Who We Are
Blossom Philadelphia was founded in 1946 when six parents joined together to make a better life and future for their children who had been born with cerebral palsy. The organization has been working for over 70 years to positively affect the quality of life for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in the five-county Philadelphia area. Blossom Philadelphia has been a pioneer in service delivery for people with all types of disabilities.
It established one of the nation’s first early intervention programs for children with disabilities, established one of the nation’s first out-of-home respite care programs, and was at the forefront of deinstitutionalization in Pennsylvania. Blossom Philadelphia maintains a 24-hour, 7-days a week services continuum designed to support every developmental juncture experienced by individuals with disabilities.
Today, the mission of Blossom Philadelphia is to help people with disabilities create the life they want to live. While initially founded to serve individuals born with cerebral palsy, Blossom Philadelphia has expanded its capabilities by providing programs and services to people with a wide variety of physical, developmental and cognitive challenges, including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Down Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, autism, or any condition that severely limits an individual’s independent functioning. Each year, Blossom Philadelphia provides direct services to hundreds of children and adults with disabilities and their families. We also respond to a wide variety of requests for financial assistance as well as information about services and supports for people with disabilities.
Independence Grows Here.
Programs and Services
About a year ago, Blossom Philadelphia began a strategic planning process that involved taking a long, hard look at where the organization is now, and where it wants to be in the future. This included talking with the individuals Blossom Philadelphia serves and their families, direct support staff, administrators, board members, and people from the […]
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