Robert Goodfellow Jr.

Robert Goodfellow started his lifetime of service in 1968 when he joined the United States Army. After two years, Robert left the military and pursued an opportunity with the New York State Department of Transportation and then Syracuse University. While working for the State government, Robert spent most of his time developing strong community based services for people with disabilities- to replace the developmental center. In 2001, Robert joined Transitional Living Services (TLS) as a deputy director. He was later promoted to Executive Director and retired when Enable and TLS merged.

Interestingly, after stepping down as the Executive Director of TLS, he joined the board of Spaulding Support Services, which merged with AccessCNY several years later.

Q&A with Robert

Q: What makes AccessCNY’s mission important to you?

A: The success of AccessCNY is a culmination of a career that began for me 50 years ago in 1971 when I got my masters and helped develop the Center on Human Policy. The fight for disability rights never ends and AccessCNY is committed to the ultimate goal of complete community integration with the dignity and respect afforded to all.

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