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Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2022

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 Ability-Inclusive Enrichment Programs give youth with and without special needs opportunities to interact, have fun, and develop skills of inclusion that are transferable to all areas of their lives. With annual offerings in a variety of sports, academic enrichment, and the arts, REACH gives young people the opportunity to participate at their own level and at their own pace while developing gross motor skills, enhancing cognitive abilities, and socializing with peers and adults in nurturing, supportive environments.

Equally important is the way REACH programs break down barriers between young people who have special needs and their neurotypical peers. REACH gives youth of all abilities the opportunity to interact, have fun, and learn that, regardless of an individual’s unique and special needs, we are all more alike than different.

Special Kids Connect has managed to create REACH programs that our son can take part in and truly enjoy. Most importantly, he feels included. He has gained confidence and a sense of purpose by having a space where he is allowed and encouraged to be an active participant to the best of his ability, instead of simply being a spectator.

- Alicia Flores