Our founder, role model and mentor, Natalie Katz Rogers, passed away peacefully in her Florida residence on Sunday, May 7, at 103 years old.
Despite her age, Natalie continued to be a powerhouse for the IDD community and was actively involved on QCP’s Board of Directors until the age of 101. Since 1950 – when Natalie and other concerned parents in the community found QCP – she advocated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and laid the groundwork for the Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS. She truly lived by her motto “As much as I can for as long as I can.”
Natalie’s ongoing commitment to the adults and children whom QCP supports has benefitted generations of people with disabilities and their families. Tens of thousands of individuals have gained independence, learned crucial life skills, and found jobs in our communities. Thanks to the groundwork laid by Natalie, people with developmental disabilities now live their best lives!
Natalie was an extraordinary person. Everyone that knew her felt her wisdom, her strength and her kindness, and we were extremely fortunate to have her guidance and leadership for 70+ years.
Natalie’s legacy will continue to live on through the vital work we do and our commitment to the people whom we support.
We miss her dearly.
CLICK HERE to read a beautifully written article from QNS.
CLICK HERE to view a 2019 video of Natalie speaking about the humble beginnings of QCP.