A.S.K.- ANSWERS FOR SPECIAL KIDS is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides resources and a support network for families of children with special needs in Evanston and neighboring communities, whether they attend District 65, private school or home school. We work collaboratively with public and private schools to improve the educational experience of all students by ensuring that students with learning disabilities and other special educational needs receive the educational experience to which they are entitled. To achieve this goal, A.S.K builds bridges with schools and school districts, empowers parents to be effective advocates for their children, raises awareness within the community regarding learning disabilities and special education, and makes resources on these subjects available to the people that need them.
We focus on helping parents to help their children. At times we can further this idea by personal service and advocacy; in some cases, though, the mission can best be furthered through mass communication and raising awareness generally among the various constituent groups: parents, teachers, school administrators, other students, and community members.
“ It is an established fact that the students most likely to succeed are the ones who have informed, supportive parents on their sides. This factor outweighs the quality of school programming or the severity of the handicap itself in importance. Many studies have demonstrated that “quality parenting” enables children to grow into happy, independent citizens even when health at birth and educational opportunities are notably poor. Parents do not need a Ph.D. in psychology or education to guide their children effectively. Among the aspects of parenting researchers cite as most valuable are teaching children to make the most of their strengths, encouraging them to believe they can overcome obstacles, helping them set realistic goals, and encouraging pride by involving them in responsibilities at home and in the community. ”
“Learning Disabilities A to Z ”, Corinee Smith, Ph.D. and Lisa Strick