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SUPPORTING VULNERABLE FAMILIES THROUGH THERAPY SCHOLARSHIPS

Children with significant learning delays or disabilities need intensive individualised therapy and family support to assist them in reaching their potential.

At times families are not receiving adequate funding or, due to individual circumstances, are not eligible to access government funding to support therapy for their children.  Many families in our community don’t have the financial means to access the therapy and support they need. Kids Are Kids! believes all children should have access to quality therapy and support to help them reach their full potential and the Therapy Scholarship Program enables vulnerable children to receive therapy they would not otherwise be able to access.

Kids Are Kids! Therapy and Education Centre is a not-for-profit organisation working with families to provide Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Clinical Psychology to children and their families.

The Kids Are Kids! Therapy Scholarship Program was formed over a decade ago, to help support the most vulnerable families in our community. Through an annual application process, this program is available to any family in Western Australia and has seen improvements in the lives of more than 100 children and their families.  The impact of these therapy scholarships has been life changing for many and the number of applications increases every year. 

This year, with thanks to sponsors Grant Thornton, ATCO Australia and Northern Trust, ten Therapy Scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $5,000 were awarded to the successful applicants. All sponsors were invited to join the allocation panel, and were able to really see what a difference the scholarships made to the lucky recipients.    

The current scholarships are assisting children with language disorders, genetic disabilities and psychological needs. The families, their teachers and therapists have all reported significant improvements in these children. Parents have experienced significant financial hardship and are so grateful of the support that they otherwise could not have had access to.

Executive Officer at Kids Are Kids!, Lisa Hoffman, said without the support of individuals and corporations the program would not be possible. “As a not-for-profit organisation the program relies solely on corporate sponsorships and any fundraising our Committee can achieve. The viability of the program into 2021 is uncertain, particularly due to the pressures COVID-19 has placed on individuals and businesses this year. After 11 years it would be devastating to see it not proceed”.

If you or your company would like to learn how to support the Kids Are Kids! 2021 Therapy Scholarship Program please contact Executive Officer, Lisa Hoffman on 9313 6566 or email lisah@kidsarekids.org.au.

Amy

 

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