Serving Underserved Communities: Therapies for Hope

December 12, 2022

Therapies for Hope is a new non-profit agency in the greater Denver area that offers interdisciplinary therapies to children with developmental disabilities and their families. The children served have autism, Down syndrome and other cognitive impairments, physical disabilities (such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida), augmentative and alternative communications needs, and other severe and profound disabilities. The program seeks specifically to serve children from historically underserved communities by offering therapy intensives, during school breaks, at no cost to families. Hopeful Beginnings Intensives are offered for children ages six months through four years old for four hours daily, for five days. Older children, five through 18 years of age, participate in Hopeful Journey Intensives, which are six-hour sessions daily, held for five consecutive days. Each intensive is staffed teams of 4-5 specialized therapists. JFK Partners LEND and UCEDD trainees, especially trainees in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, serve as team members delivering the specialized, interdisciplinary services in various community-based locations, usually during March and June intensives.