|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.
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 as well as share and learn about resources.
AUTISMO SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH)
Meets 4th Thursday of the month 7pm - 8:30pm in Oxnard. Families meet to share their experiences, resources and information.
DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH) *NEW DAY
Meets first Tuesday of the month 6:30pm – 8pm in Oxnard. Families have open discussions on issues related to raising children with Down syndrome.
SUPPORT FOR ALL SPECIAL NEEDS *NEW GROUP* TRANSITION AT AGE 3 DISCUSSION GROUP (ENGLISH & SPANISH)
Meets monthly in Oxnard & Simi Valley from 10am-11:30am. Please call for current dates. Are you wondering how it all works? Are you confused? This is a good opportunity to talk about transition with other parents who have been through it. Join us at Rainbow for a cup of coffee and to talk.
*NOW FORMING - Simi Parent Support Group (English & Spanish)
Meets 2nd Thursday of the month 7pm – 8:30pm at Tri-Counties Regional Center in Simi. This is a new group, and it is open to parents at all stages of life and dealing with all sorts of diagnosis. The discussion is centered on the children’s disability, how it affects the family, the resources the family currently uses and resources that the family might not already know about. A Rainbow representative facilitates the group. Registration required.
*NEW GROUP* NOW AN ADULT: MOVING FORWARD…“SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS” (ENGLISH)
Meets 3rd Monday of the month 10:00am - 11:30am at Simi Valley. A parents/caregivers Support Group for families who have an adult family member ages 18 and older with special needs served by TCRC.
*NEW DAY* ADULTHOOD (22YRS THRU LIFE, TCRC PERSON SERVED): THE JOURNEY CONTINUES “SPECIAL FAMILY NETWORK” (ENGLISH)
Meets 4th Thursday of the month from 7pm – 8:30pm in Oxnard. 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.
SANTA PAULA SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH)
Meets 1st Monday of the month 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Heritage Valley – ARC in Santa Paula. Families of adults served by TCRC meet to share the experiences and resources.
*NEW DAY*SPECIAL FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH)
Meets the first Tuesday of the month 6:30pm – 8pm in Oxnard. Families meet to share the experiences & resources.
SANTA CLARA SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH)
Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month 11:30am – 1pm at Dolores Park in Fillmore. Families of young children with special needs meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with special needs and learn about resources.
“APRENDIENDO JUNTOS” SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH)
Meets 2nd Friday of the month 10am – 11:30am at Valley at Rancho Simi Community Park. Families of young children with special needs meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with special needs and learn about resources.
“FAMILIAS UNIDAS” SUPPORT GROUP (SPANISH)
Meets last Monday of the month 8:30am – 10am at Mill Park in Santa Paula.
Families of young children with special needs meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with special needs and learn about resources.
SIMI SPECIAL PARENTS NETWORK (English)
Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month 9:30 – 11am in Simi Valley.
Come and join us for a cup of coffee, learn about our resources and talk about issues related to raising children with special needs.
INFORMATIONAL THE IEP BASICS (ENGLISH OR SPANISH)
*Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request.
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 one together for your child. For Persons Served, call to schedule appointment.
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 & get suggestions that might help with guidance from one of our staff and/or other parents. Individual For Persons Served, call for appt.
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 easier. Join one of our “What’s Next After Age 3 Discussion Groups”. Call Rainbow for the next meeting date or to schedule an indivudual appointment!
OTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
Contact the following groups directly.
SOCIAL TIME FOR ADULTS RECEIVING SERVICES FROM TCRC (BILINGUAL)
Meets 2nd Sunday of the month 11am – 12:30pm at Teague Park in Santa Paula.Come, bring a friend or just come meet new people, for conversation, playing games or for refreshments and some fresh air.
THE AKTION CLUB OF SAN BUENAVENTURA
Sponsored by the Kiwanis and The Arc. Club membership offers opportunities to form friendships and develop leadership skills through volunteer work and projects. Meets at 5:30 p.m., the first and third Thursdays of the month at Pizza Man Dan’s on Santa Clara Street, Downtown Ventura. There is no support or transportation provided. Free. For further information call Patty Schulz at 805-218-7807 or http://www.cnhaktion.org/about.html
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.
Offers various types of supports for families, that have children ages 2-16 with developmental disabilities Organizes Mom’s & Dad’s Night Out events and has a huge calendar of support groups on their website at http://center4specialneeds.org
FUN CLUB THROUGH THE CITY OF OXNARD SPECIAL POPULATIONS PROGRAM
This program is designed to provide social and recreational opportunities for persons 5 years of age and older with disabilities. Activities offered include: Challenger Sports, Fun Club, Day at the Park, Arts & Jewelry Classes, Swim Lessons, Community Gardening and Braille Institute. For information go to http://www.oxnardrec.org/17/1/1027/ or call 805 385-8019.
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 info. (805) 381-2739 or http://www.crpd.org/parkfac/therapeuticrecreation/default.asp
Designed to foster relationships between community teenagers and children. 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, www.FriendshipCircleCa.org
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 program not only provides people with intellectual disabilities with physical fitness and athletic competition, but also social interaction and community involvement. For info. (805) 654-7717 or http://www.sosc.org/ventura
AUTISM SUPPORT 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. Free and open to all. Contact Jeff or call 805-388-1952, ext. 100 to RSVP.
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. Call 805-496-1632 or http://www.autismventura.org/events/
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.
VENTURA COUNTY AUTISM TALK ON FACEBOOK
Both for any parent or professional or interested community member in the Ventura County or nearby area.
VENTURA COUNTY AUTISM TALK ON YAHOO GROUPS
Ventura County Autism Talk on Facebook
FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM SUPPORT
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FASD INFORMATION & SUPPORT NETWORK
Support group for Moms of children and adolescents ages 5-18 years old. Contact Joeli Gutfleisch 805-796-7683, email@example.com or https://sites.google.com/site/socalfasdnetwork/
SUPPORT FOR ALL SPECIAL NEEDS
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). Contact and RVSP to Traci Peplinski. Space is limited. (805)844-3003 firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL PARENT’S CAFÉ
An informal group of parents who meet to share information, take a break and make new friends. For more info contact Silvia at (805) 265-6111 or email: email@example.com
EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER NETWORK (EFMP) Support Group
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at Seabee Museum. Support group for active and retired military families with children with special needs. For information please
*NEW Contact: Scott Council, Military Liaison for Special Needs, at (805)982-2646 or scouncil@AFSC.com
PAUSE4KIDS INC. – ENGLISH
PAUSE4kids provides information, support and services for residents of Ventura County & nearby areas. For more info go to http://pause4kids.org/ or call 805-497-9596. PAUSE4kids hosts Monthly
THE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP
For parents of people aged 10 – 28 and young adults aged 8-28. Brings 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. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
A parent run non-profit that helps families raising children with emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders. Office (805) 384-1555, or 24/7 line (805) 551-0472.