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Symposium to present disability support strategies

CHAUTAUQUA — Strategies for succeeding amid changes in the way supports are delivered to people with disabilities will be addressed at the Resource Center’s fifth annual symposium at the Chautauqua Institution.

“Supporting Individuals with Disabilities: Dramatic Changes, Radical Solutions” will be held July 16 and 17. Day one will be conducted in the Athenaeum Hotel on the institution grounds, while day two will take place at several Resource Center locations.

The symposium is an opportunity for area professionals, people with disabilities, family members and Resource Center staff to hear experts speak on a variety of topics. The center, with headquarters in Jamestown, provides services to people with disabilities in the Chautauqua County area.

The first day will include a lunchtime panel presentation featuring Resource Center service recipients who experience a variety of disabling conditions. Check-in at the Athenaeum begins at 8 a.m., with the symposium kicking off at 8:45 a.m. An art exhibit will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athenaeum, featuring works created by people with disabilities in the Resource Center’s “Creations” program.

The second day will consist of individual breakout sessions with the main speakers from day one at the Resource Center’s Michael J. Raymond Center on Jones and Gifford Avenue and the Carl Cappa Building on East Second Street. Symposium attendees will also gather for lunch in the Conference Center at 200 Dunham Ave. to hear results from the morning sessions.

Those interested in attending the symposium must register by July 8. The cost is $89 for the general public and $69 for members of the Resource Center. The registration fee includes lunch both days. To register or for more information, visit or call the Resource Center at 483-2344.