Crusade: Funds help student with learning, becoming part of school


by WHAS11

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—Everyone likes to feel like part of a team, especially when it comes to a child with special needs.

Isaac James, a southern Indiana student, thanks to the WHAS Crusade, is finding his place amount his classmates.

At 18-months-old James was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and have be going to Southwestern Elementary in Hanover, Ind. since he was three.

“Isaac's able to do exactly what his peers are doing with the use of a large mouse,” teacher Teri Densford said. “It allows him to have a lot of self confidence in what he's learning."

“They have adaptive equipment that they use to help my son to feel like he's part of the school, feels like he's just part of the team,” James’ mom, Charlene James said.

The school relies heavily on funds from the WHAS Crusade for Children to assist with making education for students with disabilities better and more accessable, Director of Special Education Kendra Bryant said.

When you ask Isaac about school, he’s quick to tell you about his favorite part.

“"Recess.  Recess?  Because its fun and you have fun at the playground. And that's all I'm going to say about that,” Issac said.

Charlene James is really thankful for all those who donate to the WHAS Crusade.

“"Thank you for caring and help my child and other children feel like they're part of the great big world."

His year Southwestern schools requested and were granted more funding for technology, Bryant said the value of the proper technology matched to a child’s specific needs cannot be overestimated.