STUDIO CITY (CBS) — This weekend Southern California families with autistic and special needs children are invited to share their experiences at the CBS lot in Studio City.
The booths are going up, the signs put out and soon more than 40 organizations will fill the CBS lot in Studio City for Stephanie’s Day, a resource fair to help inform and connect families of children with special needs, primarily autism.
The event was started by our General Manager, Steve Maudlin, more than 15-years ago. His daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with autism when she was very young.
“These people are really there so that families know there are different agencies all over this community that are in one place for that day, where they can find out how to make their child’s life and their family’s life better,” Steve said.
Stephanie’s Day is all about spotlighting some of the best therapies and intervention programs available.
Attendees will learn about what is happening in research and clinics in the area, what the LAUSD is doing, new sports programs, SoCal’s first gluten-free market, and organizations that help teens and adults transition and find work.
Many of the booths will be programs aimed at early intervention and behavior therapies. The Center for Autism and Related Disorders will be one of them.
“I think Stephanie’s Day will just be fantastic in terms of providing all of the resources they need for whatever it may be, behavioral services or speech therapy,“ said Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. “I think it all comes together in one day.”
One of Stephanie’s favorite programs, Best Buddies, will also be there.
“Kids who have special needs. Kids who don’t have special needs volunteer for Best Buddies and they take these kids to movies, they take them to dances… Stephanie loves her Best Buddies friends,” Steve said.
This is a day of learning and fun with plenty to do for kids. There will be prizes, entertainment and so much more. Stephanie will be there to greet everyone.
“I’m excited about it because I know what a difference it has made in our life from the families we have met over time and I think that it will be a great day for the families that show up. It will only get bigger and it will only get better, so thank you CBS for the support. We’re glad to be able to put Stephanie’s Day on for Southern California,” Steve said.
Stephanie’s Day, a resource fair to help inform and connect families of children with special needs, including autism, will be held Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the CBS lot in Studio City. Admission and parking will be free.