New Website Provides World of Services for Special Needs Children

Bellmore resident Tim Flynn doesn’t understand what the fuss is about in the continual fight to reduce taxes, saying citizens may not know what their tax dollars actually pay for to improve their lives.

For example, Flynn, who is a director at Special Olympics New York – Long Island Chapter, and worked for AHRC, recently introduced an important website at the Bellmore street fair he has developed for families with children with special needs. He calls it a portal into the hundreds – if not thousands – of programs offered by New York State, “because our taxes help the state develop and pay for these essential programs that help these children with special needs live more productive and fulfilling lives,” he remarked.

“My family and child – as do 85,000 other special needs children and their families – benefit from the present tax base because the state is second-to-none in providing assistance to families with special needs children,” Flynn continued in an interview with Your NewsMag. He said his discovery of new programs and companies virtually every day that offer free services and products designed for children with special needs paid for by the state drove him to design and introduce www.everythingspecialneeds.org at the Bellmore street fair last month. The website is an example of both the government and private industry’s commitment to helping children with special needs, said Flynn.

The portal, which Flynn says took two years to develop, offers a comprehensive listing of services and products to help parents in their search for more complete solutions to raising their special needs children. “People have been told what they should do for their children, what products are available because services are hard to find,” said Flynn. But the website, he said, opens a new world up to parents to learn of products and services available for their special needs children so parents can decide for themselves the best path to take in raising their child.

Medical, educational, recreational and social services are all listed on the website, he continued. “The website allows parents to make more informed choices about how to care for their children based upon the types of services available, and it can connect them together to set up play dates for their children, for example,” he said.

The website, said Ryan Fitzgerald, webmaster of the site, has already signed up 200 members from the fair alone. “This is a tremendous opportunity to build a valuable website for a very worthy cause,” he added.

The website includes access to free programs and services on Long Island, and a subscription service for those who sign up to become members. “Those who sign up receive special information on fundraisers, for instance, or ways in which to build a better community of parents through connections and events taking place,” Flynn said.

In remarks about the website to Flynn, parent Jenn Kirrane said that since the birth of her children she has struggled with finding the appropriate doctors, therapies and support. “I have always wished that there could be more help and guidance for families with special needs children.” She said. She hoped, she said, that this website could indeed be a lifesaver for many parents and their children. “Since the birth of my boys, “I have always wished that there could be more help and guidance for families with special needs children.” She said.

She hoped, she said, that this website could indeed be a lifesaver for many parents and their children.

   – D.F.

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