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.
As we all move through this unexpected time, VELA has adapted its courses, workshops, support groups, and case management services to be virtual. Since April, we have offered 20 virtual workshops and support groups. We are not adapting our Fall Courses to be virtual as well. Stay tuned for a full schedule of virtual programming for Fall 2020. Para información en español, haz clic aqui.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. "VELA is about teaching the parent to be the best advocate, the most informed advocate," says referring pediatrician Dr. Michelle Gallas.