Viewing entries tagged
housing

The Disability Opportunity Fund - 10th Anniversary Reception with Charlie Hammerman

Comment

The Disability Opportunity Fund - 10th Anniversary Reception with Charlie Hammerman

The Vision of DOF is to create a society where financing is readily available to address the gap in housing and related services for people with disabilities and their families.
— Charles Hammerman - Disability Opportunity Fund
Charles Hammerman - The Disability Opportunity Fund

Charles Hammerman - The Disability Opportunity Fund

Ken Siri, Eric Silber, and Jeanette Rodriguez - FOC (Friends of Charlie)

Ken Siri, Eric Silber, and Jeanette Rodriguez - FOC (Friends of Charlie)

I met Charlie Hammerman when he first started The Disability Opportunity Fund (The DOF), and this week the fund celebrated their 10th Anniversary at The Princeton Club in NYC. The fund today has:

  • $32 million in assets as of 12/31/17;
  • 73 projects funded; and
  • 19,500 people with disabilities who have benefited from The DOF's financings. 

Charlie is a pioneer in the industry as he took the existing model of CDFI's (Community Development Financial Intermediaries) and focused The DOF on the disabilities market. Today, we are all benefitting from Charlie's (and his wife Nanci Freiman) vision for the disabilities market.

Below is The DOF's Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2022: 

Comment

Monday, April 16, 2018 - UJA-Federation of New York Conference - Exploring Housing Models....

Monday, April 16, 2018 - UJA-Federation of New York Conference - Exploring Housing Models....

This looks like a very interesting conference for our population and I will be attending.

Mike Sweeney


Fostering Independence and Enhancing Well-Being for Adults With ASD: Managing Anxiety, Exploring Housing Models, and Participating in Sports.

Parents, professionals, advocates, and other interested community members are invited to learn about the latest research and innovative program models available for individuals with autism as they navigate adulthood.

Monday, April 16, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

UJA-Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street
New York City

Charge: $30 per person.

Great news! Five continuing education contact hours are available for social workers who attend the symposium in person. Please complete registration by April 1, 2018, to be eligible for continuing education credits.

Meet our Presenters
See our Program.
Learn how social workers may earn five continuing education contact hours.

Attention Jewish Communities Around the Country:

UJA-Federation of New York will broadcast the Hilibrand Autism Symposium nationally via webinar to Jewish federations and Jewish community centers throughout the country.


When

  • Monday, April 16, 2018
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where

  • UJA-Federation of New York
    130 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
    New York City

Cooper Hewitt Lab - Designing Accessible Cities Symposium

Comment

Cooper Hewitt Lab - Designing Accessible Cities Symposium

Building a more inclusive city is a design opportunity. Join us for a day of ignite talks and critical discussions presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Disabilities to explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design.
— Cooper Hewitt - Designing Accessible Cities Symposium

Last week I attended this design seminar at Cooper Hewitt, and I found Patricia Moore of ‎MooreDesign's talk to be the most interesting for our Special Needs population. I can't say that this has short-term relavancy for our population, but it did open me up to integrating our population with "other" populations including wheelchair, Veteran, elderly, artist, and others. 

The entire morning session is here on YouTube and Patricia's talk starts at 48:00. Speakers in order were:

  • Keira Gwynn, Designer, R82 Scallop
  • Kat Holmes, Founder, KATA
  • Patricia Moore, President, MooreDesign Associates
  • Elise Roy, Inclusive Design Strategist

The afternoon panel conversation was “Designing Accessible Cities”, and it was moderated by Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and the panel included:

 

  • Keira Gwynn, Designer, R82 Scallop
  • Kat Holmes, Founder, KATA
  • Patricia Moore, President, ‎MooreDesign Associates
  • Elise Roy, Inclusive Design Strategist
  • Kleo King, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Alex Elegudin, Wheeling Forward
  • Luke DuBois, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Comment

Connecticut Post-21 Test Case: Autistic Man Dropped At Hospital Emergency Room By Group Home

Comment

Connecticut Post-21 Test Case: Autistic Man Dropped At Hospital Emergency Room By Group Home

hartford connecticut autism test case.jpg

Every Autism family has had crisis moments, so we have to be realistic. There are families and individuals that can't self-advocate for themselves. The case in Connecticut is also about how “traditional” group homes, operated by “voluntary” agencies can choose whom they serve. As a fan of Self-Direction, I do realize that it is not for everyone. This case in Connecticut could be the start of a trend (bad) in the post-21 era. Let's figure it out:

With the exception of about two weeks, the 21-year-old man, who also has an intellectual disability, has languished at the hospital since July, and the doctors and nurses are at their wit’s end, according to the advocacy group Disability Rights Ct of Hartford. The young man’s parents had abandoned him at the hospital.
— Hartford Courant

Comment

Comment

Deadline November 13, 2017: Affordable Housing Units in the Hudson Valley

Via John Maltby and The Housing Navigator Network:

Applications for one bedroom apartments in Pleasantville, Rye Brook and Lewisboro are due November 13, 2017.  These one bedroom apartments provide a unique affordable housing opportunity at rents ranging from $790, $800 and $1140.  The apartments are ready for occupancy.  See the application at www.housingactioncouncil.org  Please contact Rose Noonan if you have questions. 

 

Rose Noonan, Executive Director

Housing Action Council, Inc.

55 South Broadway, 2nd Fl

Tarrytown, NY 10591

rnoonan@affordablehomes.org

Tel:  914-332-4144

Fax: 914-332-4147

Comment

September 25, 2017 Meeting: Register for Self-Direction in New York - OPWDD in Manhattan with Kate Bishop

September 25, 2017 Meeting: Register for Self-Direction in New York - OPWDD in Manhattan with Kate Bishop

We use "Self-Direction" for our son's after-school activities today, and when his school ends at 21+, we plan to move 100% to Self-Direction. See the right hand side of the chart below for a simple vision of "Self-Direction":


MANHATTAN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

PLEASE REGISTER HERE


The Opportunity You’ve Been Asking For!  
 
Self-Direction: Questions and Answers with Kate Bishop, Director of Program Development, OPWDD. 
 
Monday, September 25, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM
Services for the Underserved
305 Seventh Avenue (at 27th Street), 11th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001*

Self-Direction: So Promising, So Challenging

  • Self-direction enables you to select the services you want and to hire and supervise your own staff.  You can also manage your own budget.
  • Many families have chosen self-direction BUT have faced obstacles of many types. 
  • Kate Bishop is OPWDD’s self-direction guru.  She has offered to try to answer your questions and provide solutions.

QUESTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE
BY SEPTEMBER 13.   PLEASE E-MAIL TO: Margaret.puddington@gmail.com

 

Families from all boroughs welcome.  
 

Spanish or Chinese interpretation provided if requested by September 11.  Contact Margaret at 212-799-2042 or Margaret.puddington@gmail.com to request interpretation.
 

*Subway: 1 to 28th Street.  2, 3, A, C, E, N, R, Q, B, D, F to 34th Street.    Bus: Downtown: 7, 20 to 28th Street/7th Avenue; 4 to 32ND Street/7th Avenue.  Uptown: 20 to 28th Street/8th Avenue; 5, 7 to 28th Street/6th Avenue.  Crosstown: 23 to 23rd Street/7th Avenue; 34, 34A to 34th Street/7th Avenue.

 

Light Supper Will Be Provided

 
For further information, contact Margaret Puddington, chair, 212-799-2042, Margaret.puddington@gmail.com

Report on NY Housing - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by Jo Anne Schneider, PhD

Comment

Report on NY Housing - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by Jo Anne Schneider, PhD

I was introduced to this report and Dr Schneider by our friend Joseph Campagna of Special Needs Home Connect. The report covers a broad range of topics that this Blog tries to cover, and it is all in a nice package for viewer reading. This is by far the MOST relevant, timely and useful guide that I have seen for New York State parents in the OPWDD system - download and take a look. 


Housing Options for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a project for a small group of parents of transitioning youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who would like to develop quasi-independent living housing for their children and other families. This report describes findings from an initial discovery project to provide information on available options to develop housing that provides staff supported independent living in the community for a small group of young adults currently living with their families in New York City. The families were given these results to use in developing their own housing model that fit the conditions of their city, neighborhoods, and transitioning youth with disabilities. 


Chrysalis Collaborations, LLC works with organizations, community members, and government to understand how human services programs and employment work on the ground. We develop innovative, evidence based programs and policy that improve employment success and life chances for community members.

Dr. Jo Anne Schneider

Dr. Jo Anne Schneider

Dr. Jo Anne Schneider is an applied social scientist with over 25 years experience working with non-profit organizations, government, and communities to develop innovative, evidence based research and model programs on a wide range of workforce development, employment, human services and health topics.  Her expertise combines 7 years as a non-profit administrator, over 20 years as a consultant to government and private service providers, and 4 years working in the federal government and congress with her research experience.  A former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow, she is internationally known for translating research into practice.   She is author of two books; numerous policy and practice reports, briefs, summaries, white papers, and factsheets; editor of three journal special issues; and has developed numerous workshops, webinars and trainings on various topics for practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.   In addition to serving as Principal at Chrysalis Collaborations, she is currently an Associate Research Professor in Anthropology at George Washington University.

Comment