Children First: Special and Successful

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Students with special needs are finding success!

ABC30 will rebroadcast its new Children First program, Special and Successful, on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26 at 10:30a.m. and Saturday, June 15 at 5:00p.m.

Action News anchors Dale Yurong and Graciela Moreno host the television special focusing on local programs helping students with special needs.

The special includes a story about the Bright Start program in Tulare County. It offers early intervention services for children. ABC30 takes you inside an IRC or Intervention Resource Classroom where students with special needs learn coping strategies including meditation. Meet four- year old Jade Ortega. She has Down Syndrome but thanks to UCP Central California she is learning how to communicate with sign language and the PECS or Picture Exchange Communication System. Children with disabilities are playing sports at Valley Children's Adaptive Sports program. The Workability program is helping teenagers and young adults get ready for the workforce. ABC30 also shares programs stressing inclusion.

Children First is a year-round effort focusing on challenges and opportunities among our youth in Central California. The program shows how the average person can make a difference in a child's life and highlights local organizations working with children. The Children First campaign includes half-hour programs like "Healthy Choices", thirty-second public service announcements and special stories on Action News.

Fresno Unified's 'Workability' program provides adults with special needs opportunity to work

Nothing can hold back these kids thanks to Valley Children's 'Adaptive Sports' program

'Bright Start' program helping children with disabilities in Tulare County

Programs in the Valley fighting for inclusivity for people with disabilities

Valley center helps 4-year-old Jade communicate using sign language and PECS

Program helping students in Tulare Co. cope with learning disabilities


Here are some resources available for those with special needs

Tulare County Office of Education

Valley Children's Hospital

UCP Central California

Adaptive Sports

Intervention Resource Classrooms

Bright Start


For Learning and Attention Issues

Central Valley Regional Center

Exceptional Parents Unlimited-EPU

Sensory Friendly Movies

Maya Cares

Kids Café

Special Olympics

Happy Trails Riding Academy

The Creative Center-Visalia

Inspiration Park
5770 W. Gettysburg
Fresno CA 93722
(559) 621-2974

Break the Barriers

California Autism Center and Learning Group

Resources for Independence Central Valley

Down Syndrome Association of Central California

National Alliance on Mental Illness

First 5 California

ABC30 thanks its partners below for putting Children First in the Central Valley.

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