Westchester group offers equipment, toys to Bedford girl with rare condition

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A Bedford girl diagnosed with a rare developmental disorder has the tools to live and play like others her age, thanks to a group helping thousands of people in Westchester.

Jesse Randol says her daughter, Ruby, was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, a rare condition that affects girls' brain development.

When Ruby started losing physical abilities, she went to the Loan Closet in search of toys and equipment.

The Loan Closet at the Westchester Institute for Human Development offered the Randols a wide variety of toys and equipment that motivate her to use her hands and brain.

"It's a way for her to be independent, but to also have a form of physical therapy,” says Randol.

WIHD allows families to try things out before buying it. It says some things don't work for everyone, and that trial and error can be very expensive.

"If you don't have the money or the ability to acquire some of the equipment that you could loan in our program, then your child will go without,” says Izel Obermeyer, director of assistive technology at WIHD.

WIHD not only has tools for children, but for people of all ages, including a phone for people who are older and may be losing some cognitive ability.

"We try and find equipment that'll help you do the activities that you value and compensate for the things you can't do,” says Obermeyber.

WIHD says a lot of what they do relies on donations.

It will host a Fall Fun Fest on Oct. 6 in Valhalla.


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