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2013 Exhibitors

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Advance LA

At Advance LA we offer the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions by parents of teens and young adults with special needs, “What happens next?” We provide that much needed support that facilitates a greater level of independence for each of our clients based on their individual needs. The specialized and individualized nature of our program has allowed us to be successful with teens and young adults with a wide range of needs and diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Challenges, ADHD, and Emotional and/ Behavioral challenges including Dual Diagnosis.

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Autism Society of Los Angeles

The Autism Society of Los Angeles is a non-profit 501c3 corporation serving millions of people in the L.A. area affected by autism.

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family-friendly event and is a powerful force in funding vital research that will lead us to the answers we need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
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Camping Unlimited
Camping Unlimited is a non-profit organization providing special needs children and adults a full program of recreation, education, fun and adventure. Camping Unlimited’s program encourages independence, nurtures responsibility, develops competence and builds lifelong friendships in a warm supportive atmosphere of planned permissiveness.

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The Center for Learning Unlimited
The Center for Learning Unlimited’s mission is to reconnect complex children with their academic, social and emotional potential and thereby empower them to engage as citizens of the 21st century. The Center’s work has gradually evolved to include a major focus on the interventions required with students impacted by Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). The Center’s intervention model has been carefully honed to ensure that students receive the highly individualized, stepped programming they need.

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Diversity Rocks

Diversity Rocks is a joyful jewelry and art design studio nestled in the eclectic hills of Los Angeles.  Diverse, spiritual, bold and unexpected are the hallmarks of their creations.  Diversity Rocks proudly and compassionately partners with a variety of fundraising and awareness raising efforts.

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Exceptional Kids Parent Teacher Organization
EKPTO is dedicated to helping all kids with physical or developmental disabilities in the South Bay area. EKPTO focuses on providing social activities that help normalize the lives of special-needs students. The organization also assists classrooms with their fundraising activities and provides assistance not otherwise available through the school systems. EKPTO can help parents find needed support and assistance.
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The Friendship Circle of the South Bay

The Friendship Circle of the South Bay is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a dramatic difference in the lives of children and young adults with special needs, along with their families, through one-to-one peer mentoring and social-recreational programs in the homes, schools, and communities of the South Bay and surrounding areas.

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The Good Cookies & Beyond
The Good Cookies is dedicated to baking only the highest-quality gourmet products made with the finest Organic and All Natural Ingredients. Not only are our products Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, and Casein-Free, they are absolutely DELICIOUS!
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Goodwill Industries of Southern California

Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

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Hacienda Oaks Estates
The Mission of Hacienda Oaks is to provide a self-sustaining farm that will offer opportunities for the community to live green and healthy, while empowering adults with developmental disabilities to live meaningful and productive lives.
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The Center for Holistic Health

The holistic health treatment is a powerful preventative process that will make your body feel stronger, healthier and alive.  Visit the Center for Holistic Health and learn how you can enjoy a FRESH new you!  Please visit www.korolchiropractic.com

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Madison House Autism Foundation

Madison House Autism Foundation is dedicated to creating awareness of the lifespan challenges autistic adults and their families face; and to finding, developing, and promoting the solutions that allow adults with autism to make choices, live as independently as possible, hold jobs, feel connected to their communities and become participating members of our society.

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Merill Lynch

Merrill Lynch Philanthropic Management helps nonprofit organizations seek to streamline operating procedures, manage changes in governance and policy laws or the dynamics of government or foundation grants, offer donor-centered giving solutions, enhance investment returns, and maximize mission delivery. In order to achieve these important goals, Merrill Lynch Philanthropic Management helps nonprofit organizations implement comprehensive strategies, including efficient and effective management concepts, tools and techniques — all of which are available through Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center
MBHTC’s ‘Encompass Ranch’ believes that all persons can learn respectful and appropriate behavior and successfully participate in the community.  We provide an educational approach to replace even the most severe, challenging, negative behaviors with positive, acceptable choices.  At the Ranch there is no criticism, no rejection, no bridges burned, just an opportunity to learn a positive choice to replace a negative behavior.  Positive human communication is developed by utilizing the same skills that are initially learned to communicate with horses.  Everyone has a role in society.  Everyone is important!
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Mychal’s Learning Place

To assist children and adults with developmental disabilities to build self esteem and independence by providing social and recreational activities with an emphasis on life skills training in a safe and loving environment.

In doing so, we encourage each child to develop their individual talents and the skills necessary for them to interact and contribute to society.

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Newman Aaronson Vanaman
Since 1981, Newman Aaronson Vanaman has provided assistance to children with disabilities and families with members who are disabled. The firm is committed to assisting families and children needing specialized legal services. The firm’s attorneys, paralegals and support staff are actively involved in a variety of forums as they seek to improve the services children and adults with disabilities receive.

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Special Needs Project

Books, videos, DVDs and related items about mental and physical disabilities…for parents, professionals, educators, family members and persons with a disability. We have the largest collection of books about autism spectrum disorders (nearly 800 titles) we know of.

In 1869, John Muir wrote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.” That’s surely true of human growth and existence. At Special Needs Project we do our best to be a comprehensive resource for the entire community concerned with disability and child development. If there are books or other materials you think we should offer–we hope you will share them with us.

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Step by Step Program & Services

A community integration program for adults with disabilities. To promote positive living, working and recreational experiences for all of our clients in the Los Angeles community.

 

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The Tavon Center

The mission of Tavon Center is to provide meaningful daily experiences for young adults with disabilities in a caring, productive environment. Through working in the gardens, caring for animals, practicing daily living activities, and building interpersonal skills, participants gain capability and confidence.  Bonding with peers and staff creates a circle of friends, an invaluable support system for our participants. Daily stimulation and personal connections foster a healthy lifestyle that helps sustain physical and mental health.

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Train 4 Autism

Train 4 Autism is a foundation dedicated to bringing together a community of athletes, physically active, and socially conscious people who are committed to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with autism and their families. Fundraising and volunteer opportunities for individual athletes, teams and entire families include marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, walks, triathlons, swimming, and cycling events.
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 Woodsmall Law Group

The Woodsmall Law Group provides experienced, practical and sophisticated representation in matters related to the educational and community access rights of the special needs child. The firm is committed to assisting families as they navigate the complexities of the special education system.