Below are a list events going on in or around our community that might be of interest to parents who have children with special needs.
These events and/or announcements are not sponsored or endorsed by SEED, but are listed solely for informational purposes.
TSA: Children with Medical Conditions, Disabilities, or Mobility Aids
Inform the TSA officer if the child has a disability, medical condition or medical device, and advise the officer of the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process.
Inform the TSA officer if your child is able to walk through the metal detector or needs to be carried through the metal detector by the parent/guardian. You may carry your child to ease the screening process. The TSA officer will not remove your child from his/her mobility aid, wheelchair or scooter.
TSA Cares is a help line to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Call TSA Cares 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. You may also call to request assistance at the checkpoint. The number to call is (855) 787-2227. The phone line is staffed weekdays 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. ET and weekends/holidays 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET.
The TSA website has a kids’ section with a cartoon video to help children understand the screening process at the airport.
The Inclusion Project provides free assistance to support children birth through age 5 in licensed child care settings who are diagnosed with developmental delays or exhibiting developmental concerns. The Inclusion Facilitators work with early childhood educators to design individualized adaptations and strategies to allow the child care site to effectively support children with special needs. The project offers observations and screenings in the areas of child development, such as communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and social emotional development. Facilitators offer hands-on demonstrations of evidence-based practices and convey recommendations on reasonable accommodations. The Inclusion Project is part of The Contra Costa Child Care Council and can be reached at 925-676-5442 ext. 3113 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also assist families to create an environment at home that is calming and supports young children with self-regulation and sensory issues. An example of such an environment is Special Haven.
Special Haven is a non-profit that offers a supportive and multi-sensory environment by providing various sensory experiences through sound, smell, touch, and visual effects. Special Haven welcomes children and adults with special needs. The Multi-Sensory room is open for families to use with adult supervision, by appointment only 10am-5pm (closed on Wednesday and Sunday). Special Haven is located at 215 G Street, Antioch. To schedule time in the room or for more information call (925) 222-5322 or email them at email@example.com. Website: www.specialhaven.org.
Food Allergy Support Team of the East Bay (FAST-EB) provides information and support as well as providing a forum for sharing resources, ideas and experience.
Meeting are on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m., 370 N. WigetLane, Suite 210, Walnut Creek. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEED (Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization run by parent and community volunteers to benefit diverse learners in Lafayette, California.