"We just thought let's just start," said NSPAC Co-President Kate Carroll Noke of Southboro.
On April 30 NSPAC held the third annual ceremony, which saw 105 nominees receiving awards, a number none of the organizers could have expected when planning the inaugural event two years ago.
"We don't get many people that come to our regular meetings and presentations so we just didn't know what to expect," said NSPAC's other co-president, Izumi Ludgate of Northboro.
NSPAC is a volunteer organization that offers resources to parents and guardians of children with special needs.
"What we hope is that once a parent connects with us that they're empowered to exercise their rights and the rights of their child in obtaining the education that they need and the support within the community that they need in order to be successful and happy," said NSPAC Vice President Cyndi Moor of Northboro.
It's the community-that assurance for a parent that neither she nor her child is alone-to which NSPAC makes its most important contributions.
Ludgate, who joined NSPAC in 2007 after learning her son needed special education.
When he was trying to get the program started it was NSPAC that lent a hand.
Part of NSPAC's mission is to give as many special needs children as possible the opportunity to follow in Jessie's footsteps, graduate high school, and work or attend college.