TERI students with special needs raise funds for Ukrainians with similar disabilities
Student-designed t-shirts are meant to send love and raise desperately needed funds
OCEANSIDE, Calif., June 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — TERI Learning Academy’s Transitional Class, made up of students with special needs ranging from autism to Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental challenges, has launched a project to raise funds for the children and adults of the Ukraine with similar disabilities. A student-designed t-shirt will be sold through the TERI website, Sheri’s one-stop shop, and the TERI-inspired resale shop. The proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will be donated to Inclusion Europe (http://www.inclusion-europe.eu/) which sends these funds directly to the Ukrainian coalition VGO. 100% of the money collected by the Coalition and their local organizations is used to buy food, drinking water, medicine, hygiene products, sleeping bags, clothes and other necessary goods urgently.
Cindy Rogers, teaching assistant at TERI Learning Academy, developed the idea for the fundraiser due to her concerns about the plight of Ukrainian citizens with special needs and the immense burden on their loved ones. “For most people with intellectual disabilities and their families, leaving the war zone is not possible, so they are in constant danger and basic human needs are not being met. Our TERI students and teachers are eager to help by creating a meaningful personal fundraising project, we hope will have a positive impact.”
Cheryl Kilmer, CEO of TERI commented, “As a non-profit organization, we depend on the generosity and kindness of our donors. However, we have always made the importance of giving back to the local and international community a key part of the TERI culture and core values of the organization. The situation of people in the Ukraine with special needs is heartbreaking. Our goal is to raise awareness of their plight, generate funds and allow our students to experience compassion for others facing similar challenges, but in much more difficult circumstances.”
TERI Learning Academy students are creating advertising posters and will begin taking orders for t-shirts this week. To order or donate, go to https://give.teriinc.org/TLAUkraineStrong.
Situated in Oceanside, California Since 1980, TERI (Training, Education, Resource Institute) has provided highly specialized services and programs for people with special needs. This includes people with autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, severe behavioral disorders, dual diagnosis and learning disabilities. The organization’s 22-acre TERI Life Campus, under construction at St. Mark, will offer everything from two non-public schools to fine and performing arts, health and wellness, therapeutic equestrian programs and much more. The completed campus, unmatched anywhere in the world, will have the capacity to serve 3 times its current number of customers. TERI currently serves over 850 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families and employs over 500 people. For more information, visit http://www.teriinc.org. To make a donation go to https://www.teriinc.org/make-a-secure-donation/
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