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"You never know what Noah might say next."

“You never know what Noah might say next,” said his mother, Diane.

Noah is 13 years old and has been receiving services from Rainbows for almost 4 years. He was connected through CDDO in El Dorado.  Communication is a daily challenge for Noah because he has neurofibromatosis, which in his case, is a disorder that grows multiple benign brain tumors and affects his development.

His mother said that telling stories from beginning to end are a struggle for Noah but he has improved a lot since he started targeted case management services through Rainbows. According to Diane, their Rainbows case manager has been indispensable. “Vanessa answers all of our questions and helps us get funding,” said Diane. Vanessa has also helped Noah get connected to YESS Camp through The Arc of Sedgwick County.

The YESS Camp has been an invaluable experience for Noah. At camp, Noah gets practice socializing with kids and staff members. This has allowed him to build better relationships during the school year. Noah has also been able to learn what are good and bad relationships through that program.

After school Noah likes to play with Lego toys, he also enjoys camping and road trips. He lives in the country and loves his farm duties.  Diane explains that Noah is also an entrepreneur, “he has the habit of taking baseball cards out of magazines and selling them to kids on the school bus.”