Abilities First Celebrates 60th Anniversary at the Community Partners Breakfast on Giving Tuesday
This year’s Community Partners Breakfast, held on Giving Tuesday, kicked off the 60th anniversary celebration of the mission of Abilities First and recognized our prestigious list of 2022 honorees that included: Viking Packaging, Joshua Mackey, Stephanie Hourani, Theodore Prenting and the Prenting Family, Senator Mike Martucci, Senator Sue Serino, Senator James Skoufis, Assemblymember Didi Barret, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. 

The morning of gratitude brought together so many supporters of Abilities First, and highlighted their shared commitment to enriching the lives of others.

Everyone came together to honor the work and history of Abilities First, and to recognize the many contributions of our volunteer leadership, dedicated staff members, community partners, and donors. These often unsung heroes remind us every day of the meaning of dignity, generosity, and kindness.

In 1962, a handful of visionary parents started the “Little Red Schoolhouse” to help their children with disabilities reach their full potential. As the children grew, Abilities First kept pace with community needs and now serves over 1,400 individuals and families spanning across seven Hudson Valley counties and 25 school districts. 

With community support, Abilities First looks forward to the next 60 years of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Hudson Valley. 

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Dr. Jeffery Fox Appointed to NY Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council
Abilities First is proud to announce that its President and CEO, Dr. Jeffery Fox, has been appointed to the New York State Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council (DDAC).

DDAC, which began in 2012, is a workgroup that meets quarterly and is designed to assist the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and its stakeholders to foster public understanding and acceptance of developmental disabilities. 

DDAC provides recommendations for statewide priorities and goals, comprehensive planning, resource allocation, and evaluation processes for state and local services for people with developmental disabilities. 

DDAC is made up of self-advocates, family members, provider representatives, and other stakeholders: the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State; provider associations and provider councils; the Statewide Family Support Services Committee; the County and Local Mental Hygiene Directors; and the Real Choice Systems Committee.

"I am honored to have been appointed to this important group and look forward to participating in ways that enrich the system of supports for people of all abilities and the important Direct Support Professionals who work in our field," said Dr. Jeffery Fox.
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To make an online gift to the mission of Abilities First, visit https://www.abilitiesfirstny.org/make-an-impact/donate. For information about gifts, sponsorships, events, volunteering, or hosting a fundraiser, contact Teresa Walsh at teresawalsh@abilitiesfirstny.org or 845-485-9803 ext. 1215.