November 2021
All funds raised for ASLA stay in Los Angeles County to strengthen our programs to positively impact our community.
Do you know ASLA has a FREE Warm-Line?

Please call (424) 299-1531 or
contact us at or HERE
if you have any questions regarding you or your loved ones diagnosis & navigation of the healthcare or support systems. ASLA’s Resource Specialist will return your call/email to help address your questions or concerns.
This is a valuable resource to our self advocates, families, providers, and community and we are proud to be able to offer this service.
(ALL disabilities supported)

Look forward to hearing from you!



The CA Dept of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a new State Public Health Order requiring vaccinations for Health Care Workers in the Home & Other Settings by Nov 30th. This may impact your IHSS provider.
The Order is HERE
Autism Society of Los Angeles
Thanks their Business Members for their generosity.
Learn more HERE
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WE have a limited quantity of masks and sanitizer for FREE. Please reach out to us at to arrange pickup time. Stay Safe!

Ways to Help ASLA

We are fortunate to be surrounded by caring, talented, and generous people. As a community based organization, we rely on those around us in order to have a greater impact on the individuals that we serve. If your heart is interested in helping us become a better and stronger resource, take a look at the list below for ideas on how to help.

  • Join our Amazon Smile
  • Donate an unwanted Vehicle
  • In-Kind Gifts
  • Employee Matching Gift Program 
  • Recommend a ____Charitable event or fundraiser 

All funds raised for ASLA stay in Los Angeles County to strengthen our programs to positively impact our community. To inquire further about giving back to ASLA please contact us at

So what is the Self-Determination Program?

The Self-Determination Program is all about an individual’s choice and control over the services they receive through their regional center and the money that pays for those services. 

For many, the Self-Determination Program has been life changing because it provides more independence, freedom and control to regional center clients and their families. For example, participants and families may purchase services from traditional providers or choose local businesses instead. They can hire support workers directly or they can negotiate special arrangements with groups and individuals in their communities. Here, people with disabilities are in charge of their own lives, not the professionals or systems that support them.

Can I participate in the Self-Determination Program?

To be eligible for the program, you or your family member must:
  • Have a developmental disability and currently be receiving services from a California regional center OR be a new client of a regional center
  • Be over the age of three or, if under, be qualified for services through the Lanterman Act
  • Live in the community and have free choice in your life. You are not eligible if you live in a licensed long-term health care facility unless you are using it to transition from that facility.
For more information

To contact your area’s Regional Center about next steps, please click Regional Center Listing for a list of regional center telephone number and ask to speak to the Self-Determination Program (SDP) Coordinator.

If you need help navigating the process and your regional center’s SDP Coordinator isn’t available, please click our SCDD Regional Office Listing and click on “Regional Offices” to contact your local SCDD Office.

To keep informed on SDP implementation updates click DDS Self-Determination Information and Resources to find out more.

To connect with others interested in a variety of SDP topics, please visit the SCDD SDP Facebook Forum and request to join.

Adult Meet-Up Groups - November

1) On Monday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m., I will be hosting an AS/HFA Online Support Group. More information can be found here:

a) On Monday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m., I will be hosting a follow-up AS/HFA Online Support group. More information can be found here:

2) On Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m., I will hosting an AS/HFA online support group meeting. More information can be found here:

3) On Friday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m., there will be our monthly Women’s support group meeting. More information can be found here:

4) On Saturday, November 6th at 1:30 p.m., I will be hosting an in-person AS/HFA support group event. More information can be found here:

5) On Thursday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. we will be having our monthly Karaoke event. More information can be found here:

6) On Saturday, November 20th at 1:30 p.m., we will be having our monthly Game Day event. More information can be found here:

7) On Sunday, November 21st at we will be having our monthly Online Yoga and Meditation event. More information can be found here:

2021-2022 CAC Meetings

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of parents, educators and community members who are concerned with the educational needs of children with disabilities and serves in an advisory capacity to the SELPA regarding community opinions, concerns, and suggestions pertaining to special education and related services to students with disabilities.
CAC Workshop: How to Read Reports and Assessments for Parents and Caregivers - Nov. 10, 2021

CAC Workshop: OT Tips and Tricks - Dec. 2 ,2021

CAC Workshop: Harbor Regional Parent Resources, presented by Maria Rivas, Harbor Regional Center - Feb. 7, 2022

CAC Business Meeting - May 9, 2022 

To RSVP, please email Allison Haynes at Spanish and ASL interpreting are offered upon request.
Reuniónes del Comité Consultivo de la Comunidad (CAC)

El Comité Consultivo de la Comunidad (CAC) es un grupo de padres, educadores y miembros de la comunidad que se preocupan por las necesidades educativas de los niños con discapacidades y sirve en calidad de asesor del SELPA ur con respecto a las opiniones, inquietudes y sugerencias de la comunidad relacionadas con la educación especial y servicios relacionados para estudiantes con discapacidades.

Cómo leer Informes y Evaluaciones para Padres y Cuidadores
presentado por Kerri Knight-Teague, Psicóloga escolar del SELPA, 10 de noviembre de 2021

OT Sugerencias y Trucos del CAC
presentado por el personal del SELPA, 2 de diciembre de 2021
Recursos para Padres del Centro Regional Harbor
presentado por Maria Rivas, Harbor Regional Center, 7 de febrero de 2022

Reunión de Negocios del CAC
9 de mayo de 2022

Para confirmar su asistencia, favor de enviar un correo electrónico a Irina Martinez a, y se le enviará el enlace de Zoom para conectar a la conferencia. Si desea un intérprete, por favor indique la necesidad de intérprete en el correo electrónico.

IEP Basics Workshop (English)
Wednesday. November 10th,
11 am - 12:30 pm

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

Register by November 3rd and we will mail you a free Mini IEP Notebook (for parents who live in our service area).

Click HERE to register
ADVANCED IEP Workshop (English)

Wednesday, November 17th,
7:00pm - 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
Taller IEP AVANZADO (Español)

Martes, 16 de Noviembre,
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.
Do you want to get fit, be more mindful, and have fun? Learn from expert instructors by joining IFiT-M today!  

IFiT-M (Into Fitness Together & Mindfulness) is an opportunity to be part of a group fitness program lead by expert kinesiology majors from CSUN. You get to be part of a program and a research study that will help you become fit, stay calm and be grounded in these stressful times.   

If you are a college student enrolled full time, who is at least 18 years old we would love to have you join us this Fall.  We are looking for both individuals with AND without autism. 

Come work out online, be part of interactive Zoom classes, and learn strategies that can help you in your everyday life.  

If you are interested or want more information, please send email

It’s FREE and FUN!

Feel free to reach out to me via email at INSERT CSUN EMAIL ADDRESS or via phone at INSERT ONLY IF YOU WANT TO. The principal investigators for this project are Drs. Teri Todd (, Nancy Miodrag (, and Jacob Jensen (

Builder Bees of Los Angeles
Organization for girls of all abilities K-12th Grade

Monthly Event

Holiday Parties, Virtual Field Trips, Vision Board Making, Cooking and many more activities....

To Join/Register, visit our website:

Questions please contact our Director Orley Garber at
This Newsletter contains information regarding the disability community, events, and programs. While ASLA attempts to include information from reliable community partners, ASLA does not represent, warrant, undertake or guarantee that the information referred to in this Newsletter is correct, accurate, complete, or non-misleading. It is up to the reader to determine whether the programs described in this Newsletter are appropriate for your individual situation. Therefore, ASLA will not be liable for any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage as a result of information in this Newsletter.
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