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Message From The CEO

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Greetings to all of our friends,

It’s September and as the summer comes to a close, the leaves begin to change and fall activities ramp up. Here at Shore we too are in a process of transition and change.

Many of you may already know about a federal mandate called the Olmstead Act. Like any major governmental document, there is a lot of information flying around about this act and what it really means for individuals with disabilities, their families, and, organizations like Shore.

What is the Olmstead Act?

It is a federal mandate (law) that requires states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and to ensure that persons with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. It goes further to insure that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to interact with nondisabled persons to the fullest extent possible . . . .”

In Olmstead, the Supreme Court, interpreting the ADA and its integration mandate, held that Title II prohibits the unjustified segregation of individuals with disabilities.

 How will this change the way we work and serve individuals with disabilities?

Change, while it can sometimes be daunting, change brings about new ideas, fresh perspectives, new ways of doing things, and ultimately, opens the way to achieving a whole new level of service excellence.  We are excited about taking a pioneering role that fully embraces the Olmstead Act, not just because it is the law.  Rather, it is because we see it as an opportunity to be of greater service to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.

What will Olmstead mean for our persons served at Shore?

More opportunities. Better employment options.  Greater community engagement and a bigger voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Our biggest challenge is not meeting these changes.  Our biggest challenge remains obtaining the financial resources to meet the needs of the families and individuals in the community that rely on us.  Government funding only covers about 80% of our operating costs leaving us seeking charitable support from the families and friends who give generously.

Over the coming months and years we will continue to reach out to every donor and friend for your generous gifts. Together, we change lives and raise possibilities for children and adults with disabilities.

Warm regards,

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India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
(847) 982-2030 ext. 215
india@shoreservices.org

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