What happens to people with disabilities after acute and rehabilitative care?
Where do they live? How do they work? What is their quality of life like?
For the past 20 plus years, the Walton Foundation for Independence has been helping to answer these question for thousands of people in the Augusta, Georgia region. Through a combination of unique programs and affordable, accessible housing, The Walton Foundation helps to create an inclusive lifestyle for people with disabilities.
Haley Hamam is the Associate Development Officer. After working in development and public relations for an economic development organization in Upstate South Carolina, she relocated to Augusta, Georgia knowing she wanted to work more with people and advocate for them. “They created this brand new position at Walton Foundation for Independence to have more involvement with the community to spread awareness and reach more people.” said Hamam.
Raising awareness about all of the different programs, activities and facilities is no easy job. The organization boasts several annual events, along with on-going programs that require daily attention. One of their flagship events is the Annual Adaptive Golf Challenge (this year on October 20th) which pairs able bodied golfers with an adaptive golfer in teams of 4. “It makes for a great day of learning, adapting, and raising awareness for those with disabilities. It also gives those with disabilities the chance to showcase their talents and abilities.” says Hamam.
All of the adaptive sports programs as well as their summer camp for children and young adults with a traumatic brain injury are free of charge.
In addition, the organization operates several accessible housing communities. “Our independent living communities for people with disabilities are beautifully designed with their needs in mind. We make it easy for them to live independently at home and in the community—thanks to easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment.” says Hamam.
Although their work is focused on the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA, for short), Hamam says there are like-minded organizations all over the country providing invaluable resources and services to people with disabilities. Anyone interested in learning more can check out www.disability.gov.
We’ll be sharing much more on The Walton Foundation for Indepence over the next few days. Please check back tomorrow for another glimpse inside this great organization.
Learn more about their individual programs:
- Harison Heights
- Adaptive Sports
- Camp TBI
- Independent Living
Accessible independent and affordable apartment communities for persons with disabilities and seniors
Our annual summer camp for children and young adults with an acquired brain injury.
Walton Foundation has made a commitment to bring those with physical challenges closer to independence and a meaningful life with family, friends and communities.