A Very Stylish Organization

New Heights (formerly Cerebral Palsy Center of Northeast Florida), driven by its mission “to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and their families and empower their independence through lifelong growth and quality services”, provides educational, employment, and therapeutic programming to individuals with disabilities in the five-county area of Northeast Florida: Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St Johns. They have been in business for over 60 years and serve individuals with all types of disabilities including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, developmental delays, Down syndrome, spina bifida and others.

The programs of New Heights are designed to meet the special needs of each individual and family serviced, with a common goal: to enable people with disabilities to reach their greatest potential and achieve productive lives as fully participating members of their family and the community. The services currently offered include: (1) developmental, speech, physical and occupational therapy for infants and toddlers aged birth to three with developmental delays where therapists go into the family home or child’s day care center to work with the child; (2) respite care for children and adults; (3) supported living; (4) supported employment; (5) speech, physical, and occupational therapy for adults with disabilities; (6) adult developmental training; (7) in-home personal supports.

The adult developmental training program provides training to adults with disabilities to increase skills in grooming and self-care, basic knowledge, job readiness, motor skills, and daily living. Fifty adults receive adult developmental training (ADT) services at New Heights. The goal of the ADT program is to increase an individual’s independence and self-sufficiency to the greatest extent possible. Participants are taught job preparation skills (how to complete a job application or interview for a job), social skills (how to appropriately express anger or how to get along with classmates), basic living skills (how to use a microwave or wash dishes), reading, writing, and math skills (how to count money or read the sign on a public bus), and computer skills while attending the program. Individuals attend the ADT program for six hours, one to five days per week, depending on their funding.

Supported living coaches provide training and assistance in a variety of activities to participants in their own homes including the acquisition, retention, or improvement of skills related to activities of daily living such as personal hygiene and grooming; household chores; meal preparation; shopping; personal finances; medical; transportation; and the social and adaptive skills necessary to enable participants to reside on their own. Supported employment coaches provide training and assistance to support participants in sustaining paid employment at or above minimum wage.

The Deercreek Women’s Alliance has generously donated $1,000 per year for the last three years. The funds have been used to provide a small gift to the 60+ adults who attend the annual holiday party.

This year's holiday party will be held on Dec 16th from 10-2pm. Board member, Michelle Abner is looking for 5 volunteers to help with food preparation and possible donations. Please contact Michelle at (904) 885-0597 or by email at abner.michelle@gmail.com

Supporting New Heights by turning disabilities into capabilities.