Welcome to Special Needs In My City.
Special Needs In My City is organized for the purpose of:
- Providing timely and relevant information to families with developmental and intellectual challenges.
- Conducting emotional and mental support sessions for parents and caregivers via online meetings and webinars.
- Creating social connections for special needs parents and caregivers so their children have opportunities for friendships.
SNIMC supports these developmental challenges:
- Developmental: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia and processing disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, etc.
- Physical: Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Muscle Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.
- Behavioral/Emotional: ADD/ADDHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, etc.
- Sensory Processing Disorders/Impairment: Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf and Limited hearing, etc.
- No diagnosis but individual having developmental challenges.
History of Special Needs In My City (SNIMC):
SNIMC was established in April 2013 by Meena Tadimeti, a special needs parent in Modesto, California. After relocating to Modesto in 2009, Meena quickly realized that raising a child with multiple developmental challenges (Cerebral Palsy and Microcephaly) in a smaller town, with fewer resources was going to be even more difficult on the entire family. Compounding this situation was not having a parent network to rely on to navigate special education. With only minimal community resources and no socialization opportunities or supports for her child, it was increasingly difficult to improve her daughter’s well-being.
The tipping point came when her daughter, Divya, then 7 years old cried and said, ” I want a friend”. Meena felt frustrated and helpless with not being able to help her daughter have social play with her peers. She knew she had to act fast not just for her family but for countless of other parents in her community that were also experiencing such disheartening realities with their children. On that day, she decided she was going to change how special needs parents across communities get their information in a much faster and easier way than what existed in her community. Using her personal savings and financial support from her husband, and applying her years of marketing, technology skills and management experience founded Special Needs In My City, a one-stop online resource for special needs families across Central Valley communities in Northern California. (snimc.org)
In 2017, after four years and with over five hundred parent members onboard and a small team of incredible volunteers, Meena decided to convert SNIMC from a private-led entity to a 501c3 nonprofit entity to expand and sustain the organization financially.
Today, Special Needs In My City, is a one-stop online resource offering information, parent advocacy, emotional support and social connections for families. In May 2021, SNIMC was recognized as a special needs parent organization on California Department of Education’s Website.
SNIMC (snimc.org) collaborates with various well-respected and highly committed physicians from Kaiser, UCSF and Shriners Hospitals for Children of Sacramento, and agencies such as United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus, Society for Disabilities, Team Stanislaus Special Olympics, CASA of Stanislaus County (court appointed special advocates) and Stanislaus SELPA. SNIMC is grateful to Dr. James Henman (www.cairforyou.com, author and psychologist) for his continued commitment and time to help SNIMC parents deal with the emotional challenges of parenting individuals with special needs.
Currently, SNIMC serves over nine hundred special needs families. SNIMC continues to stay focused with its mission and vision while achieving its goals through a team of dedicated volunteers made up of parents, educators, community leaders, physicians and students guided by the leadership of Meena and the Board members of SNIMC.
If you are a parent or a caregiver to a individual with special needs, please join our active and loving parent support group to feel supported, belonged and included on this special needs journey.