Team Shawnie Advocacy Group

Advocating and Providing Support to Families with Special Needs 

“We Will Fight Your Fight”

Our Podcast Series

Listen to the story of our son Shawnie, his trials and tribulations in a 6 part podcast series.

What is the Shawnie Bill?

Learn about the Shawnie Bill, its beginnings, and the effort behind an incredibly important piece of legislation. 

Become a Sponsor

As a sponsor, you will be helping us fight against individuals and systems that abuse, neglect, and exploit children and adolescents with special needs

Our Mission


Help our Mission

If you would like to contribute you can do so by clicking below. Your contribution will help our advocacy group fight against child abuse and negligence.

*You will be redirected to Paypal however, you do not need Paypal to make a donation.

Our Services

Our services are are always pro-bono (free) for all families


Advocate for state legislation that supports and protects children and families with special needs.


Work directly with families to advocate for their child in meetings with School Districts. We work tirelessly to ensure their child gets proper education in a safe environment


Produce educational information that parents can use to inform themselves on how to properly advocate for their child with special needs.

In The News

Shawnie's Bill Aims to Help Children With Severe Autism
By Ashley Cullinane,  NBC 10 News – April 13th, 2021

The Halajko Family

Head on over to our new store and browse through all of the Team Shawnie Advocacy Group merchandise.

Listen to our podcast series

The Shawnie Story

This is a 6 part narrated series relating the incredible story behind a family whose trials and tribulations with an autistic son against a faulty system became the inspiration for the creation of a piece of legislation nicknamed the Shawnie Bill.

We have added our podcast series to a new platform called Adori. You can listen to our podcast on the Adori platform by clicking here.


As parents of a special needs child/adult, we know first hand the challenges that parents face. More often than not we have found ourselves at what seems like a dead-end road. However, listening to other families tell their stories while sharing our own has helped us understand that we are all in similar situations, searching for answers to help our loved ones.

Sharing your story with us will perhaps shine a light on a family in need of hope. Send us your story and let us know if it’s ok for it to be posted here on our website and our social media.  


Currently, the TEAM SHAWNIE ADVOCACY GROUP has multiple BILLS that have been submitted and Sponsored by our State Representative Mr. Steven Howitt.

TEAM SHAWNIE ADVOCACY GROUP Inc. is a NON-PROFIT 501 (c)(3) organization run by families with special needs children.