The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Mt. Morris, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, Milestones.

From a press release:

It was announced today that Kim Deming, a custodial worker at The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming (Mt. Morris), is one of 10 Western New Yorkers with disabilities -- among 58 statewide -- recognized as a 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer.

The annual people-centered awards celebrating exceptional job performance and personal growth are chosen by New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID) among those working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.

Now in its 14th year, the awards program honored nine other Western New Yorkers. They are:

  • Richard Warner, Allegany Arc (Wellsville), production/assembly worker;
  • Duane Baker, The Arc of Steuben (Bath), custodial;
  • Christopher Knapp, Lifetime Assistance Inc. (Rochester), document destruction
  • Phillip Murvine, Chautauqua County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The Resource Center (Jamestown), custodial
  • Samuel Muse, Cattaraugus County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The ReHabilitation Center (Olean), custodial
  • Mark Natalzia, Southeast Works Inc. (Depew), custodial
  • Justin Pack, CDS Monarch (Rochester), production/assembly
  • Christopher Schwartz, Heritage Centers/Allentown Industries (Buffalo), custodial
  • Tracy Williams, Wayne ARC (Newark), custodial
They will be among those honored during NYSID's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Saratoga Springs.
"We salute our 2017 award recipients as ambassadors of the wide-ranging abilities of New York State's workforce," said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. "NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities who look to Preferred Source opportunities to choose an employment direction. Our award recipients speak to the dedication and commitment displayed by these individuals through meaningful work."
NYSID is a not-for-profit business with a mission of "Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities." Established in 1975, NYSID contracts for employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually through New York's Preferred Source Program. NYSID's community rehabilitation member agencies and corporate partners are located throughout the state, providing jobs in the community and in production facilities. For more information, visit
Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm


Photo credit, Kristen Guyett


Photo credit, Lori Clark

Press release:

Nine men and women with disabilities from The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming are using photographic art to provide a better understanding of their perspectives and worldview, in a new exhibit this September at Livingston Arts Center.

“I never really took many photographs before this project,” said participant Miranda Snyder. “But I really enjoyed going out and capturing pictures of things that I like, like animals and flowers. I learned that you can take pictures at different angles. It helps people to see things the way that I see them. When people see the pictures that I took, we might find out that they like the same things that I do.”

Snyder and her peers from The Arc will present their photographs at the opening of an exhibit entitled “A Different Point of View,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Livingston Arts Center, 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. The exhibit will run throughout September and is open to the public.

Participants spent two days this summer capturing the sights and nuances of SUNY Geneseo, the Village of Geneseo, and Letchworth State Park. The aspiring photographers used adaptive equipment where needed to explore an art form that, for some, had not been physically accessible until the project.

They were supported by Arc staff, volunteers, and professional photographer Larry Tetamore, of Tetamore Photographic. The resulting photographs are inspirational, says project coordinator Mary Coniglio, of The Arc – a not-for-profit agency that provides services for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

“It gives the individuals an opportunity to show others what they think is beautiful and interesting,” Coniglio said. “They get to showcase their work and become more than just a person with disabilities. I love seeing the pride on their faces when people ‘ooh and ah’ over the beautiful photographs.”

The Different Point of View exhibit will include photographs by Snyder, Lori Clark, Billy Driscoll, John Feidner, Kristen Guyett, Melissa Mitchell, Juan Padilla, Casey VanZandt, and Joe Wright.

Artists are expected to be in attendance opening night to offer insight on their photographs and the project as a whole.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.


Photo credit, John Feidner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm
posted by Billie Owens in The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming.

This information came from a press release provided by New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID):

Today in Albany, New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID) hosted its third annual CREATE Symposium of technology inventions designed to increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of New Yorkers with disabilities.

Participants included The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Alfred College, which had representatives who demonstrated a Project Roller System – a device to help workers with developmental disabilities roll instruction packets.

The event took place in the Legislative Office Building at the state capitol.

CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) is an initiative sponsored by NYSID that gives university engineering students the opportunity to work closely with rehabilitation agencies to make a difference across NYS. Their inventions have the potential to create greater work opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities while providing applied engineering experience to students. Students and professors were on hand to showcase their creations and explain how they make workers more productive.


Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation which creates employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 121 community rehabilitation agencies and 42 corporate partners. Its offerings are approved by the NYS Office of General Services and include janitorial, document imaging, industrial laundry, office temps, and other services, as well as a wide range of products assembled, packaged and/or manufactured by people with disabilities.

For more information on NYSID, visit: For more information on CREATE, visit:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm


It can be said that an image is a window to the core of a person; it shows how that photographer sees the world.

On June 17 almost a dozen people with developmental disabilities were given an opportunity to photograph the world as they see it. The group spent two days at Letchworth State Park learning how to use the camera equipment and frame a shot. On Nov. 18, this band of artists will present their work at the The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming/VELCRO 100 Cameras Exhibit. The premiere will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Yard of Ale, 3226 Genesee Street, Piffard. 

"These aspiring photographers have varying degrees of disabilities," said Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Habilitation coordinator Mary Coniglio. "Through the 100 Cameras Project, they are able to explore an art form that for many, up until this project, has not been physically or monetarily accessible."

The 100 Cameras Project was founded by Courtney Bent following the success of her 2009 documentary film “Shooting Beauty.” The film chronicles the creation of her experimental photography program at United Cerebral Palsy in Watertown, Maine. 

Bent was on assignment to photograph those with developmental disabilities. Yet, when she looked at her resulting photos, she noticed her subjects often looked blank or far away. This was not how she saw the group at all.

“When I was with the group; they were funny and animated and full of life,” Bent said. “It made me wonder what the world looked like in their eyes.”

According to the Shooting Beauty Web site:

The goal of the project is to not only empower and build confidence in the new photographers, but to stand as an example of the potential of art to heal, to inspire, and to prove to all of us that no matter what our ability levels or differences are, we have more in common than what meets the eye.

The 100 Cameras Project is underwritten nationally by VELCRO Brand. Local costs were covered by The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Foundation. The local initiative is expected to continue in 2016 through a grant from Livingston Arts. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Highlights will include a silent auction and light hors d'oeuvres. To attend, RSVP to Mary Coniglio at (585) 755-6840 or

See related: The 100 Cameras Project hits Letchworth



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