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Check out our own Russell Cunningham on the 13 Wham ABC News "Person You Should Know" Segment!
"For most of us, driving somewhere is as simple as grabbing the keys and getting in the car. But watch Russell Cunningham go for a ride and you might never take driving for granted again.
For Cunningham, who is 18 and uses a wheelchair, driving equals freedom. He says it was worth all the work – and there was a lot of work."
Russell Cunningham and DriveOn Supervisor Bryan Rogers were interviewed by Doug Emblidge.
The segment first aired on the 5pm news on Monday, Feb. 26th and again Tuesday morning on Channel 13.
Bryan worked with Russell to use hand controls to drive his car, helping Russell to drive safely, independently and with confidence! Way to go, Russell!
Watch Russell's inspirational story and read the full story here:
Golisano Autism Center to be Built in Rochester
Tom Golisano Makes $2.5 Million Challenge Grant
Golisano Foundation Pledges First $500,000 to Launch Capital Campaign
Innovative Collaborative Model will Serve Thousands with Autism
May 16, 2017
Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp and CP Rochester announced today that they are collaborating to build the new Golisano Autism Center Rochester, which will expand and enhance autism services to serve the more than 10,000 people diagnosed with autism in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas.
Ability Partners, Inc. Named Finalist in 2017 Collaboration Prize
March 10, 2017
Ability Partners, Inc. was named a Finalist for the 2017 Collaboration Prize and will be awarded $10,000. This is a national award designed to highlight exceptional permanent models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. Ability Partners, Inc., was initially chosen to be one of 18 semifinalists from more than 350 submissions, and in February was selected as one of eight finalists for the Prize by a selection panel comprising major supporters of nonprofit collaboration.
Ability Partners, Inc. Named Semifinalist in 2017 Collaboration Prize
February 6, 2017
Ability Partners, Inc. was named a semifinalist for the 2017 Collaboration Prize. This is a national award designed to highlight exceptional permanent models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. One of 18 semifinalists, Ability Partners, Inc., was chosen from more than 350 submissions.
Over $70,000 Raised from Gala Event Honoring Champions of Disability Services
October 6, 2016
Ability Partners Foundation’s third annual Evening of Stars Galafundraiser exceeded its goal by raising over $70,000! The Gala, presented by The Lilliputian Foundation, was held at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. It recognized companies and individuals who help CP Rochester and Rochester Rehabilitation thrive. “The support we’ve received for this event from so many individuals and companies is overwhelming,” said President and CEO Mary Walsh Boatfield. “Their dedication to our mission helped ensure this Gala was tremendously successful.”
30-year Employee Reflects on his Life at Rochester Rehab
September 23, 2016
John Hahn is an employee of Rochester Rehabilitation’s OneSource Solutions Janitorial Services division. For the past 30 years, he has been working at the Federal Building in Rochester as part of the long-term contract it has with Rochester Rehab – cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming offices, and emptying garbage cans.
Happiness House to Honor NYS Senator Michael Nozzolio
September 15, 2016
Happiness House, which has held a special place in the heart of New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio (54 – R, C, IP) for many years, is hosting a very special tribute event for the out-going senator on Friday, September 23, 2016. The celebration, taking place at Happiness House’s Geneva location at 731 Pre-Emption Road at 1:30 p.m., will honor Senator Nozzolio’s generosity and years of unwavering work and dedication on behalf of adults and children with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public.
Happiness House Golf Tournament Raises over $45,000
August 5, 2016
The Francis ‘Ben’ Bonafiglia – Happiness House Golf Tournament, hosted at Seneca Falls Country Club on August 3, raised over $45,000 in support of adults and children with disabilities. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the tournament has raised $820,000 since its inaugural event in 1986.
Rochester Rehabilitation Receives $4 Million Grant
June 21, 2016
Rochester Rehabilitation was recently awarded a $4 million grant from the Federal Department of Labor enablingthe agency to partner with other organizations and area employers to create access to living-wage jobs, and support career advancement in in-demand industries for parents with dependent children at home. Job training, job placement, career advancement, benefits management, and child support will be available.
CP Rochester Receives $240,000 Grant from The Golisano Foundation
June 9, 2016
CP Rochester, a partner within the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, received a grant from The Golisano Foundation to assist the agency develop ‘transitional apartments’ for young adults with disabilities. As part of the grant award, $40,000 was gifted in October 2014 with an additional $200,000 to be awarded when additional funding is secured via the Al Sigl Community of Agencies capital campaign, a Federal Home Loan, and other grants and sources.
Legislative Breakfast Focuses on Autism
May 27, 2016
CP Rochester and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies recently hosted an Autism Summit/Legislative Breakfast at Nazareth College. Over 125 people attended the free discussion to learn more about issues affecting people with autism (and their families) including behavioral health, mental health, transportation, employment, and housing.
Over $30,000 Raised to Benefit People with Disabilities
May 7, 2016
CP Rochester's 11th Annual 5K Run for Fun and 1 Mile Fun Walk, presented by The Lilliputian Foundation, was a great success! Nearly 375 people participated in the event by running, walking, rolling, or volunteering. Special thanks to our Media Sponsor, WHEC-TV Channel 10 and our emcee, Reporter Chris Horvatits! Thanks also to 7-Eleven, Wegmans, and Mark's Pizzeria for supplying all great food!
Rochester Rehabilitation Joins Ability Partners, Inc.
April 4, 2016
One year after the executive staffing agreement took effect, Rochester Rehabilitation has officially become an affiliate agency of Ability Partners, Inc. Incorporated in December 2014; Ability Partners, Inc. is the passive parent corporation which includes CP Rochester in Monroe County and Happiness House in Ontario County.
With the inclusion of Rochester Rehabilitation, Ability Partners, Inc. now grows to three partner agencies, each operating as separate subsidiaries. Combined, the agencies employ over 700 clinical, professional, paraprofessional, and administrative individuals who live in the areas where they serve. Mirrored board of directors members from all three agencies comprise the leadership and provide oversight to achieve common goals.
Rochester Rehabilitation Hosting Employment Conference
March 10, 2016
Rochester Rehabilitation is hosting a first-of-its-kind employment conference in Western New York on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Wegmans, Employment First will focus on employment outcomes for special populations, including individuals with a disadvantage, those in poverty, people with disabilities, refugees, and veterans. The keynote speaker will be Robert Egger, a nationally-known non-profit leader, author, speaker, and activist.
Profile on Mary Walsh Boatfield
November 6, 2015
Read about CP Rochester Mary Walsh Boatfield in the Rochester Business Journal.
Bowling Event Raises Money for People with Disabilities
November 6, 2015
Happiness House and CP Rochester held the 7th Annual Bowling to Raise Bucks fundraising tournament at Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua on November 6. Over 215 bowlers on sixty teams, several sponsors, and friends helped raise approximately $20,000.
Rochester Rookies Win Multiple Medals at Competition
June 30, 2015
Six athletes from the Rochester Rookies, a wheelchair and ambulatory sports program for children and young adults, recently earned 42 medals at the 38th Annual Richard Cadmus Disabled Sports Meet in Edison, New Jersey.
Happiness House and CP Rochester Incorporate - Not-for-profit Agencies Unite Under a ‘Passive Parent’ Corporation
January 28, 2015
Less than two years since an executive staffing agreement took effect, Happiness House/Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. and CP Rochester/United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area, Inc. have met and formed a ‘passive parent’ corporation. Ability Partners, Inc., which incorporated in December 2014, is the culmination of months of strategic planning by members of both agencies’ Boards of Directors.
M&T Charitable Foundation Gifts $2,000 to CP Rochester
November 7, 2014
The M&T Charitable Foundation recently gifted CP Rochester’s Augustin Children’s Center $2,000 to fund a portable climber used by children with and without disabilities to develop upper body strength and coordination. The climber can be used in classrooms, the gym, or outdoors – this provides staff great flexibility in where and with whom it can be used. The remaining grant funds are being applied to the purchase of a contoured advance seat. This support system has a smaller footprint than a standard wheelchair, provides the child with optimal positioning and can be raised and lowered. This allows the child to get closer to the floor for activities such as circle time and floor play and rises to table height or standing so that the child can participate in all classroom activities at the same level as their peers.
CP Rochester’s Family Dental Center Wins Health Care Achievement Award
February 10, 2014
CP Rochester’s Family Dental Center, one of the few dental offices in the region specializing in the oral care of individuals with disabilities, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Health Care Achievement Award from the Rochester Business Journal. The Family Dental Center was recognized for its excellence and innovation, as well as for making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Rochester.
Executive Staffing Agreement just the Beginning for CP Rochester and Happiness House Relationship
July 23, 2013
CP Rochester is only two months into its executive staffing agreement with Happiness House/Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. – but if you look at the work and planning the agencies have done so far, it is clear there are big things ahead for both organizations.
CP Rochester and Happiness House/Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. Enter into Executive Staffing Agreement
May 22, 2013
With the planned retirement of CP Rochester President Brian C. Klafehn, the agency has signed an Executive Staffing Agreement with Happiness House/Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. to provide senior leadership to CP Rochester. Effective May 20, 2013, Mary Walsh Boatfield assumed the position of President/CEO at CP Rochester, while continuing her role as CEO of Happiness House.
Determination and Generosity Help CP Rochester Acquire Innovative New Device
January 28, 2013
Utilizing a wheelchair due to his cerebral palsy, four-year-old Joshua Nodine’s physical limitations never allowed him the opportunity to explore his world in the same way as other children.
Elks Have Made a Home with CP Rochester for 65 Years
July 2, 2012
By their very nature, civic organizations commit their time, energy, and effort to a wide variety of causes in the community.
Gala Fundraiser Honored Champions of Disability Services
November 4, 2015
Over $55,000 was raised from CP Rochester’s second annual fundraising Gala held on October 10 at ARTISANworks in Rochester. The event recognized companies and individuals who were instrumental in the formation of the agency nearly 70 years ago and those who continue to help it thrive.