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Positive Impact: Inspirational Stories of Redwood’s Services and Successes


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David, a Redwood client, in the computer lab.

Redwood is dedicated to helping people with disabilities overcome challenges and shatter barriers to reach the heights they are destined to achieve. In sharing stories of our clients’ successes, we hope to inspire others to see how people of all abilities can lead healthy, happy lives with a little, friendly help.

GROWING ABILITIES

Brock using teletherapy to brush his teethBrock, 12, has Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition causing a range of developmental problems, as well as Apraxia, a motor speech disorder that makes speaking challenging. He began teletherapy during the pandemic with a speech and occupational therapist using an iPad loaned to him by Redwood’s Assistive Technology Resource Center. Using an individualized plan created by his therapist, he has been able to complete basic tasks such as bathing and brushing his teeth.

Brock’s occupational therapist monitors the implementation and follow-through of the plan during parent coaching time in teletherapy sessions. Now, Brock – who likes to be independent like everyone else – is making great strides thanks to the support he receives at Redwood.

SHATTERING BARRIERS

Charlie in wheelchair, smiling at camera

Charlie, 2, has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition affecting the development of multiple joint contractures, and other muscular dystrophies. As aresult, he struggled with both fine and gross motor skills, unable to perform tasks common among other toddlers his age. He also did not play well with others and suffered from delayed speech development.

This all changed once he started his therapy at Redwood in June 2020.

The lead teacher in Charlie’s classroom collaborated with his parents and a First Step therapist to develop an individualized care plan. One year later, Charlie can now feed himself and enjoys painting and walking with the aid of “his wheels.” He also now has friends with whom he plays and is even speaking in full sentences – a miraculous turn of events considering where he started! Charlie is a beacon of joy during his days at Redwood.

SHINING BRIGHT

David using a computerDavid has been at Redwood since he was a child. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Redwood became a place where he focused on what he could do versus what he could not. Graduating from high school and attending college, David has grown to become our favorite local sports commentator, posting weekly to his blog “A Super Fan’s Super Opinion” using assistive technology provided by Redwood.

He has since returned to Redwood to take advantage of our vocational services, attending the Computer Life Skills center. Says the man himself, “I would not be as high functioning as I am today without the help of Redwood.”

Congratulations Brock, Charlie and David – you continue to inspire us all with your inspirational successes. Click here to learn more about how you can contribute to and support the achievements of other Redwood clients.

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