Celebrating Special Abilities

For over 20 years, EKO has been dedicated to enriching the South Bay area special needs community. From the classroom to the dance floor, EKO provides comprehensive support to students, their families, and teachers so that students with special abilities can live their best lives.

EKO Staff and Students Work Together to Create a Special Experience

Quick Facts About EKO


We have served the Los Angeles Special Needs community since 2000


We've hosted over 300 events since our founding


Every year we award up to $10,000 in classroom grants.


Our volunteers combine for over 1,000 hours of service annually

Who We Are

EKO provides social and educational enrichment to individuals with special needs, their families and educators in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment. We are dedicated now more than ever to create additional opportunities for those we serve by offering forums presented by professionals in areas critical to parent/guardian knowledge.

Annual Events

Annual Events

We host multiple dances and events throughout the year to benefit our community and provide much-needed social interaction. EKO follows LA County Department of Health Covid-19 guidelines regarding masking and health screenings.

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Get Involved

Get Involved

Without our generous and caring volunteers, EKO dances and events would not be possible. We’re always looking for new volunteers, click here to see how you can be part of something magical

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Grants and Scholarships

Grants & Scholarships

EKO distributes grants for the purpose of improving the classroom experience for Special Needs Students. Learn more about how we support our educational community.

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Our son loves to attend the monthly dances held by EKO, especially the June Prom. Our son is our gold. We loan our gold to those we trust. Those that will teach him to be a better individual, and more responsible in the community. Our son has grown with EKO. EKO is to be trusted for your special needs individual.

Dominguez Family — San Pedro, CA

It has been a rewarding experience working events for the EKPTO in the past five years. The time and effort I have put in is always eclipsed by the good feelings I take out.

Jim S. — Volunteer

When Sean attends the EKO dances I know he will be there with many of his friends and other peers that he is familiar with.  I have great comfort knowing that Sean will enjoy an evening out while socializing, dancing and having a snack in a very fun, well chaperoned and safe environment. We are so fortunate to have the EKO in our area!

Kerry R.

EKO is a God send! As a parent of a special needs child it is difficult to find SoCal events that are appropriate and fun for our kids. I remember attending my first EKO dance and feeling apprehensive that “how could these kids have fun” and “no one will be dancing”… I was pleasantly surprised to see the entire crowd of kids jumping and dancing with excitement. You should see the rendition of “YMCA” that they do!

Kevin L. — Parent

He went from a socially awkward teenager to a more socially perceptive and understanding young man. It is quite amazing to watch these kids interact, cheer each other on, socialize (!), sing, dance and just have fun. The EKO organization has so many loyal, longstanding, wonderful volunteers who support these well-organized, festive functions.

Stephanie B. — Drake's Mom