Thursday, July 10, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: STAR Parent Conference on Autism and Resource Fair

Saturday October 11th 8:30 - 2:30

Families in Contra Costa County and Alameda County who have children ages birth to 22, with autism, are invited to attend the 2014 STAR Conference and learn about medical, educational and social resources available for their children.Parents will have an opportunity to share their joys and challenges with other
parents. Be sure to mark your calendar for this exciting and informative event.
Registration information will be sent in August.

Check out the SAVE THE DATE!

Bonilla’s Legislation, AB 2560, To Increase Student Safety, Approved by the Assembly and Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         
 CONTACT:   Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014                                                                                                                                                Ryan.Morimune@asm.ca.gov
 
 
June 30, 2014

Bonilla’s Legislation, AB 2560, To Increase Student Safety, Approved by the Assembly and Senate
 

 
SACRAMENTOAssemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2560, which passed both houses with unanimous bipartisan support, is now on its way to the Governor’s desk for final approval before it is signed into law.  Assembly Bill 2560 ensures that applicants, who submit an initial or renewal credential application, understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters.  This bill was introduced to address the recent spike in troubling cases involving child abuse in schools.  
 
“The safety of our students should always be our number one priority,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord).  “It is unfathomable that children are not only being abused, but that misinterpretations of the law have allowed for it to persist.”
 
AB 2560 addresses the issue and improves student safety in schools by requiring all applicants who apply or renew their credential online or in paper form, to read a statement that outlines his or her duties as a mandated reporter.  The applicants must attest by signature that he or she understands the obligation to report directly to law enforcement officials, and not only to school administrators of higher authority.  This bill also requires that a written report of the suspected child abuse or neglect must be submitted within 36 hours of becoming aware of the incident.  
 
“It is imperative that all school employees clearly understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters to ensure that once abuse or suspected abuse has occurred, it is stopped or prevented immediately.  This bill does just that and reinforces the required steps that must be taken to increase student safety and maintain a trusting school environment.”    
 
AB 2560 is a bill that works in tandem with AB 1432 by Assemblymember Gatto.  Assemblywoman Bonilla is also a Co-Author of AB 1432, which requires training for all school employees on how to identify sexual, physical and emotional abuse.  Whereas AB 1432 requires annual training, AB 2560 reaffirms the training, underlining the required duties of a mandated reporter.  
 
 

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.

Summer Fun without the Sun!

Looking for something fun to do that doesn't require SUNSCREEN! HEAT EXHAUSTION! SUN FATIGUE!  If you're anything like me you are tired of putting sunscreen on your children countless times as they run around and you get overheated with the outdoor activities of summer, they are fun but the sun can be tiring.  Well in looking for something else to entertain my children this summer I remembered something cheap, well actually mostly free, indoors, great for our children and entertaining.  Check out your LOCAL LIBRARY for their schedule of summer activities.  The calendar is full of fun and exciting activities that can entertain your children while staying cool.  The activities on the schedule are good for a range of ages, interests and abilities.  You can also check out books from the library for FREE, or just visit and read them while you are there.  Find your local library and their schedule of activities today. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

DHH Community Event Satruday June 28th



Family and Friends Please come join the D/HH Community
We will be swimming, eating and having a Blast!
Contra Loma Regional Park Swim Lagoon


Where? 1200 Frederickson Lane, Antioch, CA
When? June 28th, 2014
Time? 11am – 3pm
Price $ 3.00 per Adult and $ 2.00 per Child,
Cash/Check Only, No credit debit cards accepted.

There is a Sandy Beach so bring Your Sand Toys to make Sand Castles!
It can be very hot out there so if you have a beach umbrella or an easy-up, please bring it.
Concessions stand available, or bring your own lunch and snacks
If your child needs a ride to the event, or you have questions;
Call Erica Wilson

 (925)595-5324

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Feds Warn Charters On Special Education

Charter schools must provide special education services and ensure that students with disabilities are not discriminated against just like traditional public schools, federal education officials say.
In a “Dear Colleague” letter issued Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said that charters have the same obligations as regular public schools to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in addition to other federal civil rights laws. Such responsibilities are the same whether or not charters receive federal funding, the Education Department guidance indicates.
Specifically, students with disabilities are entitled to a free, appropriate public education and should not be discriminated against in the admissions process or in regard to discipline. Charters must also provide related services to students with disabilities and guarantee that such children have “equal opportunity” to participate in extracurricular activities, the guidance said.
“Every student with a disability enrolled in a public school, including a public charter school, must be provided a free appropriate public education — that is, regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet his or her individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities are met,” wrote Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, in the letter.
Read more of Shaun Heasley's Disability Scoop article HERE.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Epilepsy Awareness Stroll: Saturday May 17th!

Join the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California for the 22nd Annual Awareness Stroll this Saturday! 

Register Here!

Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free. - See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf
 Spend the day walking to help improve the lives of 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region.  Ask your family, friends and co-workers to support you.  A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a t-shirt and participation in the stroll.  Children 2 and under are free. 

Join today and have a fun filled Saturday strolling... the weather is going to be nice! 
Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free. - See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf

Stroll with us!
It's easy to make a difference.


Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free.

Help the one in one hundred people who have epilepsy
-Have fun and do good
-Learn about solutions
-Connect with friends
-Create hope

Your gift, your participation makes you part of the solution - end seizures and epilepsy.

Your gift will support the 140,000 people and their families in Northern California who live with epilepsy.
- See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf
 
 
 
Stroll with us!
It's easy to make a difference.


Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free.

Help the one in one hundred people who have epilepsy
-Have fun and do good
-Learn about solutions
-Connect with friends
-Create hope

Your gift, your participation makes you part of the solution - end seizures and epilepsy.

Your gift will support the 140,000 people and their families in Northern California who live with epilepsy.
- See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf
Stroll with us!
It's easy to make a difference.


Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free.

Help the one in one hundred people who have epilepsy
-Have fun and do good
-Learn about solutions
-Connect with friends
-Create hope

Your gift, your participation makes you part of the solution - end seizures and epilepsy.

Your gift will support the 140,000 people and their families in Northern California who live with epilepsy.
- See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf
Stroll with us!
It's easy to make a difference.


Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free.

Help the one in one hundred people who have epilepsy
-Have fun and do good
-Learn about solutions
-Connect with friends
-Create hope

Your gift, your participation makes you part of the solution - end seizures and epilepsy.

Your gift will support the 140,000 people and their families in Northern California who live with epilepsy.
- See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf
Stroll with us!
It's easy to make a difference.


Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free.

Help the one in one hundred people who have epilepsy
-Have fun and do good
-Learn about solutions
-Connect with friends
-Create hope

Your gift, your participation makes you part of the solution - end seizures and epilepsy.

Your gift will support the 140,000 people and their families in Northern California who live with epilepsy.
- See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf
Stroll with us!
It's easy to make a difference.


Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free.

Help the one in one hundred people who have epilepsy
-Have fun and do good
-Learn about solutions
-Connect with friends
-Create hope

Your gift, your participation makes you part of the solution - end seizures and epilepsy.

Your gift will support the 140,000 people and their families in Northern California who live with epilepsy.
- See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf
Stroll with us!
It's easy to make a difference.


Join us for a day of fun while helping to improve the lives of the 140,000 people living with epilepsy in our region. Gather donations from your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. A minimum of $100 per person is required and allows entrance into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, continental breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, a tee shirt and participation in the Stroll. Children two and under are free.

Help the one in one hundred people who have epilepsy
-Have fun and do good
-Learn about solutions
-Connect with friends
-Create hope

Your gift, your participation makes you part of the solution - end seizures and epilepsy.

Your gift will support the 140,000 people and their families in Northern California who live with epilepsy.
- See more at: http://epilepsynorcal.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1104316#sthash.KwMXlV4H.dpuf

All In Need Family Support Fundraiser for Everyone Near and Far

Spring into Summer Virtual 5k Walk/Run/Skip Move for AiN


This fun and easy fundraiser is for everyone and can be done anywhere! You register at Active.com and you choose your activity. You can walk, run, skip, swim, or whatever gets you up and moving for AiN. Finish your event during the week of June 1st through June 7th and receive a medal for your hard work! Post pictures and/or distance and time on our Facebook wall to brag about how you supported AiN!

Register now!