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The H.A.L.O. Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children with neurological impairments.
H.A.L.O.'s Family Circle division is a resource & support center for Massachusetts families who care for children with special needs at home.

H.A.L.O. CAN helps struggling families deal with the complicated maze of regulations governing care of people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

H.A.L.O. Stories - November 2014

H.A.L.O. Gift Helps Lily Be 'Involved' With Her Family

Lily's new chair adjusts so she can play with her twin.

The Help A little One Foundation recently helped Lily C.'s family to purchase a Special Tomato Hi-Low Multi-Positioning Seat Seating System, designed for children who need postural support. 

This adaptive chair and footplate is adjustable for height and depth, so it "grows" with the child, eliminating the need to buy costly new equipment every year.

"We are so grateful for H.A.L.O. Lily uses her feeding chair several times a day and it allows her to be high or low while her brother and twin sister are playing. She can always be involved," said her mom, Terri. [Read More]


Kids at NEPC Benefit From New Pool Equipment

Being weightless in the water is a calming and healing experience for children with severe neurological impairment, says Laura Kirk, therapeutic recreation supervisor at New England Pediatric Care.

The right equipment helps the kids relax and have fun, she explained. A recent gift from H.A.L.O. enabled NEPC to update pool supplies and equipment used by all residents and day students at the 80-bed facility for young people with complex medical needs. [Read More]

Volunteer Spotlight: Cameron Tease 

Sean and Cameron

Why does Cameron Tease volunteer at Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities each week?

"I see it as part of a continuum," said Cameron, who recently retired from management in manufacturing to work in the nonprofit sector.

The Keene, NH community strongly supported his son Sean after a car accident severely disabled the 17 year-old in 1989, he said. Sean spent five years in a facility two hours from his family after his accident. Finally, Cameron and Sean's mother bought and renovated a house in Keene, negotiated waivers with Medicaid, and collaborated with community providers to bring him home. 

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NEPC Hayride Enhances Quality of Life 

More than 70 residents and day students at New England Pediatric Care were treated to a fall hayride last month, courtesy of the Help A Little One Foundation. The horse-drawn wagon from Krochmal Farms in Tewksbury, MA took groups of young people around the NEPC grounds, which were festooned with hay bales and Halloween decorations. The wagon was equipped with a special lift to load wheelchairs. Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor Laura Kirk said leisure experiences like the hayride enhance well-being and contribute to a positive state of mind. She applauded H.A.L.O. for being "an amazing support system." [Read More]

People Who Work With "Special" Kids Are Special, Too

Linda and "Gramme"

 It says "Gramme" on Catherine Ann MacLean's badge at the Plymouth Health and Rehabilitation Care Center - a title she wears proudly. 

The mother of six is "Nana" to her own grandchildren and great-grandchild, but as "Gramme" she says she lives for the three hours she spends each weekday as foster grandmother to students at the pediatric nursing home's day school.

 [Read More]


Update On H.A.L.O.'s Family Circle Programs

Ivan and Esoos, father and son, enjoy family swim time at the Newton YMCA.

H.A.L.O.'s Family Circle is a resource for Massachusetts families who care for medically complex children at home. Services include the Family Circle newsletter and Social Recreational Programming.

The Sunday Swim & Sing program, managed by Greater Boston Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS), has been its most enduring activity. Since 2006 Swim & Sing has provided structured social and therapeutic activities to participants who are generally isolated from their peers and their community. [Read More]



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