National and Community Resources

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AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

Transition Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Local

Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of our updated 2015 Transition Tool Kit, a guide to assist people with autism and their families as they navigate the journey from adolescence to adulthood. In addition to updates to all existing content, new sections have been added on critical subjects such as independent living skills, safety, digital literacy and more!

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

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Adult ADD Support Groups

Local

Coordinated by Dr. Michael Linden.

Call (949) 769-8349 for more information.

Adult Support Resources in Orange County, CA

Local

This list provides contact information for adult support resources in Orange County, CA.

Asperger Syndrome Support Groups / Saddleback Church

Local

Dr. Kyle Pontius oversees this support group. Contact him for the schedule of meetings.

Autism in the Workplace Survey

Local, National

Take our survey and let your voice be heard! We are looking for young adults (16-30 years old) with Autism and/or their family members/caregivers/guardians to complete our survey.

The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism at Chapman University is interested in your opinions on the opportunities and services available for young adults with autism in the workplace. Your responses will help us to better understand and advocate for policy changes to support young adults with autism transition into the workplace.

The survey should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. This survey is available in Spanish. If you would like to receive a copy of the results, or if you have any questions, please email us at tpi@chapman.edu. To take the survey:

1. Email tpi@chapman.edu- and let us know you would like to complete the survey- we will send you the link OR
2. Visit this page to complete the survey: https://chapmanu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bC5TkzyvVBizJzf

Please Complete by March 31st, 2016

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Support Partnership

Local

BSP offers services and supports founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). Individuals from 1 year of age through adulthood who face the challenge of autism and other developmental disabilities are provided individualized assessments and proven, data driven interventions to meet the unique needs of each child and family. Parents are taught to implement teaching strategies during the natural routines of family life. Services also available in our clinic, at school and in the community. Other services include Speech Consultation and Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy and Consultation. For families located outside our service areas, we offer remote ABA training/treatment programs.

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

CALOPTIMA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST FOR MEMBERS

Local

In honor of CalOptima’s 20th anniversary, the CalOptima Employee Activities Committee (EAC) is offering a scholarship opportunity to reflect their commitment to Orange County’s children. CalOptima welcomes entries from students pursuing careers in health care or social services. High school seniors and future or current college students may apply. The scholarships will be funded solely through EAC fundraising activities, and no public money will be used. Three scholarships will be awarded to students who write compelling replies to short essay questions about their experience with CalOptima and their interest in health care or social services. The top winner will also be entered into a national scholarship program organized by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, an organization to which CalOptima belongs. Applications are available to download. Act fast — the deadline to enter is Friday, April 29, 2016.

CHADD- Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders

Local, National

CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information and it was thought that AD/HD was a childhood condition. Many people seriously misunderstood AD/HD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with AD/HD were often mistakenly labeled "behavior problems," "unmotivated," "not intelligent."

Get the support and education needed in regards to AD/HD from CHADD! Today, individuals, families and professionals dealing with AD/HD can turn to CHADD for a support system. We hold FREE meetings in over 200 communities across the country. This is possible through those who become members of CHADD for just $53 a year. By becoming a member, you are supporting your local chapter hold FREE meetings, as well as CHADD on a national level to advocate in Washington for services and accommodations in the workplace and schools.

For more information about your Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter 455 call 714-490-7022, or email ADHDmeeting@pacbell.net Visit our website at www.chadd.org

Download information regarding the Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter's meetings, conferences & workshops

City of Irvine Disability Services

Local

City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

National

This Employment Tool Kit helps you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.

Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards you, we know that families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment will also find this resource helpful.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Jewish Special Needs Support Group for Families

Local

Tea at Ten is a unique opportunity to bond, in an informal setting over a cup of
mid-morning tea, with other Jewish families who share similar life experiences. Tea
at Ten is a welcome break from your busy life, where you will meet other families
who have similar challenges, and where you will bond with the staff of the JFFS
Center for Special Needs. Your participation will also allow us to learn from you!
Your feedback will tell us where more support and services are needed - by you and
by our community.

Tea at Ten will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am in the JFFS
Library, on the Samueli Jewish Campus at 1 Federation Way in Irvine. For more
details or directions, please contact Danielle Wiltchik, Coordinator, Center for
Special Needs, 949-435-3460 ext 365 or by email to danielle@jffs.org.
RSVP is appreciated but not required.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Santa Ana, CA

Local

Conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups addressing every
aspect of mental health.

Also provides The WarmLine - a confidential, 7-day a wee telephone support service for anyone who has concerns about mental health, substance abuse, is lonely or confused, or needs information about mental health services. Groups meet weekly throughout Orange County.

Warm Line: 714-991-6412

Orange County Asperger's Support Group

Local

The Orange County Asperger's Support Group is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We’ve been helping Asperger’s families and individuals since 2003. Whether you’re the parent of a 5-year-old or you're an adult with Asperger’s, we have programs for everyone.

Come to one of our monthly support groups, held in Newport Beach and Placentia, to meet others with similar challenges. Our speakers and panel discussions have themes ranging from school IEPs to Aspies-on-the-Job. Use our online Yahoo Discussion Group to ask questions and get answers from people who have dealt with the same issues.

Our social activities are designed to provide the much-needed opportunity to meet other Aspies and make friends. Kids and teens enjoy game nights, movies and more. Adult activities (ages 18+) include movie nights, coffee groups and more. We also have a special group for parents of Aspie young adults. And we sponsor professionally-moderated events such as support groups on older adults. Occasional events for all ages are also planned, such as when 50 of us cheered together at an Angels Baseball game. All of our meetings and activities are listed on our online Meetup site where you can also RSVP!

With our great resources, activities and events, we help inform, educate and support families affected by Asperger’s and ultimately help improve the quality of life of all our members.

This information is provided by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

SSC@IAN AUTISM WEBINARS

Local, National, International

The SSC @ IAN periodically sponsors online presentations, called webinars, for you to attend via your computer. It's a great opportunity to hear a doctor or researcher speak about an important topic, and to ask him or her questions. You will be notified by email of the date and time, and how to register.

But don't worry if you happen to miss one. We have recorded the webinars for you to watch at your convenience. So sit back, listen and learn, all from the comfort of your home or office.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

Local

Our adult instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers and our small, indoor facility is ideal for focused swim lessons. Moreover, with the use of pool-side TV monitors and video cameras, our ability to give students instant visual feedback during their lesson is invaluable.  

 Rates vary for residents of Lake Forest and non-residents.  Contact for scheduling and cost information.  SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA.  Call 949.461.3450

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

National

The Department of Labor (DOL), in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked to prepare everyone for the implementation of WIOA. The WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions. Check here for the latests news and announcements: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/ 

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

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Wandering Toolkit: Be Ready to Find a Missing Child with Autism

National

This Toolkit is provided by the National Autism Association to help prevent wandering behaviors and to provide guidelines and forms for finding missing people with autism.

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Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

National

The Department of Labor (DOL), in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked to prepare everyone for the implementation of WIOA. The WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions. Check here for the latests news and announcements: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/ 

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

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ABA Therapy/Behavior Therapy Maxim Healthcare Services

Local

Maxim Healthcare would like to introduce ourselves & share with you our home-based Applied Behavior Analysis/positive behavior support services. The need for Applied Behavior Analysis is huge, & we are happy to be able to provide these services to the community. We are officially accepting new clients, & accept a variety of funding options. We have a staff of well-trained BCBAs & Behavior Technicians. Our services offer customized levels of support and training. Please contact us 714-542-2400.

Asperger Disorder

National

Asperger's Experts

Asperger Experts is based in Seattle, Washington, where they "enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community."

The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks.  Courses, webinars and family support groups are available.

Asperger Syndrome Support Groups / Saddleback Church

Local

Dr. Kyle Pontius oversees this support group. Contact him for the schedule of meetings.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavior Health Works

Local

Behavior Health Works provides Applied Behavioral Analysis intervention, speech and occupational therapy, social skills, parent workshops in a wide variety of settings.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Early Detection of Autism: An Online Training Program

Local

This study examines the effectiveness of an online training program for mothers and child care providers aimed at improving knowledge and recognition of typical 6-month old infant behavior and the early signs of autism. Both at-risk and non-risk families are included.

Mental Health and Asperger's Syndrome

National

This website features information about Asperger's syndrome and has links to other sites with helpful information about the symptoms, diagnosis and possible causes of Asperger's.

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

O.A.S.I.S. Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support Education & Information

National

Orange County Aspergers Support Group

Local

We provide hope and support for people with Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism and PDD-NOS and their families through meetings, online communities, social events, skills training, education and advocacy. We are committed to improving communication, understanding and acceptance between the Asperger' and neurologically typical populations.

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

Spectrum Therapeutic Theatre

Local

This exciting program incorporates use of theatre arts, music and movement to engage participants in developing social skills and social awareness. Participants gain confidence, social skills and the ability to express themselves creatively in a supportive and dynamic environment. Directed by Caroline Paltin Ph.D, a licensed psychologist.

The Autism Speaks' Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit

National

The Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit was created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis.

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

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Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Users Group

Local

Last Wednesday of each month (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.), Assistive Technology Exchange Center, Santa Ana, CA.

Contact Kim Voung at (714)547-6301, ext. 379 or e-mail kimv@ocgoodwill.org

Assistive Technology in Action - Video

National

The Family Center on Technology and Disability and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of their new assistive technology awareness series, AT in Action. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, this fully captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home and in the community. In this first video, you'll meet Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successfuly college student, blogger and sportsman. We invite you to view and share this video with your family, friends and/or colleagues.

ATEC (Assistive Technology Exchange Center)/ Goodwill Industries, Santa Ana,

Local

ATEC is a comprehensive assistive technology resource center that is one of Goodwill of Orange County’s vital health and human services programs. Helps people with disabilities and other barriers maximize their independence. Offers consultation and assessment services, equipment trial, equipment loan and reuse and support in learning how to use assistive technology equipment.

ATG Rehab, Cerritos, CA

Local

Provides a comprehensive range of mobility and seating equipment.

Autism Apps

National

Autism Speaks' has interactive Autism Apps search engine that allows our community to easily access and rate apps and share your experiences. It enables you to search for an app, read supporting evidence behind its claimed uses and benefits. You can comment, rate or add new apps you recommend.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

Bridging Apps

National

This website provides a roadmap for people with disabilities who have no experience using mobile devices or apps (discovery) and helps them through developmental stages to use assistive technology proficiently.

Consonantly Speaking

National

This site is developed and maintained by a speech and language pathologist. It contains reviews of applications, ideas and materials for personal or professional use.

Freedom Concepts USA, LLC.

National

Freedom Concepts works with medical professionals, physical/occupational therapist and families, Freedom Concepts custom-builds each device for individuals with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and visually impaired.

TEENS AND SCREENS: RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

TASK is thrilled to be a demonstration center for the new Voice Options California Speech Technology Program. This program connects Californians with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. Using a speech app may make being understood easier and allow you to speak independently. Voice Options is a pilot program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information on this program, check out the Voice Options website or download the accessible brochure

Dated May 16, 2017

TASK Social Skills Groups

TECH Connection is TASK's social, life and communication skills groups for ages 12 and up. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in our Anaheim office. The program is FREE for all TASK members. Membership is only $35.00 per year, per family!

If you are interested in participating in either program, please contact Laura Simmons-Martinez at (866) 828-8275 or at laurasm@taskca.org. Be sure to mention which program you are interested in.

Contact TASK to see if the program is still being offered. This was submitted February 2017.

Autism AdvocacyZZZZZ

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

National

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN’s supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. Our activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of Autistic cultural activities. We provide information about autism to the public through a number of different educational, outreach and systems change related projects.

There are chapters in the U.S., England, Canada and Israel. See the website for additional information.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

This information is provided by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office

SPARK - online research partnership for people with autism

Local, National

SPARK is a landmark autism research project aimed to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for "Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge. The mission: "We want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. If your child, or someone you know, has a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder learn more by contacting SPARK." No cost to join.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Wrightslaw Special Education Topics and Services

National

This website provides information on topics from A-Z that inform families about their disability rights and it provides them tips and templates they can use for advocating for needed support and services.

Autism DiagnosisZZZZZ

101 Useful Sites

National

About.com Autism

National

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

National

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

National

Autism Awareness Center

National

Autism Glass Project

National

The Autism Glass Project seeks to provide a more immediate supplement to therapy by providing a mobile at-home therapeutic learning system, codesigned by children and families with autism, that can integrate seamlessly into their daily lives outside of the clinical setting.

Interested in participating?

We’re looking to recruit children who: ü are between the ages of 6-12 years old, ü have a clinical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ü and receive ABA therapy at least twice per week. Sounds like your child? Here are the next steps…

1. Let your agency know that you are interested in participating.
2. Visit autismglass.stanford.edu to sign up.
3. Complete the Autism Glass screening and eligibility questionnaire at autismglassrecruitment.stanford.edu.
4. Have questions? Email the Autism Glass team at autismglass.stanford.edu or call them at 650-497-9214!

Autism Online

National

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autism Society of America

National

Autism Speaks

National

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Autism-PDD Resources Network

National

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Building Blocks of Orange County

Local

Building Blocks of Orange County specializes in the early diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. The founder and director of Building Blocks is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 15 years experience working with children with a variety of medical and developmental disorders. She and her team provide a wide range of consultation and assessment services including free developmental screenings, developmental and diagnostic assessments, functional behavior assessments and independent educational evaluations. For families who are questioning their child's current diagnosis or those who have not found the resources to provide their child with a thorough and accurate assessment Building Blocks can help.

CA Department of Developmental Services Autism info

Local

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

CARES - Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service

Local

The Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service is a psychological corporation and a non-public agency. The center serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses ages 1 year old to adult.

CARES offers many services including home and school based programs, psychotherapy, Social Skills Groups, Parent Education, and the CARES: ABC program.

Child Development Institute Autism & communication info

National

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Federation for Children with Special Needs

National

For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center

Local

IAN Community

This article describes the emerging needs to help adults find resources for autism diagnosis.  It cites several resources and references to articles about recent findings on this topic.

Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

National

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F; Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The M-CHAT-R/F is an autism screening tool designed to identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thorough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism-specific screening at 18 and 24 months of age, in addition to broad developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24 months. The M-CHAT-R/F, one of the AAP recommended tools, can be administered at these well-child visits.

If you and your physician agree that further screening is needed, you can request a free developmental assessment through your State Department of Health. We provide the contact information for your state's local Early Intervention coordinator on your child's M-CHAT-R/F report.

Early Intervention sites offer further evaluations of your child free-of-charge. These developmental assessments often vary from county to county and may involve a physical exam, a cognitive exam, a hearing assessment, and a speech assessment. In addition to these important components of a thorough evaluation, you may also consider genetic testing and/or specialized assessments provided by a medical geneticist, a clinical psychologist, a developmental pediatrician, a pediatric psychiatrist, or a pediatric neurologist.

National Autism Center: View the Standards Report here

National

National Institutes of Mental Health Autism information

National

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

Relate Now autism resources

National

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

TeensHealth autism info

National

The First 100 Days Kit - Autism Speaks

Local

The Autism Speaks Family Services Department recently announced the launch of the 100 Day Kit Version 2.0 and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit. The two kits were created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis.

Tony Attwood's Website

National

Autism Event VolunteersZZZZZ

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Autism TreatmentsZZZZZ

ABA Therapy/Behavior Therapy Maxim Healthcare Services

Local

Maxim Healthcare would like to introduce ourselves & share with you our home-based Applied Behavior Analysis/positive behavior support services. The need for Applied Behavior Analysis is huge, & we are happy to be able to provide these services to the community. We are officially accepting new clients, & accept a variety of funding options. We have a staff of well-trained BCBAs & Behavior Technicians. Our services offer customized levels of support and training. Please contact us 714-542-2400.

Autism Spectrum Therapies

Local

AST employs the latest scientifically-validated ABA approaches to develop tailored programs that address the needs of children and adults with autism and their families, schools, and communities. Our family focused programs are designed to teach language, social, self-help and other skills within natural daily activities and family routines.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Behavioral Support Partnership

Local

BSP offers services and supports founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). Individuals from 1 year of age through adulthood who face the challenge of autism and other developmental disabilities are provided individualized assessments and proven, data driven interventions to meet the unique needs of each child and family. Parents are taught to implement teaching strategies during the natural routines of family life. Services also available in our clinic, at school and in the community. Other services include Speech Consultation and Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy and Consultation. For families located outside our service areas, we offer remote ABA training/treatment programs.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Creative Solutions for Hope

Local

Creative Solutions for Hope is a dedicated ABA agency providing services to individuals with ASD, Down Syndrome, developmental disabilities, and behavior problems. Services include 1:1 therapy, supervision, parent training, IEP attendance, school shadowing and more.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

In Stepps

Local

IN S.T.E.P.P.S. is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art services to children and their families. Our evidence-based teaching approaches are tailored to each program. We emphasize naturalistic teaching strategies, such as PRT®. We believe each child and family is unique, and programs must fit a family's routine and lifestyle.

KiDA - Kids Institute for Development & Advancement

Local

KiDA is a comprehensive center for the treatment of autism in Southern California. Services include:
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy
Behavior Therapy
Social Groups
Full-time school
Neurology appointments
Parent Education

Services are provided by only licensed professionals in our state-of-the-art facility, More info at www.kida.com.

LeafWing Center

Local

The LeafWing Center uses the science of Applied Behavior Analysis in developing our intervention packages. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. We provide you with a treatment program that is based upon the findings of the Functional Assessment as well as we ask for your priorities as parent or caregiver. Doing this ensures that each individual receives a sound, comprehensive program that directly addresses all concerns.

Typically, a client is provided with a team of 2 to 5 behaviorally trained therapists and clinicians to implement their individualized treatment program and conduct parental education and training. LeafWing services are flexible and may be provided in a variety of settings depending on your needs and service agreement.

Nyansa Learning Corporation

Local

In-home ABA, Play and Social Skills, PEKS, parent training and early intervention services, including ABA, PECS, and parent training.

Shape of Behavior

National

ABA Clinic

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Us too Center

Local

Us Too Center is a non profit organization that is dedicated to providing a warm environment for children with autism and other developmental delays and disabilities and their families to recieve a range of therapeutic and recreational activities to meet their individual needs all in one location. Offering: Recreation Gymnastics, Dance, Track, and Karate Therapies, Speech, Social Skills, ABA, and OT.  Advocate services also available.

Classes are offered throughout the year.  Call for schedule and costs.

Behavioral ResourcesZZZZZ

#hangout - Friday Night Fun for Teens - Ages 14-19

Teens ages 14-19 meet at the College Living Experience (2183 Fairview Rd. Ste 101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) every First Friday of the month. to overcome social anxieties in a safe nurturing and fun environment.

Learn more and go to http://www,meetup.com/www.autrismresourcemom-org/  for more details and to RSVP for the next event.  

 

 

 

ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

National

ABA Therapy/Behavior Therapy Maxim Healthcare Services

Local

Maxim Healthcare would like to introduce ourselves & share with you our home-based Applied Behavior Analysis/positive behavior support services. The need for Applied Behavior Analysis is huge, & we are happy to be able to provide these services to the community. We are officially accepting new clients, & accept a variety of funding options. We have a staff of well-trained BCBAs & Behavior Technicians. Our services offer customized levels of support and training. Please contact us 714-542-2400.

ACES

Local

ABA Services

Autism Behavior Services Inc

Local

Social groups for children on the autism spectrum. Let's L.A.F.F. helps children Learn About Friends and Feelings.  Social groups assist children on the autism spectrum to Learn About Friends and Feelings. The groups are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and focus on social- emotional & behavioral growth. Areas addressed are play, social language, social reciprocity, perspective taking, problem solving, social relatedness, and much more!

Instructors: Rosa Patterson MS, BCBA and Intervention Staff

Other services include:
Assessment
Consultation, including IEP's
Direct Services, ABA
Staff and Parent Training

Works with insurance companies, regional centers and school districts.

Autism Glass Project

National

The Autism Glass Project seeks to provide a more immediate supplement to therapy by providing a mobile at-home therapeutic learning system, codesigned by children and families with autism, that can integrate seamlessly into their daily lives outside of the clinical setting.

Interested in participating?

We’re looking to recruit children who: ü are between the ages of 6-12 years old, ü have a clinical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ü and receive ABA therapy at least twice per week. Sounds like your child? Here are the next steps…

1. Let your agency know that you are interested in participating.
2. Visit autismglass.stanford.edu to sign up.
3. Complete the Autism Glass screening and eligibility questionnaire at autismglassrecruitment.stanford.edu.
4. Have questions? Email the Autism Glass team at autismglass.stanford.edu or call them at 650-497-9214!

Autism Interventions and Resources, Inc.

Local

We provide intensive 1:1 applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to children with developmental disabilities including autism, PDD-NOS, mental retardation, Down Syndrome, etc.

Autism Service Dogs

Local

This program rescues dogs from the pound and assigns each dog to a prisoner who trains the dog with the assistance of professional trainers.  

This nonprofit's mission is to:
Provide loving, forever homes for our program dogs
Provide life and career skills for our program participants
Provide Service Dogs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

View more about this program here 

and for additional information, visit the Pathways to Hope website 

Download a brochure 

 

Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc

Local

Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc. is a non-public agency, certified by the California Department of Education to provide program design and implementation of behavioral programs

Autism Spectrum Therapies

Local

Services from early intervention to training for independent living.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Avita Nova

Local

Per the Website: The Avita Nova difference is that our team will follow your child through all of their stages of development. From diagnosis, early intensive services, elementary school, and beyond. We will provide your child and your family tailored intervention services, support and guidance through all of life’s many stages.

Back to School Advice

National, International

The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially families of individuals with autism. The daily routine established over the last 2 to 3 months is changing, and the time has come to go from camp back to the classroom.

To help ease the stress and smooth the transition for you and your family, Autism Speaks has provided an array of tips and resources for everyone involved in the process, including students, parents, teachers and peers.  Go here  for some good advice.

Back to School Tips for Parents

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

Behavior Health Works

Local

Behavior Health Works provides Applied Behavioral Analysis intervention, speech and occupational therapy, social skills, parent workshops in a wide variety of settings.

Behavior Support Services

Local

We provide support for in-home ABA programs, functional behavior assessments (FBA), and social skills intervention. Also available are staff development presentations to schools and agencies.

Behavioral Consultants Network

Local

Behavioral Consultants Network offers a modern approach in treating and servicing children and families in need of counseling, psychological, and/or behavioral support services. The foundation of our program is based on research supported practices of behavioral therapies; while the targeted client is shifted from the individual child to the family system as a whole.

Each program is created based on their individual needs, goals, and behaviors thus allowing for parents to be involved with their child's ability to learn, minimize/eliminate behavioral excesses/concerns, and satisfy many required parent participation components for various funding sources. Our program allows for a quality, comprehensive, intensive behavior program in which direct services are provided by the certified/licensed professional.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies Autism and ABA information

National

Child Behavior Pathways

Local

Child Behavior Pathways (formerly CUIDAR) helps identify children with attention and behavior difficulties
before they enter school. These obstacles to learning are addressed
so that the child will have a more successful elementary school experience.

The Child Behavior Pathways program is run by a multidisciplinary team of experts from both
CHOC and UCI who have expertise in early childhood behavior and
learning issues. This expertise, along with your involvement, can help to put
affected children on a proactive path to success.

-See More at: http://childbehaviorpathways.com/#sthash.nGBnt6Fi.dpuf

Child Guidance Centers

Local

Counseling and educational enrichment programs, including social skills, individual, family and group therapies, parenting seminars, evaluations and crisis interventions.

Children's Learning Connection, Inc.

Local

CLC provides behavioral, speech, occupational and physical assessments and therapies to children with developmental disabilities. We provide many treatment options to meet the needs of the family including comprehensive, individual therapy, and infant programs, social skills groups and parent training.

County of Orange HCA Children and Youth Services

Local

Regional clinics
Behavioral services for younger children, pre-adolescents and adolescents

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

DISABILITY ETIQUETTE

A basic understanding of disability etiquette can help make employees feel more comfortable when interacting with coworkers and supervisors with disabilities and can help prevent awkward situations. Good disability etiquette can also expand business opportunities and help organizations serve customers more effectively.

Disability etiquette refers to respectful communication and interaction with people who have disabilities.  The principles of disability etiquette are fairly simple. First and foremost, rely on common sense to guide your interactions with people with disabilities and behave in the same courteous and respectful way with individuals with disabilities that you would with anyone.

Do2Learn Website

National

Do2learn provides thousands pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. To make the experience as pleasant and easy as possible, we display no ads nor require that you login to access our website.

Our team of educational and clinical experts offers unique and evidence-based strategies that target the learning issues of individuals with special needs. While our resources are often useful for all individuals, we have concentrated on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other disorders that impact learning, socialization, communication, and self-regulation skills.

Research Study on Wandering

National

A 2012 Interactive Autism Network study of more than 1,200 families with children between the ages of 4 and 17 found that parents reported that nearly half of children with ASD had attempted to elope at least once. The study also found that the risk for elopement increased with the severity of autism. Nearly half of those parents said that their child eloped with the intention to go somewhere or do something, while only a tenth reported that their child eloped because he/she was confused, sad and lost.1

IAN Research is now delving deeper into the elopement and wandering patterns of children and dependent adults with autism, and looking at the prevention strategies that caregivers implement, in ourElopement Patterns and Caregiver Strategies Research Study.

WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?

  • All parents of children with ASD ages 4 and older are eligible to participate
  • Legally authorized representatives of adults with ASD ages 18 and older

Eligibility does not require a history of elopement and we encourage all families to participate.

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards.  See the attachment for additional information.

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

National

This Employment Tool Kit helps you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.

Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards you, we know that families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment will also find this resource helpful.

Friendship Builders

Local

Friendship Builders specializes in helping children with special needs. Our staff has vast experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD. It is the purpose of Friendship Builders to provide educational services that will empower children to have successful social and academic experiences within our local communities.

National, International

This Ability Path picture story will help to prepare your child for an airplane flight.  Go here to view it

 

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

TEENS AND SCREENS: RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

National Bullying Prevention Center

National

This site offers many resources that are useful to parents, children and schools. It provides form letters to help parents report bullying and how people of all ages can help to prevent bullying.

Pacific Child and Family Associates

Local

Pacific Child and Family Associates (PCFA) offers applied behavior analysis and other services for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. We are committed to providing the highest quality, scientifically validated services, built on a foundation of respect for those we serve.

Parent's Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis

National

Sponsored by Autism Speaks, this tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services. ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA is considered an evidence-based "best" practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.

You can place a request for a download of the guide at:

http://secure.autismspeaks.org/site/lookup.asp?c=8hKPL7NMLpJ4G&b=8145057

Recommended Books on Sexuality

Local

The following books have been recommended by Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT
The Rules of Sex - Social and Legal Guidelines for Those who Have Never Been Told by Nora Baladerian, Ph. D. and Johnny Nunez, May 2006
A 5 is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults by Kari Dunn Buron

Marlene is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has specialized in working with those impacted by ASD for over 20 years. She joined Autism Partnership in 1994 and has provided program supervision, school consultation, mentoring and Site Direction. She contributed to the writing of several ABA related books including A Work in Progress, It’s Time for School!, and Crafting Connections. She is currently the Clinical Director for Autism Partnership and provides counseling services to children, individuals, and parents.

Regional Center of Orange County

Local

Regional Center of Orange County offers these workshops at no cost to parents. To gain the most value from them, parents are encouraged to attend all sessions in a series. The Behavior Management workshop covers essential principles of positive behavior management, with a practical focus on helping parents of children with developmental disabilities change their own behavior and that of their children. The Social Skills Training workshop is focused on helping parents nurture social skills among children. In all of the workshops, parents are actively involved, and invited to discuss the specific behavioral challenges they are confronting. Advance reservations are required and group size is typically limited to 40-45 families.

Sample letter if your special needs child is being bullied or harassed at school

National

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

Sleep Tool Kit: Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with ASD's

National

This informational booklet is designed to provide parents with strategies to improve sleep in their child affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Many children with ASD have difficulty with sleep. This can be stressful for children and their families. The suggestions in this booklet are based on both research and clinical experience of sleep experts. These strategies are for children of all ages, including teens, but some of the suggestions (such as avoiding naps) are geared toward older children who no longer need naps. The suggestions may help your child get a better night’s sleep and improve his or her sleep/wake schedule.

Social Skills Deficits

National

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit from Autism Speaks

National

This is a tool kit for parents, teachers and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.
This toolkit is a set of resources for people to confront bullying of children with special needs from all angles - from talking to your children to knowing your rights to teaching tolerance in schools. Start by reading the Top Ten Facts to know about bullying and children with special needs, and then learn about the unique challenges children with special needs face when encountering bullying.

Go to http://specialneeds.thebullyproject.com/toolkit to access the toolkit.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

TASK Social Skills Groups

TECH Connection is TASK's social, life and communication skills groups for ages 12 and up. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in our Anaheim office. The program is FREE for all TASK members. Membership is only $35.00 per year, per family!

If you are interested in participating in either program, please contact Laura Simmons-Martinez at (866) 828-8275 or at laurasm@taskca.org. Be sure to mention which program you are interested in.

Contact TASK to see if the program is still being offered. This was submitted February 2017.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

National

The Healthy Bodies Toolkits: Parent Guides on Puberty for Boys and Girls with Disabilities

National

These guides provide excellent information about how puberty can be a stressful and confusing time, especially for you and your son or daughter with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD). In spite of delays in other areas, children with I/DD usually enter puberty around the same time as other children their age. . These toolkits give you resources and tips on how to talk to your son or daughter about sensitive topics and help them to learn about sexuality and appropriate social behaviors.

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

Resource for First Responders

International

This tool kit from the National Autism Association is designed to help first responders understand autism and become better equiped to respond in an emergency situation involving an individual on the spectrum.

The kit contains the following resources:

Autism Overview/Autism Behaviors
Autism and Wandering Information
First Responder Checklist
First Responder Tips
First Responder Notification Form
Guidelines for Missing Persons with Special Needs (NCMEC)
Resources

You can download the kit here

Trumpet Behavioral Health

National

A provider of behavioral services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Using proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes, schools and our company-operated centers.

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Autism Speaks Wandering Prevention

International

Autism Speaks has many resources for parents and first responders to prevent wandering.  Go here to get links to many resources available.

Wandering Toolkit: Be Ready to Find a Missing Child with Autism

National

This Toolkit is provided by the National Autism Association to help prevent wandering behaviors and to provide guidelines and forms for finding missing people with autism.

YMCA OC Inclusion Program

Local

Inclusion helps children (ages 3-17) with special needs participate in after school, child care, and preschool programs countywide. We provide onsite inclusion support, family support services, staff training, and assessment of children’s inclusion needs.

Benefits PlanningZZZZZ

2016 Disability Benefit Guide

Local, National

The Simple Dollar recently investigated the Social Security Disabilities Benefits and in the course of their research, found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. Their team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration's documentation to develop their 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

National

This Employment Tool Kit helps you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.

Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards you, we know that families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment will also find this resource helpful.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

This information is provided by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

BullyingZZZZZ

A Guide To Workplace Bullying

International

This resource shares useful information and awareness on office bullying and how to prevent it, as well as offer tips for maintaining a safe working environment for people who may have experienced (or continue to experience) bullying or discrimination at work.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Child Care/Respite ServicesZZZZZ

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Communication/Speech & LanguageZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

Free Cell Phone and Service for Those on SSI

Local

Free cellphones for Californians earning less than $15,000
Effective, Mar. 6, 2013

California residents who receive Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, Medi-Cal and other public assistance or who earn less than $15,000 per year can receive free cellphones and service as of this week. A federal program designed to help homeless and other needy people connect with family and friends, housing programs and potential employers kicked off Monday across the state.

The phone giveaways have been approved by the state's Public Utilities Commission, and Assurance Wireless is spearheading the program. The Lifeline Assistance program is funded through contributions by telephone companies to the Universal Service Fund. Companies can recoup part of their contributions through fees charged to paying customers.

Roughly 4.6 million California households, including 200,000 from Sacramento, could be eligible for the Lifeline program, based on estimates from Assurance. Those who qualify will get basic cellphones, plus 250 text messages per month, said spokeswoman Jayne Wallace.

To apply, Californians must first request a phone from Assurance Wireless by calling (800) 395-2171 or visiting assurancewireless.com. Once the paperwork has been submitted, customers will receive a free phone within 10 days. After receiving their phones, they will get an application from the state of California. They must return that form within 45 days along with proof of eligibility. If eligible, they can continue receiving free service.

Newport Therapy Center

Local

Newport Language & Speech Centers is a leader in the field of Speech, Language, and Occupational Therapy services for children and adults. We have four clinics Mission Viejo, Fountain Valley, Yorba Linda and Cerritos.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

Speech Pathology Associates

Local

At Speech Pathology Associates, we believe in getting to the "heart" of communication. We have been providing speech and language services to the Orange County community for nearly 25 years. We can proudly say that we have expertise in all areas of communication, offering thorough assessments that result in recommendations for treatments that fit each clients needs.

In addition, our collaboration with family, physician, school and agencies has contributed to our success in treating our clients. We offer a wide range of services for infants, toddlers, school-aged children and adults. Our goal is to build bridges to successful communication. At Speech Pathology Associates, "we speak your language!"

SPA is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Orange County where we participate on the Cleft/Craniofacial Panel and with the University of California, Irvine, where we provide assessments and parent education to the For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center.

Talk, Play, Learn Communication Groups

Local

Where: UCP of Orange County, Life Without Limits Pediatric Therapy Center
908 Roosevelt, Suite 100, Irvine

When: Wednesday or Friday from 11:30am-1:00pm (1½ hours)

Who: Children who have communication needs ages: 2 ½ years to 4 ½ years

Why: This group program is designed for children who are aging out of their current group program (turning 3 years old) or are scoring too high to receive Regional Center funding. Many children may benefit from peer-to-peer interaction in a small group environment. A traditional child care or preschool program may be overwhelming for some children who have communication challenges and social-emotional, adaptive, physical or cognitive delays. This center-based communicative program utilizes a child focused play-based approach with parent education provided. Therapists will stimulate language, communication and development through play, routines, and multi-modality cues while preparing children for successful participation in preschool or other group setting. Each group is led by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech Pathology Clinical Fellow (CFY), or Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Occupational therapy and Physical therapy observation and consultations are provided if needed. Additional assistance may be provided by classroom aides, experienced volunteers and parents. The ratio of adults per child will be 1:5.

Participation in this group will help children with:

  • Increasing language comprehension (receptive language)
  • increasing productive vocabulary (expressive language)
  • increasing attending behaviors
  • increasing intelligible speech
  • increasing the pre- and co-requisite skills related to language content (i.e. pragmatics) including taking turns, referencing, and regulating
  • developing preliterate and emerging literacy skills
  • developing social skills that assist in developing positive peer relationships
  • improving self-help skills
  • gross and fine motor exploration

Fees: $100 per month for 4 sessions, payable to UCP-OC
RSVP to Carolyn Huckabay (949) 333-6409 or chuckabay@ucp-oc.org

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

TASK is thrilled to be a demonstration center for the new Voice Options California Speech Technology Program. This program connects Californians with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. Using a speech app may make being understood easier and allow you to speak independently. Voice Options is a pilot program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information on this program, check out the Voice Options website or download the accessible brochure

Dated May 16, 2017

TASK Social Skills Groups

TECH Connection is TASK's social, life and communication skills groups for ages 12 and up. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in our Anaheim office. The program is FREE for all TASK members. Membership is only $35.00 per year, per family!

If you are interested in participating in either program, please contact Laura Simmons-Martinez at (866) 828-8275 or at laurasm@taskca.org. Be sure to mention which program you are interested in.

Contact TASK to see if the program is still being offered. This was submitted February 2017.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Community Based InstructionZZZZZ

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

Continuing Education UnitsZZZZZ

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders Grad Certificate

National

ASU’s Graduate Certificate in autism spectrum disorders is ideal for educators, interventionists, psychologists, pathologists, behavior analysts, or family members who want to enhance their preparation for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders.

Developmental Disability ServicesZZZZZ

Americans with Disabilities Act Pacific ADA Center

National

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center (Pacific DBTAC) is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

The DBTAC - Pacific ADA Center is one of ten Regional centers nationally that have been set up to provide information and referral, training, consultation, and technical assistance to the business, state and local government, and disability communities about their responsibilities and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2006, the Center received funding to conduct research. Currently two research projects are underway: Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities and Understanding Employer Disability Practices.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

City of Irvine Disability Services

Local

City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

CSERV, LLC TELEHEALTH

Local, National, International

Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, is when a medical professional connects to a patient that is in a different location through videoconferencing. Telehealth is not a new concept. In fact, hospitals have been delivering care to rural areas via telehealth for decades. Telehealth is dramatically transforming the way in which we receive healthcare. CSERV is at the forefront of delivering ABA services through telehealth with services known as Telebehavior Analysis.

Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC)

Local

DMC provides information and cuttin-dge services and delivery in the following areas:

Adaptive Diabetic Equipment (ADE) Training Services
Advocacy - Benefits, System Change and Community Organizing
Community Outreach / Disability Awarements / ADA Training / Public Education and Awareness
Information and Referral

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Disabled Parking Placard

Local

The placard is issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This placard is transferable from vehicle to vehicle whenever the person with disabilities is a passenger. It is usable in specially marked disabled parking spaces and will enable the driver to park free at parking meters. Permanent parking placards are valid for two years.

Healthy Balance Psychological Services

Local

At Healthy Balance we use the most sophisticated visualization and neurofeedback technology to brain map the brain’s actives on a computer screen and properly attend and treat the related neural network dysfunction related to ADHD and mild Autism logically and scientifically.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Area Board XI

Local

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and support they need.

Westview Services

Local

Westview is dedicated to providing opportunities and training to people with developmental disabilities that are designed to help improve their self-help skills and achieve maximum independence.

YMCA New Horizons Program

Local

Social recreational and respite care program for adults with developmental disabilities. Provides evening, weekend, and weeklong trips in-group settings to maximize personal growth and development.

Early InterventionZZZZZ

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Early childhood publications from the California Department of Education

Local

Early Start California's early intervention program through DDS

Local

Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)

National

First Signs

National

Free Developmental and Social Emotional Screenings for Siblings of Children with ASD

Local

Free developmental & social emotional screenings for siblings of childen with ASD. Complete & send in the enrollment form for all siblings under the age of 5 years and receive ongoing developmental screenings to help monitor your child's development. You will receive information about your child's development, age appropriate activities & resources.

This is available for all siblings under the age of 5 of children with ASD living in Orange County. English and Spanish available.

IntraAgency Assessment Center - for early education programs

Local

Nyansa Learning Corporation

Local

In-home ABA, Play and Social Skills, PEKS, parent training and early intervention services, including ABA, PECS, and parent training.

Regional Center of Orange County

Local

Regional Center of Orange County offers these workshops at no cost to parents. To gain the most value from them, parents are encouraged to attend all sessions in a series. The Behavior Management workshop covers essential principles of positive behavior management, with a practical focus on helping parents of children with developmental disabilities change their own behavior and that of their children. The Social Skills Training workshop is focused on helping parents nurture social skills among children. In all of the workshops, parents are actively involved, and invited to discuss the specific behavioral challenges they are confronting. Advance reservations are required and group size is typically limited to 40-45 families.

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

EmploymentZZZZZ

2016 Disability Benefit Guide

Local, National

The Simple Dollar recently investigated the Social Security Disabilities Benefits and in the course of their research, found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. Their team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration's documentation to develop their 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

A Guide To Workplace Bullying

International

This resource shares useful information and awareness on office bullying and how to prevent it, as well as offer tips for maintaining a safe working environment for people who may have experienced (or continue to experience) bullying or discrimination at work.

Asperger's Experts

Asperger Experts is based in Seattle, Washington, where they "enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community."

The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks.  Courses, webinars and family support groups are available.

Autism in the Workplace Survey

Local, National

Take our survey and let your voice be heard! We are looking for young adults (16-30 years old) with Autism and/or their family members/caregivers/guardians to complete our survey.

The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism at Chapman University is interested in your opinions on the opportunities and services available for young adults with autism in the workplace. Your responses will help us to better understand and advocate for policy changes to support young adults with autism transition into the workplace.

The survey should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. This survey is available in Spanish. If you would like to receive a copy of the results, or if you have any questions, please email us at tpi@chapman.edu. To take the survey:

1. Email tpi@chapman.edu- and let us know you would like to complete the survey- we will send you the link OR
2. Visit this page to complete the survey: https://chapmanu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bC5TkzyvVBizJzf

Please Complete by March 31st, 2016

DISABILITY ETIQUETTE

A basic understanding of disability etiquette can help make employees feel more comfortable when interacting with coworkers and supervisors with disabilities and can help prevent awkward situations. Good disability etiquette can also expand business opportunities and help organizations serve customers more effectively.

Disability etiquette refers to respectful communication and interaction with people who have disabilities.  The principles of disability etiquette are fairly simple. First and foremost, rely on common sense to guide your interactions with people with disabilities and behave in the same courteous and respectful way with individuals with disabilities that you would with anyone.

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

National

This Employment Tool Kit helps you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.

Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards you, we know that families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment will also find this resource helpful.

Integrated Resources Institutte

National

Integrated Resources Institute (IRI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities into their community. Now in its 25th year, IRI is a state and federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity governed by a volunteer board.

JobTIPS

National

JobTIPS is a free web based program designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for you.

Though JobTIPS is designed for direct use by individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities, this program (including all of the printables, assessments, and videos) is also suitable for delivery by teachers, family members, clinicians, mentors, and job coaches.

Orange County Adult Achievement Center

Local

Supported Employment Program that helps individuals with developmental disabilities find jobs in the community.

Orange County ARC

Local

Orange County ARC offers vocational training, employment and placement in community based jobs, day program services and independent living services for adults with developmental disabilities

Orange County One-Stop Center

Local

Job search assistance in our community; free access to computers, copiers, fax machines and telephones. Access to job leads, career planning, resume assistance, career workshops, labor market information, and networking opportunities.

Located at 125 Technology Drive West, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

National

The Department of Labor (DOL), in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked to prepare everyone for the implementation of WIOA. The WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions. Check here for the latests news and announcements: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/ 

Family EducationZZZZZ

Applying Structured Teaching Techniques to Toilet Training

National

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Avita Nova

Local

Per the Website: The Avita Nova difference is that our team will follow your child through all of their stages of development. From diagnosis, early intensive services, elementary school, and beyond. We will provide your child and your family tailored intervention services, support and guidance through all of life’s many stages.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

Community Autism Now

Local

A non-profit in Mission Viejo founded in 2011 by a mother of an autistic child. it offers information, newsletter, informational events

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Family Voices - Bilingual for Spanish Speakers

National

Family Web Guide

National

For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center

Local

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Santa Ana, CA

Local

Conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups addressing every
aspect of mental health.

Also provides The WarmLine - a confidential, 7-day a wee telephone support service for anyone who has concerns about mental health, substance abuse, is lonely or confused, or needs information about mental health services. Groups meet weekly throughout Orange County.

Warm Line: 714-991-6412

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National

National Child Care Information Center

National

Orange County Department of Education

Local

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders Grad Certificate

National

ASU’s Graduate Certificate in autism spectrum disorders is ideal for educators, interventionists, psychologists, pathologists, behavior analysts, or family members who want to enhance their preparation for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders.

Regional Center of Orange County

Local

Regional Center of Orange County offers these workshops at no cost to parents. To gain the most value from them, parents are encouraged to attend all sessions in a series. The Behavior Management workshop covers essential principles of positive behavior management, with a practical focus on helping parents of children with developmental disabilities change their own behavior and that of their children. The Social Skills Training workshop is focused on helping parents nurture social skills among children. In all of the workshops, parents are actively involved, and invited to discuss the specific behavioral challenges they are confronting. Advance reservations are required and group size is typically limited to 40-45 families.

Special Education Advisory Council

National

SPEAC is a non-profit parent organization. It seeks to ensure that the needs of special education and gifted students are continuously identified and effectively addressed and that these students are given the opportunity to participate fully in the general education classroom. This website provides education, information, support and resources to parents, teachers, school administration, and the community to increase awareness of the needs of these students.

The site has a number of resources, links to other websites, articles and books

SSC@IAN AUTISM WEBINARS

Local, National, International

The SSC @ IAN periodically sponsors online presentations, called webinars, for you to attend via your computer. It's a great opportunity to hear a doctor or researcher speak about an important topic, and to ask him or her questions. You will be notified by email of the date and time, and how to register.

But don't worry if you happen to miss one. We have recorded the webinars for you to watch at your convenience. So sit back, listen and learn, all from the comfort of your home or office.

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local

TEACCH Treatment and education information

National

United Cerebral Palsy Orange County

Local

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Family SupportZZZZZ

Adult ADD Support Groups

Local

Coordinated by Dr. Michael Linden.

Call (949) 769-8349 for more information.

Adult Aspie Social Group of Orange

Local

Group meets every 2nd Friday of the month from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This group of young adults with Asperger's Syndrome and parents usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. Parents meet separately and the groups have different facilitators.

Sometimes there are guest speakers. An additional 1-3 activities are also planned monthly.

For details about current meetings and scheduled activities, contact Linda Kee at 714.267.4448 or email: Lvn2Travl@gmail.com

Asperger's Experts

Asperger Experts is based in Seattle, Washington, where they "enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community."

The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks.  Courses, webinars and family support groups are available.

Autism Cares Family Support Awards - Crisis funding for families from Autism speaks

National

Autism Health Insurance Project, Inc

Local

Autism Health Insurance Project, Inc., is a California 501 (c3) Public Benefit Corporation that is advocating and working with families, providers, therapists, ABA agencies, regional centers and other autism organizations. It is committed to helping families secure health insurance and other coverage for autism related interventions.

Workshops, consultation and advice is available for families and providers to help them obtain insurance coverage.

Autism Resource Mom | ARM

Local

ARM offers support, guidance & hope to parents of young people with autism spectrum disorders. Over the years, I’ve learned about autism. How to manage the challenges, celebrate the differences. Firsthand. As only a mother can. Today, as the mom of a now-teenage boy with HFA, I can share what I’ve learned & help parents with their child with autism

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autism Service Dogs

Local

This program rescues dogs from the pound and assigns each dog to a prisoner who trains the dog with the assistance of professional trainers.  

This nonprofit's mission is to:
Provide loving, forever homes for our program dogs
Provide life and career skills for our program participants
Provide Service Dogs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

View more about this program here 

and for additional information, visit the Pathways to Hope website 

Download a brochure 

 

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

Autism Speaks' Family Services: Resource Guide

National

Autism Speaks' provides a state by state guide to resources for families with links to support services which are listed by categories. You can also provide information about a service or service provider you feel may be helpful to individuals with autism and their families on this site.

Autism Support Network

National

The mission of Autism Support Network is conveyed in our tagline: connect, guide and unite.
Our goal is to short-cut the uphill battle individuals and families undertake when faced with autism – whether that means the initial diagnosis, the day-to-day living and coping needed, relationship and therapeutic strategies and the latest information.

Our support community, which is free for anyone to join, is intended to further reduce the need to “reinvent the wheel” and collectively pool global knowledge and support from all those touched by ASD wherever they might live.

We all experience frustration and can feel isolation in our journeys with ASD. The Autism Support Network is designed as a place by those living with ASD for those with ASD and those seeking social connection, peer guidance and a feeling of community with those that understand.

Can be accessed in many languages.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Back to School Tips for Parents

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Brit Tikvah, Irvine, CA

Local

Brit Tikvah is part of Congregation Shir Ha Ma' Alot and meetings have a Jewish perspective. Parents, guardians, grandparents, and relatives of children with special needs are welcome. No children allowed.

Canyon Acres Children and Family Services

Local

Canyon Acres Children and Family Services is a non-profit organization committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families.

Care Notebooks

National

Families that have special needs children are typically overwhelmed with school, medical and therapy reports that need to be easily accessible when when requested for Independent Education Planning sessions, progress evaluations and for filing insurance claims. Giving your family a Care Notebook, may be the best gift they will receive for years to come. It helps them to organize the huge amount of paperwork they have and relieves a lot of stress. It is easy to find the components at any office supply store and should cost approximately $25. Here’s how you can make one:

Care Notebook Contents

  • A plain 3-ring binder with 2 inch rings. To personalize the binder, select one with a clear pocket on the front where you can insert a picture of your grandchild.
  • A notebook 3-hole punch, a small stapler, colored small “post it” note pads, a highlighter pen and paper clips
  • A 3-hole vinyl business card holder
  • A vinyl pen/supply pocket holder with zipper
  • Notebook index dividers with 10 sections

Suggested Categories for Index Tabs

  • Emergency Information
  • Medical Records
  • Education Reports
  • Therapies
  • Insurance Claims
  • Local Service Agencies
  • Autism Resources
  • Activities
  • Child Care/Respite Help, If applicable
  • Extra Blank Tabs can be filled in by Parents

Assembling the Notebook

Place the 3 ring hole punch at the front of the notebook and add the additional vinyl pockets for supplies and business cards. Put the stapler, “post it” notes, pens, clips, etc. in the supply pocket.
Label the dividers with the appropriate categories and place them behind the vinyl pockets in the notebook.
Offer to Help Organize and File the Records
If possible, offer to help sort and file the paperwork in the notebook with the most recent reports on the top. Set aside, but do not discard duplicates, or any of the paperwork. Label them so that your children can decide what to do with the extra copies.
You may want to purchase additional binders. Some families have a binder for every year, but the current academic year is typically the main focus for schools, physicians and therapists to review. If you are mailing the Care Notebook, consider using a USPS flat rate box.

CHADD- Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders

Local, National

CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information and it was thought that AD/HD was a childhood condition. Many people seriously misunderstood AD/HD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with AD/HD were often mistakenly labeled "behavior problems," "unmotivated," "not intelligent."

Get the support and education needed in regards to AD/HD from CHADD! Today, individuals, families and professionals dealing with AD/HD can turn to CHADD for a support system. We hold FREE meetings in over 200 communities across the country. This is possible through those who become members of CHADD for just $53 a year. By becoming a member, you are supporting your local chapter hold FREE meetings, as well as CHADD on a national level to advocate in Washington for services and accommodations in the workplace and schools.

For more information about your Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter 455 call 714-490-7022, or email ADHDmeeting@pacbell.net Visit our website at www.chadd.org

Download information regarding the Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter's meetings, conferences & workshops

Child Care: Cambrian Home care

Local

Specializing in care for the developmentally disabled child at home.

Respite services for children with physical/developmental disabilities, after school/homework, weekends/evenings. Emergency response 24/7.

Call for hourly, sleepover and sibling care costs.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (C.H.A.D.D.) - Orange County Chapter

Local

Information About The Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter

We are a group of parents, professionals, teens, adults and kids who have or deal with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder AD/HD. In this group you will find people from all walks of life who have come together to support each other, educate others and continue our education on science-based information on AD/HD.

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is the nation's leading non-profit organization for individuals with ADHD and their families. Over 200 local chapters across the U.S. offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, and professionals. FREE monthly support group meetings provide a forum for continuing education for parents and professionals interested in learning more about ADHD in children and adults. For more information about CHADD NATIONAL, visit www.chadd.org. CHADD does NOT endorse any one treatment, medication, provider, publication, service or product.

For information about CHADD of Greater Orange County, please call (714) 490-7022, leave your name, number and the best time to call you back.

Sign up to receive important LOCAL information and updates by sending your email address to ADHDmeeting@pacbell.net

We hold three types of meetings per month:
Parent Meeting - 2nd Wednesday
Adult Meeting - 3rd Monday
General Meeting - Last Tuesday
See the website for more information about meetings.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

City of Irvine Disability Services

Local

City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

Comfort Connection Family Resource Center at regional Center of Orange County (RCOC)

Local

The Comfort Connection Family Resource Center of Orange County connects families who have children with special needs to resources and support. Most of Comfort Connection’s staff are parents of children with developmental disabilities and many are bilingual. In addition to acting as a resource to families, staff are available to present information to community groups regarding local resources, parent support and Regional Center of Orange County services.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NOTE: RCOC has a directory of service providers at: http://www.rcocdd.com/consumers/resources/

Easter Seals Southern California: Living with Autism

Local

We provide exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
Easter Seals is a trusted expert and premier provider of services for children and adults with autism and their families. Our team focuses on therapies that are proven to be effective in increasing skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and similar disabilities. Easter Seals Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech, physical, and occupational therapy services in addition to group-based classes focused on social and adaptive skills.

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County

Local

We provide epilepsy specific programs for children, teens, adults, parents and families. Educational Support Groups, Epilepsy 101 classes, support/advocacy. Epilepsy experts are speakers at meetings.

Family Support Center on Disabilities

National

Family Support Center on Disabilities:

Knowledge & Involvement Network (KIN)
Offers you a centralized resource on the full range of options available to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Find information in Build Your Knowledge to help you better understand important issues, policies, and services related to the needs of you as an individual with a disability and as a family member.

Find an organization that best meets your needs in our Organizations database and State-specific Info.

Learn ways to advocate, volunteer, vote, get outdoors, and donate in Get Involved. You can also get involved by joining a KIN State Action Team.

Listen to and read personal stories in English and Spanish.

Sign up for KINews, our monthly e-newsletter, and read past issues.
Connect to KIN and others on our family forum, Facebook fan page, and Twitter.

Father's Support Network of Orange County

Local

Contact Jeff Braun

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

National

For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center

Local

For OC Parents

Local

Group for families who have children with autism that reside in Orange County. Call Hedy Hansen at (714)939-6118 or e-mail hshansen@uci.edu.

Foreign Language/Cultural Groups

Local

* Chinese/Mandarin
Kitty Tsan 949-588-0123
Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled
Mimi H. Chou 714-267-6009
cpadocm@gmailcom
www.cpad.org

* Indian
Indian Center—Southern California
Susie Jensen 714-962-6673
Sjensen@indiancenter.org
www.indiancenter.org

* Korean
Korean American Special Education Center
Hannah Yang 714-254-0616
kasec2000@gmail.com
www.hanmispecialkids.org
Jinsook Baek 949-751-7343
jinsookbaek037@gmail.combr>
jinsook037@naver.com

* Japanese
Japanese Speaking Parents Association
Mariko Magami 818-249-1726

* Spanish
 Fiesta Familiar
Cecilia Mercado 714-533-5815
cmercado@fiestaeducativa.org
www.fiestaeducativa.org

Nuevos Horizontes
 Barbara Dominguez 714-998-4912
nuevoshorizontesoc@gmail.com

* Vietnamese
Vietnamese Parent with Disabled Children Association
Hung Gia Nguyen 714-527-9216
vpdcahung@yahoo.com
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Glossary of Terms for CA Disability Services System

Local

This Glossary of Terms, Phrases & Acronyms explains the language used in the California Disability Services System. Individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities are served by a complex and wide array of services and programs. This Glossary, provided by the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders, provides an overview of frequently used terminology.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Grandparent Autism Network

Local

Groupo de Autismo

Local

Call Jose and Gloria Hernandez at (714)995-1955. (Spanish)

Help Me Grow

Local

Connects families with young children to community resources.

Jewish Special Needs Support Group for Families

Local

Tea at Ten is a unique opportunity to bond, in an informal setting over a cup of
mid-morning tea, with other Jewish families who share similar life experiences. Tea
at Ten is a welcome break from your busy life, where you will meet other families
who have similar challenges, and where you will bond with the staff of the JFFS
Center for Special Needs. Your participation will also allow us to learn from you!
Your feedback will tell us where more support and services are needed - by you and
by our community.

Tea at Ten will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am in the JFFS
Library, on the Samueli Jewish Campus at 1 Federation Way in Irvine. For more
details or directions, please contact Danielle Wiltchik, Coordinator, Center for
Special Needs, 949-435-3460 ext 365 or by email to danielle@jffs.org.
RSVP is appreciated but not required.

Kinship Center (a.k.a. Adoption Clinic), Santa Ana, CA

Local

Comprehensive services for adopted foster children.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

Learning Disabilities Association, Santa Ana, CA

Local

Information and resources for families.

Moms of Extraordinary Kids

Local

A place for moms of special needs children to connect, encourage and share their experiences. Guest speakers address specific topics of interest. Meets every other Friday during the school year at Mariners Church, Port Mariners Room 248.

For more info, please contact Barbara Forkish or Paula O'Connor at bforkish@aol.com or paulaoc@bcglobal.net

Online Parent Support: MyAutismTeam.com

National

MyAutismTeam is the social network for parents of children with autism. You can share daily experiences & questions, and find recommendations of local autism specialists (from doctors and OTs, to barbers and dentists). MyAutismTeam helps you build up your team of autism providers who provide a range of services to help your child thrive.

Parents use MyAutismTeam to exchange tips and advice about their favorite autism providers with other parents by recommending their team of providers, writing reviews of providers and even adding autism-friendly businesses to the autism database

Sponsored by MyHealthTeams, the "mission is to make it easy for parents to find the most highly recommended autism providers and autism friendly businesses near them. Our belief is that the best source of such information comes from the experience of other parents who have walked in your shoes."

Orange County ADHD Support Group

Local

Meet other local adults dealing with ADD and ADHD. We share our experiences, progress, thoughts and tips. The support and camaraderie really make a difference--and members are getting results. We're an adult only group, but we have had Seniors in High School benefit from our meetings coming with their parents.

Orange County Asperger's Support Group

Local

The Orange County Asperger's Support Group is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We’ve been helping Asperger’s families and individuals since 2003. Whether you’re the parent of a 5-year-old or you're an adult with Asperger’s, we have programs for everyone.

Come to one of our monthly support groups, held in Newport Beach and Placentia, to meet others with similar challenges. Our speakers and panel discussions have themes ranging from school IEPs to Aspies-on-the-Job. Use our online Yahoo Discussion Group to ask questions and get answers from people who have dealt with the same issues.

Our social activities are designed to provide the much-needed opportunity to meet other Aspies and make friends. Kids and teens enjoy game nights, movies and more. Adult activities (ages 18+) include movie nights, coffee groups and more. We also have a special group for parents of Aspie young adults. And we sponsor professionally-moderated events such as support groups on older adults. Occasional events for all ages are also planned, such as when 50 of us cheered together at an Angels Baseball game. All of our meetings and activities are listed on our online Meetup site where you can also RSVP!

With our great resources, activities and events, we help inform, educate and support families affected by Asperger’s and ultimately help improve the quality of life of all our members.

Orange County Child Support Services

Local

Our office can help you with establishment and enforcement of child support, paternity, and health insurance. All our services are free to residents of Orange County. Visit our website for more information.

Orange County Social Services Agency

Local

Social Services provide program and eligibility assistance to Orange County residents. Such as Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh, Cal Works, Foster Care and other service programs.

Parent Support Groups A-Z

Local

This list is provided by the Regional Center of Orange County Comfort Connection Family Resource Center.

Please report changes or updates to jkerze@rcocdd.com

Parents Helping Parents

National

Parents Helping Parents is a parent-directed non-profit resource center offering educational programs, health related services, and support networks for children and adults with special needs.
PHP empowers families to become effective advocates and helps both children and adults with special needs reach their full potential and find their valuable place in society.

Established in 1976 as a nonprofit agency, Parents Helping Parents, meets the needs of one of our community's most vulnerable populations - children with any special need and their families. This includes children of all ages and all backgrounds who have a need for special services due to any special need, including but not limited to illness, cancer, accidents, birth defects, neurological conditions, premature birth, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, to name a few.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Professional Fiduciary Association of California: Conservatorships, Guardianships, Trusts, Estates

Local

The Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) is a statewide organization with
over 500 members dedicated to serving and protecting the best interests of those who have
placed their trust in them by ensuring the highest standards of ethics and practice, requiring
licensure, maintaining high qualifications for membership, requiring the continuing education
of members, and the mentoring of new members.

Fiduciaries pay the bills and handle the investments of trusts, decedents’ estates and conservatorships. Trustees manage money, and oftentimes, difficult people and situations. When money is involved, beneficiaries and trustees sometimes have disagreements, and family arguments
can be among the most rancorous. There are plenty of traditional families, blended families,
dysfunctional families that are faced with an abundance of problems and issues when a
parent dies or becomes incapacitated and there is money in an estate to be protected and
invested. That resolution often names a private professional fiduciary as the new trustee. Many attorneys, accountants and estate planners, who know good private professional fiduciaries, sometimes suggest a professional be named as trustee when a new trust is written.

R&N Family Support Services

Local

We at R&N provide needed in Home respite home care services for you and your family member.

We have been in the helping field for over 30 years, and in that time we have developed a philosophy that focuses on providing professional and compassionate respite home care services for those we serve.

Regional Centers of Orange County

Local

Offices throughout California that provide services, education and support for families.

Respite Connection: Needing Help with Care for Your Child?

Local

United Cerebral Palsy's Respite Connection program has 80+ employees who provide quality, in-home services 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for children and adults having any developmental disabilities.

* UCP Respite Workers are pre-screened, background-checked, fingerprinted, and CPR & First Aid certified

* UCP Respite Workers are instructed to give emphasis to the principles of inclusion, normalization and self-reliance

* UCP Respite Workers may be able to provide transportation to events/activities within the community upon parent’s request

* UCP Respite Workers receive ongoing training to provide consistent support and developmentally- appropriate activities to your family member with special needs

* Respite Connection may be funded by Regional Center of Orange County or privately paid by the family

UCP-OC believes that our high quality of respite services provide support to the family unit as well as enhancung your child’s growth and development.

To learn more about the Respite Connection contact:
* Veronica Valenzuela (714) 824-3092, or
* Rachel Perez (714) 824-3094

Saddleback AS/HFA Parent Support Group

Local

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

Sibling Support Project

National

The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

We believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues.

The Sibling Support Project's Family of Facebook Groups and Yahogroups
Since 1996, the Sibling Support Project’s groups have connected tens of thousands of sisters and brothers from around the globe with their peers, providing members with validation, information, and advice.

SibNet--SibNet is a warm and thoughtful community and the Internet’s first and largest group for adult siblings of people with special needs. The Sibling Leadership Network now cohosts SibNet with the Sibling Support Project. SibNet is available as both a Facebook group and a Yahoogroup. http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/the-sibnet-listserv

SibTeen--For quite a while, we have wanted to create a place on the Internet just for teenage brothers and sisters. We're happy to announce that SibTeen is now available as a Yahoogroup and a Facebook group. What a great group of kids!
http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/sibteen-facebook-group-and-yahoogroup

SibKids is a Yahoogroup just for young sibs where they can discuss life with their brothers and sisters—and maybe music, movies, school and their lives. SibKids has volunteer adult sib and parent “camp counselors” who help make SibKids a safe place to hang out. http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/index_html

SibParent is a Yahoogroup where parents of kids with special needs can talk about their “other” kids. As many SibParent participants are also parents of kids who attend Sibshops, SibParent is also forum for parents who want to support the Sibshop movement.
http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/sibparent-a-listserv-just-for-parents

SibGroup--SibGroup is a Yahoogroup and Facebook group just for those who are running Sibshops. On SibGroup members share bright ideas, activities, challenges, funding opportunities and lots more with colleagues from around the world. And, as SibGroup is our primary means of communicating with all Sibshops, at least one staff member from each registered Sibshop must belong to SibGroup.
http://www.siblingsupport.org/sibshops/sibshops-listserv

GKSN—Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs is our newest initiative—both a Facebook group and a Yahoogroup. As our members tell us, “If you have a grandchild with special needs, no one will understand your joys and concerns better than another grandparent.” Visit GKSN for more details and help us spread the word! http://gksn.org/

The Sibling Support Project E-Newsletter--Subscribe to this list to get occasional updates about the work of the Sibling Support Project. Unlike the above groups, members only receive information. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SiblingSupportProject/join

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Needs Support Services

Local

Dr. Jan Weiner of Cal State Fullerton provides consultation and advisement to individuals and/or families with members who are on the autism spectrum as well as having other disabilities. Age range covers the life span, and services cover a broad gamut. For more information contact jan@jfsoc.org or phone 949.435.3460.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Children with Autism

Local

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California sponsors a support group on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Center. The group focuses on parent and caregiver experiences, successes, challenges and family impact.

Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we've been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn't a 'cure', or even 'traditional' therapy. It's a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don't want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we've seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it's all about what their kids can do.

We're based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

For further information, see www.surfershealing.org 

TACA - Talk About Curing Autism OC

Local

The Autism Society of OC

Local

The Orange County Asperger's Support Group (Meetup Group)

Local

Regular support group meetings on the 3rd Monday of every month from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 600 Saint Andrews Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663-5325. Kids 11 and up are invited.

Support meetings on the 4th Monday of every month from 7p.m. - 9 p.m. at the IHOP Restaurant, 131 N. Kraemer Bl., Placentia, CA 92870 714-528-7838. Kids 11 and up are invited.

Many other activities for adults, teens, kids and families:

- 1st Saturday of the month we go horseback riding in Anaheim, starting at 10am.
Rancho del Rio Stables

- 2nd Saturday of the month teens and kids bowl at Tustin Lanes, starting at 2pm sharp. $6 covers two (2) games of bowling and shoe rental.

- YOGA! http://www.soulathome.com/exercise-classes/schedule.ph Thursdays at 3:30p.m.

- Adult Aspie Anime Club meets 2nd and 4th Friday of each month

- Young Adult Movie Group meets 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
- and more!
Go to our Meetup site and see our calendar of events.

For additional Information, please contact:

Debora Smith
President & Chairman
THE ORANGE COUNTY ASPERGER'S SUPPORT GROUP
714-227-8819 | http://www.meetup.com/ocaspergers/
ocasupport@gmail.com

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

Transition Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Local

Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of our updated 2015 Transition Tool Kit, a guide to assist people with autism and their families as they navigate the journey from adolescence to adulthood. In addition to updates to all existing content, new sections have been added on critical subjects such as independent living skills, safety, digital literacy and more!

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County, Irvine, CA

Local

Family support and educational services, including resources for therapies and respite care.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA)

National

USAAA is dedicated to:
Providing immediate solutions through expert guidance and compassionate support.
Consolidating the overwhelming amount of information and resources to simplify the lives of all associated with autism.
Individualizing education on treatments and services for the diverse population of those affected.
Providing networking opportunities for parents, professionals, students, educators, and individuals.

By recognizing the highly individual and diverse nature of treatment and services, USAAA offers information and education that reflects a variety of views and practices regarding treatment and services to allow maximum choice and benefit for the ASD community.

Wandering Toolkit: Be Ready to Find a Missing Child with Autism

National

This Toolkit is provided by the National Autism Association to help prevent wandering behaviors and to provide guidelines and forms for finding missing people with autism.

WEConnect You Website

National

This English and Spanish website is a one-stop-shop connecting individuals and families to programs and services for which they may be eligible. The site now houses an all-inclusive nationwide resource map, the first of its kind in the country, which connects visitors to locations within their county which offer free tax assistance, job fairs and other valuable events and services. The campaign also highlights programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Federal Child Tax Credit (CTC), food stamp programs, discounted utilities, car insurance and low-income health care programs.

WEb Connector
The WEb Connector, our exclusive online tool developed by our partner- the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation- for this campaign, helps working families determine exactly which Federal programs they may be eligible for and how to apply - all with the click of a mouse. This tool can be accessed by familes through the WE Connect website from the convenience of their home, at the WE Connect community events and through our partnering community-based organizations across the nation.

WE Connect Supplement
Through a partnership with La Opinion, the nation’s largest Spanish-speaking newspaper in the country, WE Connect has developed a 24-page, full color, bi-lingual supplement that has been distributed to nearly 26 million individuals and families in need. The supplement contains pertinent information on all of the programs and services that the campaign covers and highlights success stories of those who have benefited from the resources provided. You can download this from the website.

Y Inclusion

Local

Y Inclusion helps children with special needs participate in after school, child care, and preschool programs countywide. It provides onsite inclusion support, family support services, staff training and assessment of children's inclusion needs.

You may be eligible for Y Inlusion if you meet these requirements:
*Referral and authorization from the Regional Center of Orange County
*Reside in Orange County
*Your child is age 3-16

Private referrals and inquires are welcome. You may qualify for financial assistance.

Contact for additional information - yinclusion@ymcaoc.org.

Financial HelpZZZZZ

2016 Disability Benefit Guide

Local, National

The Simple Dollar recently investigated the Social Security Disabilities Benefits and in the course of their research, found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. Their team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration's documentation to develop their 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

CALOPTIMA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST FOR MEMBERS

Local

In honor of CalOptima’s 20th anniversary, the CalOptima Employee Activities Committee (EAC) is offering a scholarship opportunity to reflect their commitment to Orange County’s children. CalOptima welcomes entries from students pursuing careers in health care or social services. High school seniors and future or current college students may apply. The scholarships will be funded solely through EAC fundraising activities, and no public money will be used. Three scholarships will be awarded to students who write compelling replies to short essay questions about their experience with CalOptima and their interest in health care or social services. The top winner will also be entered into a national scholarship program organized by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, an organization to which CalOptima belongs. Applications are available to download. Act fast — the deadline to enter is Friday, April 29, 2016.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

National
A List of General Scholarships 
for Students with Disabilities
 
"According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 11% of undergraduate students have a disability. Considering that around 20.2 million students are enrolled at U.S. colleges, an estimated 2 million of them are likely living with some type of a disability. This may include a visual impairment, a specific learning disability, an orthopedic impairment, hard of hearing/deafness, or a speech disability, among others. Many of these students receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans, while some work part-time and/or receive financial assistance from their families to help pay for college. As medical and tuition costs continue to rise, however, more and more scholarships for students with disabilities are being made available to fill critical financial gaps."
 

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

HealthZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

Wandering Toolkit: Be Ready to Find a Missing Child with Autism

National

This Toolkit is provided by the National Autism Association to help prevent wandering behaviors and to provide guidelines and forms for finding missing people with autism.

HousingZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

California Mentor

Local

California MENTOR is an Adult Family Home Agency that offers adults with developmental disabilities the option of living in a family home in the community and becoming a part of the family.

Family Connections

Local

Adult services: including placement, employment

Housing & Residential Supports Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

National

This tool kit was designed to assist individuals and families as they identify and secure appropriate residential supports and services. The purpose of this tool kit is to:

Provide an overview of housing options and the supports and services often needed by adults with autism.

Describe options for funding capital costs, operating costs and residential services and supports.

Create a structure to help families and, to the extent possible, an individual with autism, consider and plan for the types of residential services and supports needed.

Serve as a catalyst for expanding opportunities to meet the housing needs of people with autism.

TO VIEW THE TOOL KIT, GO TO: http://www.autismspeaks.org/housing-catalog

InclusionZZZZZ

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Independent LivingZZZZZ

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

College Living Experience

National

College Living Experience (CLE) is a post-secondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. Students with autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, developmental delays and a host of other special needs receive the support they need to pursue post-secondary education and become independent adults.
At CLE, students with special needs experience life in a college environment and receive instruction in areas of: independent living skills, academic skills, career development and social skills so they can transition into adulthood.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)ZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Back to School Tips for Parents

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Information & Referral ServicesZZZZZ

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

InsuranceZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Legal RightsZZZZZ

A Guide To Workplace Bullying

International

This resource shares useful information and awareness on office bullying and how to prevent it, as well as offer tips for maintaining a safe working environment for people who may have experienced (or continue to experience) bullying or discrimination at work.

ASD Insurance Help

National

AUTCOM Autism National Commmittee

National

AUTCOM is an autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. The organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

CA Council on Developmental Disabilities

Local

California Department of Managed Health Care - Health Care Rights and Benefits

Local

California Special Ed Law Wiki

Local

Prepared by law firm Adams and Associates; contains information on recent court cases

Disability Rights California

Local

The mission of this private/non-profit legal organization is to advance the rights of Californians with disabilities. Some of the services they provide are:

  • Telling people with disabilities about their many legal, civil, and service rights,
  • Provide technical assistance, training, publications, and advocacy support for Californians with disabilities, their families, and representatives,
  • Advocate to make sure that laws benefit Californians with disabilities,
  • Investigate complaints about serious physical or sexual abuse and neglect-related deaths in institutions,
  • Outreach to traditionally underserved ethnic and disability communities,
  • Provide peer self-advocacy services for people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities,
  • Provide patients’ rights advocacy for state psychiatric hospital residents, and technical assistance and training for county advocates,
  • Provide rights advocacy for clients with developmental disabilities who are receiving services at regional centers,
  • Bring impact litigation and act as amicus curiae in disability- related cases, and
  • Represent individuals based on our priorities and case selection criteria.

Visit the website for additional information.

Disability Rights Legal Center

Local

The Mission of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) is to promote the rights of people with disabilities and the public interest in and awareness of those rights by providing legal and related services.

Educational Advocate - Paul Eisenberg

Local

Mr. Eisenberg has provided advocacy assistance and representation since 1984. He represents families in the education process at IEPs, Mediations, and Resolution meetings; Individual Program Planning meetings, Mediations, Informal Meetings and Fair Hearings for Regional Center services and eligibility.

Facts and California Laws to Protect Students from Bullying

Local

This website has excellent resources and information about bullying and the laws that protect students from being bullied: http://www.ochumanrelations.org/programs/bridges/bullying-resources-and-information

Additional Information for other useful websites can be found at: http://egov.ocgov.com/vgnfiles/ocgov/Human%20Relations/Docs/Bullying_Resources_Websites.pdf

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

IEP Resource Book

National

After much research, a team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips. This 26 page guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. The guide also includes lots of tips, resources, and answers to FAQs.

To read the Goodwin Procter IEP Guide, go to this site: http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/iep_guide.pdf?tr=y&auid=8840716

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

National

Do you have questions about IEPs? You are not alone! You'll find articles, law and regulations, and tips about how to get quality services in your child's IEP on this page. You'll also learn how to use tactics and strategies to negotiate with the school. This page includes IEP cases, recommended books, and free publications about IEPs.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Local

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) serving all of Orange County and Community Legal Services (CLS) serving many cities in southeast Los Angeles County provide free and low-cost, civil legal services to low-income persons.

Office of Civil Rights Prohibiting Disability Harassment; Why it is an Important Issue

National

Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy

Local

sDisability Rights California Vision Statement

We envision a barrier-free, inclusive, diverse world that values each individual and their voice. In this world, all people with disabilities enjoy the power of equal rights and opportunities, dignity, choice, independence and freedom from abuse, neglect and discrimination.

Part of Disability Rights of California, OCRA provides legal services to consumers of all 21 regional centers throughout California. They can help with legal problems, conduct training, and investigate denials of rights.

Public Law Center

Local

The Public Law Center, Orange County’s pro bono firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides fee civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 31st year of service, PLC works with nearly 1,200 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

Regional Center Services - 16 Tips for Getting Qualityand Disability Rights in CA English

Local

Regional Center Services - 16 Tips for Getting Qualityand Disability Rights in CA. Spanish

Local

Regional Center Services - 16 Tips for Getting Qualityand Disability Rights in CA. Vietnamese

Local

Social Security Benefits for People with Disabilities

National

Information about the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. Learn how to apply and get information about other programs that are relevant.

Special Ed Rights and Responsibilities (English, Spanish, Vietnamese)

Local

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Special Education Consultant: Ruth Heitin

Ruth Heitin is a Special Education Consultant serving students with special needs and their parents – evaluating students, consulting with families and schools, and serving as an expert witness in legal proceedings. Dr. Heitin has served as an expert witness in mediations, court trials and more than 40 due process hearings.

Dr. Heitin’s doctoral degree is in Special Education Administration. She has been certified as a general education teacher, special education teacher and elementary school principal.

This information will assist you in writing IEP Goals

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act

Local

This act provides entitlement to services for people with developmental disabilities in California Information about this act is available at http://www.dds.ca.gov/Statutes/LantermanAct.cfm

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Woodsmall Law Group

Local

Law firm site; contains several articles about IEPs etc.

Medical InformationZZZZZ

Advanced Health Care Directive

National

At age 18, youth reach a very important milestone in their lives. Becoming an adult brings new opportunities as well as new responsibilities and consequences. For most purposes, at age 18 individuals are treated as adults. The right to decide on your own health care is just one of the very important rights that transfer to an adult at the age of majority.

In cases where a families input may be needed specific to health care, an advanced Health Care Directive Form (SFL-461) must be completed and on file with CA Secretary of State, Special Filings Unit, P.O. Box 942877, Sacramento, CA 94277-0001.

By completing this form you name another individual as agent to make health care decisions for you if you become incapable of making your own decisions or if you want someone else to make those decisions for you now even though you are still capable. Please download the related forms for additional information.

American Academy of Neurology

National

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

CA AB 171 - text

Local

Text of AB 171 - the California Autism Insurance Reform Bill

Cambrian Homecare

Local

Cambrian Homecare offering in home care solutions for all ages. Providing screened and trained caregivers to give families care options.

County of Orange, HCA/BHS Prevention and Intervention

Local

Dedicated to protecting and promoting the optimal health of individuals, families, and our diverse communities through partnerships, community leadership, assessment of community needs, planning and policy development, prevention and education, and quality services

Drug Watch

National

Drugwatch.com is a comprehensive Web site featuring extensive information about medications, drug interactions, and drug side effects.

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County

Local

We provide epilepsy specific programs for children, teens, adults, parents and families. Educational Support Groups, Epilepsy 101 classes, support/advocacy. Epilepsy experts are speakers at meetings.

FAQ: State Autism Insurance Reform Laws

National

FAQs, by State, regarding autism insurance reform laws.
Prepared and updated by Austim Speaks and students from George Washington University Law School.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Learn the Signs Act Early Autism & child development information

National

Medical topics/terminology in Spanish & English

National

MedlinePlus Information about autism

National

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine:

National

Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART) Network

National

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

Mental HealthZZZZZ

Autism Partnership Counseling Services

Local

We specialize in serving the community of children, adolescents and adults affected by autism spectrum disorder. We are committed to increasing family stability, creating strong sibling support, and assisting individuals with ASD gain a fuller understanding of their world and potential. We offer individual, couple and group counseling.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

School Readiness

Local

The School Readiness program serves families with children aged 0-6 and focuses on identifying developmental delays and/or behavioral issues at the earliest age possible. We provide clinical case management to link families to appropriate services and support in the community.

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

USC Telehealth: Free & low cost family counseling

Local

USC Telehealth is a professional, completely online counseling agency through the University of Southern CA. We are highly experience in providing supportive counseling for parents, caregivers, and families with a child or adult with Autism and/or other special needs. Services are the same as in-office therapy but you connect from home.

Occupational/Physical TherapiesZZZZZ

Autism & Communication from NIDCD

National

Autism Education Network

National

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Therapeutic Resources - Speech

National

OtherZZZZZ

ANOC - Autism News of Orange County and the Rest of the World

Local

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

California Autism Service Dogs

National

Professionally trained service dogs for ASD and related disorders. Placement (per web site) is approximately $20,000.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Gluten Free Fresh Bread Products

Local

Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free breads have been specifically created to taste like "real bread" to those following a gluten-free diet. The Gluten Free Bread products have the texture and taste of normal bread. They are parve, 100% whole grain, dairy, nut, soy and gluten-free.

You can find some products at Sprouts in CA or purchase them online.

Los Rios Rock School

Local

Lessons for:
live performance, guitar, bass, drums, piano, organ, theory, vocals, recording, song writing, and improvisation.

Onsite Nurse Concierge, LLC - Home Phlebotomy Program

Local

This is a mobile blood draw service serving 5 Southern California counties.

We go to the patient's home at their convenience, draw the blood and deliver it to the lab of the physician's choice. They will refer to us if it is too difficult or traumatic for the patient to go to the lab. We are a concierge service and cater to our patients.

Some medical groups pay for the service, but we are available for private pay as well. It is $45 a draw. Sometimes there might be an additional charge if we need to send additional staff or some other additional services are needed. If this is the case, all charges are discussed and approved before service is dispatched.

Orange County Child Care & Development Planning Council

Local

The Orange County Child Care & Development Planning Council is proud to announce the creation of a website that is an important resource for those families who have children with special needs. This website lists programs which welcome children with special needs in preschool and child care programs, as well as before- and after-school programs for older children. Although the programs listed do not guarantee enrollment for any given child, these sites do try to make the necessary accommodations so that all children are included.

Soft Clothing for All Children

National

Clothing that is flat seamed, tagless and constructed for children who are sensitive to the touch of clothing

Parent EducationZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

iAdvocate - Free Software for Parents

National

The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education. iAdvocate uses problem-based learning strategies, simulations, and provides contextual access resources to build parental advocacy skills and knowledge.

iAdvocate provides parents with both information and most importantly, strategies in regards to their educational rights and getting their child’s needs met. The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education and to provide the most inclusive and meaningful educational environment for students with disabilities.

iAdvocate contains three sections: strategies, a compilation of approaches that parents can pursue as advocates; resources, which lists and, where possible, links to such references as laws, books, articles, web sites, video presentations, and organizations that provide information on inclusive education; and, responses, which features simulated interactions, such as replies to common statements made by school professionals regarding services and accommodations for children.

TEENS AND SCREENS: RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders Grad Certificate

National

ASU’s Graduate Certificate in autism spectrum disorders is ideal for educators, interventionists, psychologists, pathologists, behavior analysts, or family members who want to enhance their preparation for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Team of Advocates for Special Kids

Local

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs.

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Post Secondary EducationZZZZZ

College Internship Program

Local

The College Internship Program at the Long Beach Center provides individualized, post-secondary academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and other Learning Differences.

"Our mission is to graduate young men and women of confidence, character, and integrity capable of making contributions to society and claiming their place as citizens of the world.

We Serve people with:

  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • High-Functioning Autism
  • Nonverbal Learning Differences
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • PDD-NOS

Additional information available on our website: http://www.ciplongbeach.org

College Living Experience

National

College Living Experience (CLE) is a post-secondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. Students with autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, developmental delays and a host of other special needs receive the support they need to pursue post-secondary education and become independent adults.
At CLE, students with special needs experience life in a college environment and receive instruction in areas of: independent living skills, academic skills, career development and social skills so they can transition into adulthood.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Inclusion Films

National

With locations in Burbank and Bakersfield, California, Inclusion Films Workshop provides adults with developmental disabilities an introduction to film production. Our curriculum moves beyond classroom instruction and offers students real-world experience. Throughout each semester, students work as a team to create and produce a short thesis film.

After completing the program, students are encouraged to apply for a position at our own production company, Team Diversity Media, as well as seek employment in the film industry through other avenues.

Inclusion Films Workshop seeks to promote the creative skills and strong work ethic of film makers with developmental disabilities, ultimately allowing them to become more independent, self confident, and well-rounded individuals.

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

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A List of General Scholarships 
for Students with Disabilities
 
"According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 11% of undergraduate students have a disability. Considering that around 20.2 million students are enrolled at U.S. colleges, an estimated 2 million of them are likely living with some type of a disability. This may include a visual impairment, a specific learning disability, an orthopedic impairment, hard of hearing/deafness, or a speech disability, among others. Many of these students receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans, while some work part-time and/or receive financial assistance from their families to help pay for college. As medical and tuition costs continue to rise, however, more and more scholarships for students with disabilities are being made available to fill critical financial gaps."
 

Special Education Advocacy

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Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

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New Vista School

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New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

Special Education Advocacy

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Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

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#hangout - Friday Night Fun for Teens - Ages 14-19

Teens ages 14-19 meet at the College Living Experience (2183 Fairview Rd. Ste 101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) every First Friday of the month. to overcome social anxieties in a safe nurturing and fun environment.

Learn more and go to http://www,meetup.com/www.autrismresourcemom-org/  for more details and to RSVP for the next event.  

 

 

 

4-H Youth Development Program

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Outdoor activities, animal science, arts and crafts, cooking and woodworking activities
are offered to children ages 5-19 of any disability.

Access to Sailing, Long Beach, CA

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Worldwide organization that encourages people with all kinds of disabilities, ages 2-21,
to participate in mainstream athletics, to promote personal achievement and enhance self
esteem.

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) V.I.P. Division

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Adaptive soccer for children and adults with disabilities.

Art - City of Irvine Disability Services, Irvine, CA

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Creative art projects for ages 12 and older.

AST's Camp Futures

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Camp Futures is a day camp created for children with special needs and is faciliated by interventionists trained in ABA methodologies. Camp starts July 18, 2011 to August 26, 2011 with weekly unique themes and activities created to allow the children to enhance their interests (sports, music, art), showcase their tallents, and make new friends.

Autism on the Seas

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In collaboration with Royal Caribbean International, provides services to address the
cruising travel needs of families and individuals with Autism and Asperger Syndrome,
and all cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities including but not limited to
Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Can provide for special dietary accommodations
such as gluten/cassein free diets and lactose-free diets.

Autism on the Seas: Group & Individual Vacation Options

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Group & Individual Vacation options for Adults and Families living with Autism and Related Disabilities

This Company is dedicated to servicing the cruising travel needs for individuals and family's living with with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as (but not limited to) Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

Group cruises and discounts are available. Financial assistance available.

Go to the website, http://www.alumnicruises.org/Autism/Autism_Home.htm for additional information.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

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Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autistic Traveler

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The Autistic Traveler Website has been launched to provide a central source of information for traveling with autistic children. This site will also provide useful links to enable you to successfully plan and execute a memorable vacation for you and your entire family.

Best Buddies

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International organization designed to enhance the lives of people with cognitive
disabilities, ages 12 and older; provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships,
integrated employment and various recreational activities.

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

Bowling Leagues at Saddleback Lanes, Mission Viejo, CA

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Adaptive weekly bowling leagues for all disabilities ages 6-21 during the months of
June, July and August.

Camp James Summer Day Camp

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Camp James is ACA Accredited and offers outdoor activities for ages 4-13 on 30 acres of scenic park land. Located next to Wild Rivers it features a wide array of activities including: daily visits to Wild Rivers, crafts, drama, sports, canoes, mini golf, climbing wall, nature study, go karts, archery and more.

CampCare

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CampCare is a non-sectarian and non-profit, special education camp that began in Reno, Nevada in 1971. At CampCare we believe that all people are special. We strive to provide a program which recognizes individual differences and creates enriching life experiences that will enhance the educational and environmental background of each camper.

CampCare has a proud tradition of giving individual attention as well as offering small group activities in a caring atmosphere. Individuals with learning disabilities including attention deficit disorder, mild mental retardation, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, visual and hearing disabilities are part of the camp population. Campers must have basic self-help skills, they must be toilet trained and have positive social behavior. Campers may be 6-22 years of age. Exceptions for older campers are made at the discretion of the camp director.

Challenge Air For Kids and Friends

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A not-for-profit organization that offers motivational, inspirational and life-changing
experiences to physically challenged children and youth through aviation

Challenger Division of Little League Baseball (California Districts 55 and 68)

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A local Little League Baseball program for youngsters with cognitive and/or physical
disabilities. These districts serve Irvine (Northwood), Lake Forest, Rancho Niguel,
Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.

Challenger Pop Warner Football and Cheer, Huntington Beach, CA

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Flag football and cheerleading for children ages 6-15 with developmental disabilities.
Participating cities include Cypress, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, Long
Beach, Pasadena, Tustin, Santa Ana, Santa Margarita, and San Clemente.

City of Irvine Disability Services

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City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

Community Theatre at Cypress Civics Theatre, Cypress, CA

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Theatre involvement for people with and without disabilities, ages 6 and older.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

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Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Dance for Adults by the City of Placentia, Placentia, CA

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Dance designed for individuals with special needs, ages 18 and up.

Dance for Adults with Disabilities by the City of Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley, CA

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Dancing for adults with disabilities.

Danny's Farm, Inc. Altadena CA

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Petting zoo and events facility designed for children with autism and other special needs.
Visits by appointment only. Staff is fluent in sign language.

Garden Grove Sports and Recreation Center, Garden Grove, CA

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Gym sports and socializing with friends are offered to all regardless of age or disability.

Hoopstars Basketball, Fullerton, CA

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Provides a social environment for children and adults with disabilities to
participate on basketball teams in a way that instills a sense of accomplishment,
teamwork, and competition; provides an opportunity to learn the game, increase physical
activity and enhance self-esteem.

Hot Hoops Basketball, Irvine, CA

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Basketball league for children and adults ages 6-24 with special needs.

Irvine ATA Black Belt Academy

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Irvine ATA has several programs for a variety of purposes, ranging from basic martial arts, to self-defense, to esteem and life skills building and more.

Jeremiah Society

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For Jewish teens and adults with special needs. Meets monthly for recreational activities.

Karate For All - For Children and Adults with Special Needs

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KFA is a Community Occupational Therapy based Martial Arts Program developed specifically for children and adults with speial needs. Using Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills, KFA combines the discipline of martial arts to achieve motor, cognitive, social and processing goals.

Each class is instructed by Pediatric Occupational Therapists that hold a Black Belt Degree in a variety of martial arts.

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Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

Merage JCC Summer Day Camps

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This cam is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Orange County. Our programs include Camp Yeladim (ages 2-4) and Camp Haverim (Grades K-11). We offer sports, swimming, science, theater, arts & crafts, weekly field trips and fun for all!

New Directions Holiday and Vacation Travel, Santa Barbara, CA

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Holiday and vacation travel for teenagers, adults and seniors with disabilities.

Polo Buddies Water Polo Classes

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Polo Buddies is an entry level waster polo class for boys and girls ages 7-15 that supports interaction between team members with smaller class sizes and more coaches than a typical water polo class. Students receive more individual instruction. Class is perfect for kids with ADD, Asperger's or any child who wants more individual instruction.
Contact David Farkas for class information.
View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18eUJYGQR4M

Quest Therapeutic Camps of Southern California

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Quest Camps, located in Orange County, CA, offers an innovative, evidence- based therapeutic program that has been found to reduce problems not only at camp but at home, school and in everyday life for children 6 to 18 years old with mild to moderate social, emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. We are a Special Needs Camp that provides treatment for a variety of difficulties that children have including ADHD, Asperger's Disorder, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and learning disabilities.

Recreation Resource Guide 2015 - Regional Center Orange County

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The Comfort Connection Family Resource Center of Orange County connects families who have children with special needs to resources and support. Most of Comfort Connection’s staff are parents of children with developmental disabilities and many are bilingual. In addition to acting as a resource to families, staff are available to present information to community groups regarding local resources, parent support and Regional Center of Orange County services.

The Recreation Resource Guide is provided for residents of Orange County California. It is updated annually.

IMPORTANT:

PLEASE CALL AHEAD OF TIME TO CONFIRM THAT THE INFORMATION IS ACCURATE AND THE OPPORTUNITY IS STILL AVAILABLE

S.T.A.R. Program (Boys and Girls Club), Tustin, CA

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Includes children ages 5-18 with and without disabilities in recreation, sports, art,
education and other activities.

Shea Therapeutic Riding Center

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The Shea Center offers classes focusing on abroad range of disabilities. These classes fall under the general term “therapeutic riding” and are a sophisticated program developedto address a special need. Horsemanship classes help clients acquire and refine riding skills. Clients improve judgment skills, social interaction, coordination, motor planning, self-confidence, self-esteem,and a sense of independence. Physical rehabilitation classes (hippotherapy) are aimed at riders with impairments affecting muscles, bones and the nervous system. Activities on the horse and positioning on the horse provide strength, balance, and coordination.

Clinical physical therapy is also provided. Cognitive classes address the many
processes of the mind, including planning, judgment, memory, orientation, concepts,
attention, and language. Sensory Processing classes provide activities on the horse to improve the client’s ability to take in, analyze and respond to information from the body’s five senses.

Occupational Therapy classes retrain the body and brain to function more easily and efficiently with the tasks of everyday life.

Speech-Language Therapy classes focus on articulation delays, phonological impairments, speech fluency, tongue thrust, language impairments, and social skills/pragmatic language.

Download the flyer for additional information.

Simply Music

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Playing-based piano lessons are taught privately as well as in small groups. The method has been very effective for people with special needs such as autism, tourettes, brain injury and for adults with various physical and mental challenges. Music reading is delayed in this method for a couple of years, depending on the student) with piano taught directly on the keyboard instead of as a note-reading process. The method emphasizes success and creativity.

View a video about the program here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVLEFStppYw

SimplyFun Games for Children with Autism

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Our mission is to build smarter kids and stronger families through the amazing power of play. We know that play benefits all kids and we want to help you find games that can enhance learning and improve the quality of your family time. More importantly we want to be a resource for your family or organization to find games that meet your specific needs. We hope we can be your partner in learning and for fun to make play a part of your family life!

Click the autism box on the main webpage and it will take you to a survey that helps pre-select games that meet your specific issues.

Sky High Sports, The Trampoline Place

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Jump Sky High, the Trampoline Place, offers a child one hour of jumping for $10 and spectators do not have to pay. It is by appointment only so it is not over crowded and there is a special court for little jumpers 8 years old or younger and another for 9 year olds to adults. There are floor guards who help to ensure that jumpers will observe safety rules.

Special Days for Special Needs Kids: The first Tuesday of every month (excluding holidays) from 2-5 p.m., special needs children can jump for only $5 (one caregiver per child may participate for free). Sky High Sports is open to the public during these hours, but music is turned off for the comfort of the guests. Sky High Sports, The Trampoline Place is located at 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Call ahead for an appointment (714) 437-5867. Learn more on the website, http://ocy.jumpskyhigh.com

Socials for Adults

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The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Needs Toys

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Special Olympics Golf Program in Huntington Beach, CA

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* Effective in February 2011, Special Olympics Orange County is starting a new golf program in Huntington Beach. We are currently looking for athletes and coaches to participate in our program.

* ATHLETES will receive professional instruction in putting, chipping and hitting all clubs, from wedges to drivers. Don’t have clubs? Don’t worry. We will get them for you.

* COACHES make a difference in the lives of our athletes. You will need to get Class A certified (background check) to participate.

* PRACTICES will be held once per week for 1 1⁄2 hours at Meadowlark Golf Club in Huntington Beach. Timelines to be announced.

CONTACT ROB WINDHAM AT (714) 335-2611 OR CALL SPECIAL OLYMPICS ORANGE COUNTY AT (714) 564-8374.

Enrollment is open - no close date.

Special Olympics Southern California

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Special Olympics Southern California is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. It is one of 52 Chapters within the United States and part of Special Olympics, Inc., which serves 3 million athletes in 180 countries worldwide.

The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our vision is to provide sports and training programs for any individual with intellectual disabilities who chooses to participate, thereby improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch.

Special Olympics, Santa Ana, CA

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Sporting events for people with disabilities in cities throughout Orange County throughout the year.

Spirit League

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Soccer, basketball and t-ball/softball league for kids to fill the gap between AYSO/LL
and Challenger/VIP.

Spirit League - Special Needs Adult Sports League

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January 6th to March 10th (10 week season)

Sunday's 1:00 - 3:30 at Sage High School

The Adult League is for special needs individuals ages 18 to 30 years old who want to participate in a sport and social program. This coed league is for participants who are physically active and can take instruction — but may require more flexibility in sport and social activities. The Adult League will emphasize a safe and fun environment where participants can play in a “pick up” game format and enjoy social interactions with their friends and teammates.

For further information visit SpiritLeague.org and contact Marc Rosenberg at mrosenberg@abedinc.orgfor further information and registration forms.

SPACE IS LIMITED, JOIN US NOW!!!!

Sports - City of Irvine Disability Services Recreation, Irvine, CA

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Provides various sports leagues in 4 week sessions for ages 7-12.

Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we've been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn't a 'cure', or even 'traditional' therapy. It's a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don't want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we've seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it's all about what their kids can do.

We're based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

For further information, see www.surfershealing.org 

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Our adult instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers and our small, indoor facility is ideal for focused swim lessons. Moreover, with the use of pool-side TV monitors and video cameras, our ability to give students instant visual feedback during their lesson is invaluable.  

 Rates vary for residents of Lake Forest and non-residents.  Contact for scheduling and cost information.  SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA.  Call 949.461.3450

Swim School for Special Needs Children

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Blue Buoy Swim School has instructors experienced in teaching special needs children.

The Friendship Circle, Newport Beach, CA

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Extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs, involving them
in a full range of social and Jewish experiences. The Circle’s unique formula introduces
teenage volunteers to the children, and through shared encounters, both are enriched.

The Game, GUBS

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This game is highly recommended by parents as one the whole family can enjoy. Games typically last 15-20 minutes. It encourages speaking and using imagination. Each game involves a new, unique imaginative story whose outcome is unknown. Each person's turn is interesting because what happens may directly impact other players. Luck, skill and strategy are all involved in winning.

Available at Amazon.com and in stores.

The Ducks' Top Flight Street Hockey League serves 10-15 players each season. Located in Huntington Beach Inline on Friday nights during the fall, winter and spring. Free skills clinics are offered once a month during the summer months to keep players at the rink connected to the game. Players are paired with volunteer aides if they require extra assistance.

Contact the Rinks-Huntington Beach Inline or go to www.anaheimducks.com/topflight for additional information.

Trips inc.

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Trips Inc. provides all-inclusive vacation packages for traveler ages 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Offers 1 chaperone for every 3 to 4 travelers. Average group size is 20. Chaperones are school teachers, counselors, residential care providers and other caring individuals. They are carefully screened and reviewed before and after every trip.

Us too Center

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Us Too Center is a non profit organization that is dedicated to providing a warm environment for children with autism and other developmental delays and disabilities and their families to recieve a range of therapeutic and recreational activities to meet their individual needs all in one location. Offering: Recreation Gymnastics, Dance, Track, and Karate Therapies, Speech, Social Skills, ABA, and OT.  Advocate services also available.

Classes are offered throughout the year.  Call for schedule and costs.

VIP Soccer, Garden Grove, CA

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AYSO Division for children with special needs.

W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center

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The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, located in the heart of the Cal Poly Pomona campus, is a showcase facility that houses approximately 100 purebred Arabian horses.  The horses of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center serve as ambassadors of the Arabian breed at many different events. The most notable of these events is the Sunday show, a tradition that has been continued from the days of the original Kellogg ranch. Sunday shows are staged at the Horse Center at 2:00 pm on the first Sunday of every month, from October through May. 

The Arabian Horse Center is generally open for self-guided tours from 8-4 seven days / week, excluding major holidays.  Campus events and closures, weather, and other situations can affect this, so please check our Facebook page or call for specific information.  For the 2016-2017 academic year, tours led by our student ambassadors will be offered at 11 am Tuesdays and 1:30 pm Wednesdays. To ensure we have a student scheduled, please RSVP by emailing  arabianhorse@cpp.edu or call (909) 869-4988.

Yoga at the Children’s Therapy Center, Garden Grove, CA

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Inclusive yoga classes promote flexibility, strength, balance, posture and concentration
for ages 5 and older.

Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center

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Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center is located on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe at an elevation of 6200 fee, situated amidst Ponderosa and Jeffery pines that tower above the lodge and lawns. Zephyr Point is a pristine environment of natural beauty. CampCare utilizes one bunkhouse and twenty four rooms with single to queen size beds and private bathrooms, several of which are wheelchair accessible. Bedding and towels are provided. There is a wonderful dining room overlooking the lake, as well as a large hall with a stage for our musical performance, arts, crafts and evening activities. In addition, there is a safe swimming and beach area enclosed by a breakwater and two piers.

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Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

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BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

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California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Desire Home Care

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Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Rainbow Home Care Services

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Rainbow Home Care provides Supported Living (SLS) and Attendant Services for adults with autism and developmental disabilities for Regional Centers or private pay that fulfill IEP for ADLs that promote independence, community mobility. Highly affordable, professional, qualified caregivers, companions and attendants for all daily life challenges.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Survey of Regional Center of Orange County

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   Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. All responses will be strictly confidential.  The Orange County Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities is inviting family members and consumers to participate in an anonymous survey about personal experiences with the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) system, services offered, and the quality of case management (service coordination) provided. We are seeking the involvement of everyone who receives services from, and communicates with, the service coordinators at RCOC.

We hope to get as many responses as possible, as this will help us in obtaining statistical data for the purpose of addressing any concerns within the RCOC system. The quality of services and case management you receive from RCOC should be consistent with the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, which states:
“regional centers assist persons with developmental disabilities and their families in securing those services and supports which maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community” (WIC 4640.7(a)).

We appreciate all feedback and thank you for your time and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (714)558-4404.  Please return the completed survey by September 26, 2015.

Use this link to complete the survey online. or completed surveys can be sent by:
Fax - (714) 558-4704
Email - scarlett.vonthenen@scdd.ca.gov
Postal Mail - State Council on Developmental Disabilities – 2000 East Fourth Street, Suite 115, Santa Ana, California 92705

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Anxiety Research Study

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May 6, 2016 Announcement

The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment is conducting a new Study: Sensory over-responsivity (SOR) is a highly prevalent feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD): an estimated 50-75% of children with ASD experience SOR, ranging from general discomfort to distress in loud or complex environments. SOR appears to be linked with increased anxiety in autism, and parents report that SOR symptoms are among the most disruptive aspects of everyday life. It is unknown whether anxiety and SOR are linked and what biological mechanisms may cause SOR and anxiety in ASD and whether these systems are specific only to ASD. This study will use brain imaging (MRI) and physiological measurements (e.g., heart rate) to determine how children with anxiety, ASD, and non-affected children respond to sensory stimuli with the goal of determining how these systems are alike and how they differ.

Participants will receive $75 for their participation and receive a picture of their brain! We are currently looking for children between the ages of 8 and 17, who have a clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder, and have no family history of ASD.

If you are interested in hearing more about the study, please feel free to contact our Research Coordinator Hilary Bowman at 310-825-5326 at anytime. We would love to chat on the phone to discuss the study more and make sure they would qualify.

Autism Emotion and the Family Research Study

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This study examines how children’s biologically-based emotional patterns predict strengths and challenges in everyday functioning, and what caregivers can do to help. Looking for children between the ages of 6 and 10 who have been diagnosed with ASD. Participation includes a parent-child laboratory visit at CSUF, and parent completion of questionnaires.

Families will receive $75 for their time.

This study ends April 1, 2018

Dr. Jason Baker and Dr. Rachel Fenning

jbaker@fullerton.edu

657-278-1088

Autism Glass Project

National

The Autism Glass Project seeks to provide a more immediate supplement to therapy by providing a mobile at-home therapeutic learning system, codesigned by children and families with autism, that can integrate seamlessly into their daily lives outside of the clinical setting.

Interested in participating?

We’re looking to recruit children who: ü are between the ages of 6-12 years old, ü have a clinical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ü and receive ABA therapy at least twice per week. Sounds like your child? Here are the next steps…

1. Let your agency know that you are interested in participating.
2. Visit autismglass.stanford.edu to sign up.
3. Complete the Autism Glass screening and eligibility questionnaire at autismglassrecruitment.stanford.edu.
4. Have questions? Email the Autism Glass team at autismglass.stanford.edu or call them at 650-497-9214!

Autism in the Workplace Survey

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Take our survey and let your voice be heard! We are looking for young adults (16-30 years old) with Autism and/or their family members/caregivers/guardians to complete our survey.

The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism at Chapman University is interested in your opinions on the opportunities and services available for young adults with autism in the workplace. Your responses will help us to better understand and advocate for policy changes to support young adults with autism transition into the workplace.

The survey should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. This survey is available in Spanish. If you would like to receive a copy of the results, or if you have any questions, please email us at tpi@chapman.edu. To take the survey:

1. Email tpi@chapman.edu- and let us know you would like to complete the survey- we will send you the link OR
2. Visit this page to complete the survey: https://chapmanu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bC5TkzyvVBizJzf

Please Complete by March 31st, 2016

Autism Research Study

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SENSORY STIMULATION FOR AUTISM

The University of California Irvine, in collaboration with For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center, is seeking volunteers to participate in the study of a potential effective treatment for autism using mild forms of sensory stimulation.

Eligible subjects must be between 3-6 years of age and have a diagnosis of autism. Benefits may include improvement in the symptoms of autism. The study will require four visits to UC Irvine over the course of 6 months for behavioral and cognitive testing with visit length ranging from 1 to 2 hours.

The testing of your child and investigational treatment will be given at no cost to you or your insurance company. This study will include approximately 90 subjects, and the investigational treatment will involve about several minutes of your time, 4 times a day for six months. You will receive $100 as compensation at the completion of the study.

Please note that your decision to be in any study is totally voluntary. Any care that you receive at UC Irvine will not be altered by your decision to participate or not participate.
Please contact Michael Leon, Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at UC Irvine at 949-824-5343 for more information.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Study

Local

The experience of having a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder will be examined through three surveys. Parents who have a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder within the last 10 years are asked to contact Christine at cmg8012@ego.thechicagoschool.edu. By participating you will be helping other parents.

Brain Research -The Dana Foundation

National

OVERVIEW

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants and educates the public about the successes and potential of brain research. Dana produces free publications; coordinates the International Brain Awareness Week campaign; supports the Dana Alliances, a network of neuroscientists; and maintains a Web site, www.dana.org.

RESEARCH

The Dana Foundation’s science and health grants support clinical research in neuroscience and neuroimmunology and their interrelationship in human health and disease.

Grant programs include brain imaging, clinical neuroscience research, and neuroimmunology. The Web pages provide descriptions of the focus of each of these programs, application guidelines and summaries of supported studies and their results.

The Foundation also occasionally sponsors workshops and forums for working scientists and curricula development in areas related to its program grants.

OUTREACH

FREE PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

Online and in print, we offer cutting-edge yet reader-friendly publications, mainly in neuroscience. Online, we offer exclusive news and feature articles and our blog. Our online magazine, Cerebrum, offers thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading scientists and other scholars, as well as reviews of books about the brain. Special publications include Briefing Papers and Q&As with working neuroscientists.

Early Detection of Autism: An Online Training Program

Local

This study examines the effectiveness of an online training program for mothers and child care providers aimed at improving knowledge and recognition of typical 6-month old infant behavior and the early signs of autism. Both at-risk and non-risk families are included.

Research Study on Wandering

National

A 2012 Interactive Autism Network study of more than 1,200 families with children between the ages of 4 and 17 found that parents reported that nearly half of children with ASD had attempted to elope at least once. The study also found that the risk for elopement increased with the severity of autism. Nearly half of those parents said that their child eloped with the intention to go somewhere or do something, while only a tenth reported that their child eloped because he/she was confused, sad and lost.1

IAN Research is now delving deeper into the elopement and wandering patterns of children and dependent adults with autism, and looking at the prevention strategies that caregivers implement, in ourElopement Patterns and Caregiver Strategies Research Study.

WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?

  • All parents of children with ASD ages 4 and older are eligible to participate
  • Legally authorized representatives of adults with ASD ages 18 and older

Eligibility does not require a history of elopement and we encourage all families to participate.

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards.  See the attachment for additional information.

Grandparent Research Study- UC Irvine

Local

This study is for grandparents of children with autism, Asperger's Disorder or PDD-NOS, to learn more about grandparent-grandchild relationships. The research is conducted by means of a 30 minute telephone interview. Please see the flyer for additional details.

Infants & Mothers Research Study: UCI Parent Training Project

Local

The UC Irvine Department of Psychology and Social Behavior is looking for
expecting mothers or mothers with infants younger than 6 months who...

1) Have another child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
2) Have an older child and NO family history of any developmental disorders
to participate in a research study evaluating a raining program for mothers designed to help
early detection of autism

Participation involves a visit to the university’s family lab for a developmental assessment, training program or safety video, and questionnaires during a 1.5 hour study visit, and two online or mailed questionnaires that each take 20 minutes to
complete.

All participants will receive a $20 gift card!

Interactive Autism Network (IAN) & NIH Research Project

National

The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate autism research like never before. You can be a part of this unique collaboration by spending five minutes to fill in a brief questionnaire and consent for each of your family members through IAN Research.

Families submit their autism information to IAN by answering online questionnaires. In fact, so many families have joined IAN, and so much data has been collected, that the principal health-oriented scientific organization of the United States, the NIH, wants to build on this success by inviting IAN families to participate in the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR).

What is NDAR? It is a computer system run by the NIH that allows researchers studying autism to share information with each other. With an easier way to share, researchers hope to learn new and important things about autism more quickly than before. This is similar to what IAN already does, but on an even larger scale.

You don't have to participate in NDAR if you are participating in IAN, but it is a way to make the time and energy you spend answering IAN's online surveys yield even more autism research findings.

To participate:
Log on to IAN Research.
(If you've forgotten your password or IAN User ID, click on "forgot my password or IAN ID")

Find the Consent for NDAR listed under your name in your Family Profile.

Follow the instructions. If you decide to participate in NDAR, click on YES to provide your electronic consent, and answer the few questions that follow.

Repeat for each family member listed in your IAN Family Profile.

Sharing with NDAR will make your family's experiences and information accessible to even more researchers, in more valuable and empowering ways. Of course, any identifying information, such as name and address, will be removed before the information is shared. Your privacy will be protected.

To learn more, see the NDAR Fact Sheet. (http://www.iancommunity.org/cs/ian_research/ndar_fact_sheet)

National Childrens Study and For OC Kids

Local

The National Children's Study is interested in the interactions between genetics and the environment in the development of childhood disorders such as ASD. Screening instruments to detect autism at an early age will be used. The goal is to be reliable but less time consuming for the participants.

This study is for children between two and three years old. An experienced team at UCI and For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center will be administering the study.

New Social Skills Group Opportunity at Autism Parternship

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Autism Partnership will be running two social skills groups for young children (ages 3 to 5) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2014-2015. The group will help children learn valuable social, play, leisure, and other adaptive skills. We have been running similar social skills groups for over 15 years and know that the group can lead to meaningful change.

CALL FOR DATES, COSTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Non-Invasive fMRI Study - University of CA Irvine

Local

We are looking for adolescents who are interested in participating in a passive listening study that takes place in an MRI scanner. We will examine whether there are differences in how young people with and without autism spectrum disorders process various types of names. The results of the study will help us better understand brain activities in connection with social deficits in autism and can help improve treatment approaches.

Eligibillity: 13-17 years old with diagnosis of ASD or 10-16 years old with no diagnosis of ASD or other psychiatric disorders.

Benefit: If study is completed $100

For information and to enroll call Sabine Huemer 310 245-6041

Online Research Study: Graduate Parents Project

National

This 10 minute online research study is for parents who have graduated from college. It is sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and the principal investigator is Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Participants may remain anonymous. They will be asked which degree they received and what their current occupation is. All information is confidential. The purpose of the study is to investigate if there is a link between what parents studied at university and how their children are developing. Note that both parents do not need to be graduates to take part in this project.

The site also offers parents opportunities to participate in additional studies. Go to website for additional information. This study will terminate in July 2013.

Parent Perceptions of Complementary & Alternative Medicine Approaches

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Parent Perceptions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for Children with Autism, ADHD and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

The study is seeking parents of a child diagnosed with autism, ADHD or another related Neurodevelopmental disorder who has used a Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment, such as supplements or vitamins (fatty acids, fish oils, etc) homeopathy, massage, herbal medicines, etc.

Participants needed for CSUN research study

Local

Researchers at CSUN are looking for parents of children with autism to participate in a short research survey. This brief 20 minute survey is composed of questions about services your child has access to. Your responses will be completely anonymous and will help to inform our community about autism services available to families.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Finch or Dr. Debra Berry Malmberg, CSUN Department of Psychology, at autismscstudy@gmail.com

The link to the survey (available in both English and Spanish) is as follows:
http://www.psychsurveys.org/autismSCstudy/csun

Research Study Using Near Infrared Spectroscopy - UC Irvine

Local

Study utilizes a non-invasive painless technique called Near Infrared Spectroscopy to better understand brain functioning in ASD children

To Participate:

  • *Boys/girls between 6-10 years
  • *Diagnosed or treated for ASD
  • *One visit (about 1 hour and 30 minutes)
  • Willing to participate in a paper task

Location: UC Irvine Child Development Center, 19722 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA
Benefit: $30 for participation

Wellness Factors Related to Social Media Use in Adults with ASD

Local, National, International

Research Participant Recruitment from October 7, 2015 to September 27, 2016

Seeking Adults (18+) with autism spectrum disorder who have access to social media or the internet and are able to complete an online 10 to 30 minute survey independently. The recruitment goal is 120 participants.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8KQWGNZ

This study is designed to learn the relationship between social media use and happiness as well as life satisfaction in a population of adults with autism spectrum disorders. You do not have to use social media to participate; you only need to have the ability to use social media if you choose to do so.

This survey will take between 10 to 30 minutes total to complete. After completion of the anonymous survey, you will have the option to access another survey where you may provide a name and an address for entry into the apple watch sport lottery.

Please see attached Flyer.

A lottery for an Apple Watch Sport will follow the survey.

This research is being conducted as part of the requirements for a Ph.D. in psychology at Fielding Graduate University by Deborah Ward. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at dward@email.fielding.edu.

Thank you for your interest.
Fielding Graduate University Institutional Review Board Approval No. 15-0901

 

Research Study: UC Riverside Smooth Sailing

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Smooth Sailing Recruitment

We are currently recruiting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to participate in our Smooth Sailing Study, conducted through UC Riverside. This study examines successful transitions in early school years for children with ASD. Children are eligible if they are between the ages of 4-7, and if they have autism spectrum disorder.

We are particularly interested in sending a member of our study staff to speak with you or any potential families that are interested in participating. Please feel free to contact Yasamine Bolourian at (818) 778-7130, if you are interested in assisting us

Social Cognition and School Readiness Research Project

Local

Study on social experiences with peers for children on and off the autism spectrum.
Kindergarten-aged children
1 hour study session for child
Questionnaire completed by caregiver
Caregiver will receive a $10 gift card
Child will receive a toy

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

Social Skills Training with Dogs

Local

Do you suspect or does your child have an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Are you interested in social skills training with dogs to help your child?

The University of California at Irvine under Dr. Sabrina Schuck is conducting a new study for children who have or may have ASD. In this study, children will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive environment, which will promote their social skills, self-esteem, and self‐regulation skills. This study involves weekly social skills training sessions with experienced and certified therapy dogsIf you are interested, you and your child may be eligible to participate.

The first study session will be this Thursday July 14th. Participants will meet every Thursday for 6 weeks, ending on August 18th.

 Children between the ages of 7 and 9 who have or may have ASD

 6 Social Skills Training sessions and 6 Behavioral Parent Training sessions are available at no cost to you

SPARK - online research partnership for people with autism

Local, National

SPARK is a landmark autism research project aimed to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for "Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge. The mission: "We want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. If your child, or someone you know, has a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder learn more by contacting SPARK." No cost to join.

The UC Irvine Family Lab Research Study

Local

The UC Irvine Family Lab is conducting a research study examining participation in adaptive sports teams (designed for children with special needs) and child well-being outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Families are eligible to participate in this study if:

 Your child has been clinically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 Your child is between the ages of 8 and 11 years old

 Your child is currently enrolled in an organized sports team (i.e., soccer, softball, basketball, football, hockey, etc.) that is adaptive (specially designed for children with special needs)

 The child must NOT be currently enrolled in any martial arts classes

Participation in the study involves:

1) Parent completion of an online questionnaire (~1 hour)

2) Two visits to UC Irvine for diagnostic and social & cognitive assessments of child (~1.5 hours each, separated by ~13 weeks)

3) Continued participation in organized sports team between the two UCI visits

Families will be compensated up to $50 for their participation in the questionnaires and visits to the university

To receive more information, please submit your contact information to our secure online interest form (scan QR code or visit link) and a member of our research team will call you with more information:

Phone: (949) 824-7441

Email: families@uci.edu

For questions, please contact the Lead Researcher:

Janice Phung, M.A. (jnphung@uci.edu); Faculty Sponsor:

Wendy Goldberg, Ph.D.

UCI IRB Approved: 11-24-2015 | APP # 9023 | HS# 2015-2312 1 of 1

Theory of Mind, Siblings and Autism

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The primary aim of this study is to examine differences in the performance on theory of mind tasks among children with regressive autism, non-regressive autism and typically developing children. A secondary goal is to examine the association between the presence, number and age and age spacing of siblings.

Treatment for Autism Study

Local

Our first study using sensory stimulation for ASD children was quite successful. About a third had their symptoms fully resolved, a third were very much improved and a third did not respond. On average, there was a 10-point improvement in IQ scores. We are now running our second study for children 3-6 years old.

Treatment Study: Does your child experience social difficulties?

Local

Does your child experience social difficulties?
Is He / She a Child Who: Struggles to initiate interactions with peers? Is shy or nervous in social
situations? Has a hard time with friends?

Eligible youngsters (ages 8 – 12) will receive FREE of
charge 32 weeks of treatment with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Group Social Skills Training

For more information, please contact: Dr. Jeffrey Wood or Kaycie Zielinski.

UCI Research Study for Children Ages 3-6 Years

Local

Recruiting children ages 3-6 years to participate in a study using a potentially effective approach for treating autism. Please contact Michael Leon, Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior,
University of California, Irvine.

UCI Study for Moms, Dads and Teens

Local

Are You A Parent Of A Teenager?

The University of California, Irvine Department of Psychology & Social Behavior invites moms, dads, & teens to participate in a study examining parent-teen relationships.

You and your teen may be eligible to participate in this study if your teen is 13 to 17 years old AND either

A. has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS)
(high functioning ASD)

OR

B. does not have an immediate family history of a developmental disorder
(typically developing)

Participation involves:
· ~ 1 ½ hour home visit (teen developmental assessments; teen, mom, and dad relationship questionnaires)
· ~10 minutes daily diary for 7 days (teen and mom questionnaires)

There is No Cost for participating.

Your family will be compensated with a $35 gift card for complete participation.

Please contact the UCI Family Lab at (949) 824-7441 or families@uci.edu

Maryam Abdullah, M.A.
Lead Researcher

Wendy Goldberg, Ph.D.
Faculty Sponsor

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

SafetyZZZZZ

Autism Service Dogs

Local

This program rescues dogs from the pound and assigns each dog to a prisoner who trains the dog with the assistance of professional trainers.  

This nonprofit's mission is to:
Provide loving, forever homes for our program dogs
Provide life and career skills for our program participants
Provide Service Dogs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

View more about this program here 

and for additional information, visit the Pathways to Hope website 

Download a brochure 

 

AWAARE Collaboration

National

The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.

With little public understanding about autism-related wandering, coupled with a lack of resources to combat occurrences, drowning deaths associated with autism elopement remain a leading cause of fatalities among children and adults on the autism spectrum. Although no formal data exists about the number of wandering incidents per year, cases are becoming increasingly common and awareness alone can play a major role in reducing occurrences.

This site provides information about the dangers of wandering, as well as prevention materials you can download.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Get Safe

Local

For the past 30 years, GET SAFE has heightened the “safety awareness” of more than 50,000 people of all ages and abilities through fun and innovative violence prevention, crisis intervention and recovery programs.

National, International

This Ability Path picture story will help to prepare your child for an airplane flight.  Go here to view it

 

TEENS AND SCREENS: RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we've been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn't a 'cure', or even 'traditional' therapy. It's a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don't want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we've seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it's all about what their kids can do.

We're based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

For further information, see www.surfershealing.org 

Local

Our adult instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers and our small, indoor facility is ideal for focused swim lessons. Moreover, with the use of pool-side TV monitors and video cameras, our ability to give students instant visual feedback during their lesson is invaluable.  

 Rates vary for residents of Lake Forest and non-residents.  Contact for scheduling and cost information.  SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA.  Call 949.461.3450

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

Resource for First Responders

International

This tool kit from the National Autism Association is designed to help first responders understand autism and become better equiped to respond in an emergency situation involving an individual on the spectrum.

The kit contains the following resources:

Autism Overview/Autism Behaviors
Autism and Wandering Information
First Responder Checklist
First Responder Tips
First Responder Notification Form
Guidelines for Missing Persons with Special Needs (NCMEC)
Resources

You can download the kit here

Autism Speaks Wandering Prevention

International

Autism Speaks has many resources for parents and first responders to prevent wandering.  Go here to get links to many resources available.

Wandering Toolkit: Be Ready to Find a Missing Child with Autism

National

This Toolkit is provided by the National Autism Association to help prevent wandering behaviors and to provide guidelines and forms for finding missing people with autism.

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Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

School Behavior.com Sensory Issues

National

Sensory Processing Disorder Network

National

SexualityZZZZZ

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

Recommended Books on Sexuality

Local

The following books have been recommended by Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT
The Rules of Sex - Social and Legal Guidelines for Those who Have Never Been Told by Nora Baladerian, Ph. D. and Johnny Nunez, May 2006
A 5 is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults by Kari Dunn Buron

Marlene is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has specialized in working with those impacted by ASD for over 20 years. She joined Autism Partnership in 1994 and has provided program supervision, school consultation, mentoring and Site Direction. She contributed to the writing of several ABA related books including A Work in Progress, It’s Time for School!, and Crafting Connections. She is currently the Clinical Director for Autism Partnership and provides counseling services to children, individuals, and parents.

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

Social SkillsZZZZZ

Social TherapiesZZZZZ

Special EducationZZZZZ

Beacon Day School

Local

Beacon Day School in La Palma was founded in 2004 and has an exceptional program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders. The program utilizes an integrative approach combining therapies with academic and behavioral interventions. It is K-12 with transition programs for individuals up to 22 years of age. School districts and families in a wide radius send children to Beacon Day School through IEP recommendations. Through educational care and behavioral support students are able to maximize their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical abilities. Participation of parents, families, and the community are essential to enhancing the quality of life for students so they may be productive members of the community.

Beacon Day School is located at 24 Centerpointe Drive in La Palma, CA. Please call (714) 288-4200 or visit us online at www.beacondayschool.com and www.facebook.com/beacondayschool.

Brightmont Academy

National

Brightmont Academy is an accredited private school for grades 6 through 12 providing one-to-one instruction. Students with many different learning difficulties, including Autism, have found success with our individualized programs. Courses for credit, tutoring for grades 3 through 12, test preparation, and college and career assessment are also available.

CA Council on Developmental Disabilities

Local

CA Council on Developmental Disabilities

Local

Cleta Harder Developmental School, La Habra, CA

Local

School for children with brain injuries and autism.

CRESCENT HEALTH CLINIC, FREE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Local

Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
COUNSELING SERVICES
WED & THURS – EVENING
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or SharonMFTintern@gmail.com

SESSIONS ARE PROVIDED BY MFT INTERNS.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities Special Education info

National

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

New Vista School - Grades 6-12

Local

New Vista School is a WASC-accredited, non-profit independent school serving children with high-functioning autism in grades 6-12 and beyond.

Located at: 23092 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA

Orange County Department of Education

Local

Orange County Department of Education

Local

Orange County Department of Education - Special Education Information

Local

Pathway School

Local

Pathway School serves the academic needs of Kindergarten through ninth grade students who learn differently.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Providence Speech and Hearing Center, Orange, CA

Local

Preschool and pre-kindergarten to age 6. Specializes in children with autism,
speech/language deficits.

Pyramid Autism Center, Orange, CA

Local

Specializes in children with autism.

Regional Center of Orange County

Local

Regional Center of Orange County offers these workshops at no cost to parents. To gain the most value from them, parents are encouraged to attend all sessions in a series. The Behavior Management workshop covers essential principles of positive behavior management, with a practical focus on helping parents of children with developmental disabilities change their own behavior and that of their children. The Social Skills Training workshop is focused on helping parents nurture social skills among children. In all of the workshops, parents are actively involved, and invited to discuss the specific behavioral challenges they are confronting. Advance reservations are required and group size is typically limited to 40-45 families.

Shir Ha-Ma’alot, Irvine, CA

Local

Individual accommodations in Jewish education available to all children.

South Orange County CAC/SELPA

Local

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) provides input and support to the SOC SELPA for both Laguna Beach and Saddleback Unified School Districts. The CAC is composed of volunteer parents, district administrators, teachers and a student representative.

Spectrum Center Schools

Local

Spectrum Center Schools and Programs serve students with a variety of special needs, behavioral challenges and differing abilities. Spectrum programs are designed for students ages five to 22 with a wide array of special needs, including autism, emotional disturbance, physical challenges, behavioral disorders and developmental delays.

Spectrum Center operates state-certified non-public schools as well as several integrated collaborative classrooms on public school campuses that provide special education services to nearly 100 school districts.

Schools are located in California, Tennessee and Washington DC. Here is contact information for 2 schools in Orange County, CA

Rossier Park Elementary School
Cindy King, Program Director
(714) 516-3370
(714) 516-3366 fax
395 S. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92866-2501

Rossier Park Junior/Senior High School
Maria Chappelear, Program Director
(714) 562-0441
(714) 523-0281 fax
7100 Knott Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620-1314

Speech and Language Development Center, Buena Park, CA

Local

Specializes in children with speech/language deficits, autism.

Stowell Learning Center

Local

Stowell Learning Center specializes in fixing learning problems. Unlike traditional tutoring or school services, SLC goes a step further and reduces or eliminates learning problems including: Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia and Attention Issues (ADHD). For 27 years SLC's unique 1:1 specialized approach has helped over 4,000 students to be successful in school, higher education and life.

Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach, CA

Local

Full inclusion pre-school.

Temple Beth El of South Orange County, Aliso Viejo, CA

Local

Full inclusion pre-school.

The Mardan Center of Educational Therapy, Irvine, CA

Local

Specializing in children with learning disabilities and/or social/emotional issues.

The Prentice Day School, Santa Ana, CA

Local

The Prentice School is an independent, non-profit, day school for intelligent and creative students with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Other related learning differences include: dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia (apraxia), reading disorder, writing disorder, specific learning disabilities, and/or working memory, attention, auditory processing and visual processing issues.
Prentice offers classes from Pre-Kindergarten (starting at age 4) through High School. Prentice also has a hybrid learning high school for students in grades 9-12

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

Tutor Doctor

Local

Tutor Doctor is a program with in-home one-on-one tutoring for students of all ages and we cover all subjects. Some of our tutors have experience tutoring special needs children.

U.C.I. Child Development Center, Irvine, CA

Local

Specializes in children with ADHD and related behavioral and learning problems.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Wellspring

Local

Wellspring is a Non Public Agency that believes that each child is an individual with their own set of unique qualities. We believe the key to a successful treatment program is a plan that is specifically tailored to your child’s behavior needs. Wellspring offers home and school based applied behavior analysis, functional behavior assessment, in-home parent consultation, classroom consultation, behavior respite and a social skills summer camp. Wellspring believes in giving back to the community and hosts a monthly social play group open to any family in the Orange County are with a child with special needs.

WrightsLaw Special Education Law and Advocacy

National

Teen Volunteer OpportunityZZZZZ

Special Olympics

Local

Special Olympics Southern California - Orange County offers year-round sports programs and competitions for athletes countywide. The mission a is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Individuals age 16 or older can help Special Olympics Orange County by becoming a coach, assistant coach, sports volunteer or office assistant. Becoming a coach or sport volunteer is dependent on passing a background check. Groups (service groups, businesses, churches etc.) can sign up to help at our one-day competitions which usually take place on Saturday and occasionally on a weekday. Individuals who are between 14 and 16 years old can help with group activities and must be accompanied by an adult.

Please call the office for additional information.

Special Sitters

Local

Special Sitters is a very unique program in Orange County, California, developed collaboratively by United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County and Camp Fire USA.

If you have a teenager who would be interested in providing babysitting services to children with special needs, please have them inquire about training opportunities. If you work with teens or have access to an organization with teens involved, we would truly appreciate it if you would pass along this information.

This is a wonderful growth experience for our Special Sitters – and a chance to earn money while providing a valuable service to families having children with special needs. Please help us in spreading the word.

Please contact the UCP office for the training schedule.

Teen Volunteer Opportunity - Friday Night Club

Local

What do typical teens and young adults do on Friday Nights? Hang out with their friends! The Friday Night Club gives teenagers & young adults with special needs the same opportunity – to get together for games, movies, conversation, friendship, and a light snack with typical high school & college students. For more information and to sign up, email Natalie Cernius, opusnumber4@gmail.com IMPORTANT INFORMATION!! *Adult supervision will be present, but if your teen or young adult needs special care, please stay and join the fun. Our volunteers are not trained to manage disruptive be- haviors.

***Service hours granted for typical teens - bring your hours sheets to be signed. *You can find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Friday-Night-Club-For-Special- Needs-Teens-Young-Adults/244681825573131

The Special Needs Acceptance Project: Help to Prevent Bullying

Local

Junior High, High School and College Students Can Earn Community Service Credits, HELP TO PREVENT BULLYING and increase support, especially for people with developmental disabilities.

Introduce a book that teaches children to accept and befriend others who may look or act differently. You will contact leaders of youth groups, clubs, after school programs, churches and synagogues in your OWN community ... on your OWN schedule. If the leaders agree to present the book to children ages 5-12, the Grandparent Autism Network will donate a book and a teaching guide for them to use with their group.

THIS IS A GREAT PROJECT FOR SCHOOL CLUBS AND TEEN COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS!

For More Information

Contact: info@ganinfo.org or call (714) 573-1500

Transition InformationZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Back to School Advice

National, International

The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially families of individuals with autism. The daily routine established over the last 2 to 3 months is changing, and the time has come to go from camp back to the classroom.

To help ease the stress and smooth the transition for you and your family, Autism Speaks has provided an array of tips and resources for everyone involved in the process, including students, parents, teachers and peers.  Go here  for some good advice.

College Internship Program

Local

The College Internship Program at the Long Beach Center provides individualized, post-secondary academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and other Learning Differences.

"Our mission is to graduate young men and women of confidence, character, and integrity capable of making contributions to society and claiming their place as citizens of the world.

We Serve people with:

  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • High-Functioning Autism
  • Nonverbal Learning Differences
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • PDD-NOS

Additional information available on our website: http://www.ciplongbeach.org

Got Transition

National

The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Local

This resource directory, provided by the Regional Center of Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education, contains information to help adults in transition planning.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Transition Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Local

Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of our updated 2015 Transition Tool Kit, a guide to assist people with autism and their families as they navigate the journey from adolescence to adulthood. In addition to updates to all existing content, new sections have been added on critical subjects such as independent living skills, safety, digital literacy and more!

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

TransportationZZZZZ

National, International

This Ability Path picture story will help to prepare your child for an airplane flight.  Go here to view it

 

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

VideoZZZZZ

SSC@IAN AUTISM WEBINARS

Local, National, International

The SSC @ IAN periodically sponsors online presentations, called webinars, for you to attend via your computer. It's a great opportunity to hear a doctor or researcher speak about an important topic, and to ask him or her questions. You will be notified by email of the date and time, and how to register.

But don't worry if you happen to miss one. We have recorded the webinars for you to watch at your convenience. So sit back, listen and learn, all from the comfort of your home or office.

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