|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.
SOCIAL TIME FOR ADULTS RECEIVING SERVICES (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.
RAINBOW MOMS DAY OUT - OXNARD (SPANISH)
Typically meets 3rd week of the month. Come and enjoy time with other mothers of children with special needs and relax.
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 1st Thursday 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 “
6:30pm - 8pm in Oxnard Meets 2nd Tuesday of every other 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.
NBVC (Naval Base Ventura County) SPECIAL PARENTS NETWORK
2nd Wednesday of the month
Time & place varies, please contact us.
Parents Helping Parents Support Group for active and retired military families with children with special needs. For information and to RSVP please contact Rainbow.
SANTA PAULA SUPPORT GROUP - SPANISH
Meets 1st Monday of the month 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Families meet to share the experiences and resources.
SPECIAL FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP - SPANISH
Meets 1st Friday of the month 6:30pm – 8pm in Oxnard Families meet to share the experiences and resources.
SIMI PARENTS OF ADULT CHILDREN CONNECTION - SPANISH
Meets 1st Friday of the month 11:30am – 1pm. Families of adult children with special needs meet to connect & share information.
SIMI SPECIAL FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP - SPANISH
3rd Friday of the month 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Families of school aged children (Under 18yrs) meet to share experiences and talk about raising children with special needs.
SANTA CLARA SUPPORT GROUP (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.
SPANISH SUPPORT GROUP PARTNERSHIP
These support groups are sponsored by Rainbow Connection in collaboration with professionals from community service agencies. Families of children with special needs (0-3 yrs) have a Pot-luck & social time, followed by a guest speaker. Volunteers help parents watch children.
SIMI “APRENDIENDO JUNTOS” SUPPORT GROUP
5:30 – 7:30pm Meets 1st Wed of the month.
SANTA PAULA “FAMILIAS UNIDAS” SUPPORT
5:30 – 7:30pm Group Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month.
THE IEP BASICS – ENGLISH
Every second Monday of the month, 12 noon – 1pm, via Conference Call, Facilitated by Laurie Jordan, Director, Rainbow Connection F.R.C. Join us by phone to learn about the basics of IEP’s (Individual Education Program) Different topics will be presented each time with the opportunity for discussion at the end. Please register to receive the phone number, access code and have any handouts sent to you in advance.
ALL ABOUT ME
Create your child’s (or adult served by TCRC) Personal Profile. This is a great way to share valuable information. Simply give a copy of the Personal Profile to the people who will be interacting and working with your child – the teacher, aides, therapists, etc. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together your child’s very own Personal Profile. Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request. For persons receiving services through TCRC.
WHAT’S NEXT AFTER EARLY START?
For Your Child with Special Needs 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.
OTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
The following support groups can be contacted directly.
CHALLENGER BASEBALL NOW IN VENTURA
Co-ed, ages 5-Highschool, registration starts Jan, Season runs from March-May.
A free play date for children of all abilities. 1st Sat of the month in Calabasas. To RSVP call Dina Kaplan 818 222-8118 email@example.com
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.
CONEJO RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT’S THERAPEUTIC UNIT
Children and adults from all over the county attend activities. It is a model program throughout the State. The Director is Cecilia Laufenberg. Thousand Oaks (805) 381-2739 http://www.crpd.org/parkfac/therapeuticrecreation/program/default.asp
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
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
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 or www.autismventura.org
Organizes Mom’s & Dad’s Night Out events and events and trainings. Support for families with children with special needs. http://center4specialneeds.org
PAUSE4Kids Inc. – English SUPPORT GROUP
For more info go to: http://pause4kids.org/ or leave a message at 805-497-9596
THE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP
For parents of children and young adults aged 10 – 28 and young adults who have special needs aged 18-28.
Please contact Susan – firstname.lastname@example.org
CONNECTING HIGH SCHOOL & POST SECONDARY PARENTS GROUP (Bilingual)
12/10 6:30pm-8pm in Oxnard 2nd Tuesday of every other month
*Groups meet separately in English and Spanish. An informal group of parents with students in high school and post secondary education who meet to share information and concerns on their children’s future.
Assists families of children with Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders. Office (805) 384-1555