March 2019  
AIM Golf Tournament set for May 5 at Elmira Country Club
The fifth annual AIM Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Elmira Country Club.

The captain-and-crew tournament is AIM's major annual fundraiser.

The tournament will feature The Million Dollar Shot presented by Perry & Carroll, where one player from the field will be randomly selected to take a shot from 165 yards on the 18th hole to win one million dollars. Also, any hole-in-one on a par-3 is worth $5,000.

The entry fee is $320 per foursome. To register a team, click  here.

A wide array of sponsorship opportunities are available. To view sponsorship incentives, click  here.

Check-in will begin at noon, with a hot dog, chips and drink provided for lunch. The Million Dollar Shot will be taken at 1 p.m., and tournament play will begin immediately afterward.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 at the registration table. Each ticket is guaranteed a prize, and top prizes will include a big-screen TV.

Dinner, raffle prizes and awards will follow the tournament in the clubhouse at Elmira Country Club.

For more information, to register by phone or to sponsor the event, contact John Zick at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 116.
Parent Support Group to host presentation by iCircle on Tuesday
AIM will host a presentation by iCircle from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Elmira AIM office, located at 350 W. Church St.

New York State is shifting to managed care for people with developmental disabilities, and iCircle is a regional managed care organization (the insurance plan that connects individuals with service providers, and pays for their services).

Staff from iCircle will be on hand to explain managed care and answer questions. Their talk is for AIM's HOPE Parent Support Group, but it is free and open to the community.

Please RSVP to Wendy Watkins at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 223.
AIM backs source of income laws
AIM belongs to a statewide coalition pushing to ban discrimination in housing based on a person's source of income. It's something advocates have sought for a long time, and it has a chance to happen this year.

As part of his executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for laws that would make it illegal for landlords to deny tenants who rely on any lawful sources of income other than job wages to pay rent.

This type of discrimination particularly impacts people with disabilities, who struggle to find accessible, affordable housing and often rely on rent subsidies, disability benefits or veterans' benefits.

Advocates in the Statewide Source of Income Coalition are now pushing for these laws to be included in the state Senate and Assembly's budget plans as well. The final budget agreement is due April 1.

To email your representatives in Albany and voice your support, click here.
Ek named Employee of the Month
Outreach specialist and systems advocate Derrick Ek was named Employee of the Month for March. 
Congratulations to Derrick Ek, who has been named AIM's Employee of the Month for March.

Derrick works as an outreach specialist and AIM's systems advocate. His roles include public education, marketing, individual advocacy and advocating for systemic changes that benefit the disability community as a whole. Derrick also serves on a variety of interagency committees and coalitions.

"Derrick demonstrates absolute respect for the individuals that we serve," said a coworker who nominated him. "One of the ways he shows this is by his mentoring relationship with a coworker. This coworker often asks Derrick to assist him with tasks that are challenging due to individual barriers. Derrick shows patience, understanding and creativity in how he works to problem-solve, not only with this coworker, but with everyone."

Welcome new hires:

- Roberta Cheatham, Community Integration Counselor
- Jessica Laughlin, Consumer-Directed Home Care Specialist
- Anissa Scharborough, Administrative Assistant
- Cathy Sutton, Employment Specialist
- Victoria Wagner, OASAS Family Support Navigator

Current job openings:

- OASAS Services Coordinator
- Employment Specialist Supervisor
- Employment Specialist
- NY Connects specialist
- Health insurance navigator
- Consumer advocate
- Human resource generalist
- Purchasing and receiving clerk
- Accounts receivable supervisor
- Facilities technician
- Personal care assistants 
- Self-hire staff (OPWDD)
- Direct support professionals (OPWDD)
- Community integration counselor
- Positive behavioral intervention specialist

To view job descriptions and apply online, click  here.
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