Integrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc. (IBT) Receives $25,000 from the Dwane L. and Velma Lunt Wallace Charitable Foundation

Integrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc. (IBT) was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Dwane L. and Velma Lunt Wallace Charitable Foundation to replace the fire suppression hood and venting in the kitchen at The K.I.D.S. Place early childhood center. The Wallace Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of IBT’s mission to support diverse learners. (Read more about their past giving here: Wallace Foundation Funds Playground Accessibility).

Without the hood and fire suppression system, IBT greatly increases the risk of fire and the resulting catastrophic damage. IBT is unable to cook any foods with animal fat on-site and is required to prepare those off-site or order premade. These accommodations are expensive. Therefore, not having the hood and fire suppression system greatly reduces the variety of foods IBT can prepare and utilize.  Requested funding will provide the physical infrastructure to sustain and enhance IBT’s efficiency and effectiveness in providing services and supports to address hunger for their learners. A Type 1 commercial hood removes the grease from foods laden with animal fat. This project will significantly improve The K.I.D.S. Place staff’s ability to provide three nutritious meals daily for the children served, which is essential for growth and development. These upgrades will allow IBT to prepare a greater variety of foods, which they are currently unable to prepare due to insufficient equipment. Ultimately, staff will be able to safely and more efficiently prepare cost-effective meals.

Integrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc. (IBT) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that has served children with autism and their families in the Midwest region for almost twenty years. In 2012, IBT opened the K.I.D.S. Place, providing a structured, nurturing environment that supports children’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs. The K.I.D.S. Place is a top-tier childcare facility that provides research-based behavioral interventions to affect positive change in at-risk children, those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, behavioral concerns such as ADHD, disruptive behaviors, and physical disabilities.

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