On June 24, the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness held their annual awards dinner and silent auction. This year’s event celebrated William J. Ryan as the Center’s Person of the Year and raised over $100,000 for the non-profit organization. Ryan is the past Chair of TD Bank and has been a supporter of the Center since its inception.
The Cromwell Center is a leader in disabilities awareness education. The goal of the Center is to inform people without disabilities by teaching them about those who have a disability. The Center strives to make sure that people with disabilities - be it learning, behavioral and emotional, developmental or physical - receive the same respect, recognition and opportunity that every person deserves regardless of physical or mental condition.
By teaching kids, educators, employers and employees, the Cromwell Center has reached more than 25,000 students in over 100 schools since 2004. In addition to hands on education, the Cromwell Center provides public and school libraries with collections of informational books on special needs.
The Cromwell Center is named after Jeremiah Cromwell, a young boy who was institutionalized at the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded in the early 1900s. To this day, it is not known why he was institutionalized or the nature of his disability, but what is known is that Jeremiah Cromwell was alone. At the age of 16, Cromwell died at school with no family member coming 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 William J. Ryan 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.