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The Institute for Innovative Transition provides an Information and Referral Center for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 12-30, their families, school staff, and adult service providers throughout Monroe County. READ MORE   One of the goals for the Institute for Innovative Transition is to increase inclusive postsecondary education opportunities for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. READ MORE   Project SEARCHTM, founded in 1994 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, is a nationally and internationally recognized program for individuals with disabilities who are interested in training and preparation for competitive employment. READ MORE
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The Institute collaborates with agencies, service providers and schools to provide assistance with trainings and dissemination of transition information to families, teachers, youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. READ MORE   Our policy initiatives are designed to work in partnership with local and state agencies to review current and future policies that have an effect on transition age youth and young adults and their families in New York State. READ MORE  


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NEW The 2014 Business Connection Summit this event is an inclusive employment summit for businesses and individuals with disabilities. It is hosted at the Radisson Rochester Riverside, 120 East Main Street, Rochester NY on May 13th 2014 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. for more information call (585) 275-7739. Register at

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The Arc of Monroe's Adult Transition Parent Group is geared towards parents of teens and young adults who are interested in being a part of an interactive group about transition planning and post secondary options. This group will create the opportunity to network with other parents and professionals in the field as well as serve as a support group in helping students transition out of school seamlessly.


Topic : Recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities

Date : Wednesday, April 30th 2014

Time : 5pm to 7pm


Lambert Enrichment Campus

2657 W. Henrietta Rd.

Rochester NY 14623

The following presenters will be discussing what recreational services are offered in our community for individuals with disabilities.

  • Tamara Downs, The Arc of Monroe Recreation Coordinator
  • Michael Cocquyt, TSE Fitness Director
  • Michael Tuller, CAPE Adapted Recreation Services
  • Sara Corona Art Therapist & Magic Paintbrush Project Coordinator, The Pieters Family Life Center

All parent meetings are now held at our new Lambert Enrichment Campus. Please park in the back and use the middle entrance.


Christine Doyle, Community Integration Coordinator
(585) 281-4362 or

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: BPS 204 Lafayette High School
               370 Lafayette Ave.
               Buffalo, NY 14213

What does it mean to get a regents diploma?  A local diploma? An IEP diploma? A Skills or CDOS Credential? What can you do? What can you not do? How much effort does it take? Can you child do the work? This workshop explores the options, and outlines the updates to NYS regulations.

Register online now!

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Resource Center
                  200 Dunham Rd. 
                 Jamestown, NY 14701

How do students with disabilities cope with bullying? Participants will learn advocacy skills and how supports and services can be built into an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to promote social growth.

Register online now!

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY  
                 1000 Main St.
                 Buffalo, NY 14202

What is special education and where do you start? Participants will learn the steps in the special education process and learn what to expect at meetings of the Committee on Special education (CSE) (Preschool - CPSE). Families will learn to be an active part of the process and walk away with resources for the future. 

Register online now!

Dare to Dream

October 18-19, 2014
Syracuse University Campus

The Call for Proposals is now open! Submit your presentation idea by April 28.


Who should attend Disabled and Proud?
Disabled and Proud is for any college student with an intellectual, develomental, learning, physical, or other disability; for high school or college age students with disabilities thinking about attending college; and we are offer a strand of sessions for parents so they can support their students to be Disabled and Proud!

When/where will the conference be held?
Disabled and Proud will be Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, 2014. Most sessions and activities will be at the Syracuse University Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, on the Syracuse University Campus in Syracuse, NY.

What does it cost to attend Disabled and Proud?
There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for Disabled and Proud, and all meals are provided! However, you will be responsible for your own travel costs to and from Syracuse, NY and overnight accommodations.

Where should I stay during the conference?
A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at a special conference rate (information coming soon) and we suggest you share rooms with other conference attendees to not only make friends, but also to share the costs. Additionally, housing may be available with Syracuse University students at dorms and student apartments at no cost (information coming soon).


To pre-register, click here







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