Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. August 21, 2018

In This Issue

Autistic Adults Share What Could Have Helped Them Transition Back to School

Simple Ways To Improve Eating Habits When Your Child has ASD

Mizzou program significantly reduces delay in autism diagnosis

Whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy carries no risk of autism

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

Cara Lucier & Associates

Rosh Hashanah Picnic!

FDA Approved Therapy for Anxiety!

A Day at the Races with Autism Speaks

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Lights! Camera! Autism! A Special Night of Art, Film and Music

Accessibility Mornings

Now Enrolling: Sept-Oct South Bay Social Clubs!

Now Enrolling: Sept-Oct Teen San Diego Social Club!

Camp Growth at BEE!

Include Autism's Casino Night!

North Park Pub Crawl Benefiting Home of Guiding Hands

Autism Speaks San Diego Walk October 2018

Autism Speaks San Diego North County Walk November 2018



  • Autistic Adults Share What Could Have Helped Them Transition Back to School
  • This weekend we got a letter from school letting us know who my daughter's teacher will be this school year. We also got a gift card from dear friends to help with school supplies. The back-to-school ball is rolling, and there is no turning back.

    While I had great intentions to keep routines this summer, I confess our routines consist of late nights, movies, video games and snacks. We have been pretty laid back, letting the kids do whatever they want for the most part.

    Getting back to a routine will be challenging, especially for kids who thrive with routine and who struggle with change. What are the new expectations? Who is the new teacher? What about the lights in the classroom? The school bell and school drills? How does it work to go from the calmness and flexibility of home to the busyness and requirements of school? Read on...

  • Simple Ways To Improve Eating Habits When Your Child has ASD
  • Does your child only eat very specific foods?

    Are you concerned your child isn't getting the right nutrition?

    Does your child gobble down his/her meal?

    A simple solution is available, and the only equipment you need is your smartphone or a tablet. The solution is video self-modeling (VSM), and it is proven to work with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The examples included in this article have successfully helped children just like your son or daughter to bypass eating challenges-usually very quickly! Read on...

  • Mizzou program significantly reduces delay in autism diagnosis
  • When Katie New first suspected her son had autism, she had to wait 18 months for a diagnosis. She also had to travel nearly 100 miles from her hometown of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, to see an autism specialist in Cape Girardeau. When she had similar concerns regarding her younger child, she was able to get the diagnosis in less than one month thanks to ECHO Autism, a University of Missouri program. A new study on the effectiveness of ECHO Autism shows that the program significantly reduces diagnostic wait times for young children at highest risk for autism and saved families an average of 172.7 miles in travel for diagnosis.

    "Stories like Katie's are why the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is committed to improving access to care in underserved communities around the world," said Kristin Sohl, associate professor of child health and director of ECHO Autism. "To shorten wait times, we are using technology to train physicians to provide the critical initial diagnoses." Read on...

  • Whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy carries no risk of autism

  • Children born to women who received a routine vaccine while pregnant are not at an increased risk of autism, according to a study of nearly 82,000 mother-child pairs published today in Pediatrics1.

    The vaccine, known as 'Tdap,' protects against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, and other infections. Babies receive the first shot at 2 months, leaving them vulnerable to whooping cough until then.

    Because whooping cough can be life-threatening to newborns, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all pregnant women receive the vaccine in the third trimester2. The vaccine triggers protective antibodies, which are then transferred to the fetus. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • Looking for a female caregiver for my adult daughter with high functioning autism. 14.5 hours per week. $10.72/hr (county min. Wage). Payment is through the county IHSS program. Light housekeeping, laundry, assist with food shopping, meal prep and medication refills/adherence. Must have reliable transportation, good DMV record, proof of insurance and background check. No drinking or other substance abuse. SDSU area.
    Thank you so much!
    Debra Berl

    My son has Marge Blanc as a speech therapist guiding his gestalt language development. We are looking for an undergrad SLP or OT major preferably. But experience is not needed. Anyone with desire to learn from the best and play with my son would be great. Again, No experience needed, flexible hours with loads of fun. Marge would train you directly. Must be okay to act like a kid. Must be okay with going to swim, Go hiking. Playing out movie roles. My son is sweet, kind and super smart, no behaviors. We are working on social skills and reciprocal language! Please contact me for an interview. Thank you!

    Seeking Educational Aid for First Grader at Private Catholic School
    Hours: 8:30-11:30, Monday thru Friday
    Location: Sacred Heart Parish School in Coronado
    Pay: $14 an hour

    We are seeking an educational aid for a spirited, loving first grader with ADHD to assist in maintaining attention and focus while completing school assignments. The ideal person would be very firm but kind. The child is currently medicated but still struggles with attention and focus to stay on task. Child also struggles with handwriting so assistance and help with that also required.The person would need to have good people skills and respect the classroom environment, working well with first grade teacher and her assistant with minimal guidance. Aid may be asked to assist with test-taking. The ideal candidate would be available August 22 start date (there is flexibility on this) Experience with spirited kids with ADHD or children with attention/focus and sensory integration issues would be very helpful! (There is some flexibility with hours.)

    Please text Christine at 858-405-7264 to set up a time to speak or email
    Thanks for your consideration!

    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.

  • Cara Lucier & Associates
  • At Cara Lucier & Associates we believe in the ability of every person to reach their potential. We believe that education is the key to opportunity. We advocate for the rights of individuals and their families:

    • IEP team meetings
    • Mediation
    • Due Process Hearings and Appeals
    • 504 Meetings and Appeals
    • Regional Center Meetings and Appeals
    • IHSS Appeals
    • Civil Rights Litigation
    For a free 60-minute initial consultation, please contact us at (760)505-2498.

    Law Offices of Cara Lucier
    Civil Rights and Education Law
    701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite #300
    Carlsbad, CA 92011
    Phone: (760) 717-3451

  • Rosh Hashanah Picnic!
  • Sign Up: or (858) 487-4879

  • FDA Approved Therapy for Anxiety!
  • Safer Than Prescription Medication for Anxiety and ADHD/ADD and the Effects are Permanent!

    Microcurrent 4 Kids is San Diego's premiere pediatric microcurrent therapy program for children, teens and adults 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.

    Microcurrent 4 Kids
    4540 Kearny Villa Road, Ste. 211
    San Diego, CA 92123
    858 367-9108

  • A Day at the Races with Autism Speaks
  • Hosted by Autism Speaks San Diego
    Monday, September 3 at 12 PM - 6:30 PM
    Del Mar Racing
    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014

    Day at the Races is back for the 2nd year! Autism Speaks invites local walk families and supporters to join us for Closing Day (summer meet) at the races in the Seaside Cabana. This is the DMTC's largest private party venue. This is an "Open House" style event, so come for a little or stay all day!

    *Special accommodations for our families: Families are allowed to bring in personal food and snacks. Personal coolers will be allowed in the private venue only. No glass or outside alcohol will be permitted.

    This is a FREE event. Click "Going" to put your name on an early reservation list. If you need tickets for more than yourself, please also email us with the number of guests (adults only) in your party.
    Tickets will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

    Priority will be given to registered walkers, sponsors and volunteers for any 2018 Autism Speaks Walk including Los Angeles, San Diego 10/21, North County 11/11 and Orange County 12/9. Not registered? Register for free:

    Click here for all the info!!!!

  • 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.

    The Cortica Care Model

    • Neurophysiology
    • Family and Home
    • Biochemistry
    • Cognition and Behavior
    • Sensorimotor
    • Communication
    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
    16800 Aston, Suite 175
    Irvine, CA 92606

  • Lights! Camera! Autism! A Special Night of Art, Film and Music
  • Hosted by Autism Society San Diego
    Saturday, September 15 at 5 PM - 9 PM
    Irwin M Jacobs Hall @ Qualcomm Inc.
    5775 Morehouse Dr, San Diego, California 92121
    Tickets are $20

    The Autism Society San Diego is proud to present the 2nd Annual Lights! Camera! Autism! A Film and Art Event. This is a celebration of the talents of many autistic and developmentally disabled adults in our San Diego community who have valuable skills in the art, music and film industry.

    Click here for all the info about the event and to purchase your tickets!!!

  • Accessibility Mornings
  • Hosted by The New Children's Museum
    Saturday, August 25th at 8 AM - 9:30 AM
    The New Children's Museum
    200 W Island Ave, San Diego, California 92101

    Our next Accessibility Mornings Program is Saturday, August 25th from 8:00am to 9:30am. With a variety of high-sensory activities and designated sensory-break zones, our Accessibility Mornings give special needs families the opportunity to explore the Museum with comfort and safety before the Museum opens to the general public.

    Admission: $8 child; free for adults/caregivers
    Parking: $5 during program
    Click here for all the info!!!

  • Now Enrolling: Sept-Oct South Bay Social Clubs!
  • Sign up deadline is 8/24!
    Please contact 858-428-0222 or email

  • Now Enrolling: Sept-Oct Teen San Diego Social Club!
  • Sign up deadline is 8/24!
    Please contact 858-428-0222 or email

  • Camp Growth at BEE!
  • For all the info contact

  • Include Autism's Casino Night!
  • Join us for an exclusive night out in Downtown San Diego for a Casino Night benefiting Include Autism. This exciting event will be held at Meze Greek Fusion on Thursday, September 13th at 8PM, bringing together leaders in the hospitality and nightlife industries as well as community members from all over San Diego as they raise money for Include Autism and its programs. The evening will consist of casino games, the world's only Magician and Certified Sommelier Ben Silver, drinks, food, raffle prizes, and more! It's an event you won't want to miss!

    Sponsorships and tickets now available!

    Sponsorships: Contact - or call (858) 603-7344

  • North Park Pub Crawl Benefiting Home of Guiding Hands
  • Hosted by Home of Guiding Hands

    Crawl with us - Saturday, September 15th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm in North Park. Start at North Park Beer Co with food and drinks, next try your chance at trivia at Mike Hess Brewing, crawl around the corner to Waypoint Public and finish the afternoon with darts and pool at True North.

    Tickets: $50 per person
    - Price includes 1 FREE drink at each location
    - Appetizers at select locations
    - Pub Crawl t-shirt
    - Pub Crawl pint glass
    - Ticket to enter the raffle drawing Locations

    Your participation supports more than 3,200 infants, children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

    Contact Jessica Brandon, Special Events Manager, at or 619-938-2854 for more information

  • Autism Speaks San Diego Walk October 2018
  • Sunday, October 21 at 8 AM - 1 PM
    Liberty Station NTC Park
    2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, California 92106

    Register FREE for the San Diego Walk 10/21/18

    Event includes local service provider resources, sponsor booths, Kids Zone, live entertainment and a beautiful 5k walk along NTC park waterfront. More details will be announced as the date approaches.

    Gates opens at 8:00am (early registration)
    General registration at 9:00am
    Opening Ceremonies 10:00am
    Walk start time 10:30am
    Event activities are open until 1pm.
    #AutismSpeaks Walk Powered By Love

  • Autism Speaks San Diego North County Walk November 2018
  • Sunday, November 11 at 8 AM - 1 PM
    Mance Buchanon Park
    Oceanside, California

    Register FREE for the NEW North County Walk 11/11/18

    Event includes local service provider resources, sponsor booths, Kids Zone, live entertainment and a beautiful 5k walk around the park. More details will be announced as the day approaches.

    Gates opens at 8:00am (early registration)
    General registration at 9:00am
    Opening Ceremonies 10:00am
    Walk start time 10:30am
    Event activities are open until 1pm.
    #AutismSpeaks Walk Powered By Love

  • 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

  • Accepting Applications for NFAR's Teachers Grants Program

  • Autism affects one in every 59 children in the United States and a growing number of students each year in classrooms across San Diego County.

    To help, NFAR established a program in 2005 that awards funding to educators to support the specialized academic needs of their students with autism.

    The 2018/2019 NFAR Teachers' Applications are due September 30th.

    Sample grant applications, Guidelines and Restrictions are on the website.

    Apply or learn more!

  • Accepting Applications for NFAR Tech's October Program

  • Are you ready to work but not finding that opportunity? Are you sitting at home despite a college degree? Then NFAR's vocational technical training program might be the right choice for you!

    NFAR Tech will be starting a new class in October.

    NFAR Tech is a comprehensive hands-on training program that teaches technical and employment skills. It prepares young adults with autism for entry level jobs in today's workplace as software testers and other vocations.

    If you are interested in learning more, visit our website, and/or contact us at 858-679-8800 if you have any questions.

  • Best Buddies Friendship Walk, November 3rd
  • NFAR Community Projects 2019

  • Autism affects one in every 59 children in the United States, and a growing number of families and their loved ones across San Diego County.

    To help, NFAR hosts the Race for Autism each year to raise funds to help support initiatives that are making a difference and creating unique opportunities for those with autism. Funding will be distributed based on the following criteria; Impact; Reach; Immediacy; and Relevance.

    • Applications are due by September 30, 2018
    • Awards will be announced on February 1, 2019
    • Awards range between $2,500 and $10,000
    • Proposed project should be a 3 - 12 month effort and start in 2019. (Certain types of projects may extend up to 18 months.)
    Guidelines and Restrictions are on the website. To apply or learn more.

  • The National TACA Autism Conference

  • October 19-21, 2018
    Hilton Orange County Hotel
    Costa Mesa, CA

    Join hundreds of parents and professionals to learn the latest in research, treatment, and therapy options for individuals with autism. The National TACA Autism Conference will feature 3 days with 3 tracks of presentations to cover all aspects and levels of the autism journey. Topics will include special diets, therapies, beginner and advanced biomedical treatments, IEP, inspiration, and much more. Whether your child is recently diagnosed or you have years of experience, you will walk away from the conference with a plan for the next steps for your autism journey.

    For more information, to check out the schedule, and to register, click here:

  • 4th Annual Captain Conference on Supporting Inclusion
  • Saturday, October 27 at 8:30 AM - 3 PM
    Liberty Station Conference Center
    2600 Laning Rd, San Diego, California 92106
    $15 registration in advance - $30 at the door

    Learn about the research and practical guidelines for using evidence-based practices to promote inclusion throughout the lifespan.

    Breakout sessions will include:
    • Visual Supports for community settings
    • Social Skills Overview
    • Reinforcement and ABI: Easy Modifications
    • SUCCESS program
    • Peer Mediated Supports and Interventions
    • And more...
    Register at

  • Please keep SB 399 alive and sign this bill! Californians with autism deserve insurance funding for whichever evidence-based treatment method their doctors prescribe for THEM.

    Families seeking help for autism are regularly denied insurance coverage for physician-prescribed, treatment. The myth that ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) is the only scientific approach is simply not true. Families deserve to receive ANY of the evidence-based treatments their doctors believe would be helpful. A "one size fits all" method doesn't work for every patient... SB 399 ensures that families will have choices!

    Click here to view the petition and sign!!!

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) "Fever Effect" Pilot Study Enrollment Announced

  • Click here to view the flyer. For more info and to enroll please contact

    'This study is really interesting. So many times I have heard of kids who have great days just as they are coming down with a cold. Other times kids get cranky. This device can safely raise body temperature and maybe help some people. But it has to be looked at carefully, which is why we are doing this controlled pilot study. Please let us know if you want to try it!'

    Joshua D Feder, MD
    Child and Family Psychiatry

  • Brain Imaging Studies for all Ages with or without Autism

  • At SDSU!!! To find out more, please call 619-594-0176 or email BDIL@SDSU.EDU.


    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.