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ACDS is one of the most special places I have ever encountered.

When I was pregnant with my daughter and dealing with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, I called many local agencies looking for help. ACDS was the only place that followed through when I was in need.

After Meghan’s birth, she received services in home from the fantastic therapists at ACDS. These therapists not only helped my daughter greatly, but they helped me and my entire family. This is not something I will ever forget, and is what motivated me to want to give back to ACDS by volunteering at some of their fundraisers --which in turn started a whole new career for me!

While my daughter attended preschool at ACDS, I saw first hand, every day, the plethora of amazing and special people that make ACDS what it is. Not only did I get to meet and work with Meghan’s therapists, many of them have become friends.

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And in addition to those friendships, I have formed lifelong friendships with a very special group of moms whose children also attended ACDS at the same time as my daughter and my older son (who also attended preschool at ACDS).

Meghan grew and thrived during her time in Early Intervention and preschool at ACDS. She is now 10 years old, and doing very well. She is in an integrated program in our home district, and I know that one of the reasons she is doing so well is because she had the help and expertise of those at ACDS to guide her during her early years.

ACDS is an amazing place, and we are very lucky as Long Islanders to have this incredible organization at our disposal. I have many friends across the United States who have children with disabilities. In speaking with them, I have never heard of another place like ACDS -- where they truly are experts in how to best help children with Down syndrome learn and grow, a true lifetime agency; assisting families from birth or before birth, through our children’s adult years.

If you have a personal story about ACDS that you would like to share, please email

Laurie Schaefer
lschaefer@acds.org

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Your contribution can make a difference to a child and family, just like those families in the stories above.

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