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Rich and Patty Vassi

Rich and Patty VassiRich and Patty Vassi fell in love with their son, Jonathan, from a photograph. Now 30, Jonathan is thriving thanks to his parents and the support they've gotten from the Center throughout the years. READ MORE



Laureen Calautti

Matthew Allan CalauttiResidential Habilitation program prepared 41-year-old with Down Syndrome to contribute to the community and live a fulfilled life. READ MORE




Ward and Shirley Fellows

Fellows FamilyWhen caring for our handicapped daughter became too much for us, the Center for Disability Services offered us help when it was needed most. READ MORE




Michael Choi

Michael ChoiSometimes I ask myself this question, “Who is more disabled?” Those who use wheelchairs to get around, or people who are perfectly healthy but do not go out of their way to help those in need? READ MORE



Leslie and Shirlie Spence

Matthew's FamilyOur son Matthew is the most important person in our lives. He began getting services with the Center for Disability Services at age 15. As he aged up, we wanted him to have the consistency that residential life would afford him. We were fortunate, and he was able to move into one of the Center's residences at age 19 and has flourished during the time he has lived there with a true quality of life. READ MORE

Karen Hoblock

Karen HoblockIt has been a great privilege to spend my entire career working for the Center for Disability Services. In my 35+ years, I have had the pleasure to watch hundreds of children with special needs graduate from the Langan School and then attend the wonderful adult programs provided by the Center. READ MORE


Milton Hall

Milton HallWhen I first started serving as a board member for the Center for Disability Services, I had no idea that the Center literally saved lives. I have now served on the Center’s Foundation Board for almost two decades and on the Center’s Governing Board for the last five years. READ MORE


Donna Lamkin


My daughter Lauren is one of my greatest sources of joy, and I treasure the wonderful years and the fun that we have had together; however, the need to secure Lauren’s future beyond my own lifetime is, of course, a much more serious issue.  READ MORE


Robert Clore


I believe that my years of involvement with the Center for Disability Services have been instrumental in helping me become a better person. The Center has been a large part of my life for over 36 years. My daughter, Jennifer, started in pre-school at Clover Patch in Glenville, then transitioned to the Langan School at 314 South Manning, where she graduated in 2000.  READ MORE

eBrochure Request Form

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Center for Disability Services a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to the Center for Disability Services, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 22 Corporate Woods Blvd., 5th Fl., Albany, NY 12205, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Center for Disability Services or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Center for Disability Services as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Center for Disability Services as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Center for Disability Services where you agree to make a gift to the Center for Disability Services and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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