About Opening Hearts
Opening Hearts is a non-profit community organization that focuses on the needs of children with special needs and all members of their families. Although our inspiration for starting Opening Hearts was a little girl and her family, Opening Hearts is
- Community run – by volunteers enthusiastic about our cause
- Community managed – by strong, passionate leaders
- Community owned
We recognize that in order to fulfill our mission, we must focus on Awareness and Support.
Creating awareness of the extra challenges facing children with special needs and their families helps caregivers and educators create better tools to support the families. Some of these challenges include:
- Meeting educational needs
- Economic challenges
- Behavioural problems
- Psychological issues
- Access to services
- Impact on siblings
Whereas awareness creates the necessary understanding of the journey these families face, we also know it is very important to offer services and tools that support all members of the family.