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"Everyone should have an opportunity to be treated with respect. Strong legs run so that weak legs may walk."
B. Thomas Golisano, Founder

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March 4th is the Official Day
Feb. 16, 2015--Join us for the 5th year as we spearhead one of the largest campaigns in the nation to “Spread the Word to End the Word ™ . Help create a more accepting world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more


HC Yr 2Year 2 Data Shows that Healthy Communities Launched with $12 Million from Tom Golisano Has Narrowed the Health Care Gap for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Washington, D.C.--November 19, 2014--Special Olympics released data today outlining the results of its successful two-year old Healthy Communities initiative and announced that it will expand the program from 14 to 100 sites by 2025. World experts will convene at Planning Workshop in NYC December 10, sponsored by Golisano Foundation. Read more



Parents, Professionals and Students! The Institute for Innovative Transition is pleased to present: Annual Institute
October 17, 2014--Please join us for the Institute for Innovative Transition's 2014 Annual Institute designed for parents, students, and professionals with a focus on inclusive higher education and transition. Read more


Golisano Restorative Neurology and Rehab Center Dedicated at Rochester Regional Health System
September 17, 2014--The new Golisano Restorative Neurology and Rehabilitation Center at Rochester Regional Health System was officially dedicated. The celebration was attended by Tom Golisano, Golisano Foundation Director Ann Costello, former patients and staff. Read more

Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundaiton Donate $3.5 million to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for New Golisano Center for Community Health
Tom Golisano has made a gift of $3.5 million to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. It is the largest in the medical center's history and will support construction of an innovative new Golisano Center for Community Health. Read more


NFMMCNiagara Falls Memorial Medical Center & Golisano Foundation Will Make Major Announcement Wednesday September 17th at News Conference Read More

annCAnn Costello Invited to White House for Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation
Ann Costello, Golisano Foundation Director and her husband Tony, were guests at a dinner hosted at the White House by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The event was ‘A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation,’ for Special Olympics' work to activate young people to fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice. Read more


Golisano Foundaiton Donates $100,000 to Nazareth College to Support New Wellness and Rehabilitation Center
Rochester, NY--May 20, 2014--Nazareth College and the Golisano Foundation announced a gift from the Foundation of a $100,000 to support construction of the new Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute at Nazareth College. Read more


Special Olympics and Golisano Foundation Team up with Eastman Institute for Oral Health for First "A Day for Special Smiles," Providing Needed Dental Treatment to People with Intellectual Disabilities
Special Olympics, the Golisano Foundation and UR Medicine's Eastman Dental are taking action to bridge a long-standing gap to improve access and oral health care for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Read more

WXXI and The Golisano Foundation Launch Initiative to “Move To Include” People with Disabilities
It's up to you! Join us as we promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through programming and special events, twe want to build a more inclusive community by motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in all aspects of the community. Read more


Save the Date! Business Connection Summit - Hiring People with Disabilities - May 13
Join local business representatives to discuss the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. Learn about tax incentives to businesses and strategies for making reasonable
accommodations in the workplace. Meet highly-qualified candidates with disabilities. See Flyer | Register



Spread the Word to End the Word is March 5th - Pledge now!
Click on the banner to take the pledge to Spread the Word to End the Word. The Golisano Foundation encourages you to spread the word to end the word. We want to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and ask people to pledge to stop using the R-word. Tturn your commitment into action and spread the word to others. Read more & see photo album and news stories

See "The Crash Reel" at The Little Theatre Jan. 14
Directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Lucy Walker, The Crash Reel is a jaw dropping story about one unforgettable athlete Kevin Pearce.  The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Mary L. Dombovy, MD, MHSA, and Vice President of Neurosciences Unity Health System. See more

Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW Florida Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking to Celebrate Community Commitment
December 10, 2013--Tom Golisano joined Lee Memorial Health system leaders to celebrate progress on the capital campaign for construction of a new 128-bed state-of-the-art pediatric hospital. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 with the new facility scheduled to open in 2017. Photos | News


Institute for Innovative Transition at Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities Issues its FiveYear Report to the Community
Read about the many lives of young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilitieswho have been touched by the Golisano Foundation's investment in the Institute for Innovative Transition. Read report | Past News