In collaboration with academic affairs, extraordinary learning opportunities are created through the community partnership between Hattie Larlham and Centennial Court A/B. Education, Health and Human Services students actively link classroom theory to practical application in this community partnership. Special Education students are particularly motivated to volunteering with Hattie Larlham.
Hattie Larlham is a non-profit organization providing care to 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham's services not only benefit clients, but also their families, loved ones and communities. This mission of caring for people with developmental disabilities began when founder Hattie Lena Gadd Larlham created a nurturing setting in her home for a neighbor's child born with inoperable hydrocephalus. Word spread about this mission and the demand for care led her to increase the number of children to whom she served as a care giver. Before long, she had a waiting list of 100 children, leading Hattie to the formation of the Hattie Larlham Foundation.
Today, the organization provides residential care to 130 children and young adults at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua, Ohio as well as to adults at community-based homes located throughout Ohio.
This past fall, students and staff members had the privilege of attending and assisting with events ranging from an outdoor picnic with various activities to helping with the 12th annual â€œCircle of Caringâ€ gala. Students are often drawn to Hattie Larlham volunteer opportunities and will often ask when the next site visit is scheduledâ€”a testimony that students are dedicated to this partnership and its meaningful service opportunities.
During the spring, CCA/B is holding a formal attire collection drive for male and female residents of Hattie Larlham. Each year, Hattie Larlham holds a dance and seeks donations so residents can go â€œshoppingâ€ to find their perfect outfit for a special evening. If you have formal attire that you are no longer interested in keeping, donations can be brought to CCA/B. Donations will be accepted through Thursday, May 9, 2013.
Centennial Court A & B residents interested in participating in upcoming Hattie Larlham events should contact their Resident Assistant or Tiffany Bartlett, Assistant Residence Hall Director.
For details on Kent State Universityâ€™s Education, Health and Human Services Special Education program, please visit this link: http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/sped/index.cfm.