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1942

The Cerebral Palsy Association of the Capital District, Inc. is begun by a group of parents of children with CP to secure medical consultations and home-based therapy.

1943

A Medical/Therapy Clinic is opened.

1949

A Nursery/Preschool Program is begun.

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1952

The organization opens its own facility for nursery, diagnostic and therapy programs.

A School-Age Program is launched.

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1960

The 1st Annual CP Telethon is broadcast live across the Capital Region.

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1966

The Center School for the Disabled and Day Care Center are opened at the Newtonville United Methodist Church.

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1972

All programs are relocated to the Cerebral Palsy Treatment & Educational Facility on South Manning Boulevard in Albany.

1974

The organization’s first Vocational programs are begun.

1976

The Center for the Disabled's first community residence opened.

1978

The Center opens its first Supportive Living Apartments.

1979

Between 1979 and 1996 14 additional Community Residence’s opened.

1980

Infant Early Intervention Programs are initiated.

Adult Day Treatment programs are begun.

1981

A full-time Medical Director is retained.

1981

Rehabilitation Therapy services are started.

1982

Clinical, vocational and adult programs and services are added via a facility expansion

1983

Adult Day Training programs are begun.

1984

The Center is certified as an 11-county Regional Assessment Center.

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1986

The South Pearl Street facility opens for Adult Programs and Transportation.

1989

A Technology Department is established.

1990

The organization begins promoting itself as Center for the Disabled, to reflect its work with persons with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and 300 other diagnoses.

1992

Primary Health Care is begun.

1992

The Center opens a satellite facility in Clifton Park.

1994

The Center merges with United Cerebral Palsy Association of Schenectady, adding Home- & Center-Based Early Intervention and Preschools in Glenville, residences, and Clover Patch Camp.

1996

the main Albany facility added a larger Langan School, Early Childhood Center, and Aquatic Therapy pool.

1998

The 50 Years Capital Campaign is brought to a successful conclusion; 314 South Manning Boulevard is renovated and expanded via a 40,000 square foot addition that houses a new Langan School and a large Aquatic Therapy Pool.  St. Margaret’s Center becomes part of the Center’s family of services, and expands skilled nursing care for children with severe disabilities to include adults; the DayLight Adult Day Health Care Program is opened.  The Center opens a 28-person Independent Living Facility through a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

1999

The Center’s second year of a co-operatorship with the skilled nursing facility St. Margaret’s Center, the agencies opened a DayLight Adult Day Health Care Program; the Program offers a 20-bed residential unit for those with chronic disabilities and neurological impairments, and on-site nursing, therapy, nutrition psychological, service coordination, and social/leisure services.

2000

The Center merges with Residential Opportunities, Inc., to form the largest provider of comprehensive services in Upstate New York.  The Epilepsy Center is established.

2000

The Center merges with Residential Opportunities, Inc., to form the largest provider of comprehensive services in Upstate New York, with over 40 houses.  The Epilepsy Center is established.

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The Women’s Special Health Initiative, which addresses insufficient health-related services for females with disabilities, has begun to accept referrals from other community-based agencies in the area, and has begun to offer regular Mammograms to female patients via a mobile screening unit from Bellevue Women’s Hospital.  

2001

Center enters into a cooperative relationship with United Cerebral Palsy Association of Fulton & Montgomery Counties, Inc.  The Multiple Sclerosis Care Center opens.

2001

The Center for the Disabled has again increased its area of service by combining services with United Cerebral Palsy of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, Inc.

2006

The organization formally adopts the name Center for Disability Services, to reflect the growing scope of its programs and services, and the diversity of individuals that it serves.

2012

The Center merges with United Cerebral Palsy of the Tri-Counties (aka prospect Center), extending its programs and services into the North Country.

2013

Center for Disability Services affiliates with UCP of the Tri-Counties, Inc. i.e. Prospect Center in Queensbury.

2013

Center for Disability Services affiliated with Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center in 2013, with a D/B/A filing in 2015 .

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2015

Filed DBA for the Health Innovations Incubator and Technology Center, the research and development division at the Center (formerly known as LQSI).

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2015

Started Without Walls Program. Started with 8 participants and now has nearly 80.


2019

Center receives a grant to enhance Center Health Care’s services to offer Telemedicine Alternatives to the Emergency Room and Urgent Care specialized for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who live in Center residences.

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2020

Center opens newest residence on McGovern Drive in Niskayuna, bringing total to 53 residences.

2021

Day Habilitation starts at new site, Corporate Circle. The new site is being used in part as a Recreation Program to support individuals from our residential programs who haven't been able to return to on-site day hab due to the pandemic. 

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The Center Today

The Center now services 15,000 infants, children, adults, and seniors with disabilities and those at risk of acquiring a disability due to inadequate medical and other services.  This includes all types of mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, and 300 other diagnoses.  Programs and Services include:

 

  • 53 Residential facilities;
  • Transportation;
  • Vocational & Adult Programs, including Day Training, Pre-Vocational, Vocational, Workshop, Head Injury, Seniors, Technological Opportunities and Community Based Employment services;
  • Dental, Primary Care, Specialty Medical, and Speech, Occupational, Physical, and Aquatic therapies for Center consumers and outclients at Article 28 clinics in Albany and Clifton Park;
  • Early Intervention, Preschool, School-Age, Technology, Community Re-Entry, and School-to-Work Transition programs in Center- and Home-Based settings;
  • Leisure Services, Weekend Overnight and After School Respite services, and Clover Patch Camp