October 2017 Newsletter

Bringing Inclusivity to Stage and Screen

The reality television show “Born This Way” shines a spotlight on the ambitions and achievements of young people with Down syndrome, winning Emmy awards and nominations along the way. The acclaimed show is part of a trend toward inclusivity on television, in film and on stage. Young actors with disabilities and industry and nonprofit organizations are working hard to foster change. Even those that don’t make it to the Emmys can reap plenty of lifelong benefits from acting. Learn more ….

  • Choosing the Right Preschool

    Preschool is a child’s first foray into the wide world. Choosing the right one is quite a task. But by carefully exploring all your options and asking the right questions, you can find a fit. See how ….

  • Dating and Disabilities

    Yes, it happens. And we found young adults who’ve been there to share their take on dating challenges for disabled people, sources of support, and how parents can help. Read on for their tips ….

  • Autism Spectrum
    Disorder Workshop

    Experts share strategies facing those with ASD, discuss them and propose solutions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Swensen Center, Thousand Oaks. Free.

  • College Planning Conference

    Students with learning differences can attend and discover how to find the best college fit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Glendale Community College. Free.

  • Minds in Motion
    Art Show

    Professional Child Development Associates’ Teen Buddies/Teen Club holds its annual art show. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 7, Pasadena Central Library. Free.

  • Disability Pride Parade

    Join the march/roll to support and celebrate people of all abilities. Bring banners. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 8, East Los Angeles Civic Center. Free.

  • Special Olympics
    Pier del Sol

    Spend the day on the pier with amusements and food and raise funds for Special Olympics. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8, Santa Monica Pier. $75-$600.

  • Help Group Summit

    Parents, educators and therapists can hear experts discuss research, assessment and intervention. Oct. 13 and 14, Skirball Cultural Center. $65-$120.

  • Tierra del Sol Fall

    Enjoy barbecue, entertainment, a pumpkin patch and activities for all ages. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14, Tierra del Sol, Sunland. $5, free for kids.

  • Special Olympics Chili Cookoff

    Taste chili, see classic cars and play in the kids zone. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14, Jack Bones Equestrian Center, Castaic. $10 adults, $5 children.

  • Pediatric Therapy Network Halloween Ball

    Enjoy costume contests, live music, auctions and raffles and a hosted bar at this benefit. 4-9 p.m. Oct. 15, The Depot Restaurant, Torrance. $150.

  • Club 21 Together is
    Better Walk

    Raise funds for Club 21 and awareness of Down syndrome at this celebratory walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 12, Central Park, Pasadena. Donations encouraged.

  • Junior Blind Halloween Carnival

    There will be games, a costume contest and haunted house in the gym. Fun for the whole family. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Junior Blind Campus, L.A. Free.

  • AHEAD With Horses Costume Day

    All the staff and horses will be in costume and there will be trick-or-treating, crafts and games. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28, Shadow Hills. Free.


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