March 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: 

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Hello Beautiful Parents, Caregivers, Siblings & More - Who love and care for amazing Black Children, Youth & Adults experiencing Autism & Developmental differences.  

It’s Ardena, momma to a beautiful Black boy on the Autism Spectrum. Our Parenting Black Children’s (PBC) program mission is to Decrease Disparities & Increase Access to Information & Resources for Black/African American families. 

10 years ago, I knew little to nothing about Autism and Developmental Disabilities but had to quickly learn after my son's diagnosis. However, there were several systems of care that could have shared the information. Our communities have and continue to experience racial trauma associated with disparities and deficits in systems of care and this program is helping to make a difference. Awareness is Key but Access is Essential so that our families may thrive in home, school and community. Every March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) lead Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). The campaign highlights how people with and without disabilities come together to form strong communities. See the list of resources to support individuals and families experiencing I/DD provided NACDD in the section below. 


Inaugural Class 2023

Black Voices of Empowerment!

Parent LEADers & Advocacy Training

In collaboration with Maisha Azadi Sebastiany,M.B.A. Director of MAS Diversity Consultancy. These amazing Parent & Caregivers will complete a 6-week training program designed to increase the access to representation and participation of Black families on boards, committees and other decision-making platforms by providing parents with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, skills and understand how to take up space as leaders and advocates in the community.

Please visit our Linktree for more information and updates at

Access Nonprofit Center - Upcoming Programs

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

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

DDS Featured Events:

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.

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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

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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 Tuesday - 10am to 11am

Via Zoom

More information

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:

Play to Learn

March 29 , 2023

"Special presenter on Social

Emotional Development"

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave.

STE B, West Covina, CA. 91791

Register at:

or 626-919-1091

How To Understand Your Child's IFSP/IPP

Friday, March 30, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

To Pre-Register please use the Zoom Registration Link:

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:

ASL Art Class

Every Third Tuesday

March 21, 2023 6:00 pm / 7:30 pm

Virtual event

Learn more...

IRC D/HH Bowling Night

March 22, 2023 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm

22500 Town Cir Ste 2030 Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Learn more...

IRC CAC Hangout From Home

March 23, 2023 5:00 pm / 6:30 pm

(4th Thursday of every month)

Virtual event

Lean more...

2nd Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair

March 25, 2023 9:00 am / 12:00 pm

Riverside Medical Clinic

3660 Arlington Ave. Riverside, CA 9250


Learn more...

IRC Parent Orientation 2023

March 27, 2023 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm

Virtual event

Learn more...

Color The Spectrum Autism Art Festival

April 2, 2023 10:00 am / 1:00 pm

Rancho Mirage Community Park

71560 San Jacinto Dr. Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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

Spring Event

Saturday, March 25, 11am - 2pm

Villegas Park

More information


Virtual Teen / Adult Social Group

Thursdays 3pm - 4pm

Via Zoom

Next meeting Thursday, March 23 and March 30

Register for the event


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


CHLA - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

By: CHLA Parent Navigators

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Register in Advance for this Workshop. Click the link below.

In-Home Supportive Services

Registration Link

Meeting ID: 939 1320 4763 Passcode: 438192

Community Health and Wellness Fair

In Partnership with Riverside Heart and Operation Kindness

Saturday, March 25 9am -12pm

Riverside Medical Clinic

Admin Parking Lot

3660 Arlington Ave, Riverside

LA Law Library - In-Person: Considering Conservatorship? Get Answers

Friday, March 24, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more information

or call 213-785-2516

6th Annual Evidenced-Based Practice Conference

The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network Local Interagency Collaborative Regional Team (CAPTAIN C.L.I.C.)

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023, 8am - 3pm

220 West Puente, Covina, CA 91723

More information

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