Mission: Cades is a nonprofit human services organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, using a family-centered approach to care. A regional center recognized for excellence, we work every day empowering people with special needs to achieve their highest potential.
Programs: The organization operates a residential program that focuses on providing care to disabled individuals in small community settings rather than institutions. In each of the community living arrangements (clas) individuals are empowered to exercise control over their life while still having assitance available when necessary. The organization has 33 cla locations that provide housing for approximately 100 individuals.
the organization operates the george crothers memorial school. The school is a state licensed school for individuals between the ages of 3 and 21 with disabilities. The students are taught academic and life skills alson with pre-vocational, therapeutic, social and recreational activities through ungraded classes. The school operates on a 180 day school calendar and has enrollment of approximately 100 students.
the organizations adult program provides a structural social atmosphere for individuals with disabilities over the age of 21. The organization provides a trained staff and various activities to develop the interests, skills and aptitudes of participants. The organization provided approximately 130,000 hrs of service to over 100 individuals.
Once upon a time there was a young man who had cerebral palsy, was intelligent and wanted to contribute to society in a unique way. He was a special person who knew the challenges of life and yet knew he could make a difference to others with disabilities like himself. And he founded the group called United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware County. Today we call our program CADES which stands for Children and Adult Disability Educational Services. My sister attended CADES for nearly 30 years before her death in 2000. Our family knew CADES made such a difference to Rita, giving her stimulation and education and socialization, giving her the therapy sessions she needed, and giving her the ability to enjoy life each day with competent, compassionate and caring educators and staff. Our program has grown from a small group of clients and volunteer parents to a multi-level program from infants to adults some with multiple disabilities and some also medically fragile. Each day is a gift to the clients and to many parents it is a blessing that CADES exists. Over the years the staff have become family and many have over 3o years of service because they truly love their jobs. That in itself speaks volumes. And the children and adults are grateful for the loving atmosphere that greets them each day they arrive at CADES.