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Annual Play Day at Holiday World

May 31st, 2016

On “Play Day” Holiday World opens its doors just for children with special needs One day each year, Holiday World & Splashing Safari park provides Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center of Indiana with a limited amount of tickets so children…

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Accessible Vehicle Giveaway

April 15th, 2015

NMEDA is giving away 4 wheelchair accessible vehicles for National Mobility Awareness Month. One vehicle in each of the four categories will be given: for a caregiver for a senior battery-powered vehicle general category To…

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Kid at the dentist getting his teeth checked

Special Needs Dental Program in Southern Illinois

March 2nd, 2015

This program is the only one in Illinois, outside of Chicago, that currently offers dental anesthesia for children on Medicaid. The Special Needs Dental Program says its goal is to provide high-quality, compassion dental car,…

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Before & After School Program Refunded

January 8th, 2015

East Richland Community Unit School District #1 to reopen school programs in February. The district has been refunded, allowing it to support before and after school programs at West Richland Elementary, East Richland Middle School,…

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Surgeon Recognized for Military Service

June 17th, 2014

Quilt of Valor honors orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Keith Gabriel is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He cares for many of our enrolled children who are affected by things like…

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Funding for School Screenings

June 11th, 2014

Public health departments receive $37,000 to help identify children with special needs. Ten health departments in Southern Illinois received funding to purchase screening equipment that helps schools identify children with special health care needs. The…

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CEFS Head Start Program

February 21st, 2014

Head Start programs prepare children for kindergarten. It’s a free, education program available to pregnant women and children ages 0-5, including those with significant or multiple special needs. Certified teachers plan hands-on lessons with developmentally…

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