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Happy Autumn! It feels like just yesterday that summer began and we announced our new name. Here we are, three months later, and we have lots to share:


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In September, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is hosting public forums across the state as part of the work of its Transformation Panel. As the State looks towards implementing managed care, the panel will “engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, advocates and providers before deciding on the recommendations and finalizing an implementation plan.”


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The Rochester City School District is considering adopting a new Code of Conduct during the 2015-16 school year. Developed by the Community Task Force on School Climate, the draft Code is open for public review and comment. The draft Code and the current Code are available in both English and Spanish. To read the new draft and compare to the current code, please go to the District’s website: http://www.rcsdk12.org/Page/41125


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Starbridge is pleased to announce that its application to continue serving as a Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) for all of New York State except the five boroughs and Long Island was successful. The five-year grant totals $2.3 million and provides funding to serve families and students with disabilities and suspected disabilities who are looking for information, seeking support in addressing educational needs, and working to build positive family-school relationships.


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logoTwo of the greater Rochester region's legacy non-profits serving people with disabilities have announced the completion of their merger and the new name for the resulting organization. In May, the NYS Attorney General's office ratified the merger of The Advocacy Center and LDA Life and Learning Services. June 1 marked the first day of operations of Starbridge (starbridgeinc.org), as the combined organization will now be known.