UPLIFT takes our name from the Lessons from the Geese story: "As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an 'UPLIFT' for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% more flying range than if each bird flew alone." It is our desire to provide this type of support for parents and families.
The entire family feels the impact of a child or
youth with a disability or special need. Their
care may be physically, emotionally, or
financially draining to the family. Parents and
caregivers are often reluctant to talk openly
about their child’s struggles with relatives,
teachers, professionals, or friends. They may
not know where to go for help.
The majority of the staff and board members of UPLIFT are individuals and family members of
children, youth, and young adults with
disabilities and special needs.
UPLIFT serves Wyoming children and youth
ages 0-26 and their families. Services are
provided by Family Support Specialists who
serve in a variety of roles to meet the individual
needs of each family.
Children with Special
Health Care Needs:
• Have strengths and make valuable
contributions to their families and communities.
• Are children first and deserve the same love,
care, and attention as any other child.
• Have a right to safely participate in community
life, live with their families, and attend their
• Come from a broad spectrum of families who
have a variety of strengths and needs and
must be treated with dignity and respect.
• Must receive all the services and supports
necessary to achieve their potential.
Family Members of Children with
Special Health Care Needs:
• Must always be viewed as experts regarding
their child since they have 24-hour, 7 days-aweek
• Are a source of strength for young people
with special health challenges.
• Are resilient and have developed many
strategies to cope with the challenges their
• Must dare to hope and dream about what
might be for their child.
Children’s Special Health
Children’s Special Health Care
• Emphasize the identification of the
• Be affordable, accessible, available,
• Be based on need, regardless of the family’s
ability to pay.
• Be child-centered, family-focused,
community-based and culturally competent.