OSWEGO, NY – On September 12, ARC of Oswego County hosted a concert at West Linear Park. The band performing was Flame, a group of talented musicians from upstate New York who happen to have disabilities.
The band has been featured on “Good Morning America” as well as “The Today Show.”
Flame has traveled the world in order to spread their message and help change how the public perceives people with disabilities and increase the awareness and acceptance of all people.
“It was so nice to see people come out especially in this cool weather,” said Michael Szpak, executive director of Arc of Oswego County. “Events like these are a great way to support ability, awareness, and inclusion.”
This event also marked the end of the Arc of Oswego County Membership Drive.
“Among many changes to our programs and services that we provide to individuals with developmental disabilities, federal and state funding mechanisms are changing. Memberships help to sustain our programs and make them possible financially,” said Richard Rima, president of Arc of Oswego County. “This year, we finished with more than 300 members and raised close to $7,000 in needed funding.”
This event was funded through a recreational grant that was awarded from NYSARC Trusts Services. NYSARC, Inc., is America’s largest non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
In 1949, NYSARC, Inc., was formed by parents who were determined to change forever society’s traditional disregard for the needs of their children.
About Arc of Oswego County and Oswego Industries, Inc.
Arc of Oswego County and its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., are private, not-for-profit organizations. Their mission is to be a partner in the development of comprehensive community services designed to improve the quality of life for all people, with the primary emphasis on those with disabilities by providing the necessary support programs to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment. To date, the agencies have served more than 2,000 individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability in Oswego County. The agencies provide: parent advocacy/training service, Medicaid Services coordination, Senior Day Habilitation programs, Respite, Guardianship, Prevocational and Vocational services, Group Day Habilitation and Career Employment Services.
Visit www.arcofoswegocounty.org for more information about Arc of Oswego County and to find ways that you can help.
About NYSARC Trust Services
NYSARC Trust Services Board has approved a remainder fund grant of $10,000 per chapter to provide recreational opportunities for people they support. Last year Arc of Oswego County received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services and plans to use the funds in the same fashion this year. In addition, remainder fund grants totally $1,660,500 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide. A total of $2,207,880 in remainder grants were awarded in 2014 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits.
Information is available on how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you: visit www.nysarctrustservices.org, phone 1-518-439-8323, toll free phone 1-800-735-8924 or e-mail [email protected]