Why We Give Back

“Every child can learn… just not in the same day, or the same way.”

~George Evans ~

Lorie Thur Katz, the daughter of F & H’s founder, has worked with school-aged children with disabilities in public school for 12 years, as a special education teacher and behavior analyst. With the ability to raise awareness through the online sales of Fabrics and Home, Lorie hopes to touch the lives of the population of children she works with by donating a portion of profits to one of the 13 disabilities that affect school-aged children and their families.

A disability has adverse effects on the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual functioning of a child which can impact daily living. Under the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), about 7.1 million children with disabilities receive special education services. This is about 14 percent of our public-school population. The primary purposes of IDEA are: to provide free appropriate education (FAPE) from birth to age 21; have schools find and evaluate any student suspected of having a disability; and provide special educational services designed to meet individual needs. IDEA defines each of the 13 disabilities that effect school-aged children and youth.

The 13 disabilities affecting our children are: • Autism • Deaf-Blindness • Deafness • Emotional Disturbance • Hearing Impairment • Intellectual Disability • Multiple Disabilities • Orthopedic Impairment • Other Health Impairment • Specific Learning Disability • Speech or Language Impairment • Traumatic Brain Injury • Visual Impairment

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Our Impact

Fabrics and Home created F & H Cares in 2019 to support children with disabilities by donating 25 cents per yard for each yard of fabric sold from the products purchased on its website. Each year, F & H will choose one of the 13 disabilities that effect our children and make an annual donation to the nonprofit organization that supports that disability. All of the nonprofit organizations we choose work tirelessly every day to raise awareness for the disability they represent. These nonprofit organizations built their foundations designed to provide students, families, teachers, and support staff with individualized resources designed to provide continuous support. Students with disabilities achieve success with appropriate individualized education programs designed and implemented by caring professionals and their families. Read about our donations below:

Autism Speaks

Our 2021 donation went to Autism Speaks.

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

Our first donation went to NCLD.

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The Youth Mental Health Project

Our 2022 donation went to The Youth Mental Health Project

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The Arc

The Arc provides the largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the world, with hundreds of chapters throughout the United States.

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