We are parents of children with special needs that want to help other parents. Finding educational and medical services can be overwhelming; we often found that advocating for our children was a part time job. Sometimes, their therapies and needs seemed out of reach. We have a passion for helping families who are seeking help for their children with special needs. Through our experience, we hope to help these families meet their educational and medical needs, and make the process a little easier.
- Laura Monroe, Director
My son is autistic. Nothing prepared me for raising a child with special needs -- I had to learn everything as I went. The first thing I had to do was accept that my child was going to need extra help to reach his full potential. After that, I didn't know where to start; it was extremely overwhelming, frustrating, and isolating. It took countless hours over the course of two years to educate myself and get the help that he needed. I want to take some of that burden off of families and accelerate the process of obtaining services for their children.
- Ally Wallet, Director
I am a mother of two beautiful girls, one with autism and social anxiety. We went through a long battle to get her diagnosed. Before becoming a mother, I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Social Work from UT Austin and worked for the state, so I had a considerable amount of training on child development and exposure to kids with Autism. Even when she was a baby, I saw signs that my daughter may be on the spectrum, but I was never sure. I found a lot of resistance from several facilities and people in getting her evaluated, so I made sure she was receiving speech, OT, and PT on my own. I educated myself on Autism and how I could best serve my daughter so that she could reach her full potential. Finally, we had a diagnosis just before her 5th birthday, and then we could obtain the correct services and support to help her lead a happy and fulfilling life. I now want to be sure that other families do not need to struggle as I did to obtain the support they need. Even with the educational background and work experience I came from, (I do not claim to be a clinical professional or expert!) parenting a child with special needs has been overwhelming and is most definitely the hardest thing I have ever done. At the same time, it is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I wouldn't change our family for the world. I want to make sure other special needs families feel this same way. I am a big believer in advocating for children, and making sure the child's best interest is always served.