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Dear Friends:

I hope you are finding ways to stay cool while enjoying summer.

Many of you responded to our survey back in May, and we appreciate your feedback. We are reviewing the results carefully so we can identify areas of success and opportunities for improvement.


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The Kelly for Kids Foundation is known for supporting children with disabilities and children in need throughout western New York. Earlier this year, Starbridge was fortunate to receive a Community Grant of $2,500 to purchase new drums for our TIES drum circles.


New York is beginning its transition to Managed Care, and the first step is moving from Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) to Care Coordination. To achieve conflict-free care management, Medicaid Service Coordinators will no longer be employed by disability services agencies. Instead, they will now be employed by Care Coordination Organizations and will have the job title of Care Coordinators.


When Yasin Gunay first met Leah Hecht, a Starbridge Prevocational Employment Counselor, he was sure of one thing: he wanted to work in Information Technology (IT).

After graduating high school with an IEP diploma several years ago, Yasin worked a number of places. As he recalls:

“I was working a lot of dead-end positions. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I decided I wanted to go to school. I went to BOCES and in 8 months I passed the TASC (to earn a high school equivalency diploma). It was the best decision I ever made to go back to school.”


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Dear Friends:

It’s finally spring and our annual gala is just around the corner.


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Starbridge is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Community Awards. Please join us at Among the Stars, on Saturday, May 5 to meet, congratulate, and celebrate these remarkable people!

Photo collage showing Starbridge 2018 Community award winners


Ideally, every child would go to school on time with a positive attitude and be greeted by a supportive teacher and a roomful of friendly classmates. School would offer just the right amount of challenge so that students learn and grow and earn diplomas.

Reality is often messier than that dream. Children may resist going to school, may act out while they are in school, or they may be in school but not making adequate progress.

When that happens, the adults in their lives – whether they are parents, grandparents, or other relatives – may not know what is causing the struggle or how to help.

So, what options are available?


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Dear Friends:

I hope this message finds you well.


Starbridge Board member Mary Richardson was selected as one of the 2018 ATHENA Award finalists. The ATHENA International awards recognize and highlight the achievements of women in business and in our community, and are presented locally by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Council.


Dianna McIntyre Douglas loves all things creative. Now 20 years old, she has been singing in talent shows and at churches and other community venues since she was a little girl. She favors country music, especially anything by Reba McIntyre or Chris Young, and she recently recorded her first CD, “Baby Go Home”. Dianna also loves to paint, draw, write, crochet, and knit, something she taught herself to do by watching YouTube. “I love being creative and coming up with new things,” she comments.