Special Needs Family Appreciation Night with the Golden State Warriors!
Families of children with special needs can enjoy the game at an exclusive discounted rate of just $75 per person
(a savings of over $20 with NO taxes, surcharges, or fees)!
When: Monday, March 7, 2016 - Game Starts at 7:30pm
Where: Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
Click here to purchase tickets!
Bring your family and friends out to the Oracle Arena and cheer on the Warriors as they take on the Orlando Magic!
Fifteen lucky youth (18 & under) with special needs will get to enjoy exclusive opportunities with the Warriors!
*Early bird tickets are now sold out, but contact numbers can be found below for more information on how to attend this event*
Parents with School Aged Children
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
At Down Syndrome Connection of Bay Area, 101-J Town & Country Drive, Danville, CA
Facilitated by Laurie Hawley
Our opening topic will be, ideas for helping our children develop coping skills to deal with frustration. Bring your experiences, questions and ideas on this topic. We will also have time for sharing, addressing your pressing questions and concerns and IEP questions.
Please RSVP here.
“Finding the Words, Conversation about Your Child’s Special Needs”
- Thursday, March 17, 9:30-11:00 a.m., presented by Deborah Penry, Early Education Educator, Care Parent Network. Deborah will help us to develop thoughtful answers to the questions that arise regarding our children’s special needs.
“Tips for Successful IEP Meetings: Essential Information for Parents”
Thursday, April 21, 9:30-11:00 a.m., presented by Deborah Penry, Early Education Educator, Care Parent Network, and Laraine Domenico, Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Contra Costa SELPA. Deborah and Laraine will help parents learn how to have successful IEP meetings.
Trainings will be held at Care Parent Network's office in Martinez.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-313-0999 ext. 101.
Navigating through high school is challenging enough – school, homework, sports, parties, and more. Managing a food allergy on top of all of that can be overwhelming. Due to a tendency for risk-taking and avoidance behavior at this age, teens are the highest risk group for fatal allergic reactions. Join us for an interactive discussion on how to prepare and thrive through adolescence with severe allergies. Topics include: Bullying & Peer Pressure, Increased Responsibility & Independence, Dating & Intimacy, Open Communication, Travel, and Empowerment & Allies
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Iron Horse Middle School MPR
12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583
Come share your experiences and tips along with our expert panel who are living and working with food allergies. The panel consists of:
- Teens with severe food allergies within our community
- Dre Berendsen, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
- Dr. Matthew Lodewick MD, a local allergist / immunologist
with Allergy and Asthma Medical Group
- Kyle Dine, a food allergy educator & musician who lives
with severe food allergies and travels the country
entertaining and educating school children. He is also a
program coordinator and consultant for Food Allergy
Please encourage your teen or friend to join us for this informative presentation.
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
San Jose, CA
sponsored by Parents Helping Parents
One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:
- special education law, rights and responsibilities
- tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
- SMART IEPs
- introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.
Click here to register.
How to Improve Your Child's Fine Motor and Sensory Integration Skills
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hart Middle School, MPR
4433 Willow Rd., Pleasanton, CA
Does your child have a hard time fastening buttons and zippers? Do they hold their pencil in an awkward way? Do they have problems orienting their letters on the paper? Do they have difficulty focusing in a loud environment?
At this presentation, you will:
• Gain an understanding of age appropriate fine motor skills and typical challenges
• Learn how to engage your child in play activities to practice fine motor skills and address sensory issues
• Be able to see and touch equipment and materials for the home environment
• Get information on helpful resources and ask general questions.
Please Note: due to confidentiality issues, specific questions about an individual child or eligibility for OT services will not be addressed during this time
Introduction by Marla Silversmith, Director of Special Education. Presentation by Christine Frazier and Diane Warzecha, PUSD Occupational Therapists.
Register for this free event at www.tinyurl.com/FebSNC
Come Join Our Individually Tailored Clinics
The IEP clinics are designed to answer many of the questions parents have. They are for parents of children with current IEPs that are between the ages of 3-15 years old. Parents can learn how to create a "better version" of their child's IEP, create goals specific to their child, and much more.
The upcoming clinics are:
In English– March 7 (Central), March 11 (Far East), April 7 (West), April 21 (South).
In Spanish-February 26 (Far East), March 17 (East), March 24 (West), April 12 (Central)
AROUND OUR COMMUNITY
Events sponsored by other organizations serving special needs children & families
Please note that these events are not sponsored or endorsed by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, but are listed solely for informational purposes. If you would like to provide feedback regarding these listings, please email the Special Needs Chair at email@example.com
Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area
The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA), located in Danville, started in 1998 to fill a void in services for families who have children born with Down Syndrome. Our mission is to empower, inspire and support people with Down syndrome, their families and the community that serves them, while fostering awareness and acceptance in all areas of life.
Down Syndrome is the number one chromosomal disorder. Each year approximately 5000 babies are born in the US to families and there are currently 400,000 people living with Down syndrome. Down syndrome occurs when a person is born with 47 instead of 46 chromosomes due to an extra pair on the 21st chromosome. The extra genetic material results in unique facial and physical features and can bring many medical issues such as hypotonia, hearing and vision loss, heart defects, speech and cognitive delay, gastrointestinal issues, leukemia and more.
The DSCBA currently in its 18 year remains unique as the only organization in the Bay Area serving the specific needs of people all ages with Down syndrome and their families.
At the DSCBA we pride ourselves on taking care of the entire family and the community that serves them with programs focused on education, support, communication, development and abilities.
Going on its 5th year, the DSCBA Educational Alliance reaches 28 Bay Area school districts providing education teams free training, a lending library of research based materials and communication technology, on going support and access to experts in many areas.
Our Medical Alliance program is currently connected to 39 Bay Area Hospitals offering training and materials to medical professionals ensuring families receive up to date information about Down syndrome at diagnosis and delivery.
The DSCBA also offers a summer Communication/School Readiness Program for children attending preschool to first grade who have limited ways of verbally expressing themselves. The program works to develop communication, literacy and other skills needed to participate and learn alongside their peers and provides consultation and on going support to their fall school teams.
We have classes for children of all ages and adult social classes in 4 locations throughout the Bay 4 days a week. You will also find Speech and Music Therapy, Reading Tutoring, AAC services, Early Expression classes for new parents, Grandparent support groups and much more.
Each year we host many events, both community and fundraising focused. The DSCBA is not government funded, so we work very hard to secure funds to keep the doors open.
Our 2 main fundraisers are an annual spring Gala which is a magical night of auctions, dinner, dancing and fun to be held on May 21st 2016 at the Diablo Country Club. We also host a Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and Picnic each October during National DS Awareness Month. This year we welcomed almost 1000 attendees including 175 volunteers from the community.
If you would like to get involved with the DSCBA call us at 925-362-8660 or visit our website at http://dsconnection.org.
CARE Parent Network
What is CARE Parent Network?
*We are a one-stop family resource center serving families of children with disabilities and special health care needs
*We help families meet the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs.
*We are all parents of children with special needs ourselves.
What services do we provide? We provide: Family Support and Mentoring, Early Start, Special Education and Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, Resource and Referral, Health Care and Mental Health Care Information and Resources, Teen Transition to Adult Life, Early Education Council (Resource for Professionals), Community Involvement, and Advocacy Information.
Pleasanton PTA Special Needs Committee
The Pleasanton Special Needs Committee (SNC) understands that all students possess great abilities and all face different challenges. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of students with special needs by being a valuable resource for our
We broadly define “special needs” as applying to any child with a learning or processing difference, physical disability, cognitive delay, speech & language delay, social or emotional difficulty, behavioral challenge or food allergy, as well children who are gifted learners.
We sponsor evening speaker events with well known local authorities on topics such as learning and behavioral challenges, anxiety in children and teens, ADHD, understanding the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, and the ways to build a successful collaboration between parents and schools.
We strive to foster positive relationships between parents and PUSD, and spread awareness of the different abilities throughout our community.
We are comprised of dedicated parent volunteers from schools throughout Pleasanton as well as administrators from the Parent Liaison and Special Education departments.
Contact the Special Needs Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information on Pleasanton SNC events please visit https://sites.google.com/a/pleasantonpta.org/snc/events
City of San Ramon Therapeutic Recreation
The City of San Ramon offers a variety of therapeutic recreational programs for children and adults with special needs. Please visit their website at http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/programs/therapeutic.htm
RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled)
Sponsored by the Town of Danville. The program provides a range of activities from meals out at local restaurants, bowling, trips to the theater, basketball, and baseball games for people with disabilities ages 15 and up. These activities are on Friday nights and Saturdays. For a detailed schedule and registration form, go to the Town of Danville Parks & Recreation Activity Guide.
Special Olympics offers numerous sports programs throughout the year, free of charge to athletes. In order to participate, the athlete must have a current application/medical form on file with Special Olympics. The application form is valid for three years. If you would like to register your child or find out if your application is still on file, email http://email@example.com or call (925) 944-8801.
Special Olympics Sports – San Ramon Parks and Community Services Registration
The City of San Ramon together with Special Olympics Northern California provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic style sports for persons eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities. All sports training and competition opportunities are free for Special Olympic Athletes. Special Olympic medical forms must be on file prior to the first day of training. Sports offered include basketball, bocce, swimming, bowling.
Through games and activities our athletes will build self-esteem, develop motor skills, learn proper stretching and basic rules of the sports. The program is a collaboration between the Parks and Community Services Department and the CSU East Bay Recreation Department. (www.sanramon.ca.gov/Parks/recreation_guide/index.htm)