National and Community Resources

National and Community Resources

button_resourceThis dynamic database of current Autism related information combines National and Community Resources. The Family Autism Network Resource page will grow and evolve as its users suggest resources. Please report any broken or incorrect links to info@faninfo.org

AD/HDZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

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.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

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.

Caregivers & Respite Care 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.

 

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

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.

Local

Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to   ocde.us/SPED/Pages/default.aspx

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

ASD Video Glossary

A web-based video glossary to help parents and professionals learn more about the early warning signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was created by Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. This  glossary was developed together with First Signs, the leader in early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders, and Florida State University.

Learn how to spot early red flags for autism by viewing side-by-side video clips of children with typical behaviors in comparison with children with autism. Enter the ASD Video Glossary

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

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.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

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.

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

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

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Special Needs Judo

Local

Senshi Judo has just launched it's Special Needs Judo program! Open to all children (ages 5+) and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Senshi Judo offers 4 training sessions a week! Participants will learn modified self-defense in a small and safe learning environment, perfect for children who need one-on-one attention.

Call or email us today to start your free trial! Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in class to help alleviate first-time stress for beginner students.

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

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.

Services:
- 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

Transition Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Local

New! Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the popular Transition Tool Kit. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

Transportation for Irvine Disabled Adults

Local

TRIPS provides low-cost, wheelchair accessible transportation to Irvine adult residents with disabilities. Participants must be unable to drive due to a physical or cognitive disability.

Transportation to Senior centers, grocery shopping, social events, medical appointments.  Pre-registration and eligibility required. Call for availability and an application.

Adult ResourcesZZZZZ

Adult ADD Support Groups

Local

Coordinated by Dr. Michael Linden.

Call (949) 769-8349 for more information.

Adult Support Resources in Orange County, CA

Local

This list provides contact information for adult support resources in Orange County, CA.

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace

Local

We are dedicated to providing you with the finest experience on ice skates! Our rink serves south Orange County with public skating sessions, freestyle skating, birthday parties, broom hockey, skating lessons, and a safe, competitive hockey program for both youths and adults.

We serve all ages

Asperger Syndrome Support Groups / Saddleback Church

Local

Dr. Kyle Pontius oversees this support group. Contact him for the schedule of meetings.

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.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

Autism Service Dogs trains dogs to kee children safe through a tether system to reduce anxiety, encourage communication and enable greater independence. Children are taught to build social relationships, regulate their sensory needs and reduce their emotional outbursts.  See the flyer for additional information.

Autism Service Dogs

Local

This program rescues dogs from shelters 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 website www.celldogs.org 

 

PJanette Thomas
Executive Director
714-795-4165
janette@celldogs.org
www.celldogs.org

Download a brochure 

 

National

The Autism Speaks Financial Planner app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.  It has four main features:

  • My Plan: In My Plan, I can set my own goals and track my progress.
  • Locate: In Locate, I can find local attorneys and financial planners.
  • Budget: In Budget, I can track my family’s monthly revenues and expenses.
  • Info: In Info, I can read about important topics for planning for my child’s future.

Please click on the buttons below to download the app and please rate the app after using it.

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Support Partnership

Local

BSP offers services and supports founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). Individuals from 1 year of age through adulthood who face the challenge of autism and other developmental disabilities are provided individualized assessments and proven, data driven interventions to meet the unique needs of each child and family. Parents are taught to implement teaching strategies during the natural routines of family life. Services also available in our clinic, at school and in the community. Other services include Speech Consultation and Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy and Consultation. For families located outside our service areas, we offer remote ABA training/treatment programs.

Big Fun Reacreational and Occupational Therapies

National

We strive to promote the integration of children and adults with disabilities into all aspects of life using recreational activities as a process to improve motor planning, organization of behavior and sensory integration,

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

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.

CALOPTIMA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST FOR MEMBERS

Local

In honor of CalOptima’s 20th anniversary, the CalOptima Employee Activities Committee (EAC) is offering a scholarship opportunity to reflect their commitment to Orange County’s children. CalOptima welcomes entries from students pursuing careers in health care or social services. High school seniors and future or current college students may apply. The scholarships will be funded solely through EAC fundraising activities, and no public money will be used. Three scholarships will be awarded to students who write compelling replies to short essay questions about their experience with CalOptima and their interest in health care or social services. The top winner will also be entered into a national scholarship program organized by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, an organization to which CalOptima belongs. Applications are available to download. Act fast — the deadline to enter is Friday, April 29, 2016.

Caregivers & Respite Care 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.

 

CHADD- Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders

Local, National

CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information and it was thought that AD/HD was a childhood condition. Many people seriously misunderstood AD/HD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with AD/HD were often mistakenly labeled "behavior problems," "unmotivated," "not intelligent."

Get the support and education needed in regards to AD/HD from CHADD! Today, individuals, families and professionals dealing with AD/HD can turn to CHADD for a support system. We hold FREE meetings in over 200 communities across the country. This is possible through those who become members of CHADD for just $53 a year. By becoming a member, you are supporting your local chapter hold FREE meetings, as well as CHADD on a national level to advocate in Washington for services and accommodations in the workplace and schools.

For more information about your Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter 455 call 714-490-7022, or email ADHDmeeting@pacbell.net Visit our website at www.chadd.org

Download information regarding the Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter's meetings, conferences & workshops

City of Irvine Disability Services

Local

City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

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.

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

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

Build an Emergency Kit

International

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

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.

National

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!

Fish for Life

Local

Fish for Life is an organization with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected group to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. Volunteers are welcome.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Got Transition

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.

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Local

The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Jewish Special Needs Support Group for Families

Local

Tea at Ten is a unique opportunity to bond, in an informal setting over a cup of
mid-morning tea, with other Jewish families who share similar life experiences. Tea
at Ten is a welcome break from your busy life, where you will meet other families
who have similar challenges, and where you will bond with the staff of the JFFS
Center for Special Needs. Your participation will also allow us to learn from you!
Your feedback will tell us where more support and services are needed - by you and
by our community.

Tea at Ten will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am in the JFFS
Library, on the Samueli Jewish Campus at 1 Federation Way in Irvine. For more
details or directions, please contact Danielle Wiltchik, Coordinator, Center for
Special Needs, 949-435-3460 ext 365 or by email to danielle@jffs.org.
RSVP is appreciated but not required.

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.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) recently published a list of services that are most commonly purchased by regional centers.

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, most services and supports are free regardless of age or income; however, there are a few exceptions. For more information and to access the list of services, click here or use the links in the threshold languages below:

Regional Centers Services and Descriptions English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Santa Ana, CA

Local

Conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups addressing every
aspect of mental health.

Also provides The WarmLine - a confidential, 7-day a wee telephone support service for anyone who has concerns about mental health, substance abuse, is lonely or confused, or needs information about mental health services. Groups meet weekly throughout Orange County.

Warm Line: 714-991-6412

National

New Legislation to Ensure Safety for Those At Risk of Wandering

March 23, 2018

The Kevin & Avonte’s law has passed and there is new hope for families to locate missing loved ones with autism, Alzheimers disease and related conditions who may wander. The bill improves access to technologies that search for missing people and it expands training for caregivers and first responders to help prevent wandering by vulnerable individuals. It makes voluntary tracking devises available to those at risk of wandering.  

More information on Kevin and Avonte’s Law is available HERE.  Bill text can be found HERE.

Orange County Asperger's Support Group

Local

The Orange County Asperger's Support Group is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We’ve been helping Asperger’s families and individuals since 2003. Whether you’re the parent of a 5-year-old or you're an adult with Asperger’s, we have programs for everyone.

Come to one of our monthly support groups, held in Newport Beach and Placentia, to meet others with similar challenges. Our speakers and panel discussions have themes ranging from school IEPs to Aspies-on-the-Job. Use our online Yahoo Discussion Group to ask questions and get answers from people who have dealt with the same issues.

Our social activities are designed to provide the much-needed opportunity to meet other Aspies and make friends. Kids and teens enjoy game nights, movies and more. Adult activities (ages 18+) include movie nights, coffee groups and more. We also have a special group for parents of Aspie young adults. And we sponsor professionally-moderated events such as support groups on older adults. Occasional events for all ages are also planned, such as when 50 of us cheered together at an Angels Baseball game. All of our meetings and activities are listed on our online Meetup site where you can also RSVP!

With our great resources, activities and events, we help inform, educate and support families affected by Asperger’s and ultimately help improve the quality of life of all our members.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition & Employment

National

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

A new, cutting-edge website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition.
Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved.
In-person and online workshops for parents of youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

This information is provided by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Ride Free with Your Student I.D.: Santiago Canyon College

Local

Please see the flyer detailing the Ride for FREE with Your Student ID program.  Students must be enrolled at Santiago Canyon College Continuing Education and be attending a minimum of 12 hours per week to qualify.

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

This program provides special needs athletes three levels of play to support individual skill and determination.

Little Dippers – Players who benefit from teen peer support.

Mighty Dippers – Players that dribble, pass, and shoot with minimal support.

Big Dippers – Teen-adult competitive basketball players.

Registration takes place on-site and is open during the winter and summer basketball seasons. Volunteer coaches, teens, and photographers are welcome!

Location – RSM or Los Alisos Intermediate Schools

Please email Laurie & Richard Jimenez at

SVUSDShootingStars@gmail.com  for upcoming dates and location.

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

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.  

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

SSC@IAN AUTISM WEBINARS

Local, National, International

The SSC @ IAN periodically sponsors online presentations, called webinars, for you to attend via your computer. It's a great opportunity to hear a doctor or researcher speak about an important topic, and to ask him or her questions. You will be notified by email of the date and time, and how to register.

But don't worry if you happen to miss one. We have recorded the webinars for you to watch at your convenience. So sit back, listen and learn, all from the comfort of your home or office.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

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.

Services:
- 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

SwimLabs offers lessons to swimmers of all abilities and ages. Our adult swim instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers. With SwimLabs indoor facility, controlled environment, and world-class instructors, we provide lessons catered to your swimmer’s needs and desires. Group lessons are available as well.

Instructor: SwimLabs Staff

Fee: Private Lessons 30-min: $70

4-pack: $271.60

6-pack: $399 10-pack: $644  Location: SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy., Ste. 100, Lake Forest CA

To Register and for more info call: The City of Lake Forest at 461-3450

For questions, please call SwimLabs at 716-6370

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Our adult instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers and our small, indoor facility is ideal for focused swim lessons. Moreover, with the use of pool-side TV monitors and video cameras, our ability to give students instant visual feedback during their lesson is invaluable.  

 Rates vary for residents of Lake Forest and non-residents.  Contact for scheduling and cost information.  SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA.  Call 949.461.3450

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

National

The Department of Labor (DOL), in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked to prepare everyone for the implementation of WIOA. The WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions. Check here for the latests news and announcements: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/ 

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

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.

You can go here, to view it. 

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

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Courtesy of The Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program of Goodwill of Orange County

Voice Options is a new statewide program that connects Californian's with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. The Voice Options program provides a demonstration of the iPad with speech apps and short-term loans. If it is determined that one of the speech apps will work for the individual, they can apply for a long-term loan. This is a free program to Californians that have a speech language disability.

 

Contact ATEC today for any of the following Voice Option services:

  • Schedule a demonstration for an individual with a speech language disability to learn about the iPad and speech apps available through the Voice Options program. This can result in a short-term loan if individual is interested in speech apps demonstrated.
  • Schedule a presentation with demonstration of the iPad with speech apps at your organization, agency, school/college, parent group, clinic, etc. to learn about how the Voice Options program may benefit the people you serve. ATEC can also attend outreach and educational events to share about this new program.

 

Voice Options Contact Information: ATEC Technology Specialist (714) 361.6200 or atec@ocgoodwill.org

Voice Options California Speech Technology Program, is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visithttp://www.voiceoptions.org/

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DISABILITY + VOTING = POWER

If you have a disability and:

  • You cannot get into your polling place
  • The accessible voting machine is not working
  • Other people can see how you are voting
  • You are told you cannot vote because you have a disability
  • You have a question about your right to vote or the voting process

Don’t forget that Disability Rights California has an Election Day Hotline number: (888) 569-7955.

Disability Rights California can:

  • Explain your rights
  • Work to resolve the problem
  • Help you file a complaint

Additional Voting Resources:

Voter Information Guide Online - VoterGuide.sos.ca.gov

Check Your Voter Registration Status - VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov

Find Your Polling Place or Vote Center on Election Day - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

Early Voting Locations - CaEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov

Voters with Disabilities - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voters-disabilities/

Quick Guide to Propositions - http://quickguidetoprops.sos.ca.gov/propositions/2018-11-06

 

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.

AdvocacyZZZZZ

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying

National, International

Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

Local

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

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Got Transition

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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Your mindset is key to your performance. If you convince your potential employer that you can do the job, and do it as well or better than a nondisabled person (although perhaps differently), then it may be to the interviewer's advantage to hire you. Here are several strategies to help you develop a winner's mindset for your interview." Click here to read more.

Your mindset is key to your performance. If you convince your potential employer that you can do the job, and do it as well or better than a nondisabled person (although perhaps differently), then it may be to the interviewer's advantage to hire you.
Here are several strategies to help you develop a winner's mindset for your interview.

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.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

National

The Department of Labor (DOL), in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked to prepare everyone for the implementation of WIOA. The WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions. Check here for the latests news and announcements: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/ 

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Local

DISABILITY + VOTING = POWER

If you have a disability and:

  • You cannot get into your polling place
  • The accessible voting machine is not working
  • Other people can see how you are voting
  • You are told you cannot vote because you have a disability
  • You have a question about your right to vote or the voting process

Don’t forget that Disability Rights California has an Election Day Hotline number: (888) 569-7955.

Disability Rights California can:

  • Explain your rights
  • Work to resolve the problem
  • Help you file a complaint

Additional Voting Resources:

Voter Information Guide Online - VoterGuide.sos.ca.gov

Check Your Voter Registration Status - VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov

Find Your Polling Place or Vote Center on Election Day - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

Early Voting Locations - CaEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov

Voters with Disabilities - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voters-disabilities/

Quick Guide to Propositions - http://quickguidetoprops.sos.ca.gov/propositions/2018-11-06

 

Asperger's SyndromeZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

ABA Therapy/Behavior Therapy Maxim Healthcare Services

Local

Maxim Healthcare would like to introduce ourselves & share with you our home-based Applied Behavior Analysis/positive behavior support services. The need for Applied Behavior Analysis is huge, & we are happy to be able to provide these services to the community. We are officially accepting new clients, & accept a variety of funding options. We have a staff of well-trained BCBAs & Behavior Technicians. Our services offer customized levels of support and training. Please contact us 714-542-2400.

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace

Local

We are dedicated to providing you with the finest experience on ice skates! Our rink serves south Orange County with public skating sessions, freestyle skating, birthday parties, broom hockey, skating lessons, and a safe, competitive hockey program for both youths and adults.

We serve all ages

Asperger Disorder

National

Asperger's Experts

Asperger Experts is based in Seattle, Washington, where they "enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community."

The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks.  Courses, webinars and family support groups are available.

Asperger Syndrome Support Groups / Saddleback Church

Local

Dr. Kyle Pontius oversees this support group. Contact him for the schedule of meetings.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavior Health Works

Local

Behavior Health Works provides Applied Behavioral Analysis intervention, speech and occupational therapy, social skills, parent workshops in a wide variety of settings.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Local
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has created and formalized a division allowing high school student-athletes with physical disabilities to formally compete in the sports of track & field and swimming along with their able-bodied peers and teammates. Students are now eligible to qualify for and compete in the state meet for CIF State Championship medals, school varsity letters, records and other accolades. 
In track the "Para" student-athletes compete in the 100M, 200M, and 400M races and the shot put, standing or seated. Parents who have interested students must approach coaches and initiate the administrative process to join the high school sport teams. The parents need to make sure that the students' disability(s) are documented in permanent school records.
 
 

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

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.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

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.

Local

Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to   ocde.us/SPED/Pages/default.aspx

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Early Detection of Autism: An Online Training Program

Local

This study examines the effectiveness of an online training program for mothers and child care providers aimed at improving knowledge and recognition of typical 6-month old infant behavior and the early signs of autism. Both at-risk and non-risk families are included.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

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.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Mental Health and Asperger's Syndrome

National

This website features information about Asperger's syndrome and has links to other sites with helpful information about the symptoms, diagnosis and possible causes of Asperger's.

National

New Legislation to Ensure Safety for Those At Risk of Wandering

March 23, 2018

The Kevin & Avonte’s law has passed and there is new hope for families to locate missing loved ones with autism, Alzheimers disease and related conditions who may wander. The bill improves access to technologies that search for missing people and it expands training for caregivers and first responders to help prevent wandering by vulnerable individuals. It makes voluntary tracking devises available to those at risk of wandering.  

More information on Kevin and Avonte’s Law is available HERE.  Bill text can be found HERE.

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

O.A.S.I.S. Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support Education & Information

National

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

Orange County Aspergers Support Group

Local

We provide hope and support for people with Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism and PDD-NOS and their families through meetings, online communities, social events, skills training, education and advocacy. We are committed to improving communication, understanding and acceptance between the Asperger' and neurologically typical populations.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Special Needs Judo

Local

Senshi Judo has just launched it's Special Needs Judo program! Open to all children (ages 5+) and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Senshi Judo offers 4 training sessions a week! Participants will learn modified self-defense in a small and safe learning environment, perfect for children who need one-on-one attention.

Call or email us today to start your free trial! Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in class to help alleviate first-time stress for beginner students.

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

Spectrum Therapeutic Theatre

Local

This exciting program incorporates use of theatre arts, music and movement to engage participants in developing social skills and social awareness. Participants gain confidence, social skills and the ability to express themselves creatively in a supportive and dynamic environment. Directed by Caroline Paltin Ph.D, a licensed psychologist.

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.

Services:
- 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

The Autism Speaks' Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit

National

The Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit was created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis.

Transition Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Local

New! Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the popular Transition Tool Kit. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

Transportation for Irvine Disabled Adults

Local

TRIPS provides low-cost, wheelchair accessible transportation to Irvine adult residents with disabilities. Participants must be unable to drive due to a physical or cognitive disability.

Transportation to Senior centers, grocery shopping, social events, medical appointments.  Pre-registration and eligibility required. Call for availability and an application.

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Assistive TechnologyZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Users Group

Local

Last Wednesday of each month (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.), Assistive Technology Exchange Center, Santa Ana, CA.

Contact Kim Voung at (714)547-6301, ext. 379 or e-mail kimv@ocgoodwill.org

Assistive Technology in Action - Video

National

The Family Center on Technology and Disability and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of their new assistive technology awareness series, AT in Action. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, this fully captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home and in the community. In this first video, you'll meet Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successfuly college student, blogger and sportsman. We invite you to view and share this video with your family, friends and/or colleagues.

Local

This is a FREE service of the Ability Tools that connects Californians to the assistive technology (AT) devices they need to live independently. Here you will find new and used low and high-tech devices for people with disabilities that include magnifiers, mobility devices, hardware and software.

You can:

  • Borrow devices to try for 30 days
  • Find used devices for free or low-cost
  • Sell used devices
  • Give away devices
  • Place want ads for devices you need

ATEC (Assistive Technology Exchange Center)/ Goodwill Industries, Santa Ana,

Local

ATEC is a comprehensive assistive technology resource center that is one of Goodwill of Orange County’s vital health and human services programs. Helps people with disabilities and other barriers maximize their independence. Offers consultation and assessment services, equipment trial, equipment loan and reuse and support in learning how to use assistive technology equipment.

ATG Rehab, Cerritos, CA

Local

Provides a comprehensive range of mobility and seating equipment.

Autism Apps

National

Autism Speaks' has interactive Autism Apps search engine that allows our community to easily access and rate apps and share your experiences. It enables you to search for an app, read supporting evidence behind its claimed uses and benefits. You can comment, rate or add new apps you recommend.

National

The Autism Speaks Financial Planner app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.  It has four main features:

  • My Plan: In My Plan, I can set my own goals and track my progress.
  • Locate: In Locate, I can find local attorneys and financial planners.
  • Budget: In Budget, I can track my family’s monthly revenues and expenses.
  • Info: In Info, I can read about important topics for planning for my child’s future.

Please click on the buttons below to download the app and please rate the app after using it.

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

Bridging Apps

National

This website provides a roadmap for people with disabilities who have no experience using mobile devices or apps (discovery) and helps them through developmental stages to use assistive technology proficiently.

Consonantly Speaking

National

This site is developed and maintained by a speech and language pathologist. It contains reviews of applications, ideas and materials for personal or professional use.

Local

Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to   ocde.us/SPED/Pages/default.aspx

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Freedom Concepts USA, LLC.

National

Freedom Concepts works with medical professionals, physical/occupational therapist and families, Freedom Concepts custom-builds each device for individuals with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and visually impaired.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

TEENS AND SCREENS: RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

National

New Legislation to Ensure Safety for Those At Risk of Wandering

March 23, 2018

The Kevin & Avonte’s law has passed and there is new hope for families to locate missing loved ones with autism, Alzheimers disease and related conditions who may wander. The bill improves access to technologies that search for missing people and it expands training for caregivers and first responders to help prevent wandering by vulnerable individuals. It makes voluntary tracking devises available to those at risk of wandering.  

More information on Kevin and Avonte’s Law is available HERE.  Bill text can be found HERE.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

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.

Services:
- 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

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

TASK is thrilled to be a demonstration center for the new Voice Options California Speech Technology Program. This program connects Californians with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. Using a speech app may make being understood easier and allow you to speak independently. Voice Options is a pilot program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information on this program, check out the Voice Options website or download the accessible brochure

Dated May 16, 2017

TASK Social Skills Groups

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.

Courtesy of The Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program of Goodwill of Orange County

Voice Options is a new statewide program that connects Californian's with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. The Voice Options program provides a demonstration of the iPad with speech apps and short-term loans. If it is determined that one of the speech apps will work for the individual, they can apply for a long-term loan. This is a free program to Californians that have a speech language disability.

 

Contact ATEC today for any of the following Voice Option services:

  • Schedule a demonstration for an individual with a speech language disability to learn about the iPad and speech apps available through the Voice Options program. This can result in a short-term loan if individual is interested in speech apps demonstrated.
  • Schedule a presentation with demonstration of the iPad with speech apps at your organization, agency, school/college, parent group, clinic, etc. to learn about how the Voice Options program may benefit the people you serve. ATEC can also attend outreach and educational events to share about this new program.

 

Voice Options Contact Information: ATEC Technology Specialist (714) 361.6200 or atec@ocgoodwill.org

Voice Options California Speech Technology Program, is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visithttp://www.voiceoptions.org/

Autism AdvocacyZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

National

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN’s supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. Our activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of Autistic cultural activities. We provide information about autism to the public through a number of different educational, outreach and systems change related projects.

There are chapters in the U.S., England, Canada and Israel. See the website for additional information.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

This information is provided by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office

PUPA (Padres Unidos Por El Autismo) is a group of Hispanic parents who support families with children with special needs.  Parents United for Autism offers families services, information, advice and training.  Mentors are also available.  

Check the website for information on training dates and locations.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

SPARK - online research partnership for people with autism

Local, National

SPARK is a landmark autism research project aimed to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for "Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge. The mission: "We want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. If your child, or someone you know, has a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder learn more by contacting SPARK." No cost to join.

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.  

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

Transition Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Local

New! Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the popular Transition Tool Kit. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

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

 

Wrightslaw Special Education Topics and Services

National

This website provides information on topics from A-Z that inform families about their disability rights and it provides them tips and templates they can use for advocating for needed support and services.

Autism DiagnosisZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

101 Useful Sites

National

About.com Autism

National

Local

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

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

National

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

National

Autism Awareness Center

National

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!

Autism Online

National

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autism Society of America

National

Autism Speaks

National

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Autism-PDD Resources Network

National

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Building Blocks of Orange County

Local

Building Blocks of Orange County specializes in the early diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. The founder and director of Building Blocks is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 15 years experience working with children with a variety of medical and developmental disorders. She and her team provide a wide range of consultation and assessment services including free developmental screenings, developmental and diagnostic assessments, functional behavior assessments and independent educational evaluations. For families who are questioning their child's current diagnosis or those who have not found the resources to provide their child with a thorough and accurate assessment Building Blocks can help.

CA Department of Developmental Services Autism info

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The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has created and formalized a division allowing high school student-athletes with physical disabilities to formally compete in the sports of track & field and swimming along with their able-bodied peers and teammates. Students are now eligible to qualify for and compete in the state meet for CIF State Championship medals, school varsity letters, records and other accolades. 
In track the "Para" student-athletes compete in the 100M, 200M, and 400M races and the shot put, standing or seated. Parents who have interested students must approach coaches and initiate the administrative process to join the high school sport teams. The parents need to make sure that the students' disability(s) are documented in permanent school records.
 
 

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

CARES - Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service

Local

The Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service is a psychological corporation and a non-public agency. The center serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses ages 1 year old to adult.

CARES offers many services including home and school based programs, psychotherapy, Social Skills Groups, Parent Education, and the CARES: ABC program.

Child Development Institute Autism & communication info

National

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.

ASD Video Glossary

A web-based video glossary to help parents and professionals learn more about the early warning signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was created by Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. This  glossary was developed together with First Signs, the leader in early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders, and Florida State University.

Learn how to spot early red flags for autism by viewing side-by-side video clips of children with typical behaviors in comparison with children with autism. Enter the ASD Video Glossary

Federation for Children with Special Needs

National

For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center

Local


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.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

IAN Community

This article describes the emerging needs to help adults find resources for autism diagnosis.  It cites several resources and references to articles about recent findings on this topic.

Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

National

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F; Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The M-CHAT-R/F is an autism screening tool designed to identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thorough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism-specific screening at 18 and 24 months of age, in addition to broad developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24 months. The M-CHAT-R/F, one of the AAP recommended tools, can be administered at these well-child visits.

If you and your physician agree that further screening is needed, you can request a free developmental assessment through your State Department of Health. We provide the contact information for your state's local Early Intervention coordinator on your child's M-CHAT-R/F report.

Early Intervention sites offer further evaluations of your child free-of-charge. These developmental assessments often vary from county to county and may involve a physical exam, a cognitive exam, a hearing assessment, and a speech assessment. In addition to these important components of a thorough evaluation, you may also consider genetic testing and/or specialized assessments provided by a medical geneticist, a clinical psychologist, a developmental pediatrician, a pediatric psychiatrist, or a pediatric neurologist.

National Autism Center: View the Standards Report here

National

National Institutes of Mental Health Autism information

National

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Relate Now autism resources

National

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

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.

Services:
- 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

TeensHealth autism info

National

The First 100 Days Kit - Autism Speaks

Local

The Autism Speaks Family Services Department recently announced the launch of the 100 Day Kit Version 2.0 and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit. The two kits were created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis.

Tony Attwood's Website

National

Transportation for Irvine Disabled Adults

Local

TRIPS provides low-cost, wheelchair accessible transportation to Irvine adult residents with disabilities. Participants must be unable to drive due to a physical or cognitive disability.

Transportation to Senior centers, grocery shopping, social events, medical appointments.  Pre-registration and eligibility required. Call for availability and an application.

Autism Event VolunteersZZZZZ

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Fish for Life!

Local
Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Kids are grouped into teams and assigned a “Fishing Team Leader” who is an experienced and loving fisherman and will be responsible for his or her every need throughout the trip … but most of all will help them catch fish! 

The Fish for Life home port is at the Dana Wharf in Dana Point and we charter the 95ft vessel “Dana Pride.” Fish for Life chapters can be anywhere there is fishing! If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us to learn how to get it started!  

Special needs children and volunteers are welcome.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

This program provides special needs athletes three levels of play to support individual skill and determination.

Little Dippers – Players who benefit from teen peer support.

Mighty Dippers – Players that dribble, pass, and shoot with minimal support.

Big Dippers – Teen-adult competitive basketball players.

Registration takes place on-site and is open during the winter and summer basketball seasons. Volunteer coaches, teens, and photographers are welcome!

Location – RSM or Los Alisos Intermediate Schools

Please email Laurie & Richard Jimenez at

SVUSDShootingStars@gmail.com  for upcoming dates and location.

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Needs Judo

Local

Senshi Judo has just launched it's Special Needs Judo program! Open to all children (ages 5+) and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Senshi Judo offers 4 training sessions a week! Participants will learn modified self-defense in a small and safe learning environment, perfect for children who need one-on-one attention.

Call or email us today to start your free trial! Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in class to help alleviate first-time stress for beginner students.

Autism TreatmentsZZZZZ

ABA Therapy/Behavior Therapy Maxim Healthcare Services

Local

Maxim Healthcare would like to introduce ourselves & share with you our home-based Applied Behavior Analysis/positive behavior support services. The need for Applied Behavior Analysis is huge, & we are happy to be able to provide these services to the community. We are officially accepting new clients, & accept a variety of funding options. We have a staff of well-trained BCBAs & Behavior Technicians. Our services offer customized levels of support and training. Please contact us 714-542-2400.

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.

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Spectrum Therapies

Local

AST employs the latest scientifically-validated ABA approaches to develop tailored programs that address the needs of children and adults with autism and their families, schools, and communities. Our family focused programs are designed to teach language, social, self-help and other skills within natural daily activities and family routines.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Behavioral Support Partnership

Local

BSP offers services and supports founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a focus on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). Individuals from 1 year of age through adulthood who face the challenge of autism and other developmental disabilities are provided individualized assessments and proven, data driven interventions to meet the unique needs of each child and family. Parents are taught to implement teaching strategies during the natural routines of family life. Services also available in our clinic, at school and in the community. Other services include Speech Consultation and Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy and Consultation. For families located outside our service areas, we offer remote ABA training/treatment programs.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Creative Solutions for Hope

Local

Creative Solutions for Hope is a dedicated ABA agency providing services to individuals with ASD, Down Syndrome, developmental disabilities, and behavior problems. Services include 1:1 therapy, supervision, parent training, IEP attendance, school shadowing and more.

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.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

In Stepps

Local

IN S.T.E.P.P.S. is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art services to children and their families. Our evidence-based teaching approaches are tailored to each program. We emphasize naturalistic teaching strategies, such as PRT®. We believe each child and family is unique, and programs must fit a family's routine and lifestyle.

KiDA - Kids Institute for Development & Advancement

Local

KiDA is a comprehensive center for the treatment of autism in Southern California. Services include:
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy
Behavior Therapy
Social Groups
Full-time school
Neurology appointments
Parent Education

Services are provided by only licensed professionals in our state-of-the-art facility, More info at www.kida.com.

LeafWing Center

Local

The LeafWing Center uses the science of Applied Behavior Analysis in developing our intervention packages. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. We provide you with a treatment program that is based upon the findings of the Functional Assessment as well as we ask for your priorities as parent or caregiver. Doing this ensures that each individual receives a sound, comprehensive program that directly addresses all concerns.

Typically, a client is provided with a team of 2 to 5 behaviorally trained therapists and clinicians to implement their individualized treatment program and conduct parental education and training. LeafWing services are flexible and may be provided in a variety of settings depending on your needs and service agreement.

Nyansa Learning Corporation

Local

In-home ABA, Play and Social Skills, PEKS, parent training and early intervention services, including ABA, PECS, and parent training.

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

Shape of Behavior

National

ABA Clinic

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy

Local

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy is a private pediatric speech clinic dedicated to improving kids' speech, language, and social skills. We believe that identifying and treating any deficiency in these critical skills at the appropriate age greatly increase the quality and rate of improvement.

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.

Services:
- 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

Treatment Study: Improving Dental Care and Oral Health in Children with ASD

Local

Participation involves:
-4 study visits over 6 months, including 3 dental office visits and 1 visit to UCI
-completion of questionnaires
-some families will also participate in a 10-week intervention at UCI

Families will receive an electric toothbrush and a 6-month supply of tooth brushing materials. Families may receive up to $500 compensation for study participation.

Contact Jackie at (949) 267-0428 or moffittj@uci.edu

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Us too Center

Local

Us Too Center is a non profit organization that is dedicated to providing a warm environment for children with autism and other developmental delays and disabilities and their families to recieve a range of therapeutic and recreational activities to meet their individual needs all in one location. Offering: Recreation Gymnastics, Dance, Track, and Karate Therapies, Speech, Social Skills, ABA, and OT.  Advocate services also available.

Classes are offered throughout the year.  Call for schedule and costs.

Behavioral ResourcesZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

#hangout - Friday Night Fun for Teens - Ages 14-19

Teens ages 14-19 meet at the College Living Experience (2183 Fairview Rd. Ste 101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) every First Friday of the month. to overcome social anxieties in a safe nurturing and fun environment.

Learn more and go to http://www,meetup.com/www.autrismresourcemom-org/  for more details and to RSVP for the next event.  

 

 

 

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying

National, International

Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

National

ABA Therapy/Behavior Therapy Maxim Healthcare Services

Local

Maxim Healthcare would like to introduce ourselves & share with you our home-based Applied Behavior Analysis/positive behavior support services. The need for Applied Behavior Analysis is huge, & we are happy to be able to provide these services to the community. We are officially accepting new clients, & accept a variety of funding options. We have a staff of well-trained BCBAs & Behavior Technicians. Our services offer customized levels of support and training. Please contact us 714-542-2400.

ACES

Local

ABA Services

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.

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace

Local

We are dedicated to providing you with the finest experience on ice skates! Our rink serves south Orange County with public skating sessions, freestyle skating, birthday parties, broom hockey, skating lessons, and a safe, competitive hockey program for both youths and adults.

We serve all ages

Local

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

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.

Autism Behavior Services Inc

Local

Social groups for children on the autism spectrum. Let's L.A.F.F. helps children Learn About Friends and Feelings.  Social groups assist children on the autism spectrum to Learn About Friends and Feelings. The groups are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and focus on social- emotional & behavioral growth. Areas addressed are play, social language, social reciprocity, perspective taking, problem solving, social relatedness, and much more!

Instructors: Rosa Patterson MS, BCBA and Intervention Staff

Other services include:
Assessment
Consultation, including IEP's
Direct Services, ABA
Staff and Parent Training

Works with insurance companies, regional centers and school districts.

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!

Autism Interventions and Resources, Inc.

Local

We provide intensive 1:1 applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to children with developmental disabilities including autism, PDD-NOS, mental retardation, Down Syndrome, etc.

National

Autism Service Dogs trains dogs to kee children safe through a tether system to reduce anxiety, encourage communication and enable greater independence. Children are taught to build social relationships, regulate their sensory needs and reduce their emotional outbursts.  See the flyer for additional information.

Autism Service Dogs

Local

This program rescues dogs from shelters 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 website www.celldogs.org 

 

PJanette Thomas
Executive Director
714-795-4165
janette@celldogs.org
www.celldogs.org

Download a brochure 

 

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc

Local

Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc. is a non-public agency, certified by the California Department of Education to provide program design and implementation of behavioral programs

Autism Spectrum Therapies

Local

Services from early intervention to training for independent living.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Avita Nova

Local

Per the Website: The Avita Nova difference is that our team will follow your child through all of their stages of development. From diagnosis, early intensive services, elementary school, and beyond. We will provide your child and your family tailored intervention services, support and guidance through all of life’s many stages.

Back to School Advice

National, International

The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially families of individuals with autism. The daily routine established over the last 2 to 3 months is changing, and the time has come to go from camp back to the classroom.

To help ease the stress and smooth the transition for you and your family, Autism Speaks has provided an array of tips and resources for everyone involved in the process, including students, parents, teachers and peers.  Go here  for some good advice.

Back to School Tips for Parents

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

Behavior Health Works

Local

Behavior Health Works provides Applied Behavioral Analysis intervention, speech and occupational therapy, social skills, parent workshops in a wide variety of settings.

Behavior Support Services

Local

We provide support for in-home ABA programs, functional behavior assessments (FBA), and social skills intervention. Also available are staff development presentations to schools and agencies.

Behavioral Consultants Network

Local

Behavioral Consultants Network offers a modern approach in treating and servicing children and families in need of counseling, psychological, and/or behavioral support services. The foundation of our program is based on research supported practices of behavioral therapies; while the targeted client is shifted from the individual child to the family system as a whole.

Each program is created based on their individual needs, goals, and behaviors thus allowing for parents to be involved with their child's ability to learn, minimize/eliminate behavioral excesses/concerns, and satisfy many required parent participation components for various funding sources. Our program allows for a quality, comprehensive, intensive behavior program in which direct services are provided by the certified/licensed professional.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Big Fun Reacreational and Occupational Therapies

National

We strive to promote the integration of children and adults with disabilities into all aspects of life using recreational activities as a process to improve motor planning, organization of behavior and sensory integration,

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

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.

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies Autism and ABA information

National

Child Behavior Pathways

Local

Child Behavior Pathways (formerly CUIDAR) helps identify children with attention and behavior difficulties
before they enter school. These obstacles to learning are addressed
so that the child will have a more successful elementary school experience.

The Child Behavior Pathways program is run by a multidisciplinary team of experts from both
CHOC and UCI who have expertise in early childhood behavior and
learning issues. This expertise, along with your involvement, can help to put
affected children on a proactive path to success.

-See More at: http://childbehaviorpathways.com/#sthash.nGBnt6Fi.dpuf

Child Guidance Centers

Local

Counseling and educational enrichment programs, including social skills, individual, family and group therapies, parenting seminars, evaluations and crisis interventions.

Children's Learning Connection, Inc.

Local

CLC provides behavioral, speech, occupational and physical assessments and therapies to children with developmental disabilities. We provide many treatment options to meet the needs of the family including comprehensive, individual therapy, and infant programs, social skills groups and parent training.

County of Orange HCA Children and Youth Services

Local

Regional clinics
Behavioral services for younger children, pre-adolescents and adolescents

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.

Local

Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to   ocde.us/SPED/Pages/default.aspx

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Do2Learn Website

National

Do2learn provides thousands pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. To make the experience as pleasant and easy as possible, we display no ads nor require that you login to access our website.

Our team of educational and clinical experts offers unique and evidence-based strategies that target the learning issues of individuals with special needs. While our resources are often useful for all individuals, we have concentrated on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other disorders that impact learning, socialization, communication, and self-regulation skills.

Research Study on Wandering

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.

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

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

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.

Fish for Life

Local

Fish for Life is an organization with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected group to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. Volunteers are welcome.


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.

Friendship Builders

Local

Friendship Builders specializes in helping children with special needs. Our staff has vast experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD. It is the purpose of Friendship Builders to provide educational services that will empower children to have successful social and academic experiences within our local communities.

National, International

This Ability Path picture story will help to prepare your child for an airplane flight.  Go here to view it

 

Got Transition

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.

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Local

The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

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.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Your mindset is key to your performance. If you convince your potential employer that you can do the job, and do it as well or better than a nondisabled person (although perhaps differently), then it may be to the interviewer's advantage to hire you. Here are several strategies to help you develop a winner's mindset for your interview." Click here to read more.

Your mindset is key to your performance. If you convince your potential employer that you can do the job, and do it as well or better than a nondisabled person (although perhaps differently), then it may be to the interviewer's advantage to hire you.
Here are several strategies to help you develop a winner's mindset for your interview.

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.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) recently published a list of services that are most commonly purchased by regional centers.

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, most services and supports are free regardless of age or income; however, there are a few exceptions. For more information and to access the list of services, click here or use the links in the threshold languages below:

Regional Centers Services and Descriptions English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean

McKee Music Therapy

Local

Music therapy to help achieve behavioral, social, emotional, sensory and communication support.  Located at 1929 Main Street, Suite 103, Irvine, CA. 92614. (in Sky Pediatric Therapy)

TEENS AND SCREENS: RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

National Bullying Prevention Center

National

This site offers many resources that are useful to parents, children and schools. It provides form letters to help parents report bullying and how people of all ages can help to prevent bullying.

National

New Legislation to Ensure Safety for Those At Risk of Wandering

March 23, 2018

The Kevin & Avonte’s law has passed and there is new hope for families to locate missing loved ones with autism, Alzheimers disease and related conditions who may wander. The bill improves access to technologies that search for missing people and it expands training for caregivers and first responders to help prevent wandering by vulnerable individuals. It makes voluntary tracking devises available to those at risk of wandering.  

More information on Kevin and Avonte’s Law is available HERE.  Bill text can be found HERE.

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

Pacific Child and Family Associates

Local

Pacific Child and Family Associates (PCFA) offers applied behavior analysis and other services for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. We are committed to providing the highest quality, scientifically validated services, built on a foundation of respect for those we serve.

Parent's Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis

National

Sponsored by Autism Speaks, this tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services. ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA is considered an evidence-based "best" practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.

You can place a request for a download of the guide at:

http://secure.autismspeaks.org/site/lookup.asp?c=8hKPL7NMLpJ4G&b=8145057

Positive Behavior Supports & School Discipline Resources

International
This resource collection includes briefs, fact sheets, videos, webinars and presentations. It's divided into three parts by topic:
All resources in this collection were reviewed by a team of Parent Centers and selected based on their high quality and usefulness to Parent Centers. This collection is your go-to resource!

Recommended Books on Sexuality

Local

The following books have been recommended by Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT
The Rules of Sex - Social and Legal Guidelines for Those who Have Never Been Told by Nora Baladerian, Ph. D. and Johnny Nunez, May 2006
A 5 is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults by Kari Dunn Buron

Marlene is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has specialized in working with those impacted by ASD for over 20 years. She joined Autism Partnership in 1994 and has provided program supervision, school consultation, mentoring and Site Direction. She contributed to the writing of several ABA related books including A Work in Progress, It’s Time for School!, and Crafting Connections. She is currently the Clinical Director for Autism Partnership and provides counseling services to children, individuals, and parents.

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

Regional Center of Orange County

Local

Regional Center of Orange County offers these workshops at no cost to parents. To gain the most value from them, parents are encouraged to attend all sessions in a series. The Behavior Management workshop covers essential principles of positive behavior management, with a practical focus on helping parents of children with developmental disabilities change their own behavior and that of their children. The Social Skills Training workshop is focused on helping parents nurture social skills among children. In all of the workshops, parents are actively involved, and invited to discuss the specific behavioral challenges they are confronting. Advance reservations are required and group size is typically limited to 40-45 families.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Sample letter if your special needs child is being bullied or harassed at school

National

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

This program provides special needs athletes three levels of play to support individual skill and determination.

Little Dippers – Players who benefit from teen peer support.

Mighty Dippers – Players that dribble, pass, and shoot with minimal support.

Big Dippers – Teen-adult competitive basketball players.

Registration takes place on-site and is open during the winter and summer basketball seasons. Volunteer coaches, teens, and photographers are welcome!

Location – RSM or Los Alisos Intermediate Schools

Please email Laurie & Richard Jimenez at

SVUSDShootingStars@gmail.com  for upcoming dates and location.

Sleep Tool Kit: Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with ASD's

National

This informational booklet is designed to provide parents with strategies to improve sleep in their child affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Many children with ASD have difficulty with sleep. This can be stressful for children and their families. The suggestions in this booklet are based on both research and clinical experience of sleep experts. These strategies are for children of all ages, including teens, but some of the suggestions (such as avoiding naps) are geared toward older children who no longer need naps. The suggestions may help your child get a better night’s sleep and improve his or her sleep/wake schedule.

Social Skills Deficits

National

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit from Autism Speaks

National

This is a tool kit for parents, teachers and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.
This toolkit is a set of resources for people to confront bullying of children with special needs from all angles - from talking to your children to knowing your rights to teaching tolerance in schools. Start by reading the Top Ten Facts to know about bullying and children with special needs, and then learn about the unique challenges children with special needs face when encountering bullying.

Go to http://specialneeds.thebullyproject.com/toolkit to access the toolkit.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

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.

Services:
- 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

TASK Social Skills Groups

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.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

National

The Healthy Bodies Toolkits: Parent Guides on Puberty for Boys and Girls with Disabilities

National

These guides provide excellent information about how puberty can be a stressful and confusing time, especially for you and your son or daughter with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD). In spite of delays in other areas, children with I/DD usually enter puberty around the same time as other children their age. . These toolkits give you resources and tips on how to talk to your son or daughter about sensitive topics and help them to learn about sexuality and appropriate social behaviors.

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

Resource for First Responders

International

This tool kit from the National Autism Association is designed to help first responders understand autism and become better equiped to respond in an emergency situation involving an individual on the spectrum.

The kit contains the following resources:

Autism Overview/Autism Behaviors
Autism and Wandering Information
First Responder Checklist
First Responder Tips
First Responder Notification Form
Guidelines for Missing Persons with Special Needs (NCMEC)
Resources

You can download the kit here

Trumpet Behavioral Health

National

A provider of behavioral services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Using proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes, schools and our company-operated centers.

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Autism Speaks Wandering Prevention

International

Autism Speaks has many resources for parents and first responders to prevent wandering.  Go here to get links to many resources available.

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.

YMCA OC Inclusion Program

Local

Inclusion helps children (ages 3-17) with special needs participate in after school, child care, and preschool programs countywide. We provide onsite inclusion support, family support services, staff training, and assessment of children’s inclusion needs.

Benefits PlanningZZZZZ

2016 Disability Benefit Guide

Local, National

The Simple Dollar recently investigated the Social Security Disabilities Benefits and in the course of their research, found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. Their team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration's documentation to develop their 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

Able Resource Center

Learn more about tax-advantaged savings programs for people with disabilities. This website will help you navigate to helpful financial planning information.

National

The Autism Speaks Financial Planner app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.  It has four main features:

  • My Plan: In My Plan, I can set my own goals and track my progress.
  • Locate: In Locate, I can find local attorneys and financial planners.
  • Budget: In Budget, I can track my family’s monthly revenues and expenses.
  • Info: In Info, I can read about important topics for planning for my child’s future.

Please click on the buttons below to download the app and please rate the app after using it.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

 
This fact sheet from the California Department of Social Services explains how a new law that went into effect over the summer of 2018 lets families receiving SSI sign up for CalFresh food benefits. This is a really valuable resource for families - and people with disabilities - receiving SSI!

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

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.

National

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!

Got Transition

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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

This information is provided by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

BullyingZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying

National, International

Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

A Guide To Workplace Bullying

International

This resource shares useful information and awareness on office bullying and how to prevent it, as well as offer tips for maintaining a safe working environment for people who may have experienced (or continue to experience) bullying or discrimination at work.

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Special Needs Judo

Local

Senshi Judo has just launched it's Special Needs Judo program! Open to all children (ages 5+) and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Senshi Judo offers 4 training sessions a week! Participants will learn modified self-defense in a small and safe learning environment, perfect for children who need one-on-one attention.

Call or email us today to start your free trial! Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in class to help alleviate first-time stress for beginner students.

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.

Services:
- 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

Business PartnershipsZZZZZ

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Child Care/Respite ServicesZZZZZ

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Caregivers & Respite Care 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.

 

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Communication/Speech & LanguageZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Free Cell Phone and Service for Those on SSI

Local

Free cellphones for Californians earning less than $15,000
Effective, Mar. 6, 2013

California residents who receive Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, Medi-Cal and other public assistance or who earn less than $15,000 per year can receive free cellphones and service as of this week. A federal program designed to help homeless and other needy people connect with family and friends, housing programs and potential employers kicked off Monday across the state.

The phone giveaways have been approved by the state's Public Utilities Commission, and Assurance Wireless is spearheading the program. The Lifeline Assistance program is funded through contributions by telephone companies to the Universal Service Fund. Companies can recoup part of their contributions through fees charged to paying customers.

Roughly 4.6 million California households, including 200,000 from Sacramento, could be eligible for the Lifeline program, based on estimates from Assurance. Those who qualify will get basic cellphones, plus 250 text messages per month, said spokeswoman Jayne Wallace.

To apply, Californians must first request a phone from Assurance Wireless by calling (800) 395-2171 or visiting assurancewireless.com. Once the paperwork has been submitted, customers will receive a free phone within 10 days. After receiving their phones, they will get an application from the state of California. They must return that form within 45 days along with proof of eligibility. If eligible, they can continue receiving free service.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Newport Therapy Center

Local

Newport Language & Speech Centers is a leader in the field of Speech, Language, and Occupational Therapy services for children and adults. We have four clinics Mission Viejo, Fountain Valley, Yorba Linda and Cerritos.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy

Local

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy is a private pediatric speech clinic dedicated to improving kids' speech, language, and social skills. We believe that identifying and treating any deficiency in these critical skills at the appropriate age greatly increase the quality and rate of improvement.

Speech Pathology Associates

Local

At Speech Pathology Associates, we believe in getting to the "heart" of communication. We have been providing speech and language services to the Orange County community for nearly 25 years. We can proudly say that we have expertise in all areas of communication, offering thorough assessments that result in recommendations for treatments that fit each clients needs.

In addition, our collaboration with family, physician, school and agencies has contributed to our success in treating our clients. We offer a wide range of services for infants, toddlers, school-aged children and adults. Our goal is to build bridges to successful communication. At Speech Pathology Associates, "we speak your language!"

SPA is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Orange County where we participate on the Cleft/Craniofacial Panel and with the University of California, Irvine, where we provide assessments and parent education to the For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center.

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.

Services:
- 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

Talk, Play, Learn Communication Groups

Local

Where: UCP of Orange County, Life Without Limits Pediatric Therapy Center
908 Roosevelt, Suite 100, Irvine

When: Wednesday or Friday from 11:30am-1:00pm (1½ hours)

Who: Children who have communication needs ages: 2 ½ years to 4 ½ years

Why: This group program is designed for children who are aging out of their current group program (turning 3 years old) or are scoring too high to receive Regional Center funding. Many children may benefit from peer-to-peer interaction in a small group environment. A traditional child care or preschool program may be overwhelming for some children who have communication challenges and social-emotional, adaptive, physical or cognitive delays. This center-based communicative program utilizes a child focused play-based approach with parent education provided. Therapists will stimulate language, communication and development through play, routines, and multi-modality cues while preparing children for successful participation in preschool or other group setting. Each group is led by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech Pathology Clinical Fellow (CFY), or Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Occupational therapy and Physical therapy observation and consultations are provided if needed. Additional assistance may be provided by classroom aides, experienced volunteers and parents. The ratio of adults per child will be 1:5.

Participation in this group will help children with:

  • Increasing language comprehension (receptive language)
  • increasing productive vocabulary (expressive language)
  • increasing attending behaviors
  • increasing intelligible speech
  • increasing the pre- and co-requisite skills related to language content (i.e. pragmatics) including taking turns, referencing, and regulating
  • developing preliterate and emerging literacy skills
  • developing social skills that assist in developing positive peer relationships
  • improving self-help skills
  • gross and fine motor exploration

Fees: $100 per month for 4 sessions, payable to UCP-OC
RSVP to Carolyn Huckabay (949) 333-6409 or chuckabay@ucp-oc.org

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

TASK is thrilled to be a demonstration center for the new Voice Options California Speech Technology Program. This program connects Californians with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. Using a speech app may make being understood easier and allow you to speak independently. Voice Options is a pilot program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information on this program, check out the Voice Options website or download the accessible brochure

Dated May 16, 2017

TASK Social Skills Groups

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.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Courtesy of The Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program of Goodwill of Orange County

Voice Options is a new statewide program that connects Californian's with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. The Voice Options program provides a demonstration of the iPad with speech apps and short-term loans. If it is determined that one of the speech apps will work for the individual, they can apply for a long-term loan. This is a free program to Californians that have a speech language disability.

 

Contact ATEC today for any of the following Voice Option services:

  • Schedule a demonstration for an individual with a speech language disability to learn about the iPad and speech apps available through the Voice Options program. This can result in a short-term loan if individual is interested in speech apps demonstrated.
  • Schedule a presentation with demonstration of the iPad with speech apps at your organization, agency, school/college, parent group, clinic, etc. to learn about how the Voice Options program may benefit the people you serve. ATEC can also attend outreach and educational events to share about this new program.

 

Voice Options Contact Information: ATEC Technology Specialist (714) 361.6200 or atec@ocgoodwill.org

Voice Options California Speech Technology Program, is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visithttp://www.voiceoptions.org/

Community Based InstructionZZZZZ

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Local

Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to   ocde.us/SPED/Pages/default.aspx

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Ride Free with Your Student I.D.: Santiago Canyon College

Local

Please see the flyer detailing the Ride for FREE with Your Student ID program.  Students must be enrolled at Santiago Canyon College Continuing Education and be attending a minimum of 12 hours per week to qualify.

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.

Services:
- 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

Continuing Education UnitsZZZZZ

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders Grad Certificate

National

ASU’s Graduate Certificate in autism spectrum disorders is ideal for educators, interventionists, psychologists, pathologists, behavior analysts, or family members who want to enhance their preparation for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders.

Ride Free with Your Student I.D.: Santiago Canyon College

Local

Please see the flyer detailing the Ride for FREE with Your Student ID program.  Students must be enrolled at Santiago Canyon College Continuing Education and be attending a minimum of 12 hours per week to qualify.

Developmental Disability ServicesZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

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.

Local

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

Americans with Disabilities Act Pacific ADA Center

National

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center (Pacific DBTAC) is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

The DBTAC - Pacific ADA Center is one of ten Regional centers nationally that have been set up to provide information and referral, training, consultation, and technical assistance to the business, state and local government, and disability communities about their responsibilities and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2006, the Center received funding to conduct research. Currently two research projects are underway: Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities and Understanding Employer Disability Practices.

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.

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

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.

City of Irvine Disability Services

Local

City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

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.

CSERV, LLC TELEHEALTH

Local, National, International

Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, is when a medical professional connects to a patient that is in a different location through videoconferencing. Telehealth is not a new concept. In fact, hospitals have been delivering care to rural areas via telehealth for decades. Telehealth is dramatically transforming the way in which we receive healthcare. CSERV is at the forefront of delivering ABA services through telehealth with services known as Telebehavior Analysis.

Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC)

Local

DMC provides information and cuttin-dge services and delivery in the following areas:

Adaptive Diabetic Equipment (ADE) Training Services
Advocacy - Benefits, System Change and Community Organizing
Community Outreach / Disability Awarements / ADA Training / Public Education and Awareness
Information and Referral

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Disabled Parking Placard

Local

The placard is issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This placard is transferable from vehicle to vehicle whenever the person with disabilities is a passenger. It is usable in specially marked disabled parking spaces and will enable the driver to park free at parking meters. Permanent parking placards are valid for two years.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

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

Fish for Life

Local

Fish for Life is an organization with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected group to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. Volunteers are welcome.

Healthy Balance Psychological Services

Local

At Healthy Balance we use the most sophisticated visualization and neurofeedback technology to brain map the brain’s actives on a computer screen and properly attend and treat the related neural network dysfunction related to ADHD and mild Autism logically and scientifically.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

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.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

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

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition & Employment

National

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

A new, cutting-edge website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition.
Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved.
In-person and online workshops for parents of youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

Positive Behavior Supports & School Discipline Resources

International
This resource collection includes briefs, fact sheets, videos, webinars and presentations. It's divided into three parts by topic:
All resources in this collection were reviewed by a team of Parent Centers and selected based on their high quality and usefulness to Parent Centers. This collection is your go-to resource!

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

This program provides special needs athletes three levels of play to support individual skill and determination.

Little Dippers – Players who benefit from teen peer support.

Mighty Dippers – Players that dribble, pass, and shoot with minimal support.

Big Dippers – Teen-adult competitive basketball players.

Registration takes place on-site and is open during the winter and summer basketball seasons. Volunteer coaches, teens, and photographers are welcome!

Location – RSM or Los Alisos Intermediate Schools

Please email Laurie & Richard Jimenez at

SVUSDShootingStars@gmail.com  for upcoming dates and location.

State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Area Board XI

Local

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and support they need.

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.

Services:
- 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

SwimLabs offers lessons to swimmers of all abilities and ages. Our adult swim instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers. With SwimLabs indoor facility, controlled environment, and world-class instructors, we provide lessons catered to your swimmer’s needs and desires. Group lessons are available as well.

Instructor: SwimLabs Staff

Fee: Private Lessons 30-min: $70

4-pack: $271.60

6-pack: $399 10-pack: $644  Location: SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy., Ste. 100, Lake Forest CA

To Register and for more info call: The City of Lake Forest at 461-3450

For questions, please call SwimLabs at 716-6370

Transportation for Irvine Disabled Adults

Local

TRIPS provides low-cost, wheelchair accessible transportation to Irvine adult residents with disabilities. Participants must be unable to drive due to a physical or cognitive disability.

Transportation to Senior centers, grocery shopping, social events, medical appointments.  Pre-registration and eligibility required. Call for availability and an application.

Westview Services

Local

Westview is dedicated to providing opportunities and training to people with developmental disabilities that are designed to help improve their self-help skills and achieve maximum independence.

YMCA New Horizons Program

Local

Social recreational and respite care program for adults with developmental disabilities. Provides evening, weekend, and weeklong trips in-group settings to maximize personal growth and development.

Early InterventionZZZZZ

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.

Local

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

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.

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

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.

Early childhood publications from the California Department of Education

Local

ASD Video Glossary

A web-based video glossary to help parents and professionals learn more about the early warning signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was created by Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. This  glossary was developed together with First Signs, the leader in early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders, and Florida State University.

Learn how to spot early red flags for autism by viewing side-by-side video clips of children with typical behaviors in comparison with children with autism. Enter the ASD Video Glossary

Early Start California's early intervention program through DDS

Local

Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)

National

First Signs

National

Free Developmental and Social Emotional Screenings for Siblings of Children with ASD

Local

Free developmental & social emotional screenings for siblings of childen with ASD. Complete & send in the enrollment form for all siblings under the age of 5 years and receive ongoing developmental screenings to help monitor your child's development. You will receive information about your child's development, age appropriate activities & resources.

This is available for all siblings under the age of 5 of children with ASD living in Orange County. English and Spanish available.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

IntraAgency Assessment Center - for early education programs

Local

Nyansa Learning Corporation

Local

In-home ABA, Play and Social Skills, PEKS, parent training and early intervention services, including ABA, PECS, and parent training.

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

Regional Center of Orange County

Local

Regional Center of Orange County offers these workshops at no cost to parents. To gain the most value from them, parents are encouraged to attend all sessions in a series. The Behavior Management workshop covers essential principles of positive behavior management, with a practical focus on helping parents of children with developmental disabilities change their own behavior and that of their children. The Social Skills Training workshop is focused on helping parents nurture social skills among children. In all of the workshops, parents are actively involved, and invited to discuss the specific behavioral challenges they are confronting. Advance reservations are required and group size is typically limited to 40-45 families.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy

Local

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy is a private pediatric speech clinic dedicated to improving kids' speech, language, and social skills. We believe that identifying and treating any deficiency in these critical skills at the appropriate age greatly increase the quality and rate of improvement.

EmploymentZZZZZ

2016 Disability Benefit Guide

Local, National

The Simple Dollar recently investigated the Social Security Disabilities Benefits and in the course of their research, found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. Their team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration's documentation to develop their 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

A Guide To Workplace Bullying

International

This resource shares useful information and awareness on office bullying and how to prevent it, as well as offer tips for maintaining a safe working environment for people who may have experienced (or continue to experience) bullying or discrimination at work.

Asperger's Experts

Asperger Experts is based in Seattle, Washington, where they "enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community."

The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks.  Courses, webinars and family support groups are available.

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

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.

Integrated Resources Institutte

National

Integrated Resources Institute (IRI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities into their community. Now in its 25th year, IRI is a state and federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity governed by a volunteer board.

Your mindset is key to your performance. If you convince your potential employer that you can do the job, and do it as well or better than a nondisabled person (although perhaps differently), then it may be to the interviewer's advantage to hire you. Here are several strategies to help you develop a winner's mindset for your interview." Click here to read more.

Your mindset is key to your performance. If you convince your potential employer that you can do the job, and do it as well or better than a nondisabled person (although perhaps differently), then it may be to the interviewer's advantage to hire you.
Here are several strategies to help you develop a winner's mindset for your interview.

JobTIPS

National

JobTIPS is a free web based program designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for you.

Though JobTIPS is designed for direct use by individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities, this program (including all of the printables, assessments, and videos) is also suitable for delivery by teachers, family members, clinicians, mentors, and job coaches.

National Job Postings: Careers for Developmental Disability Professionals

National

This online website is sponsored by DisabilityScoop. Registered employers post jobs and job seeking professionals can search listings by job titles or geographic areas.

Orange County Adult Achievement Center

Local

Supported Employment Program that helps individuals with developmental disabilities find jobs in the community.

Orange County ARC

Local

Orange County ARC offers vocational training, employment and placement in community based jobs, day program services and independent living services for adults with developmental disabilities

Orange County One-Stop Center

Local

Job search assistance in our community; free access to computers, copiers, fax machines and telephones. Access to job leads, career planning, resume assistance, career workshops, labor market information, and networking opportunities.

Located at 125 Technology Drive West, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition & Employment

National

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

A new, cutting-edge website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition.
Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved.
In-person and online workshops for parents of youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

National

The Department of Labor (DOL), in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), has worked to prepare everyone for the implementation of WIOA. The WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions. Check here for the latests news and announcements: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/ 

Family EducationZZZZZ

Applying Structured Teaching Techniques to Toilet Training

National

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Avita Nova

Local

Per the Website: The Avita Nova difference is that our team will follow your child through all of their stages of development. From diagnosis, early intensive services, elementary school, and beyond. We will provide your child and your family tailored intervention services, support and guidance through all of life’s many stages.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

Community Autism Now

Local

A non-profit in Mission Viejo founded in 2011 by a mother of an autistic child. it offers information, newsletter, informational events

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

Local, National

American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide for People With Disabilities is a comprehensive guide designed to help people with physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities. Handbook contains printable checklists, disaster care plans, disaster kit essentials, and how to complete a personal assessment.
Additional information:
http://www.disastersrus.org/MyDisasters/disability/disability.pdf

ASD Video Glossary

A web-based video glossary to help parents and professionals learn more about the early warning signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was created by Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. This  glossary was developed together with First Signs, the leader in early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders, and Florida State University.

Learn how to spot early red flags for autism by viewing side-by-side video clips of children with typical behaviors in comparison with children with autism. Enter the ASD Video Glossary

Family Voices - Bilingual for Spanish Speakers

National

Family Web Guide

National

National

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!

For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center

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HELPFUL TRANSITION RESOURCES

Local, National

 

Dpt. of Ed update "Transition Guide To Postsecondary Ed & Employment For Students & Youth With Disabilities"

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.

—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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Santa Ana, CA

Local

Conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups addressing every
aspect of mental health.

Also provides The WarmLine - a confidential, 7-day a wee telephone support service for anyone who has concerns about mental health, substance abuse, is lonely or confused, or needs information about mental health services. Groups meet weekly throughout Orange County.

Warm Line: 714-991-6412

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National

National Child Care Information Center

National

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

Orange County Department of Education

Local

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders Grad Certificate

National

ASU’s Graduate Certificate in autism spectrum disorders is ideal for educators, interventionists, psychologists, pathologists, behavior analysts, or family members who want to enhance their preparation for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders.

Positive Behavior Supports & School Discipline Resources

International
This resource collection includes briefs, fact sheets, videos, webinars and presentations. It's divided into three parts by topic:
All resources in this collection were reviewed by a team of Parent Centers and selected based on their high quality and usefulness to Parent Centers. This collection is your go-to resource!

Regional Center of Orange County

Local

Regional Center of Orange County offers these workshops at no cost to parents. To gain the most value from them, parents are encouraged to attend all sessions in a series. The Behavior Management workshop covers essential principles of positive behavior management, with a practical focus on helping parents of children with developmental disabilities change their own behavior and that of their children. The Social Skills Training workshop is focused on helping parents nurture social skills among children. In all of the workshops, parents are actively involved, and invited to discuss the specific behavioral challenges they are confronting. Advance reservations are required and group size is typically limited to 40-45 families.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

Special Education Advisory Council

National

SPEAC is a non-profit parent organization. It seeks to ensure that the needs of special education and gifted students are continuously identified and effectively addressed and that these students are given the opportunity to participate fully in the general education classroom. This website provides education, information, support and resources to parents, teachers, school administration, and the community to increase awareness of the needs of these students.

The site has a number of resources, links to other websites, articles and books

SSC@IAN AUTISM WEBINARS

Local, National, International

The SSC @ IAN periodically sponsors online presentations, called webinars, for you to attend via your computer. It's a great opportunity to hear a doctor or researcher speak about an important topic, and to ask him or her questions. You will be notified by email of the date and time, and how to register.

But don't worry if you happen to miss one. We have recorded the webinars for you to watch at your convenience. So sit back, listen and learn, all from the comfort of your home or office.

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.

Services:
- 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

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

TEACCH Treatment and education information

National

Treatment Study: Improving Dental Care and Oral Health in Children with ASD

Local

Participation involves:
-4 study visits over 6 months, including 3 dental office visits and 1 visit to UCI
-completion of questionnaires
-some families will also participate in a 10-week intervention at UCI

Families will receive an electric toothbrush and a 6-month supply of tooth brushing materials. Families may receive up to $500 compensation for study participation.

Contact Jackie at (949) 267-0428 or moffittj@uci.edu

United Cerebral Palsy Orange County

Local

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

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

 

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!

To access the series, visit: https://cadre-workingtogether.inquisiqr4.com/(link is external).

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.

Family SupportZZZZZ

Sit With Us

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.

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education has 5 parent guides available.

The PDFs can be downloaded and printed. If you have questions or comments about these resources, please contact CADRE.

Tell us what you think of the document, please click here to take a short survey.(link is external)

To order copies of this publication, please fill out this order form.

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying

National, International

Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

Adult ADD Support Groups

Local

Coordinated by Dr. Michael Linden.

Call (949) 769-8349 for more information.

Adult Aspie Social Group of Orange

Local

Group meets every 2nd Friday of the month from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This group of young adults with Asperger's Syndrome and parents usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. Parents meet separately and the groups have different facilitators.

Sometimes there are guest speakers. An additional 1-3 activities are also planned monthly.

For details about current meetings and scheduled activities, contact Linda Kee at 714.267.4448 or email: Lvn2Travl@gmail.com

Local

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

Asperger's Experts

Asperger Experts is based in Seattle, Washington, where they "enliven, empower and educate people with Asperger’s, their parents, and other members of the Autism community."

The team at Asperger Experts is made up of a diverse range of parents, people with Asperger’s and NT folks.  Courses, webinars and family support groups are available.

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.

Autism Cares Family Support Awards - Crisis funding for families from Autism speaks

National

Autism Health Insurance Project, Inc

Local

Autism Health Insurance Project, Inc., is a California 501 (c3) Public Benefit Corporation that is advocating and working with families, providers, therapists, ABA agencies, regional centers and other autism organizations. It is committed to helping families secure health insurance and other coverage for autism related interventions.

Workshops, consultation and advice is available for families and providers to help them obtain insurance coverage.

Autism Resource Mom | ARM

Local

ARM offers support, guidance & hope to parents of young people with autism spectrum disorders. Over the years, I’ve learned about autism. How to manage the challenges, celebrate the differences. Firsthand. As only a mother can. Today, as the mom of a now-teenage boy with HFA, I can share what I’ve learned & help parents with their child with autism

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

Autism Service Dogs trains dogs to kee children safe through a tether system to reduce anxiety, encourage communication and enable greater independence. Children are taught to build social relationships, regulate their sensory needs and reduce their emotional outbursts.  See the flyer for additional information.

Autism Service Dogs

Local

This program rescues dogs from shelters 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 website www.celldogs.org 

 

PJanette Thomas
Executive Director
714-795-4165
janette@celldogs.org
www.celldogs.org

Download a brochure 

 

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Speaks' Family Services: Resource Guide

National

Autism Speaks' provides a state by state guide to resources for families with links to support services which are listed by categories. You can also provide information about a service or service provider you feel may be helpful to individuals with autism and their families on this site.

Autism Support Network

National

The mission of Autism Support Network is conveyed in our tagline: connect, guide and unite.
Our goal is to short-cut the uphill battle individuals and families undertake when faced with autism – whether that means the initial diagnosis, the day-to-day living and coping needed, relationship and therapeutic strategies and the latest information.

Our support community, which is free for anyone to join, is intended to further reduce the need to “reinvent the wheel” and collectively pool global knowledge and support from all those touched by ASD wherever they might live.

We all experience frustration and can feel isolation in our journeys with ASD. The Autism Support Network is designed as a place by those living with ASD for those with ASD and those seeking social connection, peer guidance and a feeling of community with those that understand.

Can be accessed in many languages.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Back to School Tips for Parents

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Brit Tikvah, Irvine, CA

Local

Brit Tikvah is part of Congregation Shir Ha Ma' Alot and meetings have a Jewish perspective. Parents, guardians, grandparents, and relatives of children with special needs are welcome. No children allowed.

Local
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has created and formalized a division allowing high school student-athletes with physical disabilities to formally compete in the sports of track & field and swimming along with their able-bodied peers and teammates. Students are now eligible to qualify for and compete in the state meet for CIF State Championship medals, school varsity letters, records and other accolades. 
In track the "Para" student-athletes compete in the 100M, 200M, and 400M races and the shot put, standing or seated. Parents who have interested students must approach coaches and initiate the administrative process to join the high school sport teams. The parents need to make sure that the students' disability(s) are documented in permanent school records.
 
 

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.

Canyon Acres Children and Family Services

Local

Canyon Acres Children and Family Services is a non-profit organization committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families.

Care Notebooks

National

Families that have special needs children are typically overwhelmed with school, medical and therapy reports that need to be easily accessible when when requested for Independent Education Planning sessions, progress evaluations and for filing insurance claims. Giving your family a Care Notebook, may be the best gift they will receive for years to come. It helps them to organize the huge amount of paperwork they have and relieves a lot of stress. It is easy to find the components at any office supply store and should cost approximately $25. Here’s how you can make one:

Care Notebook Contents

  • A plain 3-ring binder with 2 inch rings. To personalize the binder, select one with a clear pocket on the front where you can insert a picture of your grandchild.
  • A notebook 3-hole punch, a small stapler, colored small “post it” note pads, a highlighter pen and paper clips
  • A 3-hole vinyl business card holder
  • A vinyl pen/supply pocket holder with zipper
  • Notebook index dividers with 10 sections

Suggested Categories for Index Tabs

  • Emergency Information
  • Medical Records
  • Education Reports
  • Therapies
  • Insurance Claims
  • Local Service Agencies
  • Autism Resources
  • Activities
  • Child Care/Respite Help, If applicable
  • Extra Blank Tabs can be filled in by Parents

Assembling the Notebook

Place the 3 ring hole punch at the front of the notebook and add the additional vinyl pockets for supplies and business cards. Put the stapler, “post it” notes, pens, clips, etc. in the supply pocket.
Label the dividers with the appropriate categories and place them behind the vinyl pockets in the notebook.
Offer to Help Organize and File the Records
If possible, offer to help sort and file the paperwork in the notebook with the most recent reports on the top. Set aside, but do not discard duplicates, or any of the paperwork. Label them so that your children can decide what to do with the extra copies.
You may want to purchase additional binders. Some families have a binder for every year, but the current academic year is typically the main focus for schools, physicians and therapists to review. If you are mailing the Care Notebook, consider using a USPS flat rate box.

Caregivers & Respite Care 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.

 

CHADD- Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders

Local, National

CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information and it was thought that AD/HD was a childhood condition. Many people seriously misunderstood AD/HD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with AD/HD were often mistakenly labeled "behavior problems," "unmotivated," "not intelligent."

Get the support and education needed in regards to AD/HD from CHADD! Today, individuals, families and professionals dealing with AD/HD can turn to CHADD for a support system. We hold FREE meetings in over 200 communities across the country. This is possible through those who become members of CHADD for just $53 a year. By becoming a member, you are supporting your local chapter hold FREE meetings, as well as CHADD on a national level to advocate in Washington for services and accommodations in the workplace and schools.

For more information about your Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter 455 call 714-490-7022, or email ADHDmeeting@pacbell.net Visit our website at www.chadd.org

Download information regarding the Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter's meetings, conferences & workshops

Child Care: Cambrian Home care

Local

Specializing in care for the developmentally disabled child at home.

Respite services for children with physical/developmental disabilities, after school/homework, weekends/evenings. Emergency response 24/7.

Call for hourly, sleepover and sibling care costs.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (C.H.A.D.D.) - Orange County Chapter

Local

Information About The Greater Orange County CHADD Chapter

We are a group of parents, professionals, teens, adults and kids who have or deal with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder AD/HD. In this group you will find people from all walks of life who have come together to support each other, educate others and continue our education on science-based information on AD/HD.

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is the nation's leading non-profit organization for individuals with ADHD and their families. Over 200 local chapters across the U.S. offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, and professionals. FREE monthly support group meetings provide a forum for continuing education for parents and professionals interested in learning more about ADHD in children and adults. For more information about CHADD NATIONAL, visit www.chadd.org. CHADD does NOT endorse any one treatment, medication, provider, publication, service or product.

For information about CHADD of Greater Orange County, please call (714) 490-7022, leave your name, number and the best time to call you back.

Sign up to receive important LOCAL information and updates by sending your email address to ADHDmeeting@pacbell.net

We hold three types of meetings per month:
Parent Meeting - 2nd Wednesday
Adult Meeting - 3rd Monday
General Meeting - Last Tuesday
See the website for more information about meetings.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

City of Irvine Disability Services

Local

City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

Comfort Connection Family Resource Center at regional Center of Orange County (RCOC)

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The Comfort Connection Family Resource Center of Orange County connects families who have children with special needs to resources and support. Most of Comfort Connection’s staff are parents of children with developmental disabilities and many are bilingual. In addition to acting as a resource to families, staff are available to present information to community groups regarding local resources, parent support and Regional Center of Orange County services.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NOTE: RCOC has a directory of service providers at: http://www.rcocdd.com/consumers/resources/

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

Local, National

American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide for People With Disabilities is a comprehensive guide designed to help people with physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities. Handbook contains printable checklists, disaster care plans, disaster kit essentials, and how to complete a personal assessment.
Additional information:
http://www.disastersrus.org/MyDisasters/disability/disability.pdf

Easter Seals Southern California: Living with Autism

Local

We provide exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
Easter Seals is a trusted expert and premier provider of services for children and adults with autism and their families. Our team focuses on therapies that are proven to be effective in increasing skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and similar disabilities. Easter Seals Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech, physical, and occupational therapy services in addition to group-based classes focused on social and adaptive skills.

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

Build an Emergency Kit

International

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County

Local

We provide epilepsy specific programs for children, teens, adults, parents and families. Educational Support Groups, Epilepsy 101 classes, support/advocacy. Epilepsy experts are speakers at meetings.

Family Support Center on Disabilities

National

Family Support Center on Disabilities:

Knowledge & Involvement Network (KIN)
Offers you a centralized resource on the full range of options available to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Find information in Build Your Knowledge to help you better understand important issues, policies, and services related to the needs of you as an individual with a disability and as a family member.

Find an organization that best meets your needs in our Organizations database and State-specific Info.

Learn ways to advocate, volunteer, vote, get outdoors, and donate in Get Involved. You can also get involved by joining a KIN State Action Team.

Listen to and read personal stories in English and Spanish.

Sign up for KINews, our monthly e-newsletter, and read past issues.
Connect to KIN and others on our family forum, Facebook fan page, and Twitter.

Father's Support Network of Orange County

Local

Contact Jeff Braun

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

National

National

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!

Fish for Life

Local

Fish for Life is an organization with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected group to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. Volunteers are welcome.

Fish for Life!

Local
Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Kids are grouped into teams and assigned a “Fishing Team Leader” who is an experienced and loving fisherman and will be responsible for his or her every need throughout the trip … but most of all will help them catch fish! 

The Fish for Life home port is at the Dana Wharf in Dana Point and we charter the 95ft vessel “Dana Pride.” Fish for Life chapters can be anywhere there is fishing! If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us to learn how to get it started!  

Special needs children and volunteers are welcome.

For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center

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For OC Parents

Local

Group for families who have children with autism that reside in Orange County. Call Hedy Hansen at (714)939-6118 or e-mail hshansen@uci.edu.

Foreign Language/Cultural Groups

Local

* Chinese/Mandarin
Kitty Tsan 949-588-0123
Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled
Mimi H. Chou 714-267-6009
cpadocm@gmailcom
www.cpad.org

* Indian
Indian Center—Southern California
Susie Jensen 714-962-6673
Sjensen@indiancenter.org
www.indiancenter.org

* Korean
Korean American Special Education Center
Hannah Yang 714-254-0616
kasec2000@gmail.com
www.hanmispecialkids.org
Jinsook Baek 949-751-7343
jinsookbaek037@gmail.combr>
jinsook037@naver.com

* Japanese
Japanese Speaking Parents Association
Mariko Magami 818-249-1726

* Spanish
 Fiesta Familiar
Cecilia Mercado 714-533-5815
cmercado@fiestaeducativa.org
www.fiestaeducativa.org

Nuevos Horizontes
 Barbara Dominguez 714-998-4912
nuevoshorizontesoc@gmail.com

* Vietnamese
Vietnamese Parent with Disabled Children Association
Hung Gia Nguyen 714-527-9216
vpdcahung@yahoo.com
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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.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Glossary of Terms for CA Disability Services System

Local

This Glossary of Terms, Phrases & Acronyms explains the language used in the California Disability Services System. Individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities are served by a complex and wide array of services and programs. This Glossary, provided by the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders, provides an overview of frequently used terminology.

Got Transition

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.

Grandparent Autism Network

Local

Groupo de Autismo

Local

Call Jose and Gloria Hernandez at (714)995-1955. (Spanish)

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Local

The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

Help Me Grow

Local

Help Me Grow connects children and their families to developmental services to enhance the development, behavior and learning of children birth through eight years. If you are struggling to connect with the right resources, are overwhelmed trying to access appropriate services for your child, or want more individualized help, call Help Me Grow to schedule

an appointment with an advocate from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD). The State Council works to ensure that children with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need. Call (866) GROW.025 to schedule your appointment.

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.

—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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Jewish Special Needs Support Group for Families

Local

Tea at Ten is a unique opportunity to bond, in an informal setting over a cup of
mid-morning tea, with other Jewish families who share similar life experiences. Tea
at Ten is a welcome break from your busy life, where you will meet other families
who have similar challenges, and where you will bond with the staff of the JFFS
Center for Special Needs. Your participation will also allow us to learn from you!
Your feedback will tell us where more support and services are needed - by you and
by our community.

Tea at Ten will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am in the JFFS
Library, on the Samueli Jewish Campus at 1 Federation Way in Irvine. For more
details or directions, please contact Danielle Wiltchik, Coordinator, Center for
Special Needs, 949-435-3460 ext 365 or by email to danielle@jffs.org.
RSVP is appreciated but not required.

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.

Kinship Center (a.k.a. Adoption Clinic), Santa Ana, CA

Local

Comprehensive services for adopted foster children.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

Learning Disabilities Association, Santa Ana, CA

Local

Information and resources for families.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) recently published a list of services that are most commonly purchased by regional centers.

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, most services and supports are free regardless of age or income; however, there are a few exceptions. For more information and to access the list of services, click here or use the links in the threshold languages below:

Regional Centers Services and Descriptions English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean

Moms of Extraordinary Kids

Local

A place for moms of special needs children to connect, encourage and share their experiences. Guest speakers address specific topics of interest. Meets every other Friday during the school year at Mariners Church, Port Mariners Room 248.

For more info, please contact Barbara Forkish or Paula O'Connor at bforkish@aol.com or paulaoc@bcglobal.net

National

New Legislation to Ensure Safety for Those At Risk of Wandering

March 23, 2018

The Kevin & Avonte’s law has passed and there is new hope for families to locate missing loved ones with autism, Alzheimers disease and related conditions who may wander. The bill improves access to technologies that search for missing people and it expands training for caregivers and first responders to help prevent wandering by vulnerable individuals. It makes voluntary tracking devises available to those at risk of wandering.  

More information on Kevin and Avonte’s Law is available HERE.  Bill text can be found HERE.

Online Parent Support: MyAutismTeam.com

National

MyAutismTeam is the social network for parents of children with autism. You can share daily experiences & questions, and find recommendations of local autism specialists (from doctors and OTs, to barbers and dentists). MyAutismTeam helps you build up your team of autism providers who provide a range of services to help your child thrive.

Parents use MyAutismTeam to exchange tips and advice about their favorite autism providers with other parents by recommending their team of providers, writing reviews of providers and even adding autism-friendly businesses to the autism database

Sponsored by MyHealthTeams, the "mission is to make it easy for parents to find the most highly recommended autism providers and autism friendly businesses near them. Our belief is that the best source of such information comes from the experience of other parents who have walked in your shoes."

Orange County ADHD Support Group

Local

Meet other local adults dealing with ADD and ADHD. We share our experiences, progress, thoughts and tips. The support and camaraderie really make a difference--and members are getting results. We're an adult only group, but we have had Seniors in High School benefit from our meetings coming with their parents.

Orange County Asperger's Support Group

Local

The Orange County Asperger's Support Group is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We’ve been helping Asperger’s families and individuals since 2003. Whether you’re the parent of a 5-year-old or you're an adult with Asperger’s, we have programs for everyone.

Come to one of our monthly support groups, held in Newport Beach and Placentia, to meet others with similar challenges. Our speakers and panel discussions have themes ranging from school IEPs to Aspies-on-the-Job. Use our online Yahoo Discussion Group to ask questions and get answers from people who have dealt with the same issues.

Our social activities are designed to provide the much-needed opportunity to meet other Aspies and make friends. Kids and teens enjoy game nights, movies and more. Adult activities (ages 18+) include movie nights, coffee groups and more. We also have a special group for parents of Aspie young adults. And we sponsor professionally-moderated events such as support groups on older adults. Occasional events for all ages are also planned, such as when 50 of us cheered together at an Angels Baseball game. All of our meetings and activities are listed on our online Meetup site where you can also RSVP!

With our great resources, activities and events, we help inform, educate and support families affected by Asperger’s and ultimately help improve the quality of life of all our members.

Orange County Child Support Services

Local

Our office can help you with establishment and enforcement of child support, paternity, and health insurance. All our services are free to residents of Orange County. Visit our website for more information.

Orange County Social Services Agency

Local

Social Services provide program and eligibility assistance to Orange County residents. Such as Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh, Cal Works, Foster Care and other service programs.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition & Employment

National

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

A new, cutting-edge website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition.
Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved.
In-person and online workshops for parents of youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

Parent Support Groups A-Z

Local

This list is provided by the Regional Center of Orange County Comfort Connection Family Resource Center.

Please report changes or updates to jkerze@rcocdd.com

Parents Helping Parents

National

Parents Helping Parents is a parent-directed non-profit resource center offering educational programs, health related services, and support networks for children and adults with special needs.
PHP empowers families to become effective advocates and helps both children and adults with special needs reach their full potential and find their valuable place in society.

Established in 1976 as a nonprofit agency, Parents Helping Parents, meets the needs of one of our community's most vulnerable populations - children with any special need and their families. This includes children of all ages and all backgrounds who have a need for special services due to any special need, including but not limited to illness, cancer, accidents, birth defects, neurological conditions, premature birth, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, to name a few.

Positive Behavior Supports & School Discipline Resources

International
This resource collection includes briefs, fact sheets, videos, webinars and presentations. It's divided into three parts by topic:
All resources in this collection were reviewed by a team of Parent Centers and selected based on their high quality and usefulness to Parent Centers. This collection is your go-to resource!

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Professional Fiduciary Association of California: Conservatorships, Guardianships, Trusts, Estates

Local

The Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) is a statewide organization with
over 500 members dedicated to serving and protecting the best interests of those who have
placed their trust in them by ensuring the highest standards of ethics and practice, requiring
licensure, maintaining high qualifications for membership, requiring the continuing education
of members, and the mentoring of new members.

Fiduciaries pay the bills and handle the investments of trusts, decedents’ estates and conservatorships. Trustees manage money, and oftentimes, difficult people and situations. When money is involved, beneficiaries and trustees sometimes have disagreements, and family arguments
can be among the most rancorous. There are plenty of traditional families, blended families,
dysfunctional families that are faced with an abundance of problems and issues when a
parent dies or becomes incapacitated and there is money in an estate to be protected and
invested. That resolution often names a private professional fiduciary as the new trustee. Many attorneys, accountants and estate planners, who know good private professional fiduciaries, sometimes suggest a professional be named as trustee when a new trust is written.

PUPA (Padres Unidos Por El Autismo) is a group of Hispanic parents who support families with children with special needs.  Parents United for Autism offers families services, information, advice and training.  Mentors are also available.  

Check the website for information on training dates and locations.

R&N Family Support Services

Local

We at R&N provide needed in Home respite home care services for you and your family member.

We have been in the helping field for over 30 years, and in that time we have developed a philosophy that focuses on providing professional and compassionate respite home care services for those we serve.

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Regional Centers of Orange County

Local

Offices throughout California that provide services, education and support for families.

Respite Connection: Needing Help with Care for Your Child?

Local

United Cerebral Palsy's Respite Connection program has 80+ employees who provide quality, in-home services 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for children and adults having any developmental disabilities.

* UCP Respite Workers are pre-screened, background-checked, fingerprinted, and CPR & First Aid certified

* UCP Respite Workers are instructed to give emphasis to the principles of inclusion, normalization and self-reliance

* UCP Respite Workers may be able to provide transportation to events/activities within the community upon parent’s request

* UCP Respite Workers receive ongoing training to provide consistent support and developmentally- appropriate activities to your family member with special needs

* Respite Connection may be funded by Regional Center of Orange County or privately paid by the family

UCP-OC believes that our high quality of respite services provide support to the family unit as well as enhancung your child’s growth and development.

To learn more about the Respite Connection contact:
* Veronica Valenzuela (714) 824-3092, or
* Rachel Perez (714) 824-3094

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

Saddleback AS/HFA Parent Support Group

Local

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

Sibling Support Project

National

The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

We believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues.

The Sibling Support Project's Family of Facebook Groups and Yahogroups
Since 1996, the Sibling Support Project’s groups have connected tens of thousands of sisters and brothers from around the globe with their peers, providing members with validation, information, and advice.

SibNet--SibNet is a warm and thoughtful community and the Internet’s first and largest group for adult siblings of people with special needs. The Sibling Leadership Network now cohosts SibNet with the Sibling Support Project. SibNet is available as both a Facebook group and a Yahoogroup. http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/the-sibnet-listserv

SibTeen--For quite a while, we have wanted to create a place on the Internet just for teenage brothers and sisters. We're happy to announce that SibTeen is now available as a Yahoogroup and a Facebook group. What a great group of kids!
http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/sibteen-facebook-group-and-yahoogroup

SibKids is a Yahoogroup just for young sibs where they can discuss life with their brothers and sisters—and maybe music, movies, school and their lives. SibKids has volunteer adult sib and parent “camp counselors” who help make SibKids a safe place to hang out. http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/index_html

SibParent is a Yahoogroup where parents of kids with special needs can talk about their “other” kids. As many SibParent participants are also parents of kids who attend Sibshops, SibParent is also forum for parents who want to support the Sibshop movement.
http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/sibparent-a-listserv-just-for-parents

SibGroup--SibGroup is a Yahoogroup and Facebook group just for those who are running Sibshops. On SibGroup members share bright ideas, activities, challenges, funding opportunities and lots more with colleagues from around the world. And, as SibGroup is our primary means of communicating with all Sibshops, at least one staff member from each registered Sibshop must belong to SibGroup.
http://www.siblingsupport.org/sibshops/sibshops-listserv

GKSN—Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs is our newest initiative—both a Facebook group and a Yahoogroup. As our members tell us, “If you have a grandchild with special needs, no one will understand your joys and concerns better than another grandparent.” Visit GKSN for more details and help us spread the word! http://gksn.org/

The Sibling Support Project E-Newsletter--Subscribe to this list to get occasional updates about the work of the Sibling Support Project. Unlike the above groups, members only receive information. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SiblingSupportProject/join

Socials for Adults

Local

The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

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.  

Special Needs Support Services

Local

Dr. Jan Weiner of Cal State Fullerton provides consultation and advisement to individuals and/or families with members who are on the autism spectrum as well as having other disabilities. Age range covers the life span, and services cover a broad gamut. For more information contact jan@jfsoc.org or phone 949.435.3460.

Special Singer of Orange County

Local

Summer 2018!

Join Special Singers this summer for a unique program and learn to sing your favorite tunes! You will learn everything from Disney classics to your favorite radio hits!

At each lesson, we will do warm-ups, select a song, and learn to sing it. We will build upon skills learned with each lesson!

Group lessons will also be a fun way to socialize and meet new friends that love music just like you!

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Summer Safety Tips & Wandering Resources

Autism Speaks has online advice to keep your family safe during the summer and all year round.  

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.

Services:
- 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

Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Children with Autism

Local

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California sponsors a support group on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Center. The group focuses on parent and caregiver experiences, successes, challenges and family impact.

Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we've been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn't a 'cure', or even 'traditional' therapy. It's a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don't want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we've seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it's all about what their kids can do.

We're based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

For further information, see www.surfershealing.org 

TACA - Talk About Curing Autism OC

Local

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

The Autism Society of OC

Local

The Orange County Asperger's Support Group (Meetup Group)

Local

Regular support group meetings on the 3rd Monday of every month from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 600 Saint Andrews Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663-5325. Kids 11 and up are invited.

Support meetings on the 4th Monday of every month from 7p.m. - 9 p.m. at the IHOP Restaurant, 131 N. Kraemer Bl., Placentia, CA 92870 714-528-7838. Kids 11 and up are invited.

Many other activities for adults, teens, kids and families:

- 1st Saturday of the month we go horseback riding in Anaheim, starting at 10am.
Rancho del Rio Stables

- 2nd Saturday of the month teens and kids bowl at Tustin Lanes, starting at 2pm sharp. $6 covers two (2) games of bowling and shoe rental.

- YOGA! http://www.soulathome.com/exercise-classes/schedule.ph Thursdays at 3:30p.m.

- Adult Aspie Anime Club meets 2nd and 4th Friday of each month

- Young Adult Movie Group meets 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
- and more!
Go to our Meetup site and see our calendar of events.

For additional Information, please contact:

Debora Smith
President & Chairman
THE ORANGE COUNTY ASPERGER'S SUPPORT GROUP
714-227-8819 | http://www.meetup.com/ocaspergers/
ocasupport@gmail.com

The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities

International

This webinar is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability.  The speaker, Dr. Nora Baladerian is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.  It deals with

  •   The dos and don’ts of having sex

  •   Different kinds of sexuality

  •   About possible outcomes of having sex

  •   When, where, and with whom it’s OK to have sex

    This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates.

Transition Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

Local

New! Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the popular Transition Tool Kit. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

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.

You can go here, to view it. 

Treatment Study: Improving Dental Care and Oral Health in Children with ASD

Local

Participation involves:
-4 study visits over 6 months, including 3 dental office visits and 1 visit to UCI
-completion of questionnaires
-some families will also participate in a 10-week intervention at UCI

Families will receive an electric toothbrush and a 6-month supply of tooth brushing materials. Families may receive up to $500 compensation for study participation.

Contact Jackie at (949) 267-0428 or moffittj@uci.edu

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County, Irvine, CA

Local

Family support and educational services, including resources for therapies and respite care.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA)

National

USAAA is dedicated to:
Providing immediate solutions through expert guidance and compassionate support.
Consolidating the overwhelming amount of information and resources to simplify the lives of all associated with autism.
Individualizing education on treatments and services for the diverse population of those affected.
Providing networking opportunities for parents, professionals, students, educators, and individuals.

By recognizing the highly individual and diverse nature of treatment and services, USAAA offers information and education that reflects a variety of views and practices regarding treatment and services to allow maximum choice and benefit for the ASD community.

Courtesy of The Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program of Goodwill of Orange County

Voice Options is a new statewide program that connects Californian's with speech language disabilities to iPads with speech apps. The Voice Options program provides a demonstration of the iPad with speech apps and short-term loans. If it is determined that one of the speech apps will work for the individual, they can apply for a long-term loan. This is a free program to Californians that have a speech language disability.

 

Contact ATEC today for any of the following Voice Option services:

  • Schedule a demonstration for an individual with a speech language disability to learn about the iPad and speech apps available through the Voice Options program. This can result in a short-term loan if individual is interested in speech apps demonstrated.
  • Schedule a presentation with demonstration of the iPad with speech apps at your organization, agency, school/college, parent group, clinic, etc. to learn about how the Voice Options program may benefit the people you serve. ATEC can also attend outreach and educational events to share about this new program.

 

Voice Options Contact Information: ATEC Technology Specialist (714) 361.6200 or atec@ocgoodwill.org

Voice Options California Speech Technology Program, is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visithttp://www.voiceoptions.org/

Local

DISABILITY + VOTING = POWER

If you have a disability and:

  • You cannot get into your polling place
  • The accessible voting machine is not working
  • Other people can see how you are voting
  • You are told you cannot vote because you have a disability
  • You have a question about your right to vote or the voting process

Don’t forget that Disability Rights California has an Election Day Hotline number: (888) 569-7955.

Disability Rights California can:

  • Explain your rights
  • Work to resolve the problem
  • Help you file a complaint

Additional Voting Resources:

Voter Information Guide Online - VoterGuide.sos.ca.gov

Check Your Voter Registration Status - VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov

Find Your Polling Place or Vote Center on Election Day - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

Early Voting Locations - CaEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov

Voters with Disabilities - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voters-disabilities/

Quick Guide to Propositions - http://quickguidetoprops.sos.ca.gov/propositions/2018-11-06

 

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.

Grants for Special Needs Children

Local

Grants up to $500 are awarded to a person with special needs for services or equipment not covered by health insurance or regional centers.  Any person with special needs who lives in the Los Angeles or Orange County may apply.  Applications are reviewed monthly. Many recipients come from communities that cannot afford the one-to-one specialized care and expensive equipment necessary for them to thrive. Funding  is provided for special needs programs for educationally, emotionally, and physically challenged.

Apply at www.warriorhearted.org

 

WEConnect You Website

National

This English and Spanish website is a one-stop-shop connecting individuals and families to programs and services for which they may be eligible. The site now houses an all-inclusive nationwide resource map, the first of its kind in the country, which connects visitors to locations within their county which offer free tax assistance, job fairs and other valuable events and services. The campaign also highlights programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Federal Child Tax Credit (CTC), food stamp programs, discounted utilities, car insurance and low-income health care programs.

WEb Connector
The WEb Connector, our exclusive online tool developed by our partner- the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation- for this campaign, helps working families determine exactly which Federal programs they may be eligible for and how to apply - all with the click of a mouse. This tool can be accessed by familes through the WE Connect website from the convenience of their home, at the WE Connect community events and through our partnering community-based organizations across the nation.

WE Connect Supplement
Through a partnership with La Opinion, the nation’s largest Spanish-speaking newspaper in the country, WE Connect has developed a 24-page, full color, bi-lingual supplement that has been distributed to nearly 26 million individuals and families in need. The supplement contains pertinent information on all of the programs and services that the campaign covers and highlights success stories of those who have benefited from the resources provided. You can download this from the website.

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!

To access the series, visit: https://cadre-workingtogether.inquisiqr4.com/(link is external).

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.

Y Inclusion

Local

Y Inclusion helps children with special needs participate in after school, child care, and preschool programs countywide. It provides onsite inclusion support, family support services, staff training and assessment of children's inclusion needs.

You may be eligible for Y Inlusion if you meet these requirements:
*Referral and authorization from the Regional Center of Orange County
*Reside in Orange County
*Your child is age 3-16

Private referrals and inquires are welcome. You may qualify for financial assistance.

Contact for additional information - yinclusion@ymcaoc.org.

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2016 Disability Benefit Guide

Local, National

The Simple Dollar recently investigated the Social Security Disabilities Benefits and in the course of their research, found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. Their team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration's documentation to develop their 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:

Able Resource Center

Learn more about tax-advantaged savings programs for people with disabilities. This website will help you navigate to helpful financial planning information.

National

The Autism Speaks Financial Planner app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.  It has four main features:

  • My Plan: In My Plan, I can set my own goals and track my progress.
  • Locate: In Locate, I can find local attorneys and financial planners.
  • Budget: In Budget, I can track my family’s monthly revenues and expenses.
  • Info: In Info, I can read about important topics for planning for my child’s future.

Please click on the buttons below to download the app and please rate the app after using it.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

CALOPTIMA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST FOR MEMBERS

Local

In honor of CalOptima’s 20th anniversary, the CalOptima Employee Activities Committee (EAC) is offering a scholarship opportunity to reflect their commitment to Orange County’s children. CalOptima welcomes entries from students pursuing careers in health care or social services. High school seniors and future or current college students may apply. The scholarships will be funded solely through EAC fundraising activities, and no public money will be used. Three scholarships will be awarded to students who write compelling replies to short essay questions about their experience with CalOptima and their interest in health care or social services. The top winner will also be entered into a national scholarship program organized by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, an organization to which CalOptima belongs. Applications are available to download. Act fast — the deadline to enter is Friday, April 29, 2016.

National

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!

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

National
A List of General Scholarships 
for Students with Disabilities
 
"According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 11% of undergraduate students have a disability. Considering that around 20.2 million students are enrolled at U.S. colleges, an estimated 2 million of them are likely living with some type of a disability. This may include a visual impairment, a specific learning disability, an orthopedic impairment, hard of hearing/deafness, or a speech disability, among others. Many of these students receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans, while some work part-time and/or receive financial assistance from their families to help pay for college. As medical and tuition costs continue to rise, however, more and more scholarships for students with disabilities are being made available to fill critical financial gaps."
 

Social Participation Research Study

Local, National

A research study on 3-year olds with developmental delays by Chana Hiranaka, OTR/L. Parents fill out three surveys either by mail or by phone. After completing the surveys, parents receive a $50 gift card. Parents can be either English or Spanish speaking to participate, and their children must be 3 years old with a developmental delay. The study has IRB approval through Rocky Mountain University. Interested parents can call 818-645-7074 or email socialparticipationstudy@gmail.com

The Miracle League of Orange County

Local

Boys and girls with physical and intellectual disabilities are given the opportunity to play baseball. The Miracle League of Orange County plays baseball on a specially built, full ADA adaptable synthetic turf field which is safe for participants in wheelchairs and/or participants who use walkers. Minimum age to play is 3-4 years old. Financial aid is provided if you are not able to pay for tuition. Spanish is also spoken.

Grants for Special Needs Children

Local

Grants up to $500 are awarded to a person with special needs for services or equipment not covered by health insurance or regional centers.  Any person with special needs who lives in the Los Angeles or Orange County may apply.  Applications are reviewed monthly. Many recipients come from communities that cannot afford the one-to-one specialized care and expensive equipment necessary for them to thrive. Funding  is provided for special needs programs for educationally, emotionally, and physically challenged.

Apply at www.warriorhearted.org

 

HealthZZZZZ

Local

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

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.

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

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.

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.

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

ASD Video Glossary

A web-based video glossary to help parents and professionals learn more about the early warning signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was created by Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. This  glossary was developed together with First Signs, the leader in early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders, and Florida State University.

Learn how to spot early red flags for autism by viewing side-by-side video clips of children with typical behaviors in comparison with children with autism. Enter the ASD Video Glossary

Build an Emergency Kit

International

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Got Transition

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.

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Local

The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Pediatric Dentistry for Children with Autism

Local

Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry caters directly to children with autism. Dr. Azi Ardakani, DDS has had additional training at Bellevue and NYU Hospitals and Lutheran Medical centers to treat the oral and dental needs of special needs patients, and he has trained to manage and understand their behavioral needs.  

LITTLE HEROES assistants have done extra training and utilize behavioral techniques to enrich the experience of special needs patients. The set up of the dental facility helps reduce fear and anxiety and allocates sufficient space and time to get patients accustomed to the dental environment. 

Office location: 26534 Moulton Pkwy, Suite C, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

QUIZ: ARE YOU READY TO TRANSITION?

National

In partnership with National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group, Got Transition, created a transition quiz to assess readiness levels of youth and young adults who are preparing to move to adult care. The quiz asked about important issues surrounding the transition years & provides guidance on: what legal changes happen at 18 yrs old, how to sign up for health insurance, and more.
Take the quiz at: http://gottransition.org/youthfamilies/HCTquiz.cfm

Sexual Safety Issues for People with ASD's

Local, National, International

This is a videotape of a presentation sponsored by the Family Autism Network.  The speaker, Marlene Driscoll, MA, LMFT,  has worked with people impacted by ASDs for over 20 years. Marlene is the Clinical Director at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach, California. She discusses sexual matters that affect individuals with autism and their caregivers. Learn about common areas of difficulty, risk assessment, practices and guidelines related to sexual behavior.

This is a link to the References and Resources referred to in the video.

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.

Services:
- 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

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

Treatment Study: Improving Dental Care and Oral Health in Children with ASD

Local

Participation involves:
-4 study visits over 6 months, including 3 dental office visits and 1 visit to UCI
-completion of questionnaires
-some families will also participate in a 10-week intervention at UCI

Families will receive an electric toothbrush and a 6-month supply of tooth brushing materials. Families may receive up to $500 compensation for study participation.

Contact Jackie at (949) 267-0428 or moffittj@uci.edu

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

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

 

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.

HousingZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

California Mentor

Local

California MENTOR is an Adult Family Home Agency that offers adults with developmental disabilities the option of living in a family home in the community and becoming a part of the family.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Family Connections

Local

Adult services: including placement, employment

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Local

The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

Housing & Residential Supports Tool Kit from Autism Speaks

National

This tool kit was designed to assist individuals and families as they identify and secure appropriate residential supports and services. The purpose of this tool kit is to:

Provide an overview of housing options and the supports and services often needed by adults with autism.

Describe options for funding capital costs, operating costs and residential services and supports.

Create a structure to help families and, to the extent possible, an individual with autism, consider and plan for the types of residential services and supports needed.

Serve as a catalyst for expanding opportunities to meet the housing needs of people with autism.

TO VIEW THE TOOL KIT, GO TO: http://www.autismspeaks.org/housing-catalog

QUIZ: ARE YOU READY TO TRANSITION?

National

In partnership with National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group, Got Transition, created a transition quiz to assess readiness levels of youth and young adults who are preparing to move to adult care. The quiz asked about important issues surrounding the transition years & provides guidance on: what legal changes happen at 18 yrs old, how to sign up for health insurance, and more.
Take the quiz at: http://gottransition.org/youthfamilies/HCTquiz.cfm

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

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Sit With Us

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.

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying

National, International

Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

A Dance Class for Me

Local

Dance classes for children with special needs. Additional Languages spoken are Spanish, Vietnamese and Sign Language.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Basketball - Hoopstars Basketball Fullerton

Local

This league was created to provide a social environment for children and adults with special needs to participate on basketball teams in a way that instills a sense of accomplishment, teamwork, and competition.

Other languages spoken: Spanish, Vietnamese

Best Buddies

International

International organization designed to enhance the lives of people ages 12 and older with intellectual disabilities. Opportunities include: one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and various recreational activities. 

Check website for location near you.

Local
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has created and formalized a division allowing high school student-athletes with physical disabilities to formally compete in the sports of track & field and swimming along with their able-bodied peers and teammates. Students are now eligible to qualify for and compete in the state meet for CIF State Championship medals, school varsity letters, records and other accolades. 
In track the "Para" student-athletes compete in the 100M, 200M, and 400M races and the shot put, standing or seated. Parents who have interested students must approach coaches and initiate the administrative process to join the high school sport teams. The parents need to make sure that the students' disability(s) are documented in permanent school records.
 
 

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Fish for Life

Local

Fish for Life is an organization with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected group to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. Volunteers are welcome.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

This program provides special needs athletes three levels of play to support individual skill and determination.

Little Dippers – Players who benefit from teen peer support.

Mighty Dippers – Players that dribble, pass, and shoot with minimal support.

Big Dippers – Teen-adult competitive basketball players.

Registration takes place on-site and is open during the winter and summer basketball seasons. Volunteer coaches, teens, and photographers are welcome!

Location – RSM or Los Alisos Intermediate Schools

Please email Laurie & Richard Jimenez at

SVUSDShootingStars@gmail.com  for upcoming dates and location.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

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.

Services:
- 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

Independent LivingZZZZZ

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.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

College Living Experience

National

College Living Experience (CLE) is a post-secondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. Students with autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, developmental delays and a host of other special needs receive the support they need to pursue post-secondary education and become independent adults.
At CLE, students with special needs experience life in a college environment and receive instruction in areas of: independent living skills, academic skills, career development and social skills so they can transition into adulthood.

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.

Desire Home Care

Local

Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Got Transition

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.

QUIZ: ARE YOU READY TO TRANSITION?

National

In partnership with National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group, Got Transition, created a transition quiz to assess readiness levels of youth and young adults who are preparing to move to adult care. The quiz asked about important issues surrounding the transition years & provides guidance on: what legal changes happen at 18 yrs old, how to sign up for health insurance, and more.
Take the quiz at: http://gottransition.org/youthfamilies/HCTquiz.cfm

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Spectrum Success: Job Training Program

Local

At Spectrum Success we use assessments to evaluate your strengths and interests to determine what career is the right fit for you.You will then have the opportunity to join our training program, which will provide training in social and communication skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and personal skills needed to support an independent life style.
For a chance to be accepted into our pilot program, which begins in March, please contact Sneha Mathur at SpectrumSuccess.org@gmail.com

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.

Services:
- 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

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)ZZZZZ

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education has 5 parent guides available.

The PDFs can be downloaded and printed. If you have questions or comments about these resources, please contact CADRE.

Tell us what you think of the document, please click here to take a short survey.(link is external)

To order copies of this publication, please fill out this order form.

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying

National, International

Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Back to School Tips for Parents

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.


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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

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!

To access the series, visit: https://cadre-workingtogether.inquisiqr4.com/(link is external).

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.

Information & Referral ServicesZZZZZ

Local

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

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

National

Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. They are available to answer calls and emails from 9am to 1pm local time.

Call us!
(888) 288-4762
En Español
(888) 772-9050
Email:  familyservices@autismspeaks.org

 

National

10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

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.

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.

Local

Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to   ocde.us/SPED/Pages/default.aspx

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

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

Got Transition

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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Local

Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) recently published a list of services that are most commonly purchased by regional centers.

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, most services and supports are free regardless of age or income; however, there are a few exceptions. For more information and to access the list of services, click here or use the links in the threshold languages below:

Regional Centers Services and Descriptions English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

PUPA (Padres Unidos Por El Autismo) is a group of Hispanic parents who support families with children with special needs.  Parents United for Autism offers families services, information, advice and training.  Mentors are also available.  

Check the website for information on training dates and locations.

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

InsuranceZZZZZ

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

Local

California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Legal RightsZZZZZ

7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying

National, International

Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

A Guide To Workplace Bullying

International

This resource shares useful information and awareness on office bullying and how to prevent it, as well as offer tips for maintaining a safe working environment for people who may have experienced (or continue to experience) bullying or discrimination at work.

ASD Insurance Help

National

AUTCOM Autism National Commmittee

National

AUTCOM is an autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. The organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior.

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10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help

  1. When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.  
  1. Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in your child’s development.
  1. Find Local Services: Do you need help finding local autism service providers in your area? ART can help you learn about the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, our online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. 
  1. Find the Right Tools: Contact ART to learn more about our Family Services Tool Kits! Our Tool Kits provide information, timelines, strategies, and more on many topics relevant to the autism community.  Examples include our 100 Day Tool Kit, School Community Tool Kit, Dental Tool Kit and more!
  1. Newly Diagnosed Children: Learn how to make the best use of the first 100 days after receiving a diagnosis! Families who have a child that has been diagnosed with ASD in the last 6 months can call ART to request a complimentary hard copy of our 100 Day Kit or Asperger Syndrome/HFA Tool Kit. 
  1. Know Your Child’s Rights: Looking for where to start the search for more information on your child’s educational rights? Contact ART to learn more about the rights and entitlements of children with autism.  We will provide resources that will help you prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.
  1. Stay Informed: ART can help you locate a wide variety of autism-related resources listed in Autism Speaks Resource Library.  Contact us for help finding the latest books, articles, websites and so much more!  
  1. Parent Support: Sometimes managing the day-to-day challenges of living with autism is overwhelming and can be isolating! Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States.  Contact ART for help connecting with other families who know what it’s like to “walk in your shoes.” 
  1. Transition to Adulthood: Wondering about how to start planning for your adolescent child’s future?  Contact ART to learn about our Transition Tool Kit that provides options to explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood.
  1. Adult Services: Connecting adults with autism to support services, resources and information is a priority for Autism Speaks. Contact ART for more information on local resources for adults with autism, including employment and housing information!

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

CA Council on Developmental Disabilities

Local

California Department of Managed Health Care - Health Care Rights and Benefits

Local

California Special Ed Law Wiki

Local

Prepared by law firm Adams and Associates; contains information on recent court cases

Local

Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to   ocde.us/SPED/Pages/default.aspx

Disability Rights California

Local

The mission of this private/non-profit legal organization is to advance the rights of Californians with disabilities. Some of the services they provide are:

  • Telling people with disabilities about their many legal, civil, and service rights,
  • Provide technical assistance, training, publications, and advocacy support for Californians with disabilities, their families, and representatives,
  • Advocate to make sure that laws benefit Californians with disabilities,
  • Investigate complaints about serious physical or sexual abuse and neglect-related deaths in institutions,
  • Outreach to traditionally underserved ethnic and disability communities,
  • Provide peer self-advocacy services for people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities,
  • Provide patients’ rights advocacy for state psychiatric hospital residents, and technical assistance and training for county advocates,
  • Provide rights advocacy for clients with developmental disabilities who are receiving services at regional centers,
  • Bring impact litigation and act as amicus curiae in disability- related cases, and
  • Represent individuals based on our priorities and case selection criteria.

Visit the website for additional information.

Disability Rights Legal Center

Local

The Mission of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) is to promote the rights of people with disabilities and the public interest in and awareness of those rights by providing legal and related services.

Educational Advocate - Paul Eisenberg

Local

Mr. Eisenberg has provided advocacy assistance and representation since 1984. He represents families in the education process at IEPs, Mediations, and Resolution meetings; Individual Program Planning meetings, Mediations, Informal Meetings and Fair Hearings for Regional Center services and eligibility.

Facts and California Laws to Protect Students from Bullying

Local

This website has excellent resources and information about bullying and the laws that protect students from being bullied: http://www.ochumanrelations.org/programs/bridges/bullying-resources-and-information

Additional Information for other useful websites can be found at: http://egov.ocgov.com/vgnfiles/ocgov/Human%20Relations/Docs/Bullying_Resources_Websites.pdf

Got Transition

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.

IEP Resource Book

National

After much research, a team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips. This 26 page guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. The guide also includes lots of tips, resources, and answers to FAQs.

To read the Goodwin Procter IEP Guide, go to this site: http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/iep_guide.pdf?tr=y&auid=8840716

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

National

Do you have questions about IEPs? You are not alone! You'll find articles, law and regulations, and tips about how to get quality services in your child's IEP on this page. You'll also learn how to use tactics and strategies to negotiate with the school. This page includes IEP cases, recommended books, and free publications about IEPs.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Local

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) serving all of Orange County and Community Legal Services (CLS) serving many cities in southeast Los Angeles County provide free and low-cost, civil legal services to low-income persons.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) recently published a list of services that are most commonly purchased by regional centers.

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, most services and supports are free regardless of age or income; however, there are a few exceptions. For more information and to access the list of services, click here or use the links in the threshold languages below:

Regional Centers Services and Descriptions English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean

National

New Legislation to Ensure Safety for Those At Risk of Wandering

March 23, 2018

The Kevin & Avonte’s law has passed and there is new hope for families to locate missing loved ones with autism, Alzheimers disease and related conditions who may wander. The bill improves access to technologies that search for missing people and it expands training for caregivers and first responders to help prevent wandering by vulnerable individuals. It makes voluntary tracking devises available to those at risk of wandering.  

More information on Kevin and Avonte’s Law is available HERE.  Bill text can be found HERE.

Office of Civil Rights Prohibiting Disability Harassment; Why it is an Important Issue

National

Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy

Local

sDisability Rights California Vision Statement

We envision a barrier-free, inclusive, diverse world that values each individual and their voice. In this world, all people with disabilities enjoy the power of equal rights and opportunities, dignity, choice, independence and freedom from abuse, neglect and discrimination.

Part of Disability Rights of California, OCRA provides legal services to consumers of all 21 regional centers throughout California. They can help with legal problems, conduct training, and investigate denials of rights.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

Public Law Center

Local

The Public Law Center, Orange County’s pro bono firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides fee civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 31st year of service, PLC works with nearly 1,200 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Regional Center Services - 16 Tips for Getting Qualityand Disability Rights in CA English

Local

Regional Center Services - 16 Tips for Getting Qualityand Disability Rights in CA. Spanish

Local

Regional Center Services - 16 Tips for Getting Qualityand Disability Rights in CA. Vietnamese

Local

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:

Click this link to view the document: 

Social Security Benefits for People with Disabilities

National

Information about the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. Learn how to apply and get information about other programs that are relevant.

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.  

Special Ed Rights and Responsibilities (English, Spanish, Vietnamese)

Local

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Special Education Consultant: Ruth Heitin

Ruth Heitin is a Special Education Consultant serving students with special needs and their parents – evaluating students, consulting with families and schools, and serving as an expert witness in legal proceedings. Dr. Heitin has served as an expert witness in mediations, court trials and more than 40 due process hearings.

Dr. Heitin’s doctoral degree is in Special Education Administration. She has been certified as a general education teacher, special education teacher and elementary school principal.

This information will assist you in writing IEP Goals

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act

Local

This act provides entitlement to services for people with developmental disabilities in California Information about this act is available at http://www.dds.ca.gov/Statutes/LantermanAct.cfm

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

Local

DISABILITY + VOTING = POWER

If you have a disability and:

  • You cannot get into your polling place
  • The accessible voting machine is not working
  • Other people can see how you are voting
  • You are told you cannot vote because you have a disability
  • You have a question about your right to vote or the voting process

Don’t forget that Disability Rights California has an Election Day Hotline number: (888) 569-7955.

Disability Rights California can:

  • Explain your rights
  • Work to resolve the problem
  • Help you file a complaint

Additional Voting Resources:

Voter Information Guide Online - VoterGuide.sos.ca.gov

Check Your Voter Registration Status - VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov

Find Your Polling Place or Vote Center on Election Day - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

Early Voting Locations - CaEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov

Voters with Disabilities - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voters-disabilities/

Quick Guide to Propositions - http://quickguidetoprops.sos.ca.gov/propositions/2018-11-06

 

Woodsmall Law Group

Local

Law firm site; contains several articles about IEPs etc.

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!

To access the series, visit: https://cadre-workingtogether.inquisiqr4.com/(link is external).

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.

Medical InformationZZZZZ

Advanced Health Care Directive

National

At age 18, youth reach a very important milestone in their lives. Becoming an adult brings new opportunities as well as new responsibilities and consequences. For most purposes, at age 18 individuals are treated as adults. The right to decide on your own health care is just one of the very important rights that transfer to an adult at the age of majority.

In cases where a families input may be needed specific to health care, an advanced Health Care Directive Form (SFL-461) must be completed and on file with CA Secretary of State, Special Filings Unit, P.O. Box 942877, Sacramento, CA 94277-0001.

By completing this form you name another individual as agent to make health care decisions for you if you become incapable of making your own decisions or if you want someone else to make those decisions for you now even though you are still capable. Please download the related forms for additional information.

American Academy of Neurology

National

Local

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

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

CA AB 171 - text

Local

Text of AB 171 - the California Autism Insurance Reform Bill

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.

Cambrian Homecare

Local

Cambrian Homecare offering in home care solutions for all ages. Providing screened and trained caregivers to give families care options.

County of Orange, HCA/BHS Prevention and Intervention

Local

Dedicated to protecting and promoting the optimal health of individuals, families, and our diverse communities through partnerships, community leadership, assessment of community needs, planning and policy development, prevention and education, and quality services

Drug Watch

National

Drugwatch.com is a comprehensive Web site featuring extensive information about medications, drug interactions, and drug side effects.

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

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County

Local

We provide epilepsy specific programs for children, teens, adults, parents and families. Educational Support Groups, Epilepsy 101 classes, support/advocacy. Epilepsy experts are speakers at meetings.

FAQ: State Autism Insurance Reform Laws

National

FAQs, by State, regarding autism insurance reform laws.
Prepared and updated by Austim Speaks and students from George Washington University Law School.

Got Transition

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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Learn the Signs Act Early Autism & child development information

National

Medical topics/terminology in Spanish & English

National

MedlinePlus Information about autism

National

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine:

National

Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART) Network

National

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families

National

This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

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.

You can go here, to view it. 

U.S. Food & Drug Administration - Consumer Updates

National

This website features important consumer updates like this one: 

Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an important role in warning these companies against making improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms.

READ MORE

Mental HealthZZZZZ

Local

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

Autism Partnership Counseling Services

Local

We specialize in serving the community of children, adolescents and adults affected by autism spectrum disorder. We are committed to increasing family stability, creating strong sibling support, and assisting individuals with ASD gain a fuller understanding of their world and potential. We offer individual, couple and group counseling.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

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.

Christine Garrison-Kordower, MFT

Local

Being diagnosed with autism, developmental disorders, or other behavioral disorders brings a unique set of challenges to the individuals diagnosed as well as to the parents and siblings of that individual. I provide support and guidance for the children/adolescents and their families.

I offer the following services:
-Parent Education
-Parenting support and guidance
-Sibling support
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
-In-Home Concierge Services

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

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

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Local

The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

McKee Music Therapy

Local

Music therapy to help achieve behavioral, social, emotional, sensory and communication support.  Located at 1929 Main Street, Suite 103, Irvine, CA. 92614. (in Sky Pediatric Therapy)

School Readiness

Local

The School Readiness program serves families with children aged 0-6 and focuses on identifying developmental delays and/or behavioral issues at the earliest age possible. We provide clinical case management to link families to appropriate services and support in the community.

Special Needs Judo

Local

Senshi Judo has just launched it's Special Needs Judo program! Open to all children (ages 5+) and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Senshi Judo offers 4 training sessions a week! Participants will learn modified self-defense in a small and safe learning environment, perfect for children who need one-on-one attention.

Call or email us today to start your free trial! Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in class to help alleviate first-time stress for beginner students.

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.

Services:
- 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

UCLA Treatment Study for Youth with Autism and Anxiety

Local

Children ages 8-13 who have ASD and significant anxiety, shyness, or worry are encouraged to participate in a free trial of cognitive behavioral therapy. If qualified, families will receive individual therapy weekly for 16 weeks at UCLA. This study ends June 17, 2016.

Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will have approximately a 90% chance of being assigned to participate in one of two therapy programs. One program is a standard cognitive behavioral therapy program, which has been established as the gold standard for treating anxiety in youth without ASD. The other program is based on a modified cognitive- behavioral therapy program that has been developed for children with ASD. There is approximately a 10% chance of being placed on a waitlist for 16 weeks (you are allowed to participate in any other treatment while on the waitlist) followed by your choice for inclusion in either the standard or modified cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants are required to maintain a stable medication regimen during participation (if they are already taking medication). Treatment sessions are held throughout the week and scheduled on an individual basis with the participating family and their assigned therapist. Interested families should contact us at 310-882-0537 or at ucla.autism.anxiety@gmail.com

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

USC Telehealth: Free & low cost family counseling

Local

USC Telehealth is a professional, completely online counseling agency through the University of Southern CA. We are highly experience in providing supportive counseling for parents, caregivers, and families with a child or adult with Autism and/or other special needs. Services are the same as in-office therapy but you connect from home.

Occupational/Physical TherapiesZZZZZ

Autism & Communication from NIDCD

National

Autism Education Network

National

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

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

PROaupair - Professional Live-In Childcare for Families with Special Needs

Local, National

PROaupair's caregivers are attuned to a child's individual needs and use their extensive training to ensure each child can reach his or her full potential. They provide high quality, skilled care depending upon the child's diagnosis - implementing therapy homework, creating routines, and generally providing a warm, supportive environment.

Special Needs Judo

Local

Senshi Judo has just launched it's Special Needs Judo program! Open to all children (ages 5+) and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Senshi Judo offers 4 training sessions a week! Participants will learn modified self-defense in a small and safe learning environment, perfect for children who need one-on-one attention.

Call or email us today to start your free trial! Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in class to help alleviate first-time stress for beginner students.

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.

Services:
- 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

Therapeutic Resources - Speech

National

Top Flight Hockey

Local

Top Flight Hockey is designed for participants with special needs. Participants vary in age and ability levels. The League runs group practices/clinics as well as games weekly. Group practices focus on helping participants establish basic hockey skills like shooting, passing and stick handling.

OtherZZZZZ

ANOC - Autism News of Orange County and the Rest of the World

Local

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

California Autism Service Dogs

National

Professionally trained service dogs for ASD and related disorders. Placement (per web site) is approximately $20,000.

CF Dance Academy

Local

CF Dance Academy currently offers beginning to advanced classes for dancers as young as 2 years old through teen and adult age groups. The majority of dance programs are performance based, rather than competition based and designed for dancers with special needs.

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.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE

Local, National

American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide for People With Disabilities is a comprehensive guide designed to help people with physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities. Handbook contains printable checklists, disaster care plans, disaster kit essentials, and how to complete a personal assessment.
Additional information:
http://www.disastersrus.org/MyDisasters/disability/disability.pdf

Gluten Free Fresh Bread Products

Local

Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free breads have been specifically created to taste like "real bread" to those following a gluten-free diet. The Gluten Free Bread products have the texture and taste of normal bread. They are parve, 100% whole grain, dairy, nut, soy and gluten-free.

You can find some products at Sprouts in CA or purchase them online.

HEALTH CARE AGENCY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Local

The Orange County Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health Services (BHS) operates many mental health and substance use programs available to individuals struggling with homelessness.
The services found on the website of OC Health Care Agency can support the homeless individual experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders, and/or the community member or loved one trying to assist them.

HELPFUL TRANSITION RESOURCES

Local, National

 

Dpt. of Ed update "Transition Guide To Postsecondary Ed & Employment For Students & Youth With Disabilities"

Los Rios Rock School

Local

Lessons for:
live performance, guitar, bass, drums, piano, organ, theory, vocals, recording, song writing, and improvisation.

No Limits Creative Arts

Local

Dance, musical theater and tumbling classes for ages 5 to 18. Every class and dancer will get the opportunity to perform after every 8 week session. Our program is supported by Cal State Fullerton’s Autism Center.  Located at 22601 La Palma Avenue, Suite 105, Yorba Linda, Ca. 92887

Onsite Nurse Concierge, LLC - Home Phlebotomy Program

Local

This is a mobile blood draw service serving 5 Southern California counties.

We go to the patient's home at their convenience, draw the blood and deliver it to the lab of the physician's choice. They will refer to us if it is too difficult or traumatic for the patient to go to the lab. We are a concierge service and cater to our patients.

Some medical groups pay for the service, but we are available for private pay as well. It is $45 a draw. Sometimes there might be an additional charge if we need to send additional staff or some other additional services are needed. If this is the case, all charges are discussed and approved before service is dispatched.

Orange County Child Care & Development Planning Council

Local

The Orange County Child Care & Development Planning Council is proud to announce the creation of a website that is an important resource for those families who have children with special needs. This website lists programs which welcome children with special needs in preschool and child care programs, as well as before- and after-school programs for older children. Although the programs listed do not guarantee enrollment for any given child, these sites do try to make the necessary accommodations so that all children are included.

QUIZ: ARE YOU READY TO TRANSITION?

National

In partnership with National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group, Got Transition, created a transition quiz to assess readiness levels of youth and young adults who are preparing to move to adult care. The quiz asked about important issues surrounding the transition years & provides guidance on: what legal changes happen at 18 yrs old, how to sign up for health insurance, and more.
Take the quiz at: http://gottransition.org/youthfamilies/HCTquiz.cfm

Soft Clothing for All Children

National

Clothing that is flat seamed, tagless and constructed for children who are sensitive to the touch of clothing

The Miracle League of Orange County

Local

Boys and girls with physical and intellectual disabilities are given the opportunity to play baseball. The Miracle League of Orange County plays baseball on a specially built, full ADA adaptable synthetic turf field which is safe for participants in wheelchairs and/or participants who use walkers. Minimum age to play is 3-4 years old. Financial aid is provided if you are not able to pay for tuition. Spanish is also spoken.

Parent EducationZZZZZ

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education has 5 parent guides available.

The PDFs can be downloaded and printed. If you have questions or comments about these resources, please contact CADRE.

Tell us what you think of the document, please click here to take a short survey.(link is external)

To order copies of this publication, please fill out this order form.

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.

Autism Webinars

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

BBK Psychotherapeutic Services

Local

BBK is a community-based private practice that strives to provide excellent psychotherapeutic help to all members of the community. For families with members who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, we consider all family members when establishing a treatment plan because the whole family is impacted.

Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

HELPFUL TRANSITION RESOURCES

Local, National

 

Dpt. of Ed update "Transition Guide To Postsecondary Ed & Employment For Students & Youth With Disabilities"

iAdvocate - Free Software for Parents

National

The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education. iAdvocate uses problem-based learning strategies, simulations, and provides contextual access resources to build parental advocacy skills and knowledge.

iAdvocate provides parents with both information and most importantly, strategies in regards to their educational rights and getting their child’s needs met. The goal of iAdvocate is to share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education and to provide the most inclusive and meaningful educational environment for students with disabilities.

iAdvocate contains three sections: strategies, a compilation of approaches that parents can pursue as advocates; resources, which lists and, where possible, links to such references as laws, books, articles, web sites, video presentations, and organizations that provide information on inclusive education; and, responses, which features simulated interactions, such as replies to common statements made by school professionals regarding services and accommodations for children.

—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.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

TEENS AND SCREENS: RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

This guide is provided by the Interactive Autism Network to assist parents in monitoring gaming, video and other online activities.  It provides links to sites that offer recommendations for assistive technology and guidance for preventing access to unsafe sites.

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders Grad Certificate

National

ASU’s Graduate Certificate in autism spectrum disorders is ideal for educators, interventionists, psychologists, pathologists, behavior analysts, or family members who want to enhance their preparation for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

This website has many family resources, including tools to combat cyberbullying.

Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” Often young people and parents think its bullying only if it happens “offline,” but as a student shared, “All bullying hurts, whether in person or through technology. The end result is that bullying in any form is emotionally damaging.”

While any bullying is characterized by the intentional, often repetitive, hurt or harm to another person or persons, there are distinguishing elements when it happens online or via smartphone. Cyberbullying - Learn what makes cyberbullying unique.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition & Employment

National

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

A new, cutting-edge website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition.
Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved.
In-person and online workshops for parents of youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

Positive Behavior Supports & School Discipline Resources

International
This resource collection includes briefs, fact sheets, videos, webinars and presentations. It's divided into three parts by topic:
All resources in this collection were reviewed by a team of Parent Centers and selected based on their high quality and usefulness to Parent Centers. This collection is your go-to resource!

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy

Local

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy is a private pediatric speech clinic dedicated to improving kids' speech, language, and social skills. We believe that identifying and treating any deficiency in these critical skills at the appropriate age greatly increase the quality and rate of improvement.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

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.

Services:
- 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

TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids - training and support

Local
TASK is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people with disabilities and their families by helping them navigate special education, assistive technology and disability services.
TASK is southern California's largest Parent Training and Information Center and serves six counties, including: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura. TASK has offices in Anaheim, Alhambra, Lake Elsinore, Riverside, San Diego and South Gate.

Team of Advocates for Special Kids

Local

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs.

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

UP of So Cal

Local

UP of Southern California is a local organization. Our mission is to help Unleash Potential in those who are struggling with challenging situations. We are non-diagnosis specific, we serve individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Our core services: school support workshops, parenting classes, social skills classes and counseling/groups.

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

 

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!

To access the series, visit: https://cadre-workingtogether.inquisiqr4.com/(link is external).

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.

Post Secondary EducationZZZZZ

College Internship Program

Local

The College Internship Program at the Long Beach Center provides individualized, post-secondary academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and other Learning Differences.

"Our mission is to graduate young men and women of confidence, character, and integrity capable of making contributions to society and claiming their place as citizens of the world.

We Serve people with:

  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • High-Functioning Autism
  • Nonverbal Learning Differences
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • PDD-NOS

Additional information available on our website: http://www.ciplongbeach.org

College Living Experience

National

College Living Experience (CLE) is a post-secondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. Students with autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, developmental delays and a host of other special needs receive the support they need to pursue post-secondary education and become independent adults.
At CLE, students with special needs experience life in a college environment and receive instruction in areas of: independent living skills, academic skills, career development and social skills so they can transition into adulthood.

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.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Got Transition

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.

Inclusion Films

National

With locations in Burbank and Bakersfield, California, Inclusion Films Workshop provides adults with developmental disabilities an introduction to film production. Our curriculum moves beyond classroom instruction and offers students real-world experience. Throughout each semester, students work as a team to create and produce a short thesis film.

After completing the program, students are encouraged to apply for a position at our own production company, Team Diversity Media, as well as seek employment in the film industry through other avenues.

Inclusion Films Workshop seeks to promote the creative skills and strong work ethic of film makers with developmental disabilities, ultimately allowing them to become more independent, self confident, and well-rounded individuals.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

National
A List of General Scholarships 
for Students with Disabilities
 
"According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 11% of undergraduate students have a disability. Considering that around 20.2 million students are enrolled at U.S. colleges, an estimated 2 million of them are likely living with some type of a disability. This may include a visual impairment, a specific learning disability, an orthopedic impairment, hard of hearing/deafness, or a speech disability, among others. Many of these students receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans, while some work part-time and/or receive financial assistance from their families to help pay for college. As medical and tuition costs continue to rise, however, more and more scholarships for students with disabilities are being made available to fill critical financial gaps."
 

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

Private SchoolZZZZZ

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

New Vista School

Local

New Vista School is a 501(c)(3), WASC accredited independent school serving the needs of students with ASD in grades 6-12 and beyond. Our mission is to provide a structured, safe environment of academic, social, and transition skills instruction for students within the autism community that prepare them for success in life. Students benefit from participation in clubs, Venture Crew scouting, drama, and career pathways STEM courses, with dual credit college courses for upper grades.

Special Education Advocacy

Local

Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

RecreationZZZZZ

#hangout - Friday Night Fun for Teens - Ages 14-19

Teens ages 14-19 meet at the College Living Experience (2183 Fairview Rd. Ste 101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) every First Friday of the month. to overcome social anxieties in a safe nurturing and fun environment.

Learn more and go to http://www,meetup.com/www.autrismresourcemom-org/  for more details and to RSVP for the next event.  

 

 

 

4-H Youth Development Program

Local

Outdoor activities, animal science, arts and crafts, cooking and woodworking activities
are offered to children ages 5-19 of any disability.

A Dance Class for Me

Local

Dance classes for children with special needs. Additional Languages spoken are Spanish, Vietnamese and Sign Language.

Access to Sailing, Long Beach, CA

Local

Worldwide organization that encourages people with all kinds of disabilities, ages 2-21,
to participate in mainstream athletics, to promote personal achievement and enhance self
esteem.

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace

Local

We are dedicated to providing you with the finest experience on ice skates! Our rink serves south Orange County with public skating sessions, freestyle skating, birthday parties, broom hockey, skating lessons, and a safe, competitive hockey program for both youths and adults.

We serve all ages

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) V.I.P. Division

Local

Adaptive soccer for children and adults with disabilities.

Art - City of Irvine Disability Services, Irvine, CA

Local

Creative art projects for ages 12 and older.

AST's Camp Futures

Local

Camp Futures is a day camp created for children with special needs and is faciliated by interventionists trained in ABA methodologies. Camp starts July 18, 2011 to August 26, 2011 with weekly unique themes and activities created to allow the children to enhance their interests (sports, music, art), showcase their tallents, and make new friends.

Autism on the Seas

National

In collaboration with Royal Caribbean International, provides services to address the
cruising travel needs of families and individuals with Autism and Asperger Syndrome,
and all cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities including but not limited to
Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Can provide for special dietary accommodations
such as gluten/cassein free diets and lactose-free diets.

Autism on the Seas: Group & Individual Vacation Options

National

Group & Individual Vacation options for Adults and Families living with Autism and Related Disabilities

This Company is dedicated to servicing the cruising travel needs for individuals and family's living with with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as (but not limited to) Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

Group cruises and discounts are available. Financial assistance available.

Go to the website, http://www.alumnicruises.org/Autism/Autism_Home.htm for additional information.

AUTISM RESOURCE MOM, INC.

Local

Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

SERVICES
For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

Autistic Traveler

National

The Autistic Traveler Website has been launched to provide a central source of information for traveling with autistic children. This site will also provide useful links to enable you to successfully plan and execute a memorable vacation for you and your entire family.

Basketball - Hoopstars Basketball Fullerton

Local

This league was created to provide a social environment for children and adults with special needs to participate on basketball teams in a way that instills a sense of accomplishment, teamwork, and competition.

Other languages spoken: Spanish, Vietnamese

Best Buddies

National

International organization designed to enhance the lives of people with cognitive
disabilities, ages 12 and older; provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships,
integrated employment and various recreational activities.

Big Fun Reacreational and Occupational Therapies

National

We strive to promote the integration of children and adults with disabilities into all aspects of life using recreational activities as a process to improve motor planning, organization of behavior and sensory integration,

International

This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact libraries@bookshare.org.

 

Bowling Leagues at Saddleback Lanes, Mission Viejo, CA

Local

Adaptive weekly bowling leagues for all disabilities ages 6-21 during the months of
June, July and August.

Local
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has created and formalized a division allowing high school student-athletes with physical disabilities to formally compete in the sports of track & field and swimming along with their able-bodied peers and teammates. Students are now eligible to qualify for and compete in the state meet for CIF State Championship medals, school varsity letters, records and other accolades. 
In track the "Para" student-athletes compete in the 100M, 200M, and 400M races and the shot put, standing or seated. Parents who have interested students must approach coaches and initiate the administrative process to join the high school sport teams. The parents need to make sure that the students' disability(s) are documented in permanent school records.
 
 

Camp James Summer Day Camp

Local

Camp James is ACA Accredited and offers outdoor activities for ages 4-13 on 30 acres of scenic park land. Located next to Wild Rivers it features a wide array of activities including: daily visits to Wild Rivers, crafts, drama, sports, canoes, mini golf, climbing wall, nature study, go karts, archery and more.

CampCare

National

CampCare is a non-sectarian and non-profit, special education camp that began in Reno, Nevada in 1971. At CampCare we believe that all people are special. We strive to provide a program which recognizes individual differences and creates enriching life experiences that will enhance the educational and environmental background of each camper.

CampCare has a proud tradition of giving individual attention as well as offering small group activities in a caring atmosphere. Individuals with learning disabilities including attention deficit disorder, mild mental retardation, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, visual and hearing disabilities are part of the camp population. Campers must have basic self-help skills, they must be toilet trained and have positive social behavior. Campers may be 6-22 years of age. Exceptions for older campers are made at the discretion of the camp director.

CF Dance Academy

Local

CF Dance Academy currently offers beginning to advanced classes for dancers as young as 2 years old through teen and adult age groups. The majority of dance programs are performance based, rather than competition based and designed for dancers with special needs.

Challenge Air For Kids and Friends

National

A not-for-profit organization that offers motivational, inspirational and life-changing
experiences to physically challenged children and youth through aviation

Challenger Division of Little League Baseball (California Districts 55 and 68)

Local

A local Little League Baseball program for youngsters with cognitive and/or physical
disabilities. These districts serve Irvine (Northwood), Lake Forest, Rancho Niguel,
Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.

Challenger Pop Warner Football and Cheer, Huntington Beach, CA

Local

Flag football and cheerleading for children ages 6-15 with developmental disabilities.
Participating cities include Cypress, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, Long
Beach, Pasadena, Tustin, Santa Ana, Santa Margarita, and San Clemente.

City of Irvine Disability Services

Local

City of Irvine, Disability Services, provides services and support for persons with cognitive, developmental, physical or mental health disabilities. Our recreational and social services include; dances, movies, sports classes, bowling league, game nights and excursions. We provide Inclusion and Accommodation services, Resource and Referrals, Disability Awareness Training, Access reporting, swim lessons and support the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB).

Community Theatre at Cypress Civics Theatre, Cypress, CA

Local

Theatre involvement for people with and without disabilities, ages 6 and older.

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.

Dance for Adults by the City of Placentia, Placentia, CA

Local

Dance designed for individuals with special needs, ages 18 and up.

Dance for Adults with Disabilities by the City of Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley, CA

Local

Dancing for adults with disabilities.

Danny's Farm, Inc. Altadena CA

Local

Petting zoo and events facility designed for children with autism and other special needs.
Visits by appointment only. Staff is fluent in sign language.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Fish for Life

Local

Fish for Life is an organization with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected group to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. Volunteers are welcome.

Fish for Life!

Local
Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Kids are grouped into teams and assigned a “Fishing Team Leader” who is an experienced and loving fisherman and will be responsible for his or her every need throughout the trip … but most of all will help them catch fish! 

The Fish for Life home port is at the Dana Wharf in Dana Point and we charter the 95ft vessel “Dana Pride.” Fish for Life chapters can be anywhere there is fishing! If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us to learn how to get it started!  

Special needs children and volunteers are welcome.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Garden Grove Sports and Recreation Center, Garden Grove, CA

Local

Gym sports and socializing with friends are offered to all regardless of age or disability.

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.

Hoopstars Basketball, Fullerton, CA

Local

Provides a social environment for children and adults with disabilities to
participate on basketball teams in a way that instills a sense of accomplishment,
teamwork, and competition; provides an opportunity to learn the game, increase physical
activity and enhance self-esteem.

GAIT (Guided Animal Intervention Therapy)

Local

Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Hot Hoops Basketball, Irvine, CA

Local

Basketball league for children and adults ages 6-24 with special needs.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

Irvine ATA Black Belt Academy

Local

Irvine ATA has several programs for a variety of purposes, ranging from basic martial arts, to self-defense, to esteem and life skills building and more.

Jeremiah Society

Local

For Jewish teens and adults with special needs. Meets monthly for recreational activities.

Karate For All - For Children and Adults with Special Needs

Local

KFA is a Community Occupational Therapy based Martial Arts Program developed specifically for children and adults with speial needs. Using Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills, KFA combines the discipline of martial arts to achieve motor, cognitive, social and processing goals.

Each class is instructed by Pediatric Occupational Therapists that hold a Black Belt Degree in a variety of martial arts.

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Lake Forest's Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.

McKee Music Therapy

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Music therapy to help achieve behavioral, social, emotional, sensory and communication support.  Located at 1929 Main Street, Suite 103, Irvine, CA. 92614. (in Sky Pediatric Therapy)

Merage JCC Summer Day Camps

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This cam is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Orange County. Our programs include Camp Yeladim (ages 2-4) and Camp Haverim (Grades K-11). We offer sports, swimming, science, theater, arts & crafts, weekly field trips and fun for all!

New Directions Holiday and Vacation Travel, Santa Barbara, CA

National

Holiday and vacation travel for teenagers, adults and seniors with disabilities.

No Limits Creative Arts

Local

Dance, musical theater and tumbling classes for ages 5 to 18. Every class and dancer will get the opportunity to perform after every 8 week session. Our program is supported by Cal State Fullerton’s Autism Center.  Located at 22601 La Palma Avenue, Suite 105, Yorba Linda, Ca. 92887

Polo Buddies Water Polo Classes

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Polo Buddies is an entry level waster polo class for boys and girls ages 7-15 that supports interaction between team members with smaller class sizes and more coaches than a typical water polo class. Students receive more individual instruction. Class is perfect for kids with ADD, Asperger's or any child who wants more individual instruction.
Contact David Farkas for class information.
View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18eUJYGQR4M

Pop Warner Challenge Cheer/Football

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The flag football and cheer program is offered to children who have special needs, who live in Huntington Beach and surrounding communities and who are all ages and all abilities. Volunteers are welcome.

Project Independence

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Access to Adventure program offers recreation activities that challenge, excite and entertain at an affordable price. Spanish also spoken.

Located at 3505 Cadillac, Suite O-103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Quest Therapeutic Camps of Southern California

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Quest Camps, located in Orange County, CA, offers an innovative, evidence- based therapeutic program that has been found to reduce problems not only at camp but at home, school and in everyday life for children 6 to 18 years old with mild to moderate social, emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. We are a Special Needs Camp that provides treatment for a variety of difficulties that children have including ADHD, Asperger's Disorder, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and learning disabilities.

Recreation Resource Guide 2015 - Regional Center Orange County

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The Comfort Connection Family Resource Center of Orange County connects families who have children with special needs to resources and support. Most of Comfort Connection’s staff are parents of children with developmental disabilities and many are bilingual. In addition to acting as a resource to families, staff are available to present information to community groups regarding local resources, parent support and Regional Center of Orange County services.

The Recreation Resource Guide is provided for residents of Orange County California. It is updated annually.

IMPORTANT:

PLEASE CALL AHEAD OF TIME TO CONFIRM THAT THE INFORMATION IS ACCURATE AND THE OPPORTUNITY IS STILL AVAILABLE

S.T.A.R. Program (Boys and Girls Club), Tustin, CA

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Includes children ages 5-18 with and without disabilities in recreation, sports, art,
education and other activities.

Shea Therapeutic Riding Center

Local

The Shea Center offers classes focusing on abroad range of disabilities. These classes fall under the general term “therapeutic riding” and are a sophisticated program developedto address a special need. Horsemanship classes help clients acquire and refine riding skills. Clients improve judgment skills, social interaction, coordination, motor planning, self-confidence, self-esteem,and a sense of independence. Physical rehabilitation classes (hippotherapy) are aimed at riders with impairments affecting muscles, bones and the nervous system. Activities on the horse and positioning on the horse provide strength, balance, and coordination.

Clinical physical therapy is also provided. Cognitive classes address the many
processes of the mind, including planning, judgment, memory, orientation, concepts,
attention, and language. Sensory Processing classes provide activities on the horse to improve the client’s ability to take in, analyze and respond to information from the body’s five senses.

Occupational Therapy classes retrain the body and brain to function more easily and efficiently with the tasks of everyday life.

Speech-Language Therapy classes focus on articulation delays, phonological impairments, speech fluency, tongue thrust, language impairments, and social skills/pragmatic language.

Download the flyer for additional information.

This program provides special needs athletes three levels of play to support individual skill and determination.

Little Dippers – Players who benefit from teen peer support.

Mighty Dippers – Players that dribble, pass, and shoot with minimal support.

Big Dippers – Teen-adult competitive basketball players.

Registration takes place on-site and is open during the winter and summer basketball seasons. Volunteer coaches, teens, and photographers are welcome!

Location – RSM or Los Alisos Intermediate Schools

Please email Laurie & Richard Jimenez at

SVUSDShootingStars@gmail.com  for upcoming dates and location.

Simply Music

National

Playing-based piano lessons are taught privately as well as in small groups. The method has been very effective for people with special needs such as autism, tourettes, brain injury and for adults with various physical and mental challenges. Music reading is delayed in this method for a couple of years, depending on the student) with piano taught directly on the keyboard instead of as a note-reading process. The method emphasizes success and creativity.

View a video about the program here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVLEFStppYw

SimplyFun Games for Children with Autism

National

Our mission is to build smarter kids and stronger families through the amazing power of play. We know that play benefits all kids and we want to help you find games that can enhance learning and improve the quality of your family time. More importantly we want to be a resource for your family or organization to find games that meet your specific needs. We hope we can be your partner in learning and for fun to make play a part of your family life!

Click the autism box on the main webpage and it will take you to a survey that helps pre-select games that meet your specific issues.

Sky High Sports, The Trampoline Place

Local

Jump Sky High, the Trampoline Place, offers a child one hour of jumping for $10 and spectators do not have to pay. It is by appointment only so it is not over crowded and there is a special court for little jumpers 8 years old or younger and another for 9 year olds to adults. There are floor guards who help to ensure that jumpers will observe safety rules.

Special Days for Special Needs Kids: The first Tuesday of every month (excluding holidays) from 2-5 p.m., special needs children can jump for only $5 (one caregiver per child may participate for free). Sky High Sports is open to the public during these hours, but music is turned off for the comfort of the guests. Sky High Sports, The Trampoline Place is located at 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Call ahead for an appointment (714) 437-5867. Learn more on the website, http://ocy.jumpskyhigh.com

Socials for Adults

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The Grandparent Autism Network, the Family Autism Network program, California State University Fullerton Center for Autism, the University of California Irvine and Chapman University collaborate to host cost-free Socials on each campus during the academic year. Students from all 3 universities volunteer at each event and faculty members and professional autism service providers attend to increase support for caregivers and students during the events. Information and registration for these socials are available online.

Colleges and universities everywhere can partner with community nonprofit or philanthropic groups to increase resources for underserved adults with autism and caregivers.   Socials provide new opportunities for community integration, especially for transition age youth, older adults and caregivers in the autism community.  Additional information about how to plan and host socials is available here

Special Needs Judo

Local

Senshi Judo has just launched it's Special Needs Judo program! Open to all children (ages 5+) and adults with physical and mental disabilities, Senshi Judo offers 4 training sessions a week! Participants will learn modified self-defense in a small and safe learning environment, perfect for children who need one-on-one attention.

Call or email us today to start your free trial! Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in class to help alleviate first-time stress for beginner students.

Special Needs Toys

National

Special Olympics Golf Program in Huntington Beach, CA

Local

* Effective in February 2011, Special Olympics Orange County is starting a new golf program in Huntington Beach. We are currently looking for athletes and coaches to participate in our program.

* ATHLETES will receive professional instruction in putting, chipping and hitting all clubs, from wedges to drivers. Don’t have clubs? Don’t worry. We will get them for you.

* COACHES make a difference in the lives of our athletes. You will need to get Class A certified (background check) to participate.

* PRACTICES will be held once per week for 1 1⁄2 hours at Meadowlark Golf Club in Huntington Beach. Timelines to be announced.

CONTACT ROB WINDHAM AT (714) 335-2611 OR CALL SPECIAL OLYMPICS ORANGE COUNTY AT (714) 564-8374.

Enrollment is open - no close date.

Special Olympics Southern California

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Special Olympics Southern California is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. It is one of 52 Chapters within the United States and part of Special Olympics, Inc., which serves 3 million athletes in 180 countries worldwide.

The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our vision is to provide sports and training programs for any individual with intellectual disabilities who chooses to participate, thereby improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch.

Special Olympics, Santa Ana, CA

Local

Sporting events for people with disabilities in cities throughout Orange County throughout the year.

Special Singer of Orange County

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Summer 2018!

Join Special Singers this summer for a unique program and learn to sing your favorite tunes! You will learn everything from Disney classics to your favorite radio hits!

At each lesson, we will do warm-ups, select a song, and learn to sing it. We will build upon skills learned with each lesson!

Group lessons will also be a fun way to socialize and meet new friends that love music just like you!

Spirit League

Local

Soccer, basketball and t-ball/softball league for kids to fill the gap between AYSO/LL
and Challenger/VIP.

Spirit League - Special Needs Adult Sports League

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January 6th to March 10th (10 week season)

Sunday's 1:00 - 3:30 at Sage High School

The Adult League is for special needs individuals ages 18 to 30 years old who want to participate in a sport and social program. This coed league is for participants who are physically active and can take instruction — but may require more flexibility in sport and social activities. The Adult League will emphasize a safe and fun environment where participants can play in a “pick up” game format and enjoy social interactions with their friends and teammates.

For further information visit SpiritLeague.org and contact Marc Rosenberg at mrosenberg@abedinc.orgfor further information and registration forms.

SPACE IS LIMITED, JOIN US NOW!!!!

Sports - City of Irvine Disability Services Recreation, Irvine, CA

Local

Provides various sports leagues in 4 week sessions for ages 7-12.

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.

Services:
- 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

Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we've been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn't a 'cure', or even 'traditional' therapy. It's a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don't want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we've seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it's all about what their kids can do.

We're based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

For further information, see www.surfershealing.org 

Surfers Healing

Local

Surfers Healing seeks to enrich the lives of children with autism and the lives of their families by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. Contact directly for more information.

SwimLabs offers lessons to swimmers of all abilities and ages. Our adult swim instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers. With SwimLabs indoor facility, controlled environment, and world-class instructors, we provide lessons catered to your swimmer’s needs and desires. Group lessons are available as well.

Instructor: SwimLabs Staff

Fee: Private Lessons 30-min: $70

4-pack: $271.60

6-pack: $399 10-pack: $644  Location: SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy., Ste. 100, Lake Forest CA

To Register and for more info call: The City of Lake Forest at 461-3450

For questions, please call SwimLabs at 716-6370

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Our adult instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers and our small, indoor facility is ideal for focused swim lessons. Moreover, with the use of pool-side TV monitors and video cameras, our ability to give students instant visual feedback during their lesson is invaluable.  

 Rates vary for residents of Lake Forest and non-residents.  Contact for scheduling and cost information.  SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA.  Call 949.461.3450

Swim School for Special Needs Children

Local

Blue Buoy Swim School has instructors experienced in teaching special needs children.

The Friendship Circle, Newport Beach, CA

Local

Extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs, involving them
in a full range of social and Jewish experiences. The Circle’s unique formula introduces
teenage volunteers to the children, and through shared encounters, both are enriched.

The Game, GUBS

National

This game is highly recommended by parents as one the whole family can enjoy. Games typically last 15-20 minutes. It encourages speaking and using imagination. Each game involves a new, unique imaginative story whose outcome is unknown. Each person's turn is interesting because what happens may directly impact other players. Luck, skill and strategy are all involved in winning.

Available at Amazon.com and in stores.

The Miracle League of Orange County

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Boys and girls with physical and intellectual disabilities are given the opportunity to play baseball. The Miracle League of Orange County plays baseball on a specially built, full ADA adaptable synthetic turf field which is safe for participants in wheelchairs and/or participants who use walkers. Minimum age to play is 3-4 years old. Financial aid is provided if you are not able to pay for tuition. Spanish is also spoken.

Top Flight Hockey

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Top Flight Hockey is designed for participants with special needs. Participants vary in age and ability levels. The League runs group practices/clinics as well as games weekly. Group practices focus on helping participants establish basic hockey skills like shooting, passing and stick handling.

The Ducks' Top Flight Street Hockey League serves 10-15 players each season. Located in Huntington Beach Inline on Friday nights during the fall, winter and spring. Free skills clinics are offered once a month during the summer months to keep players at the rink connected to the game. Players are paired with volunteer aides if they require extra assistance.

Contact the Rinks-Huntington Beach Inline or go to www.anaheimducks.com/topflight for additional information.

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.

You can go here, to view it. 

Trips inc.

National

Trips Inc. provides all-inclusive vacation packages for traveler ages 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Offers 1 chaperone for every 3 to 4 travelers. Average group size is 20. Chaperones are school teachers, counselors, residential care providers and other caring individuals. They are carefully screened and reviewed before and after every trip.

Us too Center

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Us Too Center is a non profit organization that is dedicated to providing a warm environment for children with autism and other developmental delays and disabilities and their families to recieve a range of therapeutic and recreational activities to meet their individual needs all in one location. Offering: Recreation Gymnastics, Dance, Track, and Karate Therapies, Speech, Social Skills, ABA, and OT.  Advocate services also available.

Classes are offered throughout the year.  Call for schedule and costs.

VIP Soccer, Garden Grove, CA

Local

AYSO Division for children with special needs.

W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center

Local

The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, located in the heart of the Cal Poly Pomona campus, is a showcase facility that houses approximately 100 purebred Arabian horses.  The horses of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center serve as ambassadors of the Arabian breed at many different events. The most notable of these events is the Sunday show, a tradition that has been continued from the days of the original Kellogg ranch. Sunday shows are staged at the Horse Center at 2:00 pm on the first Sunday of every month, from October through May. 

The Arabian Horse Center is generally open for self-guided tours from 8-4 seven days / week, excluding major holidays.  Campus events and closures, weather, and other situations can affect this, so please check our Facebook page or call for specific information.  For the 2016-2017 academic year, tours led by our student ambassadors will be offered at 11 am Tuesdays and 1:30 pm Wednesdays. To ensure we have a student scheduled, please RSVP by emailing  arabianhorse@cpp.edu or call (909) 869-4988.

Yoga at the Children’s Therapy Center, Garden Grove, CA

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Inclusive yoga classes promote flexibility, strength, balance, posture and concentration
for ages 5 and older.

Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center

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Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center is located on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe at an elevation of 6200 fee, situated amidst Ponderosa and Jeffery pines that tower above the lodge and lawns. Zephyr Point is a pristine environment of natural beauty. CampCare utilizes one bunkhouse and twenty four rooms with single to queen size beds and private bathrooms, several of which are wheelchair accessible. Bedding and towels are provided. There is a wonderful dining room overlooking the lake, as well as a large hall with a stage for our musical performance, arts, crafts and evening activities. In addition, there is a safe swimming and beach area enclosed by a breakwater and two piers.

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Behavioral Health Works- Evaluation and Diagnostic Clinic

Local

BHW's Evaluation and Diagnostic clinic is led by a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home and community settings. Our approach views an accurate diagnosis of autism as the first step to effective intervention and treatment.

California Psychcare

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California Psychcare is a leading provider of behavioral services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing scientifically proven, highly effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures, our services are delivered by credentialed behavioral health professionals in homes and schools. California Psychcare has been in operation since 1997 with over 22 offices located in central and southern California. Our comprehensive services include Diagnostic Screening and Assessments by our licensed professionals, Early Intervention Services, Social Skills Training, Adaptive Skills, Behavior Respite Services, Community Integration, and Parent Training. Our services are designed to meet the individual patient’s needs and address socially significant behaviors. Please visit our website www.calpsychcare.com or call 1-888-320-1272.

Desire Home Care

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Regional Center In-Home Respite Care Services are in homecare services provided to individuals with developmental disability, such as Autism, to relieve their primary caregivers. The purpose is to provide respite for family caregivers who often have other children and responsibilities to balance and to help the individual with disability to continue to live at home. We seek to improve the quality of life for families by providing a dependable respite worker or caregiver to provide 1:1 care.

Disabled Support Service & Mobility Program

Local

Disabled Support Services works with students with disabilities to help them with school, jobs and everyday life by providing various programs for varying needs.
We offer college-like courses for students with special needs and also provide individualized programs for students to obtain jobs and to learn how to independently use the city bus.

Friendship Circle

Local

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children and young adults with special needs through a variety of fun-filled recreational programs, sports leagues, support groups and social opportunities. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of teen volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Interact: A Special Needs App

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

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) recently published a list of services that are most commonly purchased by regional centers.

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, most services and supports are free regardless of age or income; however, there are a few exceptions. For more information and to access the list of services, click here or use the links in the threshold languages below:

Regional Centers Services and Descriptions English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean

Rainbow Home Care Services

Local

Rainbow Home Care provides Supported Living (SLS) and Attendant Services for adults with autism and developmental disabilities for Regional Centers or private pay that fulfill IEP for ADLs that promote independence, community mobility. Highly affordable, professional, qualified caregivers, companions and attendants for all daily life challenges.

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

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at http://www.rcocdd.com/frc/ccfrc/resources/

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

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy

Local

Sounds Smart Speech Therapy is a private pediatric speech clinic dedicated to improving kids' speech, language, and social skills. We believe that identifying and treating any deficiency in these critical skills at the appropriate age greatly increase the quality and rate of improvement.

Workshops & Trainings

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Survey of Regional Center of Orange County

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   Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. All responses will be strictly confidential.  The Orange County Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities is inviting family members and consumers to participate in an anonymous survey about personal experiences with the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) system, services offered, and the quality of case management (service coordination) provided. We are seeking the involvement of everyone who receives services from, and communicates with, the service coordinators at RCOC.

We hope to get as many responses as possible, as this will help us in obtaining statistical data for the purpose of addressing any concerns within the RCOC system. The quality of services and case management you receive from RCOC should be consistent with the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, which states:
“regional centers assist persons with developmental disabilities and their families in securing those services and supports which maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community” (WIC 4640.7(a)).

We appreciate all feedback and thank you for your time and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (714)558-4404.  Please return the completed survey by September 26, 2015.

Use this link to complete the survey online. or completed surveys can be sent by:
Fax - (714) 558-4704
Email - scarlett.vonthenen@scdd.ca.gov
Postal Mail - State Council on Developmental Disabilities – 2000 East Fourth Street, Suite 115, Santa Ana, California 92705