On June 18, the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness held their annual awards dinner and silent auction. This year’s event celebrated Les Otten as the Center’s Person of the Year and raised over $100,000 for the non-profit organization. Otten has been the Center’s Chairman of the Board of Directors for the past five years.
The Cromwell Center is an innovative leader in disabilities awareness education. The goal of the Center is to change the attitude of people without disabilities by educating them about those who have a disability. Through teaching kids, educators, employers and employees, the Cromwell Center strives to ensure that people with disabilities - be it learning, behavioral and emotional, developmental, or physical - receive the same respect, acceptance and opportunity that every person deserves regardless of physical or mental condition.
In addition to hands on education, the Cromwell Center provides public and school libraries with collections of educational and informational books on special needs. Since 2004, the program has reached approximately 25,000 students in over 100 schools.
The Cromwell Center is named after a young boy, Jeremiah Cromwell, who was institutionalized in the early 1900s in the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded. It is not known why he was institutionalized or the nature of his disability, or whether he had one at all. But what is known is that Jeremiah Cromwell was alone. He died at school at the age of 16 and no family member came to retrieve his body for a proper burial.
It is because of Jeremiah’s hardship, and the hardships faced by many children today, that the Cromwell Center is working on behalf of children with disabilities. Through hard work and dedication, the Center envisions that one day no one will ever again experience the anonymity and suffering of Jeremiah Cromwell.
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is proud to support the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness for their efforts and achievements in educating the youths of today. As a proud member of the Board of Directors, Joe Bornstein, would like to congratulate colleague Les Otten, a deserving honoree, for his leadership and hard work. May the Cromwell Center’s hard work today pay dividends tomorrow.
For more information on the Cromwell Center please visit: www.cromwellcenter.org.