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Upcoming Events at a Glance

Special Olympics Northern California Basketball Season - Begins Weekend of January 6/7

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group - Saturday, January 6

SELPA Autism Series: Reinforcement as an Evidence-based Practice for Students on the Autism Spectrum - Wednesday, January 10

Worskhop: Special Needs Trusts & the ABLE Act (San Jose) - Wednesday, January 10

South County Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group - Friday, January 12

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 16

Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish) at the San Andreas Regional Center - Thursday, January 18

Institute of Special Education / Instituto de Educacion Especial - Saturday, January 20

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group - Saturday, January 20

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Familia-a-Familia Course (Spanish) - 12 week course begins Thursday, Feb. 25

Special Kids Crusade's REACH Basketball begins - Weekend of Feb. 3 & 4

"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop - Wednesday, February 7

Chuparrosa Parent Support Group (Greenfield) - Friday, February 16

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Tuesday, February 20

SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting - Wednesday, February 21

Getting Help for My Child with Disabilities Community Resource Fair - Thursday, Feb. 22

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Course - 12 week course begins Thursday, March 6

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, March 19

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, May 21

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, June 18

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, July 16

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, September 17

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, October 15

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, November 19

 

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Special Olympics Northern CA Basketball Season
Weekends, January 6/7 through February 24/25
Harbor High School ~ 300 La Fonda, Santa Cruz ~ Saturdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Palma High School ~ 919 Iverson St., Salinas ~ Sundays 4:00 - 6: 00 pm
 View the training schedule

Special Olympics is open to every person with an intellectual disability, regardless of the level or degree of that person’s disability and whether or not that person also has other mental or physical disabilities. Athletes must be at least 8 years old to compete at a sports competition. Athletes between 6–7 years of age can come out for practices, but cannot compete. There is no “cap” on how old an athlete can be. We have some very active athletes who are in their 50s and 60s and some are still going strong in their 70s!

Basketball was first contested at the 1968 Special Olympics World Games. By the 1995 World Games, nearly 600 athletes from 40 countries entered the competition. There were 31 men's teams, 18 women's teams, and 10 Unified Sports® teams. Additionally, about 100 athletes competed in individual contest events. These events are for the lower ability athletes and include the target pass, ten meter dribble, and spot shot. Learn more at https://www.sonc.org/programs/community-sports-programs/county/monterey. For information, contact Special Olympics Sports Manager Derrick Erwing at (408) 392-0170, ext. 208 or at DerrickE@sonc.org.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, January 6 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

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SELPA Autism Series: Reinforcement as an Evidence-based Practice for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Wednesday, January 10 ~ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monterey County Office of Education, 901 Blanco Circle (Room A/B), Salinas

This workshop is 4th a 5-part series. Participants are not required to attend all 5 sessions. Reinforcement increases the likelihood that a learner with ASD will perform a target skill or behavior in the future. Reinforcement is a foundational practice that is used with other evidence-based practices. Reinforcement describes the relationship between learner behavior and a consequence that follows the behavior. This workshop will address the research behind the use of reinforcement techniques and their implementation in the classroom.

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Workshop: Special Needs Trusts & the ABLE Act
Wednesday, January 10 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Shepherd Fund, 1641 North First Street, Suite 155, San Jose

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Learn how the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act is making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities. The ABLE Act allows individuals with special needs to accumulate wealth while still qualifying for government benefits. In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn about the ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts, and how the two are related.

Speaker Lorna J. Drope is a tax and estate planning attorney who has been practicing law in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a Masters in Tax Law. She previously served on the board of Special Kids Crusade and serves families in Monterey and Santa Clara Counties.

This is a FREE workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Click here to register. For more information, visit www.specialneedslawgroup.com.

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South County Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group
Friday, January 12 ~ 6 pm - 8 pm
Gabilan School ~ Multipurpose Room
330 Walker Drive, Soledad

Parents and family members of children with special needs are invited to participate in these group meetings to receive support while receiving vital information regarding special education, legal , mental health, behavior and more. This group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month. For more information, please contact Josefina Muñoz (831) 678-1287, María Sánchez   (831) 678-2204, Alicia Lustre  (831) 214- 7278, or Sandra Acevez  (831) 678-0342. Child Care provided by Forever Friends.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 16 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish) presents...
Handling Stress in a Special Needs Family
Speaker: Stella Lauerman, Director of the Child Development Behavior Consortium

Thursday, January 18 ~ 10 am
San Andreas Regional Center ~ 344 Salinas St., Suite 207
Informational Flyer (Spanish) PDF

Spanish-speaking parents in Monterey County are invited to participate in a parent support group hosted by the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) in Salinas. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month in the San Andreas Regional Center office. Parents do not need to be SARC-eligible to attend. Light refreshments are served. For more information, contact Minerva Valdez at (831) 759-3164.

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Institute of Special Education / Instituto de Educacion Especial
Saturday, January 20 ~ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Vista Verde Middle School ~ 1199 Elm Ave., Greenfield
Flyer (English) PDF

This institute will be conducted in Spanish for parents and families of children with special needs. The goal is for parents to participate in the various workshops for educational, medial, and legal information on services and rights of children with disabilities. During this institute, there will be resource tables, continental breakfast and lunch. Child care is limited. You must reserve your spot for child care! For more information and to reserve child care, contact Rosy Montoya at (831) 674-3560, Faustina Salvadore at (831) 272-1310 or email grupochuparrosa@gmail.com. This event is being held in collaboration with the San Andreas Regional Center and Chuparrosa Grupo de Apoyo.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, January 20 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

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NAMI Familia-a-Familia Course (Spanish)
Thursdays for 12 weeks beginning January 25
Salinas Location (Call 831-422-6264 or 831-402-4939 for location and meeting times)
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NAMI Familia-a-Familia is a no cost, 12 session educational course coordinated by NAMI Monterey County. The NAMI Familia-a-Familia course is for family, caregivers, friends, and significant others of adults living with mental health challenges. This course helps family members learn more about their loved one’s mental illness and ways to support them…IN SPANISH! The NAMI Familia-a-Familia Education Course will cover: Information on Schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression, and more; Signs and symptoms; Basics about the brain and medication; Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively. Strategies for self-care. Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services …… and more!

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Special Kids Crusade REACH Basketball
Winter 2018 Season

TWO SESSIONS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE (Do one or both!)
Seaside Boys & Girls Club:
Saturday, February 3 through Saturday, March 17
Salinas Community YMCA:
Sunday, February 4 through Sunday, March 18
Mail-in Registration form (PDF): English   Spanish
Pay online: Seaside Program or Salinas Program

For six weekends each winter, sounds of laughter, shouts of praise and waves of applause can be heard both on and off the court in support of a group of young athletes, ages 6 to 22, who are having fun doing something they rarely get the chance to do: have fun playing basketball with their peers. Join us! Special Kids Crusade's REACH Basketball takes place at two locations:

  • Session 1: Saturdays from 11 am - 12 pm at the Seaside Boys & Girls Club - Sat. February 3 and runs through Sat. March 17
  • Session 2: Sundays from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Salinas Community YMCA - Sun. February 4 through Sun. March 18
    (Note: For both sessions, there will be no program on Presidents' Day weekend, Feb. 17 and 18.)

Choose one or both locations. The cost is $55 per six week session ($95 total, if you do both) and includes a t-shirt, season finale party and six weeks of fun, fun, fun! For more information, call (831) 372-2730.

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"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop
Wednesday, February 7 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Shepherd Fund ~ 1641 North First St., Suite 155, San Jose

This FREE interactive presentation by special needs planning attorney Lorna J. Drope will inform you on how to prepare and protect your loved one with a developmental disability and keep him/her from harm or exploitation as they approach and enter adulthood. Learn how a limited conservatorship can protect an adult with developmental disabilities while allowing for the development of maximum self-reliance and independence.

Speaker Lorna J. Drope is a tax and estate planning attorney who has been practicing law in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a Masters in Tax Law. She has clients in Monterey, San Jose.

This is a FREE workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Click here to register.

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Chuparrosa Parent Support Group
Friday, February 16 / Viernes, 16 de febrero ~ 6 pm - 8 pm
Tyler Park / Tyler Park Salon Comunitario ~ 1120 Heidi Dr., Greenfield

Our mission is to offer Special Education resource and related services workshops monthly. A representative from Special Kids Crusade's Outreach Mentoring Team will be on hand to support questions about service access through the San Andreas Regional Center. Workshops are presented primarily in Spanish and are free and open to the public. This group is supported by Special Kids Crusade. For more information, contact Rosy Montoya at (831) 674-3560 or Faustino Salvador at (831) 272-1310.

Chuparrosa es un grupo de apoyo para padres de niños con diferentes habilidades y/o necesidades especiales. Nuestra misión es ofrecer talleres de Servicios y Recursos relacionados con la Educación Especial mensualmente. Un representante del equipo de mentores de SKC estará disponible para contestar preguntas sobre el acceso a servicios a través del Centro Regional de San Andreas.Los talleres son presentados en español e inglés totalmente gratis y abiertos al público. Este grupo es apoyado por Special Kids Crusade. Para más información:Rosy Montoya (831) 674-3560 o Faustino Salvador (831) 272-1310.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 20 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Cruz County Office
1110 Main St., Suite 8, Watsonville

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Cruz County office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting
SELPA Comité Asesor Comuntario (CAC)
Wednesday, February 21 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Miércoles 17 de Febrero
Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE)
901 Blanco Circle, Salinas

View past agendas & 2018 Calendar

The SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meets regularly to discuss topics of interest to parents and community members who take an active interest in all matters concerning special education in Monterey County.  The CAC reviews and makes recommendations relating to the SELPA Local Plan and participates in other activities to support students with disabilities in our area.  The CAC also assists SELPA in developing the parent education program. Spanish interpretation is available with 3 days advance notice. Call (831) 755-6464.

El Comité Asesor Comunitario (CAC) se reúne regularmente para hablar de temas de interés para padres de familia y miembros de la comunidad quienes tienen un interés activo en todo asunto sobre la educación especial en el Condado de Monterey. El CAC revisa y recomienda referente al Plan Local del SELPA y participa en otras actividades que apoyan a los alumnos con discapacidades en nuestra zona. El CAC además ayuda al SELPA en idear el programa de educación para padres de familia.

Cuidado de niños e interpretación a español disponibles en las reuniones del CAC solicitados por anticipado (3 días de antelación), llamando al (831) 755-6464 y dando su nombre, número de teléfono, nombre del taller, y las edades y necesidades de los niños.

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Community Resources Fair: Getting Help for My Child with Disabilities
Wednesday, February 22 ~ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
540 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks

Come visit SKC! This Community Resources Fair is designed to help parents and caregivers become more aware of services and programs for children of all ages with a variety of disabilities. Representatives of agencies and programs serving special needs children and young adults in Monterey County will be available to discuss the services offered. Educational, recreational, health and governmental agencies will be invited to participate in a resource fair format. This event will be offered in English & Spanish. Note: The event is FREE for parents & educators but NO child care will be available.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Family-to-Family 12- Week Course

Thursdays beginning March 6 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pacific Grove Location (Call 831-422-6264 or 831-402-4939 for location)
View Flyer

NAMI Family-to-Family is a no cost, 12 session educational course coordinated by NAMI Monterey County. The NAMI Family-to-Family course is for family, caregivers, friends, and significant others of adults living with mental health challenges. This course helps family members learn more about their loved one’s mental illness and ways to support them.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, March 19 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Monterey County Office
344 Salinas St. Suite 207, Salinas

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Monterey County (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, May 21 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, June 18 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Cruz County Office
1110 Main St., Suite 8, Watsonville

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Cruz County office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, July 16 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, September 17 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Monterey County Office
344 Salinas St. Suite 207, Salinas

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Monterey County (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center ANNUAL Board Meeting

Monday, October 15 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Final Board Meeting of 2018
Monday, November 19 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
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