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Mission Statement

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs by supporting personal growth, independence and participation in the community. Visit our website and be sure to Like us on Facebook!


Founded in 1953, we deliver life-affirming services to infants, children, adults and their families throughout northern New Jersey. Not limited to serving consumers with cerebral palsy, we provide specialized programs to meet a wide range of educational, therapeutic and social needs of people with various disabilities. We are an independent, nonprofit organization. Our programs and services include: Infant Services: Our Early Intervention Program serves children from birth to three years of age in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties who have shown delays in their development. By working in a child's "natural environment," such as the home or day care center, therapists and educators address each infant's disability while providing training and support for the caregiver. Education: At Horizon School and Horizon High School, both in Livingston, we offer comprehensive educational and therapeutic programs supported by specialized medical services for students ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities. The schools offer an integrated approach to education stressing functional learning. In addition to the Horizon Schools, our Community Therapy Services (CTS) provides physical and occupational therapy, speech and language evaluations, and assistive technology services to children in their neighborhood public schools. The goal of these services is to allow children with disabilities to remain in their local school with supportive therapy and other services. Adult Day Programs : Three Adult Training Centers, in Orange, Wayne, and Irvington, serve individuals age 21 and over with developmental disabilities. The programs provide physical, occupational and speech therapy, sensory stimulation, educational, vocational, social, recreational, and community integration opportunities five days per week. Activities focus on life skills, self-care, communication, mobility, personal awareness, arts, crafts and music, while providing health, medical and physical and behavioral supports. Residential Services: Group Homes in West Orange, Orange, Livingston, Plainfield, Newark, and Maplewood provide around-the-clock guidance, supervision and support to adults with developmental disabilities so that they can enjoy the benefits of life in a secure and homelike setting. A 24-unit apartment building in Newark, Essex Properties, offers independent living facilities to low-income adults with disabilities who can live on their own but who need some social service supports. Respite: After School/After Work Programs in Orange, Irvington, and Livingston offer weekday afternoon respite to families while creating opportunities for education, recreation and socialization for children and adults with disabilities. Tailored Programs: From time to time we offer programs paid for by individuals or their families in response to New Jersey's Real Life Choices program or other special needs or requests.


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Would you recommend Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey?

by Gail L. from Milford, CT (February 24, 2019)
Good to work with and appreciated my efforts.
by Aish N. (November 5, 2010)
I have volunteered at various CPNJ centers, and I have only good things to say about CPNJ. This volunteer opportunity has definitely been life changing for me! I have been involved in various projects at CPNJ, and each one is unique and interesting. I would encourage anyone that is interested in volunteering at CPNJ to give it a shot! I guarantee that the experience will be so rewarding (not to mention fun!), you will want to volunteer as much as possible!
by Jennifer Z. from Mishawaka, IN (February 15, 2009)
I am a student at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and LOVE CPNJ! The coordinators at CPNJ are great with helping you find the best site to volunteer! They are always open to new suggestions and love to see you take a leadership role in planning new activities. I have loved every place I have volunteered at so far (Horizon High, Orange Group Home, Maplewood Group Home, and the Irvington Adult Training Center) and continue to add new sites to my service schedule! The staff are very appreciative of the volunteers and the clients make every day you volunteer worth it! Making them smile is the highlight of my day!