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Summer 2023 Resource Newsletter


Parenting Black Children

Decrease Disparities, Increase Access to Resources & Information for

Black/African American Families Experiencing Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Resources Featured in This Issue:

  • Executive Director's Share
  • Access Nonprofit Center Upcoming Programs
  • Juneteenth
  • Summer Camps and Activities
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
  • San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center - Community Outreach Department
  • Parent's Place Family Resource Center
  • Inland Regional Center - Community Engagement Department
  • Early Start Family Resource Network
  • AAIMM - African American Infant Maternal Mortality
  • Additional Resources
  • $ Paid Survey and Focus Groups
  • Culturally Competent Vendors

Executive Director’s Share: 

Ardena Bartlett, MPA

Parent, Founder, Executive Director

Congratulations to


Celebrating Awesome Dads!!!

Juneteenth Freedom Day!!

Family Summer Fun Activities!!

Juneteenth is a recognized federal holiday. It’s a bitter-sweet celebration, on the bitter side we recognize that we so often have dealt with the inequity that exist for our culture of getting access to human rights and on the sweet side as we use our power of advocacy and information we create opportunities for our families to live, thrive in home, community and school. 

Let’s enjoy a summer that is full of fun, memories, accomplishments. Let’s pursue the opportunities of access and equity for our families. 

My hope is that our children & adults, no matter what the difference, will have equitable opportunities to live their best lives through accessing services and programs. Let’s keep asking the right questions so we can get some answers. I encourage you this summer to take advantage of attending an amusement park. After purchasing your ticket, guest services will provide families with a disability pass that allows you to skip the lines which gives you more time to enjoy your family.  

See you at the next support group.

Please visit our Linktree for more information and updates at

Access Nonprofit Center - Upcoming Programs

Call in: 1-669-900-9128

ID 823 5504 1757

Zoom in:

Access code 823 5504 1757

Access Nonprofit Center's Virtual Drop In Hours

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 10am -1pm

Parents and Caregivers can ask questions, discuss available resources, concerns about services related to Regional Center, and special education services

Call in: 1-669-900-9128

ID 823 5504 1757

Zoom in:

Access code 823 5504 1757

Visit the Access Nonprofit Website

Please visit our Linktree for more information and updates at

Parent LEADership & Advocacy Training Program (PLA)

Congratulations!!! Parent Leadership & Advocacy Graduates!

Let's Get In Some Good Trouble!!!

Learn more about PLA

Parenting Black Babies

Early Intervention, Education & Referral Initiative

Access Nonprofit Center and Carousel Developmental Services introduce Parenting Black Babies, Early Intervention, Education & Referral Initiative a project which focuses on assessing early intervention services and increasing access for at-risk infants.

Learn More...

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The goal of Juneteenth is to celebrate Black lives, amplify Black voices, and showcase the resilience of Black people.

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Celebrate Juneteenth, Monday, June 19

Juneteenth was officially signed a federal holiday by President Joe Biden in 2021. The holiday has been celebrated since 1865 and originated in Galveston, Texas.

It is a day that celebrates the end of slavery and the freedom of enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

It is the country's oldest national celebration commemorating the end of slavery.

The goal of Juneteenth is to celebrate Black lives, amplify Black voices, and showcase the resilience of Black people.

See a list of Juneteenth events in the Los Angeles area, posted by AllEvents

 Pomona Valley Juneteenth Jazz and Arts Festival

Juneteenth 3rd Annual Celebration and Resource Fair

Sunday June 18, 9am - 4pm

Learn more

Summer Camps & Activities


Special Needs Camps Directory

Current state-by-state Best Special-Needs Camps Directories

Learn More

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The Autism Society - Inland Empire, List of Summer Camps

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Summer Movie Clubhouse

Summer Movie Clubhouse is back at Cinemark! Bring the kids and enjoy exciting big-screen entertainment for just $1.50 per ticket for each movie (Plus applicable taxes and fees)

More information

Luau Dance for those with special needs

Friday August 11 -5pm -9pm

La Verne Community Center

3680 D Street, La Verne, CA

For more information, call the 

Community Center at (909) 596-8776

June is Fatherhood Awareness Month

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Children's Institute's Project Fatherhood

The presence of nurturing fathers has a profound impact on children’s health and well-being. Project Fatherhood empowers dads to build strong relationships with their children.

Learn more

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Expecting Fathers Group for Black Dads 

New Session begins each month.

Sessions are Tuesdays at 6:30pm.

The Expecting Fathers Group is designed specifically for Black soon-to-be fathers and provides education, support and navigation tools for the prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum and early parenting periods.

Learn more

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San Bernardino Fatherhood

A community-based, grass-roots organization, working to serve fathers, children and their families in our communities

Learn more

Project Fatherhood National Fatherhood Movement

Join us on Saturday, June 17 for a national celebration of fathers!

Learn more

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)


The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) works to ensure Californians with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices and lead independent, productive lives as members of their communities in the least restrictive setting possible.

DDS Website

Mental Health Services Act Funding for Regional Centers

NEW Mental Health Services Act Request for Applications

Funding Available for Regional Centers Cycle VI Fiscal Years 2023-24 Through 2025-26

DDS is committed to improving the care of consumers with dual diagnoses (individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health diagnosis) to:

  • Ensure ongoing statewide technical assistance to promote interagency collaboration regarding access to mental health services; and
  • Improve clinical capacity and effectiveness of direct services.

DDS Wellness Toolkit!

The DDS Wellness Toolkit is a new section of the DDS website focused on providing information and tools related to health and safety for self-advocates, direct support professionals, and vendors or providers. New topics, tools, and information will be added on an ongoing basis.

Learn more

Transition to Adulthood Workshop Series

Parents, caregivers of youth ages 13 and up, and young adult self-advocates; we invite you to join us every third Thursday of the month for our FREE Transition to Adulthood Workshop Series. Each month includes a presentation from a community partner. Sign up to learn how to prepare your youth, or yourself, for adulthood. 

Download Flyer

Do you have and adult person with a Developmental Disability who lives in the home?

This new program is under a trial run to determine how to best serve adult individuals staying at home. The linked presentations provide information on this new program. Contact your service coordinator and regional center to find out more about this program that will assist adults staying at home with family members.

More information email

San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center

Community Outreach Department

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about SGPRC client services, please contact:

Josie Martinez 

Community Outreach Specialists

(909) 710-8817

Calendar of events

Sign up for Updates

SGPRC Self- Determination Meetings & Trainings

June 13, 2023 05:00 PM

July 11, 2023 05:00 PM

August 8, 2023 05:00 PM

Join through Zoom - Register in advance for this meeting.

Register today

SGPRC Featured Events:

2023 Virtual Training About Educational Matters for Parents

Thursdays 4:30pm - 6pm

Next Meeting March 23

Via Zoom

SGPRC Weekly Community Meetings

Every 3rd Tuesday - 10am to 11am

Via Zoom

More information

Critical Issues Forum

Thursday, June 8 2023, 11am - 12pm


  • Transitioning from Part C to Part B
  • Initial Assessment/Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Development
  • Timelines Applicable to IEPs
  • Re-assessments and IEE's
  • Transition Planning including Termination of Special Education
  • Discipline and Student Records

For more information please contact:

Josie Martinez  909-710-8817


Amos Byun 909-710-8815 email

Coffee with the Director

August 2

English and Hard Hearing Community 11am -12pm

Black/African American Community


Hispanic and other Spanish Speaking Community 2:30pm - 3:30pm

More information contact Luz Rodriguez-Uribe 909-710-8828 or Tiffany Loong 909-710-8827

Parent's Place Family Resource Center

Parents' Place Family Resource Center, Serving the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys, we are committed to supporting and enhancing family focused services in a parent driven atmosphere for families who have children with special needs, 0-22 years of age.

Calendar of Events

PPFRC Featured Events:

The Waiting Room SDP Support Group

A safe place to share, listen and learn for all Participants, Families, Parents and Caregivers of the Self-Determination Program.

Meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month Starting at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Register for event

Toy-Book-Video Lending Library

If you would like to borrow a toy, book, activity box, or video, call us to make an appointment!Once your borrowing period ends, you will drop off the items at The Parents' Place location.

To set up an appointment please contact: Parents’ Place Family Resource and Empowerment Center:


1500 S. Hyacinth Ave., Suite B, West Covina., CA 91791 

Inland Regional Center

Community Engagement Department

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about IRC client services, please contact: 

Mari Rodriguez 

Cultural Specialist


Social Media

Calendar of Events

IRC Featured Events:

Let's Dance Together

Every Saturday on Zoom

Learn more

Pamper My Baby Workshop – June

June 24, 2023 10:00 am / 2:00 pm

Learn more

Early Start Family Resource Network (EFRN)

The Early Start Family Resource Network provides a coordinated network of parent-to-parent support throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California. The ESFRN provides supportive services which include education, resources, and training to families with children who are at risk for or are experiencing delays or disabilities. We believe the family plays the central role in all aspects of the decision-making process by utilizing their strengths and engaging in parent/professional collaboration. The ESFRN assists families with system navigation and linking families with appropriate services in their communities.

Calendar of Events

Building Bridges for Special Needs

First Friday of every month

More information

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Autism Support Group

Second Wednesday of each month

More information


African American Infant Maternal Mortality

The Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Initiative is a countywide coalition dedicated to addressing the disproportionately high rates of Black infant and maternal deaths and ensuring healthy and joyous births for Black families in L.A. County. Led by the L.A. Department of Public Health (DPH) in partnership with First 5 LA, AAIMM was launched in 2018 as part of DPH’s 5-Year Plan to address the Black-White infant mortality gap in L.A. County.

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Additional Resources

List of Resources Provided by National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities - NACDD


Public Notice of Waiting List Opening for Section 8, in Pasadena

The City of Pasadena Housing Department will open the Section 8 waiting list for on-line applications from June 1 -June 15, 2023 

Applications will only be available online and can be submitted online only at 

Download Information - PDF

8th Annual Superheroes Carnival & Resource Fair

June 3, 11am - 3pm

1660 Termino Ave

Long Beach, CA 90804

Register today

Mental Health Series! At Black Women for Wellness

5-part series designed to support your mental health and wholeness

Food & Mood - June 7, 6pm

For more information and to RSVP please visit:

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Social & Life Skills Apps

Saturday, June 17, 2023

10 AM - 11 AM

Many kids and adults with disabilities struggle with social and life skills.

Join this session, in which we will demonstrate apps that can help with these skills. These apps focus on personal grooming, household chores, telling time, dialing 911, social skills, and more. Apps for various ages will be shown.

More information

Social Connections Workshop Series

8-Week Workshop Series

Focused on Building

Community and Friendships for

Regional Center Clients.

Saturday Workshops

1st Series will be held

June 17th - August 5th, 2023

Register for the workshop

$ PAID Surveys & Focus Groups

Paid Survey - Pasadena Public Health Department

You are invited to participate in a survey for the Pasadena Public Health Department – Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Cal-InSPIRE Program. The purpose of this survey is to receive feedback on the needs, strengths, opportunities, and barriers of families caring for children with special health care needs. We deeply value your feedback, and your responses will help us design a program that best serves children and youth with special health care needs.  

In order to be eligible for a $100 Target gift card, you must meet all eligibility requirements: 

  • Complete the survey by June 15, 2023. 
  • Identify as a parent/caregiver of a child or youth (ages 0-22) with a special health care need or disability.  
  • Child or children must primarily live OR attend school in the greater Pasadena area (Altadena, Pasadena, or Sierra Madre). 
  • You must provide contact information at the end of the survey. 
  • Only one submission per family is allowed. 


The first 50 respondents are eligible to receive a $100 Target gift card.  Gift cards will be available in June and can be picked up at the Pasadena Public Health Department at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 

This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes. If you have questions or need assistance completing this survey, please contact Miranda Diaz at (626) 744-6149 or email

Culturally Competent Vendors

Behavior Genius

Narrowing the gap in access to quality behavioral healthcare

  • ABA Services
  • Social Skills Group
  • Parent Coaching
  • BG kids Club - Sibshops

More information

Service Center for Independent Life (SCIL)

Works with persons with disabilities of all ages. Since 1980 SCIL’s sphere of influence encompasses 22 cities in South East Los Angeles County, and the East San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • self-advocacy training,
  • assistive technology,
  • housing information,
  • independent living skills training,
  • peer counseling,
  • benefits planning and information & referral services.

Learn more

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