Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School..... IEP clinics!

We Care Services for Children and Care Parent Network are pleased to announce the arrival of fall IEP Clinics.  These IEP Clinics are designed for parents of children age 3 through 12 with signed IEPs throughout Contra Costa County.
These clinics – which differ from IEP trainings – will allow four to six families to participate in a three and one-half hour clinic in which they will receive both IEP education and tips, as well as hands-on answers to their child’s IEP questions.  The parents/family members who attend these clinics will be walked through the IEP document and learn how to have a productive IEP, how to read the IEP, and how to advocate during the IEP.  Parents will then be able to review and seek guidance on their own child’s IEP.
 IEP Clinics will be  held in English on the following dates:
·        October 2 (East County)- Led by Vi Ibarra
·        October 9 (Far East)
·        October 23 (South County)
·        November 4 (Central County)- Let by Vi Ibarra
·        November 13 (West County)
 IEP Clinics will be held in Spanish on the following dates:
·        September 12 (Far East County)
·        September 25 (East County) 
·        October 16 (West County)
·        October 30  (Central County)
 IEP Clinics will run from 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending one of the clinics offered by me (Oct 2 or Nov 4), please let me know right away as space is extremely limited.  If you are interested in any of the other dates, let me know which one and I will put you in touch with the presenter.    You will be asked a few questions about your IEP as part of the intake procedure.  

Vi Ibarra
Project Coordinator
Autism Family Support Project

Walnut Festival Special Needs Night!

Please join us: Pre-Walnut Festival Event

“Special Needs Night”
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
6pm to 8pm

Please RSVP with Special Guest’s Name & number of additional immediate family members
BY: September 12th, 2014
(925) 935-6766 or

This evening has been sponsored by your friends at The Walnut Festival
Association and Midway of Fun. It is intended to provide you, your special
child, and immediate family members a pleasant evening of rides and
pictures with King Walnut.

Please bring this invitation with you.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Heather Farm Park
Walnut Festival Carnival Entrance
w a l n u t f e s t i v a l a s s o c i a t i o n
By Invitation Only

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School Book Fair Fundraiser for All in Need

What you’re not in the Bay Area? That is okay you can still support our Back to School Book fair from September 3 to September 9th you can purchases your materials at Barnes and noble’s website and enter our book fair number! The flyer has all the information!
“Back to School” Book fair will offering fun family events! A Scavenger Hunt for adults and kids! Parent and child teams…who can build the best Lego structure? Don’t forget to bring this flyer with you even the purchase at the Starbucks inside the Walnut Creek Barnes and Noble supports AiN! Mark your calendar for September 6th and September 7th.
Get ready for our upcoming “Back to School” Book fair at Walnut Creek Barnes and Noble on September 6th and September 7th. Teachers make sure you purchase your needed supplies for your classrooms, and parents make sure you buy plenty of books for those reading logs!

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                                                                                                                                      
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