Kendra Booth

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 […]

Gala raises thousands for special-needs families

Gala raises thousands for special-needs families

In one night, the ladies and gents of Navarre raised more for the exceptional families of the Emerald Coast than they did in the entirety of last year. Emerald Coast Exceptional Families’ Bags, Bubbles and Bling event Sept. 29 was a huge success in its second year, said founder Kendra Booth. Read the full article […]

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 […]

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 […]

Starfish Project connects families with special needs

Starfish Project connects families with special needs

When parents are handed a diagnosis for their children, it can be a life altering moment. Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses come with unique and unimaginable challenges. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.