Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Parent's Appeal: Speak Up For Our Families @ 10/6 Meeting

Hello families, friends, and professionals:

Karen Duboy and family
I would like to thank everyone who was able to make our second family advocacy group meeting held last week, and invite all of you to our next meeting at 7:00pm Monday, November 17 at Hilltop, 3 East State Street in Mount Morris.

It is so exciting to hear from people with the same passion when it comes to making sure our individuals with special needs are living happy, productive, and loving lives.  We must stand tall, stick together, and speak strong to continue the programs our loved ones want and need, and not let others who do not have any clue tell us they know what is best.

Please try to attend the Community Dialogue Video Conference being held 3:00-6:00pm Monday, October 6 at the DDSO office, 129 Main Street in Leicester. This will give you a chance to tell OPWDD your thoughts on the current issue of shutting down the workshop at The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming. I personally feel this is only the beginning of huge changes in other programs.  This shutdown will have a ripple effect to future programs.  So now is the time for all of us to tell Albany our thoughts. 

Please come, even if you have to arrive late or leave early.  Don't be afraid or intimidated by this process; it is just a community meeting, where concerned family members like you and I can freely express our views to the NYS agency.  I attended the one last fall and will be at this one.  This is your forum to contribute to the cause!

If you want any other information, please feel free to call me at 786-5806 (home), email me at, or call Jeff Thomas at 658-2828 or Kellie Kennedy at 658-3311.

Karen Duboy
Parent / Family Advocacy Group Chairperson

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