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LEAP Awarded 3-Year CARF Accredition

Posted March 28, 2017 in Press Releases

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Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Cleveland, OH —March 28,2017- CARF International announced that Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), a disability services non-profitlocatedin Cleveland, OH,has earned Three-year Accreditation based on a recently completed survey.“The leadership and staff members of LEAP are congratulated for their commitment to quality and continuous quality improvement” noted the final CARF survey report.

This recognition by CARF International represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’ssubstantial conformance to established CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. LEAP has demonstrated to a team of CARF surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP)is a Northeast Ohio non-profit organization with offices at 2545 Lorain Ave. in Ohio City. The majority of the LEAP Board and staff members are persons with disabilities themselves. The agency has been providing a comprehensive array of programs to individuals with disabilities since 1981, including employment services, advocacy, independent living, nursing home transition, access to benefits and resources, recreation, and youth transition services, a program which prepares teens and young adults with disabilities to leave school and prepare to enter the workforce.

Among the many accolades included in the CARF final report are the observation that LEAP provides a “high level of compassion and dedication to assisting consumers in enhancing their quality of life” and that “LEAP excels inits advocacy and public policy endeavors.” According to Melanie Hogan, Executive Director of LEAP, “these areas of excellence are sources of immense pride for me and the LEAP staff, who are privileged to serve some of Northeast Ohio’s most vulnerable residents and help them realize the highest possible levels of personal independence and empowerment.”

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website learn more about the many programs and services offered by LEAP, visit online:

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