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Celebrating how the Americans with Disabilities Act changed life

July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020 | Thirty years ago on July 26, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was one of the most significant breakthroughs in history for persons with disabilities since President John F. Kennedy publicly admitted that his sister was born with intellectual disabilities creating a presidential committee…

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Sharing information will reduce infections

May 3, 2020

May 03, 2020 | Dr. Jonas Salk tested his polio vaccine as a pilot study with almost 8,000 children in our local schools. Millions of children were vaccinated. Parents embraced vaccinations with open arms. In those days, John Fine, our first governor to televise his inauguration, grew up knowing that Franklin D. Roosevelt was…

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Disability advocates press Congress to fund home health services

April 16, 2020

April 17, 2020 | Advocates argue that home-based services are important to ensure that people with disabilities are getting the care they need and can stay out of large institutions, but access is limited. Thousands of people with disabilities were already on waiting lists for home-based health and personal-care services before the coronavirus pandemic…

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Nearly 45 Years after Willowbrook State School Brought to Light, Community Options to Celebrate 20 Years of Progress in NYC

September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 Nearly 45 Years after Willowbrook State School Brought to Light, Community Options to Celebrate 20 Years of Progress in NYC 45 years ago, Geraldo Rivera exposed the atrocities that were occurring at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. This institution, which had previously been described as a “snake pit” by Robert…

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The best of all options

August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 | FM and JD BeLocal online issue | The Best of All ‘Options’ Local non-profit builds esteem, independence for people with disabilities Community Options, Inc., located at 216 W. Manlius St., E. Syracuse provides employment and residential support for people with disabilities. Their goal is to empower these individuals to make their…

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System Change

July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016 | Opinion Editorial.pdf System Change Throughout the United States, we see more and more people with disabilities in our neighborhoods. We see them taking tickets at our local theater. They ask us if we want paper or plastic at the grocery store. We see parents of younger children with disabilities walking on…

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Opening Doors

November 30, 2015

Princeton Magazine | Article.pdf | By Ilene Dube Community Options provides a higher quality of life to people with disabilities. Photographs courtesy of Community Options, Inc. Katie shows a visitor around Community Option’s Daily Plan It facilities on Alexander Road in West Windsor. In the first room, a group of people is watching a video…

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Katelyn King Visit a Group Home in the Forest Hills Neighborhood of Pittsburgh

August 1, 2014

Press Release .pdf FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 01, 2014 Katelyn King, Regional Manager for Senator Patrick J. Toomey, displayed her support of disability awareness when she toured a Community Options home located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh. There she met with the residents of the home, along with Executive Director Bridget Haney…

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Hard Work and Diligence Pays Off for One New Jersey Man

May 9, 2012

Press Release .pdf Hard Work and Diligence Pays Off for One New Jersey Man May 9, 2012 – (Princeton, New Jersey) – When the E.R. Johnstone Training and Research Center closed in 1992; it was the first large institution in the State of New Jersey to be shut down by the state. At that time,…

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The Elephant In the Middle of the Room

April 25, 2012

Opinion Editorial .pdf The Elephant In the Middle of the Room By: Robert Stack In my career in the disability field, I have seen time and time again more people with Autism Spectrum Disorders than a half of a decade ago. Now one in eighty-eight children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as per…

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