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Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting in the fall, making it the only state-approved ABA graduate program in New York.

In addition to the master’s degree, approval has been granted for Daemen to launch a new advanced certificate program to provide ABA post-graduate training for professionals in related fields. “These programs will greatly augment our exceptional academic offerings and prepare highly qualified professionals with the advanced level of skills and training essential for this growing field,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

“For students, the programs are ideally suited for those looking to further their careers or would like to apply their talents and experience to pursue new opportunities as behavior analysts.”

Businesses Can Dramatically Decrease the Likelihood of Slip and Fall Incidents

Businesses Can Dramatically Decrease the Likelihood of Slip and Fall Incidents

The statistics are daunting: Falls account for over eight million hospital emergency room visits annually and are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than two million fall injuries suffered each year.

In an effort to eliminate slip and fall occurrences — and the potential for expensive lawsuits — many business owners across the country are turning to Sure Step, a non-slip treatment that can be applied to a wide variety of flooring surfaces to help prevent slip and fall incidents.

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO-FM 88.7 and AT&T will present a Facebook Live panel event on cyberbullying on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, this online event is not simply to raise awareness of cyberbullying.  This program is about developing strategies that students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying. The program will also provide online tools and resources to help facilitate conversations and make a cultural shift around this dangerous behavior.

The panel:

·       Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville teen who was driven to suicide by cyberbullying in 2011.

·       Amanda Nickerson, Ph.d, Director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse prevention.

·       Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and serves as a Dignity Act Coordinator.

Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

While we may not like to talk about it at the dinner table, mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation, and approximately half of us will have a mental health diagnosis at some point in our lives. And what better time to talk about it than during May, which is also known nationally as Mental Health Month.

It’s no secret that all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives, and you and I are not exempt from the problems of daily life. When our troubles begin to overtake our mental health, we should all feel comfortable in seeking help and support to manage these times in a compassionate, judgement-free way. 

Care Givers Workshop Set for May 24 at 5:00 PM

Care Givers Workshop Set for May 24 at 5:00 PM

The Amherst Center for Senior Services will present a Care Givers Workshop on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Topics covered will include understanding Alzheimer's and dementia, what can you do if your loved one has a serious illness, exploring different levels of care, and what community services are available.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Care Givers Workshop is sponsored by Fallon Health Weinberg. Reservations required by calling 636-3055, ext. 3108. The Amherst Center for Senior Services is located at 370 John James Audubon Parkway, behind the Audubon Library, in Amherst, New York.

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Take Bite Out of Leukemia

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Take Bite Out of Leukemia

Edward Carias was nicknamed "Wolfman" by his Uncle Joe from the first time he saw him because Edward had tufts of hair on his ears, and that name stuck. Now at the age of 5, "Wolfman" is fighting for his life.

On Dec. 8, 2016, Edward was diagnosed wth B-cell Acute Lymphoblatic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. After spending 23 days at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, Edward now faces two to three years of traveling from his home in Eden to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo to undergo chemotherapy.

To assist Edward and his family in taking a bite out of leukemia and the resulting medical expenses, family and friends will hold a benefit from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the River Road Fire Hall, 39 Kaufman Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker and member of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will present educational seminars at senior communities this spring. Seminar locations include Sandra Lane Apartments in North Tonawanda and the Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield. 

The seminars are open to the community and focus on real estate topics relevant to older adults and their loved ones and caregivers, including right-sizing and simplifying a living situation, legal and regulatory issues to be aware of, and available resources and tools related to these matters. 

Seminars will be held on the following dates:
• March 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sandra Lane Apartments, 705 Sandra Lane, North Tonawanda.
• March 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Elderwood, 100 Crestwood Court, Wheatfield.