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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.

Rights in Adult Residential Facilities

This publication is intended to teach you about your rights while living in an Adult Residential Facility, which is regulated by California Community Care Licensing. According to California regulations, an Adult Residential Facility – commonly known as a Board-and-Care – is defined as any facility of any capacity that provides 24-hour-a-day nonmedical care and supervision to the following:

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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

A Home Safety Checklist for Wheelchair Users

International

This guide is an in-depth home safety checklist for wheelchair users. It offers plenty of valuable information such as understanding areas of most concern or particular difficulties frequently experienced by wheelchair users in their own homes. It provides a comprehensive checklist that aimed at improving the overall comfort and safety for those in a wheelchair. It gives tips on basic wheelchair checks and advice on manoeuvring to prevent injuries and accidents.

Regional Center Eligibility Requirements

Please download the information to see requirements for support from the Regional Center

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

“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.