Jo Ann SimonsPeople tell me that, as they walk around the campuses of the Cardinal Cushing village in Hanover and the St. Coletta School in Braintree, they are struck by how many faces they see reflecting the joy of success, self-confidence, and camaraderie.

Our schools, our adult living, employment, and day support programs, and our extensive recreational and social initiatives provide endless opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Our affordable apartments on our Hanover campus fosters inter-generational relationships that enrich the lives of the residents and our students.

Accredited by CARF and the recipient of the highest level of  licensing from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we are not content to rest on our accomplishments.  Instead, we continue to pioneer new and better ideas in teaching, transition programs, employment, and community living through innovative facilities, curriculum, and programs.

We have just embarked upon an ambitious planning process to create an intergenerational living and learning village in Hanover. This will enable us to be flexible and adaptable—to respond to the changing needs of our community, while remaining grounded in the Franciscan values of peace, social justice, and care for the environment and those in need.

My passion for this work extends beyond the professional: like the parents we are so honored to work with and advocate for, I, too have a child with special needs: my son Jonathan, born with Down syndrome and four heart defects more than 30 years ago. It’s a personal reminder of the importance of our mission to provide the opportunity and hope that enables every individual to live a life of purpose and possibilities.

Please come visit us and see our mission in action.

Jo Ann Simons

President and CEO, Cardinal Cushing Centers