SPECIAL NEEDS

Gigi’s Playhouse finishing reconstruction

The reconstruction era for North Dakota's only down syndrome achievement center is nearing its end

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Gigi’s Playhouse is planning its grand re-opening later this summer one year after a fire destroyed it. One year after a fire severely damaged the building, the playhouse is adding new services for people with special needs and their families across the F-M area who use the space as a second home. “We watched from across…

Special Olympics athletes return to action in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Another “return to normal” event brings the community together after the COVID-19 hiatus, the regional Special Olympics return. Athletes across western Minnesota compete at Moorhead High School where they show off skills and athleticism in front of friends and family. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office helped light the torch while students from Moorhead High School, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton,…

F-M Holds First Ever Special Needs Walk

The F-M Special Needs Support Network Group put on the walk

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Whenever Brianna Schjei takes her son Evan to a restaurant, she calls ahead to make sure she’s allowed to bring a lunch bag for him. “So far we haven’t been turned down, everybody’s been pretty accommodating,” Schjei said. Evan is one of many kids in the metro who has special needs. While he has autism and can’t eat…

“In Their Shoes” TNT Kid’s Fitness and Gymnastics Fundraiser Shows Support for Special Needs Programs

there were silent auctions, raffles and games

FARGO, N.D . — The Fargo-Moorhead community is showing their support for special needs programs at the ninth annual “In Their Shoes” fundraiser. Some say having a child with special needs isn’t always what people expect it to be. “Well it’s like packing for Italy and getting off in you know, Spain I guess. It’s so different,” said Nikki Hahn. But…

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Helping People with Special Needs Take to the Skies

There is hope and help for families feeling grounded by fear. KMSP Fox 9's Amy Hockert has this special report.

MINNEAPOLIS — Flying is stressful and it can be even harder if you’re traveling with someone who has special needs. There is hope and help, though, for families feeling grounded by fear through a new program in Minneapolis that’s looking to be a national model. When you’re little, life is full of unexpected moments. When you’re little and you have…