|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.||
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.
Oxnard 6:30pm – 8pm, * For Siblings Only * Meets 1st Friday of the month. Games, Fun, Activities, for 5 – 14 years old siblings of children with developmental disabilities.
Teddy Bear Brigade
Meets 3rd Saturday of the month Thousand Oaks 1-3pm, except for summer months. For children 3 -13 years old with special needs and their siblings. It includes
stories, sensory themes, crafts and music planned each month. Visit www.bearsandcompany.com to register or call Rainbow. Parents meet separately for social and networking time.
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 have a relaxing time.
Meets 3rd Saturday of every month 1-3 pm in Thousand Oaks, except for summer months. For Teens with special needs, Siblings & Friends of same age (ages 13 - 19 yrs.). While the teens are interacting, parents meet on campus for their own connection with other parents!
Saturday Social Group
for Families with Children Ages 2 - 7 years. Meets 2nd Saturday of the month 10am– 12pm in Oxnard (Bilingual). Interested to learn how to better help your Child while
they develop social skills? This group is designed to work with the entire family. There will be professional volunteers presenting new topics each month to give you
strategies to use at home and in the community. Also, they will be interacting with the children in facilitated playgroups. Parent involvement is required!
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 1st Thursday of the month, 5/3, 7 - 8:30pm in Oxnard Families meet to share their experiences, resources and information.
DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT
Down Syndrome Support Group - Spanish
Meets last Thursday of the month, in Oxnard 7pm – 8:30pm, Families have open discussions on issues related to raising children with Down syndrome.
“MY BABY IS IN THE NICU NOW WHAT? (English & Spanish)
Meets 1st Monday of the month 10am – 11am in Oxnard. For families & parents of current & NICU grad’s. Info and resources: Breast feeding info & tips; Car Seat info;
Discharge planning; Strategies for NICU survival and more…
SUPPORT FOR ALL SPECIAL NEEDS
There’s an App for That!
Offered once a month in Oxnard. Please call for date, 6:30 - 8pm For many children and adults with developmental disabilities the iPad has been a wonderful resource
for communicating, learning, and developing independence. Rainbow is offering a discussion group so families can share with each other the different apps they have
tried and different ways they have used them. Please join us, share what has worked for you and hear some ideas for different apps.
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
Meets 1st Friday of the month 6:30pm – 8pm in Oxnard Families meet to share the experiences and resources.
Santa Paula Moms Connection – Bilingual Meets 2nd Thursday of the month 9:30am –11am. Families of children with special needs meet to connect & share information.
Simi Parents Connection of Adult Children -Spanish
Meets 2nd 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
Santa Clara Support Group (Fillmore, Piru) -Spanish Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month 10:30am – 12noon. 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
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.
Special Parents Ventura County Networking Group - Online
An online forum where parents of children with special needs can offer and receive support, referrals and information. This networking group provides families with a
comfortable and convenient environment for exchanging ideas and resources on everything from medical visits to IEP’s. Simply activate a free YAHOO user ID and
Password account to log into this forum at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpecialParentsCounty.
The IEP Basics – English
Every second Monday of the month, 12noon – 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 from 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?
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 by TCRC.
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.
BIKECAMP - VENTURA - 2013
Possible Ventura location, updates at
www.sbSNAP.org or 805-681-9165.
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 16 yrs & older with special needs through the City of Oxnard Adaptive Program. For information call 805 385-8019.
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 include Sports Night, Friends at Home, Gymnastics Programs, Sunday Circle, and a Winter Camp including Rock Climbing and Sibling workshops. Agoura Hills (818) 865-2233 www.FriendshipCircleCa.com
Autism Across the Life Span
(Rainbow is sponsoring a parent panel) November 3, 8:30am - 3:30pm.
PAUSE4Kids Inc. – English
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 805-376-2918.
PAUSE4kids’ Transitions Support Group
Supporting families with older children and young adults (aged 11-28) and young adults aged 16-28 who are transitioning into middle school, into high school, into college, post secondary or the workforce. Meets 4th Tuesday of the month 7 pm in Thousand Oaks. For more info go to: http://pause4kids.org/transitions.php
Autism Parent Connections
The group’s focus is on Teenager’s issues, but all ages welcome. Last Monday at 7pm at The Church Place, 2697 Lavery Ct., Suite 17 Newbury Park. Child care is provided. Contact Leila Silva (805)341-3089 cell or firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Society Ventura County
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. http://www.autismventura.org/events/ For more information call 805-496-1632 or www.autismventura.org
ASAP: Asperger’s Support Group for Adolescents Plus! – English:
A social support group for teens and young adults with Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autism. For more information log on to www.vcasp.org
Adults with Cerebral Palsy
Making connections in the community and one another. Contact person: Adam Seeley 805 630-5447
DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT
Down Syndrome Parent Support Group
Parents of children with Down Syndrome come together to discuss issues and activities of mutual interest. Every 2nd Mon at 6:30pm. Call 805 650-6290 to RSVP.
Tulips & Triumphs Support Group
For parents of children with Down Syndrome. Monthly support group “meetings/ nights out”, dates vary each month. RSVP to Cheryl at 805-791-0254 or Landazuri98@hotmail.com for date/time and location.
FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Support group for parents and caregivers of children with FASD ages 5 – 12 years old. For more information call Joeli Gutfleisch 805 495-4887 or email email@example.com
SUPPORT FOR ALL SPECIAL NEEDS
Getting through the Holidays
(suggestions on handling children’s behavior), November 1, 2012 from 7pm - 8:30pm (in Spanish) and November 7, 2012 from 7pm - 8:30pm (in English).
A Break for Mom & Dad
Mom’s Night Out T.O. English 3rd Tuesday of the month & Dad’s Night Out T.O. English 4th Tuesday of the month. For contact information call Rainbow.
Organizes Mom’s & Dad’s Night Out events and has a huge calendar of support groups on their website at http://www.center4specialneeds.com/Support_Groups.html
Special Parent’s Café
An informal group of parents of children with special needs who meet to share information take a break and make new friends. For more info contact Silvia at (805)
265-6111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Advocacy Parent Group -English
Meets 1st Wednesday of each month, 7 to 8:30pm in Westlake Village. To reserve, for directions or more info, call Robin Elliott 805-208-7191 email@example.com
Assists families of children with Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders. Office (805) 384-1555 or 24/7 line (805) 551-047.
Epilepsy Support Group
Neurosearch holds an organization of persons with Epilepsy and their caregivers, every first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-830 pm, whose purpose is to share information and offer mutual support. We provide up to date information, friendship, and support in taking control of Epilepsy. For more information call Roy Maya at 805-715-1041 ext. 702