Partnering with SKF, these organizations are able to provide the communities they serve with
programs that are continually opening new vistas and horizons for the physically and educationally
SKF's funding plays a key role in enhancing and increasing the capability of our affiliate
organizations to provide critically needed services for children with orthopedic, medical,
emotional and learning disabilities. These are non-sectarian service providers and facilitators
of research. They care for a broad range of developmentally disabled and at-risk youth.
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SKF Partners At Work
Many of the programs that we help to support are unduplicated. For example, in one program,
youth at-risk are cared for by pediatricians who act as surrogate grandparents. They monitor
these dysfunctional children with the avowed goal of raising the self-sufficiency and self-esteem
of both the child and his or her family. This program is widely acclaimed: "…given today's
climate, it is a refreshing reinvention of the old family doctor idea so long revered in America.
We should all fan its spark."
Here is another shining example of unique programming inspired by our professionals: an on-campus
volunteer, a 'Teacher of the Month', organizes a group of colleagues to sit 'round the clock'
in the hospital with a little girl following surgery to install a g-tube (for feeding). This
little girl's only method of communication was crying. The volunteers wanted to give the mother
respite relief. One of the volunteers started to cry herself when seeing how people stepped
forward to give up their weekend, saying, "Isn't this incredible? There seem to be Angels
at work in the room!"
Here is yet another heartwarming example: summer camp counselors fly in during their college
"winter break" to visit a camper with cerebral palsy who is recuperating from hip surgery.
Special Events and News about our Special Kids!
- PAL of California (Police Activities League) for at-risk and special needs children.
- Camp For All
- HASC Summer Program in the Catskills (a unique 7 week camp/school for 350 special needs children
from across the country and abroad - acclaimed by Exceptional Parent Magazine) - www.specialkidsfund.org/HASC
- Scleroderma Foundation (Jason Alexander - National Spokesperson) - www.scleroderma.org
- Beit Issie Shapira (North American consultant for Snozelen Therapy) - www.beitissie.co.il
Camp For All (CFA) is a barrier-free, fully-accessible camp working to enrich the lives of
children and adults with chronic illnesses or disabilities. It is located in scenic Washington
County, Texas, situated between Houston and Austin.
CFA was founded in 1993 by two Houston physicians who cared for children with special needs
and a parent who lost a child to cancer. The first program provided a camping experience for
children with cancer from Texas Children's Hospital
, eventually becoming the largest
of its type in the country.
CFA received its first campers in 1998 and today serves more than 6,000 people each year from
more than 50 different organizations, realizing its dream of becoming a year-round camp and
recreation facility. The summer program serves about 2,500 campers and volunteers, and in
the fall and spring the camp provides weekday recreational therapy and weekend retreats for
people of all ages with special needs.
The bond between cops and kids … because every kid needs a PAL.
A History of serving All Kids
San Jose PAL, in existence for more than 30 years and one of the largest PAL programs in the nation,
serves over 12,000 children in 13 different athletic leagues. The PAL Challenge League began with only two teams
and a handful of dedicated parents and Volunteers. The players represent Silicon Valley youth ages seven to 26.
But it wasn't always that way.
Since disabled kids had no place to play after they reached age 18,
the community joined together to change all that. In early 2003, the Giants Community Fund teamed up with the Good Tidings Foundation,
San Jose Unified School District and Applied Materials to renovate the Selma Olinder Elementary School field - a $250,000 project -
especially for the Challenge League.
The Special Kids Fund of New Jersey donated an additional $15,000 to assist with the team's awards and field maintenance.
Nationwide Handicap Vehicle Program
A unique nationwide program for distributing donated wheelchair vans
and their families. This benefits families not otherwise able to afford a specialized vehicle,
changing the lives of all involved; facilitating care and making inclusion in family activities
Due to this program, we were recognized as "Site
of the Day
" by About.com.