By Tom Schreck


    Boxing gyms don’t conjure up the image of inclusion and nurturing. When you watch Rocky train at his South Philadelphia gym it is dark, loud and filled with angry, sweaty men. Despite the cliché, some young people supported by Wildwood have found a home, a new activity and lots of friends in the welcoming environment of Schott’s Boxing in Albany.

By Maggie Pascucci, LMSW


    The benefits of having social connections is well documented and it is clear that they lead to a greater sense of well-being and improved physical health.  Unfortunately, it is all too common that adults with disabilities have fewer social networks and friendships than people living without a disability. It is not atypical for an individual’s staff or family members to fill the role of “friend”, rather than peers or community members.  Barriers to developing social connections may be varied, such as communication challenges, accessibility to transportation and limited exposure to social opportunities. However, supporting people to develop and maintain connections should be at the forefront of our minds, given the positive impact such relationships have on one’s life.

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Last Updated: 6-1-20

Wildwood School's last day for the 2019-2020 school year will be June 24, 2020. We will not be closing earlier, unless directed by the New York State Education Department or the governor. Please note that even if your school district closes earlier, we will be providing remote services through June 24, 2020.

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s recent directive that summer school programming must occur through distance learning this year, please be advised that Wildwood School’s Summer Extension Program will only be provided through remote and distance learning this summer. There will be no “in person” summer school programming at any of our School locations, including Curry Road, Latham, and Altamont. 

We miss our students very much, and remain hopeful that we will be able to be together in the fall.  In the meantime, we will continue to use Google Meets, the Virtual Resource Page, Classroom YouTube channels, individual IEP folders for families, teletherapy, regular contact with families, and continuously updated educational materials to support students and families to the very best of our abilities.  We know that the COVID 19 crisis has taken a huge toll on students and families, and our school team remains deeply committed to helping in every way that we can to make sure that every student has a safe, stable and healthy summer.  To that end, we will be planning and executing meaningful distance learning activities, developing challenging and engaging curriculum, and providing necessary therapies and other supports remotely, throughout July and August.  


  • Wildwood Day Services Including Without Walls is closed.

  • Wildwood's Offices at 2995 Curry Road Extension, Schenectady; 1190 Troy-Schenectady Road,  Latham;  Day Services at 421a New Karner Rd, Albany; Day Services at 1407 Rte. 9 Building 3 Halfmoon, NY 12065; and  Day Services, 1 Springhurst Dr. Suite 10 East Greenbush, NY. 12061 are closed. Facility staff are present at the Curry Road Extension site and the Troy-Schenectady Rd site.

  • Wildwood Residential Services remain in service with restrictions on visitation. Please contact the residential program director for further information.

On March 10, 2020, the Wildwood Foundation hosted their first fundraising event of the season: Trivia Night.

Held at Fort Orange Brewing in Albany, the event generated approximately $7,000 in donations to directly benefit people with developmental disabilities and their families. The night was filled with great beer, great food, over 130 people on 24 different teams that were competing for a cause. The first place team (“Even Lower Expectations”) was the winner of a SEFCU-sponsored $500 Grand Prize, and received a complimentary invitation to SEFCU’s Capital Region’s Smartest Company event in the fall.

We were excited to see a mix of participants, with teams created by Wildwood staff, family members of staff, sponsors, community partners, and people from the wider Capital Region. Many attendees were attending their first-ever Wildwood Fundraiser. One thing to note was that the event seemed to be well-attended by a younger demographic, which would be the result of advertising primarily though social media.

In addition to the teams that participated and the raffles that were held, the night was a success thanks to the support of our generous sponsors and donors. These include SEFCU, Wilde Construction, McCauley Electrical, and Datto, Inc., and the in-kind donations from Fort Orange, El Loco Mexican Cantina, and Memorama Team Trivia.


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