Note from QCMB: We love sharing stories and ideas that may help you as a parent. And today, we’re thrilled to share some thoughts from our friends at Hand-In-Hand. If you have a child with special needs or disabilities. don’t miss the organization’s Special Needs Resources Expo. This event can help you connect with resources to make parenting a bit easier.

Being a parent of a child with special needs or disabilities can be overwhelming.

Every day can present challenges at home or school:

  • Finding appropriate care for your child.
  • Finding adequate emotional support and times for respite from being a full-time parent and caregiver.

In the Quad Cities, there are many resources for families of children with special needs or disabilities. But finding and narrowing down the resources that are best for your family can be a big undertaking. That can leave families feeling overwhelmed or hopeless.

At Hand-in-Hand, we believe that parents of children with special needs or disabilities can find balance, hopefulness, and happiness when they have the right support and access to organizations that will make life just a little easier.

That’s why, in addition to our year-round programs (including integrated child care and respite care services) we host a Special Needs Resources Expo every April to provide parents, guardians, and caregivers with a quick and easy way to find resources that best fit their needs.

If you have a child with special needs, mark your calendar for this year’s Expo:
April 8 from 9:30 am-12:00 pm at Hand-in-Hand (3860 Middle Rd Bettendorf, IA 52722)

You can expect to connect with over 25 area organizations will provide information about programs, activities, and services they provide, including sign up and scholarship forms.

Attendees include:

  • New Kingdom Trailriders
  • QCA Adaptive Sports Association
  • Hand-in-Hand
  • Arc of Scott County and Arc of the Quad Cities
  • Camp Courageous
  • GiGi’s Playhouse
  • and many more

There will also be several financial and life planning advisors there to provide information about classes and programs they offer that may benefit your family.

The Quad Cities has much to offer to families with children and young adults that have special needs or disabilities, and the Special Needs Resources Expo is a great place to start in finding the right services for you. Hand-in-Hand wants all parents in the Quad Cities to feel supported, rested, and hopeful in knowing that there are safe, fun, and engaging programs and activities where their children can grow and thrive.

Make sure to stop by the Special Needs Resources Expo on April 8; it’s a quick and easy way to find programs that might make raising your kids just a little bit easier!

For more information about the Special Needs Resources Expo, visit the Hand-in-Hand website. 

Pssst: Get more encouragement to find your special needs family as a parent from QCMB contributor Megan.

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