On Friday, June 14th, Levy will be visiting United Ability’s LINCPoint Adult Day Program to celebrate.
Here is a Bham Now video of last year’s visit on her 106th birthday.
Support and Guidance was Needed
According to United Ability, Levy’s son, Harry, was born in 1938 and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. At that time, doctors were not educated about Cerebral Palsy and could not offer much support or guidance.
Founded in 1948
The Levys worked with a physician in New York and local Birmingham physician, Dr. John Simpson. In 1948, more than 71 years ago, Ms. Levy, Dr. Simpson, Rabbi Milton Grafman, and other individuals who cared about the quality of life for people with Cerebral Palsy formed the Cerebral Palsy Center, or Spastic Aid of Alabama as it was known then. The organization began serving children of all ages with both day programs and residential services.
“We are honored that Dorothy once again wanted to spend her birthday celebrating with us,” states United Ability’s CEO, Dr. Gary Edwards. “Last year she said she wanted to come back for her 107th birthday and dance with the adults in our LINCPoint Adult Day Program, and we are going to do just that,” says Edwards.
Now called United Ability, the organization she helped found, provides innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives.
Today, United Ability serves more than 4,500 children and adults with disabilities including but not limited to: intellectual disabilities; traumatic brain injury; developmental disabilities; cerebral palsy; autism; Down syndrome and spina bifida.
Happy Birthday, Dorothy!
Dorothy Levy continues to attend United Ability events, with the highlight of the year being her yearly birthday celebration visit which provides her an opportunity to hug and receive handmade cards from the adults and children at United Ability.
A remarkable woman, Happy Birthday Dorothy!