To provide a safe and caring environment with programs including academics, physical development, positive behavior support, vocational training, independent living skills and communication training where individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential and improve their quality of life via a highly qualified staff; all-the-while providing support and encouragement to their families.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti
Cleta Harder – mother, wife, School Board member, PTA Officer, concerned citizen and friend; one of Cleta’s dear friends was at her “wit’s end” when it seemed that all doors were closed for her daughter with special needs. “There has to be somewhere children and their families can turn to for hope.”
After months of research and networking with various professionals, Cleta and a group of caring volunteers opened a location in Brea’s Pioneer Hall. Help for Brain Injured Children (HBIC) was born; and so began the mission of “Giving Hope” to individuals with disabilities and their families. Eventually HBIC settled in a La Habra location and received its 501(c)3 status in 1974.
The Cleta Harder Developmental School (CHDS) was then established and certified by the State of CA Board of Education as a Non-Public School (NPS), followed by the development of Camp HBIC and then Emily’s Place Adult Day Program (ADP). HBIC has help with many individuals with disabilities and their families in the Southern California region, while consulting with families throughout the world.
HBIC recognizes that each individual is unique, with their own challenges in coping with the demands of society, and believes that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential. It is our philosophy that all individuals have the right and the ability to learn.
Help for Brain Injured Children, Inc. (HBIC) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides programs for individuals with multiple disabilities. HBIC serves as the “parent company” to our three programs: The Cleta Harder Developmental School (CHDS), Emily’s Place Adult Day Program (EPU), and Camp HBIC.
The Cleta Harder Developmental School is a CA Department of Education certified non-public school. Not to be confused with a private school, as a non-public school CHDS is mandated just as all CA public schools are; with credentialed Special Education Teachers, Highly Qualified support staff and all other related services. Emily’s Place provides on-going support and community integration opportunities for those individuals with disabilities ages 22 and older. Moving away from academics, the adult day program focuses on vocational training and independence skills. Camp HBIC is an integrative summer camp that runs for three 1-week sessions and brings together children with and without disabilities. One of the main goals of the camp is to teach children early on about acceptance of those with differences.
In addition to HBIC’s programming, the organization utilizes its non-profit determination by way of fundraisers throughout the year. Though the programs do bring income, there is still a significant gap between income and the actual cost to provide quality services to our populations. Annual fundraising events include an Annual Appeal, a Poker Tournament, a 5k Run/Walk, a Golf Tournament, and a Gala Dinner and Auction.
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Board of Directors
Chief Jerry Price - Chairperson
Danny Hanson - Vice Chairperson
Wanda Delgado - Treasurer
Maggie Rohlfing - Secretary
Roy Ramsland - Immediate Past Chairperson
Cleta Harder - Founder
Rose Ann Hall
Jason Cecil - Executive Director
Dennis Spiro, OD