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OUR IMPACT

What We Do

We Finance

We provide financial assistance to local families who are unable to afford the consistent therapy needed to better ensure a productive adult life for their child with special needs.

We Partner

We partner with local providers who offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and special needs preschool. By awarding annual scholarships, grants or special gifts through these providers, we work to lessen the financial burden on families whose child may require a significant investment above what insurance can cover.

We Focus

We focus on children with special needs from birth to age 6. By enhancing their access to therapy at a critical period in their development, we offer children the best opportunity to enroll in school programs at age 6 and beyond.

We Give Hope

We provide hope to families. The financial and emotional challenges of caring for a child with special needs are significant. By working to ease that burden, we help families look forward to a brighter future for their Shooting Star and everyone in the family.

Why We Do It

The most recent study to tackle these costs found that people affected
by disabilities will spend around $10,000 annually in out of pocket costs for medical services alone.

%

of families say they are very concerned about being able to provide lifetime care for their dependents with special needs.

%

of parents spend more than 40 hours per week with their special needs child, or time equal to a second full-time job.

%

of families say they are very concerned about being able to provide lifetime care for their dependents with special needs.

%

of parents spend more than 40 hours per week with their special needs child, or time equal to a second full-time job.

One in six

or about 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities.

Raising a child

to age 18 costs upwards of $250,000. Parents of children with disabilities and special needs incur costs as much as 10 times greater.

Who We've Helped

We have initially partnered with St. David’s Center and Fraser, leaders
in providing therapy for children with special needs.

Kellen’s Story

At 18 months old, Kellen still didn’t make any sounds. After evaluating several options, Kellen’s family decided to enroll him in occupational and speech therapy at St. David’s Center. This early intervention worked, and a year and a half later Kellen was talking.

Kellen’s struggles didn’t end here. During his therapy at St. David’s Center, he was diagnosed with autism. According to his family, this seemed like a bigger hurdle than his early speech delays. Kellen’s family knew that the faster they received early childhood education catering to his individual needs, the better off Kellen would be when he began school. But, with another family member already on the autism spectrum, they also knew all too well that these additional services would cost a lot of money. The Shooting Star Foundation granted a scholarship to Kellen’s Family to continue his early intervention, contributing to positive, long-term outcomes.

Navigating funding sources is challenging for every family, including Kellen’s. No family should have to decline early intervention services for their children because they can’t afford it. That’s why the Shooting Star Foundation helps families like Kellen’s access services that change lives.

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