Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
  • Make sure to check out our Black & African American support group this month (2/2/2022 at 6:30 pm) as we have author Donna Ross-Jones as our guest speaker discussing her book, "Autism Day by Day".
  • To learn more about other African American authors, please visit the Los Angeles Public Library's website https://www.lapl.org/african-american

El Mes de la Historia Afroamericano es una celebración anual de los logros de los afroamericanos y un momento para reconocer su papel central en la historia de los Estados Unidos. Desde 1976, todos los presidentes de los Estados Unidos han designado oficialmente el mes de febrero como el Mes de la Historia Afroamericano.
  • Asegúrese de consultar nuestro grupo de apoyo para afroamericanos este mes (en ingles, 2/2/2022 a las 6:30 pm), ya que tenemos a la autora Donna Ross-Jones como nuestra oradora invitada para hablar sobre su libro, "Autism Day by Day".
  • Para obtener más información sobre otros autores afroamericanos, visite el sitio web de la Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles https://www.lapl.org/en-espanol/titulos-recomendados/mes-historia-afroamericana
Rare Disease Day is the globally-coordinated movement on rare diseases, working towards equity in social opportunity, healthcare, and access to diagnosis and therapies for people living with a rare disease. A disease is considered rare when it affects fewer than 1 in 12,000 people.
Since its creation in 2008, Rare Disease Day has played a critical part in building an international rare disease community that is multi-disease, global, and diverse– but united in purpose.

El Día de las Enfermedades Raras es el movimiento coordinado a nivel mundial sobre enfermedades raras, que trabaja por la equidad en las oportunidades sociales, la atención médica y el acceso a diagnósticos y terapias para las personas que viven con una enfermedad rara. Una enfermedad se considera rara cuando afecta a menos de 1 de cada 12.000 personas.
Desde su creación en 2008, el Día de las Enfermedades Raras ha jugado un papel fundamental en la construcción de una comunidad internacional de enfermedades raras que es multienfermedad, global y diversa, pero unida en un propósito.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join TASK for this valuable webinar where they will demonstrate apps that can help our disabled family member with social and life skills. They will show us apps that focus on personal grooming, household chores, telling time, dialing 911, social skills and more! Applicable to various ages.

Register HERE for the Zoom link
Taller Basico de IEP (Español)
Martes, 1 de Febrero,
11 am - 12:30 pm

¿Que es un IEP?
¿Quien puede obtener uno?
¿Como obtener uno?
Regístrese antes del 27 de Enero y le enviaremos por correo un–Mini Cuaderno -IEP gratis (para padres que viven en nuestra área de servicio). 

Regístrese AQUI.
IEP Basics Workshop (English)
Wednesday. February 9th,
11 am - 12:30 pm

  • What is an IEP?
  • Who can get one?
  • How to get one?

Register by February 2nd and we will mail you a free Mini IEP Notebook (for parents who live in our service area).

Click HERE to register
Friday, February 4th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Start the new year with this helpful workshop presented by Disability Rights of California. Senior attorney Maria Iriarte, and Senior advocate Mary Rios will begin this important series as they help us learn about Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Join us for six more workshops concluding in June.
These workshops will be presented in English.

Please register HERE
Saturday, February 5th, 10:30 am

Join Inclusion Matters at this fun and free playdate in the park sponsored by Universal Studios Hollywood! There will be arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, snacks, and lots of play at Rocket's Universe inclusive playground.
We will be there giving away free children's facemasks while they last.
RSVP is required and the event will be in North Hollywood.

Cita de juegos inclusivos para niños de todas las edades y capacidades.
Totalmente gratis. Habrá artesanías y manualidades, bocadillos,
tatuajes, y un monton de juegos en el parque infantil. Estaremos allí regalando mascarillas para niños mientras duren.
Se requiere RSVP y el evento será en North Hollywood.

Register HERE Registrarse AQUI.
Thursday, February 10th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for this informative webinar where we will learn about psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessments. This will help you understand your child's diagnosis and special education needs.

Presented by Dr. Agnesa Papazyan, PSYD (Dr. Aggie), Pediatric Psychologist at Socal Psychology Center. A parent's perspective will also be presented by Olympia Megrikyan.

Register HERE
Taller IEP AVANZADO (Español)

Martes, 15 de Febrero,
11 am - 12:30 pm

  • ¿Que es una evaluacion?
  • ¿Que pasa si no estoy de acuerdo con una evaluacion?
  • ¿Que son las metas y los servicios relacionados?
  • ¿Como resuelvo los desacuerdos con el distrito escolar?
Regístrese AQUI.
ADVANCED IEP Workshop (English)

Wednesday, February 16th,
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • What is an assessment?
  • What if I disagree with an assessment?
  • What are goals and related services?
  • How can I resolve differences with the school district?

Click HERE to register
Viernes, 25 de Febrero, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Únete a Family Focus y Disability Rights California para esta presentación donde discutiremos las exenciones de Medi-Cal. Tambien discutiremos la pregunta: ¿Qué es la exención por discapacidad del desarrollo (DD) de Medi-Cal? Presentado por Maria Fernanda Iriarte, Abagada Senior, y Mary Rios, Defensora.

Esta presentación sera en español por Zoom.

Registrese AQUI
Rare Diseases and Social Media
Friday, Feb 25, 12:00

In recognition of Rare Disease Day on February 28, we will talk to some parents who are getting support, raising awareness, raising funds and connecting with others on social media. Register here.
Viernes, 25 de Febrero, 6:30 pm

Únete al grupo Cultivar y Crecer, Down Syndrome Association de Los Angeles, y State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) para esta primera presentacion del IPP. Presentado por Defensora Sofia Cervantes de State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Parte 2: 25 de Marzo
Parte 3: 22 de Abril

Esta presentación sera en español.
Visite AQUI para llegar a Zoom.
Mondays, February 28th - April 18th
6:00 PM to 7:30 pm

Register for this 8-wk session for classes to help the special needs community navigate the dating world. Presented by Chrisa Sadd, LMFT, and autism self-advocate Tom Iland. Topics will include relationships, communication, sex, boundaries, social media, internet dating, and skills for breaking up and letting go.

Must be over 18 to participate. Cost is $750.00; some scholarships available. Call (818) 302-0712 or email [email protected] to set up an online pre-interview.
Free Independent Facilitator Training

Capacitación Gratuita para
Facilitadores Independientes

Click here to register by February 10.
Haga clic aqui para registrarse antes del 10 de Febrero.
Support Groups / Grupos de Apoyo

Black & African American Family Focus Support Group

Join us as we come together to create a safe, supportive place to connect with other families of children, young and old, with special needs, to share resources, provide advocacy and to be part of an inclusive community.

This month we will meet on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Our speaker will be Donna Ross-Jones, author of "Autism Day by Day"
Contact Theresa Quary for registration information.
Parent Check In
and Chat

Join us the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at our new time of 12:30 pm for Parent Check-In and Chat. This is a fun & casual chat where we can listen, share, and discuss what is happening in our lives!

This month we will meet on February 4th
and the 18th.

Contact Diana Chulak with any questions or click here to register.
Parent to Parent
Antelope Valley Support Group

Join other parents of kids with special needs. Meet new people, share your journey, get parent-to-parent support & resources!

This month we will meet on February 10th at 10:00 am

Email Kristine Gutierrez or Christy Little for information.
Santa Clarita Parent Chat

Connect with other parents of kids with special needs in the Santa Clarita area.

This month we will meet on February 10th at 7:00 pm

Contact Victoria Berrey for information. To register, visit HERE
El Poder del Amor y la Paciencia

Grupo de Apoyo para Padres de Niños con Necesidades Especiales por via Zoom

Viernes 11 y 25 de Febrero
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Reuniones son cada segundo y cuarto viernes del mes.

Para conectarse a la reunion llame a (818) 677-6854 o mande correo electronico a Rebeca Diaz
Mamas Latinas
Grupo de Apoyo

Grupo de Apoyo para padres de niños con necesidades especiales del Valle de Antelope y Santa Clarita (en español).

Este mes nos reuniremos el 14 de Febrero
a las 6pm via Zoom

Para obteren la informacion de Zoom mande un correo electronico a Mayra Lara
(661) 270-6546
Parents of Adult Consumers

This group is for parents and caregivers of adult consumers (age 18+). Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
at 6:30pm.

Contact Victoria Berrey for information. 
Cultivar y Crecer:
Grupo de Apoyo en Español
Nuestras reuniones ahora tienen lugar en Zoom 
  • Sea parte de esta gran familia y tomemos un cafecito juntos
  • Conozca a otros padres
  • Comparta sus experiencias y sus preocupaciones
  • Compartiremos recursos disponibles en la comunidad
  • Talleres educacionales y eventos especiales

Este mes nos reuniremos el 25 de Febrero
a las 6:30 pm

Fatima Castaneda (818)374-9107  Sandra Baker (818)786-000
Filipino Support Group

Meet other Filipino families, share your experiences, and find out about upcoming events and resources.

PLEASE NOTE: This group will not meet in February but will return Monday, March 21st.

Contact Theresa Quary for registration information.

Dads and male caregivers getting together via Zoom to share their journey of parenting a child with a disability.

Join in to gain support, insight and resources!

PLEASE NOTE: This group will not meet this month, but will return on Thursday, March 24th.

Register Contact Ralph Mervin with any questions.
The Family Focus Resource Center is here to help families! 
Everyone at Family Focus Resource Center is ready to help you. We are still providing support to parents via phone, and you can contact us to ask about resources, IEP questions, or just to talk! Contact one of our four offices and leave a message; we are returning calls daily. Hope to hear from you soon!
In Case You Missed It
En Caso que te lo Hayas Perdido

We have many webinars and instructional videos available to watch on our YouTube page. Click here to see them all.

Tenemos muchos seminarios web y videos instructivos disponibles para ver en nuestra página de YouTube. Haga clic aquí para verlos todos.

We are back in our offices. Schedules will vary and appointments will be required. Contact us below if you would like to schedule an in-person or virtual meeting. We look forward to welcoming you back!

Volveremos a nuestras oficinas. Los horarios variarán y se requerirán citas. Comuníquese con nosotros a continuación si desea programar una reunión en persona o virtual. ¡Esperamos darle la bienvenida nuevamente!

CSUN:      818-677-6854  [email protected]
Chatsworth: 818-374-9107  [email protected]
Santa Clarita: 661-294-9715  [email protected]
Lancaster: 661-945-9598  [email protected]

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