January 2018 Newsletter

Short Film Portrays Challenges for Actors With Disabilities

Actor Lauren Potter of “Glee” stars in the film, called “Headshot.” It was produced in partnership with local nonprofit AbilityFirst, and garnered an award in the recent Big Heart Small Film project in Pasadena. In the film, Potter plays an actor on a discouraging string of auditions. She finds hope at a local copy shop, thanks to an employee who is deaf. Potter chatted with us about the film and her acting career. Check it out ….

  • Friendship Programs Build Connections

    Groups that connect children with disabilities with their typically abled peers through the arts and enrichment build connections and understanding, fostering friendships and fun. Learn more ….

  • A New Learning Option
    for Jewish Students

    Children with disabilities who want to enjoy a Jewish education now have the chance at The Learning Circle LA, a learning center that opened in September and has plans to grow. Read on …

  • TACA Night and Play

    Let the kids play while you connect with fellow parents of kids with autism. 5-7 p.m. Jan. 4, We Rock the Spectrum, Whittier. Parents: free. Kids: $7.

  • Brandon’s Buddies Play Date

    Kids of all abilities meet and play on an inclusive playground. Includes crafts and snacks. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6, Brandon’s Village, Calabasas. Free.

  • Recess Therapy Creative Arts Class

    Kids of all abilities use whole-body learning and make memorable art projects they can take home. 2-3 p.m. Jan. 12, Recess Therapy, Arcadia. $15.

  • My Way Matinee – Paddington 2

    Enjoy a sensory-friendly screening of this family-friendly film. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13, Edwards Canyon Country Stadium, Santa Clarita. $6.50.

  • Shine Bright Like a Diamond Charity Fashion Show

    This fashion show focuses on models with Down syndrome and proceeds benefit St. Jude’s. 4-8 p.m. Jan. 13, Esteban E. Torres High School, L.A. $30-$50.

  • Let’s Play

    Kids of all abilities enjoy Judaic crafts and kosher snacks and fun activities together. 3-4 p.m. Jan. 16, Friendship Circle of Los Angeles. Free.

  • Young Child Expo & Conference

    More than 80 presentations cover a range of topics, including kids with disabilities. Jan. 17-19, The Omni Los Angeles Hotel, L.A. $100-$400.

  • Club 21 Tools for the Journey Conference

    More than 26 presentations cover issues and tools for birth to adulthood for individuals with Down syndrome. Jan. 26-27, Club 21, Pasadena. $100-$200.

  • Festival of Human Abilities

    Jan. 27-28, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach. $29.95 adults, $17.95 ages 3-11, free for persons with disabilities with advance reservation.

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