The United Cerebral Palsy school program, the Melvin J. Larson Education Center, has for the third straight year been recognized by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) as a School of Excellence.
According to Dr. Roger Pierangelo and Dr. George Giuliani, Executive Directors of NASET, “The recognition as a NASET School of Excellence is bestowed on private special education schools that have met rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.”
Dr. Jim Mullins, President and CEO said “I am very pleased that our school has received this award for three consecutive years. But more importantly than receiving the award, is that they deserve the award. Sue Knaperek and her staff have earned this.”
United Cerebral Palsy, which serves the counties of Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois and LaSalle was founded in 1955. UCP is a non-profit organization that provides the area’s only Day School Program for children with both profound developmental disabilities and serious medical issues.
In addition, UCP operates a Respite Care and Family Support Services Program, as well as an Adult Day Training Program and Residential Services. Currently, UCP serves more than 400 students and clients throughout its service area. UCP is located at 311 South Reed Street in Joliet.
For additional information on UCP School Programs, please contact Sue Knaperek at (815) 744-3500 extension 206, or visit the website at www.ucpilprairieland.org.