Weekly Disability Reading List

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Links to disability-related items shared last week on NCCI social media. Don’t forget, you can always visit NCCI on Facebook and Twitter at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ncciplattsburgh/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NCCIPlatts

New content is posted every day.

This week we explored disabled people making videos on YouTube:

Please also note that we continue to update and share publicity for the Winz N’ Pinz bowling fundraiser. If you are on Facebook, please share the Facebook announcement too, and encourage others to d the same. Every time someone shares the announcement on Facebook we will reserve a 50/50 ticket for them. It’s just a little incentive to get the word out!

Second Annual "Winz N' Pinz" Bowling Fundraiser

Winz N’ Pinz with North Country Center for Independence - September 28, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm. North Bowl Lanes - raffles, giveaways & more!! For more information call: 518-563-9058 visit 80 Sharron Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY

September 28, 2019
North Bowl Lanes
Plattsburgh, New York

Registration Starts at 11:00 am and the fun starts at 11:30 am and lasts until 3:00 pm

Ticket prices

  • $25 for ages 18+

  • $15 for players under 18 years old

  • $100 for teams

[Click here to download the registration form]

Do you know what the exciting thing is about this fundraiser? It doesn’t matter if you are young or old. It doesn’t matter if you have a disability, because bowling is fun and everyone can do it! So, grab your kids … in fact grab your whole family and maybe the person you just met … and join us for raffles, prizes and a fun filled afternoon!

So here is what we’ve got planned for you …

First up, we have lane sponsorships. If you have a business and would like to sponsor a lane, the cost is $125 or you can sponsor your own employee or family/friend team for $100. If your sponsored team wins first place, we will present your business with a framed first place certificate!

Next up, we have the bowling break down …

The cost to bowl is $25 per person (18 +) and $15 for kids 17 & under, and $100 for teams of 4 or more. This includes two games, the shoe rental, and a ticket for the giveaways.

We also have giveaways, gift baskets, and raffles. In order to participate with the gift baskets and 50/50 raffle, you must purchase tickets, and they will be drawn randomly throughout the event.

Tickets for the basket giveaways are on sale right now! Ticket packet prices are as follows:

1 for $1, 6 for $5, 12 for $10 or 26 for $20.

Huge thanks to the businesses and individuals who have sponsored this event so far:

Ann Michaud
Bill & Sue Hoke
Champy’s Fun City at Comfort Inn
Cumberland 12 Cinemas
Derby Line Cutting
Dick’s Country Store
Dunkin Donuts
Friction Band
Good Guys
Koffee Kat
Mainely Lobster and Seafood
Mary Kozak
Maw & Paw Shop
Mountain Mart
Napa Auto Parts (Champlain)
Nelson’s Flower Shop
Nephew’s Wine and Liquor
Norma J’s
Perkins Family Restaurant
Play it Again Sports
Price Chopper
Samples Lumber Co.
Sherry’s Kitchen
The Greenery
VFW Post 8793 (Ellenburg)
Vesco Ridge Vineyard

… and Sam’s Club for its very generous $500 sponsorship!

Lane Sponsors

CFA Insurance Agency
LaGoy’s Automotive LLC
Monopole
TM Auto Repair (Plattsburgh)
TwinState Technologies
WeCare

This list will be updated as we receive more sponsorships.


And now … for a rundown of the gift baskets!

This is Teddie. He is a collectors edition Boyd’s Bear and he is on a journey to collect Raffle Baskets for the 2nd Annual NCCI Winz N’ Pinz fund raiser.

This is Teddie. He is a collectors edition Boyd’s Bear and he is on a journey to collect Raffle Baskets for the 2nd Annual NCCI Winz N’ Pinz fund raiser.

Teddie has made his way to the Samuel De Chmplain Monument on the lookout for goodies!

Teddie has made his way to the Samuel De Chmplain Monument on the lookout for goodies!

Basket 1: Oh look!! Teddie found a friend!! His name is Mr. Giraffe and he has the first Raffle Basket with him. This basket is “Treat Yourself.” It has everything you need for a nice, relaxing bath time.

Basket 1: Oh look!! Teddie found a friend!! His name is Mr. Giraffe and he has the first Raffle Basket with him. This basket is “Treat Yourself.” It has everything you need for a nice, relaxing bath time.

Basket 2: Mr. Giraffe has brought another basket too!! This basket is “Cat Nap,” and if you are a cat lover, you will love this basket!

Basket 2: Mr. Giraffe has brought another basket too!! This basket is “Cat Nap,” and if you are a cat lover, you will love this basket!

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Basket 3: Teddie’s next stop is the Marina by Lake Champlain where he’s discovered another basket!! This basket is “Teddie Teatime.” It has tea and cookies! Perfect for a nice sunny day by the lake.

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Basket 4: Now Teddie has stopped at the Plattsburgh Library. He’s found a new basket with everything you need to have a beautiful garden!! This basket is “Garden Fun Time.”

Check back next week to see two more of the Raffle Gift Baskets!

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Basket 5: Teddie and Mr. Giraffe have made it to Point Au Roche State Park. After going on a nice scenic hike along the trails, they are resting with another basket they have found. This Basket is “Coffee and Chocolate.”

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Basket 6: PLAY TIME!! Teddie and his new friend, Mr. Giraffe, have stopped by Melissa Penfield Park where they’ve found another basket!! This basket is “Get Outside.”

Bonus!

This year we also have a special Mystery Basket we will be raffling off at $5 for one ticket and $20 for a bundle of 5 tickets. The Mystery Basket will be an amazing compilation of prizes for whoever wins!

#GivingTuesday 2018

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This Tuesday, November 27 is “Giving Tuesday” ... a day kick off the holidays by giving to your favorite charities. The Board and staff of the North Country Center for Independence is asking you to help with our mission to promote greater independence for people with disabilities in the North Country.

There are three main ways you can help support NCCI:

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1. Make an online donation to our “Homecoming Fund” through GoFundMe.

These donations will be used to help people with disabilities in the North Country move out of hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities into their own homes. Funds are used to collect, store, and distribute home-making supplies like kitchen utensils, bedding, furniture, and adaptive equipment that often aren't covered by other disability support programs.


AmazonSmile. You Shop. Amazon gives. logo2. Sign up with AmazonSmile.

Just register and designate NCCI as your recipient charity. Amazon then donates a percentage of all your purchases to NCCI. These donations cost you nothing, and do not change the price of your purchases. It’s a great way to direct resources to NCCI on an ongoing basis, but especially during your holiday shopping.


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3. Volunteer for NCCI.

There are formal and informal ways you can help NCCI with your time and talents. As a Long Term Care Ombudsman, you can help us advocate for people with disabilities in nursing homes and adult care facilities. You can also help us document accessibility of area businesses as you go about your everyday errands. Or, you can help us assist people with disabilities working towards greater independence in our community.

—> Click here to contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Anything you can do to help us out would be helpful, and greatly appreciated.

Bowling Fundraiser Raffle Prizes

Winz N' Pinz with North Country Center for Independence

Raffle Prize Baskets!


Take a look at the beautiful raffle prizes we will be giving out at NCCI's First Annual "Winz N' Pinz" bowling fundraiser. The event will be Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at North Bowl Lanes in Plattsburgh, New York.

Click here for the full details and registration information.

Here are photos of the prize baskets, each with a description of what's included:


#1 "Me Time": Basket, Tea Cup and Saucer, Blue Bird Light, 4 Herbal Teas, Candle, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, 'The Secret of Happy Days' Book, Pen, Mini Notebook, Chocolate, Hand Fan, Loofa, Deodorant, Body Powder, and Perfume.


#2 "Home and Garden": Basket, Battery Powered Zen Rock Fountain, 2 Candle Holders, Set of Appetizer Plates, Set of Coasters, 3 Boxes of Seeds- Wildflower Blend, Impatiens, and Shade Mix.


#3 "King Arthur": Cookie Sheet, Parchment Paper, Cook Book, 2 Bags Unbleached Flour, 6 'Essential Goodness' Mixes- Lemon Bar, Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bar, Cinnamon Sugar Puff Muffin, and 2 Chocolate Chip Cookie, Dough Cutter and Vietnamese Cinnamon.


#4 "Back to Basics Game Night": Guess Who, Ker Plunk, Connect 4, and Yahtzee. Basket and Card Games- Memory, Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Go Fish, Slap Jack, Matching, Skip-Bo Jr., and Two Little Hands Card Holders.


#5 "Cozy Crafts": 5 Handmade Journals, Handmade Dream Catcher, 2 Handmade Bracelets, 1 Handmade Necklace, 1 Handmade Throw Quilt, and Tote Bag.


#6 "Good Vibes": Wicker Box, 3 Reiki Energy Candles, 2 Packs Incense Sticks and Holder, 1 Box Incense Cones and Holder, 2 Dripping Candles, Himalayan Salt Candle Holder, Wire Wrap Necklace from KPaige Wraps, and Terrarium.


#7 "Fall Holidays": Basket, Pioneer Woman 3 Mixing Bowl Set, Pioneer Woman Pie Dish, Pie Cutter, 2 Carving Knives, Pineapple Corer, Straws, Dish Towels, Oven Mitt, Table Cloth, Measuring Spoons, Peach-Pecan Whiskey, Holiday Foods, and Gift Cards.

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#8 "Camping Excursion": Basket, 100pk Glow Sticks, Roasting Sticks, Graham Crackers, Bag of Marshmallows, Jar of Marshmallow Fluff, Bag of M&Ms, Fire Lighting Squares, 'So Much S'more to Do' Book, 'Camp Daze' Mad Libs, Adirondack Mountain Club Gift Certificate with Lodging and Camping Brochures.


#9 "Co-op Basket": Local Organic and Unique Products from The North Country Co-op.


#10 "Halloween Happiness": Pumpkin Basket, Halloween/Autumn Décor, and Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze Gift Certificate.

Bowling Fundraiser

Winz N' Pinz with North Country Center for Independence

NCCI’s First Annual Bowling Fundraiser
“Winz n’ Pinz”
When: September 29, 2018 
At: North Bowl Lanes in Plattsburgh, NY
Registration Starts at 11:00 am and the fun starts at

Ticket prices:


$20 for ages 18+
$15 for players under 18 years old
$80 for teams


Do you know what the exciting thing is about this fundraiser? Well…It does not matter if you are young or old. It does not matter if you have a disability, because bowling is fun and everyone can do it! So, grab your kids, in fact grab your whole family and maybe the person you just met outside and join us for raffles, prizes and a fun filled afternoon!

So here is what we’ve got planned for you:


Winz N’ Pinz with North Country Center for Independence - September 29, 2018 11:30am – 3:00pm - North Bowl Lanes - Raffles, giveaways & more! - For more information call 518-563-9058. Visit NCCI at 80 Sharron Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
First up, we have lane sponsorships: If you have a business and would like to sponsor a lane, the cost is $125 or you can sponsor your own employee or family/friend team for $80. If your sponsored team is the one that wins first place, we will present your business with a framed first place certificate for you to display in your business!

Next up, we have the bowling break down: For individuals and teams, the cost is $20/per person (18 +) and $15/kid (17 & under). This includes two games, the shoe rental, and a ticket for the giveaways. In addition, be one of the first 10 teams or one of the first 40 individuals to register and pay, and you will receive a bonus: a keychain with a bottle opener, bowling ball or a bowling pin pen, a 24-ounce bowling pin water bottle and an extra ticket for the 20-minute giveaway raffle. By bowling with us, you also have a chance at winning any of the prizes listed below: 
If you create a team, the top three teams with the highest two game series will receive:

1st Place:  Each member will receive a $25 gift card to a local restaurant, two movie tickets and 
a Gold medal. Once we have the gift cards, we will upload them to our website and Facebook page.

2nd Place:  Each member will receive a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card and a Silver medal.

3rd Place:  Each member will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card and a Bronze medal.

If you want to do your own thing and bowl individually, that’s cool too, because we have prizes for you as well! The top two bowlers, in each category, with the highest two game series will receive:

Ages 10 and under — Bundle of age appropriate games

Ages 11 to 17—  $25 iTunes gift card and a Gold Medal

Ages 18 and up— An Amazon 7”, Kindle Fire and a Gold medal

Lastly, we have the giveaways, gift baskets, and raffles: In order to participate with the gift baskets and 50/50 raffle, you must purchase tickets, and they will be drawn randomly throughout the event. Tickets are on sale right now! Ticket packet prices are as follows: 

1 for $1, 6 for $5, 12 for $10 or 26 for $20.


Click here to see our Raffle Gift Baskets!


Tickets for these raffles can be purchased through any staff member either in our office, and of course, during the event. Tickets will be drawn at 3:00pm and you do not need to be present to win. If either of these methods doesn’t work, give us a call – we can accommodate!

Disclaimer: For any of the baskets that have alcohol in them, only 21+ may place tickets for the basket, and only 21+ take the basket. We will ID for any basket with alcohol.

For our 20-minute giveaway, every bowler that registers and pays will receive a ticket to our special giveaway raffle. Tickets will be available at the event for purchase for bowlers. Ticket pricing will follow the same pricing as listed above. We will draw a ticket every 20 minutes and you will have a chance to win a variety of prizes, such as; a hovering soccer ball, a sweatshirt, local maple syrup, local chocolates, gift cards for local businesses and many other wonderful prizes!

For the 50/50 giveaway, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but if you have questions, shoot us an email or give us a call!

The entire staff of NCCI would like to thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

Make A Year-End Donation to the NCCI Homecoming Fund

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As 2017 draws to a close, it's a good time to make charitable donations. We hope you will consider contributing to the NCCI Homecoming Fund. This online GoFundMe campaign is an opportunity to make a valuable local, small-scale donation that helps disabled people get out of nursing homes and hospitals, and make a smooth transition into their own homes.

Click here to give to the NCCI Homecoming Fund at GoFundMe.com.

The NCCI Homecoming Fund helps pay for:

• Kitchen supplies
• Bed and bathroom supplies
• Furniture
• Adaptive equipment
• Startup groceries

It also helps us pay for storage space for these purchased supplies and donated items that we can then give to people with disabilities making what can be a difficult, but exciting move back to independence in our community.

Help us out! It doesn't take a large donation to make a big difference. And whether you give or not, please share this with friends and family who might be interested.

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday logo, including a heart-shaped letter VTuesday, November 28th is GivingTuesday. It’s a growing annual tradition that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is dedicated to making online charitable donations.

This is a great time to give to NCCI’s Homecoming Fund, which helps people with disabilities make a smooth transition from hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions into their own homes. Click the link below to see more details and contribute to the fund through GoFundMe:

Click here to give to NCCI’s Homecoming Fund


By the way, it helps a lot if you can share your donation through your Facebook or Twitter accounts.  It’s easy to do right from the GoFundMe page.

Action Alert: Fully Fund Access To Home

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Call Governor Cuomo today to ensure $10 million in funding for Access to Home
is included in the New York State budget!

Inaccessible housing is one of the biggest barriers for people seeking to live in the community. Unfortunately, our existing home modification program, Access To Home, has been severely underfunded at a mere $1 million for the past several years. This has left many parts of the state unserved, and has resulted in years long waiting lists. The Governor has also vetoed the Visitability Tax Credit three times, which would have provided a tax credit to help people afford to retrofit their homes. The Governor needs to hear from the disability community that he can't keep ignoring the need for home modifications!

Further, as the State invests in programs such as Open Doors and the Olmstead Housing subsidy, which are designed to help people leave institutions or prevent unwanted and unnecessary institutionalization, it needs to provide funding for home modifications to enhance these efforts.

NYAIL is urging Governor Cuomo to include $10 million in funding for Access To Home, to help homeowners and renters alike get the home modifications they need to live in the community.

All centers hear from people who need accessible housing. We need you to identify those people and work with them to contact Governor Cuomo and their local legislators.

ACTION:


Background:

Access to Home is an important program administered by NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) that provides funding for home modifications to allow people with disabilities and older New Yorkers to stay in their homes and out of costly institutions. For many people, the addition of a ramp to their front door makes the difference between being able to leave the house and being homebound. The Independent Living community advocated vigorously for the State to create Access to Home to help alleviate the housing crisis for people with disabilities in New York by assisting low and middle-income individuals and families to make home modifications. Yet, Access to Home was cut by 75% several years ago under this administration. Ever since, Access to Home has been funded at a mere $1 million statewide, leaving many parts of the state without the program and resulting in years long waiting lists. While the State did allocate $19.6 million over three years to the program in the 2015-16 SFY from the J.P. Morgan settlement funds, those funds were limited to veterans with disabilities. This meant that the vast majority of low income families who needed home modifications to remain at home, couldn't access them, despite the increase in funding to a similar program.


Further, in his most recent veto message for the Visitability Tax Credit bill, Governor Cuomo cites Access To Home as the way the state supports people who need home modifications. However, unless you are a veteran, you likely can't get assistance in a timely manner from Access To Home. Access to Home requires significantly more funding to come close to meeting the need of people in this state to modify their home to make them accessible.

This Action Alert is issued by the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL).

NYAIL Action Alert - Call for an ILC Funding Increase

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Urgent Action Alert!
Call today to ensure the $1M IL funding increase is included in the final budget.
Thanks to all your hard work, the legislature included a $1 million increase for ILCs across the State in their one house budget proposals. Today, the Senate, Assembly, and the Governor are now finalizing budget negotiations and we are running out of time to make sure that ILCs receive the $1 million increase! We are hearing there is a disagreement on the amount of education aid they will provide – the part of the budget that funds Independent Living Centers. Call today to make sure our modest increase is included!

ACTION:


Make three calls today!
  • Call Governor Cuomo today at 518-474-8390 and urge him to support the $1 million increase to Independent Living Centers as proposed by the Senate and Assembly.
Rather than leaving a message, press # 2 to ask to speak to an assistant. You will be asked to give your name and your zip code. 
  • Call the two Co-Chairs of the Budget Education committee and urge them to include the $1 million increase to the network of Independent Living Centers in the final Budget.
Catherine Nolan, Co-Chair #518-455-4851.
Carl L. Marcelino, Co-Chair #518-455-2390.

Background:


ILCs provide critical services to people with disabilities all designed to assist them in navigating the ever-changing service system in order to live independent, fully integrated lives in the community. As the State continues to redesign health care in ways that are intended to increase quality and decrease costs, ILCs play a crucial role. ILCs provide a wide range of services based on the local needs, all of which are aimed at addressing the social determinants of health: education, employment, housing, social skills.

ILCs have been woefully underfunded for the past twelve years while the cost of doing business has increased dramatically, creating a crisis for centers and the people with disabilities they serve.  In 2015/2016, the state’s network of ILCs served 103,573 people with disabilities, family members and others; an increase of more than 20,000 in just five years. This demonstrates the pressing need for IL services in communities, and the number served would likely be higher had the IL funding kept up with the capacity needs of centers.

Furthermore, investing in ILCs saves the State money. Data from the New York State Education Department, ACCES-VR, show that the work of ILCs to transition and divert people with disabilities from costly institutional placements saved the State more than $2.3 billion since 2001 as a result of avoided institutional care. ILC transition and diversion activities save the State more than $9 in institutionalization costs for every state dollar invested in ILCs.


Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/o6yavukRE83Tdgh1ZelbVw 

NYAIL Action Alert - Independent Living Center Funding

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Urge Governor Cuomo to support the $1 million funding increase to Independent Living Centers as proposed by both the Senate and Assembly in final budget negotiations!

Thanks to all your hard work, the legislature included a $1 million increase for ILCs across the State in their one house budget proposals. While this is not the $5 million requested by the Board of Regents, it is a good start in addressing the funding crisis for ILCs. The Senate, Assembly, and the Governor are now negotiating a final budget proposal, which is set to be passed by April 1st. We are running out of time to make sure that ILCs receive the $1 million increase! Call Governor Cuomo today and urge him to support including the increase in final budget negotiations!

ACTION:

Call Governor Cuomo today at 518-474-8390 and urge him to support the $1 million increase to Independent Living Centers as proposed by the Senate and Assembly.

Rather than leaving a message, press #3 to ask to speak to an assistant. You will be asked to give your name and your zip code.

Background:

ILCs provide critical services to people with disabilities all designed to assist them in navigating the ever-changing service system in order to live independent, fully integrated lives in the community. As the State continues to redesign health care in ways that are intended to increase quality and decrease costs, ILCs play a crucial role. ILCs provide a wide range of services based on the local needs, all of which are aimed at addressing the social determinants of health: education, employment, housing, social skills.

ILCs have been woefully underfunded for the past twelve years while the cost of doing business has increased dramatically, creating a crisis for centers and the people with disabilities they serve.  In 2015/2016, the state's network of ILCs served 103,573 people with disabilities, family members and others; an increase of more than 20,000 in just five years. This demonstrates the pressing need for IL services in communities, and the number served would likely be higher had the IL funding kept up with the capacity needs of centers.

Furthermore, investing in ILCs saves the State money. Data from the New York State Education Department, ACCES-VR, show that the work of ILCs to transition and divert people with disabilities from costly institutional placements saved the State more than $2.3 billion since 2001 as a result of avoided institutional care. ILC transition and diversion activities save the State more than $9 in institutionalization costs for every state dollar invested in ILCs.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/lOeCIoa5fwiaOgub4jOh9g