2017-2018 annual Report
Measuring Our Impact, Planning for the Future
Thanks to incredible community support, dedicated staff members and committed volunteers, Siskin Children’s Institute continues to provide high quality programs and services for children with special needs and their families. In fiscal year 2017-2018, the Institute served 2,256 families through the Early Learning Center, Home & Community- Based Early Intervention, Center for Developmental Pediatrics, and Outreach Services.
FRom the CEO, Derek Bullard
"Having served as president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute for nearly six months now, I continue to be inspired by the work of the staff members and the dedication they have to helping children with special needs and their families. It’s a true blessing to have met so many families and hear their stories of success and progress. Seeing and hearing from families has been a driving force to continue to evolve and provide the highest-quality care possible. In the last several months, you may have heard of some new initiatives that have been rolled out or services that have been expanded, primarily in our Center for Developmental for Pediatrics. These include improving access to care and providing more options for parents seeking care for their children. To do this, we’ve recently began offering extended hours for occupational and speech therapy services. Parents can now schedule appointments for these services earlier in the morning and later into the evening several days a week. We have also launched an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy program to help meet the needs for these services in our community. In addition, Siskin Children’s Institute will also serve as the southeast hub for Family Voices of Tennessee. This program is based out of Nashville and focuses on making connections for families with children who have special health care needs. These could be connections with service providers, support groups, respite programs, social groups, and others, while also providing support in the form of workshops and connections with other families with children who have a similar diagnosis.
As we continue to increase access to services, we hope you will share your ideas and suggestions for improvements that will positively impact your experience with us. A new feedback submission portal is available at siskin.org/feedback and allows for confidential submission of ideas and suggestions. Thank you to the Chattanooga community for welcoming me and my family with open arms. I look forward to a great year ahead."