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TASK Social Skills Groups: Ages 12 and Up

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.

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 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!

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.

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.  

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.

Autism Service Dogs: Pathways to Hope

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 

 

Employment Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

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.

Elopement Patterns & Caregiver Strategies Research Study

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.