In the News

Job program for teens with disabilities expands

Project SEARCH, a program founded at Cincinnati Children’s in 1997 for teens with disabilities, has expanded its reach. It began as a way to teach job skills to high school students with cognitive and physical disabilities. “It has since been replicated all over the world,” says Greg Lynch, the program coordinator. “We are in 39 states, four countries, and we have 155 locations. Over the next three years, we’ll be rolling out 40 programs in the United Kingdom, and we’re also in Scotland, Canada, England and Australia.” To find out more and how it has helped employees such as lab courier Nakiea Spaulding, watch our audio slideshow to the right.

Symposium for special needs

Join us at the Remarkable Families Symposium 2011 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, April 8, at the Xavier University Cintas Center. The program, cosponsored by the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children’s and Xavier University, will help families raising children with special healthcare needs access community resources, learn information and network with others. The conference includes workshops, keynote speakers and exhibitors to answer your questions.

Visit our Family Resources kiosk

If you visit the hospital’s Burnet Campus this spring, check out our new Patient and Family Resources kiosk near the Welcome Desk by the Location B parking elevators. The touchscreen computer will connect you to the Special Needs Resource Directory, created by the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs. “Many families are unaware of the thousands of useful resources available on Cincinnati Children’s website or don’t have immediate access to a computer,” says Ron Levin, MD, the center’s director. “This kiosk will introduce families to the directory and help them access needed information to better care for their child.”

Send in the clowns

Cincinnati Children’s patients in waiting rooms and areas such as the dialysis unit are getting a dose of laughter with the arrival of Circus Mojo performers who teach them how to balance feathers, spin plates and get their minds off of being sick. Circus Mojo, which has a grant to study the mental, physical and emotional effects performances have on patients, prescribes smiles through music, improvisation and instruction. To find out more about Mojo Medicine, watch the audio slideshow to the right.