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Center for Independence Through Conductive Education Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Education, Health, Human Services, Preschools, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: The mission of our program is to help children with physical disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida, gain physical independence.

Results: Since 1998 the Center has served over 600 children with physical disabilities and provided over $11,000,000 in charitable motor training services. The Center has never turned a child away, or reduced program services, due to inability to pay - donations from the community allow us to keep that commitment.

Target demographics: Children and young adults with physical disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 children with physical disabilities become more independent

Geographic areas served: Chicagoland Area

Programs: intensive motor training programs that help children with physical disabilities become more independent. We do this by developing their motor functions in a manner that creates positive self–esteem, self–direction and an "I Can!" attitude. All of our children are taught that they are valued; that each child is important and can give back to society regardless of his/her disability. We are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged, under-served children with physical disabilities with the ultimate intention of securing a better life that includes employment and independent living skills.

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to the Center for Independence as an aide before I went to graduate school. I was drawn to the group approach to therapy to help motivate the children. The group helps them learn through the peer motivation while having a good time and making lasting friendships at the same time. The Center focuses on the whole child and is an amazing place for both the children and families to receive therapy and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering/working at the Center for Independence for over two years. I couldn’t be more thankful for the following realtionships and learning experiences that I’ve encountered. The staff goes above and beyond helping the children and young adults that come for therapy,as well as for the family members. This facility is family-centered and motivate the children to achieve their fullest potential in life.

Beth M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter Grace was lucky enough to start at the Center For Independence when she was 12 months old. Their staff has truly become like family to us. Their expertise and dedication have helped our daughter improve by leaps and bounds!! We couldn’t be more thankful for finding the Center for Independence!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Center for Independence does amazing work for children with cerebral palsy. My son has been attending the Center for less than a year and I can honestly say that I have already seen extraordinary changes. The group environment motivates him, and he continues to get stronger and make improvements in his mobility. The real strength of the Center is the staff—they really care about all of the children, are a source of support for the parents, and are always there to celebrate the little victories with us. I am so thankful we found the Center for Independence!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center does amazing work for my nephew and all the children that attend the sessions. I am so grateful for all of their hard work to help kids with physical disabilities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no better place to volunteer my time because not only does the staff genuinely appreciate me, I feel like I am making a huge impact for the children that the Center serves. They are helping kids with physical disabilities become more independent and the results that I have been around for are amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has shown such amazing improvements in their motor skills from just one summer of being at the Center's therapy! The staff is incredible and I am so grateful for them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen so many dedicated employees in my life. The changes that they make possible for the children's lives are incredible.

Donor

Rating: 5

Unparalleled work with children. The efforts of the staff is second to none!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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).

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I been coming for a month. I like the people. I feel stronger and I am making friends. I have Cerebral Palsy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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