|This list includes only some of the resources available in the tri-county region. Family Resource Centers have the most recent information, feel free to call them or check with your service coordinator for information on additional resources that may be available. Please contact individual groups to confirm meeting dates and times prior to attending.||
Rainbow Connection provides support, information, training and activities for families. Here is a list of on-going support groups. We encourage you to attend a support group at least once. You will be surprised at how much it will help you and how much you can help others. As there might not always be a support group available for a specific diagnosis, we try to provide a parent match upon request. Please contact us to register or for a copy of the current “What’s Happening at Rainbow?” schedule of activities.
ADULTS RECEIVING SERVICES
SOCIAL TIME FOR ADULTS (BILINGUAL) SANTA PAULA
Meets 2nd Sunday of the month. Come, bring a friend or just come meet new people, for conversation, playing games or for refreshments and some fresh air.
AUTISM PARENT SUPPORT GROUP (ENGLISH)
Meets 2nd Tuesday 7 - 8:30pm in Oxnard. Families meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with Autism and to learn about resources.
AUTISMO SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH)
Meets 4thThursday of the month, 7 - 8:30pm in Oxnard. Families meet to share their experiences, resources and information.
DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT
DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP - SPANISH
Meets last Tuesday of the month, in Oxnard 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Families have open discussions on issues related to raising children with Down syndrome.
SUPPORT FOR ALL SPECIAL NEEDS
ADULTHOOD (22YRS THROUGH LIFE, TCRC PERSON SERVED): THE JOURNEY CONTINUES “SPECIAL FAMILY NETWORK “
7pm – 8:30pm in Oxnard. Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month. English
Parents/caregivers support group for families who have an adult family member ages 22 and older with special needs. Join us as we endeavor this journey together as well as share resources for our grown children. *Registration Required.
SANTA PAULA SUPPORT GROUP - SPANISH
Meets 1st Monday of the month 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Heritage Valley-ARC Families meet to share the experiences and resources.
SPECIAL FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP - SPANISH
Meets last Tuesday of the month 6:30pm – 8pm in Oxnard. Families meet to share the experiences and resources.
SANTA CLARA SUPPORT GROUP (SANTA PAULA, FILLMORE, PIRU) - SPANISH
Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month 10:30am – 12 noon. Families meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with special needs and learn about resources.
SIMI SPECIAL PARENTS NETWORK - ENGLISH
9:30 – 11am, 3rd Tuesday of the month in Simi. Come and join us for a cup of coffee, learn about our resources and talk about issues related to raising children with special needs.
SIMI “APRENDIENDO JUNTOS” SUPPORT GROUP
5:30 – 7pm Meets 1st Wed of the month at Rancho Simi Community Park.
SANTA PAULA “FAMILIAS UNIDAS” SUPPORT
8:30 – 10am Group Meets last Monday of the month at Mill Park, Santa Paula.
THE IEP BASICS – ENGLISH OR SPANISH
By request, in person or *Schedule your individual appointment
Special Education basic IEP information will be shared by a Rainbow parent. Knowing your rights and responsibilities can help you be a more effective advocate for your child.
“ONE - PAGER” DEVELOP A ONE - PAGER FOR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER
Create your child’s (or adult served by TCRC) One-Pager. This is a great way to share valuable information. Simply give a copy of the One-Pager to the people who will be interacting and working with your child/adult – the teacher, aides, therapists, etc. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together your child’s/adult’s very own One-Pager. Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request. For persons receiving services through TCRC.
HEALTH CARE NOTEBOOKS
Do you have a hard time keeping track of your health care information? Create your own personal notebook with a Rainbow staff person and/or other parents; learn more about the transition process and get suggestions that might help with guidance from one of our staff and/or other parents. Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request for persons receiving services from TCRC
WHAT’S NEXT AFTER EARLY START?
Will your child be turning 3 years old and transitioning out of the Early Start Program? Changes can be confusing. Let’s make the transition a little easier. Schedule an appointment today! You will receive a free booklet that has been helpful to other parents. Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request. For persons receiving services through TCRC and the school Early Start Program.
OTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
The following support groups can be contacted directly.
AAC PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
This is a great opportunity to meet other families with children using communication systems (e.g., picture systems, speech generating devices). Please contact Traci Peplinski with any questions, to RSVP and for directions. Space is limited. (805)844-3003 firstname.lastname@example.org
A free play date for children of all abilities. 1st Sat of the month 11am – 1pm, at Brandon’s Village, 25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Calabasas. Go to www.kenproject.com to view calendar.
Organizes Mom’s & Dad’s Night Out events and a Mom’s Coffee Break. http://center4specialneeds.org
CHALLENGER BASEBALL NOW IN VENTURA
Co-ed, ages 5-Highschool, registration starts Jan, Season runs from March-May.
CONEJO RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT’S THERAPEUTIC RECREATION IN THOUSAND OAKS
Children and adults from all over the county attend activities. It is a model program throughout the State. For information call (805) 381-2739 or http://www.crpd.org/parkfac/therapeuticrecreation/default.asp
CONNECTING HIGH SCHOOL & POST SECONDARY PARENTS GROUP (BILINGUAL)
7pm-8:30pm in Oxnard 2nd Tuesday of the month
*Alternates months in English and Spanish.
Call to see which is meeting this month. An informal group of parents with students(16 – 21 yrs.) in high school and post secondary education who meet to share information and concerns on their children’s future.
Designed to foster a relationship between community teenagers and children giving them a chance to develop social skills and experience diverse activities. Programs offered are Sports Night, Friends at Home, Gymnastics Programs, Sunday Circle, and a Winter Camp that includes Rock Climbing and Sibling workshops.
Agoura Hills (818) 865-2233
THE FUN CLUB
A social and recreational opportunity for persons 5 -15 and 16 yrs & older with special needs through the City of Oxnard Adaptive Program. Call 805 385-8019 for info.
EFMP SUPPORT GROUP
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at NBVC Port Hueneme Naval Base
Support Group for active and retired military families with children with special needs. For information please contact Gil Cajala at: email@example.com
PAUSE4KIDS INC. – ENGLISH SUPPORT GROUP
This support group is open to the public and there is no charge. If you plan to attend, please call or check the website to make sure there are no changes to the scheduling.
For more info go to: http://pause4kids.org/ or leave a message at 805-497-9596
SPECIAL OLYMPICS VENTURA COUNTY
Special Olympics Ventura County offers training and competition opportunities in 10 different year-round sports at over 20 different training sites throughout Ventura County. The Ventura County program not only provides people with intellectual disabilities with physical fitness and athletic competition, but also social interaction and community involvement.
(805) 654-7787. www.vcso.org
THE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP
For parents of children and young adults aged 10 – 28 and young adults who have special needs aged 18-28. This group is designed to bring together families with representatives of local and state agencies, organizations, and groups to offer up to date information, insight and direction. Parents have direct access, the opportunity to ask questions and to be heard.
For information on the next date and speaker, or if you would like to be added to the email list or if you have questions, Please contact Susan – firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTISM SOCIETY VENTURA COUNTY (ASVC)
ASVC holds Community Talk Nights usually on the third Friday of the month from 7-9pm in which guest speakers present on topics important to parents, and parents are able to mingle, socialize and network.
Free onsite childcare is usually provided.
For more information call 805-496-1632
AUTISM SPECTRUM AND RELATED DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP
Group meets 5:30-7:00 the 3rd Monday of each month at the Camarillo Health Care District. The group is free of charge and open to all who may benefit from the group, regardless of age of the individual who is diagnosed, specific diagnoses, or geographic region. Contact Jeff or call 805-388-1952, ext. 100 to RSVP.
ASAP: ASPERGER’S SUPPORT ADOLESCENTS PLUS (ENGLISH)
A social support group for teens and young adults with Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autism. For information log on to www.vcasap.org
or call 805 419-9934 (new number).
CHILDREN WITH EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS
A parent run non-profit that helps families raising children with emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders. Office (805) 384-1555