AABR History:


AABR has been empowering people with Disabilities since 1956 when six courageous parents joined together to establish AABR. At that time, people with special needs were hidden away in institutions and defined more by their disabilities than abilities. The founders of AABR wanted more for their children—schools, services, a life of opportunities and choices. Their vision, resolve and spirit continue in the agency today.

AABR is committed to charting new courses in services for the developmentally disabled and in 1966, they founded one of the first schools in New York City for blind and severely intellectually disabled children. In 1974, they pioneered the first long-term residence in St. Albans, Queens. Since then, they have grown to become an agency with over thirty programs, ranging from residential facilities to thrift stores run for and by individuals with disabilities to the New York Child Learning Institute, a school for children with autism.

Their dedicated staff encourages the people we serve to explore their strengths, talents and abilities, enabling them to achieve their highest potential and to develop social interactions with their peers. Each and every day, they do all that they can to fulfill their mission: “May Each Life Find Meaning.”

AABR Partnership with MCMA

In 1970, MCMA members began taking an interest in sharing their influence and resources to help those who were less fortunate and the partnership began with the first golf tournament at Willow Ridge Country Club in 1974 organized by a committee consisting of Frank Rotunno, Fred Richter, Jim Glover, Jack Vallis and John Daskos.

The annual tournament is now named the Douglas G. Louis Tournament in memory of the MCMA President and in appreciation of his tireless work and contributions to the AABR. To date, the unique partnership with the MCMA has contributed over $3 million to AABR allowing it to invest in and expand services to the severely and profoundly retarded and to children with autism.

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