Kulanu opens ‘Front Door’


Kulanu will hold an information session for the new Front Door Program of the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities this Thursday, Aug. 10.

For nearly two decades, Cedarhurst-based Kulanu has provided dozens of programs that assist children with special needs and their families.

Robert Johnson, the state office’s Local Schools Transition Coordinator, will discuss Front Door, a community integration program. Like Kulanu, the state office is committed to supporting those with developmental disabilities in personalized and community-based ways.

Front Door operates on a philosophy of self-determination and the belief that people with developmental disabilities should be able to fully participate in their communities and enjoy meaningful relationships with the people in their lives.

“Ultimately, opening the Front Door should mean that people with developmental disabilities will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and live the lives of their choosing,” Johnson said.

Parents or caretakers who come to Thursday’s event will have the opportunity to meet with Front Door staff and participate in a question and answer session with professionals in the caretaking field. The information session will also count as a mandatory Front Door training program that participants in the program must take before receiving benefits. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Kulanu Center for Special Services, 620 Central Ave., Cedarhurst.