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The Foundation For Special People
350 S. Bixel Street
Suite 260
Los Angeles, California 90017
 
213-250-2400 Office
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linda@foundationforspecialpeople.org
About The Foundation For Special People
 

Imagine never having the opportunity to attend a holiday party, visit a theme park, or much less, travel to exotic destinations like Hawaii or Mexico. This is the plight of many individuals with developmental disabilities. However, for the past 15 years, the Foundation for Special People (FFSP) has provided social and recreational activities to enrich and normalize the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

Overview

Foundation For Special People (FFSP) is a nonprofit organization which was incorporated in November of 2003 specifically for the purpose of providing enriching opportunities and experiences for individuals with developmental disabilities. It was founded to serve the children and adults who have developmental, emotional, medical and physical disabilities such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, blindness, and hearing impairment. Its directors have successfully served individuals with developmental disabilities since 1993 offering exceptional social/recreational and travel experiences.

 
 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to contribute significantly to the mental, physical, affective, and social growth of individuals with developmental disabilities by helping them to assume greater responsibility for their own leisure time through the development of constructive recreational behaviors and activities.

We believe that individuals with developmental disabilities deserve the same opportunities as everyone in the general population. We provide these individuals with an environment to experience, learn, and discover the simple joys of everyday life through social recreational activities. The activities are designed to provide the framework for developing friendships and widening the circle of support in the community.

 
 

Activities & Events

All of our activities are community based with the goal of involving the participants in a variety of recreational experiences designed to build upon each individual’s skills in the areas of socialization and community living while developing appropriate behaviors.

Three annual events offered through FFSP are the “Sweetheart Ball” in February, the “Western Extravaganza” in April, and the “Snowflake Ball” in December held at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Los Angeles. Approximately 200 to 300 individuals with developmental disabilities attend each of the events each year. These two major events give these individuals a chance to dress in their finest attire, interact with others in a festive environment, enjoy a formal, sit-down meal, and dance to a live band.

 
 

Special Monthly Events

FFSP offers special events throughout the year. These events have included a Halloween Party and Dance, Day at the Races, Festival of Lights in Newport Beach, Disneyland, Disney Adventures, Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Universal Studio, Aquarium of the Pacific, bowling, and movies.

Travel Camps are offered during the summer months and provide unique vacation experiences for individuals who are 21 years of age and older. Traveling by coach bus, train, ship or airplane, excursions include destinations such as San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Francisco, Sacramento, Arizona, Florida, Laughlin, Reno, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Hawaii, and Mexico cruises. FFSP also offers lodging and activities for special needs relatives of out-of-state families vacationing in California.

 
 

FFSP Planned Activity

FFSP is in the process of creating a “Thursday Night Drop-In Center” for individuals with developmental disabilities to get together one night a week for fun activities such as bingo, billiards, ping pong, basketball, beauty makeovers/personal grooming, cookouts, videos, dancing, and karaoke.