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October 5, 2010

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October 5, 2010

When we moved to California with a child not only with special needs but also with such a rare disorder that we felt that there was no one like us. No one could relate to what we were n I met going through. That is when I met the founder of Jeena. At that time an idea became a reality. Jeena was formed and forever changed our lives. We found friends and support made us feel wanted and loved. We have our own little world now and never feel lonely.

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in case we have challenges we cannot handle by ourselves.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 5, 2010

My chils has special needs, and was diagnosed when he was 3 years. At that time there was hardly any support readily available, knowledge sharing, and even a forum to bond with other parents who had similar issues. Jeena provided that platform, and through its online discussion forums, and onsite activities, families had a venue to share experiences and help each other.

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as it gave me clearer insight into opportunities/issues that I should be aware in my child's growth. this is through sharing with other parents

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 5, 2010

When we moved to the bay area, Jeena community was really helpful in guiding us with the decision to choose the proper school district for our kids. That was just the beginning. Ever since we reaped great benefits from the Jeena community in many ways. Advice, references, guidance, and moral support. Everything that parents with special needs kids need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community powered support, advice and general guidance.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and passionate about giving back to the community. I have been associated with non-profits for about 15 years and JEENA is one of the best organizations that I have come across.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to far more people in different parts of the world. Organization like JEENA has to spread and replicate itself. It is too good to be localized to the bay area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 5, 2010

I am a immigrant to US and my child was recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS, I was seeking information on Autism and I was offered the best advice and support from Jeena. They understand the culture and the language (choice of words, and way of communication) of first generation immigrants and there assistance is invaluable.They are doing a great job and hope and pray that they continue doing so for the sake of the Immigrant community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

advice that they gave us regarding some of the challenges that we were facing. We have received a lot of valuable information from Jeena founders/volunteers & families which has helped us make correct decision vis a vis our daughters diagnosis of PDD-NOS

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its scope, reach and awareness to the broader Immigrant community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

prompt and timely advice from experienced people/volunteers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

understanding, caring and selfless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

This organization would be a beacon of hope for all those seeking assistance in Autism and related disabilities.

Ways to make it better...

They had enough funds to provide a broader range of services.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

General Awareness of what they do and their effectiveness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 5, 2010

As a social worker and child development specialist who has worked in this field for many years, I happy to have the opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation for such a wonderful comprehensive program. I have great respect for Jeena. The ability to collaborate with community, provide amazing network of support on many levels, to share meaningful information, it is truly a program that speaks to the needs of children and families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work with families who have a child with a disabilty. Parents have shared with me their appreciation for being a part of this program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 4, 2010

On each occasion that I have enjoyed this phenomenal organization I have come away inspired, and excited to go back again! Jeena's founder is one of the most caring and warm individuals I have ever met, and this translates so seamlessly to an organization that gracefully influences the lives of families w/special needs kids in ways that words cannot express. Jeena is consistent in the quality of speakers, events & classes offered, and all of my child friends have come away with (even if the slightest tinge) a heightened self-efficacy. I hope they never stop dancing!

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Every child client I have sent or accompanied to an event here.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In order to touch the lives of many, I might suggest more marketing...but that would mean bigger organization w/more employees, & more funding needed in a time of economic downturn. Suffice to say that those who reap Jeena's benefits are fortunate.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the experience my kids come away with!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bright, cooperative & friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open a large non-profit with many fingers out in the Special Needs arena, so that many more would be able to feel the support these people give with such effortless grace.

Ways to make it better...

...I could have stayed longer...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...perhaps it is it's size. I would love to see the "10 million bucks" scenario come true!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope someday that more of my private clients are able to enjoy the great things Jeena offers in the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 4, 2010

I became a member of Jeena 1 year back and since then its a good knowledge bank for us. Any problem we face in our day to day life with our special needs kids and we post it, we get such valuable suggestions from all parents. I was overwhelmed when I attended the Jeena annual function and saw all special kids performing n doing so much. Jeena helps us parents in motivating us to do so many things with our kids which we thought is not possible. It brings us all together as a family.

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Getting an OT summer camp at a nominal cost.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 4, 2010

When our son was diagnosed with Autism over 9 years ago, someone mentioned to my wife about Jeena. Not expecting much, we decided to become part of Jeena and attended our first yearly celebration/function 'Jeena Yahan' organized by Jeena families with performances from all special needs kids, kids with autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities. That day we learned that Jeena is not just a support group but is an extended family for parents with special needs kids like us who don't have any family in US. In this extended family you get all kinds of support from everyone who either have gone through the challenges that you are facing now, or is there for you just for emotional support. I have nothing but good things to say about Jeena and all Jeena family members. Our son is doing much much better now and Jeena has played an important role in helping us improve our son's life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping us understand and how to manage some of the challenges that we were facing when our son was diagnosed with autism. Since then we have received a lot of valuable information from other Jeena families which has helped us in improving our son's life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it's run by other parents who are in the same boat as you are and they share same goals to improve their kids life in all ways possible as you are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent and selfless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do wonder in the lives of a lot of special needs kids and their families in bay area, in US and around the world possibly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 4, 2010

Been a member since 2002 when my daughter was about 2 yr. I realized that apart from exchanging useful information with other parents it was important for parents nd their special needs children to come out and have fun! Jeena provided such a warm welcoming place where special needs children can freely have fun! Their parents can enjoy without inhibitions and get energized once again to take care of their children's needs. For the first time I saw my daughter's talent and confidence emerging - she went up on the stage an confidently performed a song as though she was the best! And indeed in my mind she is. Thank you Rajni and thank you Jeena for bringing these joyous moments alive in my life!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

For the first time I saw my daughter's talent and confidence emerging - she went up on the stage an confidently performed a song as though she was the best!Indeed this trend continues and she goes all out to perform every year at the annual show.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it has no barriers and welcomes all to come and be a part of the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a big difference in the lives of our kids by providing different avenues and support unconditionally.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 4, 2010

I first heard about Jeena when my son was diagnosed with Autism. As a parent I was overwhelmed with the implications of my son's disability and really did not know how to deal with this. Finding services was relatively easy but there was no one I could talk to and get some support and seek advise from parents who were already dealing with this for some time. Jeena provided a platform for parents to come to gether and offer each other advise and a sense of belonging. They offer so many programs like art, music, dance and a variety of therapies to parents at very nominal cost. What I love about Jeena is that it is totally run by parent volunteers who are aware and in most cases know the problems of SNK's first hand. Going to Jeena feels like going home to friends and family. I really thank Rajni for founding Jeena and helping parents like me understand and accept my son's ability.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Getting parents together on a common platform. To give much needed guidance and counseling for newly diagnosed kids and their families. Making a lot of therapies and interventions accessible to parents who can't afford such therapies on their own.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any at the moment. Would definitely try to make it more visible may be through media so more families know about it and can seek help and support

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The support and advise I received.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Really outstanding in their dedication to SNK's

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really make a difference in the lives of SNK's especially from south asian families.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to go to Jeena more regularly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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