It should be noted that some of those programs are specific to parents. They are designed to help the parents of the child(ren) successfully navigate the challenges that parenting these children present.
In a city like Los Angeles that is blessed with exceptionally good weather it is really nice to know that there are many places that offer facilities that cater to the physical challenges of special needs families. There is no reason why these children shouldn’t get to play outside, and these parks, yards and playgrounds help ensure that they do.
15213 Burbank Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
Shane’s Inspiration is an organization that has helped to make those playgrounds accessible to all sorts of children. One of my favorites is called Aidan’s Place. It is located on the Westside at 1350 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Aidan’s Place is great because it is set up so that children with physical challenges, like being wheelchair-bound, can play in the sand. And it has misters so that the kids don’t get overheated during the really hot days.
Los Angeles Unified School District Special Education
333 South Beaudry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 241-6701, TTY (213) 241-6854
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Department of Special Education offers quite a large number of service and support opportunities for special needs families that live in the district. It is a broad range that encompasses autism, deaf/hard of hearing, visual impairment, inclusion, adaptive physical education and more. Services are available for infants and pre-schoolers as well as those in primary and or secondary education.
Autism Society Los Angeles Chapter
8939 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90045
The Los Angeles Chapter of the Autism Society serves as a resource for special needs families. It is there to help parents and family members better understand what autism is and to provide tools and support for living with it.
1313 South Harbor Boulevard
The Magic Kingdom is friendly and equipped so that special needs families can also enjoy a day of fun and excitement with Mickey. Their assistance is available for those who have physical, visual and or auditory challenges
The Friendship Circle of Los Angeles
9581 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
The Friendship Circle of Los Angeles offers a mix of programs and activities to Jewish Children with Special Needs. It includes special camps, mentors for children and martial arts programs.