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Meet Tiffany Crawford of Crawford Cares in Compton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Crawford.

Tiffany, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
​My organization was established with the hopes of creating change in the community. I am the parent of a magnificent ​14-year-old young man who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at the tender age of one. At six months, my son received the MMR vaccination which led to some serious health complications leaving him on life support. With lots of prayers, he pulled through, leaving him with left-side paralysis, not being able to walk, a speech impediment and many other health issues. Having firsthand experience with many challenges’ families face on a daily basis, I wanted to offer the support necessary to allow our special spirits to participate fully in daily activities and achieve their goals in social, physical, emotional, cognitive development and just basic life skills. I founded Crawford Cares and our mission is to create an inclusive environment for those kids with special needs. Seeing my son not being included in certain activities because of his disability is my driving force.

Has it been a smooth road?
We face challenges everyday. One of the biggest challenges those far is getting the word out about how important inclusion is for our youth with disabilities. Most don’t understand that not all disabilities are visible and those that are shouldn’t be treated differently for it.

Being a non-profit for kids with special needs we kind of get looked over since people can’t relate so the lack of education is also a major challenge.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Since the start of our organization in 2019, we have made numerous contributions to the community. From providing school supplies, hosting food drives, our 1st prom dress giveaway and Christmas toy drives. The impact is endless. Our ultimate goal is to open a child care center providing inclusive services and programs to low income families with special needs children. I believe what sets us apart is being that our focus is on kids with disabilities. It takes a special person to do the work and I believe this is my purpose in life; is to advocate for those who can’t be heard.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There is work to do, so hopefully in the next 5-10 years there will be more peer group interactions which will help bring awareness to the problem of inclusivity among those with disabilities in minority groups.

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