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Fragile Kids Foundation: New Equipment Grants for Georgia Families

fragile kids foundation“For over 25 years the consistent mission of the Fragile Kids Foundation is to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of children with support, supplies and prescribed medical equipment not covered by Georgia Medicaid or private insurance for Georgia’s medically fragile children living with chronic illnesses, genetic and traumatic disorders and orthopedic and neuro-muscular challenges.

Our Goals: Fragile Kids strives to create safer, healthier lives for Georgia children living with a wide range of diagnoses, including: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Mitochondrial Disorder, Retts Syndrome, Angelmans and other genetic/traumatic injuries.

Assistance offered to families includes: wheelchair lifts, stair-lifts, and overhead lifting systems to safely transport children in wheelchairs, ramping for homes and vans, specialized car seats, toileting and bathing systems, gait trainers, standers, pediatric strollers and more through grant and loaded equipment initiative.

Eligibility: Georgia children, age birth to 21, with a medically fragile diagnosis (Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, genetic disorders, traumatic injury, genetic challenges, etc.”


Examples of assistance: Transport equipment, ramps, car seats, toileting, bathing systems, strollers/wheelchairs, positioning chairs, standers, gait trainers, therapeutic tricycles and bikes,ball-terrain wheelchairs, and the “UpSee”: a new therapy device.  Click here for the details: Fragile Kids Foundation (pdf document)

Fragile Kids Foundation   (website)

Christian Royal Pottery

“Christian Royal is a young man with Down syndrome who struggles with single words and has yet to grasp basic addition or time.  However, since his teen years, Christian has shown an interest in, and aptitude for, working with clay. Christian was unable to “do” school as other students did and began making pottery as part of his homeschooling program.  Since his first lesson with Kris Neal of Fire And Earth Pottery, pottery has increasingly become the  focus of his life. ” Check out for a gallery of his work as well as the opportunity to purchase some of his work.

Finding IEP/504 Help in Other States

I am regularly asked the question “Is there a LifeLine near me?” by people who live outside of Tennessee and Georgia.  While LifeLine is a stand-alone organization, there are other organizations who offer services similar to LifeLine’s Special Education Services.   To find an organization near you who provides services through the PTI (Parent Training & Information) grant or the CPRC (Community Parent Resource Center) grant from the US Department of Education, you can consult their master list of currently funded organizations.  (This list does not included previously funded organizations like LifeLine who may still be providing services without a grant.)

Upcoming Workshops

HCDE-blk-and-whiteTwo free workshops hosted by Hamilton County Department of Education are coming up soon!

Youth Success Academy Work Connections Event

The Youth Success Academy is hosting a Work Connections Event for youth on Friday, October 17th 2014 at 10:00 at the Bank of LaFayette Community Room in LaFayette, Ga.   This flyer has additional information.

Final YSA flyer GED & Beyond

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Project DOCC Parent Training

Project DOCC logo

  • What is Project DOCC?

    What are the components of Project DOCC?

    What are the responsibilities of a Parent Trainer?

    How specifically can my story be used to train a pediatric resident?

The Parents Advisory Council of Children's Hospital at Erlanger began almost 10 years ago with the goal to improve care at Children’s Hospital.  As part of this initiative, Project DOCC (Delivery of Chronic Care), a resident training program, was re-launched at the hospital recently.  Veteran DOCC parent trainers and LifeLine will be preparing the parents who will ultimately be training the residents though Children’s Hospital’s PAC/DOCC program. If you feel that you have some experience raising a child with special health care needs, are willing to share your journey to benefit others, and would be interested in being an advocate in this way, please contact me. We are currently actively recruiting potential families for pediatric resident trainers.

You can learn more about Project DOCC by watching this short summary: Project DOCC

New parents, plan to join us on Saturday, October 25th, for the initial parent training as we develop new Parent Trainers for 2015!  Lunch will be provided.

Contact person: Lisa Mattheiss 423-622-4007Children's Hospital at Erlanger logo

Register online at

Print flyer here. Project DOCC Training





Price: Free Event

Date: October 25, 2014

LifeLine, Inc.
LifeLine, Inc. 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112
Chattanooga, Tennessee
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 20

Volunteer Advocacy Project Parent Mentor Training/Certification Program - Week 8

For the last five or six years, LifeLine has sponsored the Chattanooga group of participants for Vanderbilt's Volunteer Advocacy Project. This "semester" they have changed the times to daytime sessions. This is a comprehensive 11-week training to be held in the fall starting September 8th. The specific dates are: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17. The training will be held on Monday mornings for 3 hours... beginning at 8:00am (CST) and ending at 11:00am (CST) and, in Eastern Tennessee, the training begins at 9:00am (EST) and ends at 12:00pm (EST).

Meet new friends as you equip yourself to advocate for your own child and learn how to help other parents advocate as well Certify to be a mentor through VAP this fall!

Register online at the VAP Application

Price: Free Event

Date: October 27, 2014


LifeLine, Inc. 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112
Chattanooga, TN
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

FamilyShare TN: Dinner's Done

Emily cooking supperEver wondered how in the world to feed your family nutritious meals that don’t take forever? Do you think planning or preparing ahead would help, but have no idea how or where to start? Join mom of five Kelly Reynolds as she talks about ways to shortcut your meal prep, saving time and money.    Want to go home with Dinner Done!? Pay $100 by October 18th and you’ll also be able to join other moms in preparing and taking home 5 meals (that will feed at least 6 and sometimes more) ready to freeze or cook for your family! (That’s 30 meals which means it costs less than $3.35 per meal.  That's less than a Happy Meal!)  Kelly will even be bringing her own Pampered Chef products for you to use. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather with other moms in the kitchen and prepare delicious and healthy meals for your family!**            .

These meals are DAIRY FREE and GLUTEN FREE!

Meals You Will Make:

  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Pork Tenderloin w/ Cherry Balsamic Sauce
  • Chili/Taco Soup
  • Shredded Chicken w/ Multi Options for Flavors


Kelly ReynoldsKelly Reynolds is a busy mom of 5 children under the age of 7, four of which have special needs. A former special education teacher, Kelly understands the life of busy working moms. She uses Pampered Chef products to help streamline her family’s meal preparation.


(The $100 fee covers all food, Pampered Chef Pantry Products, etc. that you will be using for the meals. Make checks payable to LifeLine, Inc. Funds must be paid by October 18th in order to participate.)  

Print a flyer FamilyShare - Reynolds - 10-27-14


Price: $100.00

Date: October 27, 2014

Stanley Heights Baptist Church
SHBC 1512 McBrien Road
East Ridge, Tennessee
37412 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 10