Events / Activities

Getting Ready for the Holidays in Colorado with the Santa Express Train

We've passed Halloween, we're coming up to Thanksgiving and preparing for Christmas. This year, one of our contributors is going to ride the Santa Express Train! The Santa Express Train, Colorado's favorite holiday train, runs through the Royal Gorge this Nov. 20 through Dec. 27, bringing more than 20,000 to the Royal Gorge Region over a six-week period. The Royal Gorge Route is offering more [...]

By | 2015-11-04T09:12:43+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities, Holidays|Tags: , |0 Comments

There's No Place Like Camp, Especially #Autism "Camp C.A.N.O.E."

Almost four years ago, our family found out there was an Open House for a new Autism camp coming to the Oklahoma City area. We excitedly packed our children into our vehicle and drove the thirty minutes away to check it out. The new Autism camp was going to be hosted by and held at CampFire Heart of Oklahoma located close to my hometown. When [...]

Purple Day is a Day to Support Those Living with Epilepsy

Purple day is a day that is celebrated around the world to help focus and bring awareness for those who suffer from epilepsy and seizures. This day is celebrated every year on March 26th. It is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. We celebrate this day in the hopes that people will come to understand the seriousness of this disorder, but [...]

Rare Disease Day 2014: Join Together For Better Care

If all the people in the world with a rare disease lived in one country, it would be the world’s 3rd most populous country (The Global Gene Project). According to Rare Disease Day’s website a rare disease is defined in the United States as one that affects fewer than 200,000 individuals at any one given time.  There are approximately 6000-7000 known diseases that fall into [...]

By | 2014-02-26T09:00:23+00:00 February 26th, 2014|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Great Bike Giveaway: Special Bikes for Special Kids

Do you remember the freedom you felt, the confidence you gained, the pride you had when you received your first bike? The Great Bike Giveaway will help give give children with special needs the same feeling you had when that shiny new bike arrived at your home. For the second consecutive year Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest giving away adaptive bikes to [...]

By | 2014-02-22T09:00:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus

Did you know.... Children's Colorado's South Campus in Highlands Ranch opened last month! The new South Campus features the only 24/7 pediatric urgent care facility in South Metro Denver staffed by board certified pediatric emergency medicine doctors and pediatric emergency nurses. It also offers a wide range of outpatient specialty clinics, inpatient and surgery care along with state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic services.

By | 2014-01-18T09:00:46+00:00 January 18th, 2014|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Visiting the Denver Firefighter Museum

Brought to you by the Denver Firefighters Museum The swell of Christmas is over. Many of us who now switch our endeavors to the entertainment of children home on school break, rather than running ourselves into insanity, and I have an idea for you. Not too long ago, in a post brought to you by the Denver Firefighter Museum, in the midst of my winter [...]

By | 2013-12-26T09:00:24+00:00 December 26th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Children's Advocacy Boot Camp

The first-ever Children’s Advocacy Boot Camp will be launching in January 2014. This new Children’s Advocacy Boot Camp builds upon the momentum Children’s Hospital Colorado has built in the past few years through its Speak Up initiatives, which have drawn more than 300 participants to learn how to advocate for children in a variety of settings. Designed to go even more in-depth, the Advocacy Boot Camp will [...]

By | 2013-10-27T09:00:00+00:00 October 27th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The STAR Center Launches a Scholarship Program for Military Families

STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, the premier treatment center for children with sensory challenges, is announcing a new scholarship program for children of military parents. This announcement is timed to create greater awareness about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in October during National Sensory Awareness Month. STAR Center scholarships provide financial aid to families seeking solutions for their children with SPD, and other sensory challenges related [...]

First-Ever Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – Pennsylvania is taking center stage in the disability community, hosting the first-ever Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo on August 23-26, 2013 in Lancaster, Pa. Presented by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), PA Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC) and Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL), the event will challenge people with disabilities to discover their very best lives as they test [...]

By | 2013-07-13T09:05:10+00:00 July 13th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: |0 Comments

The Passing of David Doe, The Autism Whisperer

Without the proper time to know him… just long enough for the connection to be made, the importance of his voice, really the importance of his life story illuminated from within him. But we lost him. One of our contributors, David Doe, passed away last week from various medical complications. From his wife: Everyone at Special Happens feels the sadness and loss within our community. [...]

By | 2013-06-11T14:32:26+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s, Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Understanding Primary Immunodeficiency for PI Awareness Month

April, among other things, is Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) Awareness Month. Although often represented by the blue ribbon, the PIDD community is also one of the “zebra” disorders.  Doctors usually learn in their first year of medical school that when they hear hoof beats, they should think horses, not zebras.  Zebra disorder is a slang reference to disorders that are uncommon or rare, but share symptoms [...]

Fighting Epilepsy One Night at a Time – Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner

Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner Saturday, April 20th, 6-10:30 p.m. Chicago, Il Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide and more than 2.7 million people in the United States; half of all patients are children The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, Fighting Seizures One Child At a Time is hosting a gala to help raise money to fight Epilepsy. “We are hosting a Gala to shine a light [...]

By | 2013-04-08T22:57:43+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Categories: Epilepsy, Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Best of Autism Awareness in 2013

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and kicks off National Autism Awareness Month. Some will say that Autism Awareness is every day, some will find the importance of our Nation and the World coming together with one unified purpose of enlightening just one more person about Autism.  Some writing will leave you in tears; some will lend you to cheer.  Still others will produce [...]

Nutrition Awareness Month – Comments from the Food Police

My friends call me the food police.  I am not offended, I am proud; I did not come to this status in life easy. It was only after having John that I really understood the connection between food, health, mood and long term care for the one and only body we will ever have. I was blessed my formative years were pure foods only.  I [...]

By | 2013-03-07T07:00:14+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, Food, National, Nutrition|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Gender Equality Month in March

March is Gender Equality Month. While it is something we try to think about all year in my house, the month gives us a reminder to stop and focus on the history that we take for granted and the challenges still ahead of us. I think by now we all know that gender is a societal construction. We learn what it means to be feminine [...]

By | 2013-03-04T07:00:53+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, Inspiration / Laughter, National|Tags: , |5 Comments

Spread the Word to End the Word

Retard a word in the English language and one that this past week I have heard used not only by some children but by grown adults, our sports athletes, our celebrity’s and family members all in reference to other children some with special needs, to adults, to our President and other government officials. It is a word that, to me is totally NOT acceptable and [...]

By | 2013-02-11T07:00:37+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Success at Monster Jam – Shows Still Remain

[dropshadowbox align="center" effect="lifted-both" width="305px" height="" background_color="#65AF34" border_width="1" border_color="#dddddd" ] Remaining show times are: Sat., February 9, 2013: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Sun., February 10, 2013: 2:00 pm [/dropshadowbox] Last night was opening night for Monster Jam (Monster Trucks) in Denver, and I’m excited to tell you that after a LOT of work and VERY good headphones, we made it through the entire night of [...]

By | 2013-02-09T14:08:03+00:00 February 9th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|0 Comments

Don't Miss Monster Jam in Denver

Just about this time last year, our family attended one of the most thrilling and electricity filled shows ever… Monster Trucks at Monster Jam! This year, we will find ourselves there again along with the headphones and other consideration for the sensory sensitivities our family has.  You can see some of those considerations and preparations here. In Denver, you can take the family to see [...]

By | 2013-02-05T04:00:03+00:00 February 5th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , |0 Comments
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