NONA earns accreditation honour

Just seeing the smiles on children’s faces is enough to let NONA know how much their work means.

But now the North Okanagan Neurological Association Child Development Centre has earned the highest level of accreditation for its work.

CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) has awarded a three-year accreditation to NONA for its child and youth services and supports for children with autism spectrum disorder programs.

This is the third consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to NONA.

Helen Armstrong, executive director, attributes much of NONA’s success to its dedicated board and staff who are committed to providing excellent services to families. She also recognizes the families whose daily struggles are a triumph in and of themselves.

“I often hear families say that by coming to NONA their fears melt away as they see their children flourish and meet their goals,” said Armstrong.

“From NONA’s perspective, we are so blessed to be working with these kids, we are always learning from them and celebrating their successes.”

NONA has been helping children with special needs strengthen their abilities since 1975 and currently serves approximately 500 children a year.

The accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.