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The Spring Gala is on April 25!

Wildwood's Annual Spring Gala is coming up on Friday, April 25th. The Gala will be held at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs from 7p-11p. This event, attended by over 400 people is a wonderful mixture of staff, families, and friends from the community. General admission tickets are $125 per person. You can purchase tickets through the Foundation office or, new this year, through our gala website.

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Spring Education and Training

Wildwood Programs Presents

Planning For The Future: Three Workshops for Families and Professionals



Presenter: Ed Wilcenski, Esq.

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Many individuals with disabilities will never be fully capable of making independent personal and financial decisions.  This presentation will focus on the different ways in which parents and other family members can ensure that there will always be a legally empowered advocate to make decisions on behalf of a loved one with a disability.


Presenters: Danielle Mazza, Director of Medicaid Service Coordination, Wildwood Programs & John Dutcher, Benefits Advisement Specialist, Capital District Center for Independence, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

What are the differences between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and when and how does one apply for these financial benefits? Is your child eligible for Medicaid – what type? Join Danielle and John as they provide an overview of these benefits and the eligibility criteria.



Presenter: Ed Wilcenski, Esq .

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Many individuals with disabilities are unable to make good financial decisions.  Moreover, many will rely on means tested government benefit programs to support themselves in the community.   When preparing their estate plans, parents should strive to accomplish two objectives on behalf of a family member with a disability:  reliable financial management and continuing eligibility for government benefit programs. This presentation will review the essential components of a Special Needs Estate Plan, and will include an explanation of the different types of Special Needs Trusts used in this type of planning.

Ed Wilcenski is an attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of guardianship, trusts, and estate planning for individuals with disabilities and their families.  He is a Trustee of the Wildwood Pooled Third Party Supplemental Needs Trust, and the brother of a Wildwood consumer.


2014 Front Door Orientations For Self-Advocates, Families and Professionals

OPWDD Front Door Orientation

Representatives from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will identify the necessary steps for individuals, and their families, seeking services and supports funded by OPWDD. Participants will hear about the process of eligibility and the various types of service options including self directed services.


Please choose from one of the following dates:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 9:30am-11:30am




Presenters: Margo Singer M.P.A., FASD State Coordinator, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services, and Diane O’Connor, Mom to 9 children and 6 with an FASD

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:30am-12noon

FASD refers to the wide range of physical, cognitive, and behavioral birth defects caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. This training session will provide an overview of FASD, including effects of prenatal alcohol exposure across the lifespan, diagnosis of FAS, strategies for prevention of secondary disabilities, and resources for both professionals and caregivers.


Presenter: Jacquelyn Donahoe, MS OT

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:30am-12noon

This presentation is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the basics of the sensory system, what sensory dysfunction is and how it impacts life long learning and coping skills. Also presented will be types of sensory issues and their impact on behavior. This is part 1 of a 2 part series on sensory diets and strategies for assisting individuals with sensory dysfunction. Please bring OT information with you if it addresses sensory issues. We will not have time to discuss specific individuals, but it will assist you in putting together a person’s profile. There will be time for questions and answers.




Presenters: Marianne Simon, PsyD, and Kim Sumner, M. A.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 9:30am-11: 30am

Marianne Simon, Wildwood Programs Psychologist, and Kim Sumner, Wildwood Programs In Home Behavior Support Specialist, will discuss how children and adults with autism spectrum disorders often experience restrictive, ritualistic, and/or perseverative behaviors that significantly impact their functioning at home, school, and the community. Frequently it is difficult to differentiate whether these symptoms represent a core feature of autism spectrum disorders or whether they constitute a co morbid anxiety disorder. This workshop will examine the prevalence of anxiety in both children and adults with autism. Symptom overlap between autism spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders will be explored, as well as a discussion of strategies/interventions that families or providers could utilize to address such issues.





Presenters: Kari VanDenburgh, RN BSN, and Nancy Cummings, MBA

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:15am-11:30am

Kari VanDenburgh, Director of Nursing at Wildwood Programs, and Nancy Cummings, Program Director Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Albany Medical Center, will present an educational workshop on aging, dementia, and developmental disabilities. This program will provide an overview of the aging process and related health conditions experienced by persons with developmental disabilities. The event is designed to provide helpful information to families, direct support professionals, clinicians, program staff, and administrators concerned about adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Participants will gain practical information on therapeutic activities, memory aids and environmental modifications as well as guidelines for communication and strategies to manage aggressive behaviors.




  • Where: Wildwood Programs Latham Office, 1190 Troy-Schenectady Rd., Latham, NY 12110
  • Registration is Limited: Call 518-640-3300 within 1 week of program to register
  • Questions: Marie Awn Floyd, 518-640-3346 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • There is no charge for attendance
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