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ACDS Applauds the Italian Welfare League

Plainview, NY – In this season of giving, ACDS recognizes the contributions of the Italian Welfare League (IWL) for its long-standing commitment to the organization supporting individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities.

Since 2006, IWL has generously supported over 100 families at ACDS that were in need of assistance with therapeutic and medical bills, financial emergencies, vacation respite and a variety of other challenges. Half of the money donated in the last year helped to defray the cost of converting a garage into a bedroom so ACDS could add a new resident to a group home.

IWL Board President Linda Carlozzi says, “We are proud of our mission to serve children of Italian descent who have medical problems, developmental disabilities or are suffering from emotional trauma. We affectionately call these youngsters “I Nostri Bambini” and have adopted them into the League’s family of caring members and supporters. ACDS has been a superb partner in helping us to identify and assist multiple families in times of great vulnerability.”

Having celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2010, the Italian Welfare League is one of New York’s oldest Italian charities. The League's mission is to bridge the gap between what families can afford, and what insurance doesn't cover – from providing needed supplies, treatment and services, to extending a helping hand within its own population IWL is there for those of Italian descent.

Since 2001, IWL has raised and donated more than $867,000 to its growing family of Bambini. The I Nostri Bambini campaign was founded in the wake of 9/11 when the League provided resources to the mothers of eight newborns of Italian descent who were born fatherless as a result of the tragic events at the World Trade Center. The organization broadened its reach to include children with developmental disabilities, as well as cancer and other diseases or those who have been injured in accidents or tragically lost a parent. IWL also makes grants available to social service agencies.

“ACDS is very fortunate to have IWL as a partner who provides extraordinary assistance to our families as they face the challenge of helping their children achieve their full potential. We are extremely grateful to IWL for their steadfast support over the past eight years,” says Vincent Santo, ACDS’s Director of Development and Corporate Relations.

IWL Board President Linda Carlozzi will be honored at ACDS's Annual Gala January 26.

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