BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Dorothy Levy, who was instrumental in the founding of Spastic Aid of Alabama, now United Ability, turns 107 years old on Sunday. And Friday there will be a special birthday celebration in her honor.
Dorothy Levy’s son Harry, was born in 1938 and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. At that time, doctors were not educated about Cerebral Palsy and could not offer much support or guidance. The Levy’s worked with a physician in New York and then began to work with local Birmingham physician, Dr. John Simpson.
In 1948, Ms. Levy, Dr. Simpson, Rabbi Milton Grafman, and other individuals who cared about the quality of life for people with Cerebral Palsy formed the Cerebral Palsy Center, or Spastic Aid of Alabama as it was known then and began serving children of all ages with both day programs and residential services.
Last year, Ms. Levy celebrated her 106th birthday at United Ability and remarked that when she turned 107, she would love return to celebrate and dance with the adults at the LINCPoint Adult Day Program. The celebration is on Friday.