Support groups, activities and events in Ventura County
(805) 485-9892 En Español
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Simi Valley Office:
(800) 517-2524 x2325
(805) 823-2325 (805) 485-9892 En Español
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.
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What’s Happening at Rainbow Connection & On Going Support Groups, Trainings and Activities:
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.
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 Parent Support Group (English)
NEW MEETING DAY – Meets 2nd Wednesday 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. Join other parents and caregivers. Share the joys, concerns, and sometimes unusual humor that come from raising a kid with special needs. Parents are an amazing source for information, strategies, and resources.
Coffee & Conversation (English)
Meetings are at a different location in the county every month. Join us for a cup of coffee, learn about our resources, and talk about issues. *Call to confirm date, time and location at 805-288-2544 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 first Tuesday of the month 6:30 PM – 8:00PM in Oxnard.
Parents meet to share the experiences and resources.
Santa Clara Support Group (Spanish)
Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Neighborhoods For Learning (NFL) in Fillmore. Parents 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 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM 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)
Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM 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.
“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. For persons receiving services from TCRC. Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request.
The IEP Basics (English or Spanish)
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. Individual Appointments can be scheduled upon request.
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 is next after early start
A time of excitement, transition, and new challenges! Are you wondering how it all works? Are you confused? Want to know how to make a plan? Let’s have a cup of coffee and talk about this. This is a good opportunity to talk with Early Start Managers, Rainbow staff and other parents who are going through transition! Call Rainbow Connection for more information.
OTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
Contact the following groups directly.
The Aktion Club of San Buenaventura
The Aktion Club of San Buenaventura is a community service club sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ventura and The Arc. Club membership offers opportunities to form friendships and develop leadership skills through volunteer work and projects. 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. For more information call Sandra Blackwell (805) 583-2610 or email@example.com
A free play date for children of all abilities. 1st Saturday of the month 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 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. For information call Maria Sandoval 805-385-8019/ or Direct Lin- 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 information 805-381-2739 or http://www.crpd.org/programs/therapeuticrecreation/default.asp
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 information 805-650-7717 or http://www.sosc.org/ventura
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
Running group – Newbury park
For all ages, exercise at your pace! Meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM at Peppertree Park near restrooms, please wear a blue shirt. For further information please contact Brian E. Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets every 3rd Friday of the month at Barnes & Noble (4820 Telephone Rd, Ventura) from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Bring your Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing children to watch a Deaf Storyteller sign stories in American Sign Language!
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. For more information http://www.autismventura.org/events/
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 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, email@example.com or https://sites.google.com/site/socalfasdnetwork/
SUPPORT FOR ALL SPECIAL NEEDS
PAUSE4kids provides information, support and services for residents of Ventura County and nearby areas. For more info go to http://pause4kids.org/ or call 805-497-9596.
The Special Education Advocacy Assistance 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 PM – 8:30 PM. Contact Special Ed Law facilitator: Kathy Greco firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 at email@example.com
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.