Special Webinars

Year-round, we host free, informative webinars for individuals, families, educators, and provider organizations. These presentations offer tools, strategies, and resources for navigating I/DD support and connections within our regional communities.​

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Our webinar topics have included OPWDD processes, guardianship, housing options, job opportunities tips for wellbeing and communication, and much more. We recognize the challenges commonly faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers and curate our special guests to ease those difficulties through education and information.

Whenever possible, we record and archive these presentations to keep them available as a resource to you.

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Do you have an idea for a webinar?

Get in touch with us! We will come to you and present specifically to your audience, or we can set up a presentation open to everyone.

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Webinar Archive


Life Skills Webinars


Effective Talk & Text Strategies

Do you wish you could easily…start a conversation? Keep talk flowing? Add your point of view? Politely disagree? Get more information? Make sure you understand what people mean? If this sounds like you, or someone you know, then check out this special online workshop with Lydia Dolch from Open the Lid, which explains the six simple strategies for effective talk and text – regardless of your personality, strengths, or past experiences.

Employment & Volunteer Work

In this two-part series, eight agencies present information on their programs, coverage areas, how they can help members find a paying job or volunteer position that is right for them, and how they can continue to support them after they sign on.

Presenters in Session 1: Eastern Region included Delaware Opportunities, The ARC Otsego, Springbrook, and ACCESS-VR.

Presenters in Session 2: Wester Region included JM Murray, ACHIEVE, Community Options, and Challenge Workforce Solutions.

Transitions Education Programs

The Transitions program focuses on building academic skills, life skills, and general independence for high school graduates and young adults with autism and learning differences. Transitions specializes in teaching students how to study or learn a trade while showing students that they can live the life they choose and achieve their dreams.

General Support Webinars

Family Support Programs

Racker’s resource network is designed to provide supports for families and caregivers in Cortland, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. Families who are providing care for a loved one with a disability living full-time in the family home are eligible for a wide variety of services.


What is guardianship? Why is it important? Who can apply? Where do I begin? In this STC Special Webinar, the Honorable Judge David Guy and Principal Court Attorney Justin Harby-Conforti discussed the nuances of the guardianship process, what to expect, and the resources available to you.

Housing Navigation

Representatives from three of our provider partners — Habitat from Humanity, Springbrook, and The Racker Center — discussed the non-certified housing opportunities available to STC members in our regional area. Eligibility requirements, referral processes, and types of housing options were just a few of the subjects we covered.

Racker Programs Overview

For over 70 years, Racker has provided strength-based support for individuals with disabilities and their families in Tompkins, Cortland, and Tioga counties. Guided by the vision of a world where all people know they belong, Racker offers programs and services to more than 3,500 people, helping them to build lasting connections and lead fulfilling lives.

Summer Camps

We invited several summer camps to give mini-presentations on their programs, eligibility requirements, cost, and registration process in a special webinar so you can see which one is right for you! Guests included ARC Jefferson/St. Lawrence, ARISE, Arrowhead Bible Camp, Camp ARCO, Lion’s Camp, and Kelberman.

SDS & Fiscal Intermediaries

Self-Directed Services (SDS) gives you increased flexibility to choose the right supports for you, the staff you want to work with, and a schedule that works best for you. This gives you more control over how you want to structure your life. All participants who choose SDS services must choose a Fiscal Intermediary (FI) who will support them in managing their funds through the self-direction budget. We held a two-part series on FI’s to discuss the agencies available in our region and the differences between each to help you make an informed decision on your FI provider.

Health-Related Webinars

Covid-19 Vaccine

At Southern Tier Connect, we strive to bring you verified knowledge about the virus and the vaccine from trusted sources to help you make informed and confident decisions. In this webinar, we hosted two local healthcare providers who answered questions about the vaccine: Betty Lee, Springbrook’s healthcare provider at The Wellness Clinic, and Dr. Gennaro Falco, a surgeon who has practiced medicine for over 40 years.

Mobile Counseling

Cornerstone Mobile Counseling proudly links individuals to local, licensed mental health professionals for free and immediate counseling in their homes or via telehealth, usually within just a few hours.