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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.

...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.
    Mentor Parent Handout
  • 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.
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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 Saturday, January 18th 2014 Advocacy 101- Learning the Rules of the Game Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, 85 Nielson Street, Watsonville. From 10:00am-1:00pm. Please call Elizabeth at (831) 722-2800 to RSVP

bullet Saturday, March 8th 2014 Quiz Nite Bring your smarts and competitive spirit for an evening of trivia, great food, a fabulous silent and live auction with Celebrity MC Lex VandenBerghe and help us honor this year's SPIN family of the year!Holy Cross Parish Hall 170 High St., Santa Cruz , CA From 5:00pm-10:00pm. Reservations are Required. For more information or to make reservations call Cece @ SPIN at (831)722-2800

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 SPIN's Mini Documentary to watch 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
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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
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This website is partially funded by The California Association of Family Empowerment Centers on Disabilities Grant
Last updated February 2009