“I was lost at the meeting. Everyone was bringing up ideas so quickly; I was unsure about everything by half way through. I didn’t agree and I didn’t want to sign. It was just overwhelming”. Melina has been to her first IEP and needs advice from a person who has been in her place. She is also interested in respite care, a parenting class, and options for more affordable and accessible housing. What are the resources for parents of special needs children in the North Bay Area?
Kaylee is a five-year-old girl with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She is not able to walk or move herself around, but she can use her legs to propel an adapted trike. She loves this and can enjoy a half-mile ride with her mom pushing to help out as needed. No insurance source will pay for the trike and it costs too much to buy out-of-pocket. What are the options?
There are many organizations that make needs and wishes like this one come true. If you are based in Northern California, these are some of the best known ones serving kids with disabilities. If you know of other resources, please make suggestions.
Have you ever wanted to try out a whole selection of adapted trikes? Try a new swimming experience? Enroll in a summer camp?
A few years ago I started compiling a list. Every time a parent or child came in beaming from a new community experience, I wrote it down. In the ICF, Participation is defined as anything that involves friends, family, future, fitness, fun, or function. The activities below promote structured play, meeting new friends and exploring new interests. So here is the list with links included… let me know if you have any other additions. I hope you find something here that provides an enriching experience!