For the past several years, Wildwood was fortunate enough to have a presence through the Times Union's blogging platform. One of the many benefits of such was that we were able to share our messaging with the wider Capital Region community and readers that might not be familiar with our organization. We've recently learned that the Times Union has made the decision to close down all of their user-sourced blogs, including ours.

While the archived articles will remain available on their site at, we will no longer have the opportunity to contribute new material. From now on, we will be sharing any articles here on our website, or through our various social media channels. Continue following along with Wildwood at any of the following locations: 

Additionally, we will routinely share small updates and photos via our Instagram account and Twitter page. 

We welcome you to share these accounts with your friends and family, and thank you for your continued support! 

Raising Funds and Environmental Awareness 

The CLYNK for Schools Annual Challenge is on, and we need your help! During the 2021 recycling challenge, February 1 - March 31, our school will earn an additional $0.50 for every $1 raised through bottle and can redemption at the opportunity to earn other cash prizes while promoting recycling and environmental awareness in our community. Recycle, redeem, and raise funds for our school! 

It’s easy to help. 

  1. Fill a CLYNK collection bag tagged with our school's account information with your cans and bottles.
  2. Drop filled bags at the closest CLYNK drop location (your neighborhood Hannaford Supermarket). 
    • Already a CLYNK Family? Attach our school's CLYNK tag to your next family CLYNK bags - assign your family's CLYNK collections to our school during the challenge (2/1-3/31) or all year round.
    • Not yet a CLYNK Family? Enroll in CLYNK online at It's quick and easy and there is no cost to begin. You will receive 10 free CLYNK collection bags with your enrollment. Direct your CLYNK account to benefit our school during the challenge or year-round. 

Ask your family, neighbors, coworkers, teammates, walking buddies, book club...everyone to help. Share CLYNK bags or school CLYNK tags with your network. Offer to collect their CLYNK bags for redemption during the Challenge. Post on your Facebook page, or share a picture of your family CLYNKing on Instagram.

Together we can make a difference for our students, our school, and our environment - and we need your help! 

Contact our school coordinators for additional supplies. Let's CLYNK for Schools!

Wildwood School Curry Road location: Shelley Park,, (518) 836-2212
Wildwood School Latham location: Andrea Doroski,, (518) 640-3398. 

Visit or call the CLYNK Customer Service team at 1.866.228.8454 with any questions. 

Originally shared via the Times Union Opinion section. 

It is difficult right now for our community to focus on anything other than the pandemic. It is a scary and emotional time and I know, for many of us, the fear has been consuming. Still, it is important that we don’t lose sight of the people and families in our community living with disabilities. We need to remember them now, more than ever.

Autism and other developmental disabilities don’t go away and people don’t grow out of them. Times may change, but the needs of families remain and, regardless of what is happening around us, these families need our help.

Agencies like Wildwood Programs support families with disabilities. We make it possible for families to stay intact, for parents to be able to have careers and for their loved ones to maximize their independence. Our more than 750 employees contribute to the local economy when they rent apartments, purchase groceries and buy school supplies for their kids. We, and agencies like us, are a significant part of the local economy.

The pandemic has left New York with a large debt. That debt will trickle down to agencies like Wildwood if there is not a federal bailout. That is not a simple budgetary line item. It will have a profound effect on people’s lives. If supports and services cannot survive, that means families, who are already up against significant challenges, will be in crisis.

I know we all are facing a difficult time. We cannot forget our neighbors and the families in our own communities who have so much to lose. We need to let our elected officials know just how important this is.

Lou Deepe

COO/Incoming CEO
Wildwood Programs

The deadline for Spring Semester Registration is January 15, 2021. 

Sign up now for Adult Education's spring courses! Many of the courses offered in 2021 are a part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) initiative and will focus on physical, emotional, and mental well-being. 

Find more information, a full list of courses offered, and registration paperwork here:


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