The California-Hawaii Elks Association CHEA is best known for its support of children with disabilities. Their 'Major Project' provides:
- Speech-Language Therapy - The gift of communication, the promise of the future - with thanks to the Elks. Our highly trained Elks Major Project speech-language pathologists can diagnose a variety of communication disorders and coordinate a home program of therapy with the parent. Many speech-language problems are addressed by the staff, including swallowing or feeding difficulties.
- Physical Therapy - The Elks physical therapists evaluate and treat children with a wide range of disabilities as they travel from home to home. Their focus is to help these children learn or improve important motor skills by educating or re-educating muscles and increase strength, endurance and coordination. Parent involvement helps increase the rate of success.
- Occupational Therapy - Through individual home instruction, the goal for all children in the program is to become as independent and self-sufficient as they can. Our occupational therapists, working with the parents, teach our children the basics from feeding and dressing skills to dealing with problems in sensory integration.
- Preschool Vision Screening Program - The Elks Preschool Vision Screening Program screens over 50,000 children per year. It is the goal of the program to significantly decrease the number of children at risk for amblyopia ("lazy eye") and other vision problems. It is with thanks to this highly effective program that thousands of children have been saved from permanent eye damage over the years.