The ACLD of today started on two separate paths which were destined to join together. In Nassau County, George Lehr and Abraham Greenberg, both fathers of children with disabilities, discovered the New York State Association for Brain Injured Children (NYABIC) and began the Nassau Chapter of the organization in 1957. In Suffolk County, Jack and Beverly Darcy, also parents of children with disabilities, 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 to ensure that the children had every possible opportunity to make friends and enjoy life as a child.
In the mid-1970s, both chapters changed their names to Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) and in 1984, both Nassau and Suffolk Chapters merged into the ACLD of today.
While our agency has undergone many transformations in its 60 year history, one fact remains – our commitment to providing opportunities for children and adults with Autism, learning and developmental disabilities, so they may pursue enviable lives, promote their independence and foster supportive relationships within the community.
See ACLD’s Timeline of History here.