Be different. Be strong. Be You.

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Many times I’ve wondered about how different my life would be if I didn’t have disabilities, if maybe I was in my mom’s womb at the same time as my brothers. They don’t have disabilities. Maybe I wouldn’t. But that’s not how it turned out.

And I think about how hard my life has been, how different I feel from my peers, how much anxiety I feel because I am different. I realize that some people don’t accept others with differences, and that’s painful.

But I am different, and I do love myself. I do love my life, and I try every day to conquer those feelings of anxiety and difference so that my life can be happier, and more productive, and more beautiful. Because I know that this adversity makes me stronger. I am strong. I have to be strong. I have to believe in myself. I have to speak up for myself. I need to let the world know that every person, every living creature, deserves a chance to fit in, to be appreciated, to be loved, to be successful, to make a difference, to carry on. We need to show the world that we can be different and still make a difference. And I know now that the very thing that defines me — my disabilities —can also provide OPPORTUNITY for me. I love being with people, and helping people. And I love animals, and taking care of animals. I want to dream and follow my dreams.

I know I will find my way, doing things that I love, making new friends and creating a circle of supporters who will be there for me and embrace me as I am.

Important Notice

As SPARC continues to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, staff and the special needs community, we made the difficult decision in March to temporarily cancel our in-person programs to help do our part and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Even though our programs are on a PAUSE right now, SPARC has successfully continued to service the community by offering Virtual Programming to all of our participants. For 31 years, it has been our commitment to enrich the lives of people with special needs. We hope that you can help us continue our mission especially during this difficult time. DONATE NOW

Please note our main office remains closed but we are still reachable via our main line (914) 243-0583.

We are deeply grateful for your support of SPARC. Stay safe!