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Safety and Resource Fair addressing developmental disabilities February 23 – Mission Viejo

The City is joining forces with Community Autism Now and Us Too Gymnastics to host the first safety and resource fair addressing developmental disabilities on Saturday, February 23.

The “IN UNITY WE LIVE: Safety and Resource Fair Addressing Developmental Disabilities” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

The event will include activities that blend parent education with fun for kids. Participants can sign up for professional mini one-to-one consultations, receive free Child-Safe ID cards from Mission Viejo Police Services and enjoy nail art, free crafts and opportunity drawings. Local agencies will provide information on art, education, finance, government programs, psychology, recreation, sports, safety and therapy. Dr. Dean Leav, an NBC News child psychologist, will be on hand to discuss “Common Mistakes Loving Parents Make.”

The fair will also feature Dani Bowman, an inspirational 17 year old with autism who founded Powerlight Studios at age 11. She will demonstrate animation and illustration artwork.

The need for such an event is evident. Data shows about 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006–2008. Parent-reported developmental disabilities increased 17% from 1997 to 2008.

“We are lucky to have a group of moms including LeeAnn Segan, president of Community Autism Now, Dena Lusardi, owner of Us Too Gymnastics, and Mission Viejo resident Dana Dear leading this very important and educational event,” said Mayor Pro Tem Trish Kelley. “They all have children with autism and know the challenges parents face everyday …”

Lunch – including a gluten-free menu – menu will be available for purchase from Quizno’s and Loving Nutrition.

For more information, visit or call Tammy Descoteaux at 949-470-3094MV-Seal-150x150



Rebecca is a stay at home mom of 2 boys with Autism that keep her very busy. She has been writing her blog “The Real Moms of OC” for 2 years. She is a wife, mom, slayer of dragons, CEO of the home, bus driver, maid, short order cook and princess. She also runs through the mud and half marathons. She managed with the help of an amazing medical team to beat breast cancer and is thankfully cancer free for 3 years.
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