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Our Founders

With over 20 years of experience as a special needs attorney, Michael brings a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by parents of children with special needs. Together, Michael and Susan built Vest from the ground up, using their own funds to create an app that prioritizes a holistic solution for parents to ensure the lifespan care and well-being of their child with special needs. Their personal commitment and expertise make Vest an innovative solution that parents can trust to help manage their child's care with ease and peace of mind.

Susan Chin & Michael Pearce

Sparking a Holistic Approach

At Vest, we're on a mission to  revolutionize the way the world thinks about ensuring the lifespan well-being for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).


The traditional "medical model" of IDD, as embodied in file-based apps, is focused on the child's diagnosis and suggests that parents should compose an instruction manual for their child's  care, while largely disregarding the individual as a whole person.


Vest is founded on a new human-centric paradigm that prioritizes the life of the whole person.   We reject the "instruction manual" approach.

By building our app on the metaphor of a Vest, which contains separate sections and pockets for different areas of life experience, we make it easier and more intuitive for parents ensure positive outcomes for their child across the lifespan.


We're giving parents a new, human-centric solution for navigating life with special needs.

By changing the special needs dialogue, we're building the new Vest paradigm that prioritizes the whole person to ensure positive outcomes across the lifespan.


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Our mission

Our Team

At Vest, we are passionate about improving the lives of families of children with special needs. Our team consists of experts in technology, special needs law,  special education,  and governmental supports and services, as well as parents of children with special needs who bring their unique perspective to our mission.


We believe in the power of collaboration and real-world experience, and are dedicated to constantly improving our platform to better serve our Vest families.


We understand the challenges that come with being the parent of a child with special needs, and we're committed to using our expertise to create a solutions that simplifies and enhances your daily life while providing you practical and achievable solutions to ensure positive outcomes for your child's lifespan well being.


With a focus on collaboration, empathy, and constant improvement, our team is dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of families like yours.

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