About Us

Over the years, Lochland has evolved to meet the changing needs of its community. In 2005 Lochland was certified by New York State’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and has been working in partnership with the state to maintain compliance and serve our clients with standardized care.

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Our Services

Our Mission

Creating opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to celebrate independence and encourage success.

Our Vision

Creating Opportunities. Celebrating Abilities. Encouraging Success.

Our History

Our Founding

Lochland has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1903. Originally known as the “Lochland School for Girls,” it’s first incarnation was established by the Benjamin sisters (pictured above), who sought to create an educational institution that emphasized academic excellence and character development for young women. Later, in 1933, Lochland became a school for children with special needs, under the auspices of Mrs. Florence Stewart, who at the time was widely recognized as a pioneer in the education of children with intellectual and physical disabilities. She served as Lochland’s Executive Director for over fifty years until her death in 1983, Her home, Stewart House, is still the center of our campus along the beautiful shores of Lake Seneca in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Stewart House was built in 1896 and is also noted in the New York State Register of Historic Places as a meeting place for the Geneva area’s suffragettes and as a possible stopping point on the Underground Railroad.

Lochland Today

Throughout its history, Lochland has continued to uphold a tradition of excellence. With our beautiful campus, dedicated staff, and supportive community, Lochland remains a cherished institution in the Geneva area. Our mission of serving the IDD community has been the focus of the organization for nearly 100 years.

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Get to Know Us

Meet Our Team

Leadership Team

Meet the people who work behind the scenes to keep Lochland running.

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Board of Directors

Introduce yourself to the governing board of Lochland.

Our Partners

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