Nonprofit AbilityPath — an organization that serves children and adults in the greater Bay Area with special needs and developmental disabilities, along with their families — celebrated the contributions of San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom at a public naming ceremony.
At the naming ceremony, AbilityPath commemorated Groom and her service to the organization by changing the name of its Burlingame learning and employment training facility for adults with developmental disabilities to the Carole Groom Learning Center.
The renamed Carole Groom Learning Center will offer individuals with developmental disabilities a place to learn valuable life skills, receive job training, as well as offering the opportunity to take computer, art and recreational classes, all while building independence through methods such as hands-on learning, classroom instruction and community outings.
“I am truly grateful to be honored in this way,” said Supervisor Groom. “The thousands of individuals and families who are receiving services throughout their lifetime at AbilityPath hold a special place in my heart. People with disabilities need more champions who embrace and advance diversity, access, and inclusion in all levels of our community – from the classroom to the workplace.”
Groom will be retiring from the San Mateo Board of Supervisors this December, completing her 12-year term on the Board of Supervisors.
During her tenure as an elected official, Groom has partnered with AbilityPath on a variety of projects. These projects include accessible transportation, inclusive educational programs, affordable housing and mental health services.
“With more than 20 years of public service, Groom has been a tremendous advocate for the disability community,” said AbilityPath CEO Bryan Neider. “Naming one of our centers in her honor is a truly deserving recognition for her steadfast commitment to inclusion for people of all abilities.”
While Groom will be retiring from the Board of Supervisors next month, she continues to serve as a Board Member for AbilityPath Housing,