October 2018  
Join AIM at Crystal Lanes
for Halloween bowling party
Allies at the Alley is AIM Independent Living Center's fall fundraiser for 2018.

This family-friendly, Halloween-themed bowling party will be held from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Crystal Lanes, located at 11749 East Corning Road, Corning.

The entry fee is $15 per person, which includes two games, bowling shoes and goodie bags. There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit AIM, and prizes for best Halloween costumes.

The snack counter at Crystal Lanes will be open with burgers, pizza, wings and other items; and the lounge will be open with big-screen TVs and a game room.

Please register  here or by contacting Derrick Ek at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 134. Crystal Lanes offers wheelchair-accessible bowling; please notify AIM if you use a wheelchair.

Proceeds support AIM's programs and services for people with disabilities. We hope our allies in the community will join us!
Apartments for people with I/DD available
at Elmira Senior Living; apply through AIM

Elmira Senior Living, a new affordable housing community set to open this fall on Maple Avenue, will include 10 apartments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Applications for these one-bedroom apartments are available through AIM Independent Living Center. For more information, contact Amber Mulhollen at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 113.

AIM will provide support services on site. Residents must be 18 or older and eligible for services through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

The apartment complex will feature a fitness room, lounges, computer stations, laundry rooms and storage units. Each apartment will have central air conditioning and a patio. Wheelchair-accessible units are available.

The development is expected to open in November.
Voting demonstration Oct. 9 at
Chemung County Board of Elections
The Chemung County Board of Elections will host a ballot-marking-device (BMD) demonstration at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at its office at 378 S. Main St., Elmira.
BMDs are designed to allow people with a variety of disabilities to vote independently. Unfortunately, many people are unaware they exist, and many more don't know how to use them.
During the event Oct. 9, people can ask questions of BOE staff and practice on the machines.

The event is open to the public. You do not have to be a Chemung County resident to participate. RSVPs are encouraged -- but not required -- by contacting John Zick at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 116.

AIM  to host Halloween dance party 
for youths with developmental disabilities
AIM will host a Halloween dance party for youths ages 14 and older with developmental disabilities from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Elmira AIM office, 350 W. Church St. 

There will be a DJ, food and games. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

This event is for young adults who live at home and have eligibility for services with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The event is partly funded by OPWDD Family Support Services. 
The cost to attend is $3. RSVP to Amanda Gitchell, AIM's OPWDD Youth Specialist, at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 210 by Thursday, Oct. 25.
 Wilson honored as Employee of the Month
Breanna Wilson has been selected as AIM's Employee of the Month for October.

Wilson is the manager of AIM's Navigator Program, which helps people enroll in health insurance coverage through the New York State of Health marketplace. 

Wilson is a health insurance navigator herself, and also coordinates a team of five other navigators who assist consumers in Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

"She is kind, respectful and knowledgeable, and also very helpful to consumers and staff," one person who nominated Wilson wrote. "She does very well at answering the consumers' questions and follows through on their problems to solve them."

Last year, AIM's Navigator Program enrolled approximately 4,000 people in health plans. The team is gearing up for the 2019 open enrollment for NY State of Health, which runs from November through January.

Welcome to our new hire:

- Nikki Ingram, Finance Assistant

Our current job openings:

- Substance Abuse Services Coordinator
- OPWDD Fiscal Intermediary Specialist
- OPWDD Care Manager 
OPWDD Housing Service Coordinator 
- OPWDD Direct Support Professionals  
- OPWDD Self-Hire Staff
- NHTD/TBI Community Integration Counselor
- NHTD Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Specialist 
CDPAS Personal Care Assistants 

View job descriptions and apply online here
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