Cerebral Palsy Resources in West Central Michigan

It is important for those who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy to obtain the care, social support, and assistive services that they need in order to thrive. Resources can be specific to particular regions; we encourage individuals and families impacted by cerebral palsy to take advantage of offered resources in their communities. While Western Michigan encompasses a large land area, we will be focusing on resources found in its largest cities, including:

The following list provides general resources for the Western Michigan area; additional resources specific to individual cities can be found by clicking the links above. These pages are still under construction; we thank you for your patience as we continue to add new materials.

General West Central Michigan Cerebral Palsy Resources

Care, Finance, and Insurance

Health Care
1. Healthcare Centers
  • The Garden City Hospital provides full hospital care, including birth and family medicine, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and neurology services.

Lifestyle Resources

1. Education
  • The Michigan Department of Education provides Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services to individuals with disabilities.
  • EightCAP provides community and social services, including early childhood programs and HeadStart for children ages 0-5.
  • Michigan HeadStart allows early childhood education opportunities for children of all abilities.
  • The Lake Michigan Academy assists children with learning disabilities in rebuilding self-esteem and fostering academic skills.
2. Housing
3. Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Technologies
  • TherAdapt in Ludington, MI provides pediatric adaptive equipment for children with special needs, including cerebral palsy.
4. Accessible Playgrounds
  • Silver Lake State Park is an accessible park, with physical-disabilities-friendly boat launches and picnic shelters.

Organizations, Support, and Awareness Information

1. Foundations and Charities
  • The Family Hope Foundation invests in children with special needs, providing advocacy and financial assistance for therapeutic services.
2. Disability Organizations
3. Family and Parent Resources

Treatment and Therapy Resources

1. Recreational Therapy
Animal Therapy
  • Path International provides horseback hippotherapy in multiple locations for children with cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, brain injuries and learning disabilities.
Ski Therapy
Special Needs Camps
  • The Indian Trails camp provides children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and cognitive impairments with the opportunity to participate in camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, archery, music, sports and dance.
2. Conductive Education
  • The Michigan Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids provides educational services for people who specifically have motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
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