Madonna School and Workshop serve individuals of all ages who face cognitive and developmental challenges. But more than that, the educational, vocational and employment services we provide don’t just impact individuals – they affect whole families.
Take a look at what a Madonna education can mean to a family:
- One father, whose 10-year-old son struggles with the communication disorder known as autism, was beaming with gratitude when he reported, “For the first time, my son asked me for something in a complete sentence, and he even said ‘Please.’”
- Another father, whose 13-year-old son was born with Down syndrome, told how much happier his son is since he started attending Madonna. The dad said how glad he was that his son woke him up at 5:30 AM with one simple word: “School!”
- A mother, whose older daughters are at college, said Madonna gives her special needs daughter both the education she needs now and hope in the form of our Life Skills Transition Program, nicknamed “Madonna U.” Mom points her special needs daughter, age 15, to “Madonna U.,” just as she points her other children to colleges that will challenge them and launch their futures.
As we look around, we see families deeply grateful for the services we’re able to provide. We feel a vibrancy in our halls that’s a sure sign of a growing, thriving organization. Faces and buildings have changed over more than 50 years but the core of the Madonna mission is unchanging: Special people meeting special needs for special people.