Disabled Children’s Charities: I never thought I would have to rely on them when my son Jeremy was born.
I was thrown into foreign territory without a map and numb with processing the fact that his future was unknown. The last thing on my mind was the care he’d need or the support my family would. Luckily, other Minnesota special needs parents had forged the path by creating disabled children’s charities and organizations specifically helping parents like myself. I’ve highlighted the top 2 most useful disabled children’s charities in Minnesota. Keep an eye out for more in my future blogs!
Helpful Disabled Children’s Charities
Jeremy was only a couple days old when Spare Key was introduced to me. Spare Key is a Minnesota disabled children’s charity whose mission is: to provide assistance to families in crisis with critically ill or seriously injured children through housing grant payment assistance, engaged resource referral, and advocacy.
Jeremy spent his first few months in the hospital and we had another toddler at home to care for. Spare Key paid one month’s mortgage for us so we could spend time with Jeremy and not worry about going back to work to pay the mortgage. It doesn’t sound like much but it was a relief to worry about one less thing. I’m forever grateful.
I needed help navigating the school system and Jeremy’s individualized education program (IEP). I found myself wondering if the school system had my son’s best interests in mind or if it was more interested in cost savings. I was no expert in IEPs and didn’t know what other options were available to my son. Jeremy’s social worker suggested I contact PACER Center. PACER Center paired me with a volunteer who was an expert in IEPs. With her help, I was able to get Jeremy into a more appropriate school setting for his disabilities. Jeremy is now thriving and loves attending his new school.
PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.
Are there helpful disabled children’s charities in your area? Please share!