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The Kessler Center in Irondequoit celebrates official ribbon cutting
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It's a project that was about 10 years in the making and right now the Kessler Center in Irondequoit is celebrating its official ribbon cutting.

The Kessler Center is run by the Easter Seals of New York. It's a place for children with disabilities to live and learn every single day.

The progress that one family has seen in their child since he's been at The Kessler Center is nothing short of remarkable.

Thirteen-year-old Joey Piazza has come a long way. He struggles with autism and other developmental and neurological disorders.

He and his family are from the Syracuse area but until now, the only facilities that were able to help Joey were in places like Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Laura Piazza said, “It's so much closer to home. It’s only about an hour and 15 minutes which is huge compared to what we were used to traveling before.”

Joey moved into The Kessler Center off Seneca Avenue in Irondequoit in August and in that short time, hios parents have already noticed a huge difference. “The fact that he is reading and like my husband mentioned he's starting to identify coins, these are simple things that we thought we'd never get to or achieve.”

John McGgrath from the Easter Seals believes it's the closeness to home that's making all the difference. “We're sure getting them back to Rochester is helpful. We know getting kids back with their families and helping them learn those family skills to re-integrate them is a positive thing.”

Joey's parents say one thing that The Kessler Center offers that other faculties haven't -- is a one-on-one approach to Joey’s learning.

The Kessler Center used to be a school for St. Margaret Mary's. They began renovating it back in December of last year.

Officials say this is really a first of it's kind here in Rochester and looking at the Piazza family, it's easy to see it's really changing their lives for the better.

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