Human Services

Achievement Center for Children

Highland Hills, OH


We empower children and adults with disabilities and their families to achieve their greatest potential.

Ruling Year


President & CEO

Sally Farwell M.Ed.

Main Address

4255 Northfield Rd

Highland Hills, OH 44128 USA


Family Support, Educational Services, Recreation, Childcare, Therapy





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

When parents first learn of their child's disability diagnosis or have an older loved one with a disability they often feel completely overwhelmed. They experience a roller coaster of emotions, and often express feelings of despair and loneliness - the "disability" has become the focus of their lives. But when they meet our dedicated staff, other parents and children/adults just like them, and participate in our programs and services, everything changes. We bring a new sense of hope and relief to these families. Immediately, our focus is on ability not just disability and , often for the first time, parents begin to imagine a different kind of future for their child and their family.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Family Support

Therapy (Physical, Occupational, Speech/Language)


Autism Services for Children and School Districts

Recreation and Adapted Sports

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We envision at future where individuals with varying abilities have opportunities across the lifespan to live life to the fullest. Everyone will reach their highest potential at home, school and in the community as a result of the family-focused and integrated services our staff so competently and passionately provides.

Our strategic goals are aligned with our common sense of purpose and guide the decisions that impact the Achievement Centers for Children and the people we serve:

***Generate demand for services based on unparalleled expertise
***Attract the most passionate and talented people
***Foster relationships to maximize impact for our mission
***Optimize operational and administrative activities

The Achievement Centers for Children serves children and adults with disabilities and their families in many of our programs regardless of the family's ability to pay or their insurance status.

Our strategies to achieve our goals include:
** Explore and launch innovative solutions to delivering services and maximizing staff talents in a variety of programs
** Be recognized as a highly innovative school for students with autism producing excellent outcomes
** Be the provider of choice by providing exceptional adult day services. Become an industry leader with known expertise
** Design talent development culture to provide staff with career growth opportunities and maximize and engage our Board of Directors and Associate Board members
** Build an internal capability to identify opportunities and changes in the funding landscape and manage partner relationships
** Tap into the community to drive awareness and increase philanthropic dollars
**Advance the current continuous improvement program to enhance organizational process, maximize technology and assess facilities for near and long term growth.

We are committed to creatively pursuing our mission with competence and passion and being:
* Holistic
* Family-Focused
* Results - Driven
* Collaborative
* Diverse
* An Employer of Choice
* Strong Stewards

We are the only service provider in Northeast Ohio with such a broad and comprehensive range of programs, services and supports for children and adults with disabilities and their families. We have a deep expertise in early intervention, the range of disabilities, autism, family systems, and are fiscally sound and well managed. We have a long history of setting and meeting goals and keep the needs of the clients we serve top of mind. Our staff is well trained and cares deeply about our mission and clients. We have a Quality Assurance staff member that ensures program quality. The Achievement Centers for Children is successful in raising charitable donations, has a strong and active Board of Directors and diverse funding/revenue streams.

Our strategic plan goals are monitored monthly by our Management Team and Board of Directors. Each program sets its own goals on individuals served, dollars raised, and outcomes realized. We uses a continuous quality improvement program to monitor all policies, activities and services. We are committed to seeking out new ways to improve the success of those we serve by improving our current programs, as well as establishing new programs as the need arises. We hold ourselves accountable to our Board of Directors, our funders and, most importantly, to the children, adults and families we serve. We benchmark our performance with an eye toward opportunities for growth and innovation.

In FY 2016-2017:
***2,516 individuals and families served by the Achievement Centers for Children
***221,278 service hours provided
***95% of clients receiving services at ACC achieve or partially achieved their individualized goals, including improved functional skills, increased academic achievement and improved social/emotional development
*** 99% Client satisfaction rate through family surveys
***Acquisition of North Coast Therapy Associates, now a subsidiary of the Achievement Centers for Children
*** Smart Business Longevity Award
***Development of a new website and agency video
***$1,75 million raised in charitable support from the community
*** New school contracts for our Social Emotional Learning program
***A record year in the number of athletes and volunteers in our Adapted Sports program
***19 groups of "Community Achievers" supported the agency
*** ACC staff led trainings and workshops, including a 4 day training for Certified Infant Massage Educators
***Our Autism School staff adapted lessons to help each student reach their academic, social and behavioral goals

External Reviews


CARF 2016

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Affiliations & Memberships

United Way Member Agency 2018


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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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