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OUR MISSION:  "We help special needs families to successfully cope in their daily struggle with crisis, enhancing the quality of life for their entire family."

crisis a: an attack of pain, distress, or disordered function  b: an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending  c:  a situation that has reached a critical phase       Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

Picture your family living with and struggling to cope with non-stop, unrelenting CRISIS every day, every week, every month, every year; constantly, without letup.  That picture could become a reality for you if your child becomes disabled.  One day, everything is normal...the next day, the world of your entire family has changed forever.

Parents who have a handicapped child face added pressures and challenges in addition to what an "average" family deals with, leaving many of them feeling trapped in a world of discouragement with no relief in sight.  And since both the Federal and State governments adjust their program budgets on a yearly basis, sometimes even cutting the programs and benefits that families have come to rely on as a safety net for them, the responsibility of parents to their children continues to take on even greater significance.

The needs of disabled children are frequently overlooked by society, since they experience a double invisibility: of being a child and of being a disabled person. Their families struggle to find ways of coping with burdens of isolation, bureaucracy, and inadequate help from unqualified nurses and teachers. Lack of awareness of their special needs by the general population means that unless disabled children are specifically mentioned, they become marginalised within the general children's agenda, adding to the family’s feeling of being cut off from everyone else.

Families with a disabled child also incur significant additional costs such as equipment, travel to hospitals and the usually prolonged stay there, non-reimbursed medical expenses, special clothing and extra utility expenses. Employment therefore is seen as a financial necessity for many families but is frequently impossible because of lack of safe and affordable child-care or nursing. So the financial pressures can become crushing, even when one parent can remain in the workforce.

Families with a special needs child rarely dwell on their daily battles; most would tell you that they recieve so much joy and so many unexpected blessings in having a special needs child that they don't focus on the negatives. But there certainly are added pressures and stresses placed on the entire family, making their lot in life more difficult, at least in some ways.

Special Needs Support, Inc. was organized to assist these families in crisis by:

  • actively seeking out such families, ensuring that they receive the support they need by supplying information, clothing, household goods, and toys without cost to them
  • increasing awareness of special needs families to the general public, and by giving those individuals and businesses an outlet for their available resources which would benefit these special needs families
  • networking with organizations which provide similar relief and benefits to physically disabled children and their families in order to facilitate the delivery of those available resources to them

We realize that parents who struggle with the day-to-day demands of a special needs family don't always have the time or energy to seek out help for themselves, so daily we work to build a solid, constantly-enlarging network of communication, resources, and referral contacts and to actively seek out families in crisis whom we can help in some way.