iCircle Services - Supporting Individual Choice and Empowerment
October 2013

iCircle's
Community Connection

Issue #38

Message from the Board

iCircle continues to facilitate family meetings across the region. On November 1st we will be presenting to families at a Managed Care Planning conference in Rochester, hosted by the OPWDD Region 1 Finger Lakes Family Support Services Advisory Council. We also have a meeting with families scheduled at Verde View Equestrian Center on November 13th. If your organization is interested in hosting a discussion with iCircle, just let us know. We would be glad to schedule a date to present at your site.

We would love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@icirclecny.org with any questions you have or ideas you'd like to share.

OPWDD Fall 2013 People First Waiver Update

A new update on the development of the People First Waiver was just published by OPWDD. The update includes a Progress Report on Transformation Agreement Deliverables, an agenda for the Transformation Stakeholder Groups and what those committees are responsible for, as well as, a brief statement about the plan for IRAs and ICFs. You can download the full report here.

Statewide People First Waiver & Transformation Agreement Videoconference

On Monday, November 18, 2013, from 11am to 1 pm, OPWDD will host a statewide videoconference to provide People First Waiver discussion boards and voluntary providers an update on the People First Waiver and Transformation Agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
 
The PowerPoint presentation will be posted on OPWDD’s People First Waiver webpage the day before the videoconference, and a video of the presentation will be posted following the event.
 
Pre-registration for the videoconference is required and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. To register to attend, please email your People First Waiver liaison and let him or her know at which site you will attend.

Join the Conversation

If your organization has not yet been featured in the Provider Spotlight, please submit your information, along with a few photos that represent your agency, to info@icirclecny.org, and we will be happy to include you in an upcoming issue!

Families and individuals are invited and encouraged to sign up to receive our weekly newsletter. If you know someone who may be interested in receiving updates from us, please have them send us an email (info@icirclecny.org) so we can add them to our mailing list.

Also, don't forget to like iCircle Services on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Be sure to share our social media pages with your own page followers, family members and friends too!

Provider Spotlight: Autism Services, Inc.

Provider Spotlight: Autism Services, Inc.

Established: 1982

Mission: Autism Services, Inc. exists in order to promote and protect the health and legitimacy of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As the world becomes more populated with people on the autism spectrum, it becomes even more imperative that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are understood and valued for their unique contributions to arts, sciences, cultural diversity and general human experience. On a daily basis, Autism Services, Inc. strives to protect the rights of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and to create environments, both within our programs and in the larger society, where they can flourish and thrive in ways that are consistent with their personal values.

Autism Services, Inc. also employs methods to teach people with Autism Spectrum Disorders new skills and abilities in ways that promote genuine internalization, generalization and development. We are a person-centered program that believes in incidental teaching as a way to promote authentic, internally motivated growth. Our staff members provide the support and guidance that is necessary to maximize learning opportunities, independence and societal inclusion.

We provide services that

  • Educate children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Promote physical and emotional health
  • Promote independence and self-expression
  • Ensure people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are treated respectfully

Executive Director/CEO: Veronica Federiconi

Developmental Disability Services: NYS certified special education school; adult services including day habilitation, supported employment, ACCES-VR; supplemental day habilitation focusing on the arts; residential habilitation; Medicaid service coordination; recreation; respite; social skills program; in-home clinical supports; family education and training

Other Services: Support group for individuals with Aspergers; lending resource library (books, journals, and sensory equipment)

Number of Employees: 346

Number of Individuals Served: 400

Coverage Area: Primarily Erie County

Ages Served: All

Thank you for your Support!

Sincerely,
iCircle Services

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Mission: iCircle Services is a service portal where individuals with developmental disabilities and their families can self-direct, advocate, and secure the supports and services that best fit their needs. We are guided by individual choice, inclusion, diversity, cultural competence, respect, community, learning and empowerment for those we serve.

Vision: iCircle Services will establish a comprehensive, sustainable, trusted, and compassionate system of supports and services that will help empower families and individuals with developmental disabilities to promote their happiness, independence and inclusion as productive members of our community.

Contact Us:
Phone: 1-855-775-3778
Email: info@icirclecny.org
Website: www.icirclecny.org


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