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Our mission is to provide services that positively affect the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
Cerebral Palsy of Mideast WI develops programs and services to help families with children or adult clients affected by a variety of disabilities. These may include physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities or other behavioral challenges such as: autism & aspergers, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. It is an organization of caregivers and volunteers united in mission, advocacy, and service to help clients throughout Mideast Wisconsin.
Programs offered through Cerebral Palsy are:
- Out of Home Respite - this service provides short-term substitute care for a child or adult with disabilities and their family by qualified staff. Respite care enables the family to take a break from the 24-hour, 7-day-a-week care of a family member with a disability and helps to reduce family stress. Home are located in Oshkosh and Wautoma.
- After School Program - provides parents with a supervised short-term care option for their children throughout the school year including non-school days and over summer break. It includes educational and social activities during after-school hours (generally 3 to 6pm). Available at the Oshkosh & Wautoma Respite Houses.
- Residential Camp Sandy Wheels - Residential camp for clients with disabilities. Families may choose one of two summer sessions, each five days long, held at the Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center. Staff provides individual attention to create a memorable camp experience. Medical personnel are on duty 24 hours a day.
- Life Basics Program - educational and social programs that provide on-going learning opportunities to individuals with a variety of disabilities. Classes include exercise, cooking, arts & crafts, educational presentations, Walking Club, movie days and more.
- Social Development - opportunities exposing clients to community resources, developing social and behavioral skills, and cultivating friendships. Opportunities include yearly dances, field trips, and outings.
- Independent Living - Assistance is provided to support clients living independently in the community. Cerebral Palsy rents twelve accessible units for low-income clients.
- Adaptive Recreational Resources - families may rent adaptive bicycles through Cerebral Palsy during the summer months. Adaptive bikes include tricycles, hand pedal bikes, side by sides, joggers, pull behinds, and a Rhoades car.
- Advocacy - Assist clients in meeting their personal growth needs, finding support and linking them with a variety of resources including school districts, medical staff, Human Services, Social Security and equipment vendors. Cerebral Palsy also assists families that may be experiencing challenges with their child's Individual Education Plan.
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