February Update

In the Driver’s Seat continues to move forward in 2023! Soon we will be sharing some exciting news about a new service that we will be offering. As always, our goal is to help you all navigate and utilize all Self-Direction has to offer so stay tuned for our announcement within the next month!

Collaboration is key when it comes to providing tools, information and resources. This past January, In the Driver’s Seat partnered with the Westchester Institute for Human Development’s Community Support Network to host a 3-day online conference that provided information about transitioning and Self-Direction. If by chance you missed it, this link will take you information about all of the workshops given by experts in the I/DD field. And… we’re at it again! In May, we will be collaborating with our friends and colleagues from the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan to host another conference with lots of information, resources and guidance about Self-Direction. In April, we’ll be posting a flyer and registration information on our social media sites and in our April newsletter.

Do you have Self-Direction information or resources to share that have helped you? Please feel free to email us at: [email protected]. We love to highlight new ideas in our newsletter and on our website!

In the Driver’s Seat’s newsletter Power Steering is chock full of information that can help with all things Self-Directed. Visit the news section of our website to access archived newsletters.

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Many of you use James and Nicole Traylor’s organization, Upstate Special Needs Planning, Inc. to plan for the future of your young and adult children with disabilities. Exciting news as of February 3rd!! – They are now known is as Rivent Partners, Inc. and their sister company will now be known as Rivent Partners Disability Planning. To learn more, visit: www.riventpartners.com.

Homesteads for Hope is a Community Farm that empowers people with all abilities to learn, work, live & grow in nature’s classroom. Located next to the Erie Canal, Homesteads for Hope offers a place to belong and support people’s unique purpose!  As always, please check with your Support Broker and Fiscal Intermediary to determine if membership can be included in your Self-Directed budget

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Leona Oakes, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist that specializes in working with neurodiverse individuals of all ages and their supporters. Through her private practice, Oakes Psychological Services, she provides individual therapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, consultation services and skill building classes. Her work focuses on addressing mental health concerns, helping adolescents and young adults successfully transition into adulthood, and supporting individuals of all ages and abilities with a strength-based, person-centered approach. In addition to providing assessment and therapy services, Dr. Oakes also offers supported decision-making consultation. During these consultation sessions, Dr. Oakes facilitates the process for young adults to identify their supporters and their roles, and establish how they and their team will make and document decisions. Finally, Dr. Oakes will deliver the Elevatus Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities curriculum yearly starting October 2023. 

Have you heard of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee? With over 24 shops nationwide, Bitty and Beau’s Coffee is on a mission to create a path for people with disabilities to become more valued, accepted and included in every community. 


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