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Independent Living now offers special health care needs resource library

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR), working in cooperation with the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments, has opened a Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Family Resource Library.  Relatives of young people with disabilities from Genesee and Orleans Counties can make appointments to investigate adaptive devices and other equipment before investing in them, and perhaps arrange a short-term loan of an item.

About the Resource Library: The CYSHCN Resource Library is for children and their families to be able to test and identify tools and supports that will help their child/ youth in areas such as development, emotional regulation, support with health conditions or disabilities, sensory processing, communication, learning disabilities, advocacy, and more. This is a great way to try items for FREE, to see what works or doesn’t work before buying.  

Supportive Equipment and Assistive Technology: Equipment is expensive, so this is a great way to try different items to see what works, or what does not, with no out-of-pocket expense. Some equipment available includes sensory toys, busy books, balance seats, tools that can support occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), speech goals, communication tools, and much more.  

Books: We have a variety of books and workbooks that support parents, children, and youth of all ages.  

For more information, contact April Fearby, CYSHCN Program Specialist at ILGR, at afearby@wnyil.org, or by calling 585-815-8501, extension 401.  

GC Office for the Aging hosts employment fair for people with disabilities

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The highly anticipated Employment Fair for People with Disabilities will take place from 1 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Genesee County Office For The Aging, 2 Bank Street in Batavia.  

The event presents an opportunity for job seekers to connect with leading companies, organizations, and not-for-profits to explore a wide range of career options. Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to kick-start your professional journey!  

Take the first steps towards a fulfilling career!  It's best if you prepare your resume ahead of time, dress professionally, and bring your true self to impress potential employers.

This event is proudly supported by members of the Genesee Region Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities including the Genesee County Office for The Aging, Ace Employment, Genesee County Career Center, Genesee County Mental Health, and Independent Living of the Genesee Region.

Inclusivity and accessibility are our top priorities. Coverage for childcare costs and transportation may be available. We are here to assist with any accommodations you may need.

Please Pre-Register with Ashley Dunham from Independent Living of the Genesee Region in advance at 585-815-8501, ext. 414 or adunham@wnyil.org

Schedule:

  • 1 - 2:15 p.m. - Learning Time: Instructions in civil service testing, practice interviews, job searching, and instruction in reasonable accommodations.
  • 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Break Time
  • 2:30 - 4 p.m. - Meet the Employers: This is your opportunity to meet with employers who are hiring!

ILGR hires Karina M. Treleaven as a HAWNY Program Specialist

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Description automatically generatedIndependent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) welcomes Karina Treleaven to work with the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY) to coordinate the Continuum of Care (COC) for people with disabilities of the Genesee Orleans and Wyoming County (GOW) Region as a HAWNY Program Specialist to maximize their community participation.

Ms. Treleaven brings to her new experience in various positions: she was a Bilingual Caseworker with the Genesee County Department of Social Services; a seventh and eighth-grade Spanish teacher at Notre Dame High School in Batavia; a Family and Community/ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance) Specialist and Health/Nutrition Specialist at Early Head Start at Community Action of Orleans and Genesee Counties; Bilingual Employment Coordinator and Job Coach at Catholic Charities Community Services; Family and Community Services Coordinator at Agri-Business Child Development; Spanish debt collector who helps debtors improve their credit at Pioneer Credit Recovery; Interpreter-translator for the teachers and the children at Rainbow Preschool-ABCD Building; and she taught Spanish-English to youth and adults from impoverished communities at Nuestra Señora De la Merced High School.

Among her responsibilities are conducting monthly COC meetings; maintaining and increasing participation in Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for service providers; analyzing data from HMIS to guide housing programs; communicating with HAWNY to help coordinate services and comply with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expectations; regularly meeting with Warming Shelters, Schools, Jails, Hospitals, Employment Providers, Mental Health Providers or other organizations and providing resource information to their direct service staff; increasing organizational participation in the COC; networking with Landlords to educate and engage their participation in housing programs; and increasing homeless services in general, including prevention, shelter and permanent housing.

ILGR is delighted that Karina Treleaven is bringing her vast experience to serve the GOW region in her new capacity.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Independent Living hosts Meet the Candidates Day Oct. 24

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is holding a FREE “MEET THE CANDIDATES” DAY to enable local residents with disabilities, or anyone from the community, to hear and discuss issues with some of those who are on the ballot in the November General Election.  

While it is an “off-year election” our Chief Policy Officer Todd Vaarwerk points out that those who achieve local positions now may be the State and National leaders of tomorrow!  So, whatever your political views, this is YOUR year to get involved!

The event is to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in ILGR’s Conference Room at 319 West Main Street in the Crickler Executive Business Center, Batavia.  As seating is limited, people can also attend over the Zoom Meeting platform online.  

To get the Zoom link, RSVP with Cathy DeMare at 585-815-8501, extension 400. She can also answer questions about the event.  It will be also accessible via a live stream on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ILGR14020 and WNYIL’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/WNYIL.

If an attendee wishes to be familiar with the “hot” disability issues, sheets of suggested questions will be provided; but participants are encouraged to ask about public concerns that are close to them.  The building is fully disability accessible.

The Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Independent Living hosting reception for artist Peter Langden

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The ARTiculations Exhibition at Independent Living is featuring the paintings of Peter Langden from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 at the Independent Living Center located at 319 West Main St., Batavia. An Artist Reception is being held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. Light refreshments provided.

Artist statement:

As a young boy, I always wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I spent time drawing whenever I could, I found a new outlet for my restless energies. While I did not take to formal schooling too much I did graduate high school with an art major in 1988, and from there making art continued to hold my interest. In 1995 I took up painting after I had finished up years of making metal sculpture. Through the years afterwards I went through difficult times but my art was always there for me. It was back in 2018 when I bought my first easel and by that time I was well committed to the idea that I was working on what I considered my life’s work. I still like to draw but it seems that people like my paintings.

ILGR Closed Monday in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of October to honor Native American peoples and commemorate their histories and cultures.

Monday, October 11, 2021 marked what many consider as a major milestone in New York State’s History.  For the first time ever, this date was recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day by Governor Kathy Hochul by issuing a Proclamation recognizing the Indigenous Peoples's sovereignty and place in history.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region believes that this is an important step to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We celebrate the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples as we seek to build trust and goodwill.

The celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day took root at an international conference on discrimination sponsored by the United Nations in 1977. In 2021, President Biden was the first U.S. President to formally recognize the day as a national holiday.

Historically, the day is known as Columbus Day, but in recent years the explorer’s legacy is now considered controversial and is questioned due to the atrocities committed against the Indigenous Peoples. President Biden’s Proclamation makes reference to this. 

“Our country was conceived on a promise of equality and opportunity for all people — a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have made through the years, we have never fully lived up to.  That is especially true when it comes to upholding the rights and dignity of the Indigenous people who were here long before the colonization of the Americas began.”

Let the process of healing and belonging continue by our celebration of the tremendous contributions of the Indigenous People who originally inhabited our diverse nation before it was established and declared the United States of America.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

ILGR celebrates 33rd anniversary of the ADA

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990, is the single most comprehensive and far-reaching piece of legislation protecting the rights of people with disabilities from discrimination ever enacted, eclipsing the handful of laws that had existed. 

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) will be celebrating the ADA at its Annual Picnic. It will place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at Kiwanis Park at 3808 West Main Street Road in Batavia. There will be free food and games including a Scavenger Hunt. 

When the ADA was signed 33 years ago people envisioned curb cuts and accessible building entrances. Today, the ADA is helping people live independently, get an education, find housing, and build a career.

If you need additional information please call Catherine DeMare at 585-815-8501, extension 400, or email her at cdemare@wnyil.org.

Artist concentrates on happiness in work on display at ILGR

By Howard B. Owens
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Gina Schelemanow with some of the pieces of art the Bergen resident created and on display at the Independent Living offices on West Main Street in the Crickler building.
Photo by Howard Owens

More than a year ago, Gina Schelemanow went through a bit of a rough patch and decide to take a more positive turn with life.

 Schelemanow started creating art with linoleum cut prints.

"t was just kind of nice, like a nice release for me," the budding artist said. "A lot of them are like animals or books or just things that I enjoy in life that make me happy."

This month, Schelemanow's show at the West Main location of Independent Living of the Genesee Region put Schelemanow's work on display, and the show had its official opening on Thursday.

The Bergen resident was a housing coordinator for ILGR and is now doing a similar job for Project Blue in Buffalo.

At Byron-Bergen High School, Schelemanow wasn't particularly into art.

"I did like art classes in school for school, but nothing like extra," Schelemanow said. "I wasn't in any of the fancy art classes or anything."

There's nothing dark in Schelemanow's work, and the artist said that's by design.

"It's just as kind of like a creative outlet," Schelemanow said. "I never thought that you have to be good at doing art to do it. It was never something that I thought I was good at or thought I was creative. And when I started doing it, I really was able to come up with a lot of different things. So it was nice to go through the process of it."

The show runs through August.

Photos by Howard Owens.

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Gina Schelemanow

ILGR & UHAA announce new series of exhibitions of artists with disabilities in the Genesee Region

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The ARTiculations Ability Exhibition -- a forum for artists with disabilities in Genesee, Wyoming, and Orleans counties to display their work publicly -- will open at Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) in their office at 319 West Main Street in the Crickler Executive Business Center in Batavia on Thursday, June 1. Titled “Back of Beyond,” it features the work of Gina Schelemanow, who uses ink, wash, tape, and markers.

A self-described “non-binary neurodivergent goofball that lives in Genesee County, they (the preferred pronoun) are passionate about social justice, community building, and being a silly goose. They started printmaking and painting last year, after a rough mental health spell. Their art is meant to bring joy and oddness to all who enjoy it.”

A reception with light refreshments will be held for the artist at the ILGR office from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.  A product of a partnership between ILGR and the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), the Exhibit will be on display through August 31.

Other artists with disabilities residing in the Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming County areas are encouraged to submit their work to this juried competition, as there will be additional ARTiculations planned quarterly exhibits in the future.

For questions on the event, please call Catherine DeMare at 585-815-8501, ext. 400.

ILGR offers anger management class starting in June

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region is offering a 12-week Anger Management Class on Tuesdays from June 6 to August 29, 9-10:30 a.m., in the office at 319 West Main St. in the Crickler Executive Business Center in Batavia.

The class will be led by Debra McKnight, a Certified Peer who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services and has extensive experience facilitating support groups.  The purpose of this group is to help individuals with Anger Issues using different Conflict Resolution Strategies to better manage and resolve conflicts in their lives.  It is open to individuals who are mandated by the Courts or Boards of Parole, as well as the general public.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend all twelve weeks, but class size is limited.  Pre-Registration is required, along with the $50.00 class fee (a Payment plan is available).

For more information or to RSVP, contact Cathy DeMare at 585-815-8501, Ext. 400.

Independent Living hires Luis Pacheco as Medicaid facilitator

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is pleased that Luis Pacheco has joined their team in the role of Medicaid Facilitated Enroller.  In this position, he will assist individuals who are aged (over 65 years), legally blind or disabled to acquire health insurance.

Mr. Pacheco comes to ILGR with a breadth of experience, having worked as a Spanish language Interpreter for EZ Translations in Rochester; a Quality Controller at heating equipment supplier I Squared R Element Company in Akron; a Class B Building Mechanic at  Patriot Construction in Rochester; a Customer Service Representative (CSR) Insurance Agent at Combined Life Insurance Company of New York (CLICNY); a Bilingual Examiner at the Monroe County Department of Social Services in Rochester; a Customer Service Representative in Banking/ Finance at JP Morgan Chase Wealth Management in  Rochester; and Various Postings and Duty Stations, Worldwide, in the United States Marine Corps.

As a Medicaid Facilitated Enroller, it will be Luis’ role to educate, engage and enroll individuals who are aged (over 65 years), legally blind or disabled, to attend to their needs for health insurance by addressing the levels of eligibility and type of insurance that they are qualified for, preparing the application, and diligently following through to collect information which is needed to fulfill the eligibility requirements, as set forth by the Local County Department of Social Services (LCDSS).

ILGR is delighted that Luis Pacheco is bringing his considerable experience to serve the GOW region in his new position.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

 

 

ILGR names Sally Waldron Open Doors Transition Specialist

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is pleased that Sally Waldron has joined their team in the role of Open Doors Transition Specialist.  In this position, she will assist individuals in their re-entry from institutional settings to the community by facilitating and coordinating comprehensive plans for them to function in society once more.

Ms. Waldron comes to ILGR with a breadth of experience, working as a Housing Services Specialist at PathStone, Inc in Batavia; over a decade as a Day Habilitation Manager and previously a Receptionist/Clerk Typist for the Genesee County ARC; and as a Social Welfare Examiner in the Genesee County Department of Social Services in Batavia.

Sally holds an Associate’s Degree in Community and Human Services from Empire State College (Class of 2011).

Among her responsibilities are: managing visits to institutions, providing potential participants with unbiased information regarding available home and community-based services, participating in discharge planning, and coordinating with other relevant social services agencies involved in the discharge and transition care of the consumer.  Ultimately, Ms. Waldron would develop and facilitate person-centered plans that would be effective for the 90-day transition period, secure qualified housing, coordinate home and community-based services during the transition period, and subsequently ensure the continuation of services after the 90-day transition period is completed.

ILGR is delighted that Sally Waldron is bringing her considerable experience to serve the GOW region in her new position.

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Series of workshops offered on chronic disease self-management

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) and the Genesee County Office for the Aging (GCOFA) will hold a series of Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops on six Wednesdays, at no charge, starting with an Introductory Meeting, April 5, 2023 and continuing with the Workshops on April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  Classes will take place at the GCOFA, at 2 Bank Street in Batavia, NY 14020, and Snacks will be provided.

Participants will learn how to manage ongoing health conditions such as: Arthritis, Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Other Eating Disorders, and Asthma.

Those who attend will be shown practical steps to gain control of their daily health concerns.  Participants will learn about healthy eating, problem-solving, action plans, medications, weight management, physical activity, sleep and relationship communication skills.

Participants who complete the series will receive a great resource book and gift card. 

Pre-registration is required; please call Cathy DeMare at 585-815-8501, ext. 400, by April 5th.

For individuals with disabilities or language interpretation needs, requests for reasonable accommodations should be made with five days’ notice. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we respectfully ask you not to attend.

This program is made possible through funds from the NY State Office for the Aging, NY Connects, the Older Americans Act, the generous support of the Genesee County Legislature, and in partnership with Independent Living of the Genesee Region.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

GCC grad joins staff of Independent Living

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is pleased that April Fearby has joined their team in the role of program specialist under the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Grant. 

Ms. Fearby brings with her a wealth of experience beyond the two decades she worked in the office of her family’s business.  She held various office positions in the administrations in the Villages of Orleans and Albion, New York; was a Family Support Specialist with Pinnacle Community Services in Niagara Falls, New York; a COVID-19 Screener with Mizkan America, Inc. in Lyndonville; a Clerk at the Orleans County Department of Social Services in Albion; a Licensed Insurance Agent/Customer Service Representative with GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) in Getzville; a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and a Community Living Assistant with ARC of Orleans County in Albion; a Family Case Worker in the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership at Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc.. in Buffalo, a Family Assistant at Niagara County Head Start, Inc. in Niagara Falls, NY; a School Age Child Care Site Supervisor with GLOW (Genesee Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming) YMCA in Albion, NY; and a Home Care Aide with Hilton East Assisted Living in Hilton, NY. 

April’s education includes her working toward a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (present); an Associate’s Degree in Science (AS) in General Studies, education, human resources, and human services from Genesee Community College in Batavia (Class of 2014); and an Advanced Regents Diploma in Business and Agriculture from Medina High School in Medina (Class of 2007).

In this new position, working with the Public Health Departments in Genesee and Orleans Counties, Ms. Fearby will connect children, from birth to twenty-one (21) years old, and their families to established support programs, critical pathways providers to help facilitate access to needed home and community- based supports and streamline access to services that empower families.

ILGR is delighted that April Fearby is bringing her vast experience to serve the GOW region in her new position.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Independent Living hosting Lunch in the Dark on April 20

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is inviting everyone to their Lunch in the Dark Fundraising event, on Thursday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will take place in the Gymnasium of the New York State School for the Blind, 2A Richmond Avenue in Batavia, NY 14020.

Participants will experience lunch in a darkened environment in order to better understand eating and socializing with vision loss.  As a group, we will talk about the best practices for making events with food more accessible, as well as strategies for eating with vision loss.  With a donation requested of $50 per ticket, the event includes a 50/50 split drawing and a Basket Raffle.

The BOCES Culinary Class will do the catering with a menu including Italian Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable Medley (Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli), Risotto Cakes, and Panna Cotta.

To RSVP, contact Catherine DeMare at (585) 815-8501, extension 400.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

 

 

ILGR promotes hires new housing specialist

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is pleased that Allea DeVos has joined their team in the role of Housing Specialist. 

She had worked five years as a Housing Services Representative at PathStone Corporation in Batavia, the local administrator of Federal and State low-income homeownership and rental assistance programs, and gained additional office and leadership experience at ConServe, Premier Credit and Loan Depot in Victor, New York.

In this position, DeVos will assist individuals with disabilities to apply for, and benefit from, the programs and services offered through Independent Living, including but not limited to coordinating housing evaluations and program options for persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. 

She will support consumers who are eligible for Rapid Rehousing by coordinating budget plans, conducting inspections of potential housing rental units using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, and offering home and building architectural barrier consultation, utilizing federal and state guidelines on disabilities. 

DeVos will provide peer counseling to persons with disabilities, their family members, and advocates for the purpose of identifying life goals, objectives, and values; intervene at their request, in crisis situations; and mediate between consumers and landlords to ensure timely payments and prevent evictions.  

As a sign of our times, with opportunities provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, she will determine eligibility for the Emergency Solutions Grant -Corona Virus (ESG CV) program and complete the required documentation, entering all necessary data into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

ILGR is delighted that Allea DeVos is bringing her experience to serve the GOW region in her new position.

 

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

 

 

ILGR offers free rides to vote Tuesday

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Continuing the community service it has offered for years, the Western New York Independent Living Family of Agencies is enabling citizens with disabilities to participate in the electoral process by offering FREE curb-to-curb rides in its vans, one standard and one wheelchair-lift-equipped, to polling places in Erie, Niagara, and Genesee Counties.

This includes daytime rides to the Early Voting Sites through Friday November 4th: There are 11 in the Districts in the City of Buffalo, and 27 in the various other Erie County municipalities, four spread throughout Niagara County, and one site in Genesee County.  The addresses are found on the websites of your Boards of Elections. 

Also, of course, we offer voters with disabilities rides to their local polling places between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov.8.  Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and seats are extremely limited!  We cannot guarantee they will be available if they are requested the day of the event. 

Please learn the address of your polling site and make your reservations as soon as possible at 716-836-0822, extension 108 or 150.

Voting is your right and duty as a citizen, and it is our pleasure to assist!

 

Independent Living hosting 'Meet the Candidates' forum on Oct. 25

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For many years, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) has encouraged citizens with disabilities to participate in the electoral process and make their preferences known about the candidates on the ballot in November – but first, voters need to learn more about those running to make an informed decision. 

ILGR will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum in Batavia on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Conference Room at ILGR, located at 319 West Main Street, in the Crickler Executive Business Center. 

It will also be accessible via Zoom and will be live-streamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ILGR14020 and on WNYIL’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/WNYIL

In-person attendance is limited, and registration is required. To register to attend in person, to get the details to connect to Zoom, or for any questions on the event, please call Cathy DeMare at (585) 815-8501, extension 400.

Candidates invited to participate appear on the November ballot include those running for U.S. House of Representatives; State Senator; New York State Assembly; Genesee County Coroner; City of Batavia Councilman-At-Large.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

 

 

As safety measure, staff at Independent Living to work remotely Friday during ReAwaken America event in Batavia

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In light of the disruptions that may occur from the “ReAwaken America” Tour in Batavia, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) will be providing programs and services remotely this Friday, August 12th.

ILGR will not allow the event to interfere with its continued advocacy and service for all members of our community. Out of an abundance of caution, though, staff will conduct business as usual on Friday by telephone, E-mail, and video and web conferencing.

Last week, the governing board of the Independent Living of the Genesee Region released an anti-hate and racism statement in reaction to recent violent events in Western New York and across the country.

Director Rae Frank said “The Governing Council of ILGR felt that it was time to stand up and make it known that the people with disabilities will stand by our friends and neighbors who find themselves marginalized in our society, regardless of their religion, color, sexual identity, and other characteristics.  They have, and always will have, a friend and a partner at ILGR.” 

As a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. Family of Agencies, Independent Living of the Genesee Region offers an expanding array of programs and services to help individuals with disabilities take and keep control of their own lives.

Independent Living of Genesee Region calls on organizers to cancel ReAwaken America Tour in Batavia

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This past week, the governing Board of the Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) has released an anti-hate and racism statement, in reaction to recent violent events in Western New York and across the country.

Director Rae Frank said “The Governing Council of ILGR felt that it was time to stand up and make it known that the people with disabilities will stand by our friends and neighbors who find themselves marginalized in our society regardless of their religion, color, sexual identity, and other characteristics.  They have, and always will have, a friend and a partner at ILGR.” 

ILGR has adopted the following Equity Statement in response to the aforementioned recent violent racist acts in Buffalo and around the Country. 

“Independent Living of the Genesee Region unequivocally believes all forms of hate and violence directed against people based on their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, size, immigration, economic, or housing status has no place in our community.  We are in opposition to all discrimination and racism.  We stand with all members in unity for our community.  Independent Living of the Genesee Region will always be committed to stand with our community and will fight prejudice, discrimination, racism, and bigotry as we continue to advocate for tolerance, inclusion and understanding.”

ILGR believes that this statement is particularly applicable to the recent announcement of Clay Clark’s “ReAwaken America Tour” coming to Cornerstone Church in Batavia.

ILGR joins other concerned citizens in asking for this event to be cancelled in respect for the pain and suffering of many Americans in recent weeks. There is an online petition on the AVAAZ.org website which can be accessed at this URL: https://tinyurl.com/OpposeReAwakenTourBatavia. Interested persons can make their own decisions on whether to join us in asking for this event to bypass our community.

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