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PROGRAMS

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. 

We're Hiring!
Bilingual Program Director
Bilingual Communications Coordinator

VELA will be offering both in person and virtual programming. Check out our for families or para familias pages for details-
and Spring 2022 Flyer with April course schedule 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.

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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.

IMPACT

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. Check out our 2021 Impact Report

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!

Have questions?

Check out our FAQs to see our most frequently asked questions! You can always call us and ask as well at 512-850-8281.

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Mission and values

VELA has provided hands-on knowledge, support and community families to hundreds of families. Read more about our history here. 

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.