I struggled in school. I was disinterested, disruptive and unruly. I didn't enjoy the classroom environment, and found it really hard to focus. As a result my work suffered and I fell behind. I was sent to a specialist school for suffers of austism, to see if there was a reason for my problems. I was 8 years old, and was ultimately sent to a private school where the teachers would watch me much closer.
A lot of children aren't as lucky as you or I. The Queens Center for Progress has over 600 staff who work with children and adults of all ages with developmental disabilities. At the core of all the agency’s services is the deeply held belief in the development of the individual. QCP believes that all people can learn and that all people – in spite of any developmental disability – can lead more independent lives.
QCP provides programs and services that cater to the individual in order to meet their every need. The early childhood direction center, preschool and Apple Tree Nursery/Universal Pre-K programs reach children with Developmental Disabilities at a young age- they offer screening and early intervention. The adult center and Bellerose Campus offer education, therapy, job training, job placement, day programs, advocacy, service coordination and residency to adult members of the Queens community. The emphasis is on integrating their clients into the community, something they do very well. Over 1200 individuals with Developmental disabilities benefit from these services on a daily basis. They are a small agency with a very big heart!
While a lot of QCP’s funding comes from government sources, there is still a wide gap between what is budgeted and what it costs to run these programs. The money that I am raising will help QCP fulfill their mission by making it possible for them to continue providing assistive devices for the children, and life experiences to program participants that would otherwise be unaffordable.
These are just a few examples of how your contribution will help:
- $100 enables a person with poor motor control to independently operate electronic equipment with special adaptive switches
- $50 covers the costs of a special keyboard with larger, raised keys and a modified joystick, enabling a child with cerebral palsy to use a computer.
- $25 will purchase sensory equipment toys that encourage children with disabilities to move and interact with other children, to exercise less-used muscle groups and promote social skills.
This will be my first marathon and I hope to raise $2,500 for the Queens Center. With your help I know I can reach it. Please click the link and give what you can.
Thank you for your support and for helping to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.