Embracing Patients, Families, and the Community

The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center offers a warm and caring environment for patients and their families. As part of its mission to enhance understanding of cerebral palsy and its treatments, the Center provides education and support programs for patients, families, and health practitioners.

Education and Support Programs for Patients and Families

Since its beginnings, the Center has organized meetings and conferences, and initiated an annual lecture series as a forum for innovative ideas and emerging technologies related to the care of patients with cerebral palsy. Families are essential to the Center's education and support programs, which include a Family Advisory Committee, and a family support group hosted by the Center's manager, who is also a trained social worker. For more information, email us at: cpcenter@cumc.columbia.edu.

A Model for Training Physicians

The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center is the necessary bridge in the transition of CP patients from pediatric to adult care. The Center is committed to coordination and continuity of care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, and team-based, and recognizes the need for practitioners who are well-trained to care for adult people with cerebral palsy. In response to that need, the Center has developed several education programs that aim to provide a model for training physicians from various specialties. Education initiatives include a complex care fellowship emphasizing total care of the patient, and a curriculum committee proposal to make caring for people with special needs a part of physicians’ training. The Center hosts conferences dedicated to an in-depth examination of the environmental, physical, and communication challenges that accompany cerebral palsy and complex care patients into adulthood. These events offer continuing medical education credits for physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and orthotists, and are also open to patients, families, and caregivers.