Kaila was born with spina bifida and a condition called cri du chat syndrome, a rare genetic disorder causing intellectual disability and delayed development. When she was 14 years old, her parents, Tad and Kim, decided Kaila had outgrown her special services classroom in her public middle school.
Their goal was to help her be as independent as possible. That is being accomplished at Matheny. “She can feed herself and move from room to room in her wheelchair without our help,” Kim says. “And, though she is not very verbal, we can see how happy she is. It’s just amazing the love the staff has for our child.”
Kaila is one of nine “Special Stories” in our new brochure, which you can download here.