Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (October 23, 2019) – Abilities First announces the merger of Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities into its existing continuum of care. The existing MHAPD programs which will merge include Early Intervention Services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and Family Support Services, which provides support and advocacyTo make it known to others that something is important to them. People can advocate for themselves or for others. More for families who have a member with special needs living at home. Programs for financial reimbursement for goods and services related to the care of a family member with a developmental disabilityA traditional term that generally means a person has a condition that makes it difficult for them to do things that those without disabilities can do. While we try to minimize use of this term because it emphasizes people’s limitations rather than strengths, it is sometimes necessary for diagnostic and funding purposes. More, formerly with MHAPD, will continue through Abilities First.
MHAPD was founded in Poughkeepsie over 25 years ago by parents of children with developmental disabilities. The original mission of MHAPD aligns with that of Abilities First, which makes this partnership seamless. The official merger will take place on November 1, 2019.
“I strongly believe that the merger of the two organizations will improve the services we proudly and lovingly provide to persons with disabilities,” said Dr. Moujali Hourani, President of the Board of Directors for MHAPD.
“We are pleased to finalize a great partnership that has developed over the past several years between Abilities First and MHAPD. Most importantly, together, we will ensure the future of family support and early intervention services for families in our community,” added Jeffery Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Abilities First.