September 2016  
AIM to host Sibshops gatherings

AIM is now part of the Sibshops family.

This month, AIM will begin hosting the Sibshops of the Southern Tier program, which features monthly gatherings where brothers and sisters of children with special needs can get together for fun and education in a lively, recreational setting.

They can meet their peers, talk about what it's like to have a sibling with special needs with others who "get it," and learn about the services their brothers and sisters receive.

There will also be fun games and activities.

Sibshops is open to children ages 6-11 who have a sibling with a disability.
The first Sibshops gathering will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 24 at AIM's new Elmira office, located at 350 W. Church St.

To get more information or sign up, call AIM at 962-8225.

AIM offers workshops on managing chronic diseases for individuals and their caregivers

AIM will begin offering chronic disease self-management workshops  in October.

The free, six-session workshops, called "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions," are for anyone living with a chronic condition, as well as their caregivers.

The workshops will help people living with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and other physical and mental health conditions.

The sessions will be peer-led and facilitated by trained AIM staff. One course will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 6-Nov. 10 at AIM's Corning office. The other will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Fridays from Oct. 7-Nov.18 (no class Nov. 11) at AIM's Elmira office.

Space is limited. For more details or to sign up, call 962-8225, ext. 113.
Get costumes ready for Allies in Disguise

Registration is open for the fifth annual Allies in Disguise 5K Run and Mile Walk, set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Craig Park in Painted Post, rain or shine.

Runners, walkers and spectators are encouraged to wear costumes for the Halloween-weekend festivities.

The disability awareness event is AIM Independent Living Center's fall fundraiser.  Both the 5K and mile walk start and finish at the Craig Park pavilion, and the course goes through Painted Post's neighborhoods. There will also be food and children's activities.

Registration is open online, and the entry fee is $20 per person, with discounts for families. Children 5 and younger will be allowed to participate for free and don't have to register.

The entry fee includes an Allies in Disguise T-shirt. AIM will also be selling awareness bracelets and keychains in different colors representing types of disabilities. The parachute-cord bracelets and keychains can be ordered online or bought at the event.

AIM is seeking local businesses to support the event, and incentive packages are available for sponsors. Volunteers are also needed for the event. For more information, contact John Zick at or 962-8225, ext. 116.
Call for volunteers

AIM Independent Living Center is seeking volunteers for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which serves Steuben and Allegany counties.

Ombudsmen are advocates for people who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult care homes.

Volunteer ombudsmen visit long-term care facilities, build relationships with residents, and give them a voice.

The volunteers help people understand their rights; address issues that could impact health, safety and quality of life; and investigate complaints.

AIM will host a training and certification program for volunteers beginning Sept. 26. For more details or to register, contact program coordinator Taryn Roloson at or 962-8225, ext. 112.

For about a year, AIM's Transition program for young adults with disabilities held a monthly Anime Art Club. Recently, however, some of the students involved decided to reimagine the art club.

They wanted to make it more inclusive, so they could invite others - perhaps a friend, relative, teacher or mentor - to join. They also wanted to experiment with other kinds of art.

So AIM's new Art Club will begin this fall. It will be open to anyone age 16 or older to come and work with acrylics, watercolors, pencils and other mediums. AIM will provide art supplies. It will be a chance for the students to socialize, network and express themselves through their art. They also plan to invite local artists to collaborate with them.

The dates and locations for the new monthly Art Club have not been determined yet, but anyone interested should call Becky Gilbert at 962-8225, ext. 211.
In the news

The Star-Gazette's Jeff Murray wrote an interesting piece on a computer business in Elmira Heights that specializes in digital forensics, cyber security and data recovery, and has three paid interns from Elmira High School who are blind or visually impaired.
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