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The Op Foundation

  1. 1. THE OP FOUNDATION Optimizing the Potential of Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities
  2. 2. <ul><li>Paul A. Walker, M.D. </li></ul><ul><li>President and Co-Founder </li></ul><ul><li>Joy K. Walker, PharmD </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director and Co-Founder </li></ul><ul><li>Jessica L. Bost </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Administrative Assistant </li></ul>The Op Foundation
  3. 3. <ul><li>ENT Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source of speech delay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents seeking advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physician’s trained response </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Search for Treatment Options </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based Solutions </li></ul>The Op Foundation
  4. 4. <ul><li>Dr. Vincent Carbone, BCBA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop #1 - Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Technology exists but the workers are few” </li></ul>The Op Foundation
  5. 5. <ul><li>Team Effort </li></ul><ul><li>Obedience to our Calling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” </li></ul></ul>The Op Foundation
  6. 6. Developmental Delays and Disabilities <ul><li>Five Areas of Development: </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive </li></ul><ul><li>Social and Emotional </li></ul><ul><li>Speech and Language </li></ul><ul><li>Fine Motor Skill </li></ul><ul><li>Gross Motor Skill </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Delay 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An ongoing, major delay in the process of development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child does not meet developmental milestones during predictable time frame </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developmental Milestones – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building blocks for development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Babbling, Pointing, Reciprocity, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>1 www.med.umich.edu
  7. 7. Developmental Delays and Disabilities <ul><li>Developmental Disabilities: </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Retardation </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Impairment </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing Loss </li></ul><ul><li>Cerebral Palsy </li></ul><ul><li>Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Disability 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Severe chronic condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Due to mental and/or physical impairments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begins anytime during development up to 22 years of age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lasts throughout a person’s lifetime </li></ul></ul>2 www.cdc.gov
  8. 8. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) <ul><li>Autism Spectrum Disorders: </li></ul><ul><li>Autistic Disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Asperger Syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Childhood Disintegrative Disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Rett Syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS) </li></ul><ul><li>Signs can be subtle or obvious </li></ul><ul><li>No known biological marker or medical test to help diagnose </li></ul><ul><li>Cause unknown </li></ul><ul><li>Complex neurological spectrum of disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Begins very early in development </li></ul><ul><li>Siblings of affected children are at greater risk </li></ul><ul><li>No cure </li></ul><ul><li>Studies suggest that children can reach cognitive potential with early intervention </li></ul>3 www.firstsigns.org
  9. 9. “ IF YOU ARE OUT TO DESCRIBE THE TRUTH, LEAVE ELEGANCE TO THE TAILOR.” -ALBERT EINSTEIN
  10. 10. Increasing Prevalence of ASD 5 5 www.cdc.gov
  11. 11. Escalation of ASD in Northwest GA
  12. 12. Total Prevalence of ASD in NWGA
  13. 13. ASD vs. Other Childhood Disorders 4 <ul><li>Cancer = 1.5:10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Down Syndrome = 1:800 </li></ul><ul><li>Juvenile Diabetes = 1:400-500 </li></ul><ul><li>ASD = 1:150 </li></ul>4 www.cdc.gov
  14. 14. Lifetime Expenses of Developmental Disabilities
  15. 15. More Than Just Statistics <ul><li>1994 to 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of 6 to17-yr-olds with an ASD receiving special education increased from 22,864 to 211,610 </li></ul>
  16. 16. Community Impact <ul><li>Equal Opportunity Disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Retention and Recruitment of Employees (Professionals) </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Burden </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>“ Desperate times do not require desperate measures. They require thoughtful deliberation on basic principles that can ultimately lead to low risk, high benefit solutions.” </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>The Op Foundation exists to optimize the potential of children by serving as a resource and facilitating the education and collaboration of families, health providers and educators caring for children with developmental delays and disabilities </li></ul>Our Mission Statement
  19. 19. The Op Foundation Arms Awareness Advocacy Collaboration Continuing Education
  20. 20. AWARENESS <ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Centers for Disease Control Campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Learn the Signs. Act Early.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American Academy of Pediatrics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Awareness 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial Presentation to Pediatricians and Berry Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dessert Parties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic groups and churches </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. CONTINUING EDUCATION <ul><li>Dr. Vincent Carbone, BCBA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop #1 – Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>October 22-24, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Berry College Science Center Auditorium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target Audience: Health Professionals, Educators and Families of Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kickoff event for series of nationally renowned speakers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide scholarships for educators and health professionals to attend workshops </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. COLLABORATION <ul><li>AAP </li></ul><ul><li>ASHA </li></ul><ul><li>Babies Can’t Wait </li></ul><ul><li>Berry College </li></ul><ul><li>CDC </li></ul><ul><li>Community Foundation of Chattanooga </li></ul><ul><li>Coosa Valley Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Easter Seals </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia Governor’s Council </li></ul><ul><li>Sara Hightower Regional Library System </li></ul><ul><li>Vanderbilt University/Bill Wilkerson </li></ul><ul><li>Winshape Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Winston’s Wish Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Area Churches </li></ul><ul><li>Area School Systems </li></ul>
  23. 23. COLLABORATION <ul><ul><li>American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/ Center for Disease Control (CDC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Berry College – Host for Continuing Education Symposiums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Foundation of Chattanooga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Georgia Governor’s Council </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanderbilt University Medical Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early Intervention </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bill Wilkerson </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sara Hightower Regional Library System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer Day Camps </li></ul></ul>Progress Report
  24. 24. HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR FAMILY CHILD ADVOCACY “ OPTIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL”
  25. 25. ADVOCACY WWW.THEOPFOUNDATION.COM
  26. 26. The Op Foundation <ul><li>501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax-deductible contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mike Crego </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VP of Investments , Wachovia Securities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Braden Burns, MBA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VP , Northside Bank </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. 2008 Volunteer Opportunities <ul><li>Administrative Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Carbone Conference Planning and Logistics </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Date Night&quot; Initiative (childcare for families with </li></ul><ul><li>special needs children) </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer for families with special needs </li></ul><ul><li>Standing Committee Involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publicity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Liaison position </li></ul><ul><li>Project Toy Box Committee </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>PRAY </li></ul><ul><li>SPREAD THE WORD </li></ul><ul><li>USE YOUR GIFTS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer your time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give in-kind and monetary donations </li></ul></ul>WAYS TO HELP
  29. 29. <ul><li>Our ability to meet the needs of our community is limited only by our collective vision and generosity. </li></ul>

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