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Five Questions with CdLS Expert Rich Haaland, Ph.D.

Dr. Haaland is currently the President of the CdLS Foundation Board of DirectorsWhat is something about CdLS or the Foundation that people might not know, but should?Many families recognize the Foundation for one or two things, since that's what they call the Foundation for. However, I've had families who have been associated for years come up to me and say, "I had no idea how much the Foundation really does." Don't underestimate what we can...

Volunteer receives award for dedication to service, CdLS

The Mercer County Professional Counselors Association (MCPCA) recently recognized local high school seniors for their community service efforts and academic achievements. The 15 students were hosted at the 22nd annual scholarship breakfast reception at Mercer County Community College on June 1. One of the recipients was CdLS Foundation volunteer Riley Smith. Riley is the granddaughter of Kathy and Gene Van Buren, whose daughter, Jindi, had CdLS and passed away in 2003. The Van Buren family...

Therapy Animals and CdLS

Our friend Demetri was recently featured in Woman's Day Magazine with his therapy horse, Sweet Pea. The two first met last year at an infant development center in Kansas. Demetri is deaf, nonverbal and legally blind, which are common characteristics of CdLS, but made an instant connection with the miniature horse.Although he cannot stand or walk independently, Demetri held onto to Sweet Pea at their first meeting, standing and petting her. This was the longest...

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