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Message from our Executive Director

When I first joined ACLD three years ago, I acknowledged that it was a challenging time for agencies like ACLD who provide support to people with special needs. By building on ACLD’s foundation of success, we could strengthen ACLD for the future and any changes that may impact how services are provided.

Today, I am proud to say that through the passion, persistence and commitment of our staff, families and Board of Directors, we continue to grow ACLD into one of the most viable agencies in New York State by planning for tomorrow.

Despite the limited growth throughout New York State in services for disabled, ACLD continues to expand with a combination of residential and day programs and commercial businesses.

To strengthen ACLD for future generations, despite changes to the field, or budgetary modifications, we created the ACLD Foundation, which exists to raise funds solely for the benefit to support the mission of ACLD. Positioning ACLD as a leader in the field by earning prestigious accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQl), is another example of how ACLD is preparing for the future.

While we don’t know what the future will bring, we are preparing for it by being part of the conversation and visibly representing ACLD in the field. ACLD is actively involved in collaborating with agencies that support people with special needs: the Advanced Care Alliance, the Long Island Alliance, the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc., NYSACRA, NYSRA – all to ensure we are at the forefront of the future and sharing any changes with our families.

By making sure the children and adults with autism, learning and developmental disabilities we support daily are the focus of everything we do, we will ensure that we are providing an enviable life for today and tomorrow’s generation.

Robert C. GoldsmithExecutive Director