Tia Hill will be the first to tell you that navigating life as the guardian of a special needs child isn’t always easy.
Hill, who lives in Elizabethtown, said finding the resources to provide the right education and assistance for her 7-year-old son Arthur, who is diagnosed with ADHD and autism, was a hard task to pursue on her own.
This is an issue for many guardians of special needs children, Hill said.
“We become isolated, we become frustrated and we don’t know how to seek out information at times because we’re so overwhelmed with trying to care for our child or children with disabilities,” she said.
This is why Hill, who moved to the area from Maryland in 2018, is starting a support group called Families Helping Families.
Meeting in the fellowship hall of Radcliff United Methodist Church, the group is designed to allow guardians of those with special needs to participate in fellowship and learn about helpful resources.
“The whole thing is just to really build a community for families with disabilities to get as much support as possible,” she said.
The group’s first meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 tonight. It is expected to meet on the third Friday of each month at the church, which is at 275 S. Woodland Drive in Radcliff.
Hill said the group will host a speaker every three months who can provide relevant information. She said tonight’s speaker is a representative from the Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network, a nonprofit focused on linking families and individuals with disabilities with resources to succeed.
Hill said she also wants to be of service to families through the group, offering to join families as an advocate for individualized educational program meetings.
“For me as a parent of a child with disabilities, I want to bring together people who can help these parents get information,” she said. “They don’t have to seek it out the way I did.”
The group is open to guardians of children with any kind of disability and is not limited to members of Radcliff United Methodist. A child care service will be provided during the meeting time.
To register for the group, call Hill at 502-272-9380 or email her at email@example.com.