Thank you for supporting our COVID-19 response and the health and safety of our staff and residents!
We are grateful for our community as we continue to weather this storm. Our 23 Group Homes have remained 100 percent operational at 100 percent capacity. Unlike our Group Homes, the weekend Respite Homes serves a different set of families each week. Because of this open-use system, we have temporarily suspended weekend Respite operations to ensure the health and safety of staff and residents.
“Special Needs Cobb has been a lifeline of support for our family! Their compassion, care and guidance show they’ve walked a mile in our shoes.”
– Kay Hiott, special needs parent
We serve families across the region who would otherwise fall through the cracks in our healthcare and social services systems because of the lack of affordable, safe care for loved ones with Developmental, Physical and Intellectual Disabilities.
Special Needs Cobb provides families with resources, respite and residential options to give their loved one the best path to greater independence, inclusion and self-determination.
In 1956, a small group of Cobb County parents fought the prevailing system of the time of institutionalizing children with developmental disabilities, determined that they would not put their kids away. They became known as Right in the Community, a trailblazing organization in the Special Needs community that accomplished many “firsts” to meet the needs they saw. In 2020, we became Special Needs Cobb, and we are still blazing a trail to provide Resources, Respite and Residential services for families right in the community.
We focus on the entire family unit, not just the individual. We provide respite care to relieve some of the stress of caregiving, keeping families strong and together. We connect parents with other families who “get it,” and hold their hands as they navigate the complicated system of resources. Finally, we give people with disabilities a path to greater independence and opportunities to shine and reach their full potential.
Farewell to three heroes and friends.
Their dedication, commitment and smiles will be missed.
Mark, a founding partner of Nadler Biernath, was an accomplished attorney and an encyclopedia of knowledge on all things related to special needs law. He worked with Special Needs Cobb to counsel parents about the intricacies of caring for a loved one with special needs. His law partner, Kim Martin, serves on SNC’s Board.
Sandra was the mother of one of our group home residents, Cassie, who was also an alumna of our Respite Program. One of our group homes, Cassie's Corner, was named in her honor. Even after Cassie passed away, Sandra continued to dedicate her time and talents to Special Needs Cobb, supporting our fundraising efforts and donating her beautiful handmade quilts to our medically fragile group home. Sandra's husband and Cassie's father, Darrell Tapp, was a past Board Chair for the organization.
Lexi is a soft spoken young lady, and she lights up any room with her beautiful smile. Lexi is a girly girl who loves to get a mani and pedi and show off her nails. She enjoys being with her friends, no matter what the activity!
Daniel is non-verbal, although he will sign some words such as “eat” and “drink.” He loves to clap your hands together as his way of saying hello. The twinkle in Daniel’s eyes when he’s happy shows so much love. Daniel sitting down on the floor is a sure sign that he’s content.
Allen enjoys coming to respite, where he loves to be a helper. One of his favorite ways to help is carrying items for our staff. He’s a gentleman and loves holding the door for others. His favorite field trip is going to Zoo Atlanta, where he acts as our tour guide. Allen always makes sure that staff and clients see all the zoo has to offer, especially the elephants!
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