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    10 Years Impacting Lives

    Every Life is Special!

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Every Life is Special!

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 The 2015 Walk Run & Roll!

September 26, Rob Fleming Park

The Woodands, Texas

Event Highlights

Special Life Network would like to honor the life of Carole Swick for her years of passionate dedication to help individuals with special needs in our local community. 

To make a memorial donation click this link "Donate" or use the "Donate" button on our home page. Please be sure to include the words "Memorial Donation" as well as your contact information in the comment box of PayPal. This box is accessible on the second page when you review your donation before submitting.  Note that you do not need a PayPal account to make an online donation. Checks can also be mailed to Special Life Network, P.0. Box 130622, The Woodlands, Texas 77393  All donation information will be shared with the immediate family. For questions call 713-493-2580.

About Special Life


    How are the mission and goals of Special Life Network implemented?

    Special Life Network is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity founded and established in The Woodlands. We are governed by a board of directors that have other professional jobs, but are actively involved in the organization, heading up various leadership teams and projects. At Special Life Network, we believe “Every Life is Special®.” This is a message for the heart. To accomplish our purpose of facilitating integration opportunities for individuals with special needs, we incorporate three core strategies;  increasing awareness, providing education and training, and networking resources. In this way, we support needed changes and adaptions, so all can be included and supporting that Every Life is Special!

    Through SPECIAL LIFE® Fun Family Events and Activities, we directly serve special needs individuals and their families and help connect families with each other and with adaptive programs in churches and the broader community. (Examples of these include our SPECIAL LIFE® Fun Family Bowling, Family Skate Nights - wheelchairs included, and Holiday Craft Making, organized groups to attend area events, and we have partnered with area churches and organizations to do combined events such as the teen and adult program, “VBS for VIP’s.”)DSC03570

    By networking resources and providing education and training, we have helped churches start up or grow special needs ministries. We have met with church leaders, shared best practices, and provided tours of existing Special Needs Ministries to share example models for other churches interested in starting a Special Needs Ministry within their congregation. We held our first Disability Training event in partnership with Joni and Friends in 2005. Since then, Special Life Network has provided several disability training events for the community and for Special Needs Ministry volunteers. In 2010, a new Special Needs Resources section was published in the Interfaith of The Woodlands Directory. The project was a collaborative effort between Special Life Network and Interfaith of The Woodlands. The Special Needs Resources section continues to be a part of each annual directory.

    We established SPECIAL LIFE® Ministry Network Meetings and the Special Needs Ministry Coordinator Breakfast. Through the Network of area churches, we provide encouragement and support for Special Needs Ministry leaders and share knowledge and resources to help churches better reach out to individuals with special needs and the families that support them.


    DSC00999crIn addition, we have provided ASL classes for the community, attended by area teachers, parents of special needs children, church volunteers, adaptive program directors, and other interested individuals. We have provided ASL workshops designed specifically for Special Needs Ministry volunteers. We also designed a free website with E-Community capabilities and resources and information on disabilities, a community calendar of events for families to find out about programs and events offered for the special needs community, and the capacity for discussion forums.

    Special Life Network also connects with area other community organizations to increase special needs awareness and the need for adaptive programs and network resources. Previously, we met with the executive directors over the YMCA’s in The Woodlands and Conroe to discuss the need for adaptive programs and facilitated a Public Forum that resulted in the startup of an adaptive swim program at the Conroe YMCA, and later, the hiring of a recreational therapist to develop special needs programs. The Conroe Family YMCA now offers several adaptive sports programs including the Leap of Faith therapeutic riding program. Today, The Woodlands Creekside YMCA is running a 3-day a week adult day program for individuals with special needs.

    Special Life Network has also provided financial support to local programs that support integration opportunities or adaptive programs for individuals with special needs. (Top Hands Horse Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Conroe YMCA to put in a wheelchair lift in their pool, Leap of Faith Therapeutic Riding Scholarship Program, Panther Creek Inspirational Ranch, Best Buddies at College Park High School, Best Buddies at Oak Ridge High School, Special Life Student Club at College Park High School)

    Our SPECIAL LIFE® Vision 2020 is our plan designed to take our community to the next level of awareness, understanding, and leadership specifically as it relates to the development of more opportunities for individuals with special needs to be active and included in our community. The first stage was initiated this year with the inaugural Walk, Run and Roll, a SPECIAL LIFE® Community Event, held September 27, 2014 at Rob Fleming Park. Our objective was to create and implement a repeatable fun family community integration event.IMG 4810Trikcrwsm

    The Walk, Run and Roll provided an opportunity for participants and volunteers alike to experience what inclusion looks like while learning real facts about special needs and ways to adapt. The 1.5 K walk included runners, walkers and wheelchair rollers, all participating together. A festival followed, full of fun games and activities that incorporated education and ways to adapt so everyone is able to participate.

    We also had fun entertainment, brief talks from area community leaders, (Dr. Ann Snyder, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Dr. Sherry Sellers Vinson, Director of Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital) and educational puppet performances by Conroe Kids on the Block and the interactive drum line, Let them Drum. There were 300 people in attendance and volunteers were recruited from area Boy Scout Troops, National Charity League, Sam Houston University Kinesiology class students, the Sam Houston Chapter of Project Sunshine, The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce - Community Relations Team, College Park SPECIAL LIFE Student Club and Interact Club, Houston Northwest Medical Center Rehab Services Department, as well as area churches that have Special Needs Ministries. Whether people attended as a participant or a volunteer, awareness was raised and education about special needs provided in this fun festival setting!

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    Its been an exciting 10 years, and we are looking forward to the opportunities ahead.  How can you help?  Register on our website, sign up to volunteer, or be a donor or sponsor.  If you believe in our cause, we ask that you join us at the 2015 Walk Run & Roll and celebrate our Ten Year Anniversary and that Every Life is Special! 

  • SPECIAL LIFE® Fast Facts

    10 Years Celebrating Every Life is Special!®

      1. What is SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK?
    • A Christian-led 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity organization.
    • Incorporated in April 2005. Founded and headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
    • A 100% volunteer organization led by parents, professionals, volunteers and church leaders.
    • As a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, we serve the "entire community" with no exclusions.

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  • sln heart stamp  SPECIAL LIFE® Vision and Mission

    At SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK, we seek to enrich the life of individuals with disabilities and the families that support them by improving the integration with their local church and broader community. 


    • Create a global network of SPECIAL LIFE® communities that are rich in awareness, integration and spiritual growth for children, teens and adults with special needs, and for the families that support them ... Special Needs Families


    • Create, within local communities, a resource network of churches, businesses and other community organizations that provide support, encouragement, education, spiritual growth and meaningful integration opportunities for children and adults with special needs and their families.
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  • sln heart stamp  10 Years Celebrating Every Life is Special!®

    What is the purpose of Special Life Network?

    The purpose of Special Life Network is to facilitate the integration of children, teens and adults with disabilities into the broader community. We do this by implementing a simple 4 point strategy.

    •1.    Increase Awareness

    •2.    Network Community Knowledge, People and Resources

    •3.    Provide Education and Training

    •4.    Transform Lives

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    sln heart stamp SPECIAL LIFE® Why We Care

    Disabilities reach far beyond the physical realm of an individual and have emotional, financial, social, and spiritual impact on families, caregivers, communities, and society as a whole.  For a better understanding of this issue, view Autism Every Day, a new film screened in May at the New Decade for Autism event.

    Impact on Families

    • 90% of families that care for a family member with a disability of any age find it difficult to integrate into church and/or community events on a regular basis.
    • Divorce rates are typically higher for families that care for children or adults with disabilities due to the added demands on the family.
    • In many situations the demands on the family are such that siblings must participate with their parents in daily care.
    • Without intervention, these families risk physical and spiritual isolation, living their lives disconnected from their local church, community, and God.

    At SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK Every Life is Special!®