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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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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.

Special Ed Attorneys & Advocates

Local

As part of its interagency agreement with the California Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) maintains a list of attorneys and a separate list of advocates who self-certify that they are knowledgeable about Special Education and that they offer services either free or at a low cost.  OAH considers the primary purpose of these lists is to help parents of children with exceptional needs to locate free or reduced cost representation in preparation for special education due process hearings.

The last column of these lists identifies the geographical area where the attorney or advocate practices. You should contact the individual attorney or advocate and determine what free or low cost services they provide.

OAH does not represent that the individuals placed on the list offer free or low cost services. It is important that if you choose to use the list that you contact the attorneys and advocates to discuss their fees.  

Travelling Abroad with a Disability

International

The guide offers helpful travel tips and useful accessibility information for various disabilities. A vital chapter talks about what to pack, transport accessibility, medical emergency management, and even travel recommendations specifically catering for the disabled.

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Caregivers and Respite Help

National

Care is a global need without geographic or demographic boundaries. At some point, every person and every family will have care needs, be it for children, seniors, pets or even homes. Our mission is to improve the lives of families and caregivers by helping them connect in a reliable and easy way. Our solutions help families make informed decisions in one of the most important and highly considered aspects of their family life: finding and managing quality care for their loved ones. In providing families a comprehensive marketplace for care, we are also building the largest global destination for quality caregivers to find fulfilling employment and career opportunities. We strive to help our members – families and caregivers – pursue their passions and fulfill the basic human need of caring for each other.

Families can search for, qualify, vet, connect with, and ultimately select caregivers in a low-cost, reliable and easy way. Our platform also provides caregivers with solutions to create personal profiles, describe their unique skills and experience, and otherwise differentiate themselves in a highly fragmented marketplace.

 

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

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.