Abilities First extends its most heartfelt sympathy to the students, families, staff, and community of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Abilities First, and we're recognizing this milestone with the AF CHALLENGE COIN!

Keep reading for more information.
AF Challenge Coin Commemorates 60th Anniversary
To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of its mission, Abilities First Inc. and the Foundation for Abilities First NY (FAFNY) are proudly to release a commemorative Abilities First challenge coin. 

The newly minted Abilities First challenge coin will be presented in recognition to those with exceptional commitment and investment in furthering the mission of Abilities First through the Giving Society. We value the support of people who are passionate advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and we thank them for all they do. We also challenge them to be mission advocates of others.

To learn more about the Giving Society levels which are attributable to a challenge coin, contact Teresa Walsh at teresawalsh@abilitiesfirstny.org.
Dutchess Community College Foundation Award
On March 26, Dutchess Community College Foundation held its Bridge to the Future Gala, where Abilities First was presented with the Bridge to the Future Award. Other recipients included Dutchess County Government, The Arc of Dutchess, Maplebrook School, and Taconic Resources for Independence for their collective efforts in launching the THINK AHEAD program.

This successful program provides staff support to meet the students’ needs, as they spend time in classroom instruction, work internships, and engage in social activities with college peers, student interns, class instructors, and DCC’s Office of Accommodative Services.

Chief Program Officer Mark Nace accepted the award on behalf of Abilities First NY, along with commendations from regional elected officials.

As this newsletter goes to release, students are preparing for this year’s graduation.

Community Connections
Abilities First is pleased to partner with regional resources to support our families and programs.
Abilities First Offering Summer Programs
To learn more or register, contact:

Jennifer Miller
To learn more or register, contact:

Andrea Massi
Residential Services
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Upcoming Events

Tennis Sponsorships Still Available!

We are most appreciative to DVM Industries for its leadership and support as the Title Sponsor of this year's Abilities First Golf & Tennis Classic. 

In addition, we are most grateful to all of our other sponsors who have already made this a sold-out golf event. For more information on the other ways to participate and support this fundraiser, contact Teresa Walsh at teresawalsh@abilitiesfirstny.org.

Commercial Vacancies Available in New Windsor, N.Y.
Abilities First has two spaces available for rent at its 59 New Windsor Highway location in New Windsor, N.Y.
For more information and/or to get a glimpse of the space,

We are looking for stories over the past 60 years, ranging from our early Rehab Programs to the current Abilities First, Inc. Please email us and let us know if you are willing to share your family or community’s experience by emailing Teresawalsh@abilitiesfirstny.org or Melissamccoy@abilitiesfirstny.org.
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We’re hiring to fill a variety of positions, including Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Teacher Aides, and Nurses! 

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Support the Foundation for Abilities First NY
To make an online gift to the mission of Abilities First, go to https://www.abilitiesfirstny.org/make-an-impact/donate/. For additional information about gifts, sponsorships, events, volunteering, or hosting a fundraiser, contact Melissa McCoy at melissamccoy@abilitiesfirstny.org or 845-485-9803 ext. 1223.