An Organization with a Rich History in the Community
A group of parents on the South Shore mobilized and raised funds to support an organization to provide services for children with Cerebral Palsy.
The agency was incorporated on June 20, 1952 with the stated purpose of providing rehabilitative and related services for developmentally disabled children and adults, and persons with handicapping neurological dysfunction and their families. Services began in a one room clinic at the Quincy Health Center where physical, occupational and speech therapies were offered on a limited basis.
The first school program for Cerebral Palsied children in the United States was opened at the Furnace Brook School in Quincy. Beatrice McHale provided leadership for this innovative program which began with ten moderately to severely handicapped children. Classes were held in one room and whenever possible, students were integrated into other classrooms.
The agency concentrated on providing services for adults for whom very little opportunities had existed prior to that time. An Adult Class met at the Furnace Brook School and at any given time, eighty adults participated in arts and crafts, typing on electric typewriters, leather craft, ceramics and a host of other social and recreational activities. This program is ongoing to this day and is currently held at the Lincoln Hancock School in Quincy.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Arthur Ciampa Cerebral Palsy of the South Shore established the first nursery program in Massachusetts for pre-school children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy and related disabilities. That program has been in existence up to the present time.
With a grant from the Hill-Burton Act and additional private contributions, Cerebral Palsy acquired the building at its present location in Quincy. Formal programs, therapy and early intervention services for children were formulated into structured programs that were individualized for each participant.
An independent fund raising campaign raised over $150,000 to construct an addition to the building now named the Roger Pritzker Wing. At this time it was necessary to increase the size of the facility to accommodate expanded services and programs.
The agency opened a staff day care program to care for children of staff employees. This program permitted Cerebral Palsy to retain professional staff who otherwise would have resigned to care for their children at home.
The agency expanded its programs to further meet the needs of a population without services and programs adults with developmental disabilities. A Supportive Living Program and a Personal Care Program were established to allow adults to live as independently as possible in their own homes and avoid institutionalization. This innovative program provides services such as; skills training, personal care attendants, case management, transportation and advocacy. Cerebral Palsy continues to explore its role in the provision of services for people with developmental disabilities so that they can live as independently as possible in their own homes and avoid institutionalization.
The Board of Director voted to change the name of the agency to Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts, Inc.. The agency services consumers in over 100 communities in the Commonwealth.
The agency moved into its new headquarters in the Wollaston section of Quincy in 2002. The move doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 square feet. The new facility houses agency administration, the Fiscal Intermediary Program and the Children's Developmental Disabilities Center.
Options is an approved provider of Adult Foster Care for MassHealth.
The agency moved into its new headquarters to Stoughton MA. The move more then doubled the size of its facility to 55,000 square feet. The new facility houses agency administration, the Fiscal Intermediary Program and the Options program from our Taunton office.