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Enjoy free vision, hearing and dental screenings and more at Special Needs Resource Fair

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7, Raising Arizona Kids magazine hosts its fifth annual Special Needs Resource Fair at Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center in Phoenix.

This is always a fun and meaningful day, where hundreds of families find valuable resources for children with developmental delays or diagnosed physical, intellectual, cognitive or behavioral disabilities and/or learning differences that require educational support.

Here are 10 reasons you won’t want to miss this event:

1. Free dental screenings. A.T. Still University Dental Clinics is providing free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish! About 12-15 students/residents and doctors are coming with supplies to provide the free screenings and fluoride varnish and will be able to screen up to 10 people at a time!

2. Free vision screenings for kids by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

3. Free hearing screenings for kids by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Both the vision and hearing screenings are often key to the early detection of conditions that can affect a child’s ability to learn.

4. Free rock climbing for children of all abilities. Ability 360 has an extremely popular 35-foot rock-climbing wall, and AZ on the Rocks is sponsoring this event so that kids of all abilities can enjoy it (while being supervised by Ability 360 staff).

5. Talk face-to-face with representatives from local nonprofits and vendors who can answer questions about disability law, disability-specific services, parent-support organizations, special-needs schools, education-support services, transition-to-adulthood services, respite care and much more.

6. Meet Allison Lefebvre, who appears on the cover of Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s September issue. Allison will be at her booth for her nonprofit Something So Worth It, which connects with parents who face difficult diagnoses during pregnancy. She’s also hosting a crown craft project for kids!

7. The event is fun for kids. Most vendors provide fun, hands-on activities to keep little hands busy while parents and caregivers ask questions. Kids can plant wildflower seed bombs, try on hats and props at a selfie station, play with colorful manipulatives and more.  

8. Get a private consulting session.  Raising Special Kids, the state’s official Parent Information Center, will be on hand to provide individual consulting to families that preregister for a specific time slot.

9. See a beautiful, accessible sports and fitness facility. Check out the resources at Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center while you’re there. The gym offers tons of youth and adult programs including a wide range of wheelchair sports and accessible swimming areas. 

10. Ride the light rail! Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center is located at 5031 E. Washington St., across from the new Valley Metro Rail line station.

Registration is recommended for this event, but walk-ins are absolutely welcome. We hope to see you Saturday!



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