Today in a world where everything is moving a hundred miles a minute, we all need a break. However, for parents raising a child with special needs, this is even more true. Due to cuts in government spending many services previously available to families raising children with disabilities have been eliminated or significantly reduced, while access to appropriate care is difficult and expensive.
These parents are working tirelessly every day to improve the lives of their children and NEVER truly get a break. The divorce rate among parents of a child with special needs is over 84%, while siblings’ activities are often impacted and can result in resentment creating greater difficulties within the home.
Tend To A Friend was started by the Ritter family whose son Travis has autism and a rare genetic disorder - dup15q syndrome. Their hope is that this program will provide parents raising a child with special needs some respite in an otherwise chaotic and challenging world.