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On Tuesday, the Center For Disability Services hosted a ribbon cutting at our research and development arm, Health Innovations Incubator & Technology Center (HII Tech). Opened in 2019, HII Tech focuses on developing new products and defining best practices to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities and older adults.

Welcome to April! It’s the first full month of spring, so warmer weather finally begins its welcome return to upstate New York. The beautiful weather is a fitting backdrop for another reason why April is an important month for The Center for Disability Services and many of the individuals and families we support — April is World Autism Month!

Supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families is an important part of the mission of the Center for Disability Services and its division, the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center. This Thursday, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day — a day of global awareness about Down syndrome. This day helps individuals and communities learn more about Down syndrome.

Several staff members were recognized at the 75th CP of NYS Annual Conference for the difference they make in the lives of those we support each day. Congrats to all!

As Kevin Cornwell, program participant at the Center said, "I got the vaccine, and I got my life back. What are you waiting for? Please get the vaccine." Please take a moment to watch this video. Don't Hesitate, vaccinate!

When I sat down to talk to this 91-year-old vibrant woman, Erna (she goes by Anne) D’Amore, about her relationship with the Center for Disability Services and her daughter Sharon, I was intrigued to hear her story.

The Center for Disability Services has been named as one of the 2021 Leaders in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by the Albany Business Review! On Friday, June 25 at 10am, the Center's President/CEO Greg Sorrentino will be participating in a panel to discuss promoting practices that advance diversity, equity & inclusion in the workplace and in the business community.

Nancy Hellman, Director of Clinical Education, Associate Professor at The Sage Colleges, and Co-Chair of the New York New Jersey Physical Therapy Clinical Education Consortium, presented the Center for Disability Services with the 2021 Award for the Outstanding Physical Therapy Clinical Education Site.

Today, Assemblymember John McDonald, Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy & Senator Neil D. Breslin presented the Center for Disability Services with a legislative Proclamation recognizing the Center’s tireless efforts to vaccinate those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who support this population. The Proclamation notes, “when COVID-19 vaccination efforts began, the Center for Disability Services stepped up as a vaccination site for the I/DD population.” CFDS “was able to streamline the registration process, making it easier for those in the I/DD population, as well as those who work with this population, to make appointments.” “Due to the CFDS’ work on the vaccination effort, over 6,500 vaccines and counting have been given to people who need it the most in our community,” the Proclamation says. Greg Sorrentino, President and CEO of the Center for Disability Services, said: “The Center for Disability Services has promoted, and provided, vital healthcare services for the I/DD population, and individuals with varying disabilities, for decades in a fully accessible health center. It was a natural fit for the Center to partner with the Capital Region Hub to lead the vaccination effort for this vulnerable population, so they can resume their programs and services, and continue being contributing members to our community.”

Please join us in congratulating the Center's President & CEO Greg Sorrentino for his well-deserved recognition as a Whole Health Hero Honoree! "The Center's mission has endured throughout COVID-19 thanks to Greg Sorrentino's leadership as President & CEO. His foremost concern since March 2020 has been ensuring continuity of care." Greg never stops advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families, to ensure that the Center can provide the best support to anyone who needs us. Congratulations and thank you to Greg for his continued commitment and dedication to the people the Center supports every day, and especially during a year full of unforeseen challenges.

A message from our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer regarding COVID-19.