Special Needs Cobb

Here for you

for life.

“Special Needs Cobb has been a lifeline of support for our family! Their compassion, care and guidance show they’ve walked a mile in our shoes.” 
– Sherry Stempel, special needs parent

Your Lifeline for Special Needs Resources

We serve families across the region who would otherwise fall through the cracks in our healthcare and social services systems because of the lack of affordable, safe care for loved ones with Developmental, Physical and Intellectual Disabilities.

Special Needs Cobb provides families with resources, respite and residential options to give their loved one the best path to greater independence, inclusion and self-determination.

We are Cobb’s Original Special Needs Nonprofit

In 1956, a small group of Cobb County parents fought the prevailing system of the time of institutionalizing children with developmental disabilities, determined that they would not put their kids away. They  became known as Right in the Community, a trailblazing organization in the Special Needs community that accomplished many “firsts” to meet the needs they saw. In 2021, we became Special Needs Cobb, and we are still blazing a trail to provide Resources, Respite and Residential services for families right in the community.

We focus on the entire family unit, not just the individual. We provide respite care to relieve some of the stress of caregiving, keeping families strong and together. We connect parents with other families who “get it,” and hold their hands as they navigate the complicated system of resources. Finally, we give people with disabilities a path to greater independence and opportunities to shine and reach their full potential.

Honoring a dedicated supporter of those with special needs

Robert E. Crenshaw
Past President of Cobb ARC
1975 – 1985

Mark your calendar for our Spring fundraiser!

Thank You to Cobb Community Foundation for allowing us to participate in the 2023 Bus Tour!

Homes with Heart for Our Special Needs Community

26th Anniversary

Special Needs Cobb

Golf Invitational

Save the Date!

October 14, 2024

Dogwood Golf Club, Austell, GA

See the Golf Invitational photos. What a great day it was!

Pars for Stars Golf Invitational

Honoring Volunteers, Donors & Clients

Proceeds from this Special Needs Cobb Golf Invitational fundraiser will be used to: 

  • Fund much-needed operational expenses
  • Maintain 23 Group Homes
  • Help fund our Weekend Respite Home
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‘Different is Dazzling’ Celebration

Honoring the Special Needs Community

Our inaugural ‘Different is Dazzling’ Celebration was a massive success.

Congratulations to our CEO, Debbie Day

2021 Professional of the Year!

Jack Vaughan Jr Human Services Award Recipient

2021 Human Services Awards Nominees/Recipients

Our Clients

Lexi with Santa

Lexi lights up the room

Lexi is a soft spoken young lady, and she lights up any room with her beautiful smile. Lexi is a girly girl who loves to get a mani and pedi and show off her nails. She enjoys being with her friends, no matter what the activity!

Christopher is a leader

Christopher is always looking out for his peers and lending a helpful hand to staff. He loves shooting hoops with his basketball team or going bowling with his friends on the weekend. He also plays the drums and guitar.

Louisa is a star

Louisa, or “LuLu,” as her friends call her, is a talented singer. She knows the words to nearly every song on the radio and loves to sing and dance along. She also enjoys crafting projects and making friends.

Reach out.

We're here to help.

Contact us for information on Residential Special Needs Group Homes and Special Needs Respite Home.

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