Community Event:
Holiday Open House
Senator Ben Allen
Sat. Dec 10
12:00 - 3:00
2512 Artesia Blvd
Redondo Beach
310.318.6994 or Email Sen. Allen's office

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Project Lifesaver
Research on Wandering

Coming in 2017
Learn About the ABLE Act

The ABLE Act allows people with disabilities who acquired their disability before the age of 26 to save up to $100K while on benefits. This means that people who receive SSI or other types of public benefits will soon be able to save more than the current $2,000 limit when they open an ABLE account. 

Eligible individuals:
  • Must be disabled before age 26
  • Are currently receiving, or eligible for SSI/SSDI, OR
  • Has been diagnosed with a physical or mental disability resulting in marked and severe functional limitations that is expected to last no less than 12 months. 
HRC is offering the following opportunities to learn more. 

1) CalABLE Stakeholders' Meeting
Christina Elliott, Executive Director, CalABLE Board 
Wednesday February 15, 2017
3:30 - 5:00pm
Harbor Regional Center
21231 Hawthorne Blvd
Conf Rm A1
Before California’s ABLE accounts become available, the CalABLE Act Board needs to hear from you! Let’s shape what our California ABLE accounts look like together.

Come participate in this CalABLE Stakeholders’ Meeting to learn more and share your input. For more information on the CalABLE, please visit their website:

ABLE Act Workshops
David Terk, Special Needs Project
2) Saturday March 4, 2017
11:00 am - noon
3) Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harbor Regional Center
21231 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance Ca 90503
Conf Rm A1

  • Background - What existed prior to passage, and why it was created. 
  • What the ABLE Act offers that is not currently available.
  • How it works and a review of the eligibility requirements.
  • How does it effect Special Needs Trusts and other benefits? 
  • Q & A

RSVP  to Kerry Ryerson.

Meeting is in English. If you need interpretation in another language, please let HRC know by Jan. 31

Course Fee $5.00 per family, payable at the session. Scholarships may be available for anyone with financial need. Please contact your HRC service coordinator if a scholarship is needed.

Project Lifesaver Conducts Research on Wandering

Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is conducting a major national study about wandering, and we very much want you to participate. The first phase of the study is an online questionnaire that aims to capture data including, but not limited to opinions of the benefits and possible risks associated with a variety of wandering prevention strategies, elopement history, and how wandering concerns and behaviors adversely affects family activities and the quality of life for parents who have children on the autism spectrum.
Wandering by children with ASD and other developmental disorders is a significant safety concern.  It is estimated that more than 250,000 children with disabilities wander away from adult supervision each year.   Few researchers have looked at this major issue, and there has been little focus on prevention measures and the impact that wandering concerns have on families. 
It takes just a few minutes to complete the anonymous, on-line questionnaire.  If enough families participate and complete the questionnaire, then:
  • The Center will have the ability to help guide families like yours about which prevention strategies seem to be most effective
  • The Center can document the impact that wandering has on families in terms of activities and household stress
Please click HERE to complete the survey. 
You may also go to to take the survey, request a copy of the comprehensive study results, and be contacted regarding a follow-up research project related to wandering.
On behalf of the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, Project Lifesaver International thanks you in advance for your kind cooperation!

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