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  i heard Einstein was a late...

Debra Gruszecki, K Kaufmann and Mike Perrault • The Desert Sun • August 1, 2010 

Do you believe in angels?

The Moore family does — so much so, they’ve called on the celestial beings to market Angels for Autism, a 2,000-square-foot retail store in Rio del Plaza in Cathedral City that holds potential to empower and inspire.

Founded by LaVeda and Dean Moore, parents of 9-year-old Evan, the store is a one-stop shopping zone to serve parents, teachers and therapists of special needs children — some 6,500 of whom live in the Coachella Valley.

It offers products in a “stare-free” environment for children with autism and special needs in the areas of sensory integration, socialization, life skills, fine motor skills and therapy.

What prompted the Moores to tap their personal savings to open the store in tough economic times?

“We were for the longest time frustrated that we couldn’t find all the products we needed in one place,” Moore said. “So, after all the somebody-shoulds, we decided we would.”

Think sensory-friendly clothing by New York manufacturer, Soft; hand-crafted puzzles; wooden toys; resource materials; learning and therapy tools. The store also sells autism-empowerment T-shirts.

His personal favorite?

The shirt that says, “I heard Einstein was a late talker.”

Read in Full:  http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20107310365



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