Opengate pledges to do our part during March, 2020 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by advancing the issues, educating, and advocating for all individuals with developmental disabilities. We join thousands across the nation highlighting ways to allow communities to form stronger…
October 11-12, 2019 Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS) hosted their annual conference in Albany. The theme for the conference, “Stepping Up, Never Stepping Back” set the tone to encourage participants to speak up for themselves and others and keep the self-advocacy movement going forward.
Board of Directors member, Ginny Vreeland, became familiar with Opengate while in the position as a nurse employed there from 1981-1985. When it came time to find suitable housing for her son with developmental disabilities, she already knew where the best place for him would be.
When a behavioral incident arises, most agencies immediately place a 911 emergency call to handle the situation. Opengate rarely has the need to call 911, but when we do, the call is a surprise to the department.
Each week some of Opengate’s individuals participate in sorting and packaging surplus medical supplies for the Afya Foundation located in Yonkers, NY. Afya Foundation regularly donates and ships supplies to African countries and badly damaged areas of the world due to natural disasters.