Friday, June 24, 2011

Health Clinic for Developmentally Disabled a Success

CHICAGO- Little City resident Tony LaPorte loves to boast that he brushed his teeth and says he can’t wait to go back to the dentist, a remarkable transformation in attitude considering he dreaded those visits not too long ago.

But the 24-year-old, who has Down syndrome and lives on the foundation’s Palatine campus, isn’t the only one to have a change of heart.

A year since opening its Center for Health and Wellness, Little City is reporting similar success stories and numerous other healthy strides due to a partnership with Northwest Community Hospital that overhauled the way residents receive medical and oral care.

“There’s a gentleness here, how we treat folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Little City’s Director of Programs and ancillary Services Bob Shears said.

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