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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. Following public health precautions, our September courses will be virtual with the hope of adding in- person courses in November 2021.  We will be closely watching and adapting our schedule according to public health recommendations. See below for courses and schedule. You can also see our flyer here!

Registration for November courses opens 9/17! 
Para información en español, haz clic aqui.

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virtual Special Education Course

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. Click here to learn more and register! 

virtual Autism Course

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. Click here to learn more and register! 

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virtual transition to adulthood Course

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. Click here to learn more and register! 

virtual Caregiver Wellness Course

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. Click here to learn more and register! 

 

 

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virtual Monthly Support Group

Meet the 4th Monday of each month from 7-8pm. 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.

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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 resources to support you as you connect to what works best for your families.