For more than half a century, the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) has provided compassionate, respectful care to infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, language disorders, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular disorders and behavioral problems. Using multidisciplinary teams to evaluate and care for the individual and support the family, we have become a model for programs throughout the region, state and nation. We are also committed to training the next generation of professionals caring for these individuals, training several hundred professionals from multiple disciplines each year. With sensitivity and concern, we have been able to offer a commodity often in short supply in the lives of our patients and their families: hope for a brighter future.
Recently, our center has embarked on a new initiative, a clinical research program to investigate the causes and possible treatments for the conditions that affect our patients. It is our hope that through a collaborative effort between members of our staff and the talented researchers who work at Einstein, we can turn these disabling conditions which currently have no cures or preventions, into treatable or preventable entities. In the 1950s, this was done with polio; it is our hope that in the first two decades of the 21st century, we can do the same with autism, and with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
At present, we are working to turn this dream into a reality. In the meantime, our staff will continue to deliver the outstanding care to our patients that has become the cornerstone of our program. We invite you to join us as we explore this very exciting future!
Maris Rosenberg, M.D.