LADACIN Network’s mission is to provide a continuum of care, including educational, therapeutic, social, residential and support services to infants, children and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays. Since its founding in 1949 by a group of parents seeking therapy for their children with cerebral palsy, the Agency has brought together a network of volunteers, qualified staff, people with disabilities and their families dedicated to providing vital services.
OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Our programs include: Early Intervention, Child Care Services, School Programs, Adult Day Programs, Vocational/Supported Employment Programs, Residential and Family Support Services. Included in these programs are physical, occupational and speech therapy; nursing support; social work services; specialized clinic services; lift equipped transportation; vocational and pre-vocational training; personal assistant services; home health aide services; respite programs; and assistive technology.
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU
LADACIN Network provides a continuum of care, including educational, therapeutic, social, residential and support services to infants, children and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays. The Agency provides lifetime services to over 3,500 individuals and their families.
The people we serve have significant disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, head trauma, spinal cord injury, autism, chromosomal anomalies, rare syndromes, and related neurological, cognitive, communication and mobility impairments. Many of our students and clients are dependent for activities of daily living and for personal care. They require long-term comprehensive services in order to maintain function and prevent secondary conditions.
Since the onset of the pandemic, LADACIN has experienced decreases in funding and increased expenses. These gaps include a reduction in funding to adult day programs, and temporary closures in our Early Intervention program and Child Care with subsequent decreases in services and income. When Adult Day Programs are mandated to close, our residential facilities run 24 hours/7 days a week, adding additional food, utilities and staffing expenses. In addition to funding cuts, several special events/fundraisers have been cancelled, with the potential for more.
Currently our programs have all re-opened and our services have resumed. To ensure the health and safety of our students and clients our facilities have been renovated to achieve social distancing and protection via plexi-glass screens, and air purifying systems for our HVAC systems have been installed. Van barriers have been installed in many of our transportation vehicles to protect our clients and drivers. The pandemic has required us to rely heavily on technology to provide both on-site and remote services. Desktop computers, iPads and laptop computers have been purchased to ensure our programs and services are available to our students and clients who are unable to attend programs on-site. Personal protective equipment is an ongoing need. These additional technology enhancements, health and safety precautions and procedures have put an added burden on the Agency financially.
The obstacles that the COVID-19 pandemic presents are especially difficult for our LADACIN family because of the breadth of our network, the unique nature of each program and the vulnerability of our population. With your help we will continue to serve our most vulnerable citizens! Your donation will enable our infants, children and adults with disabilities to benefit from the educational, therapeutic and recreational programs and services we provide.