A family-based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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THE ARC NEW YORK ARCHIVES PROJECT: CAN HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?

September 23rd, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

How much do you know about our Organization’s history? Over the past two years, The Arc New York  has been examining and inventorying thousands of old documents, photos, letters from family members, newspaper articles, reports and much more in an effort to document our rich history and how The Arc New York led the disability movement across the nation. Why is this important? Join us as we take a walk through history together and learn how you can be a part of this experience.

Presenters:
  • Laura J. Kennedy, Co-chair, The Arc New York Historic Archives Workgroup
  • Dr. Lyle Lehman, Co-chair , The Arc New York Historic Archives Workgroup
  • Marc Brandt, Member, The Arc New York Historic Archives Workgroup
  • Susan Brandt, Assistant Executive Director for Member Services & Special Projects, The Arc New York

 

THE NYSARC CORPORATE GUARDIANSHIP PROGRAM: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

September 24th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The NYSARC Guardianship Program represents a unique model for providing guardianship and related services. The program’s success depends on the dedication of staff and volunteer committee members working together to provide the least restrictive supports necessary, enabling individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live as full, independent and self-directed lives as possible. This session will provide a brief retrospective of the program’s development over the course of 50 years, including the strategic plan, current legislative reform efforts, and future trends in an ever-changing landscape.

Presenters:
  • Katharine Wilson Conroy, Chairperson, NYSARC Guardianship Committee, The Arc New York
  • James M. Hayes, Esq., Chairperson, Broome-Chenango-Tioga Chapter (Achieve) Guardianship Program
  • Anne Clarke, Chairperson, Dutchess Chapter, The Arc NY; Member, NYSARC Guardianship Committee
  • Erica F. Berman, Assistant Executive Director for Guardianship Services, The Arc New York
  • Tara Anne Pleat, Esq., Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC; Member, NYSARC Guardianship Committee

 

MAKING SENSE OF MANAGED CARE

September 25th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this moderated educational session, presenters will discuss the basics of a managed care system for individuals with I/DD from multiple perspectives, including a family member of a person being served in a managed care environment, the CEO of a Care Coordination entity, and a national expert from a large managed care entity. A variety of topics will be explored, including an overview of what a managed care environment will look like, how it will impact the people we serve and the providers that serve them, and the benefits, costs and challenges of transitioning into a managed care framework. 

Moderator: 
  • Kathryn E. Jerian, Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, The Arc New York
Panelists:
  • Merrill Friedman, Senior Director of Disability Policy Engagement, Anthem Healthcare
  • Jim Moran, CEO, Care Design New York
  • Liz Valentino, Family Member Served by PHP

 

FEDERAL POLICY, COVID-19 AND THE FUTURE AHEAD

September 29, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For six months, it’s been all COVID-19 all the time, and it’s not over! There are huge challenges on the horizon. Come learn about all we achieved as we advocated together for the needs of people with I/DD during the pandemic, the work ahead, and why organizing and mobilizing self-advocates and families is more important than ever. 

Moderator
  • Peter V. Berns, Chief Executive Officer, The Arc US
Panelists
  • Philip Aydinian, Associate Executive Director of Governmental Affairs, The Arc New York
  • Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc US
  • Claire Manning, Director of Advocacy & Mobilization, The Arc US

 

NYS ADVOCACY INITIATIVES & CURRENT ISSUES

September 30, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2020 has witnessed a dramatic shift in the issues we are facing, from the COVID-19 pandemic to   financial constraints. In this this self-moderated panel, we will discuss the pressing policy issues and budgetary constraints faced by providers of IDD supports and services and how it impacts the wider community. The panel will explore our advocacy priorities, plans of action, and how to achieve our goals.  

Panelists:
  • Philip Aydinian, Associate Executive Director of Governmental Affairs, The Arc New York 
  • Kirk Lewis, Executive Director, Schenectady ARC 
  • Michael Seereiter, President  & CEO, NY Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation