My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Support For Families of Children With Disabilities, San Francisco, CA, USA
Support for Families has literally changed my life. Here are just a few ways this nonprofit has made a difference:
1. They provide high quality FREE family friendly access events that help my family feel like we have a safe nonjudgemental place to have fun. These events give dignity and fun to my special needs family when we have experienced marginalization at other "family friendly" events for typical children.
2. They provide incredibly competent and authentically caring advocacy services for FREE. Their warm line is always there and has helped me advocate for my son countless times with the right advice about what to write in a letter, who to write the letter to, when to call an IEP, etc etc. Their community resources parents have gone with me to IEP meetings, spent countless hours on the phone with me as I struggled with issues with our school district, and looked over all my son's IEP documents for me. They helped me successfully advocate to change my son's placement from inclusion to a Special Day Class (which the school district was VERY resistant to doing). Time and time again they not only provide advocacy support, but moral/emotional support. Words cannot express how deeply significant it was for my community resource parent to calm me down when my principal called me to take my child home from school because he was completely out of control due to the stress he was having at school. It is these moments where I cannot imagine being a special needs parent and NOT having Support for Families there to be my cheerleader and advocate for me and my child.
3. Support for Families has incredible resources that are tailored to my child and his needs: whether it be their workshops which I have attended that always offer special needs childcare, or their vast library of books and media. I have found FREE resources here that I have not found anywhere else, including the internet, such as their binder of social stories.
4. Support for Families is a place that many of us special needs parents have turned to for networking to other agencies. Through their access to adventure event, I was able to network with other nonprofits such as KEEN, Acrosports, The Pomeroy Center, the Contemporary Jewish Museum Access events, and countless other agencies who serve Special Needs children. It was amazing that I was able to easily talk to the right people and ask about their services all at one single event, while my kid had tons of fun at the booths.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Have the Warm line be open even more hours!
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