ACDS honored by the Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 24, 2012Plainview, New York -- ACDS, serving children and adults with Down syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities, was one of three charities featured on March 24, at the 16th annual Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade."It was an honor to be recognized by a parade with such history. They do great work." said Laurie Schaefer, development associate with ACDS.A total of more than 150 ACDS children, adults, their families and staff members marched in the parade.
The selection process was rigorous as charities had to apply and be approved. "We've applied in the past and didn't get picked. This was a great honor," said Schaefer.Each year "the parade that cares and shares", sponsors a national, local and Irish charity. The RVC parade is one of the best attended and supported outside of New York City. In the past fifteen years $676,000 has been distributed to 45 charities.The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities were also honored and will share fundraising proceeds with ACDS.
ACDS, located in Plainview, New York is dedicated to providing lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. ACDS has been providing programs and services in and around Long Island for 45 years. ACDS currently serves more than 750 children and adults, providing services that include Early Intervention and preschool special education programs, respite and recreation programs for children, teens and adults, adult Medicaid service coordination, day habilitation and seven supervised group homes in Nassau County.