WHAT IS GYE DI?
Gye Di is a non-profit organization that aims to change the world through play by creating an environment without limitations for children with and without disabilities to learn, grow, and play together.
OUR BIG DREAM
Gye Di was created to fulfill the vision of our BIG DREAM. Our BIG DREAM is to create an indoor recreation center for children with and without disabilities to play and explore together without the limitations that typical playgrounds and parks have. We strive to build a community that closes the gap on the stigma of what it means to have a disability.
Melanie has been Houston’s therapist for the past 2 years. In addition to being a fantastic therapist, she is an even more amazing person. She goes out of her way to make sure Houston feels loved and believes in him. She sees Houston’s potential and gets excited at all of his accomplishments. As Houston’s parents, we are incredibly grateful for Melanie’s elite professionalism and sincere friendship.
Houston B. & Family
Melanie has helped our daughter make huge progress towards her goals. ***Her knowledge and skills as a therapist really make her stand our and her kind responsibility had my daughter excited to go back for every session!
***She taught her how to use a wheelchair at the age of 2 which helped her gain mobility, confidence, and independence she had never before experienced.
Lucy J. & Family
We have really enjoyed Ms.Rima! She is very professional and created a positive environment for our daughter. She communicates clearly with Karsen and is patient with her. We have found through Ms. Rima’s experience and expertise we have watched Karsen reach goals and have given us guidance to help her at home too. We are so grateful we get to work with Ms. Rima! Katrina
Rima has been AMAZING to work with! She has helped guide our son in ways that match his learning style and personality. She challenges just enough to stretch him and gives lots of praise and encouragement. As a parent I really appreciate how she has taught me to make small adjustments at home to achieve the greatest results with therapy. I know she cares deeply about my son by the quality of care she offers.
Thanks for all you do for us Rima!
Gye di translated means believe and there couldn’t be a better term to describe this organization, as they believe in the abilities of everyone that they are trying to serve. There is also no better word to describe how we feel about their dreams of creating a United space for both fully able bodied friends and physically challenged friends alike.
We had the pleasure of experiencing their implementation of this first hand, in the form of a nerf gun war. This event included kiddos like my son, who has cerebral palsy and limited use of his hands and legs. He had the opportunity to “shoot” a nerf gun at targets (both moving and still). This may not seem like a big deal to most, but given Carter’s limited mobility, it requires a great deal of effort and creativity.
Gye Di created an adapted mount for his wheelchair to hold an adapted nerf gun, that was hooked up to a button (switch). He presses the button to fire rounds of nerf pellets without having to pull a trigger, nor hold the gun himself. A whole lot of thought and preparation went into creating this event and I can’t wait to see what amazing things they do next! We have miles of gratitude to them for believing and bringing their dream into a reality!
Carter B. & Family
Erica works with our daughter (Gena) as her occupational therapist. We started working with Erica shortly after the pandemic. Erica is exceptional!!! She has gone above and beyond for our daughter. When she works with Gena she really gets her moving with stretching, feeding ideas, teaching Gena how to use switches. Switches have been amazing! This has allowed Gena to use an Xbox for gaming, plus we are waiting for Predictable which is a communication application for Gena’s iPad, Gena will also use the app with switches. We love that Erica provides options for Gena, not just what is necessary, but also fun stuff that an 11 year old would enjoy. For instance, using switches for her Xbox or navigating the iPad.
What we love the most about Erica is she challenges Gena in the best way possible. She has never said “can’t” when it comes to Gena. She is always positive and willing to try anything. She believes so much in Gena, as do we. It’s amazing to see this from a therapist. Erica along with Kate (Gena’s speech therapist/another amazing therapist) called Gena on her birthday, which Gena loved of course! This was out of their kind heart as Gena’s birthday was not during a therapy session.
She motivated Gena and taught her how to use a motorized wheelchair, which later Gena passed the test for. She’s currently working with insurance to get Gena her own motorized wheelchair, which for us is wonderful because we’ve never had a therapist do this for us. To add, she has gotten Gena a loaner motorized wheelchair in the meanwhile. That’s not all, she stopped by to check on the loaner as the battery was not charging, she tried to figure out why, called their technician to troubleshoot the issue. When that didn’t work Erica took the initiative to reach out to Dave from Numotion to ask if he can stop by. Gena’s loaner motorized wheelchair’s battery was charging that day! This was all because Erica is not passive about her job. She realizes how much this independence will mean to Gena. She did everything she could immediately to get this resolved. This is unheard of and we’re immensely grateful for Erica’s drive.
We pray and hope Erica works with Gena for years to come and that Erica’s passion for her job never ceases. Erica, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being one of kind.
Gena would like to add that Erica is a therapist that’s has grown to be her friend.
Carter B. & Family