special needs

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 […]

Miracle League hosts information expo

Miracle League hosts information expo

The Miracle League of Santa Rosa County (MLSRC) will hold an information expo at Tiger Point Community Center Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Potential players, volunteers and donors are all welcome to come enjoy light refreshments and learn more about Santa Rosa County’s new Miracle League field, which will celebrate its first […]

Special Needs Mardi Gras Parade

Get your families and your favorite beads ready to come and enjoy a morning filled with Mardi Gras fun at West Navarre Intermediate, 1970 Cotton Bay Ln., from 10 a.m. to noon. The Starfish Project of NWFL will have fun activities, goodie bags for the kids and king cake. For more information, call 850-204-8030 or […]

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

When Community Life United Methodist Church opens its doors for the second annual Night to Shine, hundreds of people with special needs will take part in a unique prom experience. Limousine rides, make-over stations, paparazzi and, of course, plenty of dancing will fill the night of Feb. 9 with fun. At the end of the […]

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.

County looks into disabled adult needs

County looks into disabled adult needs

As ARC of Santa Rosa, the county’s only exceptional adult day training facility, struggles to keep services in the county, the county commission is taking a deeper look into the need for these services. ARC of Florida CEO Deborah Linton said county commission chairman Rob Williamson approached the group to request that they bring a […]

Night to Shine for exceptional adults comes to Navarre

Night to Shine for exceptional adults comes to Navarre

Navarre’s exceptional adults will have the opportunity to “shine” Feb. 10, 2017, at Night to Shine Prom at Community Life United Methodist Church. Night to Shine is a national event created by the Tim Tebow Foundation to give those with special needs a prom experience. Event marketing committee chair for the event Amie Williamson said […]

Taylor credits team effort for her success as a teacher

Taylor credits team effort for her success as a teacher

As big of a deal as it is to be named a teacher of the year, Navarre High School’s Angie Taylor deflects the credit for her recognition elsewhere. The long-time Exceptional Student Education teacher and department head for ESE makes it known she owes her success to the four other people she works with each […]

Y receives inclusion grant for special needs programming

Y receives inclusion grant for special needs programming

For years, the Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre has made it a priority to include special needs children in its summer camps and after-school programs. The Y recently received a grant from the National Inclusion Project for the second consecutive year. Co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, the Project “serves to bridge […]

NHS students partner with community in business

NHS students partner with community in business

To be independent and as self-capable as possible. That’s a goal the Navarre High School Exceptional Student Education program and its 25 students share. The program lacks funding, but that has not stopped it from flourishing and becoming a model program for students with special needs. The students lack some capabilities but that has not stopped […]

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

The Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre will receive $10,000 as part of its partnership with the National Inclusion Project, which will allow children with disabilities to feel more included and comfortable during after school programs. “This grant will go to funding resources, improvements and training for children with special needs that come to […]