Options for Students w/ Disabilities; Newest Updates”

Presented by Kristine O’Brien, SUPAC

Even if you have attended this training in the past you will want to join us to hear about the newest updates from NYSED. Have you heard about the new graduation options for children with disabilities? This training by Syracuse University Advocacy Center (SUPAC) will provide families with important information to help them become an active participant in the transition process. Participants will: Understand the current graduation options in NY State, basic requirements for quality transition planning, and the importance of Career Development Occupational Studies integration.

Mar
2
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is also available. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate

Screenshot 2016-03-21 15.03.40

“How to Involve and Engage Students in the Individualized Education (IEP) Process”

Presented by Kristine O’Brien, SUPAC

Student participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning process improves both in-school and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. When parents, school staff, and those participating in the IEP planning process prepare students effectively to participate in their IEP meetings the students learn self-advocacy skills and take an active role in their own IEP development. During this training parents will engage in strength based activities as well as take home many great tools and strategies to involve their child in the IEP Process.  Bring your lunch!

May
4
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

MSC’s may earn a 2 hour certificate for ongoing MSC training; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Recreation and Respite”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration Required. EFR has many recreation and respite opportunities for all ages. Join us and learn about Project Explore, Parents Night Out, SU Match & more!

Jun
1
Thu
Free Workshop and Family Education & Training (FET) @ EFR
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Families receiving Family Education and Training Credit must have their MSC register them for a workshop; contact kadams@contactefr.org

“EFR Employment and Work Training Programs”

Presented by EFR

Advanced Registration is Required! Are you interested in working? Do you need more training? EFR has work readiness, job development programs and supportive employment services.

Aug
3
Thu
“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” @ Exceptional Family Resources
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Person-Centered Planning Meetings; Strategies & Tools” 
What is the purpose of a Person-Centered Plan?

How is a Person-Centered Plan used to write an ISP?

What is my role during a Person-Centered Planning meeting, how can I advocate in a positive way?

Attendees will learn strategies of how to develop a meaningful & useful Person-Centered Plan (PCP). Attendees will be given different examples of planning tools/forms to assist with gaining information and insight about a person’s desires, needs, interests and personal goals. This workshop will show how the information from a PCP meeting will be used to develop a clear and concise Individualized Service Plan (ISP). An ISP will be written in plain language using information from the PCP including meaningful goals, important safety information and valued outcomes that directly support the needs, interests and values of a person.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone receiving OPWDD services, their family members, MSC’s or other professionals that participate in the PCP/ISP meeting process. Join us for a fun afternoon as you prepare for your next successful PCP/ISP meeting!

Presenter: Karen Adams, Resource Specialist/MSC, QIDP  Karen has worked at Exceptional Family Resources since 2003 as an educational advocate, MSC, Resource Specialist, Family Education & Training Coordinator and the editor of the Onondaga County Resource Manual. Karen resides in Liverpool with her husband Tom and their two children; Stephanie (20yrs old), Frank (19yrs old). Frank has moderate/severe autism. Over the last 17 years, Karen has attended 100’s of IEP/ISP and PCP planning meetings as both a parent and a professional

Registration is required (OPWDD Family Education & Training (FET) credit is available; if needed contact Karen for paperwork & forms) Bring your own lunch, beverages are provided RSVP: kadams@contactefr.org  or call Karen Adams 478-1462 Ext. 337

All of our workshops are FREE & open to the public. MSC’s will receive a 2-hour certificate