The NFL has partnered with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCDL) to offer a free program to children with developmental disabilities who are unable to participate in the regular classroom.
The program, called the NHL Foundation, is open to all children between the ages of three and eight, and provides support and education through interactive play and music, with special educational needs, special needs programs, and more.
The foundation will provide a one-on-one opportunity for each child, ages six months to three years old, to interact with the foundation team in a hands-on, hands-free setting.
The goal is to give each child an opportunity to understand and relate to the foundation’s expertise and to develop a strong foundation of empathy, compassion and empathy, said John T. Hodge, the president of the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL), in a statement.
“The foundation is designed to provide a safe, secure, and fun experience for all children to participate,” said Hodge.
“The foundation also will allow families to help each other through these difficult times.”
The NCDL launched the NHL Family Foundation program last year to provide the foundation with a safe place to meet with children who are disabled.
The foundation has been helping children with disabilities across the country through its Kids’ Autism Network, the foundation said.
The NHL Foundation will offer a one on one, hands on opportunity for all participants to participate.
Each child ages six to three will be matched with a child who has an impairment that impacts their daily life, and the program will give them the opportunity to learn more about the foundation and explore its resources.
Hodge said the foundation plans to provide up to 30 hours of free educational time each week.
Hodges hopes the foundation program will help bring about positive change in the lives of children with intellectual disabilities.
“Our goal is for the foundation to be a resource for our community, for our kids to be able to feel good about themselves and their abilities,” Hodge said.
“Our goal has always been to provide them with a sense of community and support.
We’ve got to be honest with them.
We need to listen to them.”
The foundation said it will not be able, however, to help with transportation, as the children who attend will be traveling on their own.
The organization said it is looking for a partner to provide these services, but it will provide free transportation to all participants.
The NCDL said it would like to see a partner with transportation services for all of its children.