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Resource fair connects special needs families to supportive organizations
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Parents and children attend a resource fair for special needs families on Saturday at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. - photo by By Patty Leon

Reaching Milestones hosted the Liberty County Resource fair this past Saturday at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center.

While Reaching Milestone primarily focuses on children with Autism and special needs, the resource fair brought together a variety of organizations.

 “Today is about bringing resources together for our local families,” Jamie Andrews, Reaching Milestones Community Outreach Director said. “Letting them know everything we have in our community that serves all of our families whether they have children with special needs or not.”

Vendors that specialized in support, care or services to people of all ages and needs greeted visitors and offered information on their respective group.

Visitors learned about health care for all ages, Medicare and Medicaid, senior assisted living facilities, wellness programs, literacy programs and cognitive and behavioral programs for people with special needs.

Several organizations on hand specialized in therapies and rehabilitative processes that focused on children with learning disabilities, Down syndrome, Autism, ADHD and physical disabilities.

Representatives from Humana, Care Source, Wellcare Health Plan and others were on site to explain available insurance options for families. The Liberty County YMCA, Hinesville Day Spa, Liberty Regional Medical Center, CORA Physical Therapy and others talked to folks about the benefits of localized wellness treatments, medical attention and fitness for all ages.

Andrews explained that Reaching Milestones is an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) provider serving Hinesville and Richmond Hill. Reaching Milestones is currently serving 90 families.

ABA is a system of autism treatment based on behaviorist theories which state that desired behaviors can be taught through a system of rewards and consequences.

Harriet Morla, Administrative Manager of the Hinesville office said they are there to ensure, “That all of our local families here are able to get what they need on a daily basis. Whether it is a scheduling need or parent trainings or meeting. I take care of that as well as making sure our team have their day-to-day needs.”

Andrews said she felt blessed that so many community service providers took the time out of their weekend to join them at the fair.

Reaching Milestones set up a bounce house and also provided a day care area where children were treated to games and movies while their parents accessed the resources provided by the vendors.  Food was available from the Magic Food Truck.

Reaching Milestones Resource Guide.pdf
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