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About The Children's Institute
In 1902, Mary Irwin Laughlin established the Memorial Home for Crippled Children to care for a 6-year-old boy whose legs had been severed in a train accident. The Home became the nation’s first comprehensive rehabilitation center for children to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities in 1968. Then in 1971 The Home was licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a residential facility for people with mental disabilities.
In recent years, as the needs of children and adults evolved, we changed our name to The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh, to better reflect our expanding services.
Today, as The Children’s Institute, we now devote all of our time, attention and resources completely to children and young adults. As one of the nation’s leading providers of pediatric rehabilitation services, each of our three components — The Hospital, The Day School and Project STAR — provide high quality, compassionate and innovative care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
The Hospital includes an 60-bed inpatient unit and numerous outpatient rehabilitation services for children and young adults. The Day School is an Approved Private School for children ages 2-21 with neurological impairments, including autism. Project STAR promotes the right of all children, especially those with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities, to grow in a safe, nurturing and lasting family.
The staff of The Children’s Institute are regarded as pioneers in the development and delivery of leading-edge, transdisciplinary treatments and services.