C.A.T.S. helps children with physical, neurological, and developmental disabilities that affect movement, behavior, or communication experience better health; participate more fully in school; connect with family and friends; and be more independent. We do this by providing no-cost, refurbished adaptive mobility and communication equipment; educating pediatric clinicians, teachers, and caregivers; and promoting responsive public health policy.
Empower a Child's Future with C.A.T.S.
At Children’s Assistive Technology Service (C.A.T.S.), we believe every child deserves the chance to thrive. Children with physical, neurological, and developmental disabilities face unique obstacles that challenge their ability to move, communicate, and connect. We're here to change that. Our mission is clear: to enhance their health, enable their participation in school, foster genuine connections with their families and friends, and champion their journey towards greater independence.
The Challenge Ahead
Imagine being the parent of a two-year-old and having to wait up to a year for a vital mobility aid like a gait trainer or walker. Or consider the plight of a growing 12-year-old being denied a fitting wheelchair due to a policy that allows only “one wheelchair every five years”. It's heartbreaking, isn't it? And yet, these scenarios are a reality for many children in Virginia. All too often, essential adaptive and rehabilitative equipment remains inaccessible, labeled as “experimental” or “not medically necessary” by insurance companies.
Making a Difference, One Devices at a Time
But there is a silver lining: Through your generosity, C.A.T.S. has been able to refurbish and repurpose donated equipment, ensuring that it finds its way to children who truly need it. With your unwavering support, C.A.T.S. provided equipment last year with a depreciated value of over $3 million. If purchased brand-new, this would have equated to over $5 million in public healthcare costs. Our re-use program operates at just a fraction of this cost, amplifying the impact of each dollar donated.
Your Contribution: A Catalyst for Change
Your gift to C.A.T.S. is more than a donation; it's a declaration that every child deserves a fair chance at a fulfilling life. Together, we can create inclusive communities where all children, regardless of their challenges, can shine. After all, supporting C.A.T.S. isn't just about making a donation—it's about making sense, or as we like to say, a lot of "cents"!