Free Information And Resource Conference For Special Needs Families Around San Francisco

By Karen Faciane

  2014 Information & Resource Conference ★     Knowledge is Power     ★ A free conference for families of children with disabilities, the professionals that work with them, and the community at large. It's on again this Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm ... Read More

Golden State Warriors Special Needs Family Appreciation Night

By Karen Faciane

Special Needs Family Appreciation Night with the Warriors!   Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns: Families of children with special needs can enjoy the game on March 9! If you and your kids like basketball, then you might want to check out the Golden State W... Read More

Annual Health Summit for Special Needs Families

By Karen Faciane

  On Monday, February 24, Family Voices of California (FVCA) ( will be holding its 12th annual health summit in the state capitol. From 8:30 - 5:00 pm, parents, caregivers, youth, providers, policymakers, advocates and more will come together at the Holiday Inn Capitol Pla... Read More

Giving Thanks

By Karen Faciane

In the spirit of the season, I would like to give thanks to everyone who takes the time to help our kids on the autism spectrum, be that a teacher, a therapist, a family member, a neighbor..... the list could go on forever. I also give thanks to our children, without whom I would never have l... Read More

Free and Fun Azure Concerts for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

By Karen Faciane

This November 16, 2013 and December 7, 2013, Stanford University will be hosting free and fun Azure Concerts for children and young people on the autism spectrum.  I love their advertisement that says "Come, relax, and don't worry about behaviors!" How often do our children get an invitation like t... Read More

Support for Families Holiday Ice Skating Party

By Karen Faciane

As unbelievable as it seems to me, winter will be here in a second. With winter on the way, here come all those fun holiday parties for ourselves and our kids. And what better way to celebrate winter than with a little ice skating, I always say. Well, I don't actually say that, because I don't have ... Read More

Signing Time: Using Sign Language to Communicate

By Karen Faciane

When our children with autism have communication difficulties, we want to find the best avenues to assist them in expressing themselves and receiving information. With all of the brilliant technology available to us today, often parents (myself included) will immediately look into a device that will... Read More

What is your child eating at school?

By kimrice

What is your child eating at school? Steps you can take to improve the quality of food in your public school system. Our children, around the age of five or six, begin spending the most of their time at school. The majority of their calories are consumed on or around school property. They e... Read More

Halloween’s Almost Here in the Bay Area

By Karen Faciane

    Hard to believe it will be October in less than 5 days. Where 'o where did the year go? I say that every year. It just seems like I'm saying it sooner and sooner as each year flies by. So it is time to get those costumes ready! And what better place to show off those cute, scar... Read More

Autism and Developmental Progress At Any Age

By Karen Faciane

I don't do 'windows'---so to speak. Ever since my child's autism diagnosis, I have heard about the 'window' and it scared me for him. The window I speak of is the time period between the ages of roughly 1-5 years of age. So I, and many parents, have been told, your child's greatest possibility of ma... Read More