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The Transformation Begins
Since I last wrote to you, the month of May has been marked by some major new initiatives and I fully expect this to be the first of many busy months as our field continues to undergo a major transformation.
The Justice Center
Last week, Governor Cuomo addressed last year's New York Times expose on abuse and neglect in our system by proposing "The Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs." While a lot of details need to be ironed out in the implementation of the legislation, NYSARC supports the proposed legislation and was pleased to see that it passed the Senate yesterday. The safety and protection of the people we support must always come first and I encourage the Assembly to act judiciously.
In support of the Justice Center legislation, NYSARC issued a memorandum of support. I encourage you to read the full memo here: Memorandum of Support - S7400 Protection of People with Special Needs
Executive Order #38 - Curbing Excessive Executive Compensation
Yesterday, President John A. Schuppenhauer and I joined the Governor's staff at an exclusive press conference announcing the implementation of Executive Order #38--establishing limits on executive compensation in an effort to weed out any "bad apples." At the press conference, I delivered the following remarks:
Read my remarks, President Schuppenhauer's comments, and the rest of the article here:
Marc N. Brandt
Executive Director, NYSARC, Inc.
Days of Their LIVES: Disabilities Are No Obstacle for These SUNY Geneseo Grads
|(Left-Right): Tom Ruf, Justine DeLuca, Hannah Brown, and Kaleb King.|
Geneseo - When college seniors Hannah Brown, Justine DeLuca, Kaleb King, and Tom Ruf walk across the Wadsworth Auditorium stage as part of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education Convocation on Friday, May 11th, they will look back on their college years as the time of their LIVES.
LIVES, which stands for Learning Independence, Vocational, and Educational Skills, allows a close-knit group of students with disabilities to experience the academic and social aspects of university life while preparing for careers that fit their interests and skill sets.
Kaleb, who will earn a place in SUNY Geneseo history as a member of the first graduating class of the LIVES Program, explains: "We're excited because we've been working for this for the past four years, but we're nervous because we are leaving behind part of ourselves."
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The Fundraising Files: Successful Fundraising Is All About Storytelling
|John Trumbull - George Washington before the Battle of Trenton 1792|
A one-eyed, 74 year-old man sits at a dinner table with a glass of wine, a flickering candle, a loaf of bread, and a friendly visitor. It is a very cold winter evening in 1830 and the Revolutionary War, which bred the Declaration of Independence more than 50 years prior to this day, continues to be fresh in the minds of those who fought those bloody battles.
This evening in New Haven, Connecticut, a revolutionary fundraising method is about to be created by one of those veterans.
Shall I continue? Don't you want to know who these people are and what the revolutionary fundraising method is that I'm talking about?
I'll tell you later, but first I want to talk with you about how Effective Storytelling is integral to your fundraising program.
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Judi Taylor Cantor | Contact Judi
NYSARC Development Consultant
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| 2012 Media Awards: Call for Entries |
Nominations for the 2012 NYSARC, Inc. Media Awards are now being accepted. This award is given annually to media professionals/outlets in recognition of their contribution through documented journalism toward furthering the public's awareness and understanding of intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
New for 2012: In recognition of the changing newspaper industry, NYSARC has expanded eligibility for the Media Awards to news media websites and blogs.
Nominations are due by Friday, July 27, 2012
Questions regarding the Media Awards should be directed to Susan Brandt
, Assistant Executive Director for Public Information and Special Projects.
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