HMS School’s renowned day and residential programs maximize achievement and promote independence for children with cerebral palsy.
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy is a day and residential school for students up to age 21 who have severe, multiple disabilities usually resulting from cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury or other neurological impairment. Our programs include special education, physical, occupational, speech/language, music, dance and recreational therapy, along with adaptive art. Emphasis on assistive technology. Support services include 24-hour nursing, social work, nutrition therapy and medical supervision. PA Approved Private School.
Mission: The mission of HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy is to educate, nurture and care for children and youth with motor impairments who may also have other disabilities resulting from brain injury with the goal of assisting each individual in achieving his or her maximum potential. HMS School aims to facilitate independence and improve the quality of life for its students in a safe and secure environment so they can lead fulfilling, stimulating lives in their present and future environments.
This week, we are celebrating graduate Brett! Says his teacher Courtney, "Brett is a young man who knows what he wants and is not afraid to ask and advocate for himself. He has his close circle at HMS that have worked hard over the years to build trust and an understanding of who Brett is. He loves his family and talking about his dog, Sulley. Brett enjoys being connected with his family through Skype, and getting mail. His smile and continuous drive will be missed. Best of Luck, Brett!" #Classof2020 #CBSClassof2020
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As a result of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, the new Pennsylvania budget significantly cuts HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy's funding for the upcoming school year.
Typically, HMS School receives about half of its annual funding from the state. This school year, as it stands now, state funding will end before December - just 3 months into the year.
Our school and our students need your support now more than ever. Please donate - through our Facebook Fundraiser or on our website at hmsschool.org/donate - to help see HMS through the 2020 - 2021 school year!
See video below and this important open letter from Tom Quinn, President of HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
I hope you have managed to stay safe, healthy, and well during this difficult time.
In March, like all schools in Pennsylvania, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy was ordered to close in response to COVID-19. Within just one week of closing, our remarkable staff began to connect with students and families to deliver virtual instruction and therapies. To prepare our building for a safe student and staff return in September, we made the decision to continue working with our students virtually this summer during our annual summer program.
Now, just as the light at the end of the tunnel has appeared and we have started looking forward to reopening HMS School in September, we are, unfortunately, faced with yet another challenge:
The state passed a temporary budget significantly cutting the funding provided to HMS School this coming school year. Typically, we receive about half of our total funding from the state and that funding helps us operate throughout the entire school year. Right now, we don’t know what our funding will look like by the end of November, just three months after the start of the next school year.
In April, when we released our 2018 - 2019 Annual Report, which is normally our largest annual fundraiser, we did not ask our friends and supporters to donate to the school. At the time, it did not feel appropriate to ask for your financial support because we saw the financial distress COVID-19 was already causing to so many individuals, families, and communities.
I know it is still a challenging time for everyone, but due to the uncertainty around our funding for the upcoming school year, we must now ask you for your help. After all, we are a nonprofit, and, as such, we rely on donations to continue our important work to educate, nurture, and care for children and young adults with cerebral palsy.
I ask that you please consider donating to HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy to help see us strongly through the upcoming school year. Any amount would be greatly appreciated and would truly make a difference.
Thank you for your support. I wish you well as we all look forward to better days.
Team Three nurses accept the Lemon Head Challenge from Dianna, and nominate the Team One nurses to do the same! Donate to our Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation fundraiser here: www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/2137913
The speech department is closing out a fantastic Rainbow Week for us, with kids, pets and tee shirts made by art instructor, Eiko! Thank you everyone for participating! #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek
A colorful end to Rainbow Week with Sabrina, Sierra, Teresa and Holly! #RainbowWeek #SpecialEducation #RecreationTherapy
Here are teacher Paige, nurse Patty and student Ryan celebrating the final day of Rainbow Week. Great job, everybody! #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek
Eddie is taking Rainbow Friday by storm! Here he is sporting his "all colors" attire, and doing a fantastic job in PT with Barri, where he is working on holding his head up straight. #PhysicalTherapy #SpiritWeek #RainbowWeek
Here's the latest edition of the Busy Bees newsletter from Expressive Arts team member, Latiesha! This Disney-themed issue embraces growth and celebrates our differences. https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Q2CIVifaLwhcHvwvGCWyQrTVQzwogMRRj8ekph_D7I/edit?usp=drivesdk #RecreationTherapy #Newsletter #SpecialEducation
docs.google.com Busy Bees Weekly The Evolution of Disney by Latiesha Carter on June 11, 2020 Hello Friends and Families of HMS! It’s Disney week! This week we’re going to uncover the origins of disney, to see where our favorite films have come from and where they are today. Hope you all are ready for a l...
Parents and students: Don't forget to check your email and join us for today's activity at 1 p.m. There will be surprise special guests! #RecreationTherapy
Nurse Denise is five for five in leading us through each day of Rainbow Week! Here she is wearing all the colors of the rainbow. #SpecialEducation #SpiritWeek #NursesRock
Rounding up Rainbow Thursday are Ryan, Nydie and Kristin and her class during Music Therapy with Brad! Tomorrow, get ready to wear all the colors of the rainbow, and send your pics to [email protected]. #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek #SpecialEducation
Here's Eddie dropping by for Rainbow Week Thursday in black and gray! #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek
Carla and happy baby Maggie in pink, with Marianne in black--and showing her West Philly pride! #RainbowWeek #PhysicalTherapy #RecreationTherapy
A matching Dee and Patty in cheerful pink on this gray day. #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek #SpecialEducation
Dianna accepts the Lemon Head challenge and nominates the Team 3 nurses! Contribute to our Alex's Lemonade Stand Fundraiser here: www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/2137913
Rainbow Thursday continues with colorful pics from Latoya, Kaitlyn and daughter, Sierra and Lauren! Send your photos wearing pink, white, black, brown or gray to [email protected]. #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek #RecreationTherapy
DJ Kev again challenged DJ Ant, and gets in touch with his inner hippie! #LetTheSunShine #DuelingDJs #RecreationTherapy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDTAQEVQUEI&feature=youtu.be
Ever-reliable nurse Denise gets Rainbow Week Wednesday rolling for us! Send your pics, wearing pink, white, black, gray or brown to [email protected]. #NurseHeroes #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek
Ryan, Celeste and Dianna close out Rainbow Blue Wednesday for us! They are joined by John from Orthologix, who says he is "blue without us." Awwwww. #RainbowWeek #RecreationTherapy
Here's student Sabrina, wearing blue with pride! #RainbowWeek #RecreationTherapy
Blue Wednesday with Carla and baby Maggie, and Barri, relaxing in her blue hammock! #RainbowWeek #SpecialEducation #SpiritWeek
Lighting up Rainbow Week in blue and purple are Lauren, Patty, Kevin and the boy who's never blue...Eddie! #RainbowWeek #SpecialEducation #RecreationTherapy
Proudly wearing today's rainbow colors (blue and purple) are Holly, Tomika and Lauren! Send your Rainbow Week photos to [email protected]. #RainbowWeek #SpiritWeek #SpecialEducation
Here's Expressive Arts team member Charlie accepting the Lemon Head Challenge and nominating Larry, Bill and Brad to do the same! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2KIptJCAwgPlease donate to our Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation fundraiser here: www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/2137913 #RecreationTherapy #LemonHeadChallenge
Nurse Denise again starts our day off with Rainbow Week Wednesday blues! Wear blue or purple today, and send your photos to [email protected]. #NurseHeroes #RainbowWeek #SpecialEducation
Here's Charlie of the Expressive Arts team accepting the Lemon Head challenge and nominating Larry, Bill and Brad! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2KIptJCAwg Please donate to our Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation fundraiser here:
PTA Vicki wraps up Rainbow Tuesday with a summery display of yellow and green. #RainbowWeek #SpecialEducation
Our speech therapy department shows off their green and yellow colors for Rainbow Week Tuesday! #SpeechTherapy #RainbowWeek #SpecialEducation #CerebralPalsy
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