Jan 112013

The Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts website explicitly defines their mission: “Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts exists to provide a continuum of community based services that support the efforts of children and adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible in the least restrictive environment.  The agency through its programs and services encourages the inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of society including social, recreational, family and work activities”.

Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts is an active and generous partner of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership. They currently fund four significant programs as a Quincy School ~ Community Partnership partner.  The first program supplements the physical therapy and occupational therapy provided to students on Individualized Education Plans.  The therapists serve students in the Snug Harbor Community Elementary School, Point Webster Middle School, Squantum Elementary School, ECC and North Quincy High School. Second, Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts sponsors two classrooms, one from ECC and one from Clifford Marshall Elementary School who participate in therapeutic

horseback riding at the Bridge Center, formally known as Handi Kids, located in Bridgewater.  Special needs students from these schools attend once a week riding classes throughout the school year and the extended school year. The Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts Scholarship Program offers four $2,500.00 scholarships to students with Special Needs. These scholarships are for students who are graduating high school and moving on to continuing education. Two scholarships are made available for each of the high schools.

This past fall was the first year of working with the Special Needs Ice Skating Program run by Dan McHugh, a QPS SPED teacher.  Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts purchased new helmets and skate laces for the student participants. Also provided is a physical therapist who works in the Lincoln Hancock pool with Dan to provide therapeutic services in the Adaptive Swimming Program.

Quincy Public Schools is fortunate to have Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts contributing through these valuable programs and they are committed to continuing to support the Quincy Public Schools  and their support of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership. Their contribution totals in excess of $100,000.00 in manpower, equipment donation, and scholarship funding.

We salute Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts!!!