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

Message from Center Health Care regarding COVID-19.

Staff across the Center wore Green to kick off Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and to show support of individuals with CP. The participation in #GoGreenforCP truly exemplified the dedication, commitment, spirit, and enthusiasm our team has in carrying the Center’s mission forward every day. Greg Sorrentino, President and CEO, and Rosemary Lorello, Chief Program Officer, walked around to greet staff and people we support. They would like to give a huge shout out and thank all our staff for the incredible work they do to support all individuals and for making the Center the place “Where People Get Better At Life”.

We are excited to announce that the Center for Disability Services and The ARC of Rensselaer County have been awarded a grant through New York State’s Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program! This will help us further 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 and ARC Residences. With this grant money, the Center will be able to acquire telemedicine equipment for each Center and ARC house. The platform will enable direct access to telemedicine services as well as insuring patient privacy in compliance with HIPAA. . More details to follow!

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.

Gabriel Donovan Set Fundraising Goal at $16,000 but through his Fundraising Campaign Raised $50,000 to Purchase Assisted Technology that will Help “Lilly” and Now Others at St Margaret’s Center.

The day-to-day work at the Center for Disability Services is rewarding, but on occasion, we witness something uplifting. This could be a child’s first step facilitated by aquatic therapy, an adult striking a new path to independence through job placement, or one of the other many triumphs witnessed in our programs and services. One such story is the incredibly heartwarming tale of Octavius, a young boy born with several obstacles before him, but none stronger than hope and determination.