BROWNSVILLE, TX — Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities has awarded a grant to the Moody Clinic, Brownsville, formerly known as the Brownsville Society for Crippled Children for Outreach and Development in South Texas in the amount of $10,000.
“We received the good news Wednesday, October 30th said Debbie Sears, Executive Director of the 61 year old facility. Now we can implement a crucial awareness campaign regarding developmental disabilities”, she went on to say.
Moody Clinic wishes to create awareness of opportunities for Hispanic families living in extreme South Texas with special needs children so that these children develop life skills to become independent. Moody Clinic proposes to do this through increasing the knowledge, resources and skills that at-risk populations have for raising children with developmental disabilities.
Over the years the clinic’s state licensed therapists have provided rehabilitative services for nearly 7000 children, birth to age 21, from the Rio Grande Valley. An average 120 new patients enter the outpatient facility each year receiving treatments totaling more than 5000 over the next 12 months.
The grant specifically will allow a variety of promotional material to be created so that handicapping conditions can be caught early resulting in diagnosis and treatment.
“Many parents are at a loss if their child displays a developmental disability. But even more parents do not realize what constitutes a developmental disability.” explained Sears. “An important component of the program is to inform parents how to recognize developmental milestones and what to do if their child is having trouble reaching them.”
Moody Clinic will implement a one-year Outreach and Development Campaign targeting at-risk populations of South Texas promoting awareness of developmental disabilities so that early intervention is sought by parents. To accomplish this, families (primarily parents) of special needs children with whom the staff at Moody Clinic works will take lead roles and serve as volunteer advisors, speakers and community liaisons. They will give valuable input to the staff as Moody Clinic partners with other groups, schools and hospitals.