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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: To provide resources and support to families of children with additional needs, regardless of diagnosis While including the siblings and parents in all activities and programs. Giving families resources and support as they travel the journy of additonal needs..."ALL children are special, Ours just have additional needs"

Results: We provided three new swings for our parks, raised over $11,000.00 for Autism Speaks in 3 years, $1900.00 for Down Syndrome of the Ozarks 2012,sensory movies into three communities, food donations for Shepperd's Pack Program and placed 23chairs in restaurants in two states thru our ACAN program,www.additionalchairs.com Have recently launched ACAN UK a branch of ACAN in Europe

Target demographics: the working poor and low income, we woud like to include parent hands on therapies , many fall thru the cracks for servces, We do not turn anyone away rich or poor

Geographic areas served: we are located in Laclede County and draw from a 50 mile radius

Programs: Support group meetings, sporting events, fundraising for Autism Down Syndrome,Placing adaptive equipment in area parks, sporting events an social opportunities,such as sensory movies in three different communities. ACAN(additional chairs fo additional needs places alternative seating in restaurants for children who can not sit in typical wooden high chairs.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Heather123

Board Member

Rating: 5

S.C.A.N. started as an idea to help families and support them as they dealt with trials and tribulations that they faced daily with their additional needs child. S.C.A.N. has grown from this into a facility and resource for families. S.C.A.N. has taught my children who 3 out of 4 are typical to be more respectful to those children that are just a tad different; including adults. My additional need kiddo has been able to socialize with other children encouraging him to be more outgoing and socialable. This wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for that simple idea that grew into a large family. We at S.C.A.N. have come together in ways that we help our families face their difficult challenges and we offer hope to families when they are in their lowest. We at S.C.A.N. dedicate ourselves in making S.C.A.N. what it is, a place to belong.

2 Donna129

Client Served

Rating: 5

S.C.A.N. What a wonderful organization! They have helped me in several different ways. One way is being a shoulder to cry on when I feel I'm at my wits end. Another way they have helped my children is by providing them with a lot of different opportunities to experence things I was afraid to take them to do for fear one might have a meltdown or some other type of outburst. I have children with R.A.D, ODD, PTSD, ADHD, Central Proccesing Disorder & PDD-NOS. S.C.A.N. is so good to help guide me in the right direction when I have a question or problem that I need assistance with. The volunteers are the BEST they know what we are going through because they have been through it themselves. I enjoy the monthly meetings getting together and helping each other.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SCAN is a wonderful resource for parents and families in a small community that deserves all the support it can possibly receive. There is no other organization providing any type of services for kids with additional needs!! It is really nice to tell new families experiencing the overwhelming news of having a child with additional needs that there is a wonderful organization here in our town ready to help!! Great job and thanks for all you do Katy Jones OTR/L

2 Heather121

Client Served

Rating: 5

S.C.A.N. has been such a blessing for our family. With a child with autism and another with ADHD & ODD, they have many resources to offer. I personally love the monthly meetings. It gives us parents an opportunity to be around other parents that are going through the same type of things we are. Since childcare is provided, it gives our children the opportunity to socialize. Our kids are so accepting of children with additional needs. Several different programs are offered to meet each family's needs. We love S.C.A.N. and very much enjoy participating in as many events as we can. :)

2 Michelle190

Client Served

Rating: 5

S.C.A.N. Has been a valuable resource to my family. We have a child with autism and have been able to look to S.C.A.N. For help dealing with situations that arise regular ding our child's medical, educational and even recreational needs. Even as we have moved out of the area we can still access help through emails and the very helpful Facebook page. Thanks for everything you do!

2 Shannon59

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity has helped me get testing done from the school and doctors for my daughter that I would not be able to by myself. They have helpful hint on how to deal with any child and good activity to include our children in normal children activities. They are a great group.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Terry Faust, the founder of SCAN for most of my life. Her husband Jack coached my childhood-junior high soccer team and Terry was like a second mother to all of us. Her dedication to kids and go-getter attitude is undisputed by anyone who's spent 2 minutes or more with her.

Terry has assembled a group of caring advocates who go above and beyond to help reduce the struggle in the lives of children and their families. They have created an open forum for families to discuss ideas to further progress children's physical and mental abilities with other families with similar lives, creating a support group for those encountering troubling situations that may not have been available if not for SCAN.

If you have a child or family member with special needs, you won't find a better group to join. If you're looking to volunteer, you won't find a grassroots effort more spiritually and emotionally rewarding. If you are looking to provide contributions, know that your hard earned resources will be wisely invested in an organization that has bettered the lives of many already and undoubtably more to come.

SCAN has big plans for the future of their programs and facility that will succeed because they have heart that trumps opposition and drive to persevere any trial.

2 Cinnamon M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

S.C.A.N. is a wonderful place! they help all kind of children, with and without additional needs! Terry and Heather work their butt off to keep this place fun and open. I volunteer at S.C.A.N. also, it's been a great experience. I met some great kids and made some amazing friends! It's a blessing to be part of S.C.A.N. I couldn't ask for a better facility for children to go to!