According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is the most common pediatric motor disability. CP, which can result from a birth injury, causes wide-ranging issues with muscle movement, coordination and balance.
Review these resources if your child has CP and you need support and information in Ohio.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland
The Ohio affiliate of this national advocacy organization strives to empower both children and adults who have cerebral palsy. UCP Greater Cleveland is the home of LeafBridge Center of Excellence, where individuals ages 22 and younger who have developmental disabilities such as CP can access case management, education and therapy services that prioritize inclusion, productivity and independence.
This nonprofit United Way partner provides recreation and education for children who have disabilities. Located in Cincinnati, Stepping Stones offers day camp, kids club and alternative education programs. They also have weekend respite care and overnight “staycations” for kids, teens and adults. Children’s programs are staffed by individuals who have background checks and fingerprints on file, with a nurse on site at all times.
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Through the DODD in your county, you can access services for your child who has cerebral palsy. This state agency provides early intervention services prior to age 3 along with access to home and community-based services for children and adults who have disabilities such as CP. County departments offer transportation, job training and other programs.
With these resources, you can get support for educational, medical, social and occupational needs when your child has cerebral palsy.