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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.

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10 Things to Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act

  1. Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act. You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz lately about “the ADA” and its 25th anniversary. But do you know what it is? Put simply, the ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. There are five sections, referred to in the law as “titles,” that detail the rights of the approximately...
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2015 IPC ICE SLEDGE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Erie County Office for the Disabled Executive Director, Frank Cammarata III; Norm Page, father of Gold Medal Sledge Hockey Olympian, Adam Page; Todd Vaarwek, Director of Advocacy at WNYIL; and Dave Whalen, Disability Awareness Training Statewide Project Coordinator, celebrating the US, 7-0 win over Germany on Monday, April 27th.  The games are being held at the HarborCenter, through May 3rd. 

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END THE R-WORD EVENT, HELD AT THE BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY CENTRAL LIBRARY, ON FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH

Executive Director of the Erie County Office for the Disabled, Frank Cammarata III, offers concerned citizens a poster to sign in support of "Ending the R-Word" (see Press Release and other photos regarding this event in our News and Events Section).

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Erie County Office for the Disabled, Executive Director, Frank A. Cammarata III,reads a proclamation from Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, to honor James M. Boles, EdD, at Dr. Bole's retirement celebration on January 14, 2015.  Dr. Boles served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of People, Inc. for 33 years.  We wish you well, Dr. Boles!

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF KELLY'S HOLLYWOOD, held on October 17, 2014  @ Dipson Amherst Theatre

Frank Cammarata presents Brian Donovan a proclamation to honor the premiere of KELLY'S HOLLYWOOD, the inspirational and heartwarming documentary about a young woman with Down syndrome, and her brother's (Brian's) quest to fulfill her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. 

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH BY THE ERIE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE AND THE ERIE COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE DISABLED DURING OCTOBER DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH

Erie County Clerk, Chris Jacobs, and Erie County Office for the Disabled, Executive Director, Frank Cammarata III, assisting others in obtaining state issued picture identification at the Northtown Auto Bureau on Saturday, October 25th.

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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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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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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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OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

10 Things You Should Know about Social Security Benefits

1. Get to Know Disability.gov, the federal government website for information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. Visitors can explore resources covering 10 main topics, including housing, employment and healthcare. Since the site is a directory of resources, you will be sent to other websites managed by the federal government, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to get the information or help you need. Disability.gov does not process disability benefits applications or decide who has a disability.

Summer Safety Alert-2015

The celebration of Memorial Day is the perfect time to remind people that the unofficial beginning of summer must also include attention to protections and precautions.   To guarantee a full season of fun and safe summer activities, please follow the tips included in the Summer Safety Alert-2015.

City of Buffalo’s CodeRED community Notification Enrollment

Below please find a link that directs you to information and on online registration form for the City of Buffalo’s CodeRED community Notification Enrollment. CodeRED is a new emergency notification service by which city officials can notify Buffalo residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time-sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire city.

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).