December Special Needs Newsletter

Sesame Street Launches Autism Initiative

For help in creating material for and about families with children on the autism spectrum, Sesame Workshop turned to Sherman Oaks vocational animation studio Exceptional Minds. Young animators on the autism spectrum produced the video “Benny’s Story,” an animated short designed to highlight that we are all different – in a good way. We chatted with Shane McKaskle, who created and voiced Benny. “I wanted kids to know the truth of autism,” he says. Learn more about the project …

  • A Playdate Connection
    for Working Moms

    Parents trying to balance family and entrepreneurship can find community at Playdate Connection, a networking group that welcomes kids – including kids with special needs. Read about these moms in
    business …

  • This Foundation Keeps
    Vacations Afloat

    The newly launched Autism on the Seas Foundation will help fund specially staffed cruise vacations for families of children and adults with special needs. Their holiday fundraiser is underway. Learn more …

  • Autism: The Musical

    See this Emmy-winning film about a local musical theater group for kids of all abilities. 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Beit T’Shuvah, L.A. $20 donation.

  • Farsi-Speaking Autism Support Group

    At the December meeting, an MFT will be talking about needs of siblings of special-needs children. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19, CDI Learning Center, Canoga Park. Free.

  • Zimmer Open Door Days

    The museum will be open only to children with special needs and their families during this event. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21, Zimmer Children’s Museum. Free.

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