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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 info@thejonathanfoundation.org.

Interact: A Special Needs App for Resources

Local

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 CA

Local

Search for local developmental screenings, mental health and other programs and resources for children here

“Sit With Us” a School Lunchtime Inclusion Application

Local, 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.

Services:
– 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 Athletes

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The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has created and formalized a division allowing high school student-athletes with physical disabilities to formally compete in the sports of track & field and swimming along with their able-bodied peers and teammates. Students are now eligible to qualify for and compete in the state meet for CIF State Championship medals, school varsity letters, records and other accolades. 
In track the “Para” student-athletes compete in the 100M, 200M, and 400M races and the shot put, standing or seated. Parents who have interested students must approach coaches and initiate the administrative process to join the high school sport teams. The parents need to make sure that the students’ disability(s) are documented in permanent school records.
 
 

Friendship Circle

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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.