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August 2023 Resource Newsletter

The vision of Access Nonprofit Center is to decrease the Disparity and increase the Access of Black/African American families to resources & information so that we may THRIVE in HOME COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL

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Executive Director’s Share: 

Hello Beautiful people who love and care for our amazing children and adults experiencing developmental differences. It's back to school time!!! With back to school, comes opportunities and sometimes challenges for our children. At the end of the day we all want our children to thrive and have equitable Access to the best opportunities for learning. However, for some of us the special education system is not easy to navigate. Our ancestors paved the way in 1954, U.S. Supreme Court  case Brown v. Board of Education eliminating segregation, in 1975 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act  that “ensures” students with a disability are provided with a Free Appropriate Public Education that is tailored to their individual needs. While some schools are doing an amazing job providing the appropriate services many are not. What do we do as parents? We  advocate in an informed and strategic way through accessing the information and inviting advocates to support you during the special education process. Below you will find resources that will assist you. If you are Black parent, please join us for our support group to discuss IEP and Special Education.

Access Nonprofit Center - Upcoming Programs

Parent / Caregiver Support Group:

Saturday, August 19, 9am -11am

How Do You IEP and Transition

Guest Speaker Nora Perez-Givens

How Do You Organize IEP and Other Documents Binder

Group Discussion and Workshop

In Person Event:

Casa Colina Children Center, 255 E Bonita Ave, Pomona, CA 91767

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Parenting Black Children

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

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Special Education and IEP Resources

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Navigating Special Education WEBINAR

Thursday, Aug 24, 2023, 6pm-8pm

Does the IEP process seem overwhelming and confusing? Join us to learn about Special Education, the terminology that is used during meetings and in IEP documents, and tips to help you successfully navigate the special education system.

This workshop will be conducted using Zoom.

Register for the workshop

What are SELPA's? How an they help you?

In response to Federal laws, legislation was passed in California which provides the legal foundation for a comprehensive plan in special education and requires local districts and agencies to establish a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) in order to address the needs of all children with disabilities.

Every School District in California is a member of a SELPA. Also, every Charter School is either a member of a SELPA, or is considered a school under a district that is a member.

Download PDF with more information about SELPA

Special Education - CalEdFacts

California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California.

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Special Education Basics Toolkit

Disability Rights California web site providing information and updates on Special Education issues

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Special Education Timelines - Critical Issues, Presentation

IDEA Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) addresses early intervention services for infants/toddlers with disabilities (birth-3 years old) and their families. 

IDEA Part B addresses special education and related services for children and young adults ages three to twenty-two via the public school system. 

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2023 Virtual Training About Educational Matters for Parents

Thursdays 4:30pm - 6pm

Via Zoom

IEP Strategies for Black Families - Week 3

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Presented by

IEP Strategies for Black Families - Week 4

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Richard D. Davis Foundation Scholarship

As a part of the Richard D. Davis Foundation’s mission, we aim to support higher education goals for individuals that support the SG/PRC community through an annual scholarship award. We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Annual Scholarship award from employees of the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center vendor community, and for immediate family members of an individual served by SG/PRC. 

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Other Education Information

Back to school: For children with disabilities, collaboration on returning to classrooms is essential

This article from 2021, written by UCLA Health pediatrician Rebecca Dudovitz, MD, and developmental psychologist and researcher Emily Hotez, PhD, has good insights and information about preparing your child for the school year.

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CHLA Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plan Workshop

Tuesday August 15, 4pm - 6pm

Virtual event

Register in advance for this workshop. Click the link below.

IEP and 504 Plan Registration Link

Meeting ID: 967 9778 6940 Passcode: 266507

Black Students of California United

Black Students of California United (BSCU) is a statewide organization focused on developing African American Students through Culturally Competent Leadership Training, Civic Engagement Experiences, Experiential Project-Based Learning, Dual Generation Engagement, Mental and Physical Health Maintenance Habits and Practices Training, and Research & Presentation Skills Training.

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Parenting Special Needs Magazine

Parenting Special Needs Magazine believes in the Power of Parenting: encouraging, informing, empowering, and inspiring you throughout your parenting journey.

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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 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.

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Parenting Black Babies Special Newsletter

The Early Start program is California's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early Start services are available statewide and are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system.

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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

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Calendar of events

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

Thursday, August 17, 11am-12pm via Zoom

Deaf and hard of hearing specialist will be presenting the following topics:

  • Role of the DHH Specialist
  • Definitions and Vocabulary in Deaf Culture
  • DeafPlus
  • Type of Communication and Accommodations
  • ADA Laws - Effective Communication
  • Video Relay Service and Communication Devices
  • Generic and Regional Center Resources

Zoom meeting information

Zoom ID: 836 6212 8172

Call (669) 444-9171

SGPRC Self- Determination Meetings & Trainings

September 12, 2023 06:00 PM

October 10, 2023 06:00 PM

November 14, 2023 06:00 PM

Join through Zoom - Register in advance for this meeting.

Register today

Self Determination Program

The Waiting Room - (SDP Family Support Group)

Education Spectrum in collaboration with the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center announce this monthly support group. The Waiting Room is designed to be a safe place to share, listen and learn for all Participants, Families, Parents and Caregivers of the Self-Determination Program. Meetings will be facilitated by independent moderators. 

Meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. In English, Spanish, and Chinese languages.

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SCDD Statewide SDP Program Trainings

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has partnered with State Council to provide a statewide orientation and training to all participants and families who are interested in participating in the Self-Determination Program (SDP). The Statewide SDP Orientation is one (1) Module that is two (2) hours in length:


Module 1: Self-Determination Program Orientation

  • Define the Self-Determination Program
  • Introduce the Principles of Self-Determination
  • Discuss the steps to join the Self-Determination Program
  • Introduce key roles and parts of the Self-Determination Program
  • Talk about next steps

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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

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has partnered with State Council to provide a statewide orientation and training to all participants and families who are interested in participating in the Self-Determination Program (SDP). The Statewide Self-Determination Program Orientation is one (1) Module that is two (2) hours in length.

More Information

SGPRC Monthly Community Meetings

Every 3rd Tuesday - 10am to 11am

Via Zoom

Access Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 941 540 067

Password: 123456

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:

Early Start Technology Lending Library Program

Parents’ Place will provide a technological device, connectivity, Early Start software when applicable, on a case-by-case basis training and curbside deliveries, through our Early Start Technology Lending LibraryProgram.

Phone: 626-919-1091



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

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

Mari Rodriguez 

Cultural Specialist


Social Media

Calendar of Events

Inland Regional Center

IRC Access Newsletter - July 2023 Issue

Read about updates, inspiring stories, services and other offerings provided by IRC

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IRC Featured Events:

Let's Dance Together

Every Saturday on Zoom

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Inaugural Community Wellness and Resource Fair

August 19, 2023 10:00 am / 4:00 pm

ABC Hopes Warehouse

1831 Commerce Street #103

Corona, CA 92878

Learn more

Please note, this event is hosted by a community partner, not Inland Regional Center.

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.

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 

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

Negotiating Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities

  • Inland Regional Center (IRC) - is great resource for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Inland Empire. It is a non-profit agency that provides support to people with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. IRC Service Coordinators work together with individual consumers to help create service plans that helps with independence, empowerment and inclusion.
  • Easter Seals – provides opportunities for people of all ages with a range of disabilities to assist them achieve their full potential. They provide such services as therapy, early intervention services, camps and employment placement for children and adults with disabilities, caregivers, veterans, and seniors to be at their best as they live, learn, work and play.
  • University Center for Developmental Disabilities (UCDD) – provides positive behavioral interventions for their consumers to help increase their independence and maturity. Their program provides a program for children with autism within San Bernardino and Riverside counties. They work in collaboration between IRC and California State University, San Bernardino servicing children with autism and other pervasive developmental disabilities and their families. 
  • In-Home Support Services (IHSS) – is a program under the Department of Aging and Adult Services designed to help pay for services for individuals with disabilities to help them remain safely in their own home. You must meet eligibility requirements to participate in this federal, state and locally funded program. Types of services covered by IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired. 
  • Dignity Group – non-profit organization that provides free assistance to help families with developmentally disabled members of all ages understand how to understand and navigate the disability system. They provide seminars introducing families to major issues they will encounter, including entitlement programs, conservatorships, wills and trusts.
  • Legacy Counselors at Law, P.C.
  • Gisselle M. Quintana, Attorney at Law
  • Conservatorship, Probate & Guardianship
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates, Special Needs Trusts, Business Formation & Asset Protection
  • (909) 541-0035

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


Pamper My Baby Workshop – August 2023

August 24, 2023 10:30am-2:30 pm

August 31, 10am-2pm

Cypress Neighborhood Center

8380 Cypress Avenue Fontana, CA 92335

Organized By

Chasing 7 Dreams


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

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