GRIT builds on the courage and tenacity of families so they can live an ordinary life.

Our Story

Every parent wants their child to explore their world, experience meaningful participation and hold a valued role in their community. More than anything, every parent wants their child to live an ordinary life.

That’s what GRIT wants, too. GRIT is a non-profit organization that works alongside families and community partners to strengthen the skills and confidence needed to support every child’s learning and development. 

Since 1982, we’ve helped hundreds of children who have developmental disabilities become meaningful participants in their families, communities, and schools.

What we do

As a trusted leader, we use research to guide our professional knowledge and practices to give the resources and information needed to achieve the best outcomes for all children. We offer support through our programs, Early Childhood ServicesSpecialized Services, ASaP and ICC.


Communities embrace diversity and uphold the rights of all children and their families.


To build on the skills, knowledge, and confidence of families and educators to ensure that children are supported in inclusive settings and meaningfully participate in everyday routines.

Program Values

Family Centered Practice

GRIT values the uniqueness of families and believes in creating flexible partnership. Parents hold a central role in informed decision making and choices for the well-being of their child and family. Parents experience active participation, learning, and gain confidence to positively influence their children’s future.


Embedded in our work is the belief that “we all belong”. All children have the right to participate in natural settings. When children are included, they are active and valued participants in family life.

Learning Through Play & Everyday Routines

Play nourishes development and forms a strong foundation for ongoing learning. Through play, children learn to make sense of their world, practice skills, expand their imagination, and develop friendships.

Learning Community

The most valuable assets of an organization are engaged and passionate people. Together, they learn, seek knowledge, and discover innovative practices for their work.