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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Family Services, Human Services, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: As a comprehensive Parent Center, Raising Special Kids provides information to families of children with disabilities or special health needs. We offer free workshops and individual consultations for families as well as training for professionals in family service fields such as health care, education and social services. Parent to Parent support and guidance is offered by experienced, trained, volunteers for families facing a new situation. A skilled, caring staff of parents is available to answer questions regarding special education, health care, accessing state services and finding appropriate resources for children and families. Services for families are offered free of charge in English and Spanish.

Target demographics: Families of children with disabilities and special health care needs in Arizona--and the professionals who serve them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,701 families

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: Parent to parent support, parent training, and information on services and resources.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered at various events to help advocate for IWD or bring awareness to the general public of the difficulties the IWD face each day. -We still have buildings where IWD cannot get through the front door because the modern buildings are inaccessible for IWD. -Due to unpaved roads, IWD are not able to receive immediate medical attention. -The insurance they have relied on is being changed. Much education and support is needed for IWD, as well as our representatives and leaders.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids has been in existence for over 30 years. Their "Tag Line" is "families helping families." This takes many forms, shapes and avenues. I am very proud to be asscociated with and active in touching the lives of families as they experience the challenges in raising children with special health care needs. Raising Special Kids offers family-centered support from the Board of Directors, at the top level, through the staff, volunteers and then directly to families and their children. There are no fees or charges to families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids is dedicated to providing a catalyst for family to family support in the special needs community. It is very difficult to receive an unfavorable diagnosis for a child or family member. You feel lost and overwhelmed. Raising Special Kids provides information on many different levels but most importantly they match you with another family who has been through this and knows what the next steps are. It saves a lot of time and is very comforting to know others in similar situations that can ease your burden. Raising Special Kids also helps in providing the resources you might need for both the newly diagnosed family and the peer family. Education is also an important role of Raising Special Kids. They help parents through getting the necessary provisions for the child to succeed is the school environment. They also educate doctors and nurses on the best way to interact with patients and families of patients with special health considerations.