The More Than Project
The More Than Project was co-founded in 2021 by Kate Swenson and Amanda DeLuca. With both women being special needs mothers, they understood the stress, exhaustion, and struggle that comes with special needs caregiving and wanted to serve others with the support they wish they had years ago. As time went on, they recognized that supporting the caregiver was important but wanted to explore avenues to support the special needs family unit as a whole. This inspired the More Than Project as the overseeing body for More Than a Caregiver, More Than a Sibling, and More Than a Diagnosis
The More Than a Caregiver Project provides free mental health counseling services to caregivers as they embark, navigate, and maintain the wellbeing of their child, while prioritizing their own needs.
The More Than a Sibling Scholarship program offers funds to siblings of children with disabilities. Many people who are not touched by special needs fail to understand the way siblings are impacted. Whether it be financially or emotionally, siblings often carry a unique, but heavy weight.
Often as a family’s limited income and time must be used to obtain the needed services and support for the family member with special needs, the other children in the household are directly affected. The More Than a Sibling Scholarship program recognizes and blesses the children who walk alongside our special humans. So, they know how special they are themselves.
The More Than a Teacher Initiative, with the help of some incredible partnerships, will be taking applications to provide fully equipped sensory spaces for teachers who are in need for their students. As we at The More Than Project brainstormed for our next initiative to give back, we wanted to thank the individuals who make an impact on not only people with disabilities but also their families. Click HERE to apply.
The More Than Project is excited to announce the first annual 2022 More Than a Caregiver Women’s Respite Retreat, September 16-18 on Moon Beach in Wisconsin. This is a weekend reserved for special needs caregivers to connect, relax, and take time for themselves. Join us for a weekend full of rest, an inspirational keynote session led by Kate Swenson of Finding Coopers Voice, morning walks and hiking, breakout learning sessions, campfires and s’mores, and more. Click HERE to register.
Meet Our Leadership
Amanda DeLuca, President
Amanda DeLuca lives in Ohio with her husband Sal, and is a mom of 2 to Monroe, and Jackson. Her son is on the autism spectrum and is what inspired her to begin her journey through advocacy in the IEP process. Amanda works in educational advocacy and proudly serves family both locally and remotely to empower them to come to the IEP table with confidence while working collaboratively with their team. Amanda is a business owner and enjoys teaching at her dance studio, and writing for her blog Jackson’s Journey, Jackson’s Voice.
Kate Swenson, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Kate Swenson lives in Minnesota with her husband Jamie, and four children, Cooper, Sawyer, Harbor and Wynnie. Kate launched Finding Cooper's Voice from her couch while her now 11-year-old son Cooper was being diagnosed with autism. Back then it was a place to write. Today it is a living, thriving community of people who want to not only advocate for autism, but also make the world a better place for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her first book, Forever Boy, will be released, April 5, 2022.
Kourtney Bryan, Secretary
Kourtney Bryan is a proud wife, work-from-home mom, accountant and science nerd. After 12 years in corporate accounting and finance, Kourtney began a new career as a stay-at-home mom with her four children. Shortly after, her then three-year-old son began to struggle with a multitude of health issues. At the age of five, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder yet his physical and mental health continued to decline. With the help of her husband Glen, opinions were sought from the country's top geneticists, metabolic specialists, neurologists and immunologists who have been instrumental to piece together treatments to help her son's health improve. Kourtney is an advocate for other parents and families who desire to seek medical help for their children's health. Kourtney lives in Lake Elmo, Minnesota with her husband and four children, Katherine, Sydney, David and Madelyn.
Ryan LeFevers, Treasurer
Earl Wright III
I am 36 years old and have been married for 11 years. We have 3 children aged 13, 11, and 9. My 9 year old son introduced me to the world of special needs when he was diagnosed as Autistic in 2015. Ever since then I have been on a mission to educate anyone and everyone who is willing to listen. I am also a police officer and have been on the job for 15 years. I have used my experiences with my own son to educate my peers in law enforcement about autism and how to interact with special needs individuals. I am humbled to be asked to be part of this board and eager to continue working to educate the world and advocate for those who are like my son. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
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More Ways You Can Help
Little Rebels with a Cause
Little Rebels with a Cause will donate 10% of all purchases to The More Than Project from June 2022 through September 2022. Click HERE to shop.
The Spotlight Project
The Spotlight Project will give $5 of each purchased I Am More Bracelet or The More Than Project. All bracelets are handmade by an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability. Click HERE to shop.