Through our programming, VELA gives families of children with disabilities the knowledge, empowerment, resilience and community to create their brightest futures. Through the parent, for the child. 

VELA will be offering both in person and virtual programming. Check out our for families or para familias pages for details.
2024 Spring Course Flyer is here! 
Families can register for courses here!

Para información en español, haz clic aqui.

FOR families

Do you have a child with a disability? It can be confusing, overwhelming and lonely. From courses to individualized case management sessions, from family workshops and events to specialized childcare, we’re here to walk this journey with you! Learn more about programming for families.

For Providers

VELA supports parents of children with special needs through courses, wraparound services, community building and more. We work closely with parents and caregivers to create the best outcomes for the child and their whole family. All programming at no cost and available in Spanish or English. Learn more about our programming and refer a family.


get involved

Want to make a difference in the lives of families with disabilities? As a homegrown nonprofit, your sponsorship and donations help us continue to expand our reach to families. There are many ways for you or your group to join us in creating a community where all families thrive. Become a volunteer, sponsor or donor today. Learn how to get involved.


VELA serves over 2,400 families every year. With over 302 unique zip codes and 10 school districts represented in our programs, the diversity among our families is great. One VELA Course Graduate says, "Before VELA, I felt powerless. Now I feel confident." Our graduates report growth in every area of their lives. Check out our 2023 Impact Report

Refer a Family!

For most parents, making another phone call can be overwhelming. By referring your families to VELA, you eliminate work from their already full schedules. We call families directly and connect them with the right services to fit their unique needs.  "VELA is about teaching the parent to be the best advocate, the most informed advocate," says referring pediatrician Dr. Michelle Gallas.

Our Program & referral partners

VELA’s mission to build a community where all families thrive is reflected in our partnerships. We partner with schools, nonprofits and healthcare providers to receive referrals and/or to deliver our unique workshops directly to their families!