To provide the best possible service to children and adults with disabilities and their families, be the best possible employer for our employees and otherwise contribute to the good of the community.
Lexington (Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc.), a private, not for profit agency, supports people with disabilities and their families. We provide clinical, medical, residential, day, recreation, vocational, job placement and other services to people of all ages. Lexington supports people who have developmental and learning disabilities, autism, mental illness, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, epilepsy and/or traumatic brain injuries. Lexington is made up of caring, engaged employees who are a vital part of our nurturing environment. Forty miles west of Albany, NY, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Lexington is considered by many as one of the leading agencies of its kind.
Lexington employs over 1,450 people (Fulton County’s largest employer) and has a $70,000,000 operating budget of which 99% is funded with federal, state and private funds. People who attend our programs and our employees offer volunteer services to local hospitals, churches and other not for profit agencies each year. Lexington is not only a major employer and good neighbor, it is also an integral part of the community.
Our History: Lexington began in 1953 when a small group of parents met to discuss how to improve the lives of their children who had developmental disabilities. Since then, first informally and then formally as Lexington’s Board of Directors, parents have led Lexington.
About a year after their first meeting this parent group established a school program for their children that eventually became part of the Gloversville School District. In 1962 they purchased the Lexington Avenue School in Gloversville, which became a sheltered workshop for young adults with developmental disabilities. In 1969 Lexington began serving adults with mental illness and physical disabilities and in 1972 opened it’s first home for people with developmental disabilities. In the 1970’s Lexington provided home and day program opportunities for people living in state institutions. Lexington began its Family Services Program in 1985 providing support for families caring for children and adults with disabilities who live at home.
Lexington continues to expand and diversify while remaining deeply committed to its core values and mission of excellence – making Lexington a great place for people with disabilities and for our employees. Lexington has developed a full array of services and resources to help people achieve their goals in life.