The TeletonUSA Foundation is a non-profit organization based in San Antonio, Texas. We raise funds to build and support the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA (called CRIT), which assists children with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, genetic disorders and amputations.
Rehabilitation is key to increasing their independence and inclusion into society.
In addition to medical costs, it is estimated that a disability of a child costs a family $30,500 per year.
80 to 100 therapy services per year, on average per family, are needed to ensure progress with our model of care.
Most insurance limits therapy to only 20-40 sessions per year.
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What is the Children's Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA?
The Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA is a state-of-the-art pediatric rehabilitation facility in San Antonio, Texas that offers services to children and families from birth to 18 years of age with neurological and musculoskeletal disabilities. CRIT USA treats children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, genetic disorders, congenital diseases, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and babies in need of early intervention – regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
We take great pride in having some of the most advanced rehabilitation equipment available, as well as a highly trained and caring staff of medical professionals. TeletonUSA has 20 years of experience in pediatric healthcare for children with special needs, and has mastered the formula to successfully empower patients and families with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders to live their best lives.
TeletonUSA’s comprehensive model of care has improved outcomes because we support the patient as a whole person, and their entire family as one unit. Our goal is to help each child reach his or her maximum potential and be fully included into society.
Meet Those We’ve Helped
Every day we are inspired by the strength, stamina, and courage of the children and families who come to CRIT for therapy. Their stories are remarkable. Here are a few.
Meet Melenie, a 13 year-old girl from Laredo, Texas, with Cerebral Palsy. She is working toward her long-term goal of walking independently.
Meet Desteny, a 13-year-old girl from San Antonio, unable to stand or walk, until now.
Meet Diego, a 12 year-old boy who lives in Austin, Texas. He is no longer using the headrest on his wheelchair.
The TeletonUSA TV Event
Our live television all-star charity event is held with our television partner, Univision. This exciting 30-hour-long show raises funds to support the CRIT in San Antonio. It includes more than 50 celebrities and entertainment acts and 20 patients (and their families) who are currently in treatment at the rehabilitation institute. Thank you for your support in helping us!