Acts of Kindness Event
Through the end of September Cobb County District 2 Commissioner, Jerica Richardson, has partnered with Specially Gifted Foundation to benefit local families who have children with disabilities.
At Specially Gifted Foundation, we believe that children with disabilities deserve to be loved and valued as equals in our society. We respect the unique journey that each of their families face and are dedicated to enriching their lives by providing them with a special gift or opportunity, beneficial resources, and a sense of community.
families who have children with disabilities need your support
by donating to this fundraiser you will be helping families like these in the cobb county community:
meet carlos williams
“My name is Tiffany Williams and this is my son, Carlos Williams.
He has Autism and is Non-Verbal. He is 15yrs old but cognitively he is around the age of 4.
He is unique, mysterious, and smart in his own way.
He is indeed the love of my life.
His journey with Autism began at age 18 months.
His ability to speak and desire to eat once loved foods completely disappeared. Then came the meltdowns, insomnia, biting, kicking, screaming, headbanging, and eating styrofoam and paint.
Tasks such as brushing teeth, hair cuts, or even driving a different way to school were nearly impossible.
Autism had taken away the child that met all developmental milestones on time or early.
My once verbal, fun, easy going child was gone. This new child was the new normal and I had no idea how to take care of him….
carlos' Gift: asking for 5k towards special education school
…My focus is on developing his life skills, self care and personal safety.
Public school does not provide life skills training until after they graduate high school and go to a transitional academy.
My son can no longer wait on the public school system.
He deserves better.
It has been my dream to send my son to private Autism school.
I wanted Carlos to have at least one opportunity to have all the services he needs in one place on a consistent schedule.
Only private Autism schools offer this.
I found an Autism school that could meet his needs called the MDE School.
The cost is $22,000 a year.
I decided to have a fundraiser on my own. I created a GoFundMe page and blasted emails, phone calls and text messages to friends and family.
I was able to raise $2000, and that paid for the deposit, school fees, and first month of school tuition.
He also received $8091 from the SB10 scholarship from Cobb county to use for his tuition.
This leaves me with approximately $13,000 out of pocket.
My family and I are struggling to pay for the remaining cost of tuition, but we refuse to give up on Carlos.
Since starting the MDE Autism school, Carlos has become more verbal than ever before! He is getting speech and occupational therapy 1:1 and it is a regular part of his school day. ABA has also been involved and are in the process of getting him set up to have it daily. My son is happy at his new school and is showing more interest in learning to do things independently. As I began to sell some items online, and send more Facebook and email requests for more donations, I received a call from the ABA company that is seeing my son at his new school.
I was informed about the Specially Gifted Foundation and to outreach to them regarding my need for tuition assistance. I was connected to Meaghan, Bree, and Macey. These ladies were a joy to work with and made the process seamless.
I want to thank the SGF family for providing tuition assistance to help keep my son in Autism school this year! Thank you for this love gifted blessing! Thank you for making my dream come true!!
Tiffany and Carlos Williams”
life-changing gifts of $5k will be given to 4 families who have children with disabilities because of your donation today
Jake is simply the most amazing thing to every happen to us! When he was born, his diagnosis of Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) was a shock. I had not had any life experiences with people with Down Syndrome, so it was a scary time as we learned our new normal. Jake had open heart surgery at 5 months of age to repair a congenital heart defect individuals with Down Syndrome commonly have. After this, he really started to thrive. As he grew older, his personality really started to show and he simply lights up every room he enters! His presence in our lives have profoundly impacted our lives for the better. We are simply better people because of Jake. The stereotype about people with Down Syndrome being very happy and loving is 100% true with Jake, and I’m grateful for that! Jake is very passionate about sports, particularly professional wrestling. He loves to go see the WWE when they come to town. He plays baseball and really enjoys going skiing in the winter. Before Covid, he even participated in the Southeast Regional Special Olympics for Alpine Skiing! Jake continually surprises us with things he does and I’m sure he will continue to touch the lives of everyone he meets.
Take a look at our Gifted Families page to see examples of Gifts
we have been able to give
because of generous donors like you.
By participating in this Acts of Kindness fundraiser
you are benefiting a family who has a child with disabilities
in your own neighborhood.
We THANK YOU!
And we welcome you to the SGF community.
about specially gifted foundation
- Down Syndrome Awareness Month – Meet Eliza October 21, 2021
- 3 Fall Outdoor Activities for Kids in Georgia September 29, 2021
- A Guide to Ensuring That Your Special Needs Child Is Properly Cared for When You’re Unable to Do So September 22, 2021
- How to Interact With Children Who Have Disabilities as an Adult September 14, 2021
- School-based Occupational Therapy August 25, 2021