Almost one in four adults (26 percent) in the U.S. has some type of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And eight to sixteen percent of children have some type of special physical, behavioral or mental health needs.
When you give to United Way of Greater Knoxville, you improve access to programs, services and resources that help people with disabilities thrive.
The word disability is often an umbrella term, that can mean anyone who has a physical, sensory, psychological, chronic health, neurological, cognitive or social disability. As an organization, United Way of Greater Knoxville embraces this diversity by providing support to people who have a wide range of disabilities.
Resources such as 211, a comprehensive source of local human and social services information and Mission United, a program that supports veterans, offer access to help people with disabilities. Our work also includes supporting children and their families through special learning opportunities, developmental support and special education advocacy.
One program that is making an immense impact in Knox County is Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR). STAR offers programs to children, adults, and veterans, helping them with mental and physical disabilities through partnership with horses and therapeutic riding.
We are proud of the ways we have been able to support people with disabilities. Our approach is community-based and comprehensive. And we know it’s working! To date, United Way has:
Helped 12,000 veterans access the healthcare, finance and career resources they need
Seen 93 percent of children in our funded disabilities programs display signs of developmental improvement and self-regulation of emotions
We didn’t reach these milestones alone. As a community, we’re stronger together. With your support, we can grow these services so that no one in our community has to face these challenges alone.