Good Shepherd's Pediatric Program Receives Grant from Verizon Foundation9/21/2011
ALLENTOWN, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Pediatric Program recently received a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The grant will be used to improve access to healthcare for more than 4,000 children with disabilities and support the pediatrician-prescribed Assistive Technology Program for learning and literacy interventions.
Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Program provides assistive technology services for patients ranging in age from infancy to 18-years-old. Assistive technology enables children to interact with their environment for learning and development, communication and play. For example, at Good Shepherd, young children utilize touch screen computers with developmental learning software to improve:
- eye hand coordination
- visual skills
- attention to task
- cognitive skills
- overall learning
Good Shepherd Pediatrics provides both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care to children with a variety of physical or cognitive conditions, including autism, developmental delays, neuromuscular disease, stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, or multiple traumas. Good Shepherd’s Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Program offers the services of the only two board-certified developmental pediatricians in the Lehigh Valley region. Nearly 40 percent of pediatric patients receive some sort of charity care because their families have no insurance or simply can not afford to pay for their child’s therapy. The grant from Verizon will help in the effort to improve access to these vital services for more children.
“Verizon is proud to improve the quality of life for youth and families in the Lehigh Valley by empowering the community with innovative tools and resources,” says Daniel J. Reavy, director of External Affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania. “We’re investing in programs, such as our partnership with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, to reach those in need in the community and to touch people’s lives by focusing on health and family safety in the 21st century.
For more information on the Verizon Foundation, visit www.thinkfinity.org .