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Informed Education Partners (IEP): Helping Families with their IEP Meeting

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Click here to view the Spanish Flyer.

TSA Cares: A Program for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Passenger Support

Screening Assistance

TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. Call (855) 787-2227  prior to traveling (72 hours in advance) with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. You can also send an email to TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov . Click here to read more.

Passenger Support Specialists

Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may ask a TSA officer or supervisor for a passenger support specialist who can provide on-the-spot assistance.

Disabilities and Medical Conditions

To ensure your security, all travelers are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint. You or your traveling companion may consult the TSA officer about the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process. You may provide the officer with the TSA notification card or other medical documentation to describe your condition. If you have other questions or concerns about traveling with a disability please contact passenger support. For more information on specific disabilities and medical conditions, click here.

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Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoff

 

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new state website with tools and resources for Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs.

 

The website, RESPONSE.CA.GOV, combines emergency response, recovery and resilience information into a single place for easy access by users. It is a one-stop portal that includes local and state resources, health services, shelters and housing, preparedness information, and more.

 

“California continues to rise to the challenge of power shutoffs and natural disasters,” said Governor Newsom. “RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with a unified portal for critical information during this state of emergency. This site will continuously be updated as needed to provide Californians with the resources they need.”

 

RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with information and resources for current incidents, transportation impacts, vital health services information, shelter and housing locations, unemployment assistance and other state information. The website also directs users to Public Safety Power Shutoff information and preparedness tips. As incidents continue to evolve, the portal will be updated to reflect the latest information and any additional resources the state may develop.

 

The Governor yesterday declared a statewide emergency due to the dangerous weather conditions. Earlier today, Governor Newsom joined the state’s top fire and emergency management officials to provide an update on statewide fire and wind conditions, and announced that California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help ensure the availability of resources to fight the Getty Fire. California has also secured Fire Management Assistance Grants to bolster the response to the Kincade and Tick fires, for which the Governor previously declared a state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles counties.

 

Over the course of the past week, the Governor has met with emergency responders, health officials, residents and local leaders in PetalumaNapaGeyserville and Los Angeles, and held public briefings regarding the ongoing fire threats and the need to hold utilities accountable for the consequences of their power shutoff decisions.

 

The Governor has also announced a $75 Million Program for state and local governments to mitigate the impacts of power shutoffs, and unveiled a series of new partnerships and new tools to help secure medically vulnerable populations during these events.

 

Under Governor Newsom’s leadership, California passed AB 1054, wildfire safety and utility reform legislation that expands the CPUC’s ability to hold utilities accountable for their safety record — a central part of the Governor’s wildfire safety actions.

 

The legislation created a new wildfire safety division at the CPUC and a board of independent expert advisors to more effectively regulate the safety of publicly owned utilities. The law mandated that utilities tie executive compensation to safety performanceinvest $5 billion in safety improvements without profit, and go through a new yearly wildfire safety review and certification process. It also requires new inspections of utility electrical equipment. Under the law, utilities must create a wildfire safety committee in their corporate board, and provide direct board-level safety reporting to the CPUC.

 

 

 

Governor Gavin Newsom

State Capitol Building

Sacramento, CA 95814

New Publications

Westside is excited to share with the community our brand new publications! All publications are available online or in print at the Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center.

To view the entire publication online, click here!

 

 

The 2020-2021 FAFSA Form Is Now Available!

Completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is FREE, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for college or career school. For more information or to access the form, visit fafsa.gov or download the myStudentAid app on your phone (Apple or Google Play). For assistance in completing the form, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center via email at StudentAid@ed.gov or by phone at (800) 433-3243/ TTY: (800) 730-8913.

Financial Aid Process: Click here to view the process in English.

¡El formulario 2020-2021 de Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA) ya está disponible!

Completar y enviar el formulario FAFSA es GRATUITO, y le da acceso a la mayor fuente de ayuda financiera para ayudar a pagar la universidad o la escuela profesional. Para obtener más información o acceder al formulario, visite fafsa.gov o descargue la aplicación myStudentAid en su teléfono (AppleGoogle Play). Para obtener ayuda para completar el formulario, comuníquese con el Centro de Información de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes por correo electrónico a StudentAid@ed.gov o por teléfono al (800) 433-3243 / TTY: (800) 730-8913.

Proceso de Ayuda FinancieraHaga clic aquí para ver el proceso en español.

 

Hot Off the Press!–New WRC Transition to Adulthood Guide

Hello WRC Community!

We are pleased to announce that our brand new Transition from High School to Adulthood booklet is now available on our website resource page in English and Spanish.

If you, your loved one or someone you support are nearing the transition out of high school (14 and up) , this book is your one-stop checklist for everything you need to know about entering adulthood.

It includes specially catered checklists for individuals on the high school diploma track as well as the certificate of completion track, along with IEP, ITP tips and post-secondary resources.

Don’t miss out on this great resource and please spread the word to others who would benefit from this booklet.

Download your copy:

WRC Transition Booklet English

WRC Transition Booklet Spanish

 

 

Stay Safe During the 4th of July Celebration!

Help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths by following these safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Don’t buy or use illegal fireworks! Fines range between $500 and $1,000.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Older children can be permitted to use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
  • Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
  • Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of emergencies.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, soak the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department encourages families to attend fireworks shows conducted by State-licensed pyrotechnicians. To find a professional fireworks show near you, please call their Fireworks Show Directory Hotline at 888-654-FIRE (3473) for information in English and Spanish.

Ayúdenos a prevenir lesiones y muertes relacionadas con los fuegos artificiales siguiendo estos consejos de seguridad de la Comisión de Seguridad de Productos del Consumidor:

  • ¡No compre o use fuegos artificiales ilegales! Las multas oscilan entre $ 500 y $ 1,000.
  • Siempre tenga un adulto que supervise las actividades de fuegos artificiales. Los padres no se dan cuenta de que los niños pequeños sufren lesiones por las bengalas. Las chispas se queman a temperaturas de aproximadamente 2,000 grados, lo suficientemente caliente como para derretir algunos metales.
  • A los niños mayores se les puede permitir usar fuegos artificiales solo bajo la supervisión de un adulto.
  • Ponga los fuegos artificiales afuera en un área despejada, lejos de casas, hojas secas o hierba y otros materiales inflamables.
  • No intente volver a encender o manejar fuegos artificiales que funcionen mal. Remójalas en agua y arrójalas.
  • Nunca apunte o lance fuegos artificiales a otra persona.
  • Tenga a mano un cubo de agua o una manguera de jardín en caso de emergencias.
  • Después de que los fuegos artificiales completen su combustión, empape el dispositivo usado con abundante agua de un cubo o manguera antes de desecharlo para evitar un incendio de basura.

El Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Los Ángeles alienta a las familias a asistir a espectáculos de fuegos artificiales realizados por pirotécnicos con licencia estatal. Para encontrar un espectáculo profesional de fuegos artificiales cerca de usted, llame a su línea directa de Fireworks Show Directory al 888-654-FIRE (3473) para obtener información en inglés y español.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Westside Regional Center (WRC) is happy to announce the arrival of two new social media accounts to help you access important information at your fingertips.

Facebook and Instagram will inform you of:

  • important events, trainings, public meetings and workshops;
  • legislative news and budget updates;
  • civic engagement opportunities;
  • resources available at WRC and in your community;
  • services available by age group;
  • and more!