Share Your Blessings, Inc. (SYB) is a 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to enhancing and inspiring the lives of disadvantaged individuals and their families. Our goal is to offer programs and support that promote value, acceptance, education, therapy, and inclusion so that each individual and each child can address life’s challenges, achieve personal goals, and fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, happy, and rewarding lives. Recipients of our services include children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and special needs (such as down syndrome, autism, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, intellectual impairment, physical impairment, and much more) as well as children with difficult, at risk, and/or tragic economic, family, or environmental situations.
Listen to an interview with Janice Mollo about the Share Your Blessing mission.
Children and individuals with disabilities and special needs represent a challenging and difficult issue in the United States, as evidenced by the following statistics:
- 1 in 20 school-aged children are reported as having a disability (Census 2010)
- 1 in 6 children experience sensory challenges sufficient to disrupt their academic, social, and/or emotional development (Ben-Sasson, Carter, Briggs-Gowen, 2009)
- 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism – a 30% increase within the last two years (gov, 2014)
- There are over 30 million individuals in the US alone with such disabilities as down syndrome, autism, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, intellectual impairment, physical impairment, and the like.
- There are approximately 5 million people in the US being treated for TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), of which 500,000 are veterans.
This is compounded by the fact that: (a) life skills and other learning can be very difficult as traditional education methods and tools are often not effective; and (b) health care cost are quadrupled for individuals with special needs, estimated at about $1 Million to age 18 (USDA CNPP report). Thus families that have children with special needs are often under a great deal of financial stress, and are continually searching for reasonably priced, cost effective tools and ways to assist their child develop and learn.
Share Your Blessings, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that was formed in 2006 to help individuals and families with a wide variety of specials needs, disabilities and difficult situations, including visual impairment, intellectual impairment, physical impairment, and the like. In 2007, Share Your Blessings received its first donations from several founding Donors, nad has subsequently continued to receive additional donations from a variety of sources. In early 2015 we received more substantial donations, as well as commitments for further donations, that have allowed us to plan more substantial programs and services. Share Your Blessings operates on a strictly volunteer basis, and any miscellaneous expenses are funded by various donors – thus 100% of every dollar received goes to providing programs and services that support our mission. Our historical programs provided eligible individuals and organizations with an innovative therapy, teaching, and interactive music system that utilizes music and play to engage individuals with special needs. This program helped over 750 families and organizations that are struggling with the substantial cost associated with various disabilities, as well as helped the affected individuals learn and grow with their physical, cognitive, communicative, sensory and social/emotional skills.
Project Maestro has provided numerous eligible individuals and organizations with the above described Beamz Interactive Music System, along with a variety of related therapy, education, recreation, and support programs that utilizes music and play to engage individuals with special needs. Since inception, this includes donating over 750 Beamz Systems (reaching thousands of individuals with a variety of special needs) to families and organizations that are struggling with the substantial cost associated with various disabilities – helping these affected individuals learn and grow with their physical, cognitive, communicative, sensory and social/emotional skills. Recipients includes the following major categories: