ARC of Oswego County Offers Help on Transitioning to Adult Services


Submitted by the ARC of Oswego County

ARC of Oswego County recently hosted a free, county-wide workshop on Transitioning to Adult Services, for parents, teachers, and caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities or other special needs.


Gary McIlvain, coordinator of Oswego Industries, Inc.’s Career Employment Services division, offered information and insight on many topics, such as the different types of diplomas that might be received on completion of high school; how to encourage a person with a developmental disability to pursue their career dreams while still helping to ground those dreams in reality; and the challenge of adult transportation, and the pros and cons of receiving a driver’s license.

McIlvain has served as a VESID counselor in the Syracuse area; as a private consultant for the Social Security Administration, advising judges and lawyers involved in disability determination and the appeal process for SSDI and SSI; and as the chairperson for the Oswego County Transition Task Force. He holds graduate degrees in both Health Care Administration and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, and currently serves as the chairperson of the New York State Rehabilitation Association’s committee on community employment services.

ARC of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to children and seniors with disabilities since 1955.