Vermont Business Magazine The Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) in Lebanon, NH, has received a $4,000 grant from the Granite United Way. These funds will support SNSC’s Parent Educational Support and Advocacy Program. Since 1979, SNSC’s programs have provided support for families and individuals with special needs to become empowered through learning, sharing and collaborating with each other.
The Parent Educational Support and Advocacy Program provides support for parents as they navigate the complex federal and state regulations involved in meeting their child’s special needs. Their Volunteer Team receives training in special education regulations applicable in both New Hampshire and Vermont regarding IEPs (Individualized Education Program) as well as Section 504 Plans (a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). SNSC has years of successful work with parents and with school districts throughout the Upper Valley on both sides of the Connecticut River.
SNSC’s philosophy and approach are to facilitate a positive and productive collaboration among all members of the child’s special education or 504 team that includes parents and relevant school staff. Their goal is to work with parents and schools as a welcome addition to the team to provide a free and appropriate public education for all children.
“Families served through our Educational Support and Advocacy Program gain knowledge to better advocate for their loved ones within a community of caring. This grant from the Granite United Way is an investment in families and children throughout our region,” said Executive Director Laura Perez. “We are grateful they have joined us, once again, as partners in making our programs available and accessible”.
SNSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies upon the generous support of individuals, businesses, and philanthropic organizations like the Granite United Way to operate their programs.
Rob Schultz, Granite United Way’s Area Director, stated, “Granite United Way is pleased to provide financial assistance to the Special Needs Support Center. SNSC perfectly represents the types of community-driven endeavors our grant program was designed for and we could not be happier to assist in their efforts.”