The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when you get to relax and celebrate with your loved ones. However, when you have to travel for the holidays, it can add complications and stress to your trip. Things can be even more difficult if you have a child with special needs, due to increased planning and, sometimes, traveling with lots of specialized equipment.
However, traveling with children with special needs is possible, and these children deserve to travel and enjoy the holidays just as much as everyone else. That’s why we’ve written this article to help you prepare for your holiday travel by detailing some tips for families of children with special needs.
General Special Needs Travel Tips for the Holidays
A lot of your travel planning will depend on what type of transportation you’ll be taking—whether it’s a car, a plane, or another option. Each mode of transportation will have its own specific requirements and obstacles, but first, let’s focus on general travel tips that will apply no matter where you’re going or how you get there.
Tips for Traveling By Car
While traveling by car often takes longer, it can be the best option when traveling with a child with special needs. One of the main benefits of driving is that you are in control of your situation and you don’t have to worry about other people like you would on a plane. Here are some tips for holiday road trips with a special needs child:
Tips for Traveling By Plane
Depending on where you are traveling to, taking a flight may be the only way to get there or perhaps it is the most feasible option. While flying is normally the fastest way to travel, it presents its own unique obstacles when traveling with a child with special needs. Here are some tips to make your trip go smoothly:
Traveling for the holidays can be a giant undertaking on its own, but doing so with a child with special needs may seem nearly impossible. However, if you keep the tips in this article in mind, you’ll be able to travel to meet your family and friends, while also making sure your child remains as comfortable as possible the entire time.
New Transitions Center is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them in the Roanoke, Texas area. The Center supports young adults with varying degrees of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, including those who may need assistance with ambulation and personal hygiene.
If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of children with special needs, consider applying to join our team as a Care Coach or even as the Executive Director. You can learn more about our Care Coach positions by visiting this link or applying directly online. For those interested in our Executive Director position, you can find more information about the position and application process here.
You can also find out how you can help us fulfill our mission and maintain a low enrollee-to-caretaker ratio by donating to our cause, exploring our events and campaigns, or contacting us to join as a community partner today!
Everyone knows that raising children is expensive!
As of 2015, the average cost of raising a non-disabled child through age seventeen was $233,610. For parents of children with special needs, however, the number is exponentially greater. There is no statistical consensus encompassing all disability types, but, for example, individuals on the autism spectrum incur an average of $1.4 to $2.4 million in costs over their lifetime, meaning it may cost between $440,741 and $755,555 to raise a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through age seventeen.
Fortunately, families with disabled children can receive help in many forms of government assistance. One way to get started is to use the Benefit Finder tool to see which programs your family qualifies for. Here are some of the available resources for families with special needs.
At The Center we support families by helping them connect to resources and offer scholarships for reduced membership, we currently do not accept state and government waivers. Below is meant to provide general information and if you have more specific questions about what your family may qualify for please reach out to us at The Center!
For Families Who May Not Qualify for Need-Based Assistance
Every special needs family can open an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account. This is a tax-advantaged savings account for children or youth who have been diagnosed with a disability prior to age twenty-six. Although contributions cannot exceed $15,000 per year, they can be made by anyone and do not disqualify the individual or family from other assistance programs.
Tax Deductions and Credits
Many families with special needs children qualify for one or more tax deductions or credits. For example, families whose unreimbursed disability-related medical care, supply, or transportation costs exceed 7.5% of their adjusted gross income are eligible to deduct this amount from their federal taxes. For parents who need to pay for childcare during work or job search hours, there is a child care credit of up to $3,000 per dependent. There is no age limit on this credit for children with disabilities.
Parents can also open a 529A account.
This is a savings account sponsored by some states. Like the ABLE account, the 529A account does not affect an individual’s eligibility for low-income assistance programs. As with the ABLE account, anyone can make contributions of up to $15,000 a year. The difference is that families will make deductions from their state rather than federal taxes.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a special needs assistance program that has various names and rules from state to state. It provides comprehensive medical and dental coverage to children under the age of nineteen. To qualify, parents must be unable to afford private health insurance but have incomes higher than the limit allowed to qualify for Medicaid assistance.
For Low-Income Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
There are a number of government assistance programs that benefit low-income families with disabled children. One general funding program is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It is not limited to families with special needs children, and it provides fiscal assistance and other services geared toward supporting careers and marriage for parents. TANF eligibility and aid amounts vary by state.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Once called the Food Stamps program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is aimed specifically at covering food costs. Like TANF, SNAP is also available to families without special needs children, and eligibility requirements vary by state.
MedicaidMedicaid is available for families with limited income and assets. This program is funded both at the state and federal level and works differently in each state. Generally speaking, Medicaid pays for health care and some medical equipment; it may also cover in-home support and certain community services.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Another source of government assistance for special needs children is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Families who meet the income and asset limit may receive up to $733 per month, and some states supplement this with additional benefit amounts. You can learn more about applying for SSI here.
For Families With College Students
Government assistance plans for special needs young adults also provide funding for college through grants, scholarships, and loans. These encompass a variety of federal and state programs with differing eligibility requirements and aid amounts. Families should also look for private sources of financial assistance as well as work-study programs for students with disabilities.
For Children of Disabled, Retired, Deceased, or Veteran Parents
Children under the age of eighteen whose parents become disabled, retire, or pass away may be eligible for Social Security Survivor Benefits or Social Security Disability Benefits. With survivor benefits, the amount paid is calculated based on the earnings accrued over the parent’s lifetime. The benefits are paid to children of disabled parents who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). These are contingent upon the parent having worked long and recently enough to be eligible, and social security taxes must have been paid on that income.
The children of war veterans may be eligible for benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You can read more about them here.
For Adults With Disabilities
When children with disabilities turn eighteen, they may qualify for Social Security Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefits. These are available for unmarried individuals who are at least eighteen and who have been diagnosed with a disability before the age of twenty-two. Special needs children who received benefits because their parents qualified for SSDI may be eligible for this assistance in their own right if they meet the same criteria when they are adults themselves.
The New Transitions Center
For help navigating these and other special needs assistance programs, contact a disability resource center near you. If you live in the Roanoke, Texas area, contact us at the New Transitions Center!
We are a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them. The Center supports young adults with varying degrees of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, including those who may need assistance with ambulation and personal hygiene. Find out how you can help us fulfill our mission and maintain a low enrollee-to-caretaker ratio by donating to our cause, exploring our events and campaigns, or contacting us to join as a community partner today!
Every parent takes steps to prepare their child for the return to school each year, which can be a complex task even under normal circumstances. Parents of children with special needs—who had to serve as teachers, therapists, and coaches during pandemic-related school closures—face an even more Herculean process.
As schools reopen for in-person learning, many adults may be letting out a well-deserved sigh of relief. Nonetheless, it’s important to get organized well before the school year begins, particularly for parents of special needs students. Here are some key back-to-school tips.
Organize Your Child’s IEP BinderFirst, assemble or update your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) binder. The IEP binder is an excellent tool for organizing your child’s records. Use it to store all documents related to special needs services and school policies. These include your child’s evaluations, progress, and sample work as well as your communications with school personnel. If you already have an IEP binder, be sure to update it, creating new sections related to any new classes, activities, or services. If you’re new to IEPs, read more tips for creating a binder.
Discuss the Upcoming Year with Your ChildOne of the most important tips for back-to-school special needs parenting is mental preparation. As you address logistical considerations for their new school year, it will be beneficial to talk with your child about what the coming year will be like. This will help both of you to prepare for it mentally and get on the same page with regard to plans. In your conversations, be sure to do the following:
Purchase and Prepare School Clothes and SuppliesIt’s important to sort through your child’s clothes and supplies at least a few weeks before school starts, purchasing new ones as needed. Incorporate your child’s input as much as possible so that they are comfortable with the new additions. Remove outgrown or worn clothing and supplies to eliminate any confusion for your child about what to wear, bring, or use. This is a great time to organize their closets and other storage so they can find everything easily. Where applicable, help special needs children come up with a system for planning outfits each week.
Plan and Arrange TransportationOne of the most important back-to-school safety tips is to make, update, and confirm transportation plans for your child. Determine whether it’s best for your child to ride the school bus or be driven by yourself, a spouse, or another caregiver; decide how your child will get from Point A to Point B if a backup plan is needed. Communicate your plans to the school and any appointed drivers to help keep your child safe.
Schedule a Visit to Campus Before School StartsSchedule a visit to the school campus to familiarize yourself and your child with any new classrooms, lockers, facilities, or offices, particularly if they are attending a new school. This is also a good time to check that all anticipated accommodations are actually in place for them. If agreed-upon accommodations are missing or additional ones are needed, contact the school. You can prevent stress and confusion for both you and your child by ensuring that all needed items and services are in place before the start of classes.
Communicate Your Child’s Needs to Teachers and Service ProvidersAbove all else, every parent of a special needs child should communicate with school and services personnel well before the beginning of the year. This is true particularly if there are major updates to the IEP binder or to your child’s situation, and even more so if you are new to the IEP and associated procedures. Be sure to follow up on any staff recommendations from the previous spring. All of the above will help to ensure that everyone involved is up to speed with regard to your child’s needs, academic progress, and support programs.
Back-to-School Special Needs Resources for ParentsIf you’ve taken all of these steps in back-to-school preparation, congratulations—you and your child are well on your way to a successful new school year. You can consult additional resources that provide support for parents of special needs children throughout the year. If you live near Roanoke, Texas, you can also contact the New Transitions Center.
New Transitions Center is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them in the Roanoke, Texas area. The Center supports young adults with varying degrees of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, including those who may need assistance with ambulation and personal hygiene. Find out how you can help us fulfill our mission and maintain a low member-to-direct care provider ratio by donating to our cause, exploring our events and campaigns, or contacting us to join as a community partner today!
nuts and bolts of being a "care coach"
A Direct Support Professional (DSP) is someone who works directly with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). Usually, DSPs offer specialized support aimed to help people realize their full potential. They help people with disabilities to become integrated and engaged in their community by assisting with everyday tasks, such as housekeeping, meal preparation, attending appointments, and running errands. Depending on the patient's condition, these support professionals may also administer medications, develop a behavioral management plan, and maintain medical records for the people they are attending to.
At The Center our DSP's are called "Care Coaches" as our focus is to develop independent living skills, encouraging agency for our Members.
In the past, DSPs were trained as caregivers. However, over the last few decades, the needs of those being served have evolved. Thus, the role of DSPs consequently began to change in order to adapt to the changing needs, and DSPs now take on different aspects and roles than those of caregivers. It is no longer about doing things for people, but about helping them to learn how to do things for themselves.
The Difference Between a DSP and a Caregiver
Qualifications usually vary from state to state, but the primary role of a DSP is to provide support. This is different from caregiving or providing in-home healthcare. A caregiver or home health aide will do things for their clients, such as picking out and purchasing groceries. On the other hand, a DSP will work with people that they are supporting in order to help them do things on their own, like choosing their own groceries and paying the cashier. DSPs teach people with disabilities how to do things independently, whereas caregivers perform tasks for them.
Skills That Make a Good DSP
There are several different skills that define a good DSP, including:
Direct Support Professional Duties and Responsibilities
DSPs help individuals with IDDs by providing them with safe living environments, helping them with daily tasks, and teaching them life skills. Direct support professionals commonly help with the following tasks:
DSPs can work with adults as well as children. DSPs and the individuals with IDDs they support usually feel a great sense of accomplishment when an individual learns to complete a new task by themselves.
How to Become a Direct Support Professional
There are no formal requirements to become a direct support professional, though some training is needed. Many direct professional jobs require a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate and on-the-job training. Other positions require completion of a caregiver training program. Training programs, such as those offered by the Red Cross and local hospitals, help you study the basics of home-based care to gain the skills and qualifications you need to fulfill your responsibilities in this career. For someone to increase their job opportunities, they can obtain certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).
Direct Support Professional Training Training and mentoring are necessary components to assist the DSP with tools and knowledge so they can support a person in the most successful way. Web-based training for DSPs is available in some states. The web-based courses and lessons usually lay the foundation of information that sets a standard of practices. However, the second component, mentoring, usually assists DSPs to transfer their training information and knowledge to the worksite and the individuals they support. Both training and mentoring work hand in hand.
Training and mentoring must include practical "how-to" skill-building. Training sessions involve lectures, discussions, and exercises. Mentoring involves a process of observation, practice, guided discussions, and a review of written materials, such as individual support plans and progress notes. These techniques are key components of ongoing training and mentoring. They assure that the DSP is truly able to apply his or her knowledge in an effective way during their jobs.
Case Study Example In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Becca Meyers, a swimmer seen as a favorite to win gold, canceled her plans to compete in the Paralympics after being told that she can't be accompanied by her DSP to Tokyo. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) officials said that they didn't have space for her to bring an aide due to the coronavirus restrictions on athletic delegations. The Becca Meyers case shows how important DSPs are in helping their clients in their daily life activities.
New Transitions Center is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them in the Roanoke, Texas area. The Center supports young adults with varying degrees of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, including those who may need assistance with ambulation and personal hygiene. Find out how you can help us fulfill our mission and maintain a low enrollee-to-caretaker ratio by donating to our cause, exploring our events and campaigns, or contacting us to join as a community partner today!
Updated Precautions and guidelines
In response to the COVID-19 Delta Variant spreading, reopening of schools, and pending fall/winter flu season there is a concern to ensure safety and reduce exposure to primarily COVID-19. The below plans are in place at The Center, based on CDC Recommendations and local Health Department guidance.
The primary objective is to avoid temporary closure and prepare for contingencies if a Member or staff get sick from COVID-19 or the flu. These guidelines have been adapted due to the nature of our services and are to be adhered to by active Members, their immediate family and all staff.
First a few clarifications:
What is considered fully vaccinated?
An individual is considered “fully vaccinated” at 2 weeks from final vaccination injection (including third booster when available for COVID-19) and subsequent annual booster when available for either COVID-19 or Seasonal Influenza. It is expected after 2 weeks from vaccine that the immune system has developed an adequate response to preventing transmission and severe complications of COVID-19.
What is considered an exposure to COVID-19?
Close contact <6 feet apart and >15 minutes, with or without protection (ie face masks) with someone who has any of the below, whether you are fully immunized or not:
What are the Symptoms of concern?
COVID-19 symptoms are of primary concern but signs of the Seasonal Flu are also of concern at The Center due to the impact on staffing. Major symptoms that present for both viruses include: Coughing, Fever >100 degrees F or Chills, Body Aches
What happens if a Member or Staff has tested positive for COVID-19? What are the self-quarantine guidelines?
The general rule of thumb is to remain isolated until 72 hrs has passed with no active symptoms OR until you have at least 1 Negative COVID-19 test. Below is the “window of exposure” and quarantine timeline we consider and adhere to for each exposure or positive COVID-19 test:
*If within your household others may have tested positive for COVID-19 all household members should be symptoms free for 72 hrs before Staff/Members return to The Center.
*For Staff - to support self-quarantine - PTO/Sick Time is applied if available.
What about if you are unsure about your risk of exposure as a Staff/Member? Do you still need to self-quarantine?
The medical community is constantly learning more about how COVID-19 is transmitted but it is important to recognize that individuals can transmit the virus and may be infectious even if they themselves are not showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals can still transmit the virus, although this is less common. It is also important to remember that the Flu virus is highly infectious and can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours which is why adhering to added precautions and best practices is recommended.
To ensure the safety of our community and avoid unnecessary closures we recommend that at least an at-home COVID-19 Rapid Test is taken if there is any concern – regardless of vaccination status. These can be purchased at local pharmacies for ~$24 and include 2 at-home tests. The results are available within 15 min and have a high confidence/reliability score to PCR-Lab Test results. Based on the at-home test results follow the above guidelines.
What qualifies as a negative COVID-19 Test?
A Negative COVID-19 test is considered a confirmed negative PCR-Test (lab test) or 2 consecutive at-home tests taken per instructions with both tests resulting as negative. We expect that proof of test is communicated by providing either a screen shot of lab test or a picture of an home test.
The Center has a small but mighty team. If staff members are out sick, unable to work AND we cannot accommodate alternative staffing we may have to temporarily close or modify our services until staffing needs are resolved. We acknowledge that this is inconvenient especially if we are unable to provide advanced notice. We will try our best to build support for staffing such as volunteers and substitute part-time staff BUT we have financial limitations that restrict these options. In addition, if we have to temporarily close our services the duration and costs of closure may prevent our ability to successfully reopen. We are confident that if we maintain a common agreement on General Safety and Social Distancing Guidelines amongst staff and Members, we will stay healthy, safe, stable and remain open. Membership credits for temporary closures are at the discretion of the Executive Director.
NTC Community Safety and Social Distancing Guidelines for Staff, Members and Families
(Regardless of Vaccination Status)
We ask that our staff, active Members and their families in addition to the above adhere to the below safety and social distancing guidelines whenever possible:
- Recent coughing?
- Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath?
*If a Member or Staff presents with any symptoms, we ask that The Center staff is notified ASAP so we may proceed with necessary precautions to maintain the safety of our staff and community. Staff are instructed to inform parents if there are any concerns or symptoms arise while at The Center.
Daily Arrival and Departure Protocol
Key Program Changes
Sterilization Protocol - for Staff to Follow at The Center
References and Resources:
Tarrant County COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Link
COVID-19 Vaccination Resources
Compass Pharmacy – The Center Partner for Reduced Flu Vaccine Rates and Resources Monica Boyd, PharmD
CVS Drive Thru Testing - Appointment Only
CDC - Coping with Stress
CDC - Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19
CDC - Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance)
CDC - Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
CDC – Possibility of Breakthrough Infections
Download our guidelines
There are many different types of disorders, disabilities, and diseases that affect people and inhibit their ability to do certain things on their own. According to the CDC, 26% of adults (61 million people) in the United States have some kind of disability. When these disabilities require extra help, it is often referred to as having “special needs.” So, what are the different kinds of special needs?
People with special needs often rely on their family and friends for assistance in their daily lives. However, not everyone is trained in the best practices for caring for an individual with special needs. Only being around family and close friends can also limit a person’s exposure to the outside world, new experiences, and interactions with people similar to themselves.
New Transitions Center is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them in the Roanoke, Texas area. Our model focuses on higher need, medically fragile individuals who we provide with the highest quality of care. We achieve this by maintaining a low staff-to-member ratio, with 1 person on staff for every 4 members. Find out how you can help our mission by donating or by contacting us to join us as a community partner!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a phrase that has become increasingly popular as our country works to become better for all who live here. This includes people who have been overlooked, under-resourced, and marginalized throughout history. By promoting DEI, we can work to improve the lives of these individuals and provide them with the necessary tools to thrive. So, what exactly do diversity, equity, and inclusion mean?
DEI is especially prevalent with younger generations who are shaping the future of the country. By celebrating diversity, promoting equity, and creating an inclusive society we can improve the lives of the millions of people who have been overlooked for too long. Everyone benefits when people have the opportunity to live full, meaningful, and enjoyable lives.
New Transitions Center is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them in the Roanoke, Texas area. The Center supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community of young adults with varying degrees of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Find out how you can help our mission by donating or by contacting us to join us as a community partner!
PROGRAM PILLARS - VOCATIONAL TRAINING (PART 6 OF 6)
The Center does not support vocational placement or formal vocational training, but we do practice skills that are in line with vocational training and promote independence. Some of our daily activities focus on hand-eye coordination and manipulatives to practice sorting and matching objects.
Our Direct Care Coaches teach laundry skills by assisting our members with loading, unloading and folding laundry. They also teach independent prepping, cooking and cleaning skills daily. These skills are encouraged and promoted daily which help our Members engage with their families at home to be more independent.
One of our big goals moving forward is to build a community backyard garden! We have some raised beds and are growing seedlings inside for transfer. We hope to design an adaptive garden for our Members to learn how to support, grow and harvest the plants and flowers in the coming year. You can support our Garden Build Out by supporting our operational funds by DONATING Learn more below.
what is formal vocational training?
Vocational Rehabilitation programs help people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and help youth and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The programs also help businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities. Texas Workforce Commission have formal state-funded programs that facilitate job training, placement and retention. You can learn more about these programs by clicking here.
Most of our Members and the population we serve do not qualify for these formal programs but that doesn't mean that they can't learn, practice and demonstrate valuable independent and vocational skills. We focus on skills that our Members benefit from in their daily life, most of which translate into vocational skills despite having the goals of independent employment.
As The Center grows we hope to engage and learn more about how we may adapt and provide more formal vocational training services for our Members, either internally through our community garden and crafts or partnering with our local "Friends of The Center".
program pillars - physical activity (part 5 of 6)
Staying healthy and moving each day is not just important for our Members but also our Team! We enjoy daily physical activities at The Center and some of our favorites are adaptive yoga, dancing and throwing “hoops” or playing catch. For our Members with more physical disabilities we accommodate activities that meet their needs so they are included in the activity and gain the social interaction even if they are unable to full participate. When weather permits, we enjoy visiting and playing at the local parks and going on community walks.
some of our favorite adaptive activities
Our Members love music and dancing! Some of our favorite and frequent "dance classes" or adaptive physical activities are listed below:
Ready Set Go Athletics!
Adaptive PE Classes with Miss Coach (fun fact Miss Coach is the Aunt of our Acting Executive Director, Amber Caldwell and her son Luke is Autistic and assists her in most of the videos!)
Head - Shoulders - Knees & Toes!
Hip - Hop Fairy Tales
ROYGBIV - Colors of The Rainbow
Any of Jack Hartmann's videos really - we are all fans!
Want to join in on the fun - we are always looking for volunteers, learn more by clicking below.
PROGRAM PILLARS - SENSORY & SELF CARE (PART 4 OF 6)
For some of our Members sensory stimuli can be a motivator or an inhibitor for learning and social engaging. For those with more significant special needs lights, noise, technology and sometimes smells and colors can all factor into the ability for the individual to participate or engage in various activities.
We have a “sensory” room that has adaptive lights, beanbag chairs and artwork to reduce sensory stimuli when our Members need that reprieve. Alternatively, we have adaptive equipment to support sensory needs such as icon cards, “switch” tools and tactile boards that facilitate communication.
Personal hygiene is practiced daily when it comes to toileting, eating and cleaning. Some of our Members are focused on teeth brushing and maintaining a clean and organized personal space so these tasks are reinforced by our direct Care Coaches throughout the day 1:1.
SELF AGENCY - WITH SUPPORT
Some of our Members need significant supervision and support with personal hygiene care. These services are provided by our direct Care Coaches whom are sensitive to ensuring dignity, respect and self-agency when supporting our Members. We provide full-toileting support for those Members who need this level of care and have a private designated changing room to support these needs.
The quality of care we provide at The Center is directly related to the skills and expertise of our direct care team. We are committed to recruiting and retaining a strong direct care team that provides the best care for our Members. The overhead to provide this level of care is significant and our donors help ensure that we are able to maintain this level of quality care. To learn more about how you can support The Center and help us reach our operational goals by DONATING click below.