image August 27, 2009 — Teachers Learn Strategy
image October 23, 2008 — Parents, Others Learning to Help Children with Autism
image October 21, 2008 — Autism Conference Starts Wednesday at Berry College
image July 27, 2008 — Hope without Delay
image April 13, 2008 — Awareness Parties

The founders of The Op Foundation are Paul and Joy Walker. Paul is a board certified otolaryngologist. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, and did his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He is currently in private practice in Rome, Georgia. Joy received her doctorate in pharmacy at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and worked in clinical research in NC for several years before moving to Rome.

Seeing the ever-increasing need in their community, The Walkers have been inspired to work for practical, reproducible, evidenced based strategies for those caring for children with developmental delays and disabilities in Northwest Georgia.


The Op Foundation is comprised of four arms of service. Current initiatives include:

image Schedule speaking engagements with various civic groups to discuss the challenges our community faces and our vision for Northwest Georgia.
image Sponsor experts in relevant fields to travel to Rome and provide current research information and strategies to help equip families, healthcare providers and educators.
image Provide scholarships for families, teachers and therapists to attend training seminars and/or externships relevant to their field of practice.
image Help coordinate marriage seminars and retreats for parents of children with developmental delays and disabilities.
image Work to create an inclusion summer day camp in Rome.
image Work with area churches to train committed volunteers to be of service to families with special needs.
image Foster a relationship between behavioral service organizations such as Early Autism Project, Inc. (EAP) and local schools and colleges.
image Create and maintain a website that can be used as a navigational tool for evaluating diagnostic and therapeutic options.
image Assist school systems in providing educational opportunities for families and children with developmental delays and disabilities.
image Establish and maintain a lending library of current resource materials for parents, teachers and therapists.

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