Do you have a child with special needs? Do you have questions? Want to meet others moving through disability? If so, VELA was created especially for you. We believe that you are your child's greatest expert.
Even now, as we move through all unknowns of COVID-19, we are adapting our programming to be virtual. We have already provided 20 virtual workshops and support groups, click here to see slides and recordings of the workshops we have just completed. We provide hands-on courses, wraparound services and family events, to support you on your journey, at no cost to you. We hope to meet you and your family soon. Stay tuned for a full schedule of virtual programming for Fall 2020. Para información en español, haz clic aqui.
Monthly Support Group (Virtual)
Meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7-8pm for our Monthly Support Group. Learn strategies, connect with others parents and share and gain resources. Groups are held on Zoom and parents must register to participate. Next Date: August 12 7-8pm. Register here.
Special Education Course (Virtual)
Is your child in special education? So much paperwork, acronyms and meetings. Join us and other parents for our free Special Education Course. We will discuss how to read your child's IEP (Individualized Education Plan), prepare for ARD meetings, and build a team with your school. Stay tuned for our Virtual Fall 2020 Course Registration and Details Coming Soon!
Autism Course (Virtual)
Does your child have an autism diagnosis? Join us and other parents for our free Autism Course. Here, we'll discuss how to support your child's strengths and needs, understand his or her development and get the most out of therapy services. Stay tuned for our Virtual Fall 2020 Course Registration and Details Coming Soon!
Taking Care of You Course (Virtual)
Being a parent of child with special needs has its ups and downs. Learning how to take care of ourselves is so important as we walk this road. Join us and other parents as we delve into the practice of self-care and compassion through our workshop. Stay tuned for our Virtual Fall 2020 Course Registration and Details Coming Soon!
Supportive Case Management
Have specific questions about your child's special education plan? Need help connecting to resources? Having a hard time accessing therapies? Meet one-on-one with a VELA case manager for individualized support. Call 512-850-8281 to schedule a virtual case management session.
Family Fun Days
We are adapting our Family Fun Days for Fall 2020 so that we can safely still provide families with fun, community and resources. Stay tuned for more details about our Holiday event this year.
VELA works closely with a variety of agencies, providers and groups. We have compiled a list of our favorite websites and resources to support you as you connect to what works best for your families.