RCAL Honored by The Chamber of Commerce

CEO, Sue Hoger, accepts award.
Award from the Chamber of Commerce.
RCAL is honored to have been chosen to receive the 2017 Commitment to The Community Award by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce! RCAL was recognized at the Ulster County Business Recognition Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 26th, held at the Diamond Mills Conference & Resort Center, with a number of RCAL staff in attendance. Sue Hoger, Chief Executive Officer accepted the award on behalf of the agency.

Upcoming Workshops – October and November 2017

October Workshop – Mid Hudson Special Education Task Force

The Mid Hudson Special Education Task Force is sponsoring a workshop in October for both parents and school personnel. It is entitled “Supporting Positive Sexual Health for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities.” It will be held on October 26th from 6:30-8:30pm at New Paltz High School. Those interested should pre-register. You can view the flyer by going to the link below:

Sexual Health for Youth with IDD Workshop flyer

For more information or to register, contact Dorothy Richards, Special Education Advocate, at 845-331-0541, ext. 18.

November Workshop

There will be a workshop at RCAL entitled “The Scoop on Evaluations and Students with Disabilities.” It will be given by School Psychologist Brian Wonderlich from 5:30 – 7:00pm. If you would like to sign up please contact Dorothy Richards, Special Education Advocate, at 845-331-0541, ext. 18. You can view the flyer by going to the link below:

Evaluations Workshop flyer

An LGBTQ Support and Discussion Group is open to persons with disabilities in the LGBTQ community every second Tuesday of the month beginning on November 14th from 5:30-7:30pm. The place is Taconic Resources for Independence in Poughkeepsie. You can view the flyer below.
LGBTQ Support and Discussion Group flyer.

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops Fall 2017

Fall is a busy time, with many workshops covering topics of interest to adults and families. In addition to tomorrow’s Falls Prevention Lunch & Learn and Thursday’s CSE Education Rights Workshop, The Center for Spectrum Services is hosting a few Parenting Workshops in September and October. You can view information about these workshops on our Calendar, as well. If you haven’t registered for these events, please contact the relevant agency to see if there are still slots available.

Mental Health Association (MHA) is continuing to hold their “Building Blocks to An Independent Life” Series, which ends on November 6th.

Please note that we are not responsible for any cancellations that may occur for workshops that are held outside of RCAL. You must call and register if you are interested in attending. We will notify residents of any workshops of that may be of interest as information becomes available.

Healthcare Advocacy Efforts Continue

RCAL staff continue in their efforts to speak up about the impact that proposed funding cuts will have on individuals with disabilities.

Following the rally in front of John Faso’s office on July 7th, RCAL Systems Advocate Alex Thompson was able to meet on July 18th with Faso’s District Director. He discussed a number if issues, including the proposed Healthcare Bill, Social Security budget cuts, and the ADA Reform Act, which we oppose.

Alex Thompson also appeared on Kingston Community radio to talk about RCAL‘s services. The video can be viewed here.

Help for families with wandering adults and children

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There is now a free program available to family members of adults with dementia and children with autism spectrum disorder who wander from home. According to this article in the Daily Freeman, Medicalert’s Safe Return Program provides family members with an ID bracelet and related services to help families bring their loved one back home safely. This service includes 24/7 emergency response and notification services, among other services.

Families who have a child enrolled at the Center for Spectrum Services can also enroll in the program if appropriate.

Family members can contact MedicAlert, the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Center for Spectrum Services for more information.