When told that your child has a special need, your life is forever changed. Special education meetings, doctor's appointments and therapy visits become your new normal. Feelings of confusion and loneliness as well as joy and celebration become a part of this unexpected journey. Doing this alone is hard. For the last 6 years, VELA has served over 1,000 families of children with special needs. By informing, connecting, supporting and empowering the parent, we are creating the best outcomes for the child and their family. Families that participate in VELA's programming share that they now feel like their child's greatest experts- they also know they are no longer alone and know what questions to ask to get the very best supports for their child and family. We are honored to receive your support to expand our reach to serve more families by "illuminating ability" in the child, parent and community.