Liz’s Story – Direct Support Professional

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“It’s all about consistency. I’ve been at this house for seven years. There are two other AccessCNY houses closer to my house, but I know these guys. That’s so important. We’ve built a relationship, and genuinely care about each other. That makes such a huge difference in their lives, and my work.” – Liz, AccessCNY […]

Doug and Leesa

Friday, December 30, 2016

This is the story of Doug and Leesa, that we shared with many people on Giving Tuesday. Doug had a stroke in 2011, and has come a long way since then. He and Leesa tell their story and talk about why they love AccessCNY and it’s Clinic Services.

Patty’s Story – Supported Education

Thursday, October 27, 2016

“AccessCNY gave me the support I needed to keep going.” Patty Melone was struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder when she was referred to AccessCNY’s Supported Education program by her therapist. Soon after, she enrolled at OCM BOCES, an adult education program, where she started work in a medical billing program. Before she could […]

Tara’s Story – Supported Employment

Thursday, October 20, 2016

After the Disability Mentoring Day opening breakfast, Tara had a job shadow with a local business that focuses on children’s entertainment and activities. Why? “I like working with kids. That’s something I would like to do. I think I am going to apply for a job there now.” In the short term, she wants to […]

Kenny’s Story – Supported Employment

Thursday, October 20, 2016

“I really want to find work so I can help my mom pay the mortgage.” This is Kenny, who receives services from AccessCNY’s Supported Employment program, and Jimmy, who works with him. Kenny is 20, and recently got his high school diploma equivalent. Now, he is looking for work after having a rough time in […]

AccessCNY Highlights Wage Struggle for Direct Care Staff

Monday, October 17, 2016

Last week, AccessCNY and Arc of Onondaga partnered to draw attention to a key issue in our community. Wages for direct support professionals (DSPs) for persons with disabilities have not gone up significantly in eight years. This has resulted in 10% of those positions statewide going unfilled and a 25% turnover rate. This not only hurts […]

AccessCNY Celebrates Direct Service Professionals Appreciation Week

Friday, September 16, 2016

All this week, AccessCNY has been honoring staff who directly serve program participants as part of Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week. These stories have been shared to highlight the exceptional work of AccessCNY staff, and what they mean to the people they serve. You can find these stories below, and follow us on Facebook for […]

Joslyn Takes Helm As AccessCNY Executive Director

Friday, August 12, 2016

Paul Joslyn has been named the new Executive Director of AccessCNY. Joslyn takes the reigns of the Central New York non-profit with the upcoming retirement of current Executive Director Prudence York. Joslyn began his time with the agency on August 11. He and York will share leadership duties until her departure on August 31. Prior […]

AccessCNY Raises $100,000 in Summer of Giving and Awareness

Thursday, August 4, 2016

This summer, AccessCNY has featured two major fundraising events – the AccessCNY Annual Golf Classic, and Anything That Rolls. At this years golf tournament, the business community of Central New York gathered to raise nearly $55,000. “The tournament was a big success,” noted Matt Seubert, Associate Executive Director of Development and Communication. “Not only did […]

World CP Day

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a developmental disability that affects approximately 17 million people worldwide. It is caused by a disruption in brain development and results in challenges to a person’s balance, posture, and muscle use. There are different types of CP and people with CP have different symptoms. Some people have physical difficulties, some have […]