I became familiar with this organization only this year and already I am astounded by all of the staff within the Center. They truly dedicate their lives to these children who have so much potential. It is amazing to witness the progress that the children make, even over the course of one month.
The Center for Independence is dedicated to serving children with cerebral palsy and adults post-stroke regardless of their financial means. They strive to help these individuals reach their full potential and gain strength, coordination, mobility as they reach for higher levels of independence. The social context allows children, adults, and family members to connect, share experiences, and bond in a such a unique and important way.
I have been able to watch the work of the Center for Independence positively influence the lives of families in a way that is simply transformative. To watch a child with a disability see no limits for their potential and to see the family alter their mind set to raise expectations for their child is truly life changing. The positive transformations and support the Center gives to families filters into every aspect of the lives of those working with the Center.
The Center for Independence is truly a magical place. The hard work and dedication that is shown by the staff to motivate and educate the children and families is so admirable. The warmth and kindness present at the Center are the backbone behind the tremendous sucesses that each child accomplishes. Developing goals and peer groups for children with Cerebral Palsy allows them to accomplish things they may not have deemed possible. Supporting the Center for Independence is an honor.
My son Justin attended the Center and I am a Board Member at the Center. I have witnessed many excellent moments over the years. Through the strong leadership of the Executive Director, a dedicated and loving staff, the gracious Board members who give so freely of their time, and charitable friends, family and associates who donate time and money, the Center has blossomed...In fact, this past May the Center opened our fourth location in the Chicagoland area. The Center now serves over 200 children with cerebral palsy at these four locations.
Many parents are anxious about the future of their kids when born with cerebral palsy. The Center has helped many children and their families over its 20 years. My son Justin was one of the original children to attend. Fast-forward to today and see Justin and many of his peers that have attended the Center scattered in their wheelchairs throughout universities and workplaces - being productive members of society….much more than we or other families were led to believe our kids could do. Every one of them thank the Center and the prevalent “Can Do” attitude.
I am extremely proud to be involved with such a passionate group of people serving these beautiful children and their families. This is not a job for any of the folks that work there...it is a love that is felt throughout the building. The fact that the Center has never turned away a child due to inability to pay speaks wonders...and their hard work and team effort keeps costs way down to ensure a substantial portion of every dollar raised goes directly to programming. Very proud to be part of it!!
The Center not only provides much needed services to children with motor disabilities, they are innovative and open to impacting the lives of adults who grew up with impairments and those adults who sustained brain injuries/strokes as adults. The staff work with the participants to also help to solve other life barriers as well. When young adults reported having difficulty finding employment, The Center partnered with business executives to help young adults create resumes and hone interview skills. The Center secured grant funding to provide fair wage paid internships for young adults with disabilities so that they can be strong candidates in the marketplace. As we now know, therapy is very important when the children are young and leaning or just after an injury as adults are trying to regain skills, however employment and social skills are important as well to be a full participant in society! the Center for Independence address the whole person and partners with individuals to achieve control over their own destiny.
The Center for Independence is uses a different model of care than traditional service provides: children with disabilities can be seen for intensive therapy and education, using a holistic approach that treats the whole child, regardless of what their insurance benefits cover (or don't). The children serviced through the clinic not only receive thorough, interdisciplinary, skilled therapy services at a high frequency and intensity, but a partnership from the center, helping the child and family navigate their many needs (medical, educational, and otherwise).
The Center For Independence is able to provide intensive therapy services to those that need it most. In a healthcare system that is becoming increasingly inaccessible, the center works to make sure every child receives the services they need, regardless of insurance coverage. The services provided go beyond the typical level of care able to be provided by other therapy models.
The Center for Independence through Conductive Education is an amazing place for families to depend on for treatment of their children with physical disabilities as well as for emotional support for the entire family. The work of the Center does not begin and end with the child walking through the door. The Center is truly there to provide caring treatment, support, and encouragement to all members of the family. With services ranging from early intervention to young adulthood and beyond, the children/adults at the Center along with the staff grow and work together to ensure success and full participation in the community in terms of physical ability, socialization, employment, and overall independence!
The Center has helped me tremendously not just the physical and social aspect of things that the center has to offer, but it offered me opportunities to be an employee and work at the center. I have grown so much from the center ever since I was four years old. The determination and the 150% effort that the staff has for each child who attends the center is truly incredible! Without my parents, sister and The Center for Independence I would not be the strong, confident and Independent person I am today.
The Center for Independence is unlike any other therapy program. The center provides a comprehensive motor training program that not only incorporates physical and occupational therapy, but also a very important social component as well.. Everyone that comes to the center feels like they are apart of something much bigger. There is a unique sense of community that is often lacking when you spend a great deal of time with able body peers. When your at the center you feel that you are not alone and everyone is traveling on this journey together. Being someone with a disability I have been a fitted from my time at the center. I have learned many essential skills which I will use for the rest of my life.
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The center provides an all-inclusive environment for people with disabilities to thrive & grow physically &mentally.
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the center pushes me more than other therapies do. Mary Kate D.
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Hope we are as helpful as they are at the Center of Independence. Our daughter has been going since she's been 3yrs old. At the Center they have helped her with her daily life skills such as potty, eating, clothing, learning to put on her Afros as to remove and so much more. Everyone is creative ,loving, and they include music which helps calm and motivates kids. They have been very supported by accompanying to my daughters IEPS at school and have helped her obtain equipment needed at school. With their wisdom and expertise she's stronger is walkin more independent with her walker as well accomplished many more goals. We are grateful for them and all their help and love.
I am very happy attending the center. The staff is very nice and will make you feel welcome. It has been a pleasure and wonderful experience getting services here
I truly love everything about the Center! In the 6 years I've been attending the Center I've learned so many valuable skills that have help me become much more independent.... I've also made so many valuable friendships that will last a lifetime it is great to have somewhere where you can share bonds and struggles with peers who truly understand. The therapists and support staff as well as the attendants of the Center are forever going to be a part of my family. I am proud to call the Center my home away from home!
The Center is awesome!!! The best part of the Center is the helpful people. I like coming here because they help me be more independent. I learned how to tall kneel and can now kneel in church every week. I also made a lot of new friends just like me!
I like the center for independence though conductive education because there are so many kind hearted therapist there. I gained an endless amount of independence with the great help of these amazing people. I've also made so many great unforgettable memories that will last a life time, I've also made amazing friendships that will last forever
This a fantastic,family oriented organization that serves children/young adults with cerebral palsy!The mission of the Center is to serve anyone regardless of the economic level of the family.
This is a unique setting for the students and the best place for those who can benefit from the program.
The leaders and staff members go out of their way to help the best way they can!