July Special Needs Newsletter

Special Olympics World Games Come to L.A.

Seven thousand athletes from 117 countries will compete in 25 sports in this huge event, designed for participants with intellectual disabilities and taking place July 25-Aug. 2 at 27 different venues. Fans can cheer on their favorite competitors in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, soccer, golf, gymnastics, half marathon, handball, judo, kayaking, open-water swimming, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, softball, table tennis, tennis, triathlon and volleyball. The games are free to attend. Learn more.

  • A Positive Illustration

    of Autism

    When Sinead Clancy’s son was diagnosed with autism, she couldn’t find any positive information about the condition. Now she’s working to create an animated show with a different view. Read about it here

  • Dental Tips for Kids

    With Special Needs

    Local pediatric dentist Jill Lasky offers her tips and advice for keeping your child’s smile healthy, including cleaning their teeth right in the high chair after dinner. Learn more

  • Play N Grow Social

    Skills Group

    Groups for ages 3-5 are led by Occupational, speech and child-development specialists. Four-week session starts July 7. Wellness Works, North Hollywood. $400.

  • Day For Young Adults

    Interactive workshops help young adults practice social skills with peers. Includes an ice cream social and dance party. 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18, American Jewish University. $95.

  • Autism Family



    Children’s Museum at La Habra is open only to kids on the spectrum and their families and offers special activity stations. 10 a.m.-noon July 19. $8 for ages 2 and older

  • Free Mid-Summer

    Family Fun Day

    The Children’s Music Fund hosts drumming, music and art for kids of all abilities. Noon-4 p.m. July 19, Remo Recreational Music Center, North Hollywood. Some activities have a fee.

  • DSALA New Families Barbecue

    The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles hosts this networking event and dinner for new families. Noon July 25, Tarzana. $10 adults, $5 ages 3-10.

  • Braille Institute Little Mermaid J r.

    This performance features students from the institute’s Johnny Mercer Music Program, who have learned a range of theatrical skills. 7:30-9:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1. Free.

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