New Sensory Room for Fullerton Special Education Students – Opening May 24 with Assembly Member Quirk-Silva, Mayor Whitaker, Mayor Pro Tem Sebourn and Council Member Silva
Partnership between Fullerton Cares and Fullerton School District Serving Children with Autism and Sensory Needs in General Education Setting
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FULLERTON, CA – With a new autism diagnosis rate of 1 in 59, Fullerton Cares has partnered with Fullerton School District to open the new sensory room for individuals with autism and other sensory needs at Sunset Lane Elementary School Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 4:00 pm at 2030 Sunset Ln. in Fullerton in order to serve this growing population. [Video: https://youtu.be/6G8xLfGngZs]
The grassroots efforts of Fullerton Cares, corporate sponsors, Fullerton legislators and civil leaders, the opening will be celebrated by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker, Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn, City Council Member Jesus Silva, illustrating the collaborative effort making this new resource available to people with disabilities in Fullerton schools.
The sensory room is possible because of the vision of 1st-3rd grade teacher Amy Jahn who supported the idea from conception through implementation and the encouragement of Tracy Gyurina, school site principal.
One unique aspect of this sensory room is the setting, located in a general education campus, providing inclusion opportunities for students of all abilities and featuring a swing structure with multiple swings, a touch wall for tactile input, a squishy corner, multiple sensory bins, light up bubble tubes, and an outdoor garden area.
With the increase in the diagnosis rate, Fullerton Cares supports those in the community that are passionate about their projects that help each child and make dreams of inclusion come to life.
Fullerton Cares Founder and parent to a child with autism, Larry Houser, says of the sensory room, “Fullerton Cares is deeply appreciative of the outpouring of community support to spread autism awareness and raise funds for local autism initiatives.”
Fullerton Cares Director Summer Dabbs, says, “This is an amazing opportunity we get to give to kids of all abilities to enjoy thanks to all the love and support we receive from the community. This wouldn’t be possible without them.”
The Sensory Room was made possible through corporate and community supporters Disney VoluntEars Community Grant, Woman’s Club of Fullerton, Raincross Escrow, and the Fullerton School District.
ABOUT FULLERTON CARES: Awareness, acceptance and action are the pillars of Fullerton Cares, a nonprofit spreading autism awareness throughout North Orange County founded by Lawrence Houser, after being inspired by his son, Boyd, with autism. Raising funds for autism charities and programs in Fullerton schools through organized awareness and entertainment events, Fullerton Cares was founded in 2010 and has raised over $75,000 for autism initiatives. http://fullertoncares.com/ https://www.facebook.com/FullertonCaresAutismFoundation
ABOUT AUTISM: According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects 1 in every 59 American children. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate, develop social relationships, and can be accompanied by behavioral challenges.