FREE Tickets Available to see AXIS Dance Company

Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00 p.m.
AXIS Dance Company’s Target Family Performance
as seen on So You Think You Can Dance

FREE Ticket Offer
20 tix available

Audience members of all ages (6 & up) will be inspired by the program and leave excited about dance.  Don’t miss this amazing event — grab your closest friends and family and we’ll see you at the show.

AXIS creates, performs, and teaches “physically integrated dance”— a contemporary dance form that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities.

Axis Dance Company, one of the country’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, will change the way you think about the possibilities of the human body forever.  The Company is known for its high artistic and educational standards and for cutting edge collaborations with world-renowned choreographers and composers.

WHERE:  Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St. Oakland, CA
[b/w 14th & 17th Streets, near 12th Street BART]
*Wheelchair accessible venue   **ASL available

RSVP: Please contact Mollie at (510) 625-0110 or by Nov. 23rd.  Please include First & Last Name, # of Tickets, and Age Range — and please indicate that you are calling from Matrix Parent Network.  Program is recommended for children 6 years and older.  20 tickets available on a first come, first served basis.
Complimentary tickets offered through he generous support of Target.

Halloween Tricks: How to Turn a Sometimes Scary Holiday into a Treat for Your Child With Special Needs … and YOU!

Ah, the holidays.  For many parents who have children with special needs, thinking about the cascade of parties, visitors, photo ops, and food that flows from October 31st – January 1st can be … frightening.  It’s ironic that the first big holiday geared toward children can also be the scariest.  It has all of the regular holiday expectations PLUS a scratchy, poufy, hot, ugly, “not-the-Spiderman-one-I-wanted” costume.  Gulp, costume.

If you’re happily looking forward to this year’s Halloween, then you’ve probably already found some great tricks that work well for your family.  However, if you find yourself in need of some help, check out some things we’ve found around the web that may help you relax and enjoy this fun holiday with your family.

Choosing a costume can be a daunting task for even the most creative parent.  Below are some costume ideas for children with mobility difficulties, fabric sensitivities, allergens, or other challenges:

If you are a parent of a child with juvenile diabetes, Celiac disease, food allergies, or  other dietary restrictions, you may find yourself playing the tough role of candy cop on Halloween.  Or, you may have decided that sugary treats just aren’t good for your child’s health or teeth.  Here are some alternatives to candy that can keep everyone smiling:

Halloween is a scary holiday, but for kids with special needs, fear and anxiety can be compounded by a variety of different triggers.  Crowds, noise, the dark, and high expectations can turn the holiday sour pretty fast.  Here are some tips for parents to help you and your kids enjoy the day:

You may decide to simply have a night at home.  Here are some fun things you can do around the house.

If the idea of watching Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street with your kids leaves you feeling a little queasy, here are some kid-friendly Halloween movie suggestions.  These flicks don’t skimp on the scary, but leave the gore alone:

Ski with Disabled Sports!

It’s almost ski season — and time to make adaptive  snowsports lesson reservations for groups! Disabled Sports offers three resorts to choose from this year:

Students/patients/clients with disabilities are encouraged to participate in lessons as often as possible, as a group or individually.  A maximum of 3 scholarship lessons are available to those who qualify.  Please remember that these scholarships are available on a first-come-first-served basis to those who qualify. (See attached scholarship application.)

Disabled Sports Membership fees are $30 per person, or $10 for those who qualify for scholarships. You can also pay as a group for $100, whichever is less.

Make your reservations before DECEMBER 1st by calling Cindy Smith at 530-581-4161×202 or email

After November 1st reservations are open to the general public and fill up quickly.

Israel birthright trip for people with special needs

Isreal Trip

This trip is a FREE gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel, in partnership with Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities.  Yachad is dedicated to enhancing life opportuniites of those with disabilities and including them within the Jewish community.

Taglight-Birthright Israel Yachad profices an opportunity of a lifetime.  Participatns experience a trip to Isreal with other Jewish young adults and strengthen their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish people!

With safety always the first priority, the group will enjoy time in Jerusalem and Northern Isreal.  They will ride camels, visit Masada, and participate in many other exciting activites around the country.

Eligibility requirements:  This trip is for individuals with special needs, ages 18 – 26, who have never been to Isreal before on a peer trip.

Yachad provides trained staff to accompany all participants.

For more information, please contact Nicole Bodner, LMSW:; 212.613.8266  Deadline: September 10, 2012