1 in 8 families in Oregon is raising a child with special needs. And yet, many insurance plans limit or disallow therapy services which will teach that child the basic skills needed to survive, such as walking, talking, and eating. For nearly 30 years Mighty Oaks Children's Therapy Center has provided therapy services to address these needs. However, the financial strain of raising a child with special needs is huge. Many families struggle to maintain financial stability due to medical costs.
This project will fund a scholarship program to allow a sliding fee scale for qualifying families. This will allow families without coverage for therapy services or with prohibitively high deductibles/copays to access services for their children with special needs at little or no cost, following an application and screening process.
The long-term effects of this program are huge, both for the individual and the community. When a child learns basic life skills such as walking and talking, the burden on family members and caregivers is drastically reduced. As a result, the more than 350 children served at Mighty Oaks experience a greater potential for becoming contributing society members, and our community's minimal resources, such as group homes and disability services, are preserved.