What's New At The J.D.McCarty Center?

Eat out for a good cause!

Residents in the Norman (Oklahoma) area should mark September 3 and October 1 on the calendar to eat out for a good cause. On Tuesday, September 3, Subway at 1000 E. Alameda in Norman will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Center for every patron between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Similarly, El Chico in Sooner Fashion Mall will be sharing a portion of proceeds with the Center for patrons with the Center on Tuesday, October 1 between 5 p.m. and closing. Be sure to tell your server "We're with the J.D. McCarty Center!" The offer is only good at the restaurant locations listed above.

$12K grant to fund special literacy program at J.D. McCarty Center

This fall, children at the J.D. McCarty Center will be involved in a ground-breaking literacy program. The Literacy Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP) is the result of a $12,324 grant awarded last month. Progressive Independence Inc. awarded the grant in conjunction with Oklahoma ABLE Tech (OSU), the United Way of Norman, the City of Norman Community Development Block Grant and the Junior League.

The goal of the grant is to demonstrate how assistive technology increases the learning abilities of children with developmental disabilities and facilitates participation in their education, said Progressive Independence executive director Sharon Johnson. The Centerís communication disorders department submitted the grant application and was selected from a sizeable field of applicants. Progressive Independence can renew the grant for up to three years after annual reviews.

According to Jeannine Lynn, a speech pathologist and director of the communication disorders department, the Centerís program targets young children who are in the early or emergent stage of learning to read, specifically children with physical disabilities and communication disorders. In the program children participate in story time and other literacy activities using assistive technology. The grant supplies the classrooms at the Center with literacy carts stocked with several communication devices, a laser head pointer, switches, traditional books and books on slides. The program also includes software and a computer with a Touch Screen, an alternative to the traditional mouse.

New hospital still the top priority

Excerpts from a column by Curt Peters, director

Many parents and supporters have asked What progress has been made on the new facility? The state legislature unfortunately was not able to fund the new center during the session that ended in May. However, this does not mean the issue is dead. The new facility is still a very high priority. The next fiscal year and legislative session will be very important. Lawmakers may consider a bond proposal early in the next session, so our objective is to ensure the new Center is a part of that proposal.

No one can deny the new facility is absolutely necessary to meet the current and future needs of the developmentally disabled children in Oklahoma. With this in mind, we will do the best we can for our kids at the current location, but they truly need the expanded capabilities of the new Center.


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