The Moore American

Local News

April 17, 2013

Couple helps special needs kids

NOBLE — The Nathan Shinn foundation, based in Lexington, was born out of tragedy when founders Brittany and Brandon Shinn lost their first born child, Nathan, to a terrible injury caused by a nurse at a hospital.

With damages awarded by the court, the Shinns chose to turn tragedy into a way to help other families all over the state, including Noble, Norman and Moore.

Now, the Nathan Shinn Foundation reaches out to children with special needs, changing their lives in a positive way.

“Committed to making a positive impact on children with special needs, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with life-long disabilities and to provide hope for their future,” according to the agency’s website.

Savanna Roberts, assistant director, said the foundation has done just that by helping Oklahoma children with autism, cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness, holoprosencephaly, hydrocephalus, Down’s syndrome, heart disease and more.

Roberts said applying for assistance through the small, private 501-(C)3 foundation is simple. Applications, are available through the website, by mail, email or fax.

Once applications and corresponding documentation including proof of residence, insurance denial and a physician’s statement of need are received, the application goes before the board of directors for review. Roberts said awards are made on a case-by-case basis.

The Nathan Shinn Foundation provided a classroom set of iPads to Summer Jeney, special education teacher at Fisher Elementary in Moore. Jeney teaches grades 3-6 and said the iPads have helped in many ways such as teaching daily living, fine motor and academic skills.

Jeney said her students take the iPads with them on adventure walks and take pictures of organisms, insects and things that remind them of spring. She’s also used them for working on handwriting, math, reading and language arts.

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