There's a good chance that each day you interact with someone who is disabled. What you may not realize is just how great the number of people living with disabilities actually is within our surrounding communities.
Consider this, recent studies show that 1 in 5 Americans are currently considered disabled - after age 65,it becomes a start ling 1 in 2.
Every day, Oak Hill serves people living with all kinds of disabilities. Fortunately, through your loyal support, we have been able to expand the number of lives we can touch and have grown to be the largest nonprofit provider of services to disabled people throughout Connecticut.
Simply stated, it's very likely that there is a family not far from you right now whose lives Oak Hill has improved through the services and support we provide. Sight or hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and spina bifida, intellectual disabilities like Down syndrome, even short-term injury - we help all kinds of people. Consider just a few stories of the lives that our services have impacted:
When Christopher was just 3 years old, he suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver. For years, he lived with intellectual and physical disabilities and required 24-hour supervised care. He receives that care at Oak Hill, where he lives in a group home and attends a day program where his staff treat him with dignity, respect and like family.
Tom lost the use of all of his limbs in a car accident. Through the NEAT (New England Assistive Technology) Center at Oak Hill, he was able to access the tools and equipment that he needed to live more independently and be more productive. Within a few years, Tom was able to find employment and return to school.
As a result of a short illness, Sarah found she lost her sight completely. Devastated and frightened, Sarah came to Oak Hill's NEAT Center to learn about a program that reads the words on the computer screen. After only 20 hours of computer instruction, Sarah is working again.
You may not personally know Christopher, Tom or Sarah, but it's likely you know someone like them - someone who greatly needs a helping hand to live his or her life to its fullest potential. It may be a family member, a friend or perhaps a neighbor, or it may be someone you have even yet to meet.
We thank you for your continued generosity to Oak Hill. Please think what your support could mean for a family in your community, and give as generously as you can.
Patrick J. Johnson, Jr., LCSW
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