Sawubona Africentric Circle of Support
"It takes a village to raise a child " - African Proverb
Support, isolation, funding, resources, friends….These are the things that many families who care for someone with special needs think and worry about. For many of these families, their circle of support is quite small. This is often the case for racialized communities who have a child with special needs. The Black Parents of Children and Adults with a Disability Support Group (BPSG) was created in November 2020, to provide a safe space for families of African descent to come together to meet and connect, share resources, expertise and needs, inspire and support one another through our unique and often challenging and isolating journey of raising Black children or supporting a sibling, of any age, with a disability. The group was developed to support the distinctive needs of parents/caregivers who are Black and raising a child with special needs. Intentional thought went into our new name Sawubona Africentric Circle of Support. As we continue to grow in our service to the community, we wanted a name that will grow with us. Sawubona pronounced sow:'bɔh:nah, not sah:woo:boh:na, is a Zulu greeting that literally means “I see you.” More than words of politeness, sawubona carries the importance of recognizing the worth and dignity of each person. Our organization's intent is to provide a safe space for families to network, build connections, problem-solve and to reduce their isolation.
Clovis and Sherron Grant are parents of 2 adult children, one of whom has special needs. Sherron is an elementary school principal with the Toronto District School Board and Clovis is the CEO of 360°kids, an organization serving homeless youth in York Region. Clovis and Sherron are also proud grandparents, avid travelers and foodies.
Sherron has been an educator and advocate for persons with special needs for over 17 years. She has experience on SEAC and has sat on various committees with different disability associations.
Clovis has provided leadership in the Human Services sector for over 25 years in the areas of homelessness, employment, social assistance, mental health and disabilities.