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Discover programs in Los Angeles that can help you and your family.
- Bet Tzedek
- BJE: Builders of Jewish Education
- Camp Ramah in California
- Conejo Valley Friendship Circle
- Friendship Foundation
- Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
- Jewish Free Loan Association
- Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust
- JVS SoCal
- Social Events (Chaverim) — Jewish Family Service of LA (jfsla.org)
- Education & Family Support (HaMercaz) — Jewish Family Service LA (jfsla.org)
- Maagalim Community Circles
- OurSpace: The Artistic Spectrum of Jewish Learning for Adults — Valley Beth Shalom (vbs.org)
- Shalom Institute/Shemesh Farms
- The Friendship Circle Los Angeles
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles/Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC)
- The Miracle Project
- Valley Friendship Circle
- Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
- Yachad Los Angeles
- Zooz Fitness
- Project Connect
Last November, The Arc of California launched a 24-hour support line to help individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them cope during the pandemic. Project Connect is a free telehealth line available anytime for people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers and other members of their support teams across the nation.
Developed by The Arc of California and the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, the call line is staffed by graduate students at the school who are supervised by licensed social workers. Callers receive support, guidance, and referrals.
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- How to Find Sensory-Friendly Events
- Preparing for Your Child’s IEP Meeting
Policies & Procedures / Getting Ready for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting and Prep (lausd.net)
Getting Ready for an INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM Uploaded 3.6.18.pdf (lausd.net)
- Advice for Parents of Kids With Autism, From Adults on the Spectrum
Dressing can be challenging for individuals with special needs and physical disabilities. Whether it is a parent dressing their child or an adult with a physical impairment, clothes that meet the needs of diversely abled people are in demand and the fashion industry has taken note. Simple clothing alterations like magnetic closures instead of buttons, snaps, and hooks on shirts and jackets, as well as softer materials and textures that allow for range of motion, can benefit people with a range of abilities. Retailers like Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos, Nike, and Target are leading the way in designing apparel, shoes, and other products for consumers that are not only fashionable but also allow people greater independence for activities in daily life.
Models gather backstage for the Runway of Dreams runway show, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, during Fashion Week in New York. The runway show featured models with disabilities wearing adaptive clothing for children and adults. Kevin Hagen / AP
- Find Disability-Inclusive Dolls and Accessories:
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- People With Disabilities Are Entitled to a Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks
- Find the Best Sensory Play Items at the Dollar Store
- How to Find Sensory-Friendly Events
We live in a hi-tech world where new technologies surface all the time. For some of us, new apps simplify life or provide a luxury — we can order our groceries from our cell phones so we don’t have to go to the grocery store. For others, they provide a solution to a problem or satisfy a necessity — they increase reading or hearing ability and promote learning in the case of a disability.
Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether purchased from a store or personally customized — excluding medical devices or implants — that amplifies, sustains, or expands the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said:
Top 6 Assistive Technology For People With Disabilities:
“Discover how innovative assistive technology changes people’s lives”: Communication Device” Real Look Autism – Watch out how assistive communication technology is helping a nonverbal, 7-year old boy “talk”.
Today, assistive technologies can help students with certain disabilities learn more effectively. Ranging in sophistication from “low” technologies such as a graphic organizer worksheet to “high” technologies including cutting-edge software and smartphone apps, assistive technology is a growing and dynamic field.
More examples of assistive technology are:
Assistive Listening Systems
According to the National Association for the Deaf, assistive listening systems can be used by children who are hard of hearing or to enhance the reach and effectiveness of those with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Read more about other types of assistive technology that make life easier for those with a variety of disabilities:
Text-to-speech (TTS) software is designed to help children who suffer from blindness, dyslexia, visual impairments, learning disabilities, autism, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that affect their ability to read. The technology scans and then reads the words to the student in a synthesized voice.
A mobile handheld device about the size and weight of a paperback book, Intel Reader uses TTS technology to read printed text aloud and features a high-resolution camera that captures printed text, converts it to digital text, and reads it to the user.
For students requiring a multi-sensory approach to literacy learning, this software program helps students who may have a non-print disability or may not typically consider a TTS program.
Some students have dysgraphia or disorders of written expressions, and graphic organizers are very useful in helping them organize their thoughts, map out a course of action, describe objects, and perform other tasks.
For students with mobility challenges, such as paralysis and fine motor skill disabilities, these systems allow for control of a computer, mobile device, or some other technological application by the child’s movement of the device (similar to a joystick) with his or her mouth.
An LAJAC case manager is a professional who helps coordinate services of care on behalf of an individual in need. To contact an LAJAC case manager, please complete this intake form.