Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Child on SofaAbuse of the Disabled

Recently the Associated Press reported that a five year old developmentally disabled child received a fractured arm when, according to police, a bus aid worker twisted the child’s arm behind his back. Abuse of people with disabilities is nothing new, but according to a study released last September by the Spectrum Institute, the number of abuse incidents may be much greater than many people think.

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Baby with ComputerBabies Can’t Wait

Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is a Georgia early intervention program offered statewide that assists children up to three years old who have disabilities access services to enhance their development. The program is operated under the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. However, instead of waiting for children to attend school before disabilities are recognized, BCW works with pediatricians and healthcare providers to identify potential problems in infancy so assistance can be provided immediately. Developmental delays may be physical, cognitive, communication, social/emotional or adaptive. Children may be a part of the program if they have been diagnosed with a current or future potential developmental delay.

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Homeless person sleeping on a benchHelping the Homeless in Biloxi, Mississippi

Back Bay Mission has served the Biloxi, Mississippi area since 1922 in an effort to eradicate the sting of poverty through many programs and has helped develop many non-profits currently serving southern Mississippi that provide a soup kitchen, Head Start, a health center, counseling and housing. In recent years they have placed a focus on helping the estimated 300 to 500 homeless veterans living in south Mississippi in addition to the hundreds of non-veterans.

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man holding hand to ear trying to hear betterImproving Worship for People with Hearing and Vision Loss

Thousands of people with disabilities are unable to perform one of the most meaningful parts of their lives- worshipping God in a house of worship. Often this is due to the church or worship facility not being ADA compliant or unable to provide devices to facilitate vision and hearing losses. Although they may not realize it, many facilities can make adjustments to allow for disabilities even if they are on a budget.

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cancerResources for Cancer Patients in Georgia

Cancer treatment can be extremely expensive; decimating savings even if you have insurance. Below are financial options available in Georgia for cancer patients.

In 1937 several doctors petitioned the State of Georgia requesting the establishment of a fund to help pay for cancer treatment. Every year since then the state has allocated funds for this purpose.

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