We’ve supported men, women and children with disabilities in the Louisville area for more than 65 years.
Though our focus has changed several times in those years, we have always worked to bring creativity, courage and vision to the work of seeing, knowing and defending each individual’s unique personhood.
We were first the Cerebral Palsy School of Louisville. Founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy, the School said “no” to the idea that disabled children had no right to education and “yes” to the idea that every child should be included. In 1988, we established our day program, saying “no” to lives of isolation and “yes” to lives of richer experience.
In August, 1964, Sister Georgeann Mattingly began what would become a 32-year tenure of leadership for our organization. We honor Sister Mattingly’s legacy in our work, and in our name.
Since opening our day program in 1988, we’ve learned a lot about what is possible and about what the men and women we support really need from us.
In the immortal words of Maya Angelou, “When you know better, do better”. In 2013 and 2014, we brought together all that we have learned into a unique, path-breaking approach for the 21st century, the approach that is “The Mattingly Edge”.
At Thanksgiving 2014, we closed admissions to our 26-year-old day program and became solely focused on the approach that is The Edge. We continue to make that day program available to individuals who were here before 2014, but we are working with each willing person to help them imagine and build life outside our facility. We’ll know we’ve succeeded when we discover that our day program has run out of people to serve.