The Debary, Fla., City Council has agreed to a resolution that will allow 3-year-old J.J. Hart to keep his pet chickens. The Hart family threatened legal action against the city in federal court for violating the Federal Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
New York's Ithaca College is using a unique therapeutic approach to help non-verbal children with autism. Strides is an 8-week intensive program developed by the school along with Southern Tier Alternative Therapies Inc. (STAT) that combines horeseback riding with iPads equipped with speech-generating applications.
The ‘Surf Gods’ were looking down on Montauk today, when a foggy morning turned into blue skies for the Surfers Healing event held at Ditch Plains Beach! Surfers Healing Foundation is a California based group that works with individuals with special needs to give them a unique and often life changing experience in the ocean on a surfboard!
At the 9th Annual Beach Bash, California-based Surfers Healing helped kids ride the waves, many for the first time.
Surfers Healing Director Jeff Ekberg said ex-professional surfer Izzy Paskowitz, who has an autistic child, started the nonprofit organization. Paskowitz's son was having a tantrum on the beach one day, so he put him on a surf board and there was a positive response. From there, Surfers Healing was born.
“It was something they finally had a connection to,” Ekberg said.