Rex & Gardner, founder / director of VCRA, his wife Judy and staff member Shawn McNeeley, welcomed Tammy Eisenreich, vice president of iTaalk Autism Foundation, located in Toledo, Ohio, to the VCRA headquarters in Grove, OK to present a check in the amount of $22,000. This donation will be used to purchase 50 iPads as well as training for over 300 children and family members. iTaalk provides iPads through a grant program to families all across the country. Children with autism will use the iPads to refine their motor skills, communication and social skill development.
Barry & Irene Jason, acting VCRA representatives, present a check in the amount of $18,000 to Mary Villereal, second from left, president of Journey Learning Center located in Grapevine, TX. JLC is a 501 C3 organization that provides a multi-disciplinary treatment approach for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to maximize the development of their communication, social, sensory-motor and academic skills within a single setting. These funds will be used to purchase therapy equipment and assisted technology that will, in turn, allow JLC to expand their treatments and allow the enrollment to nearly double.
VCRA completes their 2013 charity program, and pledge to FACT ( Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater) by donating an additional $1,750 needed to complete their program from last year. This will make it possible to teach children with developmental disabilities the skills needed to ride traditional two wheel bikes, which tremendously increases the child’s self- esteem and independence, creates socialization opportunities with non- disabled children, and gives the families an activity they can enjoy together. . I can attest that our family saw a remarkable change in Justyce, our grandson and VCRA poster boy, when he learned to ride a bike…it works!!!