Parent Support

Parent Mentor Program

Help out (or get help from) a fellow special-needs parent in this new Parent Mentor Program!

Need Help? Be a Mentee!

  • Get help with conservatorships, Medi-Cal, IHSS, and the Regional Center!
  • Be paired up with an experienced parent who can help you!
  • Your mentor can answer general information questions, and help fill out important paperwork!

Want to Help? Be a Mentor?

  • Help other parents with conservatorships, Medi-Cal, IHSS, and the Regional Center!
  • Be paired with a parent in need of assistance!
  • You can help with general information questions, and help them fill out important paperwork!



Autism File Magazine: Free Year-Round Information about Caring for Children with Autism

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Computers for Families

A FREE Computer for your fourth-sixth grade child, regardless of income level

Reduced cost Internet, based on your family's income level

Does your child need a computer to get their schoolwork done?

Does your home need Internet or Wi-Fi to connect?

Do you know how to keep your child safe online?

Do you need to swap an existing CFF computer?

If you answered yes...

Join Computers for Families at one of our Computer and Internet Nights!

Taking place at a distribution site near you! Families may attend any day and place. Each event is from 5:30-7 p.m.

RSVP for the event at

  • Hope School (grades 4-6) September 7
  • Canalino School (grades K-5) September 14
  • Goleta Valley Junior High (grades 4-6) September 21
  • Santa Barbara Junior High (grades 4-6) September 28
  • Franklin Elementary (grades 4-6) October 5
  • Aliso Elementary (grades K-5) October 12
  • Harding Elementary (grades 4-6) October 19
  • Goleta Valley Comm. Cen. (grades 4-6) October 26
  • Peabody Elementary (grades 4-6) November 1

*Preferred method: RSVP at

Co-Pay Assistance Program

Thanks to Variety: The Children's Charity of Southern California, we are able to offer funding for co-payments for therapy sessions for children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford these medical services.

To apply for the Co-Pay Assistance Program, please provide a copy of the first page of your most recent tax return along with this completed form 

California Lifeline Program

Resources for Adult Transition

 Adult at Risk Information Card Program

This FREE program provides Adult-at-Risk cards for the community members served by Tri-Counties Regional Center. A card will be provided for those at risk, as well as one for their family caregiver. The Adult-at-Risk Information Card includes a photograph and other identifying information to assist law enforcement in locating an at-risk adult in the event that they become disoriented, lost or are in need of medical assistance. This program is geared towards Camarillo residents, but is open to any resident of the County. It is available the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. by appointment only. Please call (805) 388-1952 x100 for an appointment or for more information. This is being offered by the Camarillo Health Care District in conjunction with the Camarillo Police Department.

Voice Options Pilot Project California Speech Technology Program

       We are excited to announce the launch Voice Options, California Speech Technology Program. Voice Options is a statewide pilot program offering iPads with speech applications to people with disabilities for demonstration, short and long-term loan via 10 demonstration centers throughout the state.

      The project is funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and administered by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.

      Using an iPad with a speech application may make being understood easier and allow people with speech language disabilities to speak independently. Speech applications designed for iPads will allow users to control an alternative voice. Users enter what they want to say on the iPad, and it is voiced through speakers.

Who qualifies for a demonstration 
and short-term loan? 

      Californians who are not able to speak or have difficulty speaking may borrow iPads with speech applications to determine if using an iPad increases their ability to communicate. All Voice Options iPads are equipped with the following speech apps: GoTalk, LAMP, PLa, P7, TouchChat.

      Individuals may borrow an iPad for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate. If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device with their favorite speech app. Long-term loans require a verification of disability status by a designated professional.

      Individuals can participate in this program by visiting one of 10 Demonstration Centers in the following cities: Redding, Sacramento, Grass Valley, San Jose, Salinas, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana, San Bernardino and San Diego, or by visiting: (800) 390-2699 / (800) 900-0706

ALPHA Santa Barbara


Our mission is to help families and children with special needs reach their fullest potential; to enable parents to help their children to be all they can be; and to build community awareness of the rights and contributions of all individuals.

Becca's Buddies-Professional Pet Services


Quality pet care is critical in keeping a happy, healthy pet. Becca’s Buddies will provide friendly, reliable pet care in your own home at a low cost. No need to call and drive for you pet to receive the care they need, Becca’s Buddies will come to your home, walk your dog, play with your cat, clean the litter box and keep your pet happy and healthy. Call Becca at 805-448-7423 or email her at

Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs

Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs offers inspiring success stories, valuable resources and parent-tested strategies for success. Also visit

Judy Winter is an award-winning writer, national speaker, photographer and activist on special needs parenting issues and co founder/chair of the Eric 'RIcStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp. In addition to her book Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations, Winter's words appear in three other special needs books and in numerous newspaper and magazine columns and feature articles. Judy Winter is passionate about creating greater awareness of the value and potential of children with special needs, and has made this work her life mission for the past for twenty years. The author parented a child with cerebral palsy until his death at age 12 in 2003. Judy Winter brings passion, and a healthy dose of humor, to all she takes on.

This FB page also provides regular and timely stories, valuable resources, links and updates about special needs from major media sources. 

Cottage Hospital News and Events


Visit this site for the latest postings for news and events by Cottage Health Systems.

Click here for classes, lectures and seminars from Cottage.

Click here for health fair and screening info by Cottage

Dial 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a program put on from the Family Service Agency. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number for non-emergency information and referral, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. 2-1-1 is to health and human services what 911 is to emergency services.


2-1-1 HelpLine is the first point-of-access to all community services, including shelter and housing, food, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and treatment, health facilities, counseling, mental health services, senior issues, financial assistance, legal assistance, child care, child and elder abuse services, recreation, disaster relief, crisis intervention and suicide prevention, and much more. 2-1-1 is also the number to call when you are looking for ways to give back to the community, find volunteer opportunities, and other ways to support local organizations.

Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara


FSA is Santa Barbara County 's first and oldest non-sectarian, human-service nonprofit. Its programs help people help themselves. FSA services prevent family breakdown, intervene effectively where problems are known to exist and help individuals and families build on existing strength. Family Service Agency programs are available throughout Santa Barbara County. We offer programs addressing the unique concerns of youth, individuals, couples and seniors.

Hollister Day Program


This program is offered through Genesis Developmental Services. This is a person-approached center supporting meaningful activity, community involvement, giving back and is assisted by a registered nurse. For more information or to schedule a tour, call JoAnna Chandler at 805-968-8502. 

The IOD Bookstore


The Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.

The IOD advances policies and systems changes, promising practices, education, and research that strengthen communities and ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons.

The IOD values the participation of people with disabilities, the community, family members, and a culturally diverse membership in its governance and research, teaching, and service activities. The IOD works to advance principles of choice, family and consumer-directed supports, community inclusion and cultural competence throughout the life span. 

Joni & Friends Family Retreats


Check out these family retreats organized by Joni & Friends of the International Disability Center. Retreats include:

  • Wounded Warrior Getaway in Pine Valley, October 18-21, 2012
  • International Family Retreat - Cuba - November 1-11, 2012
  • International Family Retreat - El Salvador - November 2-8, 2012

Knowledge Powers Solutions for Parents


KPS4Parents KPS4Parents was formed with a singular vision: to ensure that all eligible children, regardless of disability, receive the Free Appropriate Public Education ("FAPE") to which they are entitled.

Parent training gives you, the parent, a working understanding of "the system" and how it works. It equips you to become your child's best advocate. Parent training helps you understand what you can ask for, when you should ask for it, and to whom you should make your requests.

Parent training is provided in a number of ways. Much of the parent training we do is simply through free email-initiated consultation with parents on individual issues on an as-needed basis. Parents email us at with their questions and we reply via email or schedule to speak with them on the phone regarding their concerns. 

Kristen's Mobile Hair Cutting Service

Kristen will come to your house to cut your family's hair.  Contact her at 805/252-6062.

Melissa Fitch Family Photography


Want your family photos taken? This special needs mother works great with families and individuals with special needs! Contact Melissa at (805) 886-4411 or 




This site offers an IEP Checklist via iPhone App!
Find more info about this app here!

Passport to Adaptive Living 

Passport to Adaptive Living (PAL) is an organization that supports individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities acquire the necessary skills to succeed in the inclusive home, school, and community environments. By teaching individuals with develop- mental disabilities to build positive community and peer relationships and build skills to adapt, communicate, and socialize they may develop the necessary skills to live and function success- fully, independently, and safely within their home, school, and community environments.

Respite, Inc


Respite is a vendored service through state regional centers and overseen by the Department of Developmental Services, under CCR Title 17, Sections 56780 - 56802.

Service Definition -In-home respite services means the intermittent or regularly scheduled temporary non-medical care and supervision provided in the consumer's own home, for a regional center consumer who resides with a family member. These services are designed to do all of the following:

  • Assist family members in maintaining the consumer at home.
  • Provide appropriate care and supervision to ensure the consumer's safety in the absence of family members.
  • Relieve family members from the constantly demanding responsibility of caring for the consumer.
  • Attend to the consumer's basic self-help needs and other activities of daily living including interaction, socialization, and continuation of usual daily routines which would ordinarily be performed by the family members. 

Santa Maria & Lompoc Autism Support Groups


Santa Maria Autism Support Group has an online support group for parents of children diagnosed with autism. There is also a weekly playgroup that meets a local park. Contact: (805) 714-1187 or email

The Lompoc Autism Support Group is for parents and other caregivers of children diagnosed with autism. Contact: Polly Bleavins @ (805) 347-2775 or email


SELPA Santa Barbara


Visit SELPA's family resources here!

Check out the SELPA calender for a huge selection of upcoming events in the 2012 - 2013 year! For more information about Santa Barbara SELPA, please follow the link to their website as well!



A parent run website of special needs community resources: events, specialists, workshops, clubs, activities and travel ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

Reid's Gift  sign up for summer camp internship!

Best Day Foundation Santa

Barbara sign up for helping out with some ocean funs!

"321 Playhouse" Down Syndrome Family Support always welcome volunteers. Call Tara Vasquez at (803) 269-6313 to  register.


Hearts Therapeutic Santa Barbara is looking for dedicated volunteers who are willing to commit to a weekly 4-hour shift.

See their webpage for details


Hidden Wings, a non-profit for autism, welcomes volunteers of all talents

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