Here are just a few of the rapidly approaching, newsworthy events involving special needs.

March 1st:
Registration opens up to all individuals interested in attending the 8th Annual Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp, offered through Michigan State University’s Community Music School (MSU/CMS). RicStar’s Camp is open to individuals of all ages with a wide range of special needs, and their siblings. Scholarships are available. Camp fills up quickly! For more info and to download a registration form, Click here.

March 1st thru March 21st: Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) national awareness effort: 221 Days, 21 Quotes from 21 People with Trisomy 21 for World Down Syndrome Day. To submit a quote for consideration, click here. The person submitting the quote must have Down syndrome.

March 14th:
Holly Robinson Peete co-stars in the new season of The Celebrity Apprentice to help raise awareness/money for autism through her foundation the HollyRod Foundation. You go, girl!

March 21st:
World Down Syndrome Day. Click here.

April 9th-11th:
Abilities Expo Los Angeles Convention Center. Click here.

April 21st:
PBS program ‘Through a Dog’s Eyes,’ which chronicles the journey of individuals with special needs as they prepare for becoming recipients of assistance dogs. 8-9 p.m. ET. Check local listings to confirm. Find out more here.
VSA arts offers several contests/programs for creative souls with special needs. I love this organization, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more, click here.

Check back to this post for additional updates.
Photo by Judy Winter 2010