Statement by Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman on Golisano Institute

“Tom Golisano’s most recent investment in health equity for people with disabilities is nothing short of groundbreaking. The Golisano Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Institute is a vision that can and should shape the future a national healthcare system that has neglected this beloved population for far too long.

“Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities do not have access to equitable, effective healthcare services, and die on average 16 years sooner than the general population. Special Olympics has been filling this void for more than 20 years by providing free health screenings and medical referrals for athletes, with the help of trained clinicians and professional partners – Golisano Foundation chief among them.

“We applaud Tom Golisano for his continued dedication to improving the lives of people with IDD, and we look forward to the game-changing contributions this new Institute is certain to make.”