When a Bay Area mom named Olenka Villarreal noticed a problem at most public playgrounds she made it her mission to find a fix. Vern Glenn talks to the founder of Magical Bridge Foundation. (4-17-21)
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Magical Bridge: A Bay Area Mom's Mission to Create Inclusive PlaygroundsWhen a Bay Area mom named Olenka Villarreal noticed a problem at most public playgrounds she made it her mission to find a fix. Vern Glenn talks to the founder of Magical Bridge Foundation. (4-17-21)
Thera: New Virtual Reality Treatment Helps Kids Grappling With Mental IllnessThera is a new online virtual reality treatment is proving beneficial for kids grappling with mental illness. The CEO of Thera Inc. Erin Bogdanski talked to BAF host Michelle Griego about the treatment.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Kicks Off Macy's Believe Campaign This Holiday SeasonJust in time for the holidays, the Make-A-Wish Foundation kicked off the Macy's Believe Campaign. Kids will send their letters to Santa and help raise millions. Make-A-Wish kid Anthony Slocumb and Kelsey Wetzstein from Make-A-Wish Bay Area share their story with Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego.
BART Official Urges Action to Fix Slow East Bay Paratransit ServiceMany with special needs in the Bay Area rely on paratransit buses which are often slow and unreliable. Now one East Bay official is taking action in response to an ongoing KPIX investigation. Juliette Goodrich reports. (8-31-18)
Bay Area Family Fights for Daughter's Right to Use Medical CannabisA Santa Rosa child is about to start kindergarten but a ban on cannabis could keep her out of the classroom. KPIX 5's Betty Yu reports on the unusual battle now playing out in court. (7-25-18)
Dad Runs 1000s Of Miles To Help Kids With Cancer In Honor Of His SonA Southern California dad is running thousands of miles to help kids with cancer, in honor of his son. Jessica Flores met him when he made a pit stop in the Bay Area.
Music Therapy Program Empowers The Developmentally DisabledJefferson Award Winner Co-Founded Maya's Music Therapy Fund
Special-Needs Riders Endure Slow Service on Paratransit VansImagine what it would feel like to sit in a bus for three-plus hours for a 14-mile ride. Then imagine what it's like for a disabled person. For many, that is a near-daily reality. Juliette Goodrich reports. (5-17-18)
Young Boy's Story Highlights Risks Foster Children FaceFoster homes are supposed to provide temporary safe living arrangements for children who can't stay safely with their own parents but often the children end up at even more risk. Susie Steimle reports. (5-11-18)
Golden State Warriors Team Up With Special Olympics To Host Basketball ClinicSome student athletes with developmental disabilities got to play ball with the pros Tuesday. John Ramos tells us about Freedom High School's annual Unified Basketball Clinic put on by the Warriors and Special Olympics.
General and Special Education Students Meet On Soccer Field at Golden Gate ParkThirty San Francisco schools took part in what's called a "unified sports" event, teaming up elementary, middle and high school students with their special ed classmates. John Ramos reports. (9-29-17)
Nemo, 2-Year-Old Black Lab, Sworn-In as Special Advocate in S.F. Court CeremonyCourt-appointed special advocate animals like Nemo represent abused, neglected and abandoned children in juvenile dependency court. Maria Medina reports. (8-25-17)
Girl Scout Lobbies Sunnyvale To Build Playground For Kids Of All Abilities18-year-old Esther Lucas spoke and a city council listened. Sunnyvale now stands to build a playground uniquely designed for kids with all kinds of abilities and disabilities. Sharon Chin reports. (7-14-17)
Big Minds 'Unschool' Helps Twice Exceptional Children ThriveJefferson Award Winner Founded Big Minds Unschool
Oakland Unified Moves To Cut Reading Clinic For Special Ed StudentsThe Oakland Unified School District says it's cutting a popular reading clinic for special education students because the district doesn't have the money. Da Lin reports. (6-1-17)
Kids Battling Cancer Enjoy Free Fun Day At Great AmericaIt was a very special Mother's Day for hundreds of Bay Area kids living with cancer. At Great America amusement park, cancer patients and their families enjoyed free admission and lots of fun at the 28th Courageous Kids event. Kiet Do reports. (5-14-17)
Jefferson Award Winner: Purvi ShahFor providing art therapy for kids with cancer and their siblings, this week's Jefferson Award in the Bay Area goes to Purvi Shah. Sharon Chin reports. (2-2-17)
California Boosts Foster Homes To Replace Group HousingA new recruiting effort aims to enlarge the pool of foster parents across California. Wilson Walker reports. (1-2-17)
Make-A-Wish Helps 9-Year-Old With Brain Tumor Market His Milkshake NationwideYoung Raffi Arabatyan love milkshakes and he's savoring the opportunity of a lifetime. Sharon Chin reports. (12-29-16)
Family House Provides Temporary Housing To Families With Children Undergoing Cancer TreatmentBay Sunday host Kenny Choi welcomes CEO Alexandra Morgan of Family House, a non-profit that provides temporary housing to children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Give To The San Francisco Firefighter's Toy DriveSan Francisco Firefighter's Toy drive organizers Paul Chin and Jill Peeler visit Bay Sunday to talk about the amazing work the firefighters have been doing for almost half a century, making sure kids get gifts for the holidays.
Sunflower Hill Is Where Kids With Autism Can Grow Up And Lead Independent LivesWhen kids with autism reach adulthood they may have trouble finding a place to live. A group of Bay Area parents is on a mission to give them the help they need.
Terminally Ill Boy Gets His Wish To Be A Garbage Man For The DayThe most unusual Make-A-Wish dream came true for a little boy in Sacramento. As Macy Jenkins tells us, he wanted to get behind the wheel of a garbage truck.
Newark Program Breaks Through The Silence For Deaf AdultsJefferson Award Winner Founded Deaf Plus Adult Community