Bills introduced to City Council to help individuals with developmental disorders


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A package of bills was introduced to the City Council Friday to help prevent something like that of autistic teen Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance, which ended in tragedy, from occurring once again.

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Cuomo’s proposed cuts to developmentally disabled would be ‘devastating’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY DENISE ROMANO & MAGGIE HAYES Carol Goldstein doesn’t know where to turn. With the threat of budget cuts looming, she fears her autistic son will not get the services he so desperately needs. Her son, and those living with developmental disabilities will be “devastated” by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts, say activists. Advocates […]

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Disabilities confab shares stories of support


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“We have to tell our stories. Our stories will save us. And our stories will ensure our future,” said Marianne Ardito, vice chairperson for the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities (QCDD) during the 26th annual Queens Family Support Conference. Hundreds of family members, advocates and supporters of the developmentally disabled gathered at the LaGuardia Sheraton […]

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Job fair for developmentally disabled


By Queens Courier Staff

Just as the economy is remembering the good old days, job fairs seem like just what the doctor ordered. Queens College has answered the call by scheduling a job fair towards the end of the month. The Employment and Vocational Supports Fair will be held on October 24th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at […]

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Rejects Home For Developmentally Disabled


By Queens Courier Staff

Community Board 7 overwhelmingly rejected a proposed home for adults with mental retardation, on 35-88 162 St., Flushing, by a lopsided 28 to 8 vote, at an SRO meeting last week in the historic Bowne Street Church. Board members blamed the State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) for failing to properly define […]

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Op-ed: Fast-food wage hike could harm New York health care industry


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Op-Ed

As executive director of Queens Centers for Progress (QCP), a nonprofit providing a comprehensive range of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities for 65 years, I have firsthand knowledge of another group of people whose earnings make it difficult-to-impossible to make ends meet: our direct care staff.

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‘Life’s Connections Through Music’ concert to showcase musical abilities


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Darren Carlson

Life’s WORC, a non-profit organization in Garden City that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities, will be hosting their sixth annual “Life’s Connections Through Music” concert at Molloy College on Saturday, May 20th.

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Queens Centers for Progress celebrates 65 years in the community


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Photo courtesy QCP

From their humble beginnings operating out of the basement of a wood-framed house in Queens 65 years ago to now servicing over 1,500 people at several different facilities, the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) has grown to become a leader in helping people with developmental disabilities.

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Life’s WORC thanks Geraldo Rivera with Times Square billboard as he continues to survive on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Alex Coroneos

Geraldo Rivera has made it through five episodes of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” where he has raised more than $700,000 for Life’s WORC. And the nonprofit is thanking him on an enormous billboard hanging above Times Square.

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Successful charity auction at LIC Flea, Ping Pong Open this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File Photo

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, held a charity auction on Aug. 16 with the duo known as The Locker Rockers and auctioneer John Luke of A&E’s “Storage Wars: New York” and raised $1,000 for Life’s WORC.

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