First Annual Parents United for Special Education Conference on Saturday, September 9, 2017. - FREE ADMISSION-

JOY will hold its 4th annual fundraiser, “Bring JOY to a Child’s Life” Dinner and Auction, at The Pavilion in Santa Monica, on May 30, 2015. If you are interested in helping a local organization that assists our special needs community, please consider donating merchandise, certificates, services and/or sponsoring the Dinner and Auction event.

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Hispanic Business Mom Launches JOY Foundation 

As a Hispanic business mother of twin sons who were both diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Maria Lupe Ibarra-Smith set out to provide therapeutic services to improve the quality of life for children with special needs as well as underprivileged children. That’s the focus of the Jewels of Youth (JOY) Foundation, which she founded...READ MORE

Dancer to Advocate for Children With Disabilities

When I first met Maria Lupe Ibarra-Smith was way back in the mid-1990’s when she was making the Hollywood rounds as a professional dancer. There were auditions, gigs, huge possibilities, disappointments and more gigs. Then she got married and was booked for life in her most important job ever: As a mother of twin sons who were both diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder...READ MORE