Imagine, just for a moment, not being able to communicate. Not like cell phones, texting, or social media. The inability to speak to those you love. To listen your favorite band. Or pretend, for only a little while, that all the beauty and colors of the world were stripped from you.
All of these traits, traits of someone with special needs, affect 19 percent of of people in the United States. That’s 1 in 5 people. Seventy five percent of adults with special needs are unemployed. Not by choice. But by design. Households containing at least one family member with a special needs disability are also marked by the highest poverty rate; 32 percent. With such statistics, finding the right help for someone with special needs is expensive.
Special needs is a term used in clinical diagnostic and functional development to describe individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, physical or psychological. These individuals may need caring for and/or help with everyday tasks. While others are completely independent.
Behavior Links (BL) was founded in January of 2009 by Liliana Dietsch- Vazquez out of the necessity in the special-needs world, especially internationally (outside of the US). Unfortunately, affordable resources and quality services are hard to come by.
“There continues to be very antiquated notions that need to be dissolved and replaced with an emphasis on their abilities and not only on their disability. Behavior Links started with a passion to provide opportunities for those who need some extra help to learn and develop.”
BL works exclusively with individuals with special needs both locally and internationally (children and adults). Their services are open to any individual with a documented diagnosis, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Learning Disability, and so forth.
BV305 captain (Daniel Perez) met Vanessa Dorado (lead therapist at BL) when they were 11. When the Miami chapter started, on that faithful April of 2015, Vanessa told him about BL. Being that they were long time friends, Perez didn’t want to just do a normal charity. He wanted something grand. Something that can really make an impact on this cause. So when bv305 decided to take on the world meet, BL was the obvious choice. Daniel hurried to the opportunity to help such a fantastic cause.
By making BL the focus charity of the BEARD VILLAINS WORLD MEET (Aug 11-13 2017), BV305 will be providing much needed support, funding and awareness needed to grow their international programs. Funds will allow them to continue traveling to Guatemala to work with various schools, organizations and orphanages of children and adults with disabilities and families of children with disabilities. It would also allow them to expand their international program to new countries. (currently has hopes of expanding their international support program to Haiti and Jamaica)
In specific, funds allow them to provide direct training, educational workshops, deliver therapeutic materials, provide direct consultations and continual support to families and professionals. It will simply be another piece in the puzzle to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities in other countries.
BV305 is always honored in helping the special needs community. With special needs hitting home with every villain, assisting an organization like this is a blessing. Bv305 looks forward to this union, and the lives this event will touch, both directly and indirectly. As well as the opportunity to continue this union, and assist BL with their endeavors going forward.