Editor's note: CultureMap is committed to shining a light on San Antonio-area nonprofits and their impact on our community. So, we're launching the CultureMap San Antonio Charity Challenge, highlighting deserving local organizations — one of which will become our charity partner for 2016 based on readers' votes. To help you decide, get to know one of our six selected finalists, TeletonUSA Foundation.
When TeletonUSA Foundation was able to build its first rehabilitation center in San Antonio, the outpouring of funds and donations from Latino families was so great that its initial slogan was, "Hispanic families united to help our children."
The Children's Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT) is a vibrant, colorful medical building that may feel more like a clubhouse for the children with disabilities receiving treatment there. With state-of-the-art facilities, such as a rehabilitation pool and the "Lokomat," a robot that helps teach children to walk, TeletonUSA provides cutting-edge treatment for children with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders.
TeletonUSA helps children develop coordination and balance so that they can walk. Dark rooms use light and sound to help strengthen the senses. A kitchen is available to provide a place to teach alternative ways to perform tasks around the home that many of us take for granted.
Donations from the community have helped TeletonUSA improve the lives of children for over 14 years, making critical care accessible or free to those who need it most.
Vote now for TeletonUSA — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge running through December 30. A winner will be announced January 5, 2016, and will receive a CultureMap advertising package worth $10,000.
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