The Grandparent Autism Network informs grandparents about autism and the medical, educational, legal and social issues that affect their families, enabling them to share how they may improve the quality of life for their children and grandchildren. Activities include social events for grandparents and grandchildren and advocacy efforts to increase support for autism causes. Networking together, grandparents are a vital resource for autism …and each other.
Do You Have a Granddaughter in Orange County?
The Salon & Spa at Americana will offer professional services to young women with autism ages 12 - 18 years old at this special event. Make reservations now for an evening of fun and salon services in a sensory sensitive environment. Young women will meet others and engage in games and activities while they wait to receive shampoo, haircut, blow dry or trim and file nail services at reduced costs. Caregivers are welcome to "Coffee, Cookies & Chat" while they wait. Reservations are required and space is limited to 10 young women for this event. Call for an appointment at 714-253-3023. See the flyer here
Families Can Pool Resources for Disabled in ABLE Accounts!
Learn how you can contribute to ABLE accounts for your grandchild and how you can provide for future needs. Go here for additional information.
Prepare for Emergencies
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Beware of Bogus Claims for Cures and Treatments
Food and Drug Administration is cautioning that many products claiming to cure or treat autism are bogus and may in fact be dangerous. FIND OUT MORE
Warrior Hearted Special Children’s Foundation Grants
Grants up to $500 are awarded to a person with special needs for services or equipment not covered by health insurance or regional centers. Any person with special needs who lives in the Los Angeles or Orange County may apply. Applications are reviewed monthly. Many recipients come from communities that cannot afford the one-to-one specialized care and expensive equipment necessary for them to thrive. Funding is provided for special needs programs for educationally, emotionally, and physically challenged. Apply at www.warriorhearted.org_
Bullying Resources for Families
A Project Talent/Family-Genetic Study of Autism
Were you in high school in 1960? Do you remember taking a test for Project Talent? If so, you can help! Project Talent and Northwestern University are collaborating on a generational autism research study. Go here for additional information.
Autism In Girls
A new study that looks at the male-female differences in autism; girls appear to have different symptoms and may be under-diagnosed. READ MORE
Cost-Free Membership in GAN is Available to Grandparents Everywhere!
Sign up here to receive the next copy of GAN's e-Newsletter. Newsletters focus on grandparents and offer suggestions about how they can increase personal and community support for their families.
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Looking for more grandparent support? Learn how to find other grandparents who share your concerns and start a new, cost-free group in your community. Find out how to do it here.