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Helping Children
Helping Families
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.

Stories of H.A.L.O.'s Impact

H.A.L.O. Celebrates Sarah And 20th Anniversary

Sarah
Sarah

 

Sarah, the inspiration for the Help A Little One Foundation, is 24 years old now. Since meningitis attacked her brain, her body has grown but her condition is unchanged.

She cannot walk or talk. She receives nutrition though a G-tube, takes many medications and endures frequent seizures. Because of her fragile medical condition and severe neurological impairment, Sarah lives at New England Pediatric Care, a skilled nursing facility for young people. The family has come to terms with her condition. [Read more]

Gifts to Brian Help Him Play With Independence

Brian
Brian

 

Brian M. will be thirteen in December - a miracle since he was born at 26 weeks, had a stroke, is paralyzed on the left side and lives with epilepsy, a colostomy, and has had half his brain removed.

 

"The brain division was a hard choice (in 2009)," according to his mom, Brenda, "But when you have to do CPR on your child, you do what you can, even knowing there will be loss. No parent should have to lose their child to seizures," she told H.A.L.O. [Read more]

 
"H.A.L.O. began by making direct gifts to the residents 20 years ago, then moved on to purchasing items such as a portable ramp to enhance their visits home. The foundation has made our young adults' lives easier by providing duplicate positioning and ambulatory devices at their community day programs so they don't have to bring them back and forth. It has contributed to our sensory room and several medically-supported vacations on Cape Cod for families to bond with their children. The legal advisers at H.A.L.O. CAN have helped several of our families. We at NEPC are grateful for the enduring support the H.A.L.O. Foundation has provided for the past two decades." 
~ Ellen O'Gorman, Executive Director, New England Pediatric Care
 
Music therapist Claudia Eliza
Music therapist Claudia Eliza

Since the inception of its Family Circle program in 1999, H.A.L.O. has utilized the professional expertise of Boston's Jewish Family & Children's Services to embrace families who are caring at home for children with complex disabilities.

H.A.L.O.'s Sunday Swim and Sing program has been the most welcomed and enduring activity. Since 2006 it has provided social and exercise programming to participants aged 6 to 35 who are socially isolated due to physical and communication challenges. [Read more]

Young Adult Placement Process Still 'Gaping Black Hole'
Abby
Abby
 
First, the happy outcome:
Abby, a medically fragile 20-year old with complex needs, has successfully transitioned from Cedarcrest Center for Children to a medical group home for adults at Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire. 

Now, the stark reality: It took six years to find an appropriate setting, and it is the ONLY one of its kind in New Hampshire.[Read more]

 
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