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Frank Cammarata III, MPA, Executive Director

 

Erie County's OFFICE FOR THE DISABLED was established and became part of the Charter of the County of Erie (Article 11F, 01-3) in 1983.

The Office was created to ensure that Erie County's citizens with disabilities would have a direct voice in County government; to make available to such citizens an advocate who could work within the county structure to develop and enhance services; and to oversee facilities and programs by the County.

Originally chartered as a separate department under the executive branch of the County government, the Erie County Office for the Disabled (or ECOD) became a part of Erie County's Department of Health in 1993. From 2006-2008, the ECOD operated under the Office of Public Advocacy. As of 2008, the ECOD has been operating under the Erie County Department of Personnel.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 , 10:00am-2pm - STATE ISSUED PICTURE IDENTIFICATION- THE ERIE COUNTY AUTO BUREAU & THE ERIE COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE DISABLED, will be on hand to assist individuals and their family members in obtaining state issued picture identification and with other matters pertaining to the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

WHERE:  Northtown Auto Bureau, 3095 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY  14226.  Be sure to bring: *Original birth certificate (or certified copy) & *Social Security card.    

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 - DEAF AWARENESS WEEK KICK-OFF @ GALLERIA MALL

 Erie County Office for the Disabled Executive Director, Frank Cammarata III, presents an awareness proclamation from Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, at the Galleria Mall, in recognition of Deaf Awareness Week (September 13-19, 2014).

Representatives from Deaf Access Services, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder, Frank Cammarata III and others, join in to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week.  

 

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September 11, 2014-PRESS CONFERENCE @ RALPH WILSON STADIUM:  ACCESSIBLE PARKING ETIQUETTE  

Erie County Executive Director, Frank Cammarata III, Sheriff Timothy Howard, Chief Scott Joslyn & Steve Truesdale, speak at the press conference regarding Accessible Parking Etiquette, prior to the home opener.  Here are some of the messages that were made clear to the public during this press conference:

  • Do not make quick judgments.  Twenty percent of Erie County has a disability.  Many people with accessible parking permits have an invisible disability that qualifies them for a hang tag or license plate.
  • Use the term Accessible Parking instead of Handicapped Parking.
  • Do not park in an access aisle which is marked with stripes.
  • Borrowing a family member or friend's placard to get a closer...
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ROLLIN' ATHLETIC CLUB participated in the St. Mary's School for the Deaf 5K RUN & FUN WALK on Saturday, October 11th.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

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OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH!!!

 

 DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH SCHEDULED EVENTS:

OPWDD REGION 1 - Western Front Door Contact

OPWDD Region 1 – Western Front Door Contact Effective July 29, 2013 - new telephone number for Front Door referrals: 1-800-487-6310 What is a Front Door Contact and Referral? 1) Individual new to OPWDD services 2) Individual with an approved eligibility determination who has never received OPWDD services or who has not been enrolled in active OPWDD services for an extended period of time 3) OPWDD eligible individual that receives only MSC and / or FSS services All contact and referrals to the Front Door must be made to the new telephone number.

Social Security Income for children with ASDs and/or other disabilities

Social Security Income for children with ASDs and/or other disabilities. Unlike Medicaid Waiver Services, income and resources are factored into eligibility. Before you do all paperwork you should call to see if your family might be eligible 1-800-772-1213 Here is the link and additional information is attached. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/child.htm   

The NYS Parks Access Pass

The NYS Parks Access Pass – allows families to register to receive Free or discounted access to NYS Parks. Please find attached the registration and here is the link to their site: http://www.nysparks.com/admission/access-pass  

Northeast ADA-Americans with Disabilities Question and Answer Booklet

 The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers booklet  is now available on the ADA Network website (http://adata.org/FAQbooklet).