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Family Reimbursement Program (FRP) File Clerk/Data Entry (Part Time)

WNY Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL)

*  When: February 17, 2015 to Present

*  Where: Buffalo, New York

*  Description: To file paperwork generated by the FRP, to enter new applications into SPR, process and prepare files and score sheets for FRP meetings and to assist with the facilitation of basic administration within FRP. Job is 22.5 hours a week. The Family Reimbursement Program (FRP) is for people who need help with taking care of family members with disabilities. WNYIL and OAHIIO offer this program to help families in Western New York with medical equipment, supplies, respite care, etc.


Author
Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero
When: April 1 2014 to Present
Where: Amherst, New York
Description: Tim Urich was introduced as Timmy Lange, the traumatized, inarticulate son of a super villain in Daredevil: Wake Up. By the time his mentor, Daredevil, dies about ten years later in Daredevil: End of Days, a loving family and strong friendship with said mentor have helped acclimate him to society. This acclimation reflects an ongoing change of societal views of autism, from inferior outsider, to equal player. The issue in which Tim Urich was revealed as the first autistic superhero, Daredevil: End of Days #7, premiered on April 17, 2013. The book has been sold at Ithacon 39 in Ithaca, New York on April 5, 2014, Cripping the Comic Con in Syracuse, New York, on April 9 and 10, 2014, and UB’s 3nd Annual Diversity in Disability Symposium: Buffalo Pride on April 12, 2014. Additional purchases may be made from Queen City Bookstore in Buffalo, New York. Those from out of town who wish to order a copy may call Queen City Bookstore at (716) 833-6220 or email them. We are in the process of printing our second edition, which will be on sale at RocCon 2014, Buffalo Comicon 2014, Cripping the Comicon 2015, and Ithacon 40. It will include additional content. This is a literature review of a comic, not a comic. Since this is an educational work, use of Marvel’s characters is covered under fair use. All images have been modified so as not to violate copyright. This book is a project of Autistic Reality, a consultancy firm headed by Alec Frazier.
Projects:
  • Ithacon 40
*  When: May 2, 2015
*  Where: Ithaca, New York
*  Description: Alec Frazier sold copies of his book, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero in costume as Tim Urich, the first autistic superhero.
  • Buffalo Spring Comicon 2015
*  When: March 29, 2015
*  Where: Buffalo, New York
*  Description: Alec Frazier sold copies of his book, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero, and did an interview for Buffalo City Life’s All-New Super Friends Super Show podcast.
  • Game Over…?: “Cripping” the Comic Con 2015
*  When: March 22, 2015 to March 23, 2015
*  Where: Syracuse, New York
*  Description:
Alec Frazier, Director of Autistic Reality, presented on the first autistic superhero, Tim Urich from the Daredevil comics. Tim was introduced as Timmy Lange, the traumatized, inarticulate son of a super villain in Daredevil: Wake Up. By the time his mentor, Daredevil, dies about ten years later in Daredevil: End of Days, a loving family and strong friendship with said mentor have helped acclimate him to society. Alec spoke upon how Tim’s evolution as a character reflects an ongoing change of societal views of autism, from inferior outsider, to equal player. In addition, he gave a brief overview of the work of his agency.
* When: December 6, 2014
* Where: Williamsville, New York
* Description: Alec Frazier sold copies of his book, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero.
* When: June 26, 2014
* Where: Auburn, New York
* Description: Alec Frazier sold copies of his book, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero, and did an interview for Omni Comics Podcast.
* When: May 3 2014 to May 4, 2014
Where: Buffalo, New York
Description: Alec Frazier sold copies of his book, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero.
* When: April 9, 2014 to April 10, 2014
* Where: Syracuse, New York
Description: Alec Frazier sold copies of his book, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero, and lectured on its creation.
* When: April 5, 2014
Where: Ithaca, New York
Description: Alec Frazier sold copies of his book, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero.

Director
Autistic Reality
When: March 23, 2014 to Present
Where: Amherst, New York
Description: Gave speeches, attended meetings and negotiations, hosted functions, and published works to further disability rights and its advocacy.
Projects:
  • Aiden’s Walk
* When: Apr 2, 2015 to Present
* Where: Amherst, New York
* Description: Served as the autism consultant on a film about a child with autism, his family, his community, and the celebration of the differences in all of us.
* When: June 11, 2014 to Present
* Where: Amherst, New York
* Description: Provided advice on behalf of the disabled population, as well as providing editorial advice.
* When: October 24, 2014
* Where: Syracuse, New York
* Description: Provided advice to central New York professionals on dealing with individuals on the autism spectrum.
* Description: Alec Frazier was the keynote speaker. As a person on the autism spectrum, Alec Frazier has been involved with disability advocacy from a young age, and is currently the Director of Autistic Reality, a consulting firm. He currently serves as the Student Advisory Council Affiliate Liaison for the U.S. Business Leadership Network and as a Public Policy Community Advocate for WNYIL. Although his hometown is Ithaca, Alec lives in Buffalo. He is currently obtaining his M.A. at the University at Buffalo in Disability Studies.
When: March 29, 2014
Where: Amherst, New York
Description: As part of the Person First Forum, a series by the Museum of disABILITY History, will focus on advocacy efforts and the acceptance of disabilities. Join Alec Frazier as he shares his experiences and perspective.

Advocate

Center for Self-Advocacy (CSA)

When: February 6, 2016 to May 13, 2016
Where: Buffalo, New York
Description: Advocate for the rights of individuals and groups of people with disabilities in Buffalo, New York and the Western New York region. Duties include but are not limited to attending committee meetings, representing the agency, conducting trainings, and developing projects.
Projects:
  • Report on Peer Advocacy and Transportation
* When: February 24, 2016 to May 13, 2016
* Where: Buffalo, New York
* Description: Used scholarly sources to research the effect of peer advocacy on transportation.

    Member of the Education and IDEA Subcommittee
    When: December 18, 2015 to December 31, 2016
    Where: Washington, DC
    Description: The Education Subcommittee monitors and participates in the development and implementation of education-related federal legislation and policy. We focus on advocacy issues impacting students with disabilities. The Subcommittee encourages grassroots’ efforts to advocate for strong education policy and implementation at the federal, state and local level. The Education Subcommittee meets monthly by conference call. We welcome new members to the Subcommittee.

    Family Reimbursement Program (FRP) File Clerk/Data Entry (Part Time)
    When: February 17, 2015 to June 17, 2015
    Where: Buffalo, New York
    Description: To file paperwork generated by the FRP, to enter new applications into SPR, process and prepare files and score sheets for FRP meetings and to assist with the facilitation of basic administration within FRP. Job is 22.5 hours a week.

    The Family Reimbursement Program (FRP) is for people who need help with taking care of family members with disabilities. WNYIL and OAHIIO offer this program to help families in Western New York with medical equipment, supplies, respite care, etc.

    Public Policy Community Advocate
    WNY Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL)
    When: June 10, 2013 to January 25, 2016
    Where: Buffalo, New York
    Description: Assist Public Policy Director with his work. Attend and speak at meetings, schedule appointments, compose, review and send emails and policy statements. Answer phones and take messages.
    Projects:
    • Snow Removal Research
    * When: October 15, 2015 to November 30, 2015
    * Where: Buffalo, New York
    * Description: Researched the authorities responsible for the removal of snow on pedestrian pathways and sidewalks in various jurisdictions throughout Erie County, New York. The goal is to compile a database of contact information for people who have issues with obstructed pathways and sidewalks.
    • Proclamation of Buffalo Green Code
    * When: October 22, 2015
    * Where: Buffalo, New York
    * Description: Represented the disability community and constituency at the official proclamation of the Buffalo Green Code, the first urban renewal and development plan in the City of Buffalo in more than sixty years. Met with the mayor of Buffalo, the Hon. Byron Brown, in order to promote these goals and network.
    • NYAIL Legislative Day 2015
    * When: February 11, 2015
    * Where: Albany, New York
    * Description: NYAIL’s morning program featured speeches by many people, including Lindsay Miller, Executive Director of NYAIL, and Bryan O'Malley, Executive Director of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of NYS (CDPAANYS). In the afternoon, we had very successful meetings with our legislators in which we discussed our priority issues at great length.
    • NYAIL Legislative Day 2014
    * When: February 25, 2014
    * Where: Albany, New York
    * Description: NYAIL's morning program included an award presentation to Courtney Burke, Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary on Health, on behalf of Governor Cuomo. We also presented the Independent Living Champion award to Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Election Law (and former Chair of the Task Force on People with Disabilities). Thanks to our other speakers as well, including Assemblymember David Weprin, new Chair of the Task Force on People with Disabilities; Susan Dooha, Executive Director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled in NY and NYAIL Executive Committee member; Bryan O’Malley, Executive Director of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of NYS (CDPAANYS) and Tony Caputo, CDPAANYS Board Member. In the afternoon, we had very successful meetings with our legislators in which we discussed our priority issues at great length.
    • Legislative Brunch
    * When: June 24, 2013
    * Where: Buffalo, New York
    * Description: Presenting WNYIL’s agenda to politicians to help further our goals.

    National Advisory Committee Member
    When: February 2013 to July 2013
    Where: Amherst, New York
    Description: All Autism NOW Center initiatives and activities are guided by a National Advisory Committee. A majority of the members of this committee either identify as having an autism spectrum disorder and/or an intellectual or developmental disability or have a family member who identifies himself or herself as being on the autism spectrum or having an intellectual or developmental disability. The remaining members of the National Advisory Committee represent national networks and others (i.e. educators, professionals, researchers in the field).

    Student Advisory Council (SAC) Affiliate Liaison
    When: January 1, 2013 to February 24, 2015
    Where: Amherst, New York
    Description: The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is a national non-profit, non-partisan business to business network promoting workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are included. The USBLN® serves as the collective voice of over 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including service-disabled veterans.

    BLN affiliates are business organizations headed by a lead employer who exemplifies these practices and shares experiences with other members-employers-within the state or region. These activities include career fairs, disability mentoring and internship programs, and training programs including disability business etiquette, accommodation, and other disability issues deemed significant to employers. Businesses join BLN affiliates to learn how to expand their diversity recruiting efforts to include people with disabilities—not as a social model but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers. BLN successes serve the workplace, marketplace, supply chain and the economy.

    The USBLN® believes the inclusion of students with disabilities in its projects is essential to assist business in preparing a workforce ready to take on tomorrow’s challenges. The national Student Advisory Council (SAC) informs, educates, advises and assists the USBLN®, its corporate members and affiliates on the ways in which to effectively engage youth with disabilities. They provide insight and direction on advancing the inclusion of students with disabilities in corporate programs and activities affecting the workplace, marketplace, and supply chain.

    SAC members are able to use their work and school environments, as well as their life experiences, as context for examining the barriers facing students with disabilities in gaining meaningful employment upon graduation. Their understanding and appreciation of the goals and interests of students with disabilities seeking to work and develop careers, enables them to better advise the USBLN® in establishing nationwide goals and objectives for advancing services to business, affiliates and students. The SAC is an opportunity for future leaders to work as a team to enhance career opportunities for aspiring professionals with disabilities through information, education, and partnerships with employers.

    Duties as Affiliate Liaison: Develop and oversee SAC work that pertains to Affiliates of USBLN®. This person will maintain a close relationship with the USBLN® Director of Affiliate Relations. Attends monthly Affiliate Conference and Training calls.


    Projects:
      * When: September 29, 2014 to October 2, 2014
      * Where: Orlando, Florida
      * Description: Be sure to join us on September 29 - October 2 for the US Business Leadership Network’s 17th Annual National Conference entitled, “A Sea of Opportunity: Disability Inclusion for Innovation & Growth” in Orlando, Florida at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld by Marriott. The 2014 USBLN® Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo is the preeminent national business to business event that focuses on disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. This conference brings corporate, government, disability-owned businesses and BLN affiliates together to create workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are fully included as professionals, customers and entrepreneurs. With cutting-edge educational sessions, enhanced networking, exciting interactive programming plus high-profile speakers, you will gain actionable knowledge to build a business case for your disability inclusion initiatives and develop robust strategies that align with your organization’s goals to create culturally competent workplaces.
    • 2013 USBLN 16th Annual Conference & Expo
    * When: September 30, 2013 to October 3, 2013
    * Where: Los Angeles, California
    * Description: The 2013 USBLN® 16th Annual Conference & Expo was Attended by 600 senior business executives, government and community leaders. There were special events and enhanced networking opportunities available throughout the conference, as well as tiered educational sessions taught by industry leaders, experts from the USBLN® and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). There were also BLN Affiliate meetings and specialized pre-conference sessions. One of our goals was to bring full inclusion to supply chains by integrating certified disability-owned businesses through the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program®. Entrepreneurs with a disability learned how to enhance their access to business development opportunities through certification.
    • Alumni Connection
    *  When: March 2013 to September 2013
    *  Where: Amherst, New York
    *  Description: Maintained connections between the USBLN® Student Advisory Council (SAC) and its former members.

    When: September 30, 2011 to April 12, 2014
    Where: University at Buffalo, Amherst, New York
    Projects:
    * When: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. April 12, 2014
    * Where: Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo, Amherst, New York
    * Description: When one thinks of diversity what comes to mind? Usually, we think of race, religion, and ethnicity. This symposium, appropriate for students, faculty, and professionals, will explore “Diversity in Disability.” Disability is not an obstacle; it’s a difference! Hear presenters from our very own Western New York area, question panel participants, and see exhibits from Buffalo’s one of a kind Museum of disABILITY History as we explore and grow to understand and appreciate these differences.
    * When: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. April 13, 2013
    * Where: Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo, Amherst, New York
    * Description: When one thinks of diversity what comes to mind? Usually, we think of race, religion, and ethnicity. This symposium, appropriate for students, faculty, and professionals, will explore “Diversity in Disability.” Disability is not an obstacle; it’s a difference! Hear presenters from our very own Western New York area, question panel participants, and see exhibits from Buffalo’s one of a kind Museum of disABILITY History as we explore and grow to understand and appreciate these differences.
    * When: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. April 14, 2012
    * Where: Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo, Amherst, New York
    * Description: When one thinks of diversity what comes to mind? Usually, we think of race, religion, and ethnicity. This symposium, appropriate for students, faculty, and professionals, will explore “Diversity in Disability.” Disability is not an obstacle; it’s a difference! Hear from national level presenters, question panel participants, and see exhibits from Buffalo’s Museum of disABILITY History as we explore and grow to understand and appreciate these differences.

    Knowledge Group Member
    When: November 10, 2011 to July 2012
    Where: Amherst, New York
    Description: Born out of meeting with JFK’s sister, the Hon. Jean Kennedy Smith, to advise her on marketing for her charity, VSA, the international organization on arts and disability. At the end, she gave me a standing ovation.
    Projects:
    • Knowledge Group
    * When: November 17, 2011 to July 2012
    * Where: Amherst, New York
    * Description: Advised on policy, publicity and marketability for VSA in a modern world by using new and diverse methods of information dissemination.
    When: September 23, 2011 to July 18, 2013
    Where: Amherst, New York
    Projects:
    * When: August 12-17, 2012
    * Where: Baltimore, Maryland
    * Description: The ACI Summer Institute is a week-long training for Autistic college students. The training is meant to prepare students to engage in self-advocacy and pro-neurodiversity activism on their college campuses. With curriculum based on our collaboration with the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation in the Empowering Disabled Leaders handbook and materials produced and developed with the help of University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, the participants will learn how to engage in activism and advocacy activities on their college campuses.
    * When: September 23, 2011 to January 3, 2012
    * Where: Amherst, New York
    * Description: Developed booklet for teaching Autistic college students how to engage in policy advocacy through their college campuses by addressing how to form effective student groups, educate participants about disability history and disability laws, and provide examples of strategies to bring about systems change in higher education.

    When: May 2011 to August 2011
    Where: MLK Library, Washington, District of Columbia
    Description: Helped manage collections and contacts, contributed to the library’s book club, webpage and teen group, and helped lead a summer camp for blind kids.
    Projects:
    • Web Development
    * When: July 2011 to August 2011
    * Where: MLK Library, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Business Card Transcription
    * When: May 2011 to July 2011
    * Where: MLK Library, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Collections Management
    * When: May 2011 to July 2011
    * Where: MLK Library, Washington, District of Columbia

    When: May 2011 to August 2011
    Where: Washington, District of Columbia
    Description: Each summer, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) hosts a summer internships program in Washington, DC for students with all types of disabilities, providing travel to and from DC, accessible housing, and living stipends.
    Projects:
    When: July 2011
    Where: Washington, District of Columbia
    Description: Attended the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)’s Annual Conference. Pleaded rights of the disabled before Representatives and Senators, and met in person with local Rep. Kathy Hochul. As a result of my lobbying Congress, I am one of the people responsible for the creation of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
    * When: May 2011
    * Where: Law Offices of K&L Gates, Washington, District of Columbia

    Myself
    Myself
    When: January 18, 1999 to March 23, 2014
    Where: Boulder, Colorado/Ithaca, New York/Buffalo, New York
    Description: Gave speeches, attended meetings and negotiations, hosted functions, and published works to further disability rights and its advocacy.
    Projects:
    • Increasing Funds for Colorado Education
    * When: January 2000
    * Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver, Colorado
    * Description: Spoke before sessions of both the state House and Senate education committees to raise funding for special education in the state of Colorado. At the time, state funding was capped due to a limit on taxpayer revenue to be used for public projects. The law was later changed to apply to all education, and was passed as a state constitutional amendment.
    • Speech to the Lieutenant Governor
    * When: 1995
    * Where: Foothill Elementary School, Boulder, Colorado
    * Description: Spoke before Lieutenant Governor Gale Norton on the importance of preserving Colorado’s culture and history, specifically Mesa Verde National Park.