National Disability Awareness Month- Wyatt’s Story

In recognition of National Disability Awareness Month and National Wheelchair Day, we want to introduce you to Wyatt.

Wyatt is 32 years old and lives on Magnolia Lane at Cedar Lake Lodge. He loves the UofL Cardinals, Taylor Swift and spending time with staff. Because of his scoliosis, Wyatt needs a specialized wheelchair. His old chair was too large, it wasn’t providing the support he needs, and it was simply not a good fit for his body.
The physical therapy team at the Lodge, along with nationally recognized wheelchair designer (and Cedar Lake employee), Andy Byrd, came together to create a wheelchair that would be designed and built just for Wyatt.  After many discussions between Andy and the therapists working with Wyatt, they determined that they could combine a custom molded seat with a Roho cushion, which is the best cushion for pressure release, to create the perfect chair for Wyatt.  Custom molds were created for the chair’s seat and back and combined with the Roho cushion.  The result is a chair the provides the perfect spine and pelvic stability that Wyatt needs.
With passion and dedication, the team was able to mold and build Wyatt’s new chair, something that has not been seen in their combined 40 years of experience. Daily assessments of his skin are done to make sure there are no pressure injuries. Wyatt is absolutely thriving in his new wheelchair and his infectious smile shows it!

Our Grants Program

In January 2021, Cedar Lake launched a robust grants program focusing its efforts on strengthening relationships with existing local foundations and identifying potential new leads for grant opportunities. Despite the changing landscape for the grants world, Cedar Lake successfully raised $130,875 in corporate and foundation grants.  We are grateful for our philanthropic partners and their contributions to help strengthen and advance our mission. With the funds raised, we improved the lives of those who call Cedar Lake home.
Funding from this year’s grants, we were able to accomplish the following: enhancing our supported employment program, installing a new roof on a community home, purchasing iPads for staff to document visits with our community living individuals, purchasing a smartboard for our day program, buying a new van for the transportation of our community folks,  purchasing necessary PPE and installed several new appliances. We also completed our sensory garden at Cedar Lake Enrichment Center (CLEC), our day program, giving our individuals a tranquil retreat that provides holistic healing and well-being. Also, ample funding was used to support the general operating expenses necessary for any business.

Thank You GEA

Thanks to the generosity of GE Appliances, some of our apartments
have new appliances!

The generous donation includes two refrigerators, one washer, one dryer and one stove for the people in our care. The stove is used in our daily living skills program where individuals learn how to cook.

These appliances are helping our individuals gain independence and self-worth all while making daily tasks more manageable with the convenience of modern-day appliances.

Thank you, GEA for helping make our community a better place for all.


Cedar Lake with Today’s Woman

Our very own Paul Clark and Cassity Bratcher sat down with Today’s Woman for an interview that touches on the Physical Therapy Department at Cedar Lake and what their days look like at the Lodge.
Click here to read the full article.

Thank you, Paul and Cassity, for all you do for the people in our care!


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