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February 2016  
Youth Social Skills course begins March 15 in Corning

AIM Independent Living Center's next Youth Social Skills course will begin March 15 at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning.

The four-session course is held over two weeks. Classes are from 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 22 and 23.

The course teaches social skills to students with disabilities to improve their interactions in the community. The course is open to students ages 13-18 who have OPWDD eligibility.

The course is free. For more information or to register, contact Wendy Watkins at 962-8225, ext. 223, or wwatkins@aimcil.com
Area businesses sponsoring AIM's disability-awareness golf tournament
 
 
Thank you to the area businesses that have already signed on to sponsor AIM's second annual disability-awareness golf tournament! Bryans & Gamuglia is sponsoring dinner, and Wegmans in Elmira is sponsoring the carts.

The tournament is May 1 at the Elmira Country Club. There are still openings for teams and sponsors. Come duff with us!
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Other News
Reminder:
Consumer winter party is Feb. 17 
 
AIM's annual consumer party will be from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 17 at the organization's Corning office, 271 E. First St.

The party will be beach-themed, and there will be games, food and fun. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass.

To RSVP, contact Katie Reynolds at 962-8225, ext. 118.
American Sign Language course starts March 9

AIM Independent Living Center will host an eight-week American Sign Language course beginning March 9. This ASL II course is recommended for people who have already completed our ASL I class.
Advocates go to Albany for Legislative Day

AIM and representatives of other independent living centers across New York went to Albany on Feb. 8 to advocate for budget items and legislation that improve the lives of people with disabilities. 
Articles
Following Sundance win, autism documentary to hit theaters

A documentary focusing on the coming-of-age story of a boy on the spectrum is headed to theaters later this year after picking up an award at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.
Advocate: Time to eliminate offensive terms about people with disabilities
 
Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language
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