The Special Hope Network Resource Center (RC) is an education center for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The RC offers complimentary trainings and resources, as well as paid services for families who are able to invest in specialized education plans for their child. Special Hope Network staff create individual plans for each student in attendance at the RC. These plans include set goals based on the specific abilities of each student. Plans are communicated to the caregivers, along with progress updates throughout the year. There are four different programs to meet the needs of students:
Autism classroom focusing on communication, independence, and academic readiness
Functional skills classroom for children over 8 years old focusing on self-care, daily living, and practical academic skills
Academic groups classroom providing extra attention and support to children as they practice reading, writing, and mathematics.
Essential skills classroom for children with physical disabilities (in addition to intellectual disabilities), focusing on mobility, basic concepts, and communication.
A portion of the Resource Center revenue is used to support our free Community Care Centers. The RC allows us to employ highly-skilled and compassionate Zambian staff, and it doubles as Special Hope Network’s headquarters where the leadership team has their offices, and where all educational staff gather for meetings, trainings, and lunch.