Special Needs Support, Inc.

Confidentiality, Privacy, and

Information Security Policies

Effective: October 28, 2004

I. Information Security

Company and customer information is not disclosed to anyone who is not authorized to access it, and staff access is on a need-to-know basis, with authorized access given only to those who can demonstrate a legitimate business need for the information. All efforts will be made to ensure that information cannot be accidentally or intentionally modified or destroyed. Classified sensitive client and company information will have strict rules as to retention, disposal, and handling issues, and management will ensure that all personnel understand the corporation's concern with Information Security, and are required and trained to understand and heed them.

II. Business Security and Continuity

Special Needs Support will take ongoing steps to reduce and eliminate risks of loss or damage of company information and supplies, and will plan and train people for the survival of the organization following a disaster. Planning for the recovery and continuation of critical internal and client business functions following a service interruption, and the testing of business recovery plans are in place.

III. IT Compliance

Special Needs Support, Inc complies with all federal and state regulations which relate to control of, and authorized access to, information and computer resources:

IV. Website / Internet Security and Privacy Policies

Special Needs Support applies the same standard of care to the privacy and information security on the website, specialneedssupport.org, as it does in it's offline policies. The privacy policy will be available on the website and available to the public to read. Below is a copy of the website policy, and any of the staff or employees which have web administrator access will abide by the confidality and privacy rules stated below:

Personally Identifiable Information
Special Needs Support asks persons who wish to interact with the Special Needs Support website to register with the organization. During the registration process, persons are required to provide their names, physical addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone number. Special Needs Support collects and stores this information for the sole purposes of (a) contacting those people whom the organization believes it can assist and (b) controlling against fraudulent activity, both against registered users of the Special Needs Support website and against the organization itself.

Special Needs Support has a strict policy of protecting your personal information. Special Needs Support will not sell, rent, share or disclose personally identifiable information to any commercial entities, marketing firms or non-profit entities (except when it is necessary to share such information in order to fund a request for assistance and then, only with the explicit, written consent of the parties involved).

SpecialNeedsSupport.org does not enable cookies or use other software or hardware techniques to collect information that could be used to personally identify visitors to Special Needs Support without their knowledge.

SpecialNeedsSupport.org receives many requests for help every month, along with many letters asking general questions, commenting on Special Needs Support, or with information from persons who have received assistance from the organization. The details of these requests for help and other comments and questions may be shared freely among persons involved with Special Needs Support, Inc. However, Special Needs Support will not post or disclose information in any way that specifically identifies the sender(s) of that information without the explicit consent of the persons(s) involved.

We want to provide our supporters with a secure experience whether they are browsing for information or requesting help from Special Needs Support. Special Needs Support will take all reasonable steps to protect its users' personal information and to protect them from unwanted correspondence/solicitation made as a result of a visit to/registering to use Special Needs Support. Please note, however, that transmissions made via the Internet are never absolutely secure.

Policy Revisions

SpecialNeedsSupport.org reserves the right to amend this privacy policy from time to time. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personally identifiable information, we will notify you by posting an announcement on our pages and we will provide you with an opportunity to request that such information not be used in that manner. Personally identifiable information will be subject to the protections of the privacy policy in place at the time the information is obtained. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy, please feel free to contact Special Needs Support at privacy @ specialneedssupport.org


Special Needs Support, Inc. (
http://www.specialneedssupport.org) operates primarily as a physically based entity in Sedan, KS and is also supported by this official website. Special Needs Support is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, exempt from federal income tax in the United States under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Tax Code, Federal Tax Registration # 20-1560032. Special Needs Support, Inc. is also duly registered with the Kansas State Charitable Solicitations Board and such entities as Guidestar.org and give.org. All donations are tax-deductable and a receipt will be supplied with all donations.

Use of Special Needs Support, Inc. resources, including (but not limited to) the Special Needs Support website (hereafter called "the website") is subject to the following terms and conditions. By registering with or otherwise interacting with Special Needs Support, Inc. or its website, you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

Registration

Registration with Special Needs Support, Inc. is completely free of charge, and registrants will not ever be asked to pay any fee, in kind or otherwise, in exchange for registration with Special Needs Support or use of Special Needs Support, Inc. resources, financial or otherwise.

Eligibility for the Receipt of Grants

Special Needs Support does not request or collect information with respect to the ethnic background of registrants and does not discriminate with respect to any person's ethnic background, gender, religion, or sexual preference in the awarding of financial assistance. At the present time, eligibility is limited to families with special needs children under the age of 21 years of age with physical disabilities.

Awarding of GrantsSpecial Needs Support, Inc. exists primarily to offer financial assistance to eligible persons who apply for grants either through registering through the Special Needs Support physically-based organization in Sedan, Kansas and requesting such assistance, or by duly registering with Special Needs Support and requesting such assistance in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth on the Special Needs Support website itself. While all persons with access to the Internet may browse the Special Needs Support website, persons who wish to interact with the Special Needs Support website are required to register with Special Needs Support, Inc. Registrants are asked to provide their names, physical address, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers. This information is collected solely for the purposes of (a) contacting those people whom we believe Special Needs Support can assist and (b) controlling against fraudulent activity, both against registered users of specialneedssupport.org and against the organization itself. Only one registration per household is allowed. Multiple registrations related to the same household will result in a permanent ban of all accounts related to the household in question.

Any duly registered user of the Special Needs Support, Inc. website with a child under the age of 21 with physical disabilities/handicaps having financial or other needs that can be met with a small grant from Special Needs Support, Inc. is eligible to receive financial assistance or goods and supplies from Special Needs Support. In addition, other persons who are unable to register with Special Needs Support may be deemed eligible to receive a grant from Special Needs Support, Inc.. Any such determination shall be made at the sole discretion of the President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc.

Special Needs Support, Inc. awards grants on a regular basis to eligible persons who have requested financial or other assistance from SNS, Inc. Such awards are made at such times as the President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc. see fit. The amounts of such awards are subject to available funding and likewise at the sole discretion of the President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc.

The President and Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc. do not imply, guarantee or otherwise warrant that Special Needs Support, Inc. will be able to assist every eligible person who requests financial assistance from Special Needs Support. Likewise, the President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc. reserve the right to reject requests for assistance that are not submitted in accordance with the guidelines of Special Needs Support, Inc. or that, in the judgment of the President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc., is in any way fraudulent or misleading. Further, the President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc. reserve the right to withdraw any offer made by Special Needs Support to provide financial assistance to any otherwise eligible individual at any time and for any reason.

The President and/or Board of Directors hold the use of Special Needs Support, Inc.'s website resources to be a privilege rather than a right. The President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc. reserve the right to terminate said privileges of any duly registered user at any time and for any reason including (but not limited to):

Relationship of Giving to the Grant Making Process

Giving and receiving at Special Needs Support are related only in as much as the organization is able to award more (and occasionally larger) amounts of financial assistance as gifts to Special Needs Support, Inc. increase. However, the fact that an applicant for financial assistance from Special Needs Support, Inc. has made a gift, financial, in-kind, or otherwise to the corporation does not entitle said applicant to any kind of special consideration in the grant making process and does not guarantee that the applicant will receive any kind of financial assistance from Special Needs Support. Persons inclined to give to Special Needs Support only because they believe that, in so doing, they will better their chances of receiving financial assistance from Special Needs Support, Inc. should not give to Special Needs Support.

Because Special Needs Support is not a resource for the truly indigent, Special Needs Support, Inc. encourages and makes it possible for all interested persons who visit Special Needs Support's website or who otherwise learn of Special Needs Support, Inc. to give to Special Needs Support, Inc., including those persons who request assistance from Special Needs Support if at some time in the future they are able to do so.

Correspondence with

All correspondence sent to Special Needs Support, Inc. or any of its representatives by mail, fax, e-mail, electronic transmission or by any other means becomes immediately and irrevocably the sole property of Special Needs Support, Inc. and may be used for any purpose related to Special Needs Support, Inc. at the sole discretion of the President and/or Board of Directors of Special Needs Support, Inc. without further notice or compensation.

Special Needs Support, Inc. receives many letters, telephone calls, e-mail, and other types of correspondence. The President and his duly appointed representatives attempt to respond to all such correspondence as appropriate but cannot guarantee that they will be able to answer all such correspondence sent to Special Needs Support, Inc.

Disclaimer

This website presents information to educate members of the public on special needs related topics. The information on this website is compiled from a variety of sources and may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all aspects of any special needs matter and you should not rely on this information to determine a course of action or inaction with respect to any special needs-related matter. The information should not be used in place of an individual consultation with your own professional body or persons and you should not disregard the advice of such bodies or persons because of any information you may have read on or obtained through this website.

Special Needs Support, Inc. has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information provided on this website is accurate at the time of inclusion; however, there may be inadvertent and occasional errors. Special Needs Support makes no representations or warranties about the information provided through this website, including hypertext links or any other items used either directly or indirectly from the Special Needs Support website, and reserves the right to make changes and corrections at any time without notice.

Special Needs Support, Inc. accepts no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions in the Special Needs Support website and any decisions based on information contained in this website are the sole responsibility of the visitor. Special Needs Support accepts no liability for any direct, special, indirect, or consequential damages, or any other damages of whatsoever kind, resulting from whatever cause through the use of any information obtained either directly or indirectly from the Special Needs Support website.

The use of any Internet resource involves certain inherent risks. Though the President, Board of Directors, and duly appointed representatives of Special Needs Support, Inc. will take every reasonable step to safeguard the information of the persons who visit or otherwise interact with the Special Needs Support website, duly registered users of and other visitors to the Special Needs Support, Inc. website agree to absolve and otherwise hold blameless the President, the members of the Special Needs Support, Inc. Board of Directors, and all of their duly appointed representatives from any liability arising from the use of the Special Needs Support, Inc. website or any of its resources, subject to the limitations set forth in public charter of Special Needs Support, Inc. specialneedssupport.org reserves the right to amend these terms of use from time to time. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personally identifiable information, we will notify you by posting an announcement on our pages and we will provide you with an opportunity to request that such information not be used in that manner. Personally identifiable information will be subject to the protections of the privacy policy in place at the time the information is obtained. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these terms of use, please feel free to contact Special Needs Support at legal @ specialneedssupport.org.

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    (each officer, employee, staff member, and director has read and signed this policy, which is on file at the corporate office)