Children with Special Needs
This fund helps HSLDA member families provide a higher quality education for their children with special learning needs.
Grants may be used toward curriculum, equipment, testing and specialized therapies and materials. Special needs may include learning disabilities, intellectual handicaps, hearing or visual impairments, and severe disorders or syndromes.
I M P A C T
Parents of children with special needs are turning increasingly to homeschooling. Approximately 15 percent of Home School Legal Defense Association member families now indicate they are homeschooling a child with special learning needs, and HSLDA has a team of Special Needs Consultants on staff to help these members with the variety of challenges they face.
As these families began homeschooling, private evaluations and therapies often became a necessary but all too expensive part of their homeschool programs.
In January of 2002, the Home School Foundation created the Special Needs Children’s Fund to help HSLDA member families with the financial challenges of privately meeting the academic needs of their children with special needs.
Kelly Taylor is a mom with a great sense of humor, no doubt honed while homeschooling her five children, two of whom have special learning needs. She and her husband, Paul, received a Special Needs Children's Fund grant to help with the prohibitive cost of the equipment needed to educate their daughters at home. Recently, we interviewed Kelly and were delighted by her ability to see the positive in everything.