. November 2, 2017.

As parents, we all want our children to be happy, loved and accepted. This is especially true for parents with children that have special needs. Here we’ve compiled stories of hope and resilience, along with local resources to help you and your family get the support you need to be the best version of yourself.

Click the links below to explore our ready resources for families.

How parents can help children with special needs make friends in the classroom. 

Support for children with special needs from local mothers. 

Make the holidays more fun for kids with sensory issues. 

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed

Location varies depending on class or activity
734-994-2300 | a2schools.org/reced
Rec & Ed warmly welcomes and encourages the opportunity for everyone to express themselves in a safe, accepting environment. Our core values drive our mission to enhance the quality of life for everyone through recreation and education. We strive to serve one and all in our community. Check out a2schools.org/reced for upcoming programs, such as Fun Night Out, Strike Force Bowling, TOPSoccer, Moving to the Music, Sunday Family Flag Football, and First Steps.

Children’s Center for Growth and Development

6276 Jackson Rd. Suite K, Ann Arbor
734-821-6915 | childrenscenterforgrowth.com
The Children’s Center for Growth and Development is a pediatric therapy center specializing in Speech and Language therapy, Occupational therapy and Physical therapy. Our facility is a professional, family oriented environment dedicated to improving the well-being, confidence and future of the children we serve. Through strategic play and collaboration with parents and professionals we strive to provide the highest quality of services to meet the individual needs of each child.

Night To Shine

2|42 Community Church, in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Lansing, & Saginaw
Night To Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience presented by the Tim Tebow Foundation for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, all four of 2|42’s locations (Ann Arbor, Brighton, Lansing, and Saginaw) will welcome hundreds of honored guests for this exciting event. This event is open to the public. Admission is free, but space is limited, so guests will need to pre-register online at 242community.com/nighttoshine. For more information, contact Mandy Fisher at mandy.fisher@242community.com.

Wild Swan Theater

Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. (Season Performance Site)
734-995-0530 | Wildswantheater.org
Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional theater of the highest artistic quality for families and to making that theater accessible to everyone including low income, minority and disabled children through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs. All of their season performances are shadow interpreted for those who are deaf and hearing impaired, and they offer backstage touch tours and audio-description for blind theater patrons. Just in time for the holidays, Wild Swan brings Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, “Little Women” to the stage December 7 – 10.

Parables: All-Abilities Inclusion Worship

First Congregational Church of Chelsea, UCC 121 E. Middle St. Chelsea, MI
Our community is unique in that we “put the marginalized in the middle” of our attention and care. We feel privileged to learn and grow in faith through the leading of the most vulnerable among us. Our worship includes Sasha (our therapy dog), fidgets, noise-cancelling headphones, a visual schedule board, movement scarves and instrument parade, with an eye for creating participation opportunities for all. For more information, contact Pastor LeAnn Seto at marginsmatter@chelseafcc.com or by calling the church office,

Metropolitan Speech, Sensory & ABA Centers

Locations include: Dearborn Heights, Plymouth, Rochester, Saline, South Lyon, Sterling Heights
313-278-4601 | MetroEHS.com | info@MetroEHS.com

Metropolitan Speech, Sensory & ABA Centers specializes in assisting individuals with therapy services including ABA, Occupational, Physical & Speech. Our locations have the unique availabilty to provide multiple types of therapy in one location. Our team also offers services via Tele-therapy for families that desire to have therapy services done at home and have maximum involvement in their loved one’s treatment. In addition to these services, our award winning Saline Center (formerly My Urban Toddler) offers play sessions, birthday party packages and offerings for caregivers that include yoga and massage therapy. Metro EHS is a one stop shop for families & would be honored to serve you.
Please contact us today for more information 313-278-4601 or info@MetroEHS.com and www.MetroEHS.com.