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’


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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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Rejects Home For Developmentally Disabled


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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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Auction at the Flea


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

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A week of memories


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It was an event I couldn’t refuse. Geraldo Rivera was invited by the graduates of the College of Staten Island’s social work majors to be their commencement speaker. What made it so special was that the school’s campus is the former Willowbrook State school, a place where he helped make history and where my daughter […]

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Where to volunteer and donate for the holidays around Queens


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Photo courtesy of God’s Love We Deliver

Looking to lend a helping hand for the holidays? Here’s a list of places you can volunteer or donate items around the borough. Please feel free to leave any additional suggestions of where to volunteer or donate by commenting below.   WHERE TO VOLUNTEER Catholic Charities Ozone Park Senior Center On Thursday, November 28, Citymeals-on-Wheels […]

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State Legislature restores cuts for disabled services


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It was a reversal of fortune. A $120 million cut to the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) would have left programs shorthanded, officials said. But the state legislature eliminated the threat and voted unanimously to fully restore what was lost. The Assembly voted last week to appropriate $90 million for OPWDD. That was […]

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Neither rain nor hail


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Friday began with a downpour that seemed like it was never ending. The traffic stood still for hours, but our Mayoral Forum was a huge success. To my delight all the candidates, Democrats, Republicans and Independent, made it through the stormy morning to meet at Terrace on the Park to address our audience. It was […]

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After budget cuts, legislative package aims to help disabled


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In the wake of a significant budget cut to programs for developmentally disabled people, lawmakers are seeking ways to provide such individuals with more security. A budget amendment enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo cut 4.5 percent of state funding for organizations that help disabled individuals live healthy and independent lifestyles. Now, advocates both in and […]

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St. John’s grads hike all of Long Island for charity


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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

Most recent college graduates spend their first few weeks of freedom basking in the summer weather and decompressing after finals. But six Queens transplants decided to take in the outdoors in a different way. From May 28 to June 4, five recent St. John’s University graduates and one current student trekked 128 miles from the […]

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Lindenwood to get new assisted living home


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

A new assisted living home is coming to Lindenwood. Community Board (CB) 10 gave the green light for Birch Family Services to move into a two-family home on 80th Street. The new facility will house up to six young adults with autism or other developmental disabilities. Before CB 10 members gave their approval, they asked […]

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Yoga program ends after funding dries up


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

For students at the Queens Centers For Progress’ Apple Tree Nursery School, a little bit of exercise and concentration can go a long way. But due to a lack of funding, the program that helped move these children has come to a grinding halt. On Thursday, April 25, Lauren Kahn’s pre-school class sat together for […]

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Op-Ed: Ensure services are there


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BY PETER SMERGUT The word “autism” conjures up many images and emotions. We have all witnessed the pandemic growth of this disability and it is hard to keep track of the incidents among newborn. Whether you subscribe to the 1/88 births or the more recent 1/50 births, the facts are clear, this is an extraordinary […]

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