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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. Even now, as we move through all unknowns of COVID-19, we have adapted our courses and groups to be virtual.  Here is our 2021 Flyer. and below are registration links for our Fall Courses and Support Groups.  
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Monthly Support Group (Virtual)

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.

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

Special Education Course (Virtual)

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.

Dates: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
Must attend all 5 Sessions: Meets 1x/week for 1.5 hours
Daytime (12-1:30pm) and Evening (6-7:30pm) Courses Available.
Course Full

Click here for Fall 2021 List & To Learn about Summer 2021 Workshops

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.

Dates: Starts 4/6 or 4/8
Must attend all 5 Sessions: Meets 1x/week for 1.5 hours
Daytime (12-1:30pm) and Evening (6-7:30pm) Courses Available.
Course Full

Click here for Fall 2021 List & To Learn about Summer 2021 Workshops

 

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.

Dates: 4/7,4/14,4/21,4/28 and 5/5
Must attend all 5 Sessions: Meets 1x/week for 1.5 hours
Daytime (12-1:30pm)
Course Full

Click here for Fall 2021 List & To Learn about Summer 2021 Workshops

 

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.

Dates: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, and 5/5
Must attend all 5 Sessions: Meets 1x/week for 1.5 hours
Evening (6-7:30pm) Course
Course Full

Click here for Fall 2021 List & To Learn about Summer 2021 Workshops

 

 

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 case management session. 

Family Fun Days

2021 Spring Family Fun Day information will be posted soon!

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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.