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The Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC)
1300 Morris Park Avenue Bronx, NY 10461
General information: 718-430-8500
Children under 3 years old: 718-430-3900
Children 3 to 5 years old: 718-430-8500
Children 6 and older: 718-430-3900
Adult Literacy: 718-430-3906 Administration:718-430-8500
The Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine provides a broad spectrum of clinical services for infants, children, and adolescents and, despite its name, adults, with problems that include physical, developmental, language and learning disabilities.
One of the largest centers of its kind in the United States, CERC is a voluntary, nonsectarian agency whose services are essential components of the care available in New York City and New York State to all individuals with developmental disabilities. CERC’s professional staff provides over 55,000 diagnostic, therapeutic and related visits to about 7,500 individuals and their families annually, while training close to 1,000 professionals each year.
CERC is a major component of the Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD), one of 67 designated regional centers that are federally funded to conduct interdisciplinary training, provide exemplary clinical services, furnish technical assistance, carry out research in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and create a bridge between universities and the community through various outreach and dissemination activities, and by direct consumer involvement.
Message from the Interim Director
For more than half a century, the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) has provided compassionate, respectful care to infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, autism, language disorders, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular disorders and behavioral problems. Using multidisciplinary teams to evaluate and care for the individual and support the family, we have become a model for programs throughout the region, state and nation. We are also committed to training the next generation of professionals caring for these individuals, training several hundred professionals from multiple disciplines each year. With sensitivity and concern, we have been able to offer a commodity often in short supply in the lives of our patients and their families: hope for a brighter future.
Recently, our center has embarked on a new initiative, a clinical research program to investigate the causes and possible treatments for the conditions that affect our patients. It is our hope that through a collaborative effort between members of our staff and the talented researchers who work at Einstein, we can turn these disabling conditions which currently have no cures or preventions, into treatable or preventable entities. In the 1950s, this was done with polio; it is our hope that in the first two decades of the 21st century, we can do the same with autism, and with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
At present, we are working to turn this dream into a reality. In the meantime, our staff will continue to deliver the outstanding care to our patients that has become the cornerstone of our program. We invite you to join us as we explore this very exciting future!
Maris Rosenberg, M.D.