This fall, Wildwood is offering workshops for parents, families and professionals in many different interesting areas. There will be workshops on Supported Decision Making-New York, Parenting through Challenging Behaviors, Employment Services 101: What You Need to Know to Get Started and The Transitional Spectrum for Children. There is also a series of workshops on Planning for the Future that are being offered this fall. All workshops will be held at Wildwood in the Latham location and must be registered for to attend. For more information click the button below.
Learn about Supported Decision-Making New York (SDMNY)
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10 am - 12 pm, Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by: MaryBeth Schneider, Director of Special Projects and Initiatives at New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation
Supported Decision-Making New York for persons with I/DD can enhance autonomy and wellbeing, allow them to keep their legal rights, and promote self-determination and inclusion. MaryBeth Schneider will discuss New York’s pilot project and the phases of the supported decision-making process with adults with I/DD.
Parenting through Challenging Behaviors
Friday, November 8, 2019 10 am - 12 pm Latham Conference Rooms B & C
Presented by: Ingrid Martinez, LMSW, Behavior Intervention Specialist at Wildwood and Brittany Galipeau, Behavior Intervention Specialist at Wildwood
This training will focus on how to approach challenging behaviors in a proactive way. Attendees will be provided with a description of behaviors, either challenging or not, and an understanding between positive and negative reinforcements. In addition, they'll also take home strategies to better manage loved one's behaviors. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice these strategies in role playing scenarios during training prior to utilizing them at home.
Employment Services 101: What You Need to Know to Get Started
Thursday, November 14, 2019 10 am - 12 pm Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by: Paula Martelle, Director of Employment Services at Wildwood and Jennifer DeCosmo, Associate Director of Employment Services at Wildwood
Do you want to learn more about employment services for adults with disabilities? Please join us to discuss the different services offered by both OPWDD and ACCES-VR. You will learn how to apply to these services, the requirements needed, and the types of services available. Learn how these services can help you or your family member find employment.
The Transitional Spectrum for Children
Thursday, November 21, 2019 10 am - 12 pm Latham Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by: John Clausson, Coordinator for Transition Readiness Dept. at Wildwood
During this workshop you will be provided with a general overview of service transition throughout school, options after graduation, the current state of OPWDD and what you
can be doing NOW to prepare your son or daughter for their life after graduation. It is NEVER too early to gather information and learn about these services. Parents and guardians of children in all age ranges are encouraged to attend.
Guardianship and the Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities
Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Latham Building 1, Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by Ed Wilcenski, Esq.
Some individuals with disabilities will never be fully capable of making independent personal and financial decisions. This presentation will focus on the different ways in which parents and other family members can ensure that there will always be a legally empowered advocate to make decisions on behalf of a loved one with a disability.
An Overview of the Medicaid and Social Security Systems for Families
Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Latham Building 1, Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by Roger Walkup, Health Insurance Enrollment Manager and James Swanson, Director of Advocacy and Transitions from Southern Adirondack Independent Living
This presentation will provide an overview of the Medicaid and Social Security systems for families. The presenters will share options and insights which might be beneficial for families of those with disabilities.
Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning for the Special Needs Family
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Latham Building 1, Conference Rooms A & B
Presented by Ed Wilcenski, Esq.
Some individuals with disabilities are unable to make good financial decisions. Moreover, many will rely on means tested government benefit programs to support themselves in the community. When preparing their estate plans, parents should strive to accomplish two objectives on behalf of a family member with a disability: reliable financial management and continuing eligibility for government benefit programs. This presentation will review the essential components of a Special Needs Estate Plan, and will include an explanation of the different types of Special Needs Trusts used in this type of planning.
Ed Wilcenski is an attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of guardianship, trusts, and estate planning for individuals with disabilities and their families. He is a Trustee of the Wildwood Pooled Third Party Supplemental Needs Trust, and the brother of a person receiving services from Wildwood.
All workshops will take place at:
Wildwood Programs -1190 Troy-Schenectady Rd. Building 1 Latham, NY 12110. The trainings will be held in Conference Rooms A, B & C. Light refreshments will be served. You must call to register - 518.640.3300. (For questions only, please contact Michelle Singh 518.640.3350)