By Deanna McGill | Photography by Sarah Oden
The resilience of children is marveled by almost everyone, especially those who work and volunteer for ACCESS – a school committed to offering evaluation services, education, therapy, training and activities for individuals with language and learning disabilities. Despite the challenges that many students face, children at ACCESS shine as they define and achieve their own success.
Kelli and Mason Miller have witnessed the hope that comes with the complete portfolio of services that ACCESS provides. After completing her education as an occupational therapist, Kelli knew she wanted to work at ACCESS. She explains, “I get to play with the best kiddos every day and help them learn how to become more independent – I come up with the treatment ideas and they make my job fun!” Empowering students as they build confidence and competence, and in turn developing future opportunities, is what ACCESS does best.
Her husband Mason learned about ACCESS through Kelli’s work, and became an ACCESS parent when both of their children received services through the Early Childhood Program. He has experienced the impact of the organization and is committed to its present + future. Since, he has served on the ACCESS Development Council as well as the committee for Bingo Bash and brings all their friends along as supporters. This year, the couple will host Bingo Bash to raise funds and garner support. “It has been a fun way for us to combine our love for ACCESS into one beneficial goal,” Mason explains.
The guidance that ACCESS provides to families in the state is unrivaled in Arkansas, or even the region. Programming spans to meet the needs of preschool clients and their parents as they grow and develop despite speech struggles, to adult clients that have opportunities for independence and purpose in life. ACCESS walks with families through their journey with the most innovative resources to help build brighter futures.
Organized by the young professional auxiliary, proceeds from Bingo Bash support scholarships for families who require financial assistance. This casual, fun and competitive fundraiser brings out the kid in everyone. A lively game of bingo adds lots of anticipation to the fundraiser. Other highlights include exciting raffles, fabulous food, prizes and entertainment. It’s an evening of fun that invites community support, in additional to faithful supporters like the Millers and other devoted families, so that ACCESS continue to evolve to meet the increased needs of our community.