Thanks to Dale Singer of the St. Louis Beacon for his feature on our new financial assistance and parent training program. In “Scholarship program aims to help children with special needs“, Singer quotes CEAM’s executive director Laura Slay as she discusses CEAM’s state-wide listening tour that helped guide the development of our innovative program:
“”We listened to some of the problems parents are dealing with,” Slay said, “and across the board, they had two major concerns. They were going through emotional changes after their children had been diagnosed, worrying about their future, and they also were trying to navigate a very complex educational system.”
CEAM’s financial assistance and parent training program will call for applications in April and will grant financial scholarships for tuition and therapies this summer, empowering parents to seek solutions for their special needs children who are not excelling in their current classroom environment.
As noted in the article, it is critical for parents to know their rights and how to advocate for specific individual needs of their child. Parents, upon learning their child has a diagnoses, must navigate a very complex education system in addition to managing emotional and financial stresses. CEAM intends to alleviate some of that stress and allow parents to focus on the educational needs of their child through education and training.
There is great demand for this kind of assistance in Missouri. CEAM is planning benefits in support of this program this spring and we are hearing from the community that we are on the right track. Please hold the evening of May 6th for our Kentucky Derby Party and pull out your fanciest hat! The race is on!