The Center for Independence
Cerebral Palsy is a condition that affects thousands of babies and children each year. It is caused by injury to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. Children with Cerebral Palsy have trouble controlling the muscles of their body. Normally, the brain tells the rest of the body exactly what to do and when to do it. In children with CP, that part of the brain is damaged and depending on what part of the brain is affected, they might not be able to walk, talk, eat or play the way most children do.
The Center for Independence was started in 1997, using Conductive Education to teach physically disabled children how to be independent. The program utilizes intensive group motor training to achieve dramatic results in their physical and social abilities. The Center will not turn any child away due to insurance or financial limitations.
The mission of the Center for Independence is to help children with profound physical disabilities gain physical independence. All of the children are taught that they are valued; that each child is important and can give back to society regardless of their disability.
The Center for Independence currently serves over 100 children and is located in Countryside, IL. We opened our first location in the northwest suburbs, in Lake Zurich, IL in the summer of 2007. Our goal is to continue to bring this life changing therapy to children in the north and northwest suburbs.