Life's most urgent question: What are you doing for others?
- Martin Luther King Jr.
The Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta has one goal - To serve the needs of those with special needs. With that in mind, we will serve as an accurate source of information and networking for anyone and everyone that will allow us to. This website will serve as a database of other service providers in the greater Atlanta area. The Exceptional Foundation firmly believes that that the "size of the pie" is not fixed and that the answer is not for various non-profit organizations to "fight" over that pie, but to work together in an effort to grow its size.
We also understand that Atlanta is simply far too large for any one organization to properly serve. There will unfortunately be individuals that we are simply not equipped to assist. Geography will be another hurdle that will be difficult to overcome for those that do not live within a certain radius of where our services are ultimately offered. Nevertheless, our mission is to ensure that everyone seeking assistance is matched to an organization that meets their specific needs.
The Excel Program offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology is a four-year college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) leading to two separate Certificates. The first is a Certificate in Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency and Career Exploration and the second is a Certificate in Social Growth, Leadership, and Career Development. Excel provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity and addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.
The purpose of the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.
Programs may include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
KPF will provide these services directly to individuals and partner with other non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.
Gigi's Playhouse is an amazing organization that provides a wide range of educational and therapeutic programs FREE of charge. Specifically, programs work on social skills, fine motor skills, speech and language, reading, math and many others. Howie Rosenberg runs the show, and is always excited to welcome new families.
Located in Lawrenceville, GA, Special Kneads and Treats is a non-profit specialty bake shop designed to provide special needs adults within the surrounding community a place to learn a skill and develop a sense of accountability and pride. The food here is ridiculously tasty, and according to a Facebook post from February 15, 2016, they had a waiting list of 133…