Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. February 22, 2018

In This Issue

5 Yoga Benefits For Kids With Special Needs

'Baby sibs' who evade autism remain at risk for attention deficit

Rolling back the civil rights of the disabled harms us all

Jobs, relationships elude adults with autism

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

Autism Society San Diego Spring Family Camp

It's Tax Time!

Presentation: Neurotransmitters in Individuals with Autism

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

2018 General & Special Education Conference

Helping People with Autism Reach Their Potential

It's Our 16th Annual Splash for Cash

Safer than Prescription Medication for Anxiety

Special Needs Tutoring in North County

FREE Housing Training

An Improv Program Designed for Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Tilak Healthcare is hosting focus groups and needs participants

Upcoming Dance for Teens and Adults with Special Needs

Joint Services EFMP 11th Annual Resource & Activity Fair

Spotlight Partners, Inclusion Baseball League, and Our Team Member of the Quarter!


  • 5 Yoga Benefits For Kids With Special Needs
  • As a certified yoga instructor, I have long been aware of yoga's ability to benefit a person's mind and body. However, it was not until my daughter, who has special needs, trained to receive her certification to become one of the first teen yoga instructors in the U.S., that I truly understood the depth of its benefits.

    Yoga is a full-circle practice of breathing (pranayama, also known as prana), movement (mudra), and sound (mantra). The asanas (poses), vinyasa (sequence of asana), and accompanying breathing serve to address the physical and emotional aspects in the practicing individual. Kids with special needs have additional physical and emotional symptoms to address, such as motor development, sensory integration, and confidence. Read on...

  • 'Baby sibs' who evade autism remain at risk for attention deficit
  • Sally Ozonoff began studying infant siblings of children with autism in 2003. Her goal then was to follow these 'baby sibs,' who are at elevated risk of autism, and detect any early signs of the condition.

    Her study is among the longest-running of such projects and now includes more than 300 children. And her findings have been pivotal to identifying autism's early signs.

    They have also revealed an unexpected risk for another condition in the baby sibs: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read on...

  • Rolling back the civil rights of the disabled harms us all
  • When President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law nearly 28 years ago, he eloquently declared, "Let the shameful wall of exclusion come tumbling down." That was a watershed moment for our country. After decades of willful exclusion and benign neglect, people with disabilities finally secured the civil rights they deserved to be full participants in our great society.

    President Bush observed that the disabilities law would:

    "Ensure that people with disabilities are given the basic guarantees for which they have worked so long and so hard: independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives, the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream." Read on...

  • Jobs, relationships elude adults with autism
  • Nearly half of adults with autism live with a family member and about one in five is unemployed, according to a new analysis1. Only 5 percent have ever been married.

    The findings suggest that many middle-aged adults with autism have little independence.

    The work echoes a study from last year that found that about half of adults with autism live with a family member. The unemployment rate in the new sample is only slightly lower than the 27 percent reported in that study. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • I am looking for a summer camp for my 6-year-old son who has autism in Southern California since we are moving to the area this coming May. Please let me know what camps are good!

    Looking for a daytime assistance for a 13 year old with autism. Someone to help with homeschooling and occasional appointments. Please email resume

    I am looking for some resources for my son. He has high functioning autism, adhd and sensory integration disorder. He also has behaviors that can be pretty aggressive at school. I am trying to find a school in San Diego north county that maybe able to assist. I would appreciate any suggestions.

    Hello, I am a of mom of beautiful boy with autism and also a graduate student of clinical counseling program from University of Phoenix. I am couple weeks away from finishing my theoretical classes and looking for the agency, center or private practice that might be able to host me for my practicum and 2 internships, 700 hours, towards my Master Degree in Clinical Counseling. I have an extensive experience in autism field and I am open to any sites that can be autism and family therapy oriented. Please let me know if you might have some ideas or if you would be to provide those hours for me.
    Thank you much !

    I'm a mom of a 17 year old student with high functioning autism who will be applying to college this fall. I wondered if anyone has worked with a professional college coach/planner who has some knowledge of best colleges for students with high functioning autism. Would love to talk to other parents for advice on making the transition from high school to college. Please email me at

    Hi! I am wondering if anyone has a name of a Medical marijuana doctor in San Diego(north county preferred) not a recommendation doctor- but a real doctor who can give advice for strains and doses. Also any info for trials would be appreciated. Please email me at:
    Thank you!

    Can you recommend someone in San Diego to establish a special needs trust for my 2 children on the Autism Spectrum. We live in Carmel Valley area.

    Hi im from chula vista my son is autistic and im having so much problems with his school theres any way you can give information about an advocate on this area please.

    If you have a question or request for this newsletter group, please send your email request to People who can help you will email you directly with their responses.

  • Autism Society San Diego Spring Family Camp
  • Registration is now open for our Spring Family Camp, happening Friday, April 13th, through Sunday, April 15th, at YMCA Camp Marston in the beautiful hills of Julian. This fun-filled family weekend is open to all ages, and all activities and meals are included. Visit our website for more information and to register!!!

  • It's Tax Time!
  • Need help navigating the tax ramifications of receiving public benefits such as IHSS? Have questions about which expenses are deductible (special diets, therapies, etc...)?

    As a mother of twins diagnosed with Autism, I am able to provide a personal level of service due to first-hand experience.

    Individual & Business tax returns welcome.

    Serving the special needs community since 2008

    Yvette M. Soto Accounting & Income Tax
    3633 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205
    San Diego, CA 92108
    (619) 977-6586

  • Presentation: Neurotransmitters in Individuals with Autism
  • *RSVP REQUIRED* or call 760-448-5837.

  • Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment
  • Experience a unique and effective approach to autism therapy.

    Our aim is to bring to families everywhere the most effective therapies for the treatment of autism. Our integrated care model is based on the scientific research and clinical practice of our founder, Dr. Suzanne Goh. We seek to set a new global standard for autism care by achieving superior developmental outcomes for the children and families we serve.

    At Cortica, we believe the world needs a higher standard of care for all those living with autism, or a potential diagnosis of autism. Families like yours deserve effective, collaborative, caring therapies that are accessible and reasonably priced, no matter who you are or where you live.

    Meet our extraordinary team of autism specialists.
    Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialists from many different fields. All of our team members have specialized training and expertise in autism care.

    • Pediatric Neurologists
    • Electroencephalography & Neuromodulation Specialists
    • Neurology Nurse Practitioners
    • Nutrition and Holistic Health Practitioners
    • Speech-Language Therapists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Music Therapists
    • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
    • Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)
    • Social Workers and Marriage-Family Therapists
    • Special Education Teachers
    We provide every child at Cortica with an individualized program to accelerate learning and development. An essential ingredient for success is collaboration among physicians, therapists, parents, children, and our extended communities.

    Together, we clarify the complex, celebrate extraordinary efforts, and witness moments of brilliance as our children grow new skills and abilities. Many of our services are covered by medical insurance plans. Contact us for all the info!!!

    Cortica Care
    7090 Miratech Drive
    San Diego, CA 92121

  • 2018 General & Special Education Conference
  • Brain-Based Science, Learning & Achievement
    Pre-K through 12th Grade

    A Professional Continuing Education Event
    May 2, 3, & 4, 2018
    Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

    Conference Location: Town & Country Resort & Convention Center-San Diego

    Click here for all the info and to register!!!

  • Helping People with Autism Reach Their Potential
  • Gateway Learning Group is California's Premier provider of ABA therapy. We are excited to announce a recent expansion of our services to Riverside County.

    At Gateway, we help individuals develop and strengthen their learning, language, behavior and social skills with proven-effective therapy treatment to support not only them, but your whole family as well. Gateway works with most health insurance plans and also provides services through school districts.

    Click here to learn more about our team and services, call us at 877-264-6747, or email us at

    San Diego Office
    2525 Camino Del Rio South
    Suite 335
    San Diego, CA 92108

  • It's Our 16th Annual Splash for Cash
  • Join Us for Our Biggest Event Supporting Our Aquatics Programs and Family Events on Sunday, April 29, 2018

    This is a big, fun Pool Party FUNdraiser to support all of our aquatic programs and family events.

    Join us at Aqua Pros Swim School Pool at the Boys and Girls Club, 4635 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego.

    There will be all day swimming plus:

    • Pancake breakfast and chili dog lunch prepared by SD City Firefighters
    • Swimming between 9am-1:30pm
    • Event giveaway for each person who raises funds
    • Hourly "Swimmer in the Pool Prize" drawings
    • Fantastic silent auction
    • Safety information including drowning prevention featuring Safer 3 and Take Me Home
    • Special Guests are planned
    • Team prizes for most money raised by team and individual
    • So much more!
    Day of event: Minimum donation is $25 individual or $50 team/family
    Any individual or team who raises at least $250 may enroll for Surf Camp on day of the event and receive priority registration.

    General Surf Camp registrations accepted via USPS and postmarked on April 30 or later.

  • Safer than Prescription Medication for Anxiety
  • Safer than prescription medication for anxiety.

    Offering your child hope for a better future.

    Call 858-367-9108 to schedule your FREE consulation.

    Microcurrent 4 Kids is San Diego's premiere pediatric microcurrent therapy program for children with special needs. Our program is the BEST therapy for Autism & ADHD, as you will see by the rapid improvement in your child's skills and abilities, because of how well it promotes developmental growth and couples with ALL other therapies. Proudly serving all of San Diego and conveniently located in Kearny Mesa, just off the 163 freeway and Balboa Avenue.

  • Special Needs Tutoring in North County
  • Ed to the Future provides specialized tutoring services for students with Special Needs requiring Extra Support in North County, San Diego, CA.

    At Ed to the Future we provide an invaluable SENSORY-FRIENDLY service to students who are struggling in their Mainstream class. We work with IEP students as well as non-identified students who have a learning disability and need a little extra support in the after school hours with their homework and/or are in need of supplemental instruction to reinforce what they are learning with their Primary teachers.

    Our program specializes in Common Core learning support, Tutoring and Remediation. ALL of our teachers are fully credentialed Special Education Teachers (often with post-graduate degrees in the field of Special Education), this in addition to their many years of classroom teaching experience and dedication to the field of Special Education. Our teachers are also well versed in Applied Behavior Analysis Methods and use these powerful techniques to provide a positive environment in which students will thrive and learn their core subjects to the point of Mastery.

    Click here for all the info!!!

  • FREE Housing Training
  • Space is limited, call to RSVP!! (619) 688-3323
    Please bring a sack lunch. Lunch will not be provided

  • An Improv Program Designed for Teens on the Autism Spectrum
  • Connections
    A Program of Unscripted Learning

  • Tilak Healthcare is hosting focus groups and needs participants
  • When: Wednesday February 28th and Thursday March 1st 2018

    We need your input: San Diego gamers and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) community

    Age ranges needed: from Middle school through College

    The purpose of these focus group is to get your input on a new gaming product.

    Participants will receive a $30 Visa gift card for approximately one hour of your time.

    Location; The New Children's Museum in San Diego downtown and/or Liberty Station Point Loma.

    Please email or call Karen Keeley at #760-519-0310

  • Upcoming Dance for Teens and Adults with Special Needs
  • RSVP to Caroline at 602-502-2743

  • Joint Services EFMP 11th Annual Resource & Activity Fair
  • For more information call 858-577-4668 or

  • Spotlight Partners, Inclusion Baseball League, and Our Team Member of the Quarter!
  • Click here to read their latest newsletter for all info!!!

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT
  • Autism Accessibility Morning at the Fleet!

  • The third Saturday of every month, Fleet invites the Autism Spectrum Community to enjoy our museum through this special opportunity. Adults and families with children with autism can enjoy the Fleet's exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before regular open hours to the general public and with access to a special cool-off space. Visitors are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum all day. Admission includes a special IMAX film screening at 10 a.m. with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume.

    For more information, visit

  • San Diego Sibshop

  • October 2017 - August 2018

    WANTED: Siblings who have a brother/sister with special needs

    AGES: 7 - 12 years old
    Older siblings are welcome to attend as "Junior Leaders"

    WHAT: A fun-filled opportunity geared to the specific needs of siblings with brothers/sisters with special needs. Join us for games, crafts, hikes, cooking, and art. Meet other sibs - lunch provided

    TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Feb. 25: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    March 25: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    May 20: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    August 19: Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071**

    DONATION: $5.00 - $10.00 per meeting per family for craft materials, supplies and lunch for the kids

    REGISTRATION: Pre-registration requested by email (if possible) the Thursday before the event.

    CONTACT: Email for a Sibshop registration form and / or additional information.

    Sibshop Leaders:
    Jody BonDurant-Strong, Administrator
    Ndoto BonDurant-Strong - adult sibling & CSUSM student
    Gina Clifton, ECSE Medically-Fragile Teacher, Special Education
    Pat Moulton, Retired

    Directions for Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor's Center (MTRP):
    1 Father Juniper Serra Trail (92119). Interstate 8 to 15 North / East on Friars Road.
    Stay to left - turns into Mission Gorge Road / Turn left on 1 Father Juniper Serra.

  • Join UCSD Autism Center of Excellence on either SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, APRIL 7-8 for our first SPARKforAutism live-registration event!

  • Join UCSD Autism Center of Excellence on either SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, APRIL 7-8 for our first SPARKforAutism live-registration event! There will be free parking, drinks, child care, games, and giveaways. Come out, join the fun, and enroll in the largest, genetics study of autism with over 9,000 families already participating nationwide! Staff will help guide families through the online registration process and assist with saliva collection. Child care will be provided while parents complete registration. Families who complete the study will receive up to a $50 Amazon e-gift card. Help us understand the genetic causes of ASD and develop better, more effective treatments so that each child can reach their full potential!

    Time: 9 AM- 5 PM
    Where: UCSD Autism Center of Excellence- 8110 La Jolla Shores Drive, Suite 201/202, La Jolla, CA 92037

    To reserve a registration spot, please RSVP by March 29th by calling 858-534-6906 or emailing Hannah Kaplan at
    RSVP is required for attendance and gift card giveaways. BOTH biological parents and the individual/child with ASD are encouraged to attend this event as this is a genetics study. Families must be able to consent and complete registration in English. We can't wait to see you there!

  • Spring 2018 Therapeutic Recreation Services Calendar

  • Click here for our new Spring 2018 calendar. Please note the following important dates:

    >>First day of registration for Spring activities
    Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m.

    >>First day of registration for Summer Camps
    Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 a.m.

    You may sign up online at or at our office 3325 Zoo Drive, 92101.

  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Residential and Respite Care Services Survey

  • The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and voluntary and the responses are confidential. The responses will be helpful in determining issues and supports related to residential and respite care services. We will raffle ten $25 gift cards at the close of the survey for participants who complete the survey.

    Click here to take the survey and help with research to improve lives!!!


    I never endorse anyone or anything. Opinions expressed in what I send out, may not be shared by me. Everything is for informational purposes only.
    People who "advertise" through this newsletter have never been checked out by me. Same goes for the "Sponsors". This includes professionals and even people who are interested in babysitting, etc. So, please take the time to thoroughly check out anyone and everyone who will be working with or caring for your child/adult. We are all sadly aware, through news stories and word of mouth, of people who prey upon special needs children and adults because of their extra vulnerability.

    Valerie Dodd-Saraf
    President, Foggy Coast Ventures, Inc.