Founded in 1946, 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey has a long and rich history. Click any of the photos below to see a larger image.
The first cerebral palsy campaign is conducted in Newark by a group of parents and friends determined to raise awareness of cerebral palsy and neurological disabilities.
The group opens Essex & West Hudson's first Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center and Dental Clinic in a single room in the Hospital for Crippled Children in Newark.
An organized county campaign is launched, raising enough funds to operate the treatment center. Cerebral Palsy of Essex and West Hudson grows from seven to hundreds of members from all walks of life.
Cerebral Palsy of Essex and West Hudson’s Board of Directors joins with six major health and welfare organizations, known then as the Combined Cooperative Campaign and now as the United Way.
The mailmen of Irvington conduct "Operation Walkathon" and make a second trip around their respective routes, collecting and contributing $7,000 to the organization.
A ground-breaking ceremony marks the opening of the school and treatment center in Belleville, which offers programs aimed toward increased services for disabled infants, school age children and adults.
Cerebral Palsy of Essex and West Hudson receives NJ Department of Education approval to start a private school serving disabled school-aged children.
A second wing opens at the school, bringing the number of rooms available from twenty to forty-two.
The Experienced in Independent Living Program begins, preparing and enabling disabled teenagers and young adults to live in group homes or in individual housing for the handicapped.
The center is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health to offer a Medical Day Care Program for physically disabled adults, giving homebound clients the ability to continue services to age 55 without limitations.
Construction on our first group home begins. The adult program expands to include two group homes and two supervised apartments.
The new handicap-accessible, adapted playground opens, including wheelchair-accessible swings and jungle gym.
The outdoor pool is renovated and a retractable roof is added to allow for year-round aquatic therapy.
Through an Essex County Community Development grant, the facilities undergo important renovations. The building also increases its technology presence with the additions of Smart Boards in most classrooms.
Installation of a new roof and solar panels emphasized the organization's commitment to "go green."