Why SODA PTSA is a Priceless Community Resource
My son, Matthew, is turning 22. He was first diagnosed with Autism just before his third birthday. 19 years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday.
I remember feeling so alone. My girlfriends tried to support and encourage me and they all had wonderful intentions… but someone who has never been told that their child is “different” just doesn’t get it. I appreciated their support but it is not the same as the empathy from another parent of a Special Needs child.
A Place to Belong
On my journey, I longed for a place where I could go anytime with my questions, my concerns and even my loneliness, and find answers and support. As my journey progressed, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who was looking and I wasn’t the only one drowning in a sea of chaos, uncertainty and even fear.
You Are Here…
This site is for all families who have a Special Needs Family Member, no matter what age or diagnosis, to find information, resources and most importantly – a Community.
It’s also a “prototype” for more sites. As we grow this site and you tell us what you need, we’ll fine tune and polish things up. And then we can do this for more communities around the country.
The Support of Different Abilities PTSA
SODA is a Kitsap County-wide Parent Teacher Student Association for Special Needs Students, their Families, and anyone who wants to support them. SODA is “Working to give Special Needs Families a voice in the community.”
There were so many times when we were navigating the IEP Jungle that I wished I had a safe and secure place to go for guidance and support. SODA PTSA can be not only a resource for Special Needs Families, but an opportunity for an entire community to come together for each other.
Please check out the Facebook page and consider joining us. You owe it to yourself…and to your community – because we’re all in this together.