Families of the individuals that we serve play a key role in their child’s life. In addition to nurturing, caring and providing for a child’s well being, your responsibilities include understanding special needs and the services that are available to help. At Westside, we are very fortunate to have our own Family Resource and Empowerment Center on site! Please visit their website for more information and to see how the Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center (WFREC) can help you.
Here are some links to family resources that we hope you find helpful:
Arrest & Victim of a Crime Protocols – To keep families informed we have posted these important protocols should your loved one be arrested or be a victim of a crime. Links and Telephone numbers to local law enforcement agencies can be found here as well.
Assistance for Families – Agencies/resources for families that need assistance.
Autism Society of Los Angeles – The Autism Society of Los Angeles is a non-profit 501c3 corporation serving millions of people in the L.A. area affected by autism. Please support our mission, vision and values to make a difference in the lives of people with autism and their families here in our community. To improve the lives of all affected by autism in Los Angeles County by empowering individuals with autism, their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support, and community collaboration.
California Poison Control System (CPCS) – Statewide provider of immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous or toxic substances. Call us toll-free – 1-800-222-1222, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Down syndrome Association of Los Angeles Inc. – To enhance the welfare of individuals with Down syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs. To increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) – this resource is designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. They offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. Whether you’re an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, we hope you’ll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.
Lanterman Parents Coordinating Council – The Parents Coordinating Council is the organization of families and friends of Lanterman Developmental Center residents. Their organization is dedicated to the support of all the residents of LDC through involvement, advocacy, and donations. The PCC is a not-for-profit organization; resources come from membership, donations, and fundraising.
The PCC is also a part of the California Association of State Hospital Parent Councils for the Retarded (CASHPCR), a state-wide council of developmental center families; CAR, an organization of congregate care facilities; and Voice of the Retarded (VOR) a national advocacy group.
The U.S. Department of Education has launched a Spanish-language website providing resources to teachers, parents, and community leaders to prevent bullying. The website is espanol.stopbullying.gov and is similar in content to its English-language counterpart, www.stopbullying.gov. This website is an important reminder of the intersection between challenges school districts face in addressing bullying and challenges they face in communicating effectively with Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and parents about important issues. Schools with large populations of parents and students with LEP should take steps to address bullying and provide bullying prevention education resources in relevant languages as well as in English.
Mental Health & Developmental Disability Resource Directory –This resource directory was developed for participants of the L.A. MHaDDE Program. The aim of this resource directory is to provide mental health and developmental disabilities resource listings of available local community resources in West & North Los Angeles Counties.
Missing Person Protocol – Westside Regional Center has implemented for your knowledge this important and useful protocol should your loved one become missing. Telephone numbers to L.A. area regional center faxes are found here along with numbers and links to local law enforcement agencies.
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) –Information on filing for special education mediation and due process requests. Click here for the OAH Medication Due Process Form
web sites with information on risk management and prevention are also provided.
Safety Vitamins – a site from The Office of Health & Safety(OHS) that provides tips ranging from disaster planning for your family to product recalls.
Santa Monica Public Library – Find out more on what the Santa Monica Public has to offer.
The Sibling Support Project The Sibling Support Project was founded in 1990. It is the first national program dedicated to the life-long and ever-changing concerns of millions of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns.
WestEd – WestEd’s Center for Prevention & Early Intervention provides nationally-recognized training, technical assistance and resources for successful education, special education, early intervention, and child care.