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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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Golisano Foundation to Recognize Six with Move to Include Awards and Honor Grant Recipient Organizations at 30th Anniversary Celebration on October 15th

Rochester, NY--October 8, 2015--The Golisano Foundation will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Thursday October 15th at George Eastman Museum with a presentation of the first ever Move to Include Awards, a dinner reception honoring award and grant recipient organizations and a presentation by renowned photographer Rick Guidotti, creator of the Positive Exposure Photographic Exhibition. Read more


HARB2015What Healthcare Can and Should be for People With
Intellectual Disabilities

September 28, 2015--Don't miss Ann Costello's blog in the Huffington Post this week. "We must accelerate our efforts and take Healthy Communities to transformative scale -- with inclusive healthcare for all -- ensuring that people with IDD are not excluded from the healthcare systems within their communities." Read blog


RGAward Winning Photographer Rick Guidotti to Speak at Dryden Theatre October 1 on "Positive Exposure: Beyond Diagnosis"

In celebration of the opening of the photographic exhibition, Positive Exposure - Change How You See, See How You Change, the Golisano Foundation is pleased to present a lecture with the founder of Positive Exposure, photographer Rick Guidotti. Guidotti will speak at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House on October 1 from 7-8:30 PM. a Q&A will follow. The lecture is free to the public but advance registration is required. Read more




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Positive Exposure Photography Exhibition Opens
October 2 at George Eastman House

September 22, 2015--
The Golisano Foundation is pleased to present the photographic exhibition, Positive Exposure - Change How You See, See How You Change n view for two weeks only October 2-18, 2015 at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Positive Exposure features three collections of photographic portraits taken by internationally renowned photographer Rick Guidotti. Read more


30sqPositive Exposure Photographic Exhibition of People with Intellectual Disabilities to Premiere in Rochester at George Eastman House

August 12, 2015--As part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Golisano Foundation has commissioned a series of photographic works of people with intellectual disabilities by renowned photographer Rick Guidotti. Read more




Special Olympics Receives Largest Gift in 47-Year History  
July 25, 2015–Golisano Foundation Commits $25 Million to Change the Game and Improve Global Access to Health Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities Read more



Foundation Director Ann Costello to Speak and Participate in Several Events at Special Olympics
2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles
Opening Ceremonies are Saturday July 25 – Ann Costello to Participate – First Lady Michelle Obama is Honorary Chair and Attending – This is the World's Largest Sports & Humanitarian Event in 2015 Read more

Ribbon is Cut on the New Golisano Children's Hospital - New Hospital Opens in July
May 27, 2015--Miracle Kids, grateful families, University of Rochester leadership, and significant building donors including hospital namesake B. Thomas Golisano celebrated the dedication of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital on May 27, 2015. Read more



Tom Golisano Hosting 120 + Special Olympics Athletes Who Will Compete in Annual State Equestrian Championship in Florida Friday & Saturday May 1, 2

April 30, 2015–Special Olympics Florida will host its annual Equestrian Sports Championship on May 1-2 at the Grand Oaks Resort & Museum in Weirsdale, Florida (3000 Marion County Rd, Weirsdale, FL 32195). The Grand Oaks Resort and its owner Paychex Chairman and philanthropist Tom Golisano are the official hosts of the 2015 Special Olympics Florida State Equestrian Sports Championship, providing 120 athletes with a first-class facility in which to compete. Read more


rword2Pledge to Spread the Word to End the R Word
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, DC--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 Foundation 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 Foundation 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, we 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 Flier | Register