Who was Tammy Lynn?
Tammy Lynn Pierce was the daughter of one of our founding families. Her parents, Ruth and Billy Pierce, and two other families established the Center in 1969 to develop educational programs for children with special needs. Tammy Lynn passed away in 1971 at the age of 12.
What programs and services do you provide?
Developmental Day Services — Specialized classroom education for children 3—22 years. Therapies, nursing care, before/after school care, summer programs and family support services.
Center-based Residential Services — Home for 30 children and adults who receive high-level nursing services and personal care 24 hours a day. Our residents are nurtured and challenged continuously to live as independently as possible.
Community Residential Program — Off-campus residences for adults who receive continual care and supervision in a neighborhood setting. Residents participate in daily activities at the Center’s main campus and give back to the communities in which they live, such as volunteering to provide Meals on Wheels.
Early Childhood Intervention Program — Individualized in-home therapy and family support services for children 0—3 years who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities or delays, or who are at risk for these conditions.
Respite Care Services — Hourly, overnight, or extended relief coverage for caregivers from the direct care of individuals with an intellectual and developmental disabilities.
What kind of disabilities do these individuals have?
We serve individuals with a wide range of developmental delays, from very mild to severe and profound cognitive impairment. Many have disabilities which resulted from cerebral palsy, brain injury and seizure disorders. Tammy Lynn Center is known for its services to individuals with medically complex issues.
How do your clients communicate?
Many of the children and adults we serve are unable to speak, but they do communicate through the use of gestures and formal systems, such as communication boards, adaptive switches, sign language, voice output devices and eye-blink systems.
Do your students really learn?
Yes! Among other things, they learn choice-making, self-help skills and domestic skills. Their accomplishments may not happen as quickly or easily as they might for individuals without disabilities, but they are just as meaningful and significant.
Can the people you serve enjoy any community activities?
Absolutely. Many enjoy attending sports events, adaptive bowling, musical performances, swimming, eating out, visiting area parks and engagements with family members and friends.
Is there a waiting list for any of your programs?
We receive referrals for residential services, respite care, before and after school care, and the summer program from Wake County Human Services and other entities. Families seeking early intervention services are referred through the Children’s Developmental Services Agency. Children in need of special education and related therapies are referred by Wake County Public School System. Certainly, there are more people who need the services we provide than we can serve.
What type of funding does your agency receive?
Tammy Lynn Center receives federal, state and local government funding, as well as private fees for services. Charitable contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, civic groups and churches are a major source of funding for the Center and help to close the gap between what is reimbursed and the cost of providing services.
Are fees charged for families who participate in your programs?
Fees for residential services are paid by Medicaid. Early Intervention fees are paid primarily by state funds or private insurance. Services to students in the special education program are funded by the local public school system and charitable contributions. Before and after school care and summer program fees may be paid by a combination of parent fees and state funding.
How can I help?
You can make a tax-deductible contribution. You can also get involved in our annual Tammy Lynn Golf Classic or our premier fundraising event, A Toast to the Triangle™, through sponsorship or committee participation. You can help to share our story in the community by inviting your friends and colleagues to tour the Center. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and organizations. Please contact our special events and volunteer coordinator to learn more.