Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CAC Meeting Reminder! Tuesday February 3rd at 7:00 pm

The Community Advisory Committee  has a new location on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm
Gregory Gardens Elementary Library
1 Corritone Ct.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Special Autism Presentation: The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) presenters will provide information for parents and school staff to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in the school setting. 

the CAC is the Community Advisory Committee which is made up of parents and educators and represents the community and advises the Board of Education on matters involved Special Education Programs and Services in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. 

A Spanish Language Interpreter will be present at the meeting for free! 

Need more information? Contact Hilary Shen, MDUSD Parent Liaison at (925) 682-8000 ext. 4297 or shenh@mdusd.org

Monday, January 26, 2015

All in Need, Family Support & Slow Hand BBQ Fundraiser!

Make sure you join us on Wednesday  from 11 am to 9 pm at Slow Hand on Oak Park Boulevard in Pleasant Hill, for our first 2015 fundraiser. Make sure you bring a flyer and pass this fundraiser out to all your friends!

Here is the link for the flyer and more information!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All in Need, Family Support January Newsletter

All in Need, Family Support is a local nonprofit that has the mission to provide support to families with children, ages 18, and under that have special needs in the East Bay Area. By offering respite care in a nurturing and learning and environment, promoting, social interaction, gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere.

To read their newsletter.

Respite Care Improves Marital Quality for Parents of Children with Autism

Today on Examiner.com "Parents of children with developmental disabilities face challenges that place them at high risk for distress and negative psychological outcomes. The demands placed on parents caring for a child with autism contribute to a higher overall incidence of parental stress, depression, and anxiety and adversely affects family functioning and marital relationships compared with parents of children with other intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities."

To read more visit their blog

Teach about black-americans with disabilities

Examiner.com states "On Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and that got me thinking about Americans with disabilities that are African-Americans. It made me do some research. Students learn about famous people, but very little is said about people with disabilities or if they are people who are discussed if they had or have a disability it is rarely mentioned unless those who are currently famous mention it."

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Intervention Helps Reduce Maternal Stress After a Child's Autism Diagnosis

The Examiner.com states "Parents worldwide often experience a range of emotions when their child is first diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including shock, sadness and grief, anger, and loneliness. Mothers, in particular, appear to face unique challenges that potentially have an impact on their mental health and wellbeing. This includes high levels of psychological distress, depressive symptoms, and social isolation. Almost 40% of mothers report levels of clinically significant parenting stress and between 33% and 59% report significant depressive symptoms following a diagnosis of ASD."

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Signs of autism overlooked during brief observations by clinicians

The Examiner.com states "The bulk of research in the field of autism and related developmental disabilities has focused on developing methods for early detection and diagnosis. A new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics finds that psychologists tasked with evaluating young children for signs of developmental delay overlooked key signs of autism in 39 percent of the participants."

To read more on this article visit their site.