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Best Tips For Special Needs Families In Los Angeles

August 27, 2010 12:43 PM

There are a host of challenges that can be grouped together beneath the special needs umbrella. Special needs families may face challenges that are singular and or a combination of physical, mental and emotional in nature.Specific resources exist that you can leverage to find information about organizations and groups that deal with particular challenges. Some of them are agencies that are tied into city, county or state government. Others are specific to houses of worship.

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.

Shane’s Inspiration

15213 Burbank Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
(818) 988-5676
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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
17th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 241-6701, TTY (213) 241-6854
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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
Suite 110-788
Los Angeles CA 90045
(562) 804-5556
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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
Anaheim, CA
(714) 781-4000
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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
(310) 277-3252
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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.

– Josh Wilner is a writer and father in Los Angeles.

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