Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.
Raising Special Kids began in 1979 as a grass-roots effort of families, professionals, and community leaders determined to provide support and information for parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. Our motto, “families helping families,” reflects our commitment to support families in all forms and from diverse cultures. Today, Raising Special Kids serves as Arizona’s Family-to-Family Health Information Center, and as Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center. Helping parents access information about health care, community resources, and support services so they can make informed decisions regarding their children’s care has been our mission from the beginning. We support thousands of Arizona families each year through our programs and services.
We believe that experienced families are a key source of knowledge and support to help new parents become effective advocates for their children.
We believe that professionals are important allies for families.The shared wisdom, counsel, respect and support creates enhanced positive outcomes for children.
We value diversity and celebrate our commitment to serving families in many forms.
We believe in supporting the role of the family in establishing public policy, and promoting public awareness related to families and disabilities.
We believe that parents who model effective self-advocacy encourage a child’s pursuit of his or her own dreams.