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Ride Free with Your Student I.D.: Santiago Canyon College

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Please see the flyer detailing the Ride for FREE with Your Student ID program.  Students must be enrolled at Santiago Canyon College Continuing Education and be attending a minimum of 12 hours per week to qualify.

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

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The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

Person Centered Planning

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

Bookshare: An Accessible Online Library

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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.

 

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

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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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

Autism Webinars from Children’s Hospital L.A. & University of Southern CA

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

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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.

THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

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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/ 

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.