Our Five Core Programs: An Overview

CADES offers a continuum of high quality, supportive services for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. We have five core programs that work seamlessly with each other, and can accommodate those with special needs from infancy through adulthood. Many individuals in our Residential Program, who live in our community homes throughout the area, began as infants in our Early Intervention Program. As they have aged, CADES has been there with them to nurture, guide, educate, and expand their world, and the world of their families. Clients can choose to take advantage of our comprehensive services at whatever stage of life or type of need is right for them.

Our five programs are:

Early Intervention Program: Offering three distinct services within this program, our EI program addresses the needs of the youngest infants with disabilities through home-based services (our Infant & Toddler Program), moves on to care for slightly older children through services based in two community child care centers (our Preschool Program), and then also offers a program for typically developing children as well as those with special needs (our Mom’s Morning Out Program).

George Crothers Memorial School: GCMS is a licensed special education school designed to accommodate the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 3 to 21. Therapy services, including speech, occupational, physical, and vision, are offered to maximize student potential. A Transition Program that emphasizes pre-vocational, community, and activities of daily living (ADL) skills is also available.

Adult Day Program: Expanding on the services of CADES, the Adult Day Program addresses the needs of adults with intellectual and physical disabilities by offering a full and active year-round day program, while supporting each participant’s individual medical needs.

Residential Program: The CADES Residential Program offers alternative living arrangements in lovely community homes. Located in neighborhoods throughout the area, individuals receive support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of professionals who are trained to care for people with a range of disabilities, including those who are medically fragile.

Transportation Program: CADES owns and operates a fleet of adapted passenger vans in order to safely transport the individuals we serve in our programs. We also transport individuals with disabilities to other selected locations under separate contracts with area organizations and school districts.


The provision of services and admission and referral of consumers/students are made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, sex or limited English proficiency.