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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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DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH WAS CELEBRATED AT THE BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL LOCATION, 1 LAFAYETTE SQUARE, ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND.  FESTIVITIES INCLUDED SPEAKERS, INFORMATIONAL TABLES, MUSIC & GREAT COMPANY!

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2015 DDDay Conference

Office for the Disabled Executive Director, Frank Cammarata III, at his department's information table. 

The 27th annual Development Disabilities Awareness Day (DDDay) Conference, was held on Thursday, May28, 2015 at the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls. 

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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) PICNIC

Western NY Independent Living Director of Advocacy, Todd Vaarwerk enjoying the beautiful day at the ADA25 summer picnic at Canalside, on July 26, 2015.  Many agencies were present and informational tables were set up.  There was also entertainment, food, and speakers, which made for a successful and  fun-filled day.  

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The Museum of disABILITY History hosted the ADA25 Legacy Tour

& Reception on April 29, 2015.  The ADA Legacy Tour was a cross

country trip raising awareness about the 25th anniversary of the Americans

 with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

 

 

 

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DEAF AWARENESS WEEK

County Executive, Mark Poloncarz (left), and Erie County Office

 for the Disabled Executive Director, Frank  Cammarata (right), 

join Deaf Access Services in celebrating the kick-off to Deaf

Awareness Week, at the Galleria Mall on September 16, 2015. 

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Office for the Disabled Executive Director, Frank A. Cammarata

III, manning the Disabilities Awareness Month Outreach Table at

the Downtown Central Library, on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Oct-

ober 1st was the official kick-off for Disabilities Awareness Month, in

which agencies and organizations that serve the disabled community

come together to provide knowledge and entertainment to all of WNY. 

There will be a different agency at the library, from 10am until 1pm, 

Mondays-Fridays, until October 29th.

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 BUFFALO RACIN'

                  Fleet Feet Sports presents Buffalo RACIN' with a check for $500.00.  Buffalo RACIN' won the vote for local charities in Fleet Feets Power of Running campaign. 

Every weekend through September 30th, a portion of the sale of designated products was donated to Buffalo RACIN. 

The mission of the Rollin’ Athletic Club and Inclusion Network (RACIN!) is to improve the physical, social and emotional lives of people with developmental disabilities through regular physical activity and involvement in the local racing scene. Together, we run, walk and roll!

 

 

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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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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.

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).