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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Haydn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids is such a valuable resource to parents and caregivers. I wouldn't have made it through some difficult situations without their help. They are the greatest at giving support to the families they serve. They provide their support with care. They are professionals with Hearts.

Linda326

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Scared, helpless, confused, angry, frustrated and exhausted. This is what I felt like as I dialed the number. Raising Special Kids answered and listened...REALLY listened. They provided suggestions and guidance. They gave me knowledge. They taught me what questions to ask and how to ask. They gave me a voice. Which gave me the strength to get my daughter what she needs to be the best she can be. They might of thought it was "just" a phone call, but that call changed a family's life for the better! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RSK is an organization that has provided hope and encouragement to thousands of parents, friends, families, doctors, neighbors, schools, hospitals...everyone!

What makes a GREAT Nonprofit? Professionalism, compassionate, friendly, sincere, caring, dedicated, kind, knowledgable, resourceful and research based. All of these Raising Special Kids possesses.

How do you put a value on hope and encouragement? You live it.

Thanks to RSK, my life has been forever changed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Raising Special Kids has been good to us over the years. I went through a divorce 4yrs ago and they were able to give me help in how to go about making sure my sons (both have autism) were able to adjust positively. This year an advocate helped me with issues involving my son's school and his food allergies. Great place to go when you don't know what to do!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping parents through Raising Special Kids for approximately 12 years has been very rewarding. Each time I meet a new parent I can identify with what they are going through and I try to give them information from my own experiences and developmental disability certification training. However, Raising Special Kids is the catalyst in supporting, educating, and just being there for parents with children of special needs.
Keep up the good work RSK and congratulations to an agency that follows through with their mission statement.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids has been a Godsend for our family. Their knowledge and expertise is beyond any organization I have ever experienced. To a person our family has been impressed with everyone we have worked with at RSK. It is not often that is the case. Without hesitation I refer families to them and just wait to hear of the good experience they will have. Vickie French has impressed me with each and every conversation I have had with her. She is amazing. Thank you for being a GREAT non-profit!

Amy_198

Client Served

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids helped me find my footing during the slippery slope of initial diagnosis. They gave me resources, offered a listening ear, and provided much needed expertise! I always turn to them when I'm stuck on how to better advocate for my son. They give me confidence, courage, and the kind of support a special needs parent truly needs. Thank you Raising Special Kids! You are a true blessing to me and my family!

1 Rich18

Client Served

Rating: 5

My (foster) son, soon to be adopted son, was being abused at a local school. Through the help of Raising Special Kids, I was able to get the correct complaints filed that led to the Dept. of Education reaching a settlement for all special needs kids in the district. Although this also led to the lose of my job, they were invaluable in learning how to look out for these very special kids. They recently helped me with his IEP meeting. After following their steps, verifying teacher qualifications and gently reminding the new school that I was not afraid to speak out, I was able to get his IEP changed such that he is now getting the services he needs to overcome his issues. I could not have done this without the patient support of Raising Special Kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I refer families to Raising Special kids in Phoenix no less than weekly in my role with The Division of Developmental Disabilties. They have exellent information for families and individuals looking for information and support. They provide not only exellent education but compassion and support for families who are looking for resouces to support their family members.
I know that the people I refer will be treated with respect and compassion. I would rate them higher if I could. Respectfully,
Brenda E. Sondersted

Elizabeth128

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Raising Special Kids is Awesome! They often have educational classes for family members, special activities for all their partcipants and most important their peer-mentor program best fits the needs of the famlies they serve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to see the work that Raising Special Kids has done by helping families walk through this journey with a special needs child. Families often come to this time completely in shock and fear and unaware of any resources that are available. The incredible people at RSK are not just there to tell them what to do, but guide them and nurture them through this valley. Wonderful people performing a wonderful service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a former board member and also a parent who has relied on RSK for valuable insight and support in the many years since my son's diagnosis with autism. The staff is responsive and professional and has provided me with invaluable guidance on issues relating to my son's treatment and education.

Elizabeth K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids puts a personal face on families that have children with disabilities. I often host medical residents in my home and share the story of how we received Josie's diagnosis. It allows me the opportunity to educate new doctors on Cerebral Palsy and the effect that diagnosis has on us as a family. On a very personal level I hope that new docotrs undertand that their choice of words echo foreaver in our mind. That information empowers us as parents and that Raising Special Kids as an organization is family friendly and provides accurate, up to date information on disabilities and a network that guides us through the maze of this new challenge.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an absolute pleasure to host resident doctors in my home, share our story about our disabled daughter, and further educate them on the necessity of organizations such as Raising Special Kids. It is a relief to these residents to know that there is a capable organization with an abundance of resources to where they can refer their patients and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids has been an encouragement to my family through some really difficult times. They were available for direction and helped us network with other families. Their events have been very well planned and well received. I especially enjoyed the Resilient Relationships workshop. They are a great resource for families who "Raising Special Kids."

Nancy L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids was there for me from the earliest months when we had yet to get the (eventual) diagnosis of autism for our daughter. We have participated in the residency training program for several years. What a great feeling of giving back it is to help our medical providers have a more realistic ... hopefully more empathetic and knowledgable ... view of what it's like to be a family living with a child who has a disability. Sharing, one on one, some of the very personal challenges (many uncomfortable, emotional, and not easily shared) can be a powerful experience for both parties. A wonderful organization!

Katie P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about RSK when my young son was diagnosed and they helped me in several ways. I have been a volunteer now for several years and it gives me great joy to work with such a professional, knowledgeable group. They do great things for individuals, families, and the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids has helped so many Doctors in Training better understand how to dialog with our special needs families. This resident training gives a wider base of knowledge for our doctors and thus better service for our special needs patients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising Special Kids has been a tremendous help, comfort and encouragement to countless individuals and families who wrestle with some of the toughest issues people have to face. I have volunteered on several occasions and have seen their work up close and first hand. Integrity and honesty are at the forefront of this great agency and those who work with them know it. It is a great personal benefit to share in the work they do in the Valley of the Sun. They facilitate amazing results with the staffing they have and volunteers they recruit. A lot of us have had our lives changed for the better by this group of caring people.