Better lives for kids with special needs worldwide

 
$6,873
$43,127
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Apr 2, 2014

Thank you for all of your support

We want to thank you for all of your generous support through the Global Giving web site.

 

With your help, over the past few years, we have raised several thousand dollars to help parents become stronger advocates for their children with special needs by donating funds to many terrific organizations and by providing free resources to families such as The Special Needs Parent Handbook.

 

Since the bulk of our activity is centered around our Drive4Rebecca.org web site, we are no longer using the Global Giving platform to raise funds and are therefore discontinuing this project.

 

Thank you again for all of your help in helping make lives better for children with special needs.

 

Jon

Jan 13, 2014

Special Defenders helping children like Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips
Ian Phillips

With over 7000 people following our Facebook page, a number of connections have been made between Special Defenders, volunteer advocates/attorneys and families that have children with special needs.
In one extreme situation, George from Georgia, who is a terrific dad, was arrested and charged as a terrorist. George Phillips was simply speaking out to protect his 7-year-old son Ian who has autism, from teachers who wanted to paddle him and deny him the right kind of education.
With the help of Special Defender Robin Lucas, who drove across Georgia to be their advocate, Ian will get what he needs and with any luck the charges against George will be dropped. Complaints will be filed with The US Department of Justice or Education for violations of Ian's civil rights.
Want to help the Phillips Family? Learn how at: www.HelpIansDad.com
Thank you,
Jon

Links:

Oct 28, 2013

Helping fight for kids in AK, CA, GA, NJ, VA & UK

Special Defenders
Special Defenders

After a year-long and very public battle with Tenafly, NJ, on Facebook and via email with copies to hundreds in our community, we won in a big way.

There were no great celebrations because it wrecked our lives in many ways for the past year and we're just picking up the pieces but I would do it all over again - and get to the battle much more quickly and not let them slowly torture us like they did this time.

As a result of our experience I created The Special Education Bill of Rights - www.SpecialEducationBillofRights.org - and our local State Senator Loretta Weinberg, who is the Majority Leader, has sent it to Trenton for consideration of making it a bill.

One of the most important parts of the bill is our new initiative, www.SpecialDefenders.org, which is essentially providing public defenders to parents to help educate them on their rights and level the playing field against school districts.

Please help spread the word by Liking www.Facebook.com/Drive4Rebecca - we've grown from 200 to nearly 4000 followers in the past several weeks and are making connections to help many families.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Jon "Driven" Singer

Links:

Aug 12, 2013

SpecialAttorneys.org and SpecialAdvocates.org

No CrIEPs!
No CrIEPs!
Through Drive4Rebecca, we are creating a network of attorneys and advocates around the country that specialize in helping parents of children with special needs using the web site addresses, SpecialAttorneys.org and SpecialAdvocates.org.

This will be kicked off with publicity in the media in connection with HeroesAndCrIEPs.org.

Attorneys and Advocates donating $999 a year to Drive4Rebecca will be featured on SpecialAttorneys.org and SpecialAdvocates.org and individuals seeking referrals in their area will be directed to them.

We will help fund a number of free initial consultations through Drive4Rebecca and will help families raise money to help pay for these services.

For families that are not a good match in terms of their financial wherewithal to work with these paid advocates and attorneys, or in their ability to raise funds, we will ask members to refer them to local advocacy organizations like and share other online resources.
Regards,
Jon

Jon "Driven" Singer

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Help make sure no child with
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HeroesAndCrIEPs.org
Drive4Rebecca.org  
DrivenStory.com

Peace Justice Unity Renewal

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Jun 26, 2013

Books to police depts. for sensitivity training

Thank you for your support of our project, Better lives for kids with special needs worldwide.

To continue to help parents of children and young adults with special needs, after meeting with our local police chief and donating copies of The Special Needs Parent Handbook, we have asked him to put us in touch with the appropriate state contact who is in charge of sensitivity training initiatives for New Jersey Police.

We are offering to donate copies of the book to every police department in the state to supplement their training and to be available as a resource for officers that have children with special needs or for anyone in the community that would like to access the book as an extension of the Advocacy4All Library Donation Program.

Our goal is to expand this to police departments around the country and we will report on our results.

Regards,

Jon

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Jon Singer

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Tenafly, NJ United States

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