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FOR FAMILIES

Do you have a child with a disability? Do you have questions about special education, therapies, and resources? Want to meet other families like yours?  Join VELA to gain knowledge, empowerment, resilience and community. 

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. As we move into Fall 2021, we will offer both in person and virtual courses. See below for courses and schedule. Registration coming soon!  Para información en español, haz clic aqui.

Super Hero Kid portraits for www.VelaFamilies.org in Austin Texas.  Vela supports families with children with disabilities providing educational classes for parents to navigate the educational and healthcare system.  Photography provided by www.nataliecass.com

Special Education Course
(in person or virtual option)

Feeling confused & overwhelmed? We see you. Join VELA for a free interactive virtual 5 session course to understand your child's IEP, get ready for ARD meetings, learn what questions to ask and how to create the best for your child. Gain support, strategies and resources. Registration coming soon!

Virtual Schedule: 9/15-10/13/21, meets for 5 consecutive Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm on Zoom

In Person Schedule: 9/15-10/13/21, meets for 5 consecutive Wednesdays from 10-12pm at VELA

Autism Course (Virtual)

Does your child have autism? Join VELA for a free interactive virtual 5 session course to better understand autism, your child's strengths and needs, learn how to get the most out of services, and learn strategies for how to thrive at home.  Gain support, strategies and resources. Registration coming soon!

Virtual Schedule

Option 1: 9/14/21 - 10/12/21, meets for 5 consecutive Tuesday Evenings from 6-7:30 pm on Zoom

Option 2: 9/16/21 - 10/14/21, meets for 5 consecutive Thursdays Daytime from 12-1:30pm  pm on Zoom

 

Super Hero Kid portraits for www.VelaFamilies.org in Austin Texas.  Vela supports families with children with disabilities providing educational classes for parents to navigate the educational and healthcare system.  Photography provided by www.nataliecass.com
Super Hero Kid portraits for www.VelaFamilies.org in Austin Texas.  Vela supports families with children with disabilities providing educational classes for parents to navigate the educational and healthcare system.  Photography provided by www.nataliecass.com

transition to adulthood Course (Virtual)

Is your child 11 and up with an IEP? Join VELA for a free interactive virtual 5 session course to learn how to start planning for adulthood, how to get the most our of high school and connect to key resources to ensure that you can dream big with and for your child.

November 2021 Dates coming Soon! 

 

Caregiver Wellness Course (Virtual)

You are doing it all. Join VELA for a free interactive virtual 5 session course  to learn practical and realistic ways to care for yourself, increase your well-being and decrease your stress.

 

November 2021 Dates coming Soon! 

 

 

Super Hero Kid portraits for www.VelaFamilies.org in Austin Texas.  Vela supports families with children with disabilities providing educational classes for parents to navigate the educational and healthcare system.  Photography provided by www.nataliecass.com

Monthly Support Group (Virtual)

Meet the 4th Monday of each month from 12-1pm. Learn strategies, connect with others parents and share and gain resources. Groups are held on Zoom and parents must register to participate.
Click here to register.

Super Hero Kid portraits for www.VelaFamilies.org in Austin Texas.  Vela supports families with children with disabilities providing educational classes for parents to navigate the educational and healthcare system.  Photography provided by www.nataliecass.com
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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 or in person case management session. 

Family Fun Days

Our June 2021 Family Fun Day was wonderful! Stay tuned for December event information!

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Need Resources?

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.