by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Spark Photography

Understanding the Challenges

When Reva Subra recognized the gap in support services for a specific group of people, she stepped forward to lead the initiative. She started a nonprofit group that specifically serves South Asian families with children who have special needs. As founder and CEO of P.U.S.E, Parents United Special Needs Education, Reva is making a difference in the lives of adults, children, and the community.

Name: Revathi Subra
Community: Rancho Bernardo
Volunteer Affiliation: P.U.S.E.
Profession: Counselor
Family: Husband; Sons – Suneet and Suhas
Hobbies: Reading, volunteering, and meeting people

As a counselor, mother of a child with special needs, and an Asian Indian woman, Reva intimately understands the issues, including the additional challenges of language and culture. “I am so happy to reach out to so many other parents of special needs from South Asian families. They are happy to open up, share their worries, actively participate in groups, and feel connected, empowered, and more motivated to do the best for their special kiddos!” Reva shared.


The group focuses on three main areas, including services for parents, services for children and teens, and community events. Reva acknowledged the need for both donations and volunteers. Contributions and time will help the organization provide classes and counseling as well as purchase needed items. Reva explained her greatest wish is to “have a playroom, not just kid-friendly, but special needs-friendly, equipped with all the electronic, motor, speech, and education equipment.”

Reva’s family life has helped inform her work with P.U.S.E. She has two sons who attend Rancho Bernardo High School and her husband is a professor at National University. Family time includes visiting the local parks and community center, going to the library, or enjoying yogurt at the local shopping areas. Reva finds a little downtime to read, listen to music, and take long walks. But she admitted, “With a special needs kid most of my interests are on learning more about challenges and possibilities for these kiddos.”

Group: P.U.S.E. – Parents United Special Needs Education
Purpose: Support South Asian families of kids, teens, and adults with special needs.