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Building Your Tribe

You don’t need me to tell you that when you are surrounded by positive, like-minded people, you just feel better.  You smile more.  You feel more productive and motivated.  You have a more positive outlook on life.  But how does this happen? How do we surround ourselves with these people?  Where do we find them?

Everyone, whether they are officially self-directing their services or not, need to have a Circle of Support or COS.  A COS is merely a group of people who you want in your life who can help with decision, advocate for you and be your cheerleader. Many times, COS members are friends, family and members of the community.

The question I am asked the most is “what if I don’t have a big circle of support”.  To that, I say “no problem”.  If you have a few people you are comfortable with, people who you trust and know they want the best for you, you are in good shape.

Many times, people are fearful to reach out and ask.  Do you go to the same diner for breakfast every Sunday after church?  My guess is, that someone at that diner or church knows you and is someone you are familiar with.  Think about what qualities that person could offer and how they would be able to support you.  If it’s something that aligns with your goals, ask them!  Ask them to be a larger part of your life and to help you accomplish your goals.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
1048 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
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Treating a potential stroke victim

by Karen Rowland

Strokes are largely treatable however, you must get help quickly!

Knowing the F.A.S.T. warning signs is essential to recovery.

If you spot:
(F) -Face Drooping
(A)- Arm weakness
(S)- Speech Difficulty
(T)- it’s Time to call 911
To learn more about the warning signs of stroke, visit


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World Autism Awareness Day

autism ribbonBy Seana and Karen

The tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day was April 2, 2017. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. At CCCS our Medicaid Service Coordinators work with many children and adults who have a diagnosis of Autism. Our MSC’s work hard every day to help make the lives of these individuals as independent as possible.

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ABLE Accounts Offer Brighter Futures for Individuals with Disabilities

By Olivia

A common fear among parents of individuals living with disabilities who are unable to work is how to provide for their children’s futures. Stephen Beck Jr.’s Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, or the ABLE Act, has offered a solution to the rigid Special Needs and Pooled Income Trusts that parents typically rely on. ABLE accounts provide individuals living with disabilities an opportunity to save money and resources (up to $100,000) while remaining eligible for public benefits such as SSI and SNAP. Removing the $2,000 resource limit allows individuals with disabilities to prosper financially while maintaining control over their funds. Account owners can allocate their ABLE funds to different investment opportunities and will have significant freedom over how they spend their money.

ABLE accounts are rapidly becoming available across the nation. New York State’s ABLE plan is still in the works, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, New York State residents can open accounts in Ohio, Nebraska, and Tennessee.

For additional information about eligibility and to compare ABLE account programs, visit

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