An ideal environment…
Lochland, located in Geneva, New York, is a small non-profit organization providing day habilitation and residential services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lochland was established in 1933 by Ms. Florence Stewart, who was widely recognized as a pioneer in the education of disabled children. Ms. Stewart remained as Lochland’s Executive Director for over fifty years until her death in 1983. Ms. Stewart is honored with her portrait proudly displayed at Lochland in the front foyer where it all began, suitably named Stewart House.
Lochland was, and remains a leader in the support of people with disabilities to achieve what was once thought impossible. Much has changed from Lochland’s formative years, when residents’ choices were shaped by the limitation of society and community acceptance had not yet begun. In fact, many people with disabilities were placed in institutions, rather than remaining at home or being offered an opportunity in a residential setting. Fortunately for all people with disabilities, public sentiment has progressed and independence, choice, working and living in the community has changed.