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Supporting Families who have Children with Special Needs
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  • Parents of children with special needs may feel isolated and overwhelmed with the medical, emotional, financial, educational and social issues they face as they raise their child. SPIN is a non-profit parent-to-parent support and information network serving parents, guardians and families in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties who have a child or children with special needs of any age. SPIN is a Family Empowerment Center on Disabilities. SPIN is also a Family Resource Center serving special needs families with babies 0-3 years old through Special Connections.


    ...Nurturing Special Kids' Potential

    We Offer:
    • Information on and referral to local resources for children with special needs.

    • Mentor program for parents who want support and information from another parent who has a child with a similar disability or has experience navigating the system of services.
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    • Support Groups for both English and Spanish speaking parents.

    • Educational workshops and training on various topics to educate parents and professionals to better meet and advocate for a child's needs at home, school and in the community.

    • IEP Clinics individual assistance with issues regarding children's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
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    • Networking opportunities through support groups, events, workshops and training, and parent-to-parent support.

    • Resource Library of books, periodicals, journals, brochures and videos on various special needs topics.

    • Special Connections services and resources for families who have children ages 0-3. Please make sure to visit www.specialconnectionssc.com for additional supports and resources
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    Contact us to sign up for our Newsletter

    Click here to add your name to our mailing list. Please include your name, phone number and complete mailing address. Please indicate if you are a PARENT of a child with special needs or a PROFESSIONAL

    Resource Guide

    Now available in English and Spanish for Santa Cruz County. Call 722-2800.
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    Upcoming Events and whats new:

     See Event Calendar for more details.

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    bullet Wednesday, August 5th 2020 Q&A with San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) Presented in Spanish ONLY Via ZOOM. From 6:00p.m.-7:00 p.m. To receive the Zoom link, meeting ID and password contact Elizabeth Chavez via email at echavez@spinsc.org or at (831) 722-2800

    bullet Starting Thursday , August 6th 2020 Presentation Series with Michelle Mason Via Zoom. From 6:00p.m.-7:30 p.m. To receive Zoom link, meeting ID and password contact Sonia Plageman via email at splageman@spinsc.org or at (831) 423-7713

    bullet SPIN is now listed on I Give San Benito The Community Foundation of San Benito County will direct any donated funds to SPIN. Please make sure to visit www.givesanbenito.org and designate SPIN as the organization to give to. Thanks for your support

    bullet We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Gift of Travel's "Travel as a Fundraiser"?program as way to help generate funds for SPIN. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to book their vacations or hotel only through our Travel as a Fundraiser"?program link and we will receive more donations! Enjoy your vacation knowing you are helping to support SPIN at the same time! For more information or to book your vacation, please Click here

    bullet The College Living Experience Program has come to Monterey. This organization works with students with disabilities in their quest for obtaining degrees at community and four-year colleges. Visit www.cleinc.net to learn more

    bullet SPIN is now listed on GoodSearch.com a search engine that donates 50 percent of it's revenue to the charity designated by its users. It's easy and powered by Yahoo. Just select SPIN under "Who do you GoodSearch for?" SPIN will benefit from your support

    bullet Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, Jet Ski, or snowmobile to SPIN and receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner, Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487. Make sure to ask for our extension, 2196. Or you can click here, "Donate Your Car Now" and complete the Vehicle Form online. Make sure to select Special Parents Information Network (SPIN) from the dropdown list. Please have your title in hand when you donate.

    bullet SPIN is supported by grants and by people like you. We are now listed on the iGive.com website as an organization that will benefit from your support
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    P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063
    (831)722-2800 info@spinsc.org
    Copyright 2003 SPIN
    This website is partially funded by The California Association of Family Empowerment Centers on Disabilities Grant & Family Resource Center Grant
    Last updated June 2018