Reaching Out to Special Needs Children
Timmy’s doctors cannot understand why he is only on four or five antibiotics. And, for a child with Down’s Syndrome, Timmy continually amazes his mother with his mental capacities.
“He’s pretty smart. He’s outgoing and can participate in rigorous activities,” says his mother Anna Cook (name changed to protect privacy). Having homeschooled her two daughters since 1984, she wanted to homeschool Timmy as well, especially since she knew public schools would not give him the one-on-one time he needs. Yet finding an educational program that could help her 6 1/2-year-old son is a constant concern and financial strain.
So when Anna heard about the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Fund, she had renewed hope that she might be able to purchase the needed materials to further Timmy’s education at home.
Anna’s family became one of the hundreds of homeschooling families that are being helped by the ministry of the Home School Foundation, the charitable offshoot of HSLDA.
HSF’s Special Needs Children’s Fund has enabled Anna to get additional instruction on how to most effectively teach Timmy some basic concepts and develop his mental, motor, and speech skills.
Several days before she received the HSF scholarship, Anna remembers asking the Lord to “give me some kind of a sign that He was working in my life and would take care of me.”
HSF’s check to Anna included a note saying, “we pray this will give you cause to hope in the Lord.”
“It was just what I needed to hear!” Anna says.
If you are homeschooling a special needs child or know another family who is and would like more information about the Foundation and how we help, please visit our website or call us at 540-338-8688.
Cherise Ryan Curby is administrative assistant to the executive director of HSF.
From the Director
Not long ago we received this letter from a proud mom who was able to homeschool her adopted child with special needs.
Bill (name changed to protect privacy) just turned 17, and he is a testimony to how God is able to work with special needs children through homeschooling. He was adopted at the age of 6. At that time, he weighed a total of 28 pounds and was wearing a size 3T. He could not recognize groups of letters or numbers, although he could sing the ABC song.
He had developmental delays with speech and language and appeared to have dyslexia.
Through homeschooling, Bill has been able to grow and flourish. He is a strong, strong Christian and is considered by his friends to be a great “prayer warrior.” His vision problems have decreased with vision therapy, and he has become a remarkable writer. As a matter of fact, he started a ministry to help adoptive/foster children succeed in their families.
—W.B. / Missouri
Our hearts go out to these families who desperately want to help their children succeed, but cannot afford
the therapies and special materials
their students need. Thank you to so many of you who have invested in their lives through our Special Needs Children’s Fund. You make it possible for these special children to “grow and flourish.”
—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director