Celebrates 28 Years of Success, Raises More Than $1 Million

CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for early sensory, communication and motor delays in children, hosted a dinner commemorating its 28 year anniversary on Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The event, which also serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, was attended by approximately 400 guests and raised more than $1 million.

Since 1985, has used evidence-based research and multimedia as tools to promote each child's fullest inclusion. The organization strives to empower health professionals and parents with knowledge of the benefit of early detection and early intervention to help children reach their sensory, motor and communication milestones.

The dinner celebration raised more than $1 million in contributions. In addition, the nonprofit raised close to $10,000 to fund its "Course to Go" series. This educational series provides information on detecting signs of early motor, sensory, and communication delays. The "Course to Go" series is available on a USB flashdrive bracelet and is offered to health professional educators nationwide for free.

"The funds raised at this event will help us share important information with those who can make a difference for the 600,000 children born at risk for early delays each year," said Felicia Kurkowski, Director of Project Development at "By reaching out to parents, physicians, nurses and therapists, we hope to continue to assist children in reaching their fullest potential and inclusion." anniversary gala commenced with a few words from its master of ceremonies, award-winning journalist, Bill Kurtis and a welcome from Chairman of McDonald's Corporation and Schwarz Supply Source, Andrew J. McKenna. The Medical Round Table held a panel discussion on how provides free materials promoting the importance of early detection and Early Intervention and the difference it makes in children's lives.

Dr. Michael Msall, Section Chief of Neurodevelopment and Behavioral Pediatrics at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago, was awarded the Pathways Pioneer award. The award recognizes and celebrates pioneers who have strived to enhance the lives of infants and children enabling them to reach their dreams.

Dinner was followed by closing remarks from Chairman Shirley W. Ryan. would like to thank their contributors whose generosity will enable to continue improving the lives of children and their families.

For more information and resources on early developmental delays, visit or call (800) 955-2445.

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Christine Dodge

Communications Specialist



Since 1985, has used outcome-based research and multimedia as tools to promote each child's fullest inclusion. strives to empower health professionals and parents with knowledge of the benefit of early detection and intervention for children's sensory, motor, and communication development. The infant milestones brochure has been recognized and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as a definitive resource concerning early development. also has an evidence-based, outpatient clinic that offers best practice pediatric occupational, physical, and speech therapy, and provides postgraduate training to health professionals. Pathways to Inclusion suggests methods to welcome people of all abilities and their families into their schools, communities and houses of faith. For more information, call the toll-free parent answered hotline at 1.800.955.CHILD (2445) or email is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public foundation.

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