Our Story


In 1978, Don Meyer was a graduate student of Special Education at the University of Washington.  Energetic and kind, Don was a natural teacher to whom kids were immediately drawn.  At UW, Don was challenged by a professor to consider the impact of a disability on family members who were not typically found in clinic waiting rooms: first fathers, then, eventually, grandparents and siblings.

Don quickly learned there were considerable needs among these family members, but few supports to address them.