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 ….
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
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.
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
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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