St. Lawrence NYSARC Hosts Innovations in Services Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Lawrence NYSARC, a private, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced the “Innovations in Services Conference” will be held from April 22-24 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid.

A dozen presentations will be available, focusing on three tracks: services, wellness, and unique recreation options for people with disabilities. Just a few of the highlights include: a welcoming address on "Warming Up the Workplace," given by Frank Pastisso, transitional services for young adults, sexual self-awareness, and martial arts for all abilities.

The full conference day is April 23rd and gives attendees a variety of additional training options such as: psychoeducational evaluations, horsemanship 101, Applied Behavior Analysis in the classroom, geocaching, using the arts for wellness, and accessible outdoor recreation.

On the 24th, the feature presentation will be given by Patrick Friman, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and the Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His talk, "Adolescence and Other Temporary Mental Disorders," focuses on the gap between primary medical care and referral-based clinical psychological care.

This conference is partially funded by a grant from the High Peaks Resort. The entire package, which includes: the presentations, a room for two nights, and most of the meals, is only $225! Registration ends on March 12, 2014, so contact us today to reserve a spot. To learn more about the conference and register online:, (315) 386-3529, or find us on Facebook.

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About St. Lawrence NYSARC:
St. Lawrence NYSARC exists as a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency’s mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities.

Michelle Quinell-Gayle
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations
St. Lawrence NYSARC

March 7, 2014