Advocacy & Education

You should have a voice. You should have the opportunity to express your thoughts, concerns and feelings on issues that matter to you. You should also have the opportunity to meet others who are like minded and rally in that camaraderie. Our advocacy groups provide opportunities to do just that. These groups meet regularly and always welcome new members.

 

Renegades

Renegades is an advocacy group for adults who are affected by an intellectual or developmental disability, and is a local branch of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). The Renegades meet on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are held at our administrative office, located at 471 Albany Avenue in Kingston. Please contact Cathy Krom, Corporate Compliance Officer and Renegades Adviser, at (845) 331-4300 ext. 286 for more information.

 

Catskill Cats

Catskill Cats is an advocacy group for adults who are affected by an intellectual or developmental disability, and is a local branch of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). The Catskill Cats meet at the Catskill Office, located at 311 West Bridge Street in Catskill.   To find out when the Catskill Cats are meeting, contact the Catskill Office at (518) 943-9592.

 

Guilds of Awesomeness

The Guilds of Awesomeness are social groups for young people who are affected by Autism. This is a Sr. group for young adults aged 14-21 and a Jr. group for youngsters aged 9-13.  The Guild of Awesomeness Sr. meets the fourth Thursday of every month (excluding November and December), while the Guild of Awesomeness Jr. meeting the second Thursday of every month (excluding November and December) from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at our administrative offices located at 471 Albany Avenue in Kingston.  Both groups provide an opportunity for people on the spectrum to hang out, recreate and build new friendships. Parents or guardians must accompany their loved one and remain present while they get together. This allows for families to meet other families and network.  The Guilds of Awesomeness are funded in part by the Autism Society of the Hudson Valley.

 

Family Collaborative

The Family Collaborative is a group for young adults (ages 16-25) with an intellectual or developmental disability and their family members. While young people participate in supervised activities, parents have the chance to talk with other parents  At meetings, guest speakers may be brought in to speak on topics such as Special Olympics, service options or educational planning. Other times, activities are offered and have included music therapy and crafting. The Family Collaborative meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. All meetings are held at our administrative offices, located at 471 Albany Avenue in Kingston. This group receives funding from United Way of Ulster County. If you are interested in learning more about the Family Collaborative, please contact Laurie Gallagher, Rehab Manager, at (845) 331-4300 ext. 218.