Tri-Counties Regional Center

Services & Supports

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Ventura County

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.

Oxnard Office:
(805) 485-9643

(805) 485-9892 En Español
(800) 332-3679 Toll Free

Simi Valley Office:
(800) 517-2524 x2325
(805) 823-2325           (805) 485-9892 En Español


email: rainbow@tri-counties.org

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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 our “What’s Happening at Rainbow?” email group.

ACTIVITIES

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.

AUTISM SUPPORT

Autism Parent Support Group (English)    

Meets 2nd Tuesday   7 - 8:30pm in  Oxnard. Location varies, please call for details.

Parents 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. Location varies, please call for details. Parents meet to share their experiences, resources and information.

DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT

Down Syndrome Support Group (Spanish) 

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

Simi Friday Night Group (English)

Meets 1st Friday of the month 7pm – 8:30pm at TCRC in Simi. Do something for yourself as the weekend starts. Join other parents and caregivers to share the joys, concerns, and sometimes unusual humor that come from raising a kid with special needs.  Other parents are an amazing source for information, strategies, and resources. Registration required.

Coffee & Conversation (English)

Meets 1st Thursday of the month 8:45 am to 9:45 am at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 824 Arneill Rd. Camarillo, CA 93010. Parents and family members of kids with special needs stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and we can share the ups and downs and sometimes strange sense of humor in our lives. *We plan on being there but life happens so please confirm at 805-288-2544 or E-mail: rainbow@tri-counties.org

Adulthood (22 yrs thru life, TCRC person served): The Journey Continues “Special Family Network”  

(English) Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7pm – 8:30pm in Oxnard. Location varies, please call for details. 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.  

Special Families 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.  

Santa Clara 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. 

“Familias Unidas” Support Group (Spanish)

Meets last Monday of the month 8:30am – 10am at Teague 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) 

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

“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 with the people who will be interacting and working with your child (teacher, aide, therapist, etc.)  Give us a call and we’ll help you put together your child’s very own One - Pager. Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request.  For persons receiving services from TCRC. 

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.

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. 

OTHER COMMUNITY  SUPPORT GROUPS 

Contact the following groups directly.

ACTIVITIES

The Aktion Club of San Buenaventura

The Aktion Club of San Buenaventura is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ventura and The Arc offering opportunities to form friendships and develop leadership skills through volunteer work and projects. The Aktion Club 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.  The meeting is free and some members stick around to socialize and chip in $5 for 2 pieces of pizza and a soda, or purchase their own meals off the menu.  There is no support or transportation provided.  For further information call Patty Schulz at 805-218-7807 or http://www.cnhaktion.org/about.html 

Simi Aktion Club - Simi Valley 

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm at The ARC at 5143 Cochran St, Simi Valley. Sponsored by the Kiwanis and The Arc.  Club membership offers opportunities to form friendships and develop leadership skills through volunteer work and projects. Optional pizza dinner afterwards. Contact Sandra Blackwell (805) 583-2610 or sandba@aol.com.

BRANDON’S BUDDIES 

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. 

Fun Club through the City of Oxnard Special Populations Program

This program is designed to provide social and recreational opportunities for persons of all ages with disabilities. Activities offered include: Challenger Sports, Fun Club, Day at the Park, Arts & Jewelry Classes, Swim Lessons, Community Gardening and Braille Institute. Contact Maria Sandoval at 805 385-8019 or 805 385-8020.

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

Friendship Circle

Designed to foster relationships between community teenagers and children giving them a chance to develop social skills and the opportunity to experience a diverse array of 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    www.FriendshipCircleCa.org 

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 program not only provides people with intellectual disabilities with physical fitness and athletic competition, but also social interaction and community involvement. For info. (805) 650-7717 or http://www.sosc.org/ventura 

Center4SpecialNeeds

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

AUTISM SUPPORT

Autism Society Ventura County (ASVC) 

Supporting individuals with Autism and their families with resources and referrals in the Ventura County area of California. A chapter of the Autism Society of America. To speak with a parent mentor on the phone call (805) 496-1632. 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. More at http://www.vcasap.org or contact Founder, Troy Corley 805 419-9934. 

Ventura County Autism Talk on Facebook

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 -

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1636384583315658/

Ventura County Autism Talk on Yahoo Groups - https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/venturacountyautismtalk/info  

FETAL ALCOHOL SUPPORT  

Southern California FASD Information & Support Network

Support group for Moms of children and adolescents ages 5-18 years old with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. For more information please contact Joeli Gutfleisch 805-796-7683,  joelig17@gmail.com or https://sites.google.com/site/socalfas

dnetwork/ 

SUPPORT FOR ALL SPECIAL NEEDS

pause4kids Inc 

PAUSE4kids provides information, support and services for residents of Ventura County and nearby areas. Learn more at http://pause4kids.org/ or call 805-497-9596. 

Special Education Advocacy Assistance 

is designed to assist parents in advocating for their child's needs. The meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month, September through June, from 7:00- 8:30 pm. Contact Special Ed Law facilitator: Kathy Greco malibulaw@aol.com

AAc parent suport 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   traci.peplinski@gmail.com

*Exceptional Family Member Network (EFMP) Support Group        

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month –Meeting location Varies. Support group for active and retired military families with children with special needs. For information please Contact: Scott Council, Military Liaison for Special Needs, at (805)982-2646 or scott.council.ctr@navy.mil 

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. Contact Silvia at (805) 265-611 or email: spc.moorpark@gmail.com

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 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. 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, contact Susan at susan@baukus.net

United Parents  

A parent run non-profit that helps families raising children 4-18yrs with emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders.  

 

For info call Hannah Abitia  (805) 384-1555.