|Jan 05, 2011 --
OUTLINE OF NEED: Facility needed to improve the lives of children with special needs and their families through an effective combination of therapeutic programs and services, education and advocacy.
HOW RURAL DEVELOPMENT HELPED: USDA Rural Development provided a $2.8 million Community Facilities Direct loan and a $2.8 million Community Facilities Loan Guarantee for financing from York Traditions Bank. RD’s total funding is $5.6 million. The land was donated, and the Commonwealth of Pa provided additional funding.
THE RESULTS: Leg Up Farm offers tailored programs and services on an outpatient basis to meet the needs and achieve the desired outcomes of this highly individualized and growing population.
This population includes: Infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21. Participants may have developmental delays and physical disabilities stemming from a variety of medical conditions, including (but not limited to) autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, genetic and metabolic disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and delays in speech and motor skills.
Within the first three years of operation, Leg Up Farm estimates being able to serve over 1,000 children and their families.
Initial service offerings include:
Physical Therapy, Equine Assisted Activities, Social Networking,
Occupational Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Caregiver Support,
Speech-Language Therapy, Educational Programs, Community Collaboration,
Therapeutic Recreation, Farming Adventures
Location: Leg Up Farm is centrally located in York County, Pennsylvania just five miles northeast of the major I-83 / Route 30 intersection atop the scenic Starview Plateau in East Manchester Township.
Site Address: 4880 North Sherman Street, Mount Wolf, PA 17347-9637
Size of Land Donation: 17.808 Net Acres
Major Design Objectives:
- Create a fun, safe, stimulating farm-like environment for children and their families
- Preserve and protect the natural beauty of the site’s predominately rural, agricultural area
To further reduce the overall impact of the facility on human health and the natural environment, Leg Up Farm was designed to achieve LEED Certification awarded by the US Green Building Council.