Creation & Early Years

In 1946, several groups of parents of disabled children from around New York State joined together to form an association, which later became known as Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS (“CP of NYS”). In the early years, the organization’s primary goals were to increase public awareness, sponsor parent and professional training, encourage research, and to engage in legislative advocacy for the development of services needed for their children. Within a few years, the Association grew to include Cerebral Palsy Treatment centers located throughout New York State.

In the 1950’s, with the establishment of the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island and other State Schools, CP of NYS began to provide in-service training for staff of these facilities in order to ensure the quality of programs and care for person's with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.


Two decades later, with the era of “de-institutionalization” about to begin, CP of NYS developed “mini teams” to work with person's living in the developmental centers and to provide support and training to the staff. This initiative marked the transformation of CP of NYS from a State Association to a direct provider of services to person's with disabilities. During this period, CP of NYS was asked to take over the operation of seven buildings on the grounds of Willowbrook. With the opening of the Nina Eaton and Karl D. Warner Centers, CP of NYS embarked on its new path of developing community-based living opportunities for person's of Willowbrook and other State Developmental Centers, in collaboration with the newly formed New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

State Expansion

The 1980’s brought an expansion of day treatment programs, clinics, sheltered workshops and supported employment programs in order to provide needed medical and day services for person's now living in the community. CP of NYS Affiliates throughout the State also focused on the need for pre-school and early intervention services for young children with disabilities.

By 2018, CP of NYS had evolved into a broad-based, multi-service organization serving person's with all types of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Organization included Metro Services and Metro Community Health Centers located in New York City, an Affiliate Services office in Albany, New York, and twenty-four Affiliates around the State.

CP Unlimited

Today, with the creation in 2019 of Constructive Partnerships Unlimited (“CP Unlimited”), we remain closely associated with our Affiliate Services office in Albany as well as with our Affiliate co-agencies located throughout the State. But our focus will shift to advocating for and supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the New York Metro area. We will continue to offer a wide variety of programs and services that vary from county to county based on the unique needs of each local population, including options for community living, day programs and services, vocational and employment programs, medical and clinical services, early intervention, educational, recreational and family support services. We are also working with development partners to expand our offerings in all these essential areas. We look forward with excitement to the next chapter of our Agency’s history.

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Constructive Partnerships Unlimited (Formerly Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State)

40 Rector Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10006

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