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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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Vaccine Myths Debunked

Local, National, International

U.S. public health officials and physicians have been combating misconceptions about vaccine safety for over twenty years. They’ve had mixed success. Despite the fact that numerous studies have found no evidence to support the notion that vaccines cause autism and other chronic illnesses, a growing number of parents are refusing to vaccinate their children.

Researchers now link falling immunization rates to recent resurgences of vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2010, California saw 9,120 cases of whooping cough, more than any year since the whooping cough vaccine was introduced in the 1940s. Ten infants too young to be vaccinated died of whooping cough during the outbreak. The CDC warns that events like these will become more frequent and harder to control if vaccination rates continue to fall.

Learn more about vaccines here


Interact: A Special Needs App for Resources


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

Improving your child’s reading comprehension at home

—Two Useful Strategies for Reading at Home—

Understanding is the primary goal of reading. Strong reading comprehension is critical to student success in all subjects. As students move into higher grades, the texts they read become increasingly complex. Upper-grade texts are often dense, packed with important concepts and technical vocabulary. Students need to be aware when their comprehension breaks down and have strategies for learning new information from text.

Parents can help students use comprehension strategies when reading at home. Go here for two evidence- based strategies to try.

Working Together Online Learning Series: IEP Negotiations

The Working Together Series includes five interactive self-directed courses.  This foundational series for family members and educators includes the following courses:

Course 1: Introduction to the Working Together Series – Available now!
Course 2: IEP Meetings and Beyond – Available now!
Course 3: Listening and Responding Skills – Available now!
Course 4: Managing and Responding to Emotions – Available now!
Course 5: Focusing on Interests to Reach Agreement Available now!

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These courses provide families and educators with a number of strategies for working together and through conflict.  Anyone supporting children or youth with disabilities may benefit from this series, however, the setting in which collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution takes place within this series is typically the school or IEP meeting.

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.

Financial Planning Tool Kit from Autism Speaks


The Autism Speaks Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit was developed to provide you with essential information and guidance you need to develop a plan for your child’s financial future!

The Autism Speaks Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit was created to provide you with all the information that you need to develop that plan. The information in the Financial Planning Tool Kit comes from top experts in the field with many years of both personal and professional experience with special needs financial planning. 

Topics include:

Click here to download the Financial Planning Tool Kit!

Occupational Therapy Groups: Let’s P.L.A.N. for Ages 8-10: Saturdays Lake Forest

Occupational Therapy groups focus on implementing life skills in a social setting in order to improve relationships, increase independence in self-care tasks, and create a foundation in which children can grow into successful young adults.

Instructor: Licensed Occupational Therapist

Fee: $75 per 60-minute session – Resident
$80 per 60-minute session – Non-Resident

Location: Autism Behavior Services, Inc. 23701 Birtcher Drive, Lake Forest CA

(949) 581-0100 or toll-free: (855) 581-0100

To Register: Call to schedule an intake appointment. Online registration is not available for this program.

For more info call: The City of Lake Forest at 461-3450

Barcode#: 5390 8-10 yrs Ongoing Sat 10-11 am

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

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