‘Siblings of the Exceptional,’ an organization dedicated to supporting siblings of special needs children, is making a significant difference in the community. Founded by Reema Patel, a 14-year-old American girl and rising sophomore, the organization focuses on raising awareness, providing resources and fostering inclusion for siblings of individuals with Cerebral Palsy and other special needs as well as their families. By emphasizing the organization’s goals and achievements it brings positive changes to the community and showcases the collective effort in supporting siblings of special needs. This approach allows them to promote a cause and create awareness about siblings of special needs within the community.
According to recent statistical data by WHO, an estimated 1.3 billion people – or 16% of the global population worldwide – experience a significant disability today. People with disabilities have the right to the highest attainable standard of health as those without disabilities. However, the WHO Global report on health equity for people with disabilities demonstrates that while some progress has been made in recent years, the world is far from realizing this right for many people with disabilities, because they continue to die earlier, have worse health, and experience more limitations in everyday functioning than others. These poor health outcomes are due to unfair conditions faced by people with disabilities in all facets of life, including the health system in many countries. Countries have an obligation under international human rights law to address the health inequities faced by people with disabilities. Furthermore, the Sustainable Development Goals and global health priorities will not progress without ensuring health for all.
Recognizing the significance of these numbers and the impact on families, Reema took it upon herself to provide a platform for siblings of these exceptional children to connect, share experiences, and find solace in a nurturing community. Through the efforts of ‘Siblings of the Exceptional,’ strides are being made to address these statistics, improve the lives of special needs children as well as their siblings and promote a more inclusive society.
The Initiative to Bond special needs with Their Siblings
‘Siblings of the Exceptional’ also focuses on fostering a special bond among special needs children and their siblings. Recognizing the importance of these relationships, the organization arranges events and programs that promote a stronger bond between the children with special needs and their siblings. By doing so, they create a supportive and inclusive environment for special needs and their families. The latest event took place on June 24th, 2023 in Pune, India where a generous amount of resources were donated by Reema Patel to the Buddy Center institute which is an initiative by Kunashini.
The esteemed chief Guest, Dr Archana Kadam, praised Reema Patel’s extraordinary efforts and offered valuable insights on raising awareness about Cerebral palsy and special needs. The event served as a platform to foster a sense of community and create lasting memories.
To date, ‘Siblings of the Exceptional’ has successfully raised approximately US $9,740. These funds have been instrumental in supporting numerous NGOs in India that work tirelessly to meet the basic needs of special needs children, providing them with vital resources, therapies, and a nurturing environment. This highlights the impact and effectiveness of the organization’s fundraising efforts. The World too can join the Cause of ‘Siblings of the exceptional”. The dynamic Reema Patel passionately appeals to individuals, organizations, and a wider community to support the noble causes of ‘Siblings of the Exceptional.’ Donations and fundraising efforts play a pivotal role in enabling the provision of essential resources and services to special needs children in need. By contributing to the cause, you can make a tangible difference in their lives. To learn more about this inspiring journey, contribute to her cause, or participate in upcoming events, please visit ‘Siblings of the Exceptional’ at https://www.siblingsoftheexceptional.com/.