Special Needs

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Families Challenge Children’s Removal From Specialized Medical Care

The families of four Florida children with special health-care needs have filed a challenge to a new state process that removed them from a program providing services to medically fragile kids.


A 12-year-old autistic girl died in Lauderhill in September 2013 in an apartment.  (Source: CBS4)

Four Indicted In Death Of Autistic Child

A Broward Grand Jury has indicted four people in connection to the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl found dead in her Lauderhill home.


Composite sketches on the left and mug shots on the right of Juan and Nicole Jimenez, who have been arrested and charged with the abduction and sexually assault of an 11-year-old special needs girl in Miami in June. (Source; Miami Police Department)

Police Make Arrest In Sexual Assault Of 11-Year-Old

Two people have been arrested in connection with the June abduction and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Miami, according to police.

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Michelle Coffey-Garcia and Claudia Orrett, creators of "Unique Me" magazine, talk to CBS4's Shannon Hori. (Source: CBS4)

Inspiring Moms Take Challenging Situation To Help Others

Two South Florida mothers have taken a challenging situation and used it to refocus their own lives and in the process, impact others.


A computer, like this one, used to teach special needs kids was stolen from a Florida City school. (CBS4)

Educational Computer Stolen From Florida City Special Needs School

A computer designed for special needs students was stolen from a Florida City school last weekend, according to a police report filed by the school’s director.


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Tamarac Rec Center Accused Of Hostility Toward Special Needs Kids

The operators of a summer camp for special needs kids say the manager of a family recreational center in Tamarac have crossed the line.


Claudia Orrett (My TV33)

Focus On South Florida: “Unique Me” Magazine

A magazine geared for parents of children with special needs launched this week. The editor and publishers of magazine “Unique Me” talk about resources available for children with physical, medical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and educational special needs and their typically developing siblings.

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(CBS4) Dolphins from Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo.

Aquatic Adventures: Dolphins Help Special Needs Kids

This week’s Aquatic Adventures is about a Key Largo family who had to endure years of struggle with their young son’s health. Ultimately though his struggle lead to something much bigger than they could have ever known; a special place in the Keys where people with special needs find hope while swimming with dolphins at Island Dolphin Care.



Special Needs Residents & Pet Owners Act Now Before A Storm

The peak of hurricane season is nearly here. It comes around the second week of September. So are you still unprepared for a storm if you have special needs or pets?


Storm Tips for the Height iof Hurricane Season 2011

Curt Sommerhoff worries whether the next time a big storm threatens South Florida, it will be taken seriously. He warns ” It’s been 5 years since Hurricane Wilma and in this county we worry about […]