We’re so grateful for the difference the NAILBA Charitable Foundation makes for our children and families. What happens as the result of your support is life-changing. We know this because we see it every day in our kids and our families. You help babies and toddlers reach developmental milestones. And your grants help their families get the support they need to cope with the challenges on their journey to raise their little ones.
Vision is crucial to bonding with parents and drives development that typically happens naturally for most children (like turning over, crawling, walking, and talking).
When vision is a problem, we have to intervene.
The good news is that with the right support, delays can be overcome. A child will bond with his parents and will be motivated to sit, crawl, and eventually walk. And he will make the connections needed to find meaning in words and learn to talk. To achieve this, parents need help in learning how to provide for the special needs of their baby with a visual impairment.
One example of the difference your support makes is Ruthie. After a rough start in life, Ruthie is growing and thriving. Ruthie was born with a rare condition that causes a continuous buildup of bone that can damage soft tissue, blood flow, and nerves. “It was a diagnosis that, when I first heard the words, was absolutely devastating,” says Ruthie’s mom Lindsey.
Ruthie had to endure four surgeries and two bone marrow transplants in her first two years. And with that diagnosis, a new source of strength came into their lives in the form of the Delta Gamma Center. Made possible by the generosity of supporters like NAILBA members.
“They immediately jumped in and helped us see the hope we weren’t able to see in the beginning,” Lindsey explains. Ruthie’s DGC teacher “has shown me so much that she will be capable of. She has so much that she can do and live for.”
Lindsey relates: “It’s one of the hardest things when you first get a diagnosis like this or hear that your child is blind. It can be very lonely. The more you surround yourself with people who are going through it, or who are educated in it, there’s a level of comfort. You begin to see things clearer than when you are alone dealing with and grieving the loss of your child’s vision.”
For Lindsey and Jim, the best part about the progress they’ve seen has been getting to see Ruthie’s sweet personality shine through. “She’s a healthy and rambunctious two-year old, the only difference is she can’t see,” says Lindsey.
The support you provide makes such an incredible impact on the lives of so many children.
Jan K Huneke