A history of meeting the needs of children with special needs.
Our passion for supporting children and their families so that both can reach their potential began in 1902. That’s when Mary Irwin Laughlin established the Memorial Home for Crippled Children in order to care for a six-year-old boy whose legs had been severed in a train accident.
Today, the organization that she created to care for one child in need has grown into one of the nation’s leading pediatric rehabilitation facilities. Looking back, we are proud of our ever-changing, always meaningful history.
1902: Mary Irwin Laughlin establishes the Memorial Home for Crippled Children.
1919: 75% of our patients were recovering from polio.
1960s: Our expertise grew to encompass a wide array of disabilities.
1968: We became the nation’s first comprehensive rehabilitation center for children to be accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation or Rehabilitation Facilities)
1980s: In response to an aging population, we created adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services
1981: We changed our name to The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh
1998: Our adult services transferred to UPMC, allowing us to reaffirm our original mission—to promote the well being of children, young people and their families.
1998: We changed our name to The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
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