Those who do receive this early intervention have better physical and employment, live independently, and engage in their communities.

Erika has been receiving therapy since 2017 when the first Joyce Fisher grant to UpsideDowns came through. At that time, she was far behind her typically-developing peers in terms of speech and language development. Now, thanks to consistent therapy, she chats away to her parents, communicates her needs by asking questions and is transitioning successfully into school.

At her most recent teacher-parent meeting, the family were informed some of her 3 and 4 word phrases are more advanced than her typically-developing classmates.

Erika and dozens more like her, now have a chance to release their full potential, and live a full, independent life.