Who We Are
The Kardia Center is a community for students with disabilities to unearth and nurture their unique interests and skills through hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) enrichment programs.
Our mission is to support disabled students advance and equalize educational opportunities through STEAM enrichment programs and academic resources.
Our vision is to champion international disability education by cultivating generations of disability advocates in STEAM industries.
Kardia advances each student's development holistically and partners with families and teachers to help students excel their academic IEP goals through STEAM enrichment. We call this approach our "4D" Approach: Deepen, Discuss, Demonstrate, Datafy.
As the Kardia Center raises funds for its own facility, partner organizations host safe and inviting environments in which students engage in hands-on STEAM activities, receive homework assistance, build community and stay active, stimulated, and learning.
Where it all started: at the heart
While the Kardia Center was established as a not-for-profit organization in 2017 by Michelle Kwak, the idea has been developing and prayed for since 2013.
After witnessing how the lack of community support had harrowing effects on her friends, coworkers, and students with disabilities, Michelle was deeply convicted to respond in action.
To respond to hostility against disability, the Kardia Center was founded to provide a community that celebrates individuality.
To respond to educational prejudice against students with disabilities, the Kardia Center was founded to provide academic support and resources to help students excel and achieve their aspirations.
To respond to the lack of POD representation in the workplace, the Kardia Center was founded to holistically support disabled students to pursue post-secondary STEAM pathways.
To respond to anti-disability rhetoric in the church, the Kardia Center was founded to remind the greater body of Christ of the intentional and purposeful hand of God's design for diversity.
*The Kardia Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Kardia, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.