Friday, January 13, 2017

Self Advocates and Relationships/Sexuality

If you know any people with developmental disabilities who live in certified sites who have an issue with their sexual consent or restrictions to their sexual expression, we are interested in connecting with them. Since this is such a sensitive issue, please connect with me and I can give you or them more information.

Sophia Roberts
Self Advocacy Association of NYS
Supervising Coordinator
SANYS Management Team

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

National Civil Rights Speaker Dorothy Counts Scoggins arrives in Buffalo Jan. 17-20

It is with great anticipation that the NFJC announces as a partner for the upcoming MLK community program in Niagara Falls, NY that we will have a national treasure, Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Counts Scoggins as our guest in WNY Jan. 17th-20th.

The following is a very powerful clip that provides background and history on who Ms. Counts-Scoggins is and her moving story:

She will arrive in Buffalo on Tues., Jan. 17th and after a brief stop will be greeted by period re-enactors "Sally and Josiah Tryon" at the Freedom Monument in Lewiston NY. She will learn of the connection to our local underground region as she visits Niagara Falls.

On Wed. Jan. 18th, Ms. Counts-Scoggins will speak to two Niagara Falls elementary schools about her experiences being bullied and coming to reconciliation with the very tormentors of her past. She will then tour the very rich, historic Michigan St. corridor by visiting the Nash House at 1:30 PM, followed by the Michigan St. Baptist church and then the Colored Musicians club at 3:15 pm. We also anticipate a meet and greet by Mayor Brown at City Hall.

Thursday, Jan 19th, Ms. Counts-Scoggins will speak to students at the Niagara Falls HS at1PM prior to the culmination of her speech to the community at the annual MLK event at 6:00 PM in the Niagara Falls HS Performing Arts Center.

What a wonderful honor it is to have her visit our city, share her story, and learn about our rich history. If you are interested in interviewing her, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to provide further details and make the connections happens.

Thank you,

Rene Petties-Jones
Community Engagement/Development Director
NFJC of WNY, Inc.
360 Delaware Avenue Suite 106
Buffalo, New York 14202
Tel. (716) 853-9596 ext.120 Fax (716) 852-0046

Friday, November 4, 2016

Spread the Word to End the Word Planning Meeting Coming Up!

Have you attended Disability History or Spread the Word events in the past and thought to yourself, "Self? I have an idea to help make this event even better" or "Self? I'd really like to help out with this event, I wonder how I can?"

Here's your answer and opportunity to become a part of something really meaningful.

The first planning meeting for the 2017 Spread the Word to End the Word event will take place on Wednesday, November 16th at 12:30pm at 2635 Delaware Ave, at People Inc's Arts Experience. It's right across Delaware from Anderson's, on a bus route and completely accessible. Everyone has talents and we're hoping you might be willing to lend some of yours to this worthwhile event.

Email Rich Marino at for more information of just show up.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Call for Nominations: DDAWNY Board of Directors


The position for self advocate representative on the DDAWNY Board is up for election. Please share with anyone who would be good at and interested in this position- it involves representing self advocates from the across the area at board meetings that happen in various parts of the region. Often, if the location is not on a bus route, we may be able to help you find transportation. We would also hope that the person would attend a few regional self advocacy meetings throughout the year to get input from others in the region. This is a great position for someone who is passionate about self advocacy and quality services from DD agencies.

Perhaps YOU could be the next DDAWNY self advocate representative! Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sophia Roberts
Self Advocacy Association of NYS
Supervising Coordinator
SANYS Management Team
Cell: (716) 560-9307

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.