#TakeTheMaskOff Campaign Created to Encourage Autistics to ‘Unmask’

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Most everyone knows what it’s like to adapt to a social situation or change your behavior slightly to make a good first impression. Sometimes, this leads to what many in the autism community call “masking.” No matter if you’re neurodiverse or neurotypical, most of us have tweaked our personality in certain situations to “fit in,” especially if we feel vulnerable or self-conscious.

Kieran Rose, who runs the blog The Autistic Advocate, and Hannah Molesworth, who runs Do I Look Autistic Yet?, wanted to address “masking” as it relates to the autism community. They created the hashtag #TakeTheMaskOff to raise awareness about the impact of masking and to help autistics feel more confident. They also hope to raise awareness so non-autistic people can create an environment that allows people on the spectrum to be themselves. 

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Thursday, July 26th – Disability Awareness Day

Thursday, July 26th marked the 28th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In recognizing this important event, Rockland County, the Rockland County Legislature and the Town of Clarkstown issued proclamations making that day Disability Awareness Day.  Thank you to County Executive Ed Day, Chairman of the Legislature Toney L. Earl, and Town Supervisor George Hoehmann for their continued support.

Click on the links below to view the proclamations:

Rockland County proclamation
Rockland County Legislature proclamation
Town of Clarkstown proclamation

NYSILC 2018 Consumer Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

NYSILC 2018 Consumer Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is conducting a statewide survey for people with disabilities in New York State. Survey results will help prioritize services supporting continued or expanded Independent Living locally, regionally, and statewide. They need your input!

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below. All responses will be kept completely confidential and only the aggregated data will be reported.

Click here to take the NYSILC survey…

To further encourage you to reply, they will enter you in a drawing for a $50 gift card (only if you “opt-in”). Otherwise, you won’t need to enter any identifying information.

Please complete the survey by our June 25, 2018 deadline.  If you have difficulty navigating in Survey Monkey, click on the Word version of the survey, mark up and save your responses, and email them back to bradw@nysilc.org. You can also contact the council at (518) 427-1060 if you need someone to assist you in the facilitation of the survey over the phone.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

Legal Consultation Days Schedule for 2018

The Rockland Office for New Americans Has Legal Consultation Days Schedule for 2018.

Legal Consultation Days:

June 13, 2018 –New City Library, New City NY
July 11, 2018 63 New Main Street, Haverstraw, NY
August 8, 2018 – Suffern Library—Suffern, NY
Septmber 12, 2018 –Haverstraw King’s Daughters Library –Garnerville NY
October 10, 2018–Haverstraw Center –Haverstraw, NY
November 14,2018  — To Be Determined

By Appointment Only – For more information call: 845 826-5022