July 14, 2008
The $75,000 grant will fund the salary of an occupational therapist who will further develop and grow the sensory integration therapy program at its Delrey School. This program will help children with disabilities that also have sensory integration dysfunction to interact with their environment in more successful and adaptive manners, thereby, helping them to better engage in learning.
The school currently has three locations in the Baltimore area, but will consolidate into a newly leased facility in the Lansdowne area beginning next school year. This move, along with The Knott Foundation’s generous support, will enable UCP-CM to enhance and expand Delrey School’s current sensory integration therapy program by providing the space necessary for additional specialized sensory equipment, and allowing Delrey School to offer this service on an outpatient basis to other children in the Central Maryland region who have sensory dysfunction.
“Our Delrey School is extremely grateful for the generous grant from The Knott Foundation,” said Diane Coughlin, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. “Their donation to the school will have a positive impact on children with sensory integration dysfunction that will last them a lifetime.”
The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring its founders’ legacy of generosity to strengthen its community. Working as a family, they are guided by the following shared beliefs and values: understanding and responding to the needs of its community through informed grantmaking; respecting the values of the Roman Catholic faith; engaging in the ongoing education of trustees and staff in the field of philanthropy and the nonprofit community; ensuring good stewardship of the resources entrusted to its use, and encouraging open communication, compassion, respect and trust among community, staff and family.