Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center (WFREC) staff are experienced parents and family members of individuals with special needs who are trained to provide emotional and informational support to families who have a child or young adult with a disability, chronic illness or other special health care needs. We also provide information and support for professionals and teachers working with people who have disabilities. Support groups and specific disability groups offer parents whose children have similar challenges the opportunity to meet and share information and mutual support. When families share common concerns and experiences the support can be uniquely meaningful. We also sponsor trainings and workshops to help families advocate for their children and access services and community resources.