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Colin Steve RBJ awardsOn October 27, the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Rochester Business Journal hosted the annual Greater Rochester Awards, recognizing nonprofit staff members, executives, volunteers, and programs for their contributions to the community. Starbridge Board Chair Stephen G. Schwarz was honored for in the Board Leadership category for demonstrating effective leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, community collaboration and problem solving.

Congratulations, Steve, and thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for Starbridge and the people we serve!

 


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Dear Friends:

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this holiday finds you well. As we approach the end of 2015, we at Starbridge have so many reasons to be thankful.

We are thankful to have the opportunity to continue partnering with individuals and families. Whether people are looking for ways to succeed in school or employment, to engage in their communities, or to direct the mix of supports and services that work best for them, we are glad to be a resource and a strong partner.


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Starbridge is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Community Awards. 

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Their stories are below. Please join us at our Celebration of Champions, on Saturday, November 14, to meet and congratulate these remarkable individuals!


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Each year, in conjunction with National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, the Rochester Area Employment Network, Inc. (RAEN) hosts an Employer Recognition Event to honor area businesses “that have made outstanding efforts to hire and promote individuals with disabilities.” We are pleased to announce that Starbridge has been chosen to receive one of RAEN’s five Regional Awards.


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The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) is creating its next state / strategic plan to inform its direction and goals for the next five years. As part of this process, the DDPC is "seeking the input of those most impacted by our work," including but not limited to, individuals with disabilities, family members, caregivers, staff, and others.


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State and local elected officials, supporters, and people with disabilities and their families gathered yesterday morning to celebrate the official open house of Starbridge, an agency serving people with disabilities and their families.


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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.