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Review for Children And Adult Disability And Educational Services, Swarthmore, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its caring atmosphere and the devotion the staff gives to each and every client who attends CADES.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to help renovate and repair the tired facility at CADES to make it more efficient, make it totally handicapped accessible, bright and cheerful and environmentally sound to clients, staff and the administration.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful feeling knowing that the children and adults at CADES are loved and cared for by compassionate and talented people, and that my family has benefitted from this devotion for the past 30 years, becoming friends for life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, talented, compassionate and selfless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve the clients as they have for the past 50 years without the worry of moving from multiple locations and without the worry of governmental funds being cut.

Ways to make it better...

I had realized earlier in my life the goodness exhibited by those affiliated with CADES.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

obtaining the funds to make the renovations and repairs to the facility necessary to become a safe, sound building to give the clients the care they deserve.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if it weren't for the leadership of Bill Benson and Claire Molton these past 30+ years this organization would not be the wonderful school that it is today.

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Role:  Board Member & I have helped with a staff appreciation luncheon, helped with our All-Abilities Playground Garden, brought used clothing and items for distribution to clients and staff, and helped with soliciting contributions toward our new building project.