The Kennedy Willis Center

Established in 1996, the Kennedy Willis Center at Pathfinder Village has a three-fold mission:  to provide continuing education for families and the community-at-large regarding best practices in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, to serve as an information and life planning resource for families who have a family member with a developmental disability, and to host and conduct research related to Down syndrome and developmental disabilities.

Since opening, the Kennedy Willis Center has provided assistance and guidance to hundreds of families, caregivers, professionals, and organizations regarding the needs of persons with Down syndrome and related disabilities. The Center also provides education and training to future professionals in the field through its internship programs for area undergraduate and graduate students from the northeastern United States.  

The Center is staffed by a full-time administrator and support staff with the additional support of graduate and undergraduate students from area colleges and universities. 

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Read more about the Kennedy Willis Center's latest news and activities in our newsletter.

Kennedy Willis Center Newsletter, Autumn 2019

A new director is named for the Kennedy Willis Center, plus updates on our collaborations with Jefferson University and staff training to support the aging process for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Kennedy Willis Center Newsletter Summer 2018

Fueled by its 2017 Human Service Workforce Summit, Pathfinder Village remains actively involved in regional and statewide efforts to increase the pool of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) entering the field of disability services.

Kennedy Willis Center Insights

Much has been written about the importance of community life and social engagement for persons who live with a developmental disability.

Kennedy Willis Center Newsletter Spring 2016

Established in 1996, the Kennedy Willis Center (KWC) at Pathfinder Village links research-informed best practices regarding individuals with intellectual disabilities to professional practitioners, families, and policy makers throughout New York State.

“Pathfinder Village helps people find their
way in life to independence, success, and
maturity — all the things you want for your family.”
Marian Mullet | Founder of Pathfinder Village

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