More Help for Parents of Infants with Special Needs, Thanks to Grant

April 9, 2018



Brittigan Grant from Lexington Presbyterian Church supports RAISE Program


Providing for your children’s needs on a limited income can be a challenge in any case. It’s even more difficult when your child has special needs. Thanks to a recent grant from a local church, area parents will have greater access to adaptive equipment for infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or disabilities.


The Lexington Presbyterian’s Church’ Dan and Betsy Brittigan Endowment Fund has awarded Rockbridge Area Community Services a $1,000 grant designated for RAISE, a RACS program that provides early intervention services and supports for families with infants and toddlers, birth to age three, who have developmental delays or disabilities or who are at high risk for delay.


According to RAISE program manager Carol Burke, the Brittigan funds will allow RACS to replenish its lending library of adaptive equipment, books, and other resources.  The grant will also be used to to replenish the supply of crucial non-returnable items such as special cups, spoons, mirrors, and teethers, which are provided to families free of charge.


RAISE, a program of Rockbridge Area Community Services, has been providing early intervention services in the Rockbridge Area since 1986.  Recognizing families as the primary agents of change in their child’s development, RAISE partners with each family, supporting them in ways that enable them to achieve their goals for their child. Approximately 140 infants and toddlers in Lexington, Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, and Bath County are served each year. 

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