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Tradewinds Residential Services
At Upstate Cerebral Palsy, we partner with families in raising and educating complex children as they strive to become successful teens and adults, cultivating healthy practices and relationships.
Tradewinds, the education arm of the Upstate Cerebral Palsy school age division, provides daytime education to 80 students. For the 35 who do not live with their families locally, Upstate Cerebral Palsy provides housing and a supportive living environment to help foster their goals and meet their needs.
Our residential services, approved by the New York State Department of Education and licensed by the New York Sate Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, provide a nurturing and loving home environment for children to grow and thrive. Each residence accommodates either six or 12 children, staffed by residence counselors, recreation specialists, and nursing and behavioral specialists. Family members are encouraged to visit and maintain positive, supportive relationships with the children.
In addition to the houses, the relationships built among students and staff members are like family bonds. Leisure time makes for a well-rounded lifestyle as the children often go on outings to the park, fishing trips, or across campus to the gym where they play basketball during winter evenings. From bike riding to popcorn and a movie, these children enjoy experiences that provide relaxation in a structured setting. Within this environment, children learn self care, social, communication and leisure skills; all necessary on the path to success.
The hallmark of the program is the caring staff members. Committed to providing typical childhood experiences, these professionals serve as troop leaders, coaches, and role models during activities, practices, lessons and just everyday life. On average, six children are matched with four staff members, meaning each child is offered extra levels of much-needed attention.
Referrals to the Upstate Cerebral Palsy residential program must be made through the chairperson of special education of a public school district.
For more information about our residential services, contact Patricia Carey at (315) 798-4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.