Thursday, October 9, 2014

Filanthropy: My Newest Consulting Job

As of September 30, I am Consultant to Kennedy Krieger Institute. My role will focus on helping Kennedy Krieger Institute to expand its reach and awareness levels to those who live and work on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Like many families with a child on the Autism Spectrum, thankfully but unknowingly at the time, we began our journey to find the best possible care, education and support services for Timothy by seeing a Doctor at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The help we received at the time has been a very solid foundation for all the building blocks we have added to Timothy's treatment plan. Since my family had such a wonderful experience with Kennedy Krieger Institute, it is so exciting for me now in my professional life, to be able to work with Kennedy Krieger Institute to help spread the word about its programs and services available throughout the state (especially on the shore), nationally and even globally. Since its founding in 1937, Kennedy Krieger Institute has become an internationally known entity for its delivery of patient care, research, special education, community and training programs that benefit children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and physical disabilities. Annually it serves over 20,000 children whose diagnoses include: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and a host of other disorders ranging from mild to severe. Services also include a 70-bed hospital, outpatient clinics (like the one Timothy benefited from), and a lower, middle and high school for children with complex disabilities and community-based programs. It is truly an amazing organization that helps many people! I am honored to have Kennedy Krieger Institute as my newest client.

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