Ohana is a parent initiated, professionally led group offering support and friendship to all families coping with the unique challenge that is involved in raising a child with special educational needs or a disability. Having gained charitable status in 2015, we share our experience of living and working with children with additional needs to bring positive change to the community.
There is no need to have a diagnosis or an official or professional referral, although we welcome contact with and work alongside other agencies. Our aim is to meet the needs of each family in a way which suits them best.
We are all parents ourselves that have been through the process and we believe that by bringing all our knowledge together of what works and what doesn’t – we can help others. It’s a safe bet that if we haven’t got the right answer, we will pretty well know who can give it to you.
“When a parent discovers that their child has a disability of any kind it can be totally devastating for them and they often don’t know where to turn for help or advice. At Ohana we have all been through that and come out the other side not only stronger, but much more optimistic. We’ve accepted that life is going to be different, but not less enjoyable”.