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Upcoming Workshops – October and November 2017

October Workshop – Mid Hudson Special Education Task Force

The Mid Hudson Special Education Task Force is sponsoring a workshop in October for both parents and school personnel. It is entitled “Supporting Positive Sexual Health for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities.” It will be held on October 26th from 6:30-8:30pm at New Paltz High School. Those interested should pre-register. You can view the flyer by going to the link below:

Sexual Health for Youth with IDD Workshop flyer

For more information or to register, contact Dorothy Richards, Special Education Advocate, at 845-331-0541, ext. 18.

November Workshop

There will be a workshop at RCAL entitled “The Scoop on Evaluations and Students with Disabilities.” It will be given by School Psychologist Brian Wonderlich from 5:30 – 7:00pm. If you would like to sign up please contact Dorothy Richards, Special Education Advocate, at 845-331-0541, ext. 18. You can view the flyer by going to the link below:

Evaluations Workshop flyer

An LGBTQ Support and Discussion Group is open to persons with disabilities in the LGBTQ community every second Tuesday of the month beginning on November 14th from 5:30-7:30pm. The place is Taconic Resources for Independence in Poughkeepsie. You can view the flyer below.
LGBTQ Support and Discussion Group flyer.

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops Fall 2017

Fall is a busy time, with many workshops covering topics of interest to adults and families. In addition to tomorrow’s Falls Prevention Lunch & Learn and Thursday’s CSE Education Rights Workshop, The Center for Spectrum Services is hosting a few Parenting Workshops in September and October. You can view information about these workshops on our Calendar, as well. If you haven’t registered for these events, please contact the relevant agency to see if there are still slots available.

Mental Health Association (MHA) is continuing to hold their “Building Blocks to An Independent Life” Series, which ends on November 6th.

Please note that we are not responsible for any cancellations that may occur for workshops that are held outside of RCAL. You must call and register if you are interested in attending. We will notify residents of any workshops of that may be of interest as information becomes available.

RCAL Participates in Omega Institute’s Service Week for Nonprofits

May 22, 2014


Staff will gather at the Omega Institute for a two-day and two-night retreat

Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc. (RCAL) will be closed on Monday, May 26 through Wednesday, May 28 while the staff members are on a retreat at Omega Institute in
Rhinebeck, NY.

For the first time, RCAL staff will participate in the Omega Institute’s 10th annual Service Week. Omega Service Week brings nonprofit organizations together with their staff, and provides a New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) consultant, to allow focus on organizational opportunities and goals, as well as strategic planning and networking.

RCAL has chosen to focus their time at Omega Institute on managing change.

“Change is not only something that happens within our organization,” said Sue Hoger, chief executive officer of RCAL. “Change occurs within the networks and systems we work in; it happens within the lives of our consumers. Our staff needs to know the best ways to utilize change and how make the best of these inevitable changes. That is what we intend to take from this retreat.”

Back in January, RCAL was invited to apply to Omega Institute’s Service Week; altogether 33 nonprofit organizations were accepted and will arrive at Omega during the week of May 26 through May 30.

The Dyson Foundation provided in-part funding for RCAL to attend this three-day educational retreat and covered all cost for a NYCON consultant.

About RCAL
Our Mission is to assist people with disabilities to open the doors of opportunity and independence in the Ulster County region through self-determination by creating disability understanding and awareness, and access community-wide.


Omega Service Week Retreat

Focus Group for Parents of Children with Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is holding a focus group for the parents of children with Epilepsy. The purpose of the focus group is to use the knowledge and insight of these parents to design a program to improve services and coordination of care for children and youth with Epilepsy. See the letter and flyer below for more information.


Epilepsy Letter


Epilepsy Flyer


The Parent Focus Group will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at RCAL. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Please register before April 11 by contacting Francesca Sommer at (518) 456-7501 or FSommer@epilepsyneny.org