Legislative grant benefits Clover Patch kids, families

July 17, 2019 07:32 PM

ALBANY - The Center for Disability Services in Albany prides itself on helping people get better at life. After Wednesday, a whole lot of people are bound to get a whole lot better at it, thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Albany County Legislature.

"That's something that's going to have an impact on someone's life forever," asserted Andrew Joyce, chairman of the Legislature.

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Joyce was one of several elected officials and other dignitaries visiting the Center Wednesday morning to deliver the good news to students and staff.

"It's money that for us allows us to do more of what we're currently doing," says Gregory Sorrentino, CEO of the Center.

Sorrentino is now looking forward to purchasing new equipment and new technology, and also looking forward to the new expectations that go with it.

"From the technology side, the more iPads and apps that we have that we can let these kids use, it just helps them," Sorrentino stated. "It's like repetition, like anything else, the more you can do with something, the better you will get. That's what this money allows us to do."

When grant money purchased new equipment for Clover patch student Myles Robinson, it made all the difference in the world for many people.

"I had never seen my child upright and able to look at me," said David Robinson, Myles' father, "This equipment means a lot to the children, but also a lot to us too, the parents and family."

"It really makes us proud of what we're doing," Joyce added.

Joyce still has a few unanswered questions. He's wondering why it couldn't have been more money and also why it couldn't have come sooner.


Dan Levy

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