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The High Costs of Special Needs


Children are expensive.  This is not news.  The US Department of Agriculture estimates it will cost $245,000 to raise a child born in 2013.  That number does not even include college.  As parents of children with special needs or learning differences know, the cost to raise a child with additional needs is even higher and often seems unending.  All parents want what is best for their child, but the best usually comes with a high cost and those high price tags add up very quickly.

Here are some additional numbers that parents of children with special needs know all too well.  Autism costs the United States $137 billion a year.  The price of caring for a child with autism is almost 1.5 million dollars over a lifetime and easily costs $60,000 a year.  It is easy to imagine how these numbers make it very difficult to make ends meet.  The good news is there are programs that can help defray some of the high costs.



Thank you, David Schenck!


You just never know…

I grew up 8 doors down from The Schenck School.  I did not know anyone who went there and really had no connection to the school until I had a child of my own.  When my son was in 3rd grade and diagnosed with dyslexia, the school I walked by almost every day of my childhood became very important to me.  In fact, for the two years that I drove from Decatur to Schenck to take my son to school, I remember thinking how it would be nice to still live right down the street.  Don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining.  I felt lucky to be making the drive and grateful that David Schenck had the drive and vision to create such a wonderful place.

Introducing the Friends of Kids Enabled Scholarship

The Friends of Kids Enabled Scholarship is designed to meet the needs of the learning differences community in the Atlanta area by providing families financial access to programs that serve children with learning differences.



Kroger Rewards Supports the Friends of Kids Enabled Scholarship Program!


There are incredible resources in the Atlanta area for the 1-in-5 child who struggles with learning differences.  These resources come at a cost – a high cost that is not covered by insurance or the public school system.  Families are making very hard choices.  They have to forego some therapies and educational interventions when their funds do not stretch far enough to cover the costs.  There are parents who are spending thousands every month to pay for speech therapy and just waiting until they can afford the tutoring and social skills counseling that they also know are needed.


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Kids Enabled is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which offers guiding information, support and encouragement to parents and support networks to navigate the complicated journey from awareness to success, thus enabling children with learning differences to reach their full potential.


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