Resilient CNY and Parent University Support Families and Students

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Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Join us for the free screening of this film Tuesday, November 13, 2018 5:30pm at Syracuse Stage. A panel of education, health, mental health, social services, law enforcement, and community leaders will discuss the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in their fields and what steps the Syracuse, NY community can take to address these issues.


The film screening is only the beginning. Each month during the school year, December to June, Resilient CNY is offering family engagement workshops and discussions through Syracuse City School District’s Parent University.

Why ACEs, Trauma, and Resilience? Adverse Childhood Experiences cause trauma that affects health and education. This trauma shows up as behavior in and out of the classroom. By using ACEs to identify and address sources of trauma we build resilient students and families leading to academic success.

Community Crafting Debut

Starting this November! We provide a fun relaxed environment for families living with autism and related conditions to explore their creativity together. Arts and crafts are a favorite pass time for many. We created this opportunity so families can share the fun together.

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The Women’s Information Center at 601 Allen St, Syracuse, NY 13210 are our hosts every second Saturday of the month starting November 10, 2018. Join us for the debut of our Community Crafting program from to 2:00pm-4:00pm. Let us know you’re coming so we can be ready!

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Compassion and integrity combat abuse and neglect

People with developmental disabilities are abused, neglected, and die at alarming rates in residential care. This is illustrated by WNYC reporter Audrey Quinn’s radio report that aired August 4, 2018, Trapped: Abuse and neglect in private care. Incidents such as these are why Sanchia.org values service delivered with compassion and integrity.

People with developmental disabilities deserve to be treated with respect and compassion in every circumstance. Staff tasked with caring for people with developmental disabilities deserve to be trained and supported at high ethical and professional standards in recognition of the value of their service. Families, individuals, and the staff who support them deserve a system that operates with integrity that is ever diligent in rooting out abuse, neglect, and holding perpetrators accountable.

The lives of vulnerable people housed in group homes and other residential settings are worth more than the government dollars attached to them. Their lives are worth the commitment to delivering service with compassion and integrity. At Sanchia.org we are committed to helping families and individuals understand their rights while advocating for systems that value compassion and integrity in delivering high quality service to people with developmental disabilities.

Autism and Mental Health Work Group

Had our first policy work group today discussing bringing families, individuals, and advocacy groups together to raise awareness of the needs of people who live with autism and mental health challenges. We'll be reaching out to more families and local advocacy groups in the coming months to create a unified focus on the needs of the dual diagnosed community.

Program Updates

I've been busy working to develop the business plan of the foundation to help guide fundraising efforts. New program and funding initiatives are listed on the Projects page of www.sanchia.org. I'll list them here as well. I'm excited for the great things we can do for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Please consider making a donation either  through the website or via the foundation's gofundme page.

 

Residential Youth Activities Fund

The Mohawk Hard-to-Place Unit of the Children’s Home in Schenectady, NY is the home for youth who have been in residential care for a significant part of their lives. This was Sanchia’s last work place. The Residential Youth Activities Fund will provide the funding  for onsite and community activities that give residents a fuller more rounded life experience.

 

Garrison House

Families and individuals with developmental disabilities are seeking independent living solutions for family members and themselves in increasing numbers. The service continuum after an individual reaches the age of 21, the age when school age serves end and adult services begin, is not sufficient to meet the housing needs for people with developmental disabilities. Garrison House is a hybrid program drawing on the resources of the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to create independent living solutions tailored to the needs of the individual. In doing so the program also creates housing solutions for students in related fields seeking real world experience and people in need of stable housing opportunities.

 

Autism and Mental Health Initiative

According to Data USA the clinician to patient ratio for mental health across all counties in New York state is 1 to 202. There are not enough health care providers to go around. Within that insufficient group of providers, the number who are equipped and willing to meet the needs of people with autism who also have mental health issues is smaller still. Families fight against barriers to access to find that the care that the need is only available hours away in another city or another state. The Autism and Mental Health Initiative is a coordinated effort with community partners to raise awareness of the mental health needs of people on the autism spectrum and create a movement that brings the necessary state, federal, and county resources to the Syracuse community.