Cadillac Cerebral Palsy Resources

Care, Finance and Insurance

1. Health Care

  • Mercy Hospital Cadillac is the primary health provider in Cadillac, Michigan. Partnered with a larger network of hospitals around Michigan, Mercy Hospital offers a range of medical services. Some of Mercy Hospital’s services include imaging and obstetrical medicine with facilities for labor, delivery, postpartum, and recovery. This facility also provides a wide range of therapeutic services and rehabilitative programs to people with injuries like cerebral palsy, including:
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Speech and language therapy
    • Aquatic therapy (primarily for those who cannot tolerate land exercise)
    • Wellness programs (opportunities to exercise for former patients)
  • West Shore Medical Center, located in Manistee, Michigan, provides a range of clinical services that may be beneficial to patients affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or disabilities. These may include nutritional services, home care and extended care, rehabilitation services (including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy), surgery, the maternal and newborn center, women’s services, and children’s services. West Shore Medical Center is partnered with DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and provides quick helicopter transport to their facility in emergencies.

Lifestyle Resources

1. Education

  • Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District Special Education (WMISD): WMISD provides special needs students in Cadillac, Michigan and surrounding communities with specialized education and educational resources. Below we’ve listed some specific services and programs available through WMISD’s department of special education:
    • Assistive Technology
    • Center Based Programs: Early Childhood, Cognitively Impaired Classrooms, Emotionally Impaired Classrooms
    • Itinerant Services: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, School Social Workers, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Teacher Consultants
    • School Nurse
  • Manistee Intermediate School District Special Education: Special needs students in and around Cadillac, Michigan can enroll in Manistee Intermediate School District’s Department of Special Education. Special education services at MISD include:
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Severely Cognitively Impaired Classes
    • Moderately Cognitively Impaired Classes
    • Severely Emotionally Impaired Classes
    • School Psychological Services
    • School Social Worker Services
    • Project Find, which identifies students in need of special education services
    • Early On
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Classes
    • Speech-Language Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physically Impaired/Otherwise Health Impaired Classes
    • Hearing Impaired Classes
    • Visually Impaired Classes
    • Transition/Work Study Coordination

2. Employment

  • After 26 Depot Café & Unique Gifts: Located in Cadillac, Michigan, After 26 Depot Café & Unique Gifts is a project that provides developmentally disabled and cognitively impaired individuals with employment. The Project aims to alleviate the difficulties that people with developmental disabilities face after they are no longer able to attend public school. To read more about the project, visit their website here.

3. Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Technology

Resources for Cerebral Palsy (CP) in Cadillac, Michigan
  • TherAdapt® is a Ludington-based company that manufactures rehabilitation products and adaptive equipment to children with special needs. Ludington is about 75 miles southwest of Cadillac, but TherAdapt’s adaptive equipment and assistive technologies are excellent resources for Cadillac children with cerebral palsy. Owned entirely by therapists, TherAdapt® employees pride themselves on providing specialized and finely-crafted products to each individual client. TherAdapt’s products include standers, desks, bathing chairs, adaptive chairs, adaptive car seats, toileting chairs, strollers, walkers, adaptive cycles, and other therapeutic and rehabilitative products.
  • The following companies provide adaptive equipment and assistive technologies to residents in Cadillac, Michigan and surrounding communities:

4. Transportation

  • The Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority (CWTA) is a demand-response transit and mobility service that operates throughout the county. People with physical mobility limitations like cerebral palsy can contact Dispatch and the CWTA staff will provide wheelchair-accessible transportation throughout Wexford County.

Treatment and Therapy Resources

  • Physical Therapy
    • Dynamic Physical Therapy provides physical therapy treatment plans for individuals with cerebral palsy in Northern Michigan. Physical therapy exercises are specifically designed to treat injuries and conditions related to orthopedics, musculoskeletal problems, back and neck pain, neurology, surgical needs, balance disorders, hip, knee, ankle and foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, headaches, TMJ, and arthritic conditions. Other services include job analysis, functional capacity evaluations, and other work-related services. Dynamic Physical Therapy has offices in Manistee, Cadillac, Grayling, Buckley, Marion, and Traverse City.
  • Recreational Therapy
    • Explore the Shores: Explore the shores is a universally accessible network of sites, trails, and destinations surrounding the lakes, rivers, beaches, marshes, and marinas of Manistee County. Individuals with disabilities or mobility limitations can enjoy barrier-free access, learn about Michigan’s environment, and participate in a form of recreational simultaneously.
    • Spring Hill Camps in Cadillac provide summer camps for all children, including those with cerebral palsy and disabilities.

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