ARISE Conference

A Voice of Our Own

Date: June 29, 2017
Location: Holiday Inn – Auburn (75 North Street)
Keynote Speaker: Connor McGough

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Join us for our annual Auburn Conference! Here’s the information on all of the presenters and information sessions:

1A.         SSA Work Incentives: A Message of Hope for SSA Beneficiaries – Kevin Nickerson, Co-Director at American Dream Employment Network

This presentation will focus on the difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and work incentives that can help individuals transition to work successfully. Learn how beneficiaries can maintain healthcare coverage and benefits for a period of time while attempting the return to work. Additionally, learn how individuals can be supported in the return to work through SSA’s Ticket to Work program.

1B.          Voc Rehab 101 – Edward E. Smith, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at ACCES- VR

This session will give a brief overview of ACCES- VR and available services. The presentation will touch on what qualifies as a disability for ACCES-VR services, how you would qualify for vocational rehabilitation services and what those services may be. There will be handouts, applications and plenty of time for questions and answers.

1C.          Peers: Agents of Change in the Transition Process – Zach Garafalo, Program Director, Suzanne de Beaumont, Project Director – Open Doors Transition Center and Valerie Brennan, Program Manager – Olmstead Housing Subsidy at the New York Associate on Independent Living (NYAIL)

NYAIL in collaboration with its member ILCs administers a unique peer and family support program available to individuals interested in transitioning from institutional settings to community living. Peers provide individualized, self-directed peer support and assist people in building their social capital as they return to the community. Attendees will also learn about the transition services and supports available to individuals through the Open Doors Transition Center Project and the Olmstead Housing Subsidy.

2A.         Psychopathology 101 – Jessica Charbonneau, LCSW at Unity House

This session will provide a brief overview to several issues in the area of adult psychopathology, specifically dual diagnosed adults with intellectual disabilities. The session will prove the basic tools for gathering information and interpreting information, details on the classification of psychological disorders using the DM-ID-2 and an overview of the most common psychological disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia).

2B.          Elder Abuse 101: What Service Providers Need to Know – Jenny Ackley of Vera House and Tracy Dates from Cayuga County Department of Social Services

This workshop will examine a variety of topics related to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation including types of abuse, indicators, and dynamics. NYS reporting laws will be discussed and community resources will be highlighted.

3C.          Self-Advocacy at the Grassroots – Daniel Flanigan, Central Region Coordinator at Self-Advocacy Association of NYS (SANYS), Robin Collins, Advisor to Madison Co. Motivators Self-Advocacy Group and Michelle Wolfe, President of Madison Co. Motivators Self-Advocacy Group at The ARC of Madison-Cortland

The Self-Advocacy Association of NYS (SANYS) is an organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities.  We are a grassroots organization wherein we derive our authority to speak for people with developmental disabilities from our grassroots structure of our organization.  Listen as members of the Madison Co. Motivators SA Group talk of their journey into advocacy, and their successes advocating for services at the agency level on up to the Governor’s office.


Keynote Speaker

Connor McGough

The summer before his senior year at RIT, Connor was in a devastating accident that left him with a high spinal cord injury. After years of rehabilitation, and perseverance Connor was able to slowly return to a more independent life. Drawing from his past and personal experiences, Connor discusses accident prevention, and how to overcome adversities in life.


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