October 2016 Special Needs Newsletter

Step Out to Raise Funds for UCPLA

Count your steps this month to get fit and raise funds and awareness for United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Money raised helps purchase adaptive athletic equipment so people with cerebral palsy can get their “steps” in, too. Keep your participation virtual or cheer on student runners, see art and screen a film at pop-up events where your steps count double. Students who participate can earn community-service hours for school. Check it out ….

  • Autism and the Land of Oz

    When Meshell Baylor went to her son’s first IEP meeting, she felt like she was entering Oz. Read this mom’s account of how she learned the ropes and became a support for her son. Learn more ….

  • Adults On the Spectrum Need Workplace Social Skills

    Many vocational programs focus just on job skills, but social skills and taking their interests into consideration are also important in helping young adults with ASD find meaningful work. Read on ….

  • Magic Mountain Autism Awareness Day

    Benefits Autism Speaks. Quiet Zone/Meetup in the West Picnic Pavilion. Enter “Autism 16” on park website for tickets. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 9. $38.

  • The Help Group
    Summit 2016

    Covers assessment, intervention and treatment for autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. Oct. 14-15, Skirball Cultural Center. $80-$145.

  • Minds in Motion
    Art Show

    Artists from Professional Child Development Associates Teen Buddies/Teen Club share and perform. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 15, Pasadena Central Library. Free.

  • Tierra Del Sol
    Fall Festival

    Enjoy music, food, games and art to benefit this nonprofit. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15, Tierra Del Sol, Sunland. $5 adults, free for ages 11 and younger.

  • Fun in the Sun
    Chili Cookoff

    L.A. sheriffs host this Special Olympics benefit. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15, Jack Bones Equestrian Center, Castaic. Activities, $1. Chili tasting, $10.

  • Club 21 Together is
    Better Walkathon

    Raise funds and build awareness for Club 21 programs and those with Down syndrome. 9 a.m. Oct. 22, Central Park, Pasadena. Register free, shirt $15.

  • Shadow Hills Haunted Pumpkin Patch

    Includes haunted houses, pony rides, Halloween and carnival games and pumpkin decorating. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28-30, Shadow Hills Equestrian Center. $5.

  • club l.a. TEEN
    Halloween Party

    This social club for ages 13-17 on the autism spectrum celebrates with music, food and a costume contest. Oct. 29, The Help Group, Sherman Oaks. $25.

  • AHEAD With Horses Costume Day

    Come in costume, trick-or-treat, play games, make crafts and see horses all dressed up. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29, AHEAD With Horses, Shadow Hills. Free.


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