Multimedia

Welcome to the ECF Multimedia Center. We invite you to our videos and listen to some music (see below). If you have any questions, please contact Debbi Winter, Chief Development Officer, at (310) 845-8050 or dwinter@ecf.net.

VIDEOS

We are pleased to share the ECF story though the words of our clients and their families. We invite you to meet our clients and their families and also learn about exciting events throughout Southern California.

ECF Overview with President/CEO Scott Bowling

Scott Bowling, President/CEO of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF), shares stories of three clients. ECF’s mission is to to provide the highest quality of services for children, students, and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential.

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Former ECF client Fred Galvez now helps other adults with special needs as an employee at ECF’s Developmental Activities Center.

After her daughter’s death, Ana Kim finds comfort by working at ECF’s Early Start program.

The “First Ever” ECF Golf Benefit Now in its 32nd Year

This event, held annually for over thirty years, was held at Los Robles Greens on September 19, 2014. Click here to learn about the event’s history.

Nearly 100 golfers enjoyed golf, a silent auction, a raffle, and an awards dinner.

“Every year for the past 32 years, this gathering has become ECF’s family reunion. Like most families, there are the father and mother figures who have been with us from the beginning, our sibling-like peers who we’ve seen grow and develop alongside our own changing reflections, and the newcomers to the family, whose wide-eyed enthusiasm infuses us all with new perspectives and energy. It’s encouraging that each of these demographics are represented again. Established by parents who wanted the very best life possible for their children, Dale Fukamaki’s love for his daughter Terri motivated his involvement with ECF, and a couple of years later, that love translated into this tournament,” said Scott Bowling, ECF President and CEO.

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Left-to-Right: Darren Ghanayem (VP, CIO, Commercial Business, Anthem) and Scott Bowling (ECF President and CEO)

golf_bannerECF thanks event title sponsor Anthem for all its support on and off the course.

Golf---Large-GroupLeft-to-Right: Grady Smith, Terri Fukamaki-Walker, Gali Basel, Will Basel (ECF Board Member), Scott Bowling (ECF President and CEO), Shelley Smith (ECF Chairperson of the Board), Les Abell (ECF Board Member), and Dr. Jason Bolton (ECF VP of Children and Family Programs).

Governor Brown Appoints ECF President Scott Bowling to California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

Culver City, CA (September 12, 2014) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is proud to announce that California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Scott Bowling, Psy.D., President and CEO of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF), to the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Behavior Sciences (BBS) for a four-year term.

“I am honored by this appointment to the Board of Behavioral Sciences and thank Governor Brown for his support. I look forward to bringing attention to the need for quality mental health services and advocating for improved care. I also look forward to sharing mental health successes learned by the Exceptional Children’s Foundation,” said Scott Bowling, Psy.D., President and CEO of ECF.

The mission of the BBS is to protect Californians by advocating for improved mental health services as well as determining and enforcing standards. The BBS is the California state regulatory agency responsible for licensing for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). The Board also works alongside other mental health agencies and organizations to advocate for increased consumer awareness and access to mental health services.

The Board is composed of 13 members. The Governor appoints 11, the Speaker of the Assembly appoints one, and the Senate Committee on Rules appoints another. The Board and its committees meet several times during the year throughout California.

Read the Governor’s complete announcement here:
http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18691

Learn more about the BBS here:
http://www.bbs.ca.gov

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 sites throughout Los Angeles County. ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

(Culver City, CA – August 25, 2014) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation. This grant will provide support for a variety of art enrichment programs for students with special needs at ECF’s Kayne Eras School.

Thelma Pearl Howard served as housekeeper for Walt Disney for 30 years. After her passing in 1994, The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation was established in her name at the California Community Foundation. Her will stipulated that a fund be designated for disadvantaged children. Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation grants support programs in Los Angeles that focus on quality arts-based education enrichment activities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“ECF is grateful for the support from The Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation. This generous grant will allow us to make a positive impact on the children we serve and expand the enrichment opportunities available to them,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

When Mrs. Howard passed away, she left behind a grown son with developmental disabilities. Due to her experiences, she understood that children with developmental disabilities can have a hard time expressing themselves. Arts activities benefit the cognitive and physical development of Kayne Eras School students, helping them to develop the self-confidence, social skills and verbal capabilities to suitably express themselves – not just in the art studio, but also in the classroom.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves 3,200 clients and their families at 15 sites throughout Los Angeles County. ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation Receives Grant from the Eisner Foundation

(Culver City, CA – July 7, 2014) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from The Eisner Foundation. This grant will provide support for educational and therapeutic services to 190 K-12 students with special needs at ECF’s Kayne Eras School.

The Eisner Foundation was started in 1996 by Michael D. Eisner, then-Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and his wife Jane as a way to focus their family’s philanthropic activities. The Foundation awards grants to deserving nonprofits to provide access and opportunity for disadvantaged children and the aging of Los Angeles County.

“ECF is grateful for the support from The Eisner Foundation. This generous grant will allow us to make a positive impact on the children we serve and expand the opportunities of our high school graduates,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of ECF.

In the words of Jane Eisner, “We want our efforts to help children not just temporarily, but enduringly, by giving them the tools to dream and their families the resources to realize those dreams.”

Learn more about The Eisner Foundation at www.eisnerfoundation.org.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves 3,200 clients and their families at 15 sites throughout Los Angeles County. ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation Announces Inspirational High School Graduation

Culver City, CA (May 29, 2014) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) announces its annual high school graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30. The event will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Tom Arnold Auditorium at the Kayne Eras School at 5350 Machado Road in Culver City.

Many of the students who attend ECF’s Kayne Eras School, a nonpublic school, have been unable to succeed in traditional school settings and have been told over and over that, due to their special needs, they are “unteachable.”

“However, with small class sizes, individualized attention, and the support of highly trained special education teachers, ECF is committed to reaching and teaching every student who enters our doors. The annual graduation ceremony is a tribute to the hard work achieved by both students and faculty,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO, of Exceptional Children’s Foundation.

This year, 15 ECF students will earn their high school diplomas and prepare for the next chapter in their lives: attending two-year or four-year colleges, vocational training, employment in the community, or an adult program of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation.

Inspiration abounds at this graduation ceremony. Here’s one success story: At age 17 with a learning disability, Clyde enrolled at ECF’s Kayne Eras School with a history of academic struggles and unacceptable behaviors. Surrounded by teachers who worked with him one-on-one, Clyde felt valued and respected by his teachers in a way he never had before. He became a model student and served as a peer mentor. Clyde plans to become an electrician and eventually an entrepreneur.

About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves 3,200 clients and their families at 15 sites throughout Los Angeles County. ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.