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CLIFTON PARK: Center opens up options

Bagg said the center spends about 90 minutes with each patient for their initial evaluation, and then another three to four hours with both the vendor of the technology needed and the patient's insurance company.

Alan Krafchin, the president and CEO of the center, explained the purpose of the center.

"It will offer comprehensive assistive technology services under one roof," Krafchin said. "A patient who visits here will be able to visit a neurologist, a therapist and a doctor of physical medicine in one stop and have help adapting assistive technology to their specific needs."

The Center for Disability Services began in 1942 as a school for children with cerebral palsy and now treats people with more than 300 different physical, neurological, cognitive and medical disabilities. Approximately 2,400 employees work in more than 80 locations, which have a budget of $95 million.

Its motto is: "Where people get better at life."

Local politicians attended the ribbon cutting, including Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie.

"The key word is access," Reilly said. "What we see with this center is that we're giving access to people so that people can work and play. We not only give them the ability to do the things that everyone else does, but we open up new worlds to them.""

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