Annual Report 2016-2017
Putting Down Roots to Further our Impact
We are so very honored and blessed to have been designated for another five year grant cycle for the federal Community Parent Resource Center grant from the U.S Dept. of Education Office of Special Education. This means we are able to continue the vital work of providing access to trainings and information to families who are from diverse backgrounds, who are newly arrived in the country, whose income falls below the poverty line, who have low literacy or have a disability themselves. We are doubling our efforts to empower families, so they may better understand their rights and responsibilities within the special education system and to become their child’s best informed advocate.
An additional focus of this work is for youth with disabilities to be able to speak for themselves to have their needs met as they launch into their adult world of work, and college. To this end M.E. has continued the Youth ENVISION Program with an annual summer Summit and year-long additional trainings, volunteer and service opportunities, and mentoring relationships for the Youth Scholars.
We continue moving forward with the Mission Read program of volunteer tutors teaching students who have dyslexia to read.
Launching the Mission Employment program was quite rewarding watching youth gain invaluable experience through job shadows and internships to explore their career paths this year.
Some may say it is a daunting task for families to become empowered advocates for their children or for youth to be their own self-advocates, however, it is the best path forward to realize true inclusion for all people with and without disabilities!
President of the Board of Directors