(DALLAS, TEXAS, Nov. 17) – Connecting Point of Park Cities (CPPC) now has a six-person handicap accessible passenger van, thanks to the generosity of the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. Given in conjunction with Michael O’Brien, M.D., the used Ford E250 with wheelchair lift also has room for two wheelchairs to provide the adults with disabilities who attend CPPC better access throughout the community. Southwest Scoliosis Institute and Southwest Pediatric Orthopedics have sponsored the vehicle maintenance and logos for the van.
“Engaging our teammates in the community is a major goal for our organization as we integrate adults with disabilities into our city through volunteerism, vocational training, and social events,” said Jamie Reynolds, Executive Director for CPPC. “The van has been critical in helping us meet this goal.”
Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation shares the same goal.
“At Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, we are dedicated to helping people overcome life-changing disabilities in order to return to productive lives in their communities,” said Cristyl Chance, Director of Rehabilitation Services at BIR. “We are honored to donate this adapted van to another organization equally committed to helping adults with disabilities make the transition to be fully engaged in their community.”
CPPC provides an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities (called “teammates” by the program) featuring a wide range of educational, vocational, social and recreational initiatives. The van has enabled trips to White Rock Lake, Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Arboretum, the Texas State Fair and the Katy Trail. In addition, the van has facilitated weekly lunches at restaurants in the community.
“My favorite thing we have done in the van is go to a job interview at Texadelphia,” said teammate Taylor Shaw.
More than just providing entertaining outings for the teammates, the van promotes community awareness and integration into the community for adults with disabilities.
“We want our community to recognize the special abilities, innate value and wonderful personalities that adults with disabilities have, and the van helps us accomplish that,” said Reynolds.
About Connecting Point of Park Cities
Connecting Point of Park Cities (CPPC) is an organization committed to providing an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities through a wide range of educational, vocational, social and recreational initiatives. CPPC is gaining widespread recognition as a preeminent center for adults with disabilities. CPPC strives to provide the highest quality programming by identifying and realizing opportunities for change and improvement which go beyond, rather than duplicate, other similar organizations. CPPC partners with local education agencies, businesses and recreational centers to encourage substantial community volunteerism. For more information, please contact CPPC at [email protected].
About Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
Since 1981, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (Baylor Rehab) has helped people overcome serious disabilities and return to full, productive lives. Baylor Rehab’s interdisciplinary clinical teams – made up of physicians, nurses, therapists and other rehabilitation professionals – partner with patients and their families to design and implement treatment plans to achieve each patient’s unique goals. Baylor Rehab has received repeat recognition as one of the country’s top rehabilitation hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Hospitals” report, and been designated by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as a model system for the treatment and care of patients with traumatic brain injuries. Baylor Rehab is a joint venture partnership between Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation and an affiliate of Select Medical and includes four freestanding hospitals – Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation at Dallas, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation at Northwest Dallas, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation at Frisco and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation at Fort Worth. Baylor Rehab also manages acute inpatient rehabilitation units at Baylor All Saints Medical Center and Baylor Medical Center at Irving. In addition, Baylor Rehab operates 49 outpatient therapy centers throughout north Texas, as well as offering home health services. For more information visit: www.BaylorHealth.com/Rehab