Our mission at “Special Kids” is to promote the education, awareness, and success of all families with children who have Special Needs of every kind.
Our mission at “Special Kids” is to promote the education, awareness, and success of all families with children who have Special Needs of every kind. We aim to provide support, friendship, and a “one-ness” with these incredibly challenged families, while providing them with the resources to navigate the difficult road of raising these “Special Kids” to be productive, happy, successful adults, regardless of their disabilities. We strive to serve the whole family, and to aid in the preservation of each family as a working, functioning unit.
A centrally located facility within Eastern Contra Costa County to include a building and grounds which will encompass the following:
• Office spaces for the satellite use of child and family therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists, behaviorists and play therapists, speech and language therapists, and children’s legal advocates.
• Parent Resource Center complete with lending library containing educational literature, research materials, legal resource materials, children’s educational toys, literature, and support materials, occupational therapy materials, sensory integration materials, and access to pamphlets, other organizations, workshop and conference opportunities.
• Computer Center with a full bank of internet ready computers with printing capability for parents to utilize for research and information gathering purposes.
• Therapy and Social Play rooms equipped with structures and play equipment built with full accessibility for every special needs child’s specific requirements.
• Outdoor play areas built with specific physical characteristics making them accessible to all special needs children, and secured for the complete safety of those children, and their unique requirements.
• Nutrition Center which would offer samples of the dietary products/nutritional supplements available for the latest diets recommended for children with specific nutritional and dietary needs, complete with cookbooks, pamphlets, and resource materials to go along with the samples.
• Meeting/Conference Rooms to accommodate both the regular support group meetings in a warm, comfortable and nurturing environment, and the occasional conference or seminar offered onsite to parents for furthering their education about their child’s specific disability.
• Meeting Rooms to facilitate a more neutral ground for holding I.E.P. meetings, or other meetings with educational or medical professionals. Possible sites for sibling support group meetings as well.
• Childcare or Respite care giving rooms to allow for parents to leave their special needs and their typical children for a few hours break from the demands of being a special needs child’s parent.
• Office space for the organizational/planning and upkeep of the academy.
• A.D.A. equipped restrooms, ramps, doorways, and rooms throughout the facility.
• Hippo-Therapy Arena to facilitate the horses and therapists working with the children benefiting from it. Stables to house the horses needed for the Hippo-Therapy sessions.
• Aquatics Center/Indoor Pool to facilitate swimming and Aqua-Therapy for those children who would benefit from it.
• Media center for the educational and recreational use of both the parents and children who use the facility.
• Disability-friendly grounds to enjoy outside the walls of the actual academy (park-like walks, fountains, trees, grassy areas, benches, meditation areas).
1. Children with special needs deserve an environment that embraces their abilities.