Empowering Through Information and the Fostering of Connections
Acceptance. Intervention. Civil Rights. September 20, 2018

In This Issue

Districts Shuffle Problem Employees to New Jobs or Schools

Disclosure of autism at work holds risks and benefits

Life, Love, and Happiness for Autistic Adults

Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

2018 Home of Guiding Hands 36th Annual Golf Classic

Picnic this Saturday in Fallbrook!

2018 Love & Autism Conference

Community Project Applications Due Sept 30th

Cortica Care: Comprehensive Autism Treatment

Project ImPACT for Toddlers (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers)

Cara Lucier & Associates

AIT for YOU, a division of T, Silverman, Training and Consultation, will conduct a 10-day Berard AIT session in the San Diego area

FDA Approved Therapy for Anxiety!

Autism Tree Project Foundation 4th Annual Neuroscience Conference

InnerDancer Halloween Dance Party for Teens & Adults with Special Needs

4th Annual Captain Conference on Supporting Inclusion

Sensory Santa Experience!

SAVE THE DATE!!! 15th Anniversary Race for Autism!


  • Districts Shuffle Problem Employees to New Jobs or Schools
  • When San Diego County public school employees sexually harass a student or colleague, they may be transferred to another job or school site, rather than fired, public records show.

    That's true of both tenured educators - who enjoy job protections that can make termination onerous for public schools - as well as non-teaching public school employees. As a result, employees investigated for sexual misconduct are sometimes shuffled place to place within school districts or between school districts, leaving parents, students and staff unaware of prior misbehavior, an investigation by Voice of San Diego found.

    When explaining such moves, school district officials often cite employee due process rights, or a desire to avoid protracted litigation that may follow a termination. Read on...

  • Disclosure of autism at work holds risks and benefits
  • Autistic people generally want the same things in life that our typical peers do, regardless of where we fall on the spectrum: a sense of purpose, independence, human relationships and things to do. But most of us are unsure how to achieve these objectives.

    In the past several years, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has highlighted research addressing 'lifespan issues,' such as housing and employment. The findings confirm what many of us know from experience: Although autistic adults are employed at rates higher than for any other group of disabled adults, only 42 percent of us have jobs in the years following high school - a gloomy statistic, at best1. Read on...

  • Life, Love, and Happiness for Autistic Adults
  • What happens to autistic people as we get older?

    What happens to autistic people as we age is more of a mystery that it appears, because the definition of autism has changed so much in the lifetime of most Americans living today. Changes to diagnostic criteria (as defined in the DSM guide) in the 1990s resulted in thousands of young people being diagnosed. These diagnoses were often done in association with public schools, when kids exhibited academic or behavioral problems. The revised diagnostic criteria applied to adults too, but there was no comparable mechanism for adult diagnosis, so the surge in diagnoses was primarily among schoolchildren.

    Many were bright and verbal, with social or behavioral challenges. They stood in sharp contrast to previously diagnosed autistics, who had more obvious verbal and cognitive disabilities. Autism had a fearsome reputation. Parents were frightened by the labels affixed to their children. After hearing that "there was no cure," prompt and aggressive intervention seemed to offer the best hope. That led a push for early identification that continues to this day, with autism now being diagnosed in toddlers and even infants. Read on...

  • Family and Others Looking for Help!!!

  • Hi we are a new family who is in the military and are moving to San Diego I wanted help with guidance on school system and ABA, speech and OT services. We will be living near Murphy Canyon.

    I'm looking for music classes for my 10 year old Autistic Son. I would like to go to the studio if it's close to where I live which is in Rancho Bernardo Area or Carmel Mountain Area.
    Thank you

    I am a mother of a 12 year old boy, diagnosed with moderate autism, almost nonverbal. I am having to work more hours, as result he will be under care of different care takers. I am searching for a GPS/Tracker where I could hear his surroundings and if needed talking to him to calming him down. He is not able to use a cell phone so this will not be an option. I will appreciate ideas. Thank you

    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.

  • 2018 Home of Guiding Hands 36th Annual Golf Classic
  • Join Us For The 36th Annual HGH Pro-Am Golf Classic
    Friday, October 26 at 10 AM - 7 PM
    Maderas Golf Club
    17750 Old Coach Road, Poway, California 92064

    The 36th Annual Home of Guiding Hands Pro Am Golf Classic will be held on October 26th at Maderas Golf Course. Foursomes will be paired with a San Diego PGA member for an afternoon of golf, games and more. Individual tickets start at $250. Entry includes, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, full day of golf, on course games and tasting from local craft brewers.
    Click here for all the info and to register!!!

    HGH is one of the largest providers of supports and services in San Diego County, serving more than 3,200 infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. At HGH, we believe that individuals thrive where they can direct their own lives in a setting that offers a more fulfilling lifestyle, provides individualized attention, increased opportunities for self-sufficiency, and encourages greater community integration and access.

  • Picnic this Saturday in Fallbrook!
  • For all the info and to RSVP please email!

  • 2018 Love & Autism Conference
  • October 13-14th, 2018
    9:00AM - 4:30PM
    Liberty Station Conference Center, San Diego, CA

    When we started this conference 5 years ago, it was a small, local conference with the belief that everyone deserves the highest quality relationship possible. There was, and still is, a devastating and pervasive myth that autistic people are not interested in creating meaningful relationships, nor capable of love. We know every human being needs love and human connection.

    Today, Love & Autism is so much more than our original vision. Our mission grew along the way. We are creating a world where autistic people are valued and worthy.

    • 100% autistic representation on main stage
    • 15 main stage presenters, 4 main stage performers & 15+ breakout sessions
    • 4 unique conference tracks including conference track for young autistic self-advocates 12+
    • Accommodations designed to create safe autistic space throughout the entire conference experience
    • Music, art, special events, and more!
    We value neurodivergent leaders and reject the pathology paradigm because the development of healthy autistic identities matters. Allowing love to lead us, we create powerful change in the world. Don't settle for the status quo, trust your heart. This is Love & Autism

    Click here for all the info and to register!!

  • Community Project Applications Due Sept 30th
  • Each year, funds raised by the Race for Autism help support autism programs and new initiatives that increase the learning, social, training, and employment opportunities for those with autism in San Diego.

    Applications are due Sept 30th and awards are announced no later than Feb 1st.

    Apply or learn more!

  • 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

  • Project ImPACT for Toddlers (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers)
  • Project ImPACT for Toddlers (Improving Parents as Communication Teachers) is a Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) designed to coach caregivers of 12-36 month-olds to support their child's development. This approach combines behavioral and developmental strategies to increase social communication and play skills during daily activities.

    Training clinical providers such as speech-language and behavioral therapists to become certified Project ImPACT for Toddlers (PI for Toddlers) providers is a large part of the process for helping disseminate this highly respected and effective intervention to families of children considered at risk for autism or other communication and developmental delays. Collaboration with parents is key to generalization of social-communication skills across a variety of social situations, and ultimately empowers parents. It builds their confidence, as they recognize their interaction can affect their child's communication. TERI Crimson's clinical director, Karyn Lewis Searcy, M.A. CCC-SLP, has been instrumental in the development of PI for Toddlers, having been an active researcher in this project through the BRIDGE Collaborative for more than 10 years. We are offering trainings for interested providers, which includes online modules, in-person training/practice with children, and the option to enroll in the certification process.

    In Fall 2018 we are looking for parents and babies 12-36 months old to include in our trainings. All families participating in our one-hour, weekly training sessions will receive a Target gift card. For more information contact: Karyn Searcy at 858-695-9415 or through email at

    To view details about the program, please go to

  • 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

  • AIT for YOU, a division of T, Silverman, Training and Consultation, will conduct a 10-day Berard AIT session in the San Diego area
  • BERARD Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is a non-invasive, sensory based treatment which enhances aspects of hearing perception, as well as auditory integration and processing. Individuals over the age of 3 can participate in the training program. Teenagers and adults benefit also. Individuals with ASD, ADD, LD, PDD, CAPD, and hypersensitivity have benefited from this innovative therapeutic program. AIT for YOU has treated over 3,500 individuals in CA, NV, NJ, PA, WI, IL, IA, MD and DE. Results from BERARD AIT practitioners around the world document that when the Berard protocol is used, in conjunction with BERARD equipment, statistically significant positive results are achieved.

    Dates: November 16 through November 23 , 2018 (10 consecutive days, only one day is a school day)
    Location: Kearny Mesa, 8344 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, conveniently located near the 163 and the 52

    Cost: 7 participants registered - $1650 per participant
    6 participants registered - $1850 per participant
    5 participants registered- $2250 per participant
    Fee reduction for second participant in the same family
    Fee reduction for repeating participant

    Early registration received by October 1, save $100!

    For all the info and to register contact Terrie Silverman at 414-405-7820 or email her at

  • 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.

    Some of the neuro-developmental issues we commonly see include:

    • Autism/Asperger's
    • Sensory Processing Disorder
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • ADD/ADHD
    • Tourette's Syndrome
    • Developmental Delay
    • Epilepsy
    • And many more!
    Call 858-367-9108 for your free consultation!!!

    Microcurrent 4 Kids
    4540 Kearny Villa Road, Ste. 211
    San Diego, CA 92123

  • Autism Tree Project Foundation 4th Annual Neuroscience Conference
  • Fri, October 19, 2018
    8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
    2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
    San Diego, CA 92037

    The Autism Tree Project Foundation 4th Annual Neuroscience Conference is a day-long collaboration which will showcase cutting-edge findings and innovations in the field of Neuroscience and Autism. This conference will serve as a forum to bring together forward-thinking leaders and individuals interested in learning more about synergy here in San Diego.
    This is a FREE conference! Please click here for all the info and to register!!

  • InnerDancer Halloween Dance Party for Teens & Adults with Special Needs
  • RSVP to Caroline at 602-502-2743

  • 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

  • Sensory Santa Experience!
  • This unique one-on-one Private Santa Experience is designed for your child to have a more quiet and casual time with Santa. We know all too well that the crowds, noise level, and long lines at the mall is far too overwhelming for those with special needs. PortrArt Creations will be creating a more intimate setting so your child can have a rare opportunity with Santa and we will capture every moment.

    There will be more information at a later date on this incredible experience so please sign up if you are interested in knowing more about this Sensory Santa Experience. For questions, please call 858-231-4619.

  • SAVE THE DATE!!! 15th Anniversary Race for Autism!
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Balboa Park!!!

    Join us at the Race for Autism as we come together to celebrate 15 years of making a difference for those with autism in San Diego. It's going to be SUPER!

    Please note: This year's Race is the first weekend in April during Autism Awareness Month!

    PLUS: Don't miss out on our Family Friendly Pricing available through December 31st.
    Or, take advantage of our Justice League pricing package for the 15th anniversary!
    Justice League Special - $25 flat rate for 15 persons! (good thru 12/31/18)

    Learn more or contact NFAR at 858-679-8800

  • ASD Mornings at theNAT
  • Social stories (in English and Spanish) for 7 museums in Balboa Park (The Nat, The Fleet, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Man, San Diego History Center, and Japanese Friendship Garden) are available online. These were created by young adults with autsim as part of the SPECTRUM Social Stories Project here at The Nat.

  • 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 Therapeutic Recreation Services Newsletter for Fall 2018
  • The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services program provides sports, recreation, leisure and outreach services to people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

    Services include therapeutic recreation programs and adaptive sports opportunities. These address the special needs of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty accessing and participating in recreation opportunities offered to the general public.

    Fall Calendar

    Under the direction of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, activities and services are designed to maintain or improve the physical, cognitive and social functioning of those who have limitations. The target population is children and adults, ages 3 and up, with any type of disability.

    For additional questions about Therapeutic Recreation Services, please call 619-525-8247.

  • 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.


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