User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


80° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Effort To Save SD Birth To 3 Program

January 28, 2009, 5:08 PM by Katie Janssen

Effort To Save SD Birth To 3 Program
A group of parents is taking action to stop South Dakota lawmakers from cutting the Birth to 3 program. It serves children with developmental delays by bringing therapists into the home, and one parent says repealing it would do more harm than good. 

Eleven-month-old Annabella Schieffer of Sioux Falls is as sweet as she is smiley. You'd never know she spends several hours a week working nearly every part of her body to overcome the effects of Down syndrome. 

"Early intervention and Birth to 3 has made such a difference in her life, it really is incredible," Carmen Schieffer, Annabella’s mother, said. 

The Schieffers discovered the Down syndrome while Carmen was still pregnant and had plenty of time to prepare. Therapy for low-muscle tone began when Annabella was just ten days old, and the family has seen dramatic changes. 

"Low tone never really goes away, but through therapy, she's building up her strength. She can now sit independently and she can hold her head up. It's just made a huge difference," said Schieffer. 

When the family heard Birth to 3 may be slashed from the state budget, they wanted to find a way to save it. Over the weekend, the couple met with other parents, along with therapists and educators, and decided to band together and lobby against the cut. 

"Want to give a voice to children and families with special needs. We want to be advocates and raise awareness of the programs and services available," Schieffer said. 

The group is still trying to come up with a name, but the purpose is clear: To keep Birth to 3 up and running, no matter what it takes. 

"It's made such a difference in so many children's lives.  I can't imagine not having services, not having therapy, not having early intervention. It's just so important," said Schieffer. 

The group has another meeting planned for this Saturday morning, and has heard from 11 state lawmakers who plan to attend.

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Sioux Falls Bike Crash Victim Identified

7/17/2014 10:34 AM

Sioux Falls Police identified the bicyclist who died in a car crash on Wednesday.

Full Story
One Dead In I-229/I-29 Motorcycle Crash

7/17/2014 9:30 AM

One person is dead after a motorcycle crash on Interstate 229 near the I-29 interchange.

Full Story
DCI Looking Into Discovery Of Woman's Body

7/21/2014 4:00 PM

The discovery of a woman's body in Kimball has prompted an investigation by South Dakota law enforcement authorities.

Full Story
Sioux Falls Man Killed In Industrial Accident

7/21/2014 2:22 PM

An investigation is underway into the death of a Sioux Falls man in an industrial accident.

Full Story
Body Identified: No Foul Play Suspected

7/22/2014 8:56 PM

No foul play is suspected in the death of 64 year-old Susanna K. Bannwarth. The Fulton woman was reported missing Monday morning. Her body was f...

Full Story


Events