Developing Resources, Raising Awareness & Providing Support for Children with Disabilities and their Families.
     
 
Upcoming Events at a Glance

Kernes 26th Annual Splash-A-Thon & BBQ - Sunday, October 1

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Wednesday, October 4

Early Start to Preschool: Effective Early Childhood Transitions Workshop - Thursday, October 5

10th Annual Disability Awareness Day (San Jose) - Thursday, October 5

6th Annual Imagine Disability Film Festival - Thursday, October 5

12th Annual Fiesta Familiar de la Costa Central - Saturday, October 7

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, October 7

Special Kids Crusade's Mom's Night Out - Monday, October 9

Workshop: Special Needs Trusts and the ABLE Act - Wednesday, October 11

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, October 16

Emotional Healing in the World of Developmental Disabilities: Trauma Informed Care - Monday, October 16

Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish) at the San Andreas Regional Center - Thursday, October 19

Chuparrosa Parent Support Group (Greenfield) - Friday, October 20

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Saturday, October 21

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, October 21

4th Annual Inclusion Collaborative State Conference - Wednesday, October 25 through Friday, October 27

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Wednesday, November 1

"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop - Wednesday, November 8

Special Kids Crusade's REACH Theatre Fall 2017 program begins Saturday, November 11

Chuparrosa Parent Support Group (Greenfield) - Friday, November 17

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Saturday, November 18

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, November 20

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Wednesday, December 6

"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop - Wednesday, February 7

 

Please Support Us
SKC depends on the generosity of caring contributors to provide the highest quality of care for children with special needs and to support their families.

Friend Us on Facebook
Like us on Facebook and keep
up-to-date on what we up to and how we impact the lives of children and their families.

Sign Up for our Newsletter
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter with advice, SKC updates, Special Kids Needs news and more to make your life better.


"Our son Nolan has blossomed into a more social outgoing child who has made friends at the club and enjoys playing with other kids. Thanks to the help of SKC, he now has friends, and gets invited to birthday parties and occasional play dates  He no longer gets upset because he has no friends. Thank you SKC!"



 

Happenings in our community and beyond...
NOTE: This page is provided as a community resource and is for informational purposes and awareness only. The appearance of any event listed here, including hyperlinks provided for additional information does not constitute endorsement by Special Kids Crusade of the of the event/activity listed and/or the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. Please let us know about existing external links which you believe are inappropriate and about specific additional external links which you believe ought to be included.
If you are interested in having an event listed, click here to learn how.
 

Top


Kernes Pool 26th Annual Splash-a-thon & BBQ
Sunday, October 2 ~ 12 noon - 5 pm
Santa Catalina School ~ 1500 Mark Thomas Drive

Kernes Adaptive Aquatics provides warm water exercise programs for children and adults with physical, emotional or developmental challenges to help maintain and improve their quality of life. This annual fundraiser offers BBQ with all the trimmings, friends and fun to benefit children and adults with special needs. Swimming, children's activities, contests and prizes for people of all ages and abilities are all part of this fun event. Pledges/donations/sponsorships can be made on www.kernespool.org.

Top


Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures
Wednesday, October 4 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point
Saturday, October 21 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point

Point Lobos is located on Hwy 1, 2.2 miles south of Carmel
View Flyer

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair. Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos and more will be stationed along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive. For more information, visit www.pointlobos.org or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator at melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov or call (831) 625-1470.

Did you know? The Point Lobos Foundation offers grants to cover the cost of entering Point Lobos for the Easy Access Adventure Program. If cost is a prohibitive factor for you, we encourage you to apply for one of these grants. Applications must be received and approved at least one week prior to the visit date.

Top


Early Start to Preschool
Effective Early Childhood Transitions

Thursday, October 5 ~ 10 am - 11:30 am
San Andreas Regional Center ~ 344 Salinas Street, Salinas

View Flyer

If you have a child receiving Early Start services, this free workshop is for you. Transition involves preparation and planning and it begins with an understanding of the process. Bring your questions and concerns OR just come to learn. Representatives from Early Start (San Andreas Regional Center) and Monterey County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) will present. To make sure we have materials for all, please RSVP to Special Kids Crusade at (831) 372-2730.

Top


10th Annual Disability Awareness Day
Thursday, October 5 ~ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Jose City Hall Rotunda and Plaza ~ 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose

The mission of Disability Awareness Day is to build an integrated community by empowering people with differing abilities to overcome barriers through access resources, education and employment opportunities and increasing tech appreciation of people with differing abilities by showcasing their talents and gifts. Admission is free. There will be a resource fair, art project, carnival games, entertainment, adaptive sports demonstrations, food trucks and more. Vendors can register to be a part of the resource fair. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-disability-awareness-day-tickets-34810669650.

Top


2017 Imagine Disability Short Film Festival
Thursday, October 5 ~ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
The Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center ~ 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz

On Thursday October 5, Imagine Supported Living Services will host its 6th annual Disability Short Film Festival. The purpose of Imagine's film festival is to EMPOWER, INSPIRE, ENGAGE – but last and not least, to celebrate our amazing community of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, coworkers, support staff and allies. Tickets are $25 and include food and drink. (Additional movie snacks will be available for sale!) Purchase tickets online here. For more information, contact Patty Lopez at (831) 464-8355, ext. 2.

Top


12th Annual Fiesta Familiar de la Costa Central
Saturday, October 7 ~ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Boronda Meadows Elementary School ~ 915 Larkin Drive, Salinas

Fiesta Familiar is a Spanish parent conference design for parents/family members of children with disabilities and/or special needs. Parents attend different educational workshops during the day as well as get information on resources for their families. Continental breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided. 

Top


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, October 7 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

Top


October Mom's Night Out
Monday, October 9 ~ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
California Pizza Kitchen ~ 1100 Del Monte Center, Monterey

Mom's Night Out is a time to come together with other mothers of children with disabilities, to let loose & have a little fun. This month, we're gathering at California Pizza Kitchen in Del Monte Center t for a non-hosted dinner. RSVPs are encouraged so we are sure to have plenty of space reserved for all! For more information or to RSVP, call (831) 372-2730 or email laura@specialkidscrusade.org.

 

Top


Workshop: Special Needs Trusts & the ABLE Act
Wednesday, October 11 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Shepherd Fund ~ 1641 North First St., Suite 155, San Jose

View Flyer

Learn how the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act is making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities. The ABLE Act allows individuals with special needs to accumulate wealth while still qualifying for government benefits. In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn about the ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts, and how the two are related.

Speaker Lorna J. Drope is a tax and estate planning attorney who has been practicing law in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a Masters in Tax Law. She has clients in Monterey, San Jose.

This is a FREE workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Click here to register.

Top



San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, October 16 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Campbell Office
300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 170, Campbell

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (Campbell) office. For a list of the 2017 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

Top


Webinar: Emotional Healing in the World of Developmental Disabilities: Trauma Informed Care
Monday, October 16 ~ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register at http://bit.ly/2vo8BB6

Could some of the reactions we describe as behavior problems really be a past trauma response? Trauma informed care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Webinar host Karyn Harvey says, " ...in this field we so often focus on behaviors as though the behavior is driving the person and the behavior is the issue, when it’s really a symptom. And what it’s often a symptom of is post-traumatic stress disorder." Listen, ask questions and gain perspective with us. Karyn Harvey, Ph.D. is the author of "Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions: What Works and What Doesn't" and is the Assistant Executive Director of Clinical Supports at the ARC Baltimore.

Top


Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish)
Thursday, October 19 ~ 10 am
San Andreas Regional Center ~ 344 Salinas St., Suite 207
Informational Flyer (Spanish) PDF

Spanish-speaking parents in Monterey County are invited to participate in a parent support group hosted by the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) in Salinas. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month in the San Andreas Regional Center office. Parents do not need to be SARC-eligible to attend. Light refreshments are served. For more information, contact Minerva Valdez at (831) 759-3164.

Top


Chuparrosa Parent Support Group
Friday, October 20 / Viernes, 20 de octubre ~ 6 pm - 8 pm
Tyler Park / Tyler Park Salon Comunitario ~ 1120 Heidi Dr., Greenfield

Our mission is to offer Special Education resource and related services workshops monthly. A representative from Special Kids Crusade's Outreach Mentoring Team will be on hand to support questions about service access through the San Andreas Regional Center. Workshops are presented primarily in Spanish and are free and open to the public. This group is supported by Special Kids Crusade. For more information, contact Rosy Montoya at (831) 674-3560 or Faustino Salvador at (831) 272-1310.

Chuparrosa es un grupo de apoyo para padres de niños con diferentes habilidades y/o necesidades especiales. Nuestra misión es ofrecer talleres de Servicios y Recursos relacionados con la Educación Especial mensualmente. Un representante del equipo de mentores de SKC estará disponible para contestar preguntas sobre el acceso a servicios a través del Centro Regional de San Andreas.Los talleres son presentados en español e inglés totalmente gratis y abiertos al público. Este grupo es apoyado por Special Kids Crusade. Para más información:Rosy Montoya (831) 674-3560 o Faustino Salvador (831) 272-1310.

Top


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, October 21 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

Top


4th Annual Inclusion Collaborative State Conference
Wednesday, October 25 through Friday, October 27
1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131
Attend in person OR be a "virtual attender"

Inclusion Collaborative State Conference​ presents an opportunity to learn Evidenced-Based Practices for individuals involved in in the care and education of children birth to high school, with and without disabilities. Conference attendees will learn to build, enhance, and sustain inclusive practices in their respective programs and communities. This year's conference theme is "Building Bridges for Equity-Engaging ALL Learners."  Click here​ to see the conference program and to register.

The conference has spots for only 325 people and it is expected to fill quickly. Virtual registrations are available. To see last year's virtual conference, click here.

Top


Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures
Wednesday, November 1 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point
Saturday, November 18 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point

Point Lobos is located on Hwy 1, 2.2 miles south of Carmel
View Flyer

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair. Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos and more will be stationed along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive. For more information, visit www.pointlobos.org or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator at melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov or call (831) 625-1470.

Did you know? The Point Lobos Foundation offers grants to cover the cost of entering Point Lobos for the Easy Access Adventure Program. If cost is a prohibitive factor for you, we encourage you to apply for one of these grants. Applications must be received and approved at least one week prior to the visit date.

Top


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, November 4 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

Top


"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop
Wednesday, November 8 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Shepherd Fund ~ 1641 North First St., Suite 155, San Jose

This FREE interactive presentation by special needs planning attorney Lorna J. Drope will inform you on how to prepare and protect your loved one with a developmental disability and keep him/her from harm or exploitation as they approach and enter adulthood. Learn how a limited conservatorship can protect an adult with developmental disabilities while allowing for the development of maximum self-reliance and independence.

Speaker Lorna J. Drope is a tax and estate planning attorney who has been practicing law in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a Masters in Tax Law. She has clients in Monterey, San Jose.

This is a FREE workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Click here to register.

Top


Special Kids Crusade's
REACH Theatre Fall 2017 Program

Saturday, November 11 through Saturday, December 16
9:00 am - 11:30 am
ARIEL Theatrical ~ 320 Main Street, Oldtown Salinas

REACH Theatre, an inclusive performing arts experience for children and young adults, ages 12 to 22, is beginning its third session under the care and guidance of Special Kids Crusade. Through REACH Theatre, actors of all abilities and talents are given opportunities to gain self-confidence, improve their communication skills, find new ways to express themselves, and learn how to work effectively and creatively with others. This fall, REACH Theatre participants will be working on a production of Stone Soup. Space is limited. To register, visit http://reachfall2017.eventbrite.com or download a registration form here. For information, contact Special Kids Crusade at (831) 372-2730.

Top


Chuparrosa Parent Support Group
Friday, November 17 / Viernes, 20 de noviembre ~ 6 pm - 8 pm
Tyler Park / Tyler Park Salon Comunitario ~ 1120 Heidi Dr., Greenfield

Our mission is to offer Special Education resource and related services workshops monthly. A representative from Special Kids Crusade's Outreach Mentoring Team will be on hand to support questions about service access through the San Andreas Regional Center. Workshops are presented primarily in Spanish and are free and open to the public. This group is supported by Special Kids Crusade. For more information, contact Rosy Montoya at (831) 674-3560 or Faustino Salvador at (831) 272-1310.

Chuparrosa es un grupo de apoyo para padres de niños con diferentes habilidades y/o necesidades especiales. Nuestra misión es ofrecer talleres de Servicios y Recursos relacionados con la Educación Especial mensualmente. Un representante del equipo de mentores de SKC estará disponible para contestar preguntas sobre el acceso a servicios a través del Centro Regional de San Andreas.Los talleres son presentados en español e inglés totalmente gratis y abiertos al público. Este grupo es apoyado por Special Kids Crusade. Para más información:Rosy Montoya (831) 674-3560 o Faustino Salvador (831) 272-1310.

Top


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, November 18 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

Top



San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, November 20 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Campbell Office
300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 170, Campbell

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (Campbell) office. For a list of the 2017 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

Top


Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures
Wednesday, December 6 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point
Point Lobos is located on Hwy 1, 2.2 miles south of Carmel
View Flyer

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair. Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos and more will be stationed along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive. For more information, visit www.pointlobos.org or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator at melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov or call (831) 625-1470.

Did you know? The Point Lobos Foundation offers grants to cover the cost of entering Point Lobos for the Easy Access Adventure Program. If cost is a prohibitive factor for you, we encourage you to apply for one of these grants. Applications must be received and approved at least one week prior to the visit date.

Top


"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop
Wednesday, February 7 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Shepherd Fund ~ 1641 North First St., Suite 155, San Jose

This FREE interactive presentation by special needs planning attorney Lorna J. Drope will inform you on how to prepare and protect your loved one with a developmental disability and keep him/her from harm or exploitation as they approach and enter adulthood. Learn how a limited conservatorship can protect an adult with developmental disabilities while allowing for the development of maximum self-reliance and independence.

Speaker Lorna J. Drope is a tax and estate planning attorney who has been practicing law in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a Masters in Tax Law. She has clients in Monterey, San Jose.

This is a FREE workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Click here to register.

 

 
   
Please contact us to learn more and join our mailing list.
Special Kids Crusade
1900 Garden Road, Suite 230, Monterey, CA 93940-5334
EIN 20-8580107

Phone: 831-372-2730
Email us:
mail@specialkidscrusade.org
© 2017 Special Kids Crusade. All Rights Reserved.