• Cleta Harder Developmental School
    Cleta Harder Developmental School
    Established in 1981, The Cleta Harder Developmental School (CHDS) is a certified Non-Public School (NPS) dedicated to providing an alternative academic program for children and young adults unable to succeed or reach their maximum academic and social potential in a public school setting.
  • HBIC Adult Day Program at Emily's Place
    HBIC Adult Day Program at Emily's Place
    Emily’s Place Adult Day Program (ADP) provides vocational training, community integration & awareness, and independence training for individuals beyond the age of typical Special Education (22+ years)
  • Cleta Harder Developmental School
  • HBIC Adult Day Program at Emily's Place

Our Mission

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.

Our History

“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.

About Us

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

Executive Board

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

Rose Coffin

Cindy Singer

Larry Milano

Jimmy Kao

Scott Olson

Ellen Walsh

Jason Cecil - Executive Director

Advisory Committee

Sandy Andersen

Josie Anderson

Sandi Baltes

Candy Cantrell

Joan Cavanagh

Michael Lawton

Dennis Spiro, OD

Christina Stone

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