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Encouraging Families with Exceptional Children Together (EFECT)
EFECT, Encouraging Families with Exceptional Children Together, is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization which was created by parents for parents. Our mission is to empower families of children with disabilities by providing education, information, encouragement, support, and pathways to services. EFECT presently serves over 1200 individuals in the Greater Kansas City area and outlying communities. This is an umbrella group of all disabilities, not just focused on one disability. All services provided by EFECT are at no cost to the families and anyone (parents, friends, and family members) is welcome to attend. In May 2001, the first bi-monthly EFECT Newsletter was printed in unison with an EFECT frequently updated website, online listserv, free workshops and social/networking meetings. EFECT hosts workshops on a variety of topics to increase knowledge of supports and services in the community. Some parents are not able to attend regular functions but are able to share, ask questions or just vent via the online listserv at their home. Monthly gatherings/socials are helpful for families to come together to share information in a comfortable environment with others who understand their situation.