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The Brookwood Community: Magnificent Residential Community for People With Special Needs

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Entrance to the Brookwood Cafe and Gift Shop

Entrance to the Brookwood Cafe and Gift Shop

Brookwood Community

The Brookwood Community is just west of Houston, Texas. With the spark of an idea plus much research in the area of finding and maintaining a suitable, life-enhancing home for adults with special needs, this stellar residential community now exists.

Ever since its humble beginnings in 1985, it has continued to grow and envelop the resident citizens with beautiful surroundings in every sense of the word. The residents who are fortunate enough to call Brookwood their home do what others do. They work, pray, and play together like other loving families.

How this all came to fruition is due to one lady in particular. But successfully operating this community is due to the efforts of many individuals, corporations, volunteers, and everyday people who merely wish to shop for terrific gifts, purchase healthy and beautiful garden plants or want to dine in their cafe on some mouth-watering cuisine.

Inside of building looking out towards the back

Inside of building looking out towards the back

Special Needs and Civil Rights

People are born every day with special needs. Others in our society become disabled due to disease or accidents which cause irreparable harm. Some of these needs are visually apparent, and others are not so easily discerned from casual appearance as the scars may be emotional or mental.

In the United States, ever since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, continuing efforts have been made to assist individuals in various categories via federal laws. The Civil Rights Act initially addressed discrimination against people because of religion, race, or gender.

Many laws have to do with educating disabled children, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and its predecessor, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975. Special needs children now have access to education and training from birth to 18 or 21. Special accommodations can happen for each student, and many of these students lead successful lives.