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Leer en Español Having a child with special needs is a new normal for the entire family. Juan and Sonia Martinez know this firsthand. They have two children with special needs: Uriel is 14 and Isabella is 6. Both children got connected to Rainbows’ services at an early age and received in-home Infant/Toddler Services. As […]

Lamont honored with statewide award

Congratulations to this year’s 2023 InterHab Outstanding Youth: Lamont McIntosh. Lamont was honored Friday, October 13 at the InterHab Art and Awards event. His family and Rainbows’ supporters were there to cheer him on. We’re so proud of you! Born at 23 weeks, weighing in at 1 pound 3.5 ounces, Lamont has had an uphill […]

How We Serve You: Targeted Case Management

Leer en español For a parent of a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), we at Rainbows are always here, ready and willing to help you in every way we can! When you first apply for IDD services through your County Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO), you will have the opportunity to choose Rainbows […]

Don’t Stop Dreaming

All parents have dreams for their children. When those dreams are disrupted by a diagnosis like Down Syndrome, it can be easy to stop dreaming—but Rainbows staff and organization is SO GOOD at saying: “Hey, don’t stop dreaming—just open your mind and dream a bit differently!” “Getting the Down Syndrome diagnosis AFTER birth was a […]

DiGiovanni Family Celebrates

“The path, the journey we’ve been on, it all started at one place -Rainbows.” As a 10-year-old volunteering with her mother at Blarney Breakfast, Gretchen DiGiovanni had no idea the impact Rainbows United would someday have on her family. Gretchen’s parents, Dick and Carol Rohloff, are long-time supporters of Rainbows. Gretchen continued to be a […]

Person-first Language = Dignity and Respect

Person-first Language is a form of speaking and writing that puts the person before their disability or diagnosis. It provides the understanding that they are multifaceted and that their diagnosis or disability is just one aspect of them that contributes to their identity. Person-first language, also referred to as people-first language, is about dignity and […]

Dreams expand as son with Autism grows

When a child is diagnosed with a special need, it affects not only the child, but the entire family. Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management Program (TCM) provides personal assistance to families in finding and securing programs, services and financial aid their child needs. The youngest of four children, 10-year-old Nhygel has Autism. His family began receiving […]

Connecting Families to Resources

Rainbows’ Blarney Breakfast proceeds go directly to Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management (TCM) Program, but what exactly happens with TCM? “Rainbows United Targeted Case Managers enjoy connecting families and their children to resources and advocating for funding for items, supplies, or supportive care,” said Lynlea Southards, Targeted Case Management and Autism Services Coordinator. “For example, when […]

Kerri Dixon honored with Employee Prism Award

Rainbows’ Prism Award was created in 2013 to recognize a Rainbows’ staff member who goes above and beyond their role to create excellence. The criteria for this award are to demonstrate Rainbows’ Guiding Principles, achieve excellence in the role they fulfill for Rainbows; demonstrate leadership; make children and families their highest priority; and represent Rainbows […]

Rainbows has been there with the answers

Eleven-year-old Brady doesn’t want to tell you about his day. He wants to show you his day by setting up the scene, re-enacting the highlights and videoing it. He also loves taking selfies and wants to be a videographer and a photographer when he grows up. When Brady was 8 months old, the family began […]

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