When we created VELA, we knew we had to offer services that were reflective of the community's needs. Our programming is the result of asking many families " What would have helped you on this journey". For the last 7 years, VELA has provided culturally responsive, peer to peer hands-on learning and support to families, at no cost to them. Through the parents, for the child.
Do you have a child with special needs? It can be confusing, overwhelming and lonely. From group 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 parents.
VELA supports parents of children with special needs through hands-on courses, wraparound services, community building and more. We work closely with parents and caregivers to create individualized plans that yield positive results 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.
IMPACT & STORIES
VELA serves over 1,000 families every year. With over 55 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. Learn more about our impact.
Our Program 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 deliver our unique workshops to their campuses. Partners report deeper parent-to-provider relations and improved outcomes after implementing our approaches. VELA’s workshops are customized to meet the needs of each group and are available across the greater Austin, TX area. Check out our partnership opportunities! We are grateful for our many community partners.
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. We embrace families as they are and empower parents through our courses, workshops and wraparound services. "VELA is about teaching the parent to be the best advocate, the most informed advocate," says referring pediatrician Dr. Michelle Gallas.