On September 10 & 11, 2019 the New York Association on Independent Living (NYALD) Statewide Conference and Expo will bring together more than 400 people with disabilities, older adults, and supporters of the disability rights community. We gather every other year to educate, energize, and empower the Independent Living movement in New York State.
This year, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead decision. This landmark Supreme Court case enshrines the right of people with disabilities and older adults to live independent, self-directed lives in the most integrated setting possible. Accordingly, the conference theme is Integration. Independence. de-Institutionalization. The conference will celebrate accomplishments to-date and reflect on the work that remains, to ensure all New Yorkers with disabilities can be free and fully independent.
Call for Workshop Proposals
NYAIL is seeking presenters for twenty-five, 75-minute workshops, to be presented throughout the two-day conference. We invite workshop proposal submissions that reflect the conference theme, NYAIL's mission, and the interests of the conference participants.
You can review the submission guidelines by following this link to our website or by clicking here to download the documents.
All submissions must be received by Friday, May 31, 2019.
If you have questions regarding the submission of presentations, please contact Aurie Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-465-4650.
Ron Byrne, co-founder and Executive Director of Umbrella of the Capital District, has been honored by TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services non-profit corporation.
In recognition of its founding 100 years ago, TIAA decided to honor 100 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through the non-profit organizations they work for. In a process that took several months, Mr. Byrne was selected for the award from over 4,000 candidates who had been nominated by TIAA members.
"I am deeply honored by my selection by TIAA as a Difference Maker. To make a difference one needs all the help one can get. I was very fortunate to have a lot of it. I share this recognition with a very large number of co-workers, friends, advisers, volunteers and professionals who worked tirelessly on behalf on behalf of Umbrella and those we serve. Our success would not have been possible without them!"
Mr. Byrne’s selection as a TIAA Difference Maker 100 recognizes his 23 years of service helping seniors age in place. The award includes recognition on the tiaadifferencemaker100.org website and a $10,000 contribution in his name to Umbrella.
Twice each year the Albany Guardian Society offers a series of informative workshops that are of interest to seniors, their caregivers, and other interested persons. A wide range of topics are covered, included how to understand and use technology, aging issues, estate planning, and more. All workshops are free but require registration. You can find more information and a schedule of the topics offered at this link: Fall Catalog
Each year the Albany Guardian Society offers a series of informative workshops that are of interest to seniors, their caregivers, and other interested persons. All workshops are free but require registration. You can find more information and a schedule of the topics offered at this link: Spring Catalog.
Albany County Department for Aging, NYS Office for Aging, The Administration on Aging, The United Way of the Greater Capital Region, and Senior Services of Albany are sponsoring an upcoming Caregiver 12-Week Telephone Support Group! The group will meet weekly by phone on Thursdays, 7pm - 8pm from February 8, 2018 to April 26, 2018.
The telephone support group provides busy caregivers with the opportunity to participate by phone from the comfort of their homes. The weekly classes provide support and strategies to:
- Reduce stress, strain and depression
- Solve problems more efficiently
- Learn about community resources
See the flyer below for more information. Advance registration is required. To register, please contact Beth Owen atSenior Services of Albany at (518) 694-3511.
Albany County Department for Aging, Albany Guardian Society, NYS Office for Aging, and Senior Services of Albany are sponsoring “Caregiver Teleseminars” in November and December that may be of interest to you or someone you know. These one-hour teleseminars will be on a variety of topics that deal with caregiving and will take place via telephone. Advanced registration is required.
Below are the dates and topics:
All teleseminars are from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 2017: Medicaid 101 – JulieAnn Calareso, Esq.
Thursday, November 16, 2017: Caring for Caregivers – Mary Moller, MSW, CAS
Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Caring for Someone in the Home – Lauren Harrington, Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Becoming a Caregiver: Things You Should Know – Sara Riggins, MSW and Gretchen Moore Simmons, MA
Thursday, December 7, 2017: Reducing Caregiver Stress – Mary Moller, MSW, CAS
Thursday, December 14, 2017: How to Minimize Family Friction – JulieAnn Calareso, Esq.
Attached is more information about each teleseminar.
Please call Senior Services of Albany at 518-694-3511 to register or with any questions.
Senior Citizens' Law Day is an annual community education event held on the Albany Law School campus.
For over 20 years, Senior Citizens’ Law Day has provided reliable and objective information on some of the most pressing legal, financial and health issues of concern today to hundreds of seniors and their family members living throughout the Capital Region.
Albany Law professors, attorneys and other experts will conduct workshops on topics such as:
Attendants receive a free resource guidebook.
Register the day of the event for a free one-on-one counseling session with an attorney.
Free parking will be available on campus.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:00AM to 3:00PM
Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Ave., Albany
The Albany Guardian Society has released its fall catalogue of workshops. Programs are available on a variety of topics, including health, housing, legal matters, and how to use technology. Most programs are a one to two hours long. All of the offerings are free, but registration is required. Click here to view the catalog.
For the third year in a row, Umbrella has received a grant from a private charity that will allow us to serve low-income homeowners in Rensselaer County with home maintenance and repairs. For seniors and people with disabilities who are struggling to make ends meet on a low fixed income, budgeting for home maintenance can be nearly impossible. Often they are forced to put off small jobs and hope that they won't get worse. Of course deferred maintenance, more often than not, leads to bigger problems. In recognition of the need to address both small and larger repairs, Umbrella has received a $5,000 grant to help qualified members take care of their homes.To qualify for the program, homeowners must live in Rensselaer County and be able to show that they are low-income. For more information, please call the Umbrella office at 346-5249.