More than 60 years ago, it was a common practice for children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to be placed in state institutions. In 1952, 10 brave families wanted a better life for their children.

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They joined with another group of parents in New York State to establish what we now know as ACHIEVE. Just like everyone else, they are in need because of the coronavirus pandemic, and here's how you can help them out.

It's their 1st annual  ACHIEVE Awards and Virtual Dance Party on June 19th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Their goal is to raise $7,500 and they are only 1/3 of the way towards reaching that goal.

Because of COVID-19, They can't host the event live this year but they want to celebrate the accomplishments of their individuals and recognize their amazing staff and community partners. Put on your party clothes...or pajamas and join them for their inspirational awards and dance celebration.

Instead of tickets, they are asking you to consider making a donation to support ACHIEVE and its mission to advocate for and to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ACHIEVE has locations in Binghamton, Johnson City, Owego, and Norwich with their main office at 47 Riverside Drive in Johnson City.. Go here and help make a difference in your community and get ready to join them for their awards and dance party on June 19th.


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