Listening Scholarships Help Wiregrass Families in Need

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

5-year-old Eli Bonner is one of many kids diagnosed with autism in the Wiregrass.
He's also one of six, to receive a therapy scholarship.

"If we didn't have it he wouldn't be able to come," said Eli's grandmother Beverly Bonner

Eli receives two types of therapy at an affordable cost thanks to the National Listening Scholarship Foundation.

"We give those scholarships to low income families or do not have insurance and enough income to pay for behavior therapy and auditory training," said Executive Director Sabrina Kirkland.

The group is a non-profit, created last year to help cover the cost families run into when seeking services.

"Insurance for autism diagnose don't cover everything that families need," said The progress Center Executive Director Angie Marshall.

Eli's grandparents say the scholarship isn't just helping them financially it's also making a difference in Eli.

"There's just such a difference that you see in him everyday," added Bonner.

"He can make sentences where before he couldn't, He can relay his needs," explained Elli's grandmother Helen Granger.

Changes, they say mean a lot.
So far the group has awarded six scholarships this year and they hope to give out many more with the community's help.

If you'd like to donate to the foundation or apply for a scholarship. Click the "4 More Info" tab.

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