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History

The ACLD of today started on two separate paths that were destined to come together. In Nassau County, George Lehr and Abraham Greenberg, both fathers of children with disabilities, discovered New York NYABIC and began the Nassau Chapter in 1957. In Suffolk County, Jack and Beverly Darcy, also parents followed the same path and in 1962 formed the Suffolk Chapter of NYABIC. Both began with a similar purpose of advocating for education of children with disabilities and insuring that the children had every opportunity possible to make friends and enjoy the life of a child.

In the mid-1970s both chapters change their names to Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) and in 1984 both Nassau and Suffolk Chapters merge into the ACLD of today.

While the agency has undergone many transformations in it’s 60 year history, one fact remains – our commitment to providing an enviable life for children and adults.

See ACLD’s Timeline of History¬†here.