CPAD Information (September 2015)


Westside Regional Center / Social Security Administration

On Thursday, September 17th from 10am - 12pm in WRC Boardrooms 3A & B, Joy Tsuhako, Area Work incentives Coordinator (AWIC) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will present information on the disability benefits available at SSA: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Joy will also cover how work affects these cash benefits, as well as the medical benefits, Medicare and Medi-Cal.  Please call the WRC RSVP Line at: (310)-258-4013 to reserve your space at this informative presentation!

CPAD September eNewsletter, please click: CPAD 9-2015 eNewsletter

CPAD Information (July 2015)

Study Shows Long-Term Gains for Children With Autism 

Autism is usually diagnosed in children between the ages of 2 and 3, however new research suggests that diagnosing it early and providing one-on-one, parent-led treatment can reduce symptoms in the long run. The Early Start Denver Model is a nonmedical treatment for children age 12 to 48 months who show symptoms of autism. A recent study focusing on the Early Start Denver Model found that children who received the treatment showed reduced core autism symptoms.

Go to the following website for more detailed information.

CPAD July eNewsletter, please click: CPAD 7-2015 eNewsletter


CPAD Information (June 2015)

Safety Fair held by Eastern Los Angeles Family Resource Center

Safety Fair


Plese click / view: CPAD June 2015 eNewsletter



CPAD Information (April 2015)

Legislative Connection

“We Speak With One Voice”    Letter Writing Campaign Day – April 13th
WHY? Because our Developmental Disabilities System is in Crisis

Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center is collecting letters and emails from our community regarding experiences with service limitations and reductions experienced in recent years. Our service system is in crisis and we need your support in sending a message to your California Assembly member and Senator that reform needs to happen now.

When: Monday, April 13, 2015    Time: All Day
Where:  Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center offices (Whittier & Alhambra)
Who should write:  Parents, individuals served by regional center, family members, service providers, and friends.
What:  Letters and emails will be hand delivered to California State Senators and Assembly Members in Sacramento on April 15th…..We need your letters and stories!!

Letters should have a personal message about why regional center services, and service provider services are important to you and your family. Your letter should also include the 3 key points listed below.

Key Issue 1 - 10% in the Current Year
 The developmental services system is in crisis. Service providers are being pushed to the brink. Where new programs once opened, long-serving ones now close, their budgets unable to be balanced with state-mandated rates. Regional centers’ service coordinators are carrying caseloads larger than California has assured the federal government they would. Individuals with developmental disabilities now face a shortage of needed services and case management support. For both service providers and the regional centers, the 10% across-the-board increase for developmental services funding will serve as a stopgap measure that will mitigate the damage long enough for real reform to occur.
Key Issue 2 – 5% Annual Investment
 Real reform is a complex process that will require the input of many stakeholders, and the careful review of volumes of data. It cannot be rushed. But inflationary pressures will not grant us such courtesy. California’s service system needs the assurance of 5% annual increases while work is ongoing to prevent the temporary gains of the 10% increase from being eroded.
Key Issue 3 – Reform
 Most service provider rates have been frozen for over a decade. Similarly, most salary levels in the “core staffing formula” used to create regional centers’ budgets have not been updated since 1991. Service provider rates and the core staffing formula must be reformed to guarantee that future funding levels are both adequate and sustainable. Through that comprehensive funding reform, California’s developmental services will avoid collapse and be able to serve a changing population.

To find your California representatives, letter sample, and where to send letter, e-mail, deadlines and etc., please visit ELRC web at:

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CPAD Information (January 2015)


Challenge Air

Since 1993, Challenge Air has enriched the lives of children and youth with special needs through its unique aviation programs. Challenge Air’s mission reflects the life-changing impact the flight experience has on children, families, donors, sponsors and communities as a whole. With a network of nearly 3,500 volunteers nationwide, volunteers serve as pilots, ground crew, fundraisers, planning committee members and in numerous other capacities. As Challenge Air continues to grow and add more programs across the country, its mission will remain true..... and continue to provide an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to special needs children and youth through the gift of flight.  Challenge Air is coming to San Diego, free to children ages 7-17 with special needs! (Detailed information)

Challenge Air's program Goals:

1) To improve the quality of life for children/youth and families with special needs

2) Arouse children/youth with special needs to be excited about learning and inspired about their future

3) Educate children/youth about the aviation industry and encourage them to consider occupational roles other than the customary ones to which they are generally directed

4) Involve and promote civic and community engagement

5) Create an environment for peer interaction for children/youth with special needs.

6) Promote local organizational resources to families with special needs.

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The Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), in collaboration with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, has created a new interactive toolkit to help improve healthcare services for adults on the autism spectrum, now available at

For patients on the autistic spectrum and their supporters:

Patient materials include checklists and worksheets to help patients:
•schedule appointments
•prepare for visits•describe symptoms, and
•follow-up on provider recommendations

The toolkit also includes detailed information about topics including:

•navigating the healthcare system
•staying healthy, and
•patient rights.

The centerpiece of the AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit is the Autism Healthcare Accommodation Tool, an online tool that allows patients or their supporters to create a customized accommodations report for their providers. Research has highlighted that a lack of access to knowledge by both providers and their autistic patients has resulted in great gaps in healthcare for autistic adults. The AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit offers a set of tools to help patients receive high-quality, patient-centered care. The Toolkit is free to use. More info about AASPIRE and its ongoing research activities is available at

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