Navigating special education has always been extraordinarily difficult for families of children with disabilities. With countless acronyms, stacks of paperwork and confusing meetings--all accompanied with a heightened sense of anxiety and emotion--families face insurmountable barriers to access the very best educational opportunities for their child. Now with COVID-19, the inequity is magnified for families of children with disabilities, especially those with limited resources.  That's where VELA steps in.

Join VELA as we launch our Amplify Austin campaign! Amplify Austin Day is our city’s annual day of giving. The 24-hour generosity event provides a way for our entire community to give together, building transformative collective impact for more than 700 local nonprofits. We aim to raise $10,000 to expand our Special Education courses for families of children with disabilities—to reach more families in Austin and to reach families in hard to reach places, like our surrounding rural communities. This course teaches families how to navigate the system, which questions to ask, which services to request and how to make certain that their child is included and can dream big, just like everyone else.

Our goal for this year is to create and bring new sources of light to shine on dark and often forgotten families of children with disabilities. When you Amplify VELA, you amplify the voices of families of children with disabilities. You make sure they are heard, seen, valued and included. Will you join us in creating more light in our community?

Click here to Amplify VELA!