After hearing about an overwhelmed mother who killed her son and herself, concerned parents are creating a hotline for families of those with disabilities to turn to in times of need.

Nearly 80 parents of kids and adults with developmental disabilities are on board to volunteer for the new hotline that’s expected to serve the greater San Jose, Calif. area.

Organizers say the phone number will offer an understanding ear for families dealing with the unique challenges and isolation that can occur when caring for an individual with developmental disabilities.

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Nicki Pecchenino, the mother of a 15-year-old with autism, said she was prompted to start the special needs hotline after hearing about Elizabeth Hodgins who killed her adult son with autism and herself earlier this year after reportedly telling neighbors that she was overwhelmed.

“I said to myself, ‘I’m not going to let this happen to another mother,'” Pecchenino told the San Jose Mercury News. To read more click here.