February 2018  
Independent living centers to rally in Albany
Representatives from AIM and other independent living centers will rally in Albany
on Monday to push for more funding in the 2018-19 budget.

Advocates from AIM and other independent living centers across the state will rally in Albany on Monday, Feb. 12, pushing for more funding for programs that help people with disabilities.

The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL), of which AIM and many other ILCs are members, is organizing the event at the Legislative Office Buildings. There will be a rally followed by meetings with lawmakers.

The top priority is a $5 million increase in base funding for ILCs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept funding flat at $13 million in his executive budget proposal, but that could change before the final budget is passed by the state Legislature.

ILCs have been underfunded for more than a decade, despite an increased demand for their services and rising costs of providing them. And because ILCs help transition and divert people from costly long-term care facilities, every dollar invested in funding ILCs saves the state $9 in institutionalization costs, according to the New York State Department of Education.

Other budget priorities include:

-           Reactivating the Office for the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities to provide a voice for the disability community in state government.
-           Establishing a high-needs community rate cell to provide managed long-term care plans with enough funding so those with the most significant disabilities can get the care they need to live in the community.
-           Addressing a crisis-level shortage of home care workers by paying them a living wage.
-            Increasing funding for the Ombudsman Program, which advocates for people in long-term care facilities; and NY Connects/No Wrong Door, which connects people with long-term care supports and services. AIM offers both programs.
-           Increasing funding for Access to Home and creating a Visitability Tax Credit. These programs help pay for crucial accessibility modifications in homes and address the shortage of affordable, accessible housing.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State.

To read more about advoacy priorities, click here. Contact your state senator and assemblyman to voice your support.
Valentines Dance is Friday!
AIM will host a Valentines Dance for youths with developmental disabilities from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at its Elmira office, 350 W. Church St.

The dance is open to people ages 14 and older who live at home and have Office for People with Developmental Disabilities eligibility. The cost to attend is $3.

Please RSVP by Thursday to  Wendy Watkins at  or (607) 962-8225, ext. 223.
AIM to host Winter Party for consumers
AIM will host its Winter Consumer Party from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the community room at Village Square Apartments, 250 N. Hamilton St. in Painted Post.

There will be games and a 50-50 raffle. Meatballs and ziti will be provided, along with water, coffee and lemonade. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to pass.

Please RSVP to Rebecca Walker at (607) 962-8225, ext. 119.
Palmiter named Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Randi Sue Palmiter, who was honored as AIM's Employee of the Month for February.

Palmiter is the front desk receptionist at our Corning office, connecting visitors and callers with the appropriate staff member or department, among many administrative duties.

She has worked at AIM for approximately 12 years.
Crozier hired as new TRAID coordinator
Michael Crozier was recently hired as the new coordinator of AIM's TRAID Program.

TRAID (Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities) provides free 10-week loans of assistive technology, ranging from wheelchairs, ramps, Hoyer lifts and shower chairs to communication devices, adaptive utensils and learning aids. The inventory is posted here

Crozier also provides information and referral, device demonstrations and other services related to assistive technology. He can be reached at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 133. 

Other new hires in January included Tracey Parker, an OPWDD Direct Support Professional who will work with people with developmental disabilities in their homes and the community; and Pamela Reddington, a data entry clerk in AIM's Finance Department.

Welcome, Michael, Tracey and Pamela.
AIM Golf Tournament to be held  May 6
The fourth annual AIM Golf Tournament will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at Elmira Country Club. 
The captain-and-crew tournament will feature lunch, dinner, raffles, prizes and contests, including a Million Dollar Hole-In-One Contest. The entry fee is $320 per foursome. It's AIM's spring fundraiser.
To register, click here
For more information, contact John Zick at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 116.
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