National and Community Resources
Free Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE)
Need An Independent Educational Evaluation?
The Jonathan Foundation has an Assessment Scholarship Program to fund IEEs (private psycho-educational assessments) to be administered by credentialed assessors. They are looking for students in Orange County that would benefit from receiving an IEE. If you are in need and interested, please complete their online application here. For more information, please contact The Jonathan Foundation at 818-368-2600 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interact: A Special Needs App for ResourcesLocal
Interact connects those with special needs with local activities and services.
Users can find Local Activities, Local Education, and Local Healthcare
• Discover all possible options for services and support
• Leave reviews for your favorite providers in your area
Regional Center Eligibility Requirements
Please download the information to see requirements for support from the Regional Center
Holiday Tips from the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Holidays are both joyful and stressful for families affected by autism. Download this information for helpful suggestions that will better prepare your family for holiday events.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Orange County CALocal
Search for local developmental screenings, mental health and other programs and resources for children here
“Sit With Us” a School Lunchtime Inclusion ApplicationLocal, National, International
This application was developed to prevent bullying and invite school age children to join others at lunch. It was developed by a teenage girl who was bullied and excluded at lunchtime and it can be used in any school setting. If you would like to be a founder of a “Sit With Us” movement at school, you can learn more and download the Welcome Packet here . The free app is available from the App store, Google Play or Galaxy Store.
SunDog Therapy (Occupational Therapy & Animal Assisted Therapy)Local, National
SunDog Therapy provides occupational therapy for children, teens, and adults. We specialize in animal assisted therapy, working with clients in a natural outdoor setting, and promoting independent living skills, sensory processing, motor skills, cognition, and social/community participation.
– Individual OT in the clinic/community
– Group programs for individuals with/without disabilities
– Animal assisted therapy
– Dog training for clients & for professionals interested in AAT
Regional Center of Orange County Resources
The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families. You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/
The Comfort Connection provides additional support, information and brochures for programs and services. It is located to the right of the entrance at the Main Headquarters Office, 1525 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
CA High School Sports: CIF Competition for Disabled Student AthletesLocal
The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.