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Our Beginning

In the early 1970’s the expectations for the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities was low.  A group of local parents banded together to educate physicians about interacting with families affected by disabilities.  This support group was known as Parent’s Information Group for Exceptional Children.  In 1976 the organization officially incorporated.  In 1978 the group established their first direct services program, Take-A-Break, a respite program for children with developmental disabilities and their siblings.

During the 1970’s

In 1976 the organization officially incorporated.  In 1978 the group established their first direct services program, Take-A-Break, a respite program for children with developmental disabilities and their siblings.

During the 1980’s

Referral services were formalized and an adult social/recreationprogram was established to help ease the isolation of developmentally disabledadults.  During this time, we hired our first executive director and changed our name to Exceptional Family Resources.  

During the 1990’s

Medicaid Waiver funding opened up new ways to provide services to people with developmental disabilities and wehired our first service coordinator.  We also added Senior Outreach, Educational Advocacy and parent support in Cayuga, Madison, Oswego and Cortland counties as well as Residential Habilitation

More recently…

Located today at 1820 Lemoyne Avenue on Syracuse’s North Side, Exceptional Family Resources is now represented by a staff of over 200 employees who provide direct care and office support.  Our services have expanded to include 15 programs across 4 departments which continue to provide services to consumers and their families.   In addition, EFR remains  a leader in the developmental disabilities community as it responds to new opportunities presented by the NYS Office for People withDevelopmental Disabilities.

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Exceptional Family Resources resource manual is produced every two years and guides users to the many services that exist in Onondaga and surrounding counties.   We are always looking for local businesses who are interested in purchasing advertisement space in the manual.