So, I am super excited about this!!
February 2nd, 2019 LifeScape is hosting it’s 25th annual MallWalk at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls, SD, and I have decided I just have to be there.
MallWalk 2019 – What is it?
It’s an annual event held by LifeScape to raise funds for the LifeScape foundation.
What is the LifeScape Foundation?
The LifeScape Foundation develops, manages, and distributes resources through donor-centered collaboration to sustain and enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families who are served by LifeScape.
Their pledge is to always be there. Stating: “Our mission is to provide resources to enhance the lives of children and adults served by LifeScape.”
There are 2500+ individuals served by LifeScape throughout SD and the region!
All about LifeScape
LifeScape’s mission: “We empower children and adults with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.”
Their Vision: “All people are valued and respected.”
Their Values: “Integrity, Compassion, Fiscal Respondibility, Collaborative Relationships, Excellence.
LifeScape offers so many services, and as mentioned above, serves 2500+individuals, my son being one of them.
- Inpatient Rehabilitation and Medically Conlmplex Care (birth – 21)
- Therapy (all ages)
- Rehab Physicians (all ages)
- Special Education School (residential and day students through age 21)
- Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Mobility Solutions (In partner with Rehabilitation Medical Supply)
- Pathways to LifeScape Specialty School (training for successful transition to adulthood for students aged 18-21 with moderate to severe disabilities)
- Residential (children and adults)
- Conflict-Free Case Management (Amen!)
- Family Support 360
- Day Services for Adults
- Supported Employment
- Autism Services
- Camps, Training, and Social Skills Groups
- Retail Services
- Center for the Arts
- Swimming Lessons
What LifeScape Means to My Family
First of all, I am beyond thankful that South Dakota has LifeScape. Many states aren’t as fortunate.
My family’s journey with LifeScape started in the Summer of this year (2018). My husband and I had some concerns about our son, and our son’s primary care physician referred us to LifeScape in Rapid City for an autism screening, which then led to an autism evaluation at the LifeScape in Sioux Falls.
Our relationship with LifeScape continues to this day, and will only become more significant as time goes on. Right now our son, Augustus, receives three separate therapies at the LifeScape in Rapid City on a weekly basis.
Come this summer, when he turns three, we will be looking at some other options for more intensive therapies at LifeScape.
We also want to incorporate the swimming lessons they offer into his therapy, as he has no fear of bodies of water and we want him to be safe.
I had heard of LifeScape before and their outstanding reputation before I even had children of my own. When my son was diagnosed with Nonverbal Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder, I knew that LifeScape was the best thing out there for him. Our family is willing to do whatever it takes to get him the best therapy out there to ensure his future is as bright as it can be.
My husband and I adore all of his therapists and are eternally thankful for his caseworker. The atmosphere at LifeScape (both in Sioux Falls and Rapid City) is one of absolute acceptance, care, and friendship with the utmost professionalism.
Until a disability directly effects your life, it’s difficult to understand what this is all about. What I can tell you is that LifeScape is near and dear to my heart and that if you have anything to give, even just $1, it’s so worth it to know you are helping families like mine and so many beautiful, unique, tough, and unfortunately often misunderstood individuals.
If you are close to a LifeScape, consider volunteering!
Thank you for your support in just reading my blog in itself. Support comes in many ways, not just monetary means.
Peace & Love,