The Center For Discovery

At The Center for Discovery, people with disabilities work hard to find a way forward as they shape lives of meaning.

The supports we offer are grounded in the land and our community of care and education, which for many years has integrated food and farming, science and research, and health and wellness.

We are a vibrantly successful program that encourages people with intellectual and physical challenges to defy expectations, while simultaneously evolving new models for living.

What happens here matters everywhere.


Walter J. Scherr is a highly successful international businessman who overcame many obstacles through persistence, honor, and commitment. He grew up during the depression in Ozone Park, Queens, was diagnosed with tuberculosis at a young age and then quarantined at a large sanitarium for a number of years. Walter never forgot what it meant to be removed from society because of a disability nor the compassionate care that he received from his caregivers.

Walter was first introduced to The Center by his respected surgeon, Dr. George Todd, who invited him to tour the agency’s advanced programs and facilities. In response to what he witnessed and the high quality of care provided, Walter established the Vera and Walter Scherr Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to Center staff looking to pursue an advanced degree or continuing professional education/certification. This innovative program not only served to assist The Center by enhancing its workforce, but also provided the means to honor caregivers and recognize those who committed themselves to the caring profession.

More recently, Walter and the Scherr Family have gone on to champion the development of a Maker’s Lab and Learning Center featuring the use of such technologies as 3-D printers, laser cutters and CNC routers. In this environment, the engineering, artistic and design talents of people in the larger community will be joined with the specialized skills of The Center’s long-established Advanced Rehabilitation Technology Design group. Their objective: to create and encourage new technologies and devices that assist people with special needs, disabilities and age-related conditions – and share them with the world.

Learn More About Walter’s Life Through His Book: Walter’s Way

See Article About Walter in the Wall Street Journal

Department of Nourishment Arts - Corn


The Perfect Summer Salad Recipe: Featuring Corn

Looking for a delicious and nutritious recipe that incorporates one of your favorite summer vegetables…corn? You’re in luck!  Our Department of Nourishment Arts (link to LP) constructed a perfect summer recipe that’s easy to make and something the whole family will enjoy!

Before we get to cooking, let’s get to know your corn.  Surprising to some people who generally think of corn as a plain, staple food, corn is truly a unique phytonutrient-rich food that provides us with well-documented and antioxidant benefits.  It’s also a great source of fiber!  One cup amounts to over 20% of the daily recommended amount.  Oh, and did we mention how insanely good it is? Go ahead, try it out in one of our favorite recipes.


Zucchini, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette


  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups corn, shucked from the cob

For the basil vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste


Prepare all veggies and place in a bowl. Make the vinaigrette by placing all dressing ingredients in a blender and pureeing them until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. From seed to belly… bon appétit!

Not a fan of salad? Here are a few other ways to enjoy corn:

  • Grilled – wrap cobs in foil, cook for 15-20 minutes
  • Sautéed with onion and top with fresh herbs
  • Add a little crunch to your guacamole
  • Add to soups to enhance hardiness and nutritional profile
  • Add washed husks to your stock pot for a woody flavor
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Walter Scherr, Author of Award Winning Walter's Way, is a career businessman who was also an Associate Professor at Farmingdale State School and PhD candidate at NYU, He received his bachelor’s degree from Pace College attending night school, and his master’s degree from Hofstra University over the course of 15 years. He overcame many obstacles through persistence, honor, and commitment. He is a devoted family man, and an active philanthropist.

Co-Founder of The Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation. Husband, father of four, grandfather of 11, and great grampy of 2. Principle and Board member of 1st publicly traded Facsimile Company. Director, CFO, Executive Vice President: Veeco Instruments Inc. General Manager of UPA Technology Division, Group Vice President at Litton Industries, Managing Director Sperry LTD.

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