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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Special Kids Connect


Special Kids Connect develops resources, raises awareness and provides support for children with disabilities and their families in Monterey County.

The Big Idea

Special Kids Connect’s REACH Academy provides online education and enrichment opportunities for young people who have special needs in reading, math and the arts. Through small group and one-on-one instruction, the academy is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities and academic needs, while also encouraging social skills development in an online environment. REACH matches special-needs kids with high school volunteers—and with each other—for weekly instructional sessions that make online learning fun and inclusive. The program is fully accessible to every child with special needs in Monterey County, regardless of their location or socioeconomic status.

Parents of children with special needs often hear the term “inclusion,” but rarely do we encounter a program that delivers. Special Kids Connect’s REACH programs do just that. Age, income, and level of ability do not matter. REACH programs are focused on fun rather than on competition. With the utilization of enthusiastic, caring, and delightful volunteers, REACH participants with their own unique needs are able to thrive and participate. Special Kids Connect does not just provide programs, but rather a community where everyone is welcome. And for that I am eternally grateful!

- Lecia Duplechin