L.A. Parent’s Special-Needs Fair Connects Families With Resources

By Annette Covarrubias

 

IMG_0112L.A. Parent hosted its first Special Needs Resource Fair at the Zimmer Children’s Museum (6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, L.A.; www.zimmermuseum.org) Dec. 7, attracting more than 200 L.A. families including children with special needs. Children enjoyed on-site activities, games and giveaways and played their way through the interactive museum. More than 20 exhibitors that provide services for families with special needs participated, connecting with guests, sharing information and answering questions.

“We were thrilled to work with the Zimmer Children’s Museum to bring this great event to our community,” says Elena Epstein, Director of Content and Strategic Partnerships at L.A. Parent. “Our mission at L.A. Parent is simple, to shine a spotlight on the best resources, programs and events in our community for families. We have been doing this for 34 years and we listen to our readers. Families with children with special needs want more information. This resource fair, our annual print magazine and monthly digital newsletter on special needs are all designed to provide the resources that our readers have been asking for.”

Since 2012, the Zimmer has been serving the special-needs community with Open Door Days, when the museum is open IMG_0090exclusively to families with children with special needs, so they are used to connecting with these special kids and their parents.

“The Zimmer was thrilled to partner with L.A. Parent to bring together many agencies and resources committed to serving families [within the] special needs community,” says Belinda Vong, Associate Director of Play and Learning at the Zimmer Children’s Museum. “With information covering everything from speech and language, pediatrics, to improv, therapeutic riding and adaptive clothing, we hope that our families learned of the many resources and programs available to them.”

To see more photos from the event visit www.Facebook.com/LAParent. Click here to see the exhibitors that participated and companies that donated special needs toys for our giveaway. Click here to see our Program Guide.

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