Students make the holidays brighter for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Each child at STAR Rubino Family Center, a pediatric early intervention therapy program at Norwalk, will receive a handmade card with a cheerful holiday note as well as a book to enjoy while on vacation, thanks to a project led by Amanda King Heavey and her son, Sera.
– an announcement from STAR Inc., Lighting the Way
Heavey, a STAR board member and New Canaan resident, and Will, a student at East School in New Canaan, were joined by K-4 students from the Parents Community Service Committee. volunteers, the PTC Board of Directors and Director Ms. Woleck. gathered to deliver the holiday gifts.
In addition to gifts to individual children, the project also offers a specially curated selection of books that address age-appropriate understanding of unique abilities, inclusion, diversity and kindness will be shared at school and donated to the STAR Rubino Family Center lending library.
Through the STAR Rubino Family Center, STAR offers a multilingual program for children with or at risk of developmental delays.
This program, generously supported in part by the New Canaan Community Foundation and the Community Fund of Darien and other generous grants, provides services from birth to age eight.
The goal of the program is to help families throughout the preschool years and beyond by strengthening the continuity of therapy and education that will benefit families with short-term basic needs as well as those having greater challenges.
Interested families can contact Barbara Fitzpatrick, director of the STAR Rubino Family Center, 120 East Ave., Norwalk. [email protected] or by calling (203) 855-0634.
For more information, see the STAR Early Intervention Services video, here.
Molly Cioffi, a young adult from New Canaan, illustrates the potential envisioned for these children.
“STAR has been a part of my life since before I can remember it. From the age of one month, STAR therapists helped me learn to do what is easy for most babies but difficult for me like sitting, crawling and walking, ”said Cioffi.
“I also learned to speak with the help of my STAR speech therapist. Some days my parents say the speech-language pathologist did his job TOO MUCH! Well, here I am today, a graduate of New Canaan High School and a student at Lesley College in Cambridge.
“I have many people to thank who have helped me through the process, but I thank STAR for supporting me and my family from being a baby until today ‘ hui, when I am in college and have my first jobs at Ann. Taylor and Groove in New Canaan!
About Star inc.
STAR Inc., Lighting the Way is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, from infants to adults, as well as providing support services to their families.
Entering its 70th year, STAR Inc. was established in 1952. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy.
To be able to serve all income levels, STAR is an approved provider accepting Medicaid, most medical insurance, and private payments. STAR offers developmental, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language pathology and special education assessments.
Additional services include behavioral supports, assistive technology, translation, and family supports. STAR offers results-based early intervention services.
Based at 182 Wolfpit Avenue in Norwalk, with an office at 111 Elm Street, New Canaan and 51 Tokeneke Road in Darien, STAR supports more than 600 families in central Fairfield County each year. STAR believes in inclusion and helps inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the unique talents of all individuals.
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