Formed in 1949 when United Cerebral Palsy of Monmouth and Ocean Counties launched a program to help a group of parents seeking therapy for their children with cerebral palsy, LADACIN Network has been supporting its mission 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.

As the organization approaches its 70th anniversary the staff, board members and volunteers can reflect on their remarkable legacy of accomplishments as they have grown into a network of 3,500 individuals and families in 14 facilities across Monmouth and Ocean counties supported by a fleet of 60+ vehicles and dedicated drivers to assist in their statewide growth.

With a strong focus on services for enhancing the quality of life for both adults and children, the agency offers residential services, transportation, therapy, education, clinical services and assistive technology as well as childcare and preschool services, health and medical services, art, music and physical education.

In 1956, just seven years after bringing together parents, children and volunteers to create the Agency, they successfully opened their first school program and in 1977 a preschool program began. Adult programs began in 1978 and with great excitement in 1983, a barrier-free apartment complex called Operation LIFE (Living Independently for Everyone) opened. In 1988 further expansion took place when the Technical Education Center was established. In that same year, the Lehmann Center in Lakewood opened its doors, followed quickly in the next few years by Green Grove Group Home, Mill Creek and Dewey Street Group Homes, George Gray Apartments, Schroth Center, and Singer Group Home. Additional residential facilities include Asbury Avenue Apartments, Burnt Tavern Group Home, and Novad Court Group Home.

Over time, LADACIN Network continued to gain recognition for its highly qualified staff, its programs and the significant accreditations they earned for serving a wide spectrum of clients. What this means is that they address the needs of every possible demographic.  For example, services for adults 21 and older are complemented by Early Intervention services initiated for children with developmental delays ages 0-3 .

Their highly engaged board of directors joins the staff as they work together under the guidance of Executive Director Patricia Carlesimo to effect change:

  • Ensuring the rights and entitlements ofinfants, children, and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays
  • Equipping and enabling individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities or delays to attain the fullest possible participation in an integrated community
  • Supporting choice of options in daily living
  • Providing a lifetime of continuing services to clients and their families
  • Improving living conditions for persons with disabilities
  • Presenting factual material for awareness, understanding and prevention of physical disabilities
  • Mobilizing human and financial resources to accomplish the purposes of the organization

For more information about LADACIN, please visit their website at www.ladacin.org