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U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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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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

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.

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/ 

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.

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.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

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

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.

Got Transition: Website for Transition Issues

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.

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.