Family benefits from a range of programs and services at United Rehabilitation Services
By Ginny McCabe
United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton at the Charles D. Berry Center continues to impact thousands of lives through compassion, care and the scope of specialized services it provides.
“(United Rehabilitation Services) is truly the most comprehensive provider of services for people with developmental or acquired disabilities from birth through their senior years as well for their families,” says Dennis Grant, executive director, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton.
Myah Owsley of Beavercreek is in the infant program at United Rehabilitation Services. She benefits from the on-site nursing services at United Rehabilitation Services and receives physical and occupational therapies.
“Our services have shown that Myah is really blossoming and making progress,” says Grant.
Myah, who will turn 2 in August, has special needs. She contacted herpes simplex virus encephalitis from a cold sore when she was 3 weeks old. As a result she has brain damage, severe epilepsy and requires a gastrostomy tube inserted through her abdomen for feeding. Her older brother Gavyn, 4, who doesn’t have special needs, is enrolled in the preschool program at United Rehabilitation Services, which integrates children with and without disabilities. Gavyn will go to kindergarten in the fall.
Rachel Owsley, Myah and Gavyn’s mother, says her children have been going to United Rehabilitation Services since May of 2018.
“Myah’s doing quite well with everything. She is opening her hands more and is able to kick her legs around more. There’s a lot more mobility there, absolutely,” says Owsley. “For anybody with special needs, even adults, I would recommend this facility to them. They have a wonderful staff and it’s more like family than anything.”
Gavyn’s classroom provides him with the structure he needs on a daily basis, such as sitting at the table, or cleaning up his area, she says.
“It’s just a wonderful center. I wouldn’t take my kids anywhere else,” says Owsley.
Myah has also been named as this year’s Rubber Duck Regatta ambassador. United Rehabilitation Services will conduct the 16th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser on Sept. 14.
United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton offers a wide range of programming and services for children, adults and seniors with developmental or acquired disabilities and other special needs, such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer’s disease. In 2018, United Rehabilitation Services served about 1,500 individuals, along with their families.
United Rehabilitation Services offers a full continuum of care for children and adults from birth through their senior years, which encompasses everything from childcare and school-age programs to adult daycare and vocational training.
United Rehabilitation Services works with high school students and adults with disabilities on career readiness and job exploration within the community. It also provides parent support for young families and caregiver support for families of older clients. Last year, 14 adults attending United Rehabilitation Services were able to begin seeking employment opportunities in the community with the support of United Rehabilitation Services.
“Our employment services program has made some great strides. Our placement statistics in terms of successfully placing people with disabilities on jobs with employers in our community has been 20 percent greater than what the statewide average is. So we are very excited about the fact that we’ve been able to support that many individuals, helping them to expand their independence,” says Grant.
United Rehabilitation Services provides an array of comprehensive services, all under one roof. Since United Rehabilitation Services was founded in 1956 as the Dayton Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy the nonprofit has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals and their families by continually expanding the scope of services to meet the needs of the Greater Dayton community. United Rehabilitation Services focuses on increasing skills, enhancing functional abilities and maximizing the level of independence of those it serves.
Celebrating 63 years of service to the community, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton completed a $6 million expansion of its facility at 4710 Old Troy Pike in 2017. The expansion has allowed United Rehabilitation Services to more than double its capacity.