ARC of Oswego County Offers Presentation on Transitioning from School to Adult Services

Gary McIlvain, coordinator of Career Employment Services in Fulton.
Gary McIlvain, coordinator of Career Employment Services in Fulton.

PHOENIX, NY – ARC of Oswego County will offer “Transitioning to Adult Services,” a presentation on assisting individuals with disabilities who are transitioning out of the school system and into adult services. The presentation, offered Friday, October 22, 2010 from 9:00am to 12:00noon at SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, will feature guest speaker Gary McIlvain, coordinator of Career Employment Services in Fulton. The training is free, but advance registration is preferred. To register, interested persons should call Cathy Rice at 598-3108 x248 by October 15.

Some of the topics to be covered in the presentation include how families and caregivers can be involved in the transition process; how to assist an individual in exploring the world outside of school, and choosing whether or not to work; eligibility issues for agency services; how income and benefits impact one another; available services and opportunities for adults with disabilities in the community; and accessing those services as well as transportation.

Gary McIlvain directs the Career Employment Services (CES) program for Oswego Industries, Inc., a community rehabilitation program. Prior to his work there, he served as a private consultant for the Social Security Administration, as an advisor for judges and lawyers involved in disability determination and the appeal process for SSDI and SSI. In addition, he worked as a VESID counselor in the Syracuse area for eight years. He has served as the chairperson for the Oswego County Transition Task Force and currently serves as the chairperson of the New York State Rehabilitation Association’s committee on community employment services. He holds graduate degrees in both Health Care Administration and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.

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. Services include Early Intervention and evaluation services for infants and toddlers, guardianship assistance, recreational and respite activities, senior day habilitation programs, and more. Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation. Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.