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Raising Special Kids

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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


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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization for over 15 years. We send our pediatric residents there as a part of their rotation in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and they visit a family at home who has a child with a disability. This is the best way to see a child, at home, in their world, and not in a Hospital or Clinic setting. They love it. The families love it and I certainly love it. I have more recently been on their Professional Advisory Board and still would love to have more time to do more for this outstanding organization. It's the Best!