Unsung Hero: Kara Flowers, a champion for families with special-needs kids
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero.
Nominations are accepted from around the state and and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
(of Lake Stevens)
Kara Flowers' 8-year-old son has multiple disabilities and special health-care needs affecting his neurodevelopment, muscle tone, sensory processing, vision, hearing, speech and language.
He attends the deaf and hard-of-hearing program at school where he is learning ASL. Kara is a full-time stay-at-home mom, and she is responsible for all of her son's medical decisions and appointments. Kara fearlessly faces their challenges by increasing her knowledge, identifying concrete supports in time of need, and connecting with and advocating for other special needs families in her community.
Kara has used her experiences as an opportunity for growth and development and is committed to helping other families like hers.
Kara completed leadership training with Hands and Voices to support families in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. She created a Special Needs Parent Support Group on Facebook to help Snohomish and Island families connect and share disability resources. Kara participated in the UW LEND fellowship program where she worked with doctors diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders.
Kara actively volunteers in her local Arc Parent to Parent programs. As an Arc Helping Parent, she is available to offer one-on-one peer emotional support to other parents of a child with a new diagnosis. As an Arc IEP Parent Partner, she supports other parents at school IEP meetings. Kara is an Unsung Hero as she demonstrates resilience and champions for families raising kids with special needs.
Nominated by Alaina Kube, Parent to Parent Coordinator at the Arc of Snohomish County