About Catholic Charities Disabilities Services

Catholic Charities Disabilities Services, a not-for-profit agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, was established in 1984. We provide services and supports to children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities residing within eleven counties including Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Columbia and Greene.

We strive to provide individuals who have developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries with opportunities and supports to learn the skills and develop the confidence needed to live their lives as independently as possible within the community of their choice. We pledge to maintain the highest level of excellence and sensitivity in all that we do to provide dignified, caring, and professional services that assist the people we support to maximize their potential in every area of life, regardless of their age or the nature of their disabilities.

Our values-based approach incorporates, at its core, communication, dignity, empowerment, excellence, independence, integrity, leadership, responsiveness, and safety. These values are woven into all that we do and are, without question, the key to our overall success.

Our Services

Catholic Charities Disabilities Services offers a comprehensive array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We provide support to individuals and families to meet their needs, personal goals, and aspirations. We do our very best to provide, find, or create the opportunities they need and request.

For more information, scroll through the different services listed above.

  • Person Centered Excellence Accreditation

    We are accredited by the Council on Quality Leadership (CQL) for having an exemplary vision of dignity, opportunity and community for all people. Our accreditation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in person-centered services, and provides a framework to continually develop and improve the quality of our services.

    CQL accreditation is grounded in an organization-wide systems approach and over 40 years of leadership and peer-reviewed research. CQL accreditation promotes excellence in person-centered services and provides a framework for organizations to improve the quality of supports they provide. It’s about continuous improvement in organizations. But beyond that, it is about giving organizations the tools to provide supports which allow individuals served to live the lives they want. The Council on Quality and Leadership is dedicated to the definition, measurement and improvement of personal quality of life for people receiving human services and supports. The CQL provides a seal of approval that only approximately 400 organizations have acquired world-wide.


    There are four building blocks to achieving Person Centered Excellence Accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership.
    1. Shared Values: Does the agency really believe in quality of life? Do they live out their mission, vision, and values?
    2. Basic Assurances: Health, safety, and human security are essential but the agency’s role also includes empowerment of individuals and their families.
    3. Personal Outcome Measures: Is this person living the life they want to live? The Personal Outcome Measures are a series of questions / indicators to guide a conversation about what really matters to the person. The answers let the agency know if they are really providing the supports desired by the individual to live the life they truly want.
    4. A Plan of Person-Centered Excellence: This is the road map for the agency to improve. It includes goals and benchmarks for the agency to achieve over a multi-year period. To learn more about the CQL accreditation process visit: http://www.c-q-l.org
  • Our Mission

    "Turning disabilities into capabilities; providing quality services with integrity, compassion and respect."
  • Guiding Principles

    All of our person-centered services are designed to maximize choice and offer individualized strategies for each person we serve. We are committed to helping people define their own quality of life, and to identify their aspirations, hopes and dreams. Our staff strives to do whatever it takes to make these dreams become realities.

  • Who We Serve

    Catholic Charities Disabilities Services provides services and supports to over 1,000 children and adults with varying developmental and related disabilities, and their families within an eleven county geographic area. Individuals who have developmental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and/or traumatic brain injuries are eligible for our services.

    We are one of the largest providers of services for people with autism and we also specialize in services for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

  • Employees

    We strive to provide individuals who have developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries with opportunities and supports to learn the skills and develop the confidence needed to live their lives as independently as possible within the community of their choice. We pledge to maintain the highest level of excellence and sensitivity in all that we do to provide dignified, caring, and professional services that assist the people we support to maximize their potential in every area of life, regardless of their age or the nature of their disabilities.

  • Board of Directors

    President: Mr. Gary O'Brien, D.Min
    Vice-President: Mr. John Rajter
    Treasurer: Mr. Matt Lindemann
    Secretary: Ms. Mary Marro-Giroux
    Additional Board Members
    • Ms. Shameka Andrews
    • Ms. Christine Barton
    • Ms. Cynthia Calautti
    • Mr. Paul Collins, Esq.
    • Ms. Carmen Duncan
    • Mr. Jason Parrish
    • Ms. Kelley Schultz 
  • History

    Catholic Charities Disabilities Services, a not-for-profit agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, was established in 1984. We are an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.