MISSION & HISTORY
When told that your child has a special need, your life is forever changed. VELA was founded in 2010 with a mission to empower English-and Spanish-speaking parents of children with special needs. Research shows parent involvement is the greatest indicator of positive outcomes for children with special needs, yet parents report feelings of confusion, frustration and loneliness when navigating doctors, therapies and special education for their child. VELA is here to support families through this path.
VELA has served over 1,000 families of children with special needs across 55 zip codes through free courses and wraparound services. We have big plans for VELA as we continue to grow. Check out our Strategic Plan. Regardless of income, language, and/or culture, our families share a powerful commonality; they want to create the best possible outcomes for their children. In the last 7 years, VELA has grown from a 100% volunteer run agency to having 5 staff, a strategic and diverse board, and a community of committed volunteers.
4900 Gonzales St
Austin, 78702, TX
Accessible Location: No
|Type of Organization||Nonprofit (501c3)|
|Categories||Advocacy, Emotional Support, Health & Fitness, Recreation, Sibling Activity, Special Education, Trainings, Volunteer Opportunity, Other|
|Spanish Services Offered?||Yes|
|Child Care Available?||Yes|
|Age Range||All ages, Birth - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 11, 12 - 14, 15 - 21, 22 and up|
|Disability Categories||Developmental Disability, Genetic Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Medical Condition, Mental Health Disorder, Physical Disability|
|This organization pertains to all disabilities?||Yes|
|This organization pertains to these specific diagnoses|
|Is this a statewide service?||No|