We began the SNKIDS.ORG journey in December 2017 with a goal of
Better Outcomes for all Special Needs Kids
through steadfast advocacy for political and systems improvement.
We now TWO years old and we are celebrating our accomplishments to date & looking forward to 2020!
In 2019, we:
- completion of Special Education Attorney Training by Chelsea Bonini, through COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities and their Families)
- drafted CADEM Platform amendments addressing critical issues for persons with disabilities in the Education, Disabilities AND Criminal Justice planks, which were passed by the State Party Delegates in November 2019 at the Fall Endorsing Convention in Long Beach, CA!
- began rolling out our Supports and Services to train and support individuals and organizational leaders with hopes of improving outcomes for persons with disabilities locally, statewide and nationally (Fall 2019)
- received IRS notification that snkids.org is officially a tax exempt 501(c)(4) nonprofit (!!) (Fall 2019)
- launched The Forgotten Fifth initiative (Summer 2019)
- launched our Deliberate Democracy Initiative (Summer 2019)
- held our first two Candidate Training Forums for local elections in the Summer of 2019
- created a MODEL School Board Resolution for Inclusive Practices & the Creation of “Special Education District Advisory Committees” & proposed this to the San Mateo-Foster City School District’s Board of Trustees
- established our snkids.org Advisory Board (Spring 2019)
- forged relationships with SELPA CAC members statewide in Sacramento
- joined the San Mateo County SELPA in Sacramento, California with the SELPA Association to lobby our legislators (May 2019)
- appointment of snkids.org, co-founder, Chelsea Bonini, to the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities (Feb 2018)
In 2018, we:
- filed our IRS application for tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(4) in November 2018
- initiated tracking & officially re-addressing resolution of issues raised at SMFCSD Board Meetings regarding special needs kids on our Calendar (as of October 2018)
- organized a Successful Postcard Campaign for the San Mateo-Foster City School District’s Measure V Parcel Tax by recruiting over 500 volunteers (parents, students, community members, elected officials, SMFCSD Board Members, Teachers, Staff and Administrators) to write TEN THOUSAND (10,000!!) personal postcards to voters to encourage them to support this $10 Million Parcel Tax! (September/October 2018)
- Endorsed the San Mateo-Foster City School District’s Measure V Parcel Tax (August 2018)
- organized the FIRST ANNUAL SNPRIDE EVENT (September 30, 2018)
- launched snkids.org Membership and Benefits structure (July 2018)
- hosted our first snkids.org Membership Meeting (June 7, 2018)
- hosted a virtual candidate forum for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s race between Carlos Bolanos and Mark Melville (May 2018)
- helped get Students with Disabilities added to both the San Mateo-Foster City School District Budget Assumptions and LCAP (May 2018)
- joined the San Mateo County SELPA in Sacramento, California with the SELPA Association to lobby our legislators (May 2018)
- requested that the San Mateo-Foster City School Board appoint 5 members to the San Mateo County SELPA’s CAC-Resource Parent Committee (appointments were made, April 2018)
- hosted a virtual candidate forum for the current San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools election (April to June 2018)
- incorporated snkids.org as a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation so we can lobby and endorse candidates on disabilities issues and initiatives (April 2018)
- organized a Summit for Special Needs Parents (February 2018)
- launched our snkids.org website and Facebook community
In 2017, we:
- held a San Mateo-Foster City School Board Candidate Forum (September 2017)
Our ongoing work includes:
- OpenIEP project
- SELPA-CAC strategy
- A series of Articles regarding Behavior as Communication & the intersection of this concept with current Models of Discipline
- Developing Strategic Alliances with like-minded leaders and organizations locally and throughout CA
- Developing a statewide framework for maintaining Education as a first priority for all kids, and embracing general education status and inclusion as a default LRE
We are also working on special education report cards to capture key metrics and performance gaps to drive policy changes and accountability, AND we’re mapping how the puzzle of our special education laws, government departments, support groups and funding all fit together!
Special needs kids will be Visible and Valued in our systems and policies.
We will continue to report on our progress as we continue this journey on behalf of special needs kids. We believe in accountability and transparency for organization as well as for our political leaders and the systems and policies under which they operate.
Steven Davis & Chelsea Bonini