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Hello Friends:

Fall is officially underway and we have a lot going on at Starbridge and in the community.

Poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, showing diverse group of people seated and table and talking with each otherOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual initiative to celebrate the contributions of workers who have disabilities and raise awareness of the value of inclusive workplaces. At Starbridge, we see daily the impact that finding the right job can have. Our YES Internship Program is one way people can explore careers of interest, and hopefully connect to long-term employment, like Yasin did.

Shelley Moore conf for educators social v4In October, we will be welcoming Shelley Moore, educator and international speaker, to the Rochester area for two days of inclusion conferences. Shelley is a refreshingly honest voice about both the challenges and rewards of building more inclusive classrooms.

For education professionals:
Oct. 23 at Hilton Garden Inn College Town in Rochester
www.starbridgeinc.org/MooreEducation (fee required)

For families, self-advocates, and caregivers:
Oct. 24 at Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES in Spencerport
www.starbridgeinc.org/MooreFamily (free registration)

Stock photo showing school aged boy writing on school work and holding head with one handIn December, we will present our annual Education Conference:

Dyslexia: What It Is and How to Help

Presenters Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky from the Dyslexia Training Institute will join us to demystify dyslexia and provide practical tools to both families and teachers. You can learn more at www.starbridgeinc.org/education-conference

We’re grateful to the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council for providing scholarship support so families can attend the Education Conference.


Starbridge logo over words "This is how WE ROLL!" and icons for walker, runner, and active wheelchair userIn community news, while we are saddened to see the Photo Finish 5K end, we are looking forward to a new, charity-focused event: ROCtoberfest 5K. Starbridge will have a team of ROCstars participating in the festivities on October 20th. Funds we raise will defray transportation costs to job and volunteer sites for people in our Pre-Employment and Employment Track programs. We hope you will consider supporting our ROCtoberfest 5K team and program participants in some way.

Al Sigl’s Community WalkAbout takes place Sunday, October 28th. It’s a family-friendly, inclusive Halloween-themed event, bringing together hundreds of people to walk, roll and cheer for abilities at Eastview Mall. Starbridge will have a table at the event, so we hope you will stop by and say hello!

Colin Garwood

Whatever the season, if you are encountering changes or challenges, and would like to reach out to our staff to talk through options, please contact us. You can use our website – www.starbridgeinc.org/contact-us – or call us at 585-546-1700. 

Kind regards,

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 Colin Garwood, President/CEO