When told that your child has a special need, your life is forever changed. VELA “Vibrant Empowered Limitless Able” was founded in 2010 with a mission to empower underserved Spanish and English-speaking parents of children with special needs. Through free hands-on courses and support groups, VELA provides families with knowledge, support, and community to create the very best opporunties for their child and family. VELA has served over 1,000 families of children with special needs across 55 zip codes through its Family Empowerment and Training Program. The distances traveled by families to attend our program is a true testament of the need for services. This program includes Special Education in the Schools, Autism and Caregiver Wellness Courses and Wraparound Services. Regardless of income, language, and/or culture, our families share a powerful commonality; they want to create the best possible outcomes for their child.
This year, AUSTIN GIVES MILES, the philanthropy program of the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, is aiming to raise $250,000 for 25 local and national not-for-profits. You can help Central Texas non-profits advance their missions through community awareness and active fundraising.