The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Website: www.specialolympics.org
ACT Today! is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential. Our goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding, and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families. Studies demonstrate that early and intense intervention is important when treating individuals with autism, yet sadly very few of the effective treatments are covered by medical insurance and families are often delegated to piece together a treatment program for their child via multiple funding sources. Often, the child with autism must go without vital interventions due to financial restraints. ACT Today! strives to provide necessary services so that each child with autism can reach his or her highest potential. Website: act-today.org
The oldest and largest grassroots organization within the autism community, The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for more than 50 years through advocacy, education, information and referral, and support. Website: www.autism-society.org
Autism Live is an interactive webshow providing support, resources, information, facts, entertainment, and inspiration to parents, teachers and practitioners working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Viewers are encouraged to participate by asking question to experts, offering suggestions for topics to be discussed and sharing progress their children have made. Website: autism-live.com
PCDA is a multi-disciplinary agency that provides a wide range of services to children with special needs, from birth to 21 years of age. All services at PCDA follow the DIRFloortime philosophy, which emphasizes social-emotional development and relationships. Services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, feeding services, music therapy, adapted music lessons, counseling, sibling support, early intervention, SEDI-Floortime for 3-12 year olds, Teen Club 12-18 year olds, Young Adult Program 18-21 year old, Social Skills groups, Adoption Support, Traumatic Brain Injury, developmental screenings and assessments, and other specialized services. PCDA was established in 1997 and provides services over a wide geographic area, as well as their clinic in Pasadena. For more information call 626 793-7350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therapy in Action is a nationally recognized premier pediatric occupational and physical therapy facility that has been providing services since it was established in 1978. They are dedicated to providing the highest quality, evidence-based therapy and enrichment services for children or adolescents and their families within an open environment of collaboration, communication, and mutual respect. Therapy in Action therapists are experts in pediatrics with specialty certifications in sensory integration and feeding and provide services to children with difficulties and diagnoses such as Neuro-Muscular and Orthopedic Dysfunction, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder, Self Regulatory Disorder, and other learning and developmental challenges. Website: www.therapyinaction.com