LIFE IS WASHABLE INC

Engaging the Special Needs Community... Creatively!

aka createABLE The Magic Paintbrush Project   |   Johnson City, NY   |  www.createableny.org

Mission

Life Is Washable, Inc. provides workshops which use creative materials and programming to complement services and supports for individuals, families & professionals facing the challenges of a special needs diagnosis. Our organization successfully supports thousands of developmentally disabled individuals and their families in meeting their identified goals by facilitating sessions that include appropriate activities, adaptive tools and training designed to meet these needs.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Jennifer O'Brien

Main address

1 Clubhouse Road, 2nd Fl Endicott NY 13760 PO Box 563

Johnson City, NY 13790 USA

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Formerly known as

The Magic Paintbrush Project

EIN

80-0294816

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Life Is Washable, Inc. was founded with our first program “The Magic Paintbrush Project" in 2006. Our first workshops were held in partnership with local not for profits and our collaborations continue to this day. When the workshops gained traction our programs also grew to creatively respond to the growing needs of our community, while staying focused n our mission. There are very few programs which assist families (caregivers) to interact with therapeutic goals. As a result, it is common that family members do not take an active role in the day to day therapeutic goals of the disabled individual. Our organization was founded to support families and individuals and our programs were developed to meet the identified goals and needs for families with special needs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fair Play

 Fair Play – This unique program actively partners sports teams such as: the Mets (Baseball), American Special Hockey Association, Binghamton Devil, Binghamton Jr. Senators and Binghamton University Athletics (Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and Swim). Each session focused on supporting individuals with special needs and families to safely attend community events, explore their interests, and “Try” a new physical activity which may have been challenging to them. The program works closely with peers in the community, for a fully integrated experience which fosters positive relationships and builds peer and community relationships. This program partners close with Binghamton University Athletics to provide volunteer opportunity for student athletes. The result for all is increased self advocacy and confidence.

Population(s) Served

“TwoGather” – This program connects friends (ages 7-17) with and without special needs while they explore their interests with fun activities. Making new friends and welcoming everyone leaves no child “left out” or struggling with learning new social skills or communicating. This program supports typical and special needs kids by pairing them up and supporting them as they build friendships and explore their interests. With a variety of groups and interests (Music, Arts, Gaming, Sports, Cooking, etc.) this program includes everyone to build friendships and self esteem.

“Best Buddies” – This program partners with the Binghamton University Chapter of Best Buddies to connect friends (ages 18 and up) with and without special needs while they explore their interests with fun activities.

Population(s) Served

The Magic Paintbrush Sessions – Our Family Engagement Magic Paintbrush sessions are designed to creatively meet identified needs of individuals with their participating family members. Our Magic Paintbrush Sessions use creative materials to help families “see” that they are achieving their goals together. Sessions will be limited by appointment to Family Sessions and Early Childhood sessions with Reva Reid Therapy Services. (Group sessions will have limited availability and will be evaluated for applicable goals and outcomes.)

Population(s) Served

“Works With Me” – Providing supportive job skills and career support to individuals with differing abilities. The Works With Me Sessions support independence, decision making, planning and follow through in a creative and caring environment.

Population(s) Served

 Friendly Access Sensory Safety Kits – Friendly Access delivers Sensory Safety Kits to performance and sports venues. These kits are meant to support individuals of all ages with sensory needs (i.e. Autism, Neurological Impairment, Dementia, etc.) as they enjoy the event. In addition to the kit availability, this program provides meaningful job opportunities for individuals with special needs. You can find our kits locally at the Binghamton University Events Center, Floyd Maines Veterans Memorial Arena & Forum Stage, Carrier Dome, The Great NY State Fair, as well as venues across the country from the Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C. to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Life Is Washable, Inc. provides programs which strengthen the special needs community. Our organization focuses on the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities while encouraging family engagement and community interaction. We deliver our mission through a variety of programs which consider the goals of the individual, family and caregiver with a creative approach in a supportive atmosphere. Our organization embraces the many supports in a special needs individual's life (i.e. therapies, rehabilitations and education) and works to balance the special needs of the individual with the family. The impact of our organization reaches well beyond the individuals and families we serve; our larger community connects to our mission through volunteer service and financial support of our programs. Since our beginning in 2006, our programs have grown to meet the evolving needs of our community while staying true to our mission of “Helping Special Needs Families… Creatively!" Together, we are The Magic Paintbrush Project, a place where special needs are the “typical"; where goals become achievable, confidence is built and obstacles are colorful opportunities; Where together Life Is WashABLE!

We provide a variety of types of sessions focused on providing creative supports and opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families. Since our beginning, our workshops/session to be flexible in order to effectively meet the needs of those we serve in a variety of ways. As a result, we have experienced an increase in session requests and collaboration with community partners.

Our management team consists of an Executive Director and up to 12 members of the Board of Directors. The members of the Board are active in the development and implementation of the strategic direction and business plans. The Board of Directors meets regularly (Third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm) to review the program's status and provide guidance and oversight. The Board of Directors works with the Executive Director to set Life Is Washable, Inc.'s overall direction. Currently, there are 11 members on the board meeting monthly to review the corporation's status. In addition, a small, dedicated staff has been contracted to perform administrative duties and overall workshop maintenance. Staff members work with volunteers to conduct workshops and answer queries for information

The Magic Paintbrush Project was started in 2006 as an idea to help support families with special needs. Since our first session, our organization, Life Is Washable, Inc., has seen substantial growth in all of our programs, and the changes have reflected the needs of the families we serve. Since we began, over 50,000 participants have connected with us. Much like the leaves on the trees, “The Project" is seeing a bright and colorful change, with a new name “createABLE". There have been many changes to the supports and services provided to individuals and families with developmental disabilities. Responsively, our organization will continue to provide opportunities for families to be able to engage creatively with their goals and community. Life Is Washable, Inc. dba CreateABLE will continue to provide sessions which use creative materials and programming to complement services and supports for individuals & families with a special needs diagnosis. Our new name reflects our wider focus on the opportunities which our organization can bring to families with special needs in our communities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LIFE IS WASHABLE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Michael Constantino

The Costantino Group Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Term: 2012 - 2019


Board co-chair

Gregory Roberts

Community Options

Term: 2016 - 2020

Michael Iversen

IBM

Mary Grace Camin

Tioga Central Schools

Asa Brown

Dr. Asa Brown

Jeffery Envid

Retired NYS OPWDD

Cheryl Mancini

Tioga District Attorney

Joseph Mihalko

Broome County Clerk

Dan Inarella

Your Choice Real Estate

Nathan VanWhy

Coughlin & Gerhart, LLC

Matthew White

Digital Solutions

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes