Emerald Coast Exceptional Families

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

It started around a cafeteria lunch table. Years ago, a handful of parents of children with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities in south Santa Rosa County conferred together at Navarre High School, united by concern for the future.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

1. How it all started Following the face stuffing of Thanksgiving and subsequent shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to giving back has been added to the holiday whirl. In 2012, the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact created #GivingTuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, the idea was […]

Beach getaway empowers moms of kids with special needs

Beach getaway empowers moms of kids with special needs

From breathing exercises to essential oils, 27 moms of exceptional children in Northwest Florida took a break from endless appointments and 24-hour childcare to relax at the Emerald Coast Exceptional Families’ Give Mom a Break event. This therapeutic retreat was held at Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach Friday through Sunday. Read the full article in […]

Emerald Coast Exceptional Families offers Halloween inclusion

Emerald Coast Exceptional Families offers Halloween inclusion

Emerald Coast Exceptional Families hosted their annual Special Needs Trunk-or-Treat Saturday to allow children with special needs to trick-or-treat in an environment suited for their disabilities. The Nandin family’s children pose with the Spectrum House Superheroes during Trunk-or-Treat. Spectrum House co-sponsored the event. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Fear Forest frightens for a cause

Fear Forest frightens for a cause

Leading up to Halloween night, Community of Christ church brought the fear last weekend during their annual Fear Forest. This haunted trail brought in hundreds of folks for screams and children’s Halloween activities. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Here are the top five events happening this week:   Wednesday, Sept. 26 Toes-N-Sand Windjammers on the Pier and the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier will show a movie favorite, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” on the big screen at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) Bring your family and a blanket. Food and beverages will be available to […]

Retreat to provide rare break for special-needs moms

Retreat to provide rare break for special-needs moms

From the moment Riley was born, doctors did not give him a good prognosis. With muscular deformities, issues of the hands and feet, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism, he had quite a battle ahead. Doctors did not think he would live, said his mom, Carol Stevens. But he did. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Devices for Disabilities gives children a voice

Devices for Disabilities gives children a voice

For children with disabilities such as autism, words may never come, but that does not mean they do not have a lot to say. Through the Devices for Disabilities program, Emerald Coast Exceptional Families (ECEF) and Cellular Nerd are giving those children a “voice.” Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre […]

Halloween events and festivities

Halloween events and festivities

Halloween events and family friendly festivities will be going on in Navarre and the surrounding area throughout the weekend as well as the day of Halloween. Listed below are some of the events taking place. Oct. 27   Halloween Haunt Join in the howling happenings for a frightfully fun time at the annual Halloween Haunt […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Designer Bag Bingo Emerald Coast Exceptional Families invites you for a girl’s night out on Friday, Sept. 22 for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Holley by the Sea Beach House. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Ticket purchase includes one set of bingo […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Fish Fry The Holley Navarre Senior Center’s annual fish fry will be on Friday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff Bob Johnson will be frying fish and hush puppies for $12 a plate, includes sides and drink. The public is invited to attend this event and help raise funds for the center […]

Exceptional families feel acceptance

Exceptional families feel acceptance

When a child is first diagnosed with a special need, many families are overwhelmed. West Navarre Primary School exceptional education teacher Alisha Justice said it can be daunting for parents. There are piles of paperwork that need attention. The search for resources and therapies becomes a constant part of life. Day-to-day activities, like getting a […]

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Navarre Beach Fire Station was abuzz Sunday as Uplift Fitness ladies took on the Firefighter Challenge. The event was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Fire Station, Uplift Fitness and Emerald Coast Exceptional Families (ECEF). Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]