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ADAPT Shop offers unique services to young children with disabilities

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Each year, more than 2,000 children under the age of 1 in Arizona are expected to be diagnosed with a developmentally-limiting condition like cerebral palsy or spinal muscular atrophy.

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Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, more of Arizona’s young children with these types of severe disabilities will be able to receive the support they need at Southwest Human Development’s ADAPT Shop.

The ADAPT Shop is a unique facility where parents can bring their young children, ages birth to 5, who have physical disabilities to receive customized products and support devices. A Southwest Human Development physical therapist works with each family in their home or at the ADAPT Shop to determine what equipment would be most helpful. Products – such as custom foam seating, mobile scooters and toy adaptations – are then designed and built based on the child’s individual needs.

“We are so grateful for the support of Thunderbirds Charities,” said Ginger Ward, CEO of Southwest Human Development. “This commitment will allow us to open a new family resource center and expand this important resource to more young children and their families throughout Arizona.”

Created by Southwest Human Development in 2011, the ADAPT Shop has helped more than 350 young children who have physical disabilities that keep them from being able to fully participate in everyday activities at home, at school and with their friends.

“The ADAPT Shop has opened up our world to possibilities that we weren’t able to see and we’ve been able to do things that we weren’t able to do before,” said Heather Magdelano, a mother of two children who both have a rare disorder that impacts their sight, hearing and muscle development. “They’re now able to sit upright and interact with others thanks to the ADAPT Shop’s support and their vision.”

Children who can benefit from the ADAPT Shop include those with cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, Down syndrome, seizure disorders and a variety of other conditions.

Could the ADAPT Shop Help Your Child?
Free services are offered to families based on the needs of each individual child. For families living within Maricopa County, home visits are available, while families throughout Arizona can receive services at the ADAPT Shop’s Phoenix location.

For more information, please contact Southwest Human Development at (602) 266-5976 or visit www.swhd.org/ADAPT.

Published with permission from Southwest Human Development.

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