This Mission Statement and Purposes of Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc. are:
- To affect positively and quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and also others with severe disabilities and multiple service needs and the families of both.
- To prevent cerebral palsy and minimize its effect.
Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc. is a dynamic network of people committed to the following purposes:
- To assure the rights and entitlements of persons with disabilities;
- To equip and enable individuals with cerebral palsy and others with severe disabilities to attain the fullest possible employment, productivity, and participation in an integrated community;
- To support freedom of choice by assuring multiple options in daily living;
- To provide a continuity of quality human services;
- To improve living conditions in all circumstances;
- To present factual material for the awareness and understanding of all segments of the public;
- To involve persons with cerebral palsy and also others with severe disabilities in decision-making processes affecting their lives; and
- To mobilize human and financial resources to accomplish the above.
Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Massachusetts of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc. (CPEM, Inc.) is a private non-profit health care and educational facility which provides programs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities as well as their families.
The Agency was organized in Peabody on December 7, 1950 by parents and professionals interested in providing services for persons with cerebral palsy. They incorporated on February 16, 195l as the Cerebral Palsy Council of the North Shore, Inc. The Agency had operated as United Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Shore, Inc. from May 1, 1952 to December 4, 2001. The organization's name was changed on December 21, 2001 to Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc. The primary purpose of the Association, as stated in our By-Laws, is to "establish and operate or support evaluation and treatment centers to aid in the rehabilitation, habilitation and education of persons with cerebral palsy and others with similar servicing needs in the mainstream of society . This includes barrier-free family housing, accessible transportation and community-based residential homes". The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis.