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Woodfords Family Services & Bei Capelli team up to provide haircuts for children with autism
Woodfords Family Services & Bei Capelli team up to provide haircuts for children with autism

Westbrook, ME – Woodfords Family Services and Bei Capelli are teaming up to provide haircuts, at no cost to parents, for children with autism. Children with autism are often sensitive the sounds and environments associated with haircuts, as well as anything that touches the head, making it very difficult for parents to take their children to salons.

"Bei Capelli and the stylists are doing such an amazing thing,” Director of Early Childhood Services Laura Casey said. “So many of our families have struggled with attempting haircuts themselves or having to leave a salon after the failed attempts by other professionals.  For most of our students, this will be their first professional haircut!"

Bei Capelli is closing its Scarborough salon on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and setting up a salon for the day at Woodfords Family Services’ preschool in Westbrook from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.  Bei Capelli stylists and Woodfords educational staff will partner to help children in the greater Portland area successfully get professional haircuts. 

"The staff at the Woodfords preschool is so excited and thankful for this opportunity to partner with Bei Capelli,” Casey said.  “It is truly wonderful to have a group of professionals come in to support our children and to provide a service that has been, largely, unavailable to many of these boys and girls."

Woodfords Family Services is a $13 million nonprofit agency committed to the support and inclusion of individuals with special needs and their families in Maine communities.  The agency has approximately 300 employees and serves hundreds of individuals and families in Cumberland, York, Androscoggin, Knox, Kennebec and Oxford counties.  Services include:  Early Childhood Services, Community Case Management, Family Support Services, Residential and Shared Living Services, Behavioral Consultation, Therapeutic Foster Care and Training Services.

Bei Capelli is a full-service salon based in Scarborough.  Since opening its doors in 2001, Bei Capelli has grown into a premier salon that offers its clientele an unforgettable salon experience.  Bei Capelli believes strongly in giving back to the community and have partnered in the past with organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation and the Cancer Community Center.

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