NEW BEGINNINGS Thrift Store To Open Wednesday, July 16
Schoharie County ARC is pleased to announce the opening of our thrift store "Schoharie's NEW BEGINNINGS" on Wednesday, July 16. Please stop down and visit us at 322 Main Street in Schoharie. Our thrift store hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We will feature a variety of items including gently used clothing, home furnishings and more at affordable prices.
We are gladly accepting donations for our store (no mattresses or major appliances please).
For more information or to make donation arrangements, please call Amanda at (518) 295-8130, ext. 215.
Brooks Named To Board of Directors for Self Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)
Michael Brooks of Richmondville was recently elected to the Self Advocacy Association of New York State’s (SANYS) Board of Directors.
To be considered as a member representative to SANYS Board of Directors, individuals must be a member of a Self-Advocacy group, have one year of experience in a leadership role as an officer in the Self-Advocacy group, be recommended by the Self-Advocacy Association and must be willing to speak for themselves and others in public.
Cynthia Gilchrist, SANYS Capital/ Upper Hudson Valley Region Regional Coordinator, said she’s excited to have Michael start his tenure on October 1st. “ Over the years, I have seen Mike become a stronger self-advocate who speaks up for himself and others, provides presentations on bullying throughout the region, and represents his agency, Schoharie County ARC and SANYS at meetings concerning individuals with disabilities. His beliefs and dedication to self-advocacy will make him an asset to the SANYS Board.”
“I want to help people with disabilities live happy and fulfilled lives,” Brooks said. “I want people to always have someone to talk to when problems need to be addressed.”
Schoharie Central School Partners with Schoharie County ARC-
Learning Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviors
The Schoharie Central School District Special Eduction Department took part in 'Creating Opportunities for Positive Relations' training at the Schoharie County ARC campus. Schoharie County ARC adopted this training as part of their regular New Hire Orientation several years ago. It is the basic foundation of philosophical views of supporting and educating people served by the organization.
Commonly referred to as COPR, 'Creativing Opportunities for Positive Relations' training is provided by Schoharie County ARC Executive Director, Tony Alvarez, and ARC Administrators Terry Tetlak, Lauren Milavec and Linda Isles and focuses on positive means of dealing with challenging behaviors and includes an in-depth discussion on the ARC's approach to successfully educating people with developmental disabilities. A strong emphasis is placed on breaking down tasks and using positive reinforcement as the key to effective communication and educational success.
Aligning the teaching philosophies of both the ARC and Schoharie Central School enables the entities to provide continuity in educational supports. Currently, Schoharie County ARC provides transitional educational services (Student Transitional Education Program commonly referred to as S.T.E.P.) to Schoharie Central School students served by the Special Education Department.