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Call 211 for Help

National

This 24 hour free assistance provides information about services such as assistance with Medi-Cal, food stamps, physical and mental health services and more. It helps connect caregivers to services. It is available in most states nationwide.

Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism

Local, National, International

Aiko & Egor displays simplied animation, engaging underwater characters, and utilitzes research-based curriculum. The videos are intended to be watched together by children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their family members, but can be enjoyed by many different children and adults. The app currently presents three different ways to watch the videos: 1) Play Video, 2) Learn Together, and 3) Skill Games.

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.

Autism & Dental Care: Oral Health Tips

Going to the dentist can be a cause for anxiety for most of us, but it’s a very different feeling for those with autism. Helping your loved one, whether they have autism or another form of special needs, with their oral health is extremely important to everything else that they need. Visiting the dentist and practicing proper oral hygiene on a daily basis is an important part of regular life, so ensure that you guide and show them what they need to do and help them further along the way.

Information is available at Autism & Dental Care – A Guide for Caregivers and Family Members 

The guide is also available in Spanish by request.

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.

John Wayne Airport “Helping Hands” Program

Local

John Wayne Airport (JWA) understands that traveling through an airport can be a difficult experience for individuals with hidden disabilities. The Airport today announced a new “Helping Hands” program designed to lend a hand to travelers, families and caregivers by providing assistance and support to ease their experience while traveling through the Airport. “Helping Hands” is a free service available daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Guests utilizing “Helping Hands” can receive assistance with the following:

  • Facilitating calls to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and arranging for TSA Caress support, as well as assistance with airlines.
  • Guidance during the arrival, check-in, security and boarding processes.
  • Arranging tours to help prepare guests before travel.
  • An optional bracelet to inform Airport employees that a little more time may be needed to prepare for check-in and security screening, and extra care may be required while traveling through the Airport.

Before arrival, guests are encouraged to inform staff of their special assistance needs by calling 949-252-5200 or emailing info@ocair.com. At the Airport, guests may dial “0” from any white Courtesy phone located throughout the Terminal.

To learn more about “Helping Hands” or to schedule a tour, please visit www.ocair.com/communityrelations/helpinghands or call 949-252-5200.

Emergency Help and Resources: 2-1-1

Local

Search online or call us. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Online here

American Academy of Pediatrics: Orange County CA

Local

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