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Hi everyone,

I hope you've enjoyed your summer. It feels like fall has arrived here in Rochester!

Focus on Education

Stock photo showing elementary school boy smiling and word SUCCESS over his headBack-to-school time is often when families are looking for support in working with their child’s school team. Thanks to the expertise of the Family Education Specialists here, we have resources on our website available to support you at any hour:

If you need other assistance, please contact us.

Focus on Employment

Locally, people with disabilities make up a disproportionate percentage of people experiencing poverty and under- or unemployment. We offer several services to help you or a loved one develop job skills, locate and complete an internship, and obtain competitive jobs.

Starbridge also partners in community-focused initiatives to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities. More to come on that in the next few months!

Focus on Self-direction

Our Fiscal Intermediary (FI) service is growing. If you are not familiar with FI, it is the administrative and billing support an agency like Starbridge provides for a person who chooses a self-directed budget. People who choose self-direction have tremendous flexibility to choose the mix of services and supports that are right for them. As FI, Starbridge serves as employer of record, which supports individuals’ ability to have choice in the staff they hire. If you are interested in learning more about Starbridge’s FI program, contact Megan Storm, Director of Fiscal Intermediary Services.

Focus on Community

Fall is our busy season for conferences. In September, we welcome Rachel Howard to Rochester to lead sessions for families and professionals on staying Connected, Compassionate, and Resilient. In October, Starbridge and the Region 1 Family Support Services Advisory Council are hosting a full-day conference: Emergency Management and Quality of Life.

And, finally, our annual Education Conference addresses Executive Function. Expert Sarah Ward presents a full-day conference to discuss a new definition of Executive Function and practical strategies educators can implement in their classrooms.

We hope to see you at one or more of these conferences, or our other workshops and webinars during the year. Check our event calendar to find one that works for you! www.starbridgeinc.org/events

And Thank You

photo of Colin Garwood Whether you are spreading the word about us and our workshops or events on social media, referring friends and family to us, or making donations, you are making a difference for children and adults who have disabilities in our community. Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and supporting us and our work in the ways that you can

Best wishes,


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