BENEFITING: NYSARC, Inc., Saratoga County Chapter
ORGANIZER: NYSARC, Inc., Saratoga County Chapter
NYSARC, Inc., Saratoga County Chapter wrote -
You have this opportunity to genuinely make a difference for a CHILD with a developmental disability in 2016! Every gift donated through this campaign will be used specifically for unfunded or partially funded programs that fall under the umbrella of our Family Support Services. Your willingness to contribute will directly result in funds being available for CHILDREN to participate in the programs listed below. We truly are a lifeline for families!
Adult Social Club offers social and recreation community activities to people over 21 residing with their families or by themselves, are over 21 years old and Medicaid Waiver eligible. They plan their own local activities and programs and often times larger excursions on weekends.
Annual Autism Awareness Information Fair collaborates with the Parent Network of the Capital Region and Skidmore College to give over 700 attendees crucial resources and family oriented activities.
Community Habilitation is designed to encourage community integration utilizing local resources for purposes of skill building based on goals in an Individual Service Plan (ISP). Family members can be confident their child is safely cared for by well-trained staff. People enrolled in the Medicaid Waiver Program and deemed eligible for services by OPWDD may be considered depending upon availability of service hours. Individual Support Aides work directly with the individual and family to work on goals established.
Dinner & Discussion Club combines a meal and recreational activities for people on the Autism Spectrum. It is facilitated by our Behavior, Occupational and Speech Therapists. The participants enjoy the collaboration while learning better cooperation, conversation, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
Educational Advocate is responsible for informing families of laws and regulations pertaining to the Individual Education Plan, working closely with the child’s team to advocate for services and educational supports, connecting with school districts and conducting evening seminars.
Family Education and Trainings that relays pertinent developmental disabilities issues including planning for the future, recreational options and relaxation. It is a Medicaid Waiver service for families to receive if they have a child who is OPWDD eligible and is under the age of 18. A parent/guardian is responsible for attending 1 to 2 seminars per year in order to maintain their child’s Medicaid if they are not receiving another waiver services. We work with AIM Services to offer minimally one seminar per month.
Family Reimbursement provides financial assistance to families for expenses incurred in caring for an individual living at home. These cash subsidies are not covered by Medicaid reimbursement or other insurance plans to assist with expenses for services or items such as additional respite coverage, IPads, clothing, tutoring, social skills programs, camp tuition, clinical therapies, travel expenses, swings, YMCA memberships, after school social programs and therapeutic horseback riding lessons.
Guardianship assists families in securing legal representation including the 17-A Guardianship Petition and provides information for lifelong planning services, insurance and estate planning.
The McDonald Family Resource and Discovery Center is located at our Administrative Building and contains sensory equipment, books, technology equipment, dvd’s, resource materials and a lending library.
Respite gives parents and families, who are responsible for primary care, welcome relief to renew and refresh themselves and to other obligations. They can be confident their child is safely cared for by well-trained staff in their home. People enrolled in the Medicaid Waiver Program and deemed eligible for services by OPWDD may be considered depending upon availability of service hours. Individual Support Aides work directly with the individual and family to carry out the developed services.
SASSI (Specialized Autism Support Services for Individuals & their families) consists of Clinical Consultation including Behavioral, Speech and Occupational therapies and reimbursement funds.
Sibshops are recreational opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to express their feelings in a supportive group format.
Spectrum Link (formerly ASPIRe, NY) is a community based recreation group for teens and young adults with the Asperger’s Syndrome and other high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. Participants enjoy a variety of activities and learn safety awareness, self-defense, independent skill building and explore vocational choices.
Support Group is for family members with loved ones with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Since 1953 Saratoga Bridges has proudly been providing the highest quality services to people with disabilities and their families. Our dedicated, compassionate staff are committed to our mission of advocating for the individuals we support by providing person-centered resources. We encourage them to lead enriching, productive lives where they are valued for their abilities, contributions and achievements. Throughout our history, we have focused on enhancing their personal goals, hopes and aspirations as they live, work, volunteer and socialize in their communities. Our philosophy is that every day is full of possibilities!
For more information, please visit their website at www.saratogabridges.org.