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PELHAM (Feb. 8, 2012) - The second annual Birmingham Parent Special Needs Expo will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex (500 Amphitheater Road).

This year’s event is presented by Birmingham Parent, Children’s of Alabama and the Lakeshore Foundation and is sponsored by Hanger Prosthetics and Mobility Central. Admission for the public is free, and no tickets are necessary for admittance. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free t-shirt from Children’s.

The Special Needs Expo is a day-long exhibition where families can learn about products, support groups, recreational activities, healthcare, therapy and many other services for children and adults with special needs. This year, the event has moved to an even larger space—the Pelham Civic Complex, increasing the ability for venders and sponsors to provide interactive seminars and activities, creating a more personalized and hands-on experience. Children’s of Alabama will have informational booths for the following areas: Speech and Hearing, Early Intervention, Medical Autism, Rehabilitation Medicine and general hospital information.

For more information, visit or call 205-987-7700.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s. More information is available at