Achievement Center for Children

A trusted partmer. unlocking the potential beyond disabilities.

Highland Hills, OH   |  achievementcenters.org

Mission

We empower children and adults with disabilities and their families to achieve their greatest potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Achievement Centers for Children has a history of working with individuals with disabilities to help them reach their greatest potential. We recognize that systemic racism in our communities is very real. As an agency, we value and promote respect, tolerance, and inclusion of all people. The Achievement Centers for Children is committed to listening more closely and learning from those on whom racism and discrimination falls the hardest. We pledge to continue looking at all aspects of our agency to be sure we identify barriers to racial equity and inclusion. We commit to developing strategies and action plans to help us address any barriers we uncover. We hold ourselves accountable for change and ask our stakeholders to join us in this critical effort.

Ruling year info

1951

President & CEO

Bernadette M. Kerrigan

Main address

4255 Northfield Rd

Highland Hills, OH 44128 USA

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Formerly known as

Society for Crippled Children

Achievement Center for Children

EIN

34-0714766

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When parents first learn of their child's disability diagnosis or have an older loved one with a disability they often feel completely overwhelmed. They experience a roller coaster of emotions, and often express feelings of despair and loneliness - the "disability" has become the focus of their lives. But when they meet our dedicated staff, other parents and children/adults just like them, and participate in our programs and services, everything changes. We bring a new sense of hope and relief to these families. Immediately, our focus is on ability not just disability and , often for the first time, parents begin to imagine a different kind of future for their child and their family.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Support

Family Support includes a range of social work services that encompass counseling, parent education, service coordination, crisis intervention, resource and referral information, support groups and other services tailored to meet the needs of individual families. These services are designed to give parents and caregivers the tools required to meet the needs of their child with a disability, and those of other family members, helping families thrive, not just survive.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Therapy Services offered by the Achievement Centers include comprehensive physical, occupational and speech/language therapies. Our expert, licensed therapists have additional training in areas such as feeding, traumatic brain injury and neurodevelopment treatment. We use innovative therapy approaches and blended strategies to achieve positive change in functional skills.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Education and Autism Services include our Technical Assistance Program (TAP), which facilitates inclusion of children with disabilities into child care programs and schools and at Head Start locations across Northeast Ohio. Our Autism School is an alternate public school site which offers comprehensive educational services for children with autism in our kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms at our Highland Hills and Westlake facilities, in collaboration with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Our Autism School is an alternate public school site which offers comprehensive educational services for children with autism in our kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms at our Highland Hills and Westlake facilities, in collaboration with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Recreation has been an agency focus since the 1940’s. Camp Cheerful, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017, is located on 52 beautifully wooded acres of land in the Mill Stream Run Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. It was the first accessible overnight camp for people with disabilities in Ohio. It is the philosophy of the Achievement Centers that children with disabilities need the opportunity to have fun and just be kids.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

CARF 2020

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision at future where individuals with varying abilities have opportunities across the lifespan to live life to the fullest. Everyone will reach their highest potential at home, school and in the community as a result of the family-focused and integrated services our staff so competently and passionately provides.

Our strategic goals are aligned with our common sense of purpose and guide the decisions that impact the Achievement Centers for Children and the people we serve:

***Generate demand for services based on unparalleled expertise
***Attract the most passionate and talented people
***Foster relationships to maximize impact for our mission
***Optimize operational and administrative activities

The Achievement Centers for Children serves children and adults with disabilities and their families in many of our programs regardless of the family's ability to pay or their insurance status.

Our strategies to achieve our goals include:
** Explore and launch innovative solutions to delivering services and maximizing staff talents in a variety of programs
** Be recognized as a highly innovative school for students with autism producing excellent outcomes
** Be the provider of choice by providing exceptional adult day services. Become an industry leader with known expertise
** Design talent development culture to provide staff with career growth opportunities and maximize and engage our Board of Directors and Associate Board members
** Build an internal capability to identify opportunities and changes in the funding landscape and manage partner relationships
** Tap into the community to drive awareness and increase philanthropic dollars
**Advance the current continuous improvement program to enhance organizational process, maximize technology and assess facilities for near and long term growth.

We are committed to creatively pursuing our mission with competence and passion and being:
* Holistic
* Family-Focused
* Results - Driven
* Collaborative
* Diverse
* An Employer of Choice
* Strong Stewards

We are the only service provider in Northeast Ohio with such a broad and comprehensive range of programs, services and supports for children and adults with disabilities and their families. We have a deep expertise in early intervention, the range of disabilities, autism, family systems, and are fiscally sound and well managed. We have a long history of setting and meeting goals and keep the needs of the clients we serve top of mind. Our staff is well trained and cares deeply about our mission and clients. We have a Quality Assurance staff member that ensures program quality. The Achievement Centers for Children is successful in raising charitable donations, has a strong and active Board of Directors and diverse funding/revenue streams.

In FY 2016-2017:
***2,516 individuals and families served by the Achievement Centers for Children
***221,278 service hours provided
***95% of clients receiving services at ACC achieve or partially achieved their individualized goals, including improved functional skills, increased academic achievement and improved social/emotional development
*** 99% Client satisfaction rate through family surveys
***Acquisition of North Coast Therapy Associates, now a subsidiary of the Achievement Centers for Children
*** Smart Business Longevity Award
***Development of a new website and agency video
***$1,75 million raised in charitable support from the community
*** New school contracts for our Social Emotional Learning program
***A record year in the number of athletes and volunteers in our Adapted Sports program
***19 groups of "Community Achievers" supported the agency
*** ACC staff led trainings and workshops, including a 4 day training for Certified Infant Massage Educators
***Our Autism School staff adapted lessons to help each student reach their academic, social and behavioral goals

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Achievement Center for Children

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Kacic

MAI Capital Management

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes