The Mattingly Center was fomerly known as the Cerebral Palsy School of Louisville, Inc., which was established in 1950 to educate children who, because of developmental disabilities, could not attend their area schools. We began as a small, one-room school serving 13 children and grew into a facility that provided education and therapy to over 1,500 children. At the close of the 1993 school year, all students had either graduated or mainstreamed in the public school system because of federal and state law.
When many former students were unable to find employment or volunteer opportunities, the board of directors began to address the unmet needs of adults with disabilities by establishing the Mattingly Center for Continuing Education Adult Program in 1988. The Mattingly Center provides quality services to adults with severe developmental and intellectual disabilities; those who severe needs may not otherwise be met by traditional adult day programs. The Mattingly Center serves the individual needs of its participants by using a person-centered approach which encourages their acquisition of appropriate educational, daily living, communication, social and work-related skills. Many of our program activities take place within the community where the participants use their skills in real-time situations.
The Mattingly Center focuses on the capabilities of our participants by introducing them to adaptive technologies and innovative approaches towards their empowerment of overcoming the obstacles that may inhibit their community inclusion dreams and aspirations.