Welcome to Special Needs In My City.
Special Needs In My City is organized for the purpose of:
- Providing resource and event information for parents of children and adults with developmental challenges.
- Conducting emotional support thorough online and in-person monthly support meetings.
- Offering online parent connections through Facebook closed group.
SNIMC supports these developmental challenges:
- Developmental: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs 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 to this situation was not knowing about parent rights, how to exercise parent rights when advocating for her daughter at school, what local resources and events existed for her family and most importantly, how to get emotional support and connect with other parents in similar situations.
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 opportunities with her peers. She knew she had to act fast not just for her family but for countless other families in her community that were also experiencing such disheartening moments with their children. On that day, she decided she was going to change how parents 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 and IT skills and management experience founded Special Needs In My City, a one-stop online resource for special needs families across communities. (snimc.org)
In 2017, after four years and with over five hundred parent members 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. SNIMC (snimc.org) partners with various well-respected and highly committed organizations such Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento (physicians) who simplify the medical jargon for families dealing with the complexities of special needs by answering parent questions via podcast. Stanislaus Special Olympics who have supported the mission of SNIMC from its early years, CASA of Stanislaus County (court appointed special advocates) who assists parents of SNIMC with parent advocacy in educational settings.
As of November 2019, SNIMC serves close to eight hundred special needs families. SNIMC continues to stay focused with its mission and vision and achieves its goals through a team of dedicated volunteers made up of parents, educators, community leaders, physicians and the individuals with special needs under the leadership of Meena Tadimeti and the Board 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 learn more of how you can help your child thrive.