CONTACT INFORMATION

Barbara Marbach, Education Advocacy Specialist

(310) 258 – 4024 | BarbaraM@WestsideRC.org

 

Ron Lopez, Education Advocacy Specialist

(310) 258 – 4002 | RonL@WestsideRC.org

 

Feben Fantu, Education Advocacy Specialist

(310) 258- 4037 | FebenF@WestsideRC.org

 

Westside Family Resource & Empowerment Center (WFREC)

(310) 258-4063 | linktr.ee/westsideFREC | westsidefrec@gmail.com

Additional Resources

California Department of Education
A Consumer’s Guide to the Lanterman Act
IEP Support Group at WRC

Transition Planning for High School Students in Special Education

Provides information about high school completion options (diploma vs. certificate of completion) and what opportunities they may provide for life after high school. A list of helpful tips is shared for each grade level (9th to 12th).

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Transition from High School to Adulthood

Creating a One-Page Profile for your Transition to Adulthood

The Certified Person-Centered Thinking trainers will guide participants in creating an OPP, share tips on what information to include, and discuss how the use of an OPP can support a smoother transition to adulthood.

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OPP for Transition – Template

Planning for Independent Living

This webinar will help guide you in developing a plan for living on your own (or with a roommate) that includes creating goals, finding a place to live, how to pay for rent and living expenses, current living options available at Westside Regional Center, and more.

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Resource Guide

GATEWAY TO HEALTHCARE: Medical Coverage for Youth with Special Needs

Highlights the importance of preparing children and young adults for the various transitions that occur in healthcare. This includes the various agencies, health plans and programs that administer health coverage.

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Supplementary Handout, COVID-19
Supplementary Handout, Healthcare Countable Monthly income Comparison Chart
Transition-Age Youth Handout, Preparing for Healthcare Changes

Let’s Talk Employment!

Information for working age youth interested in learning about how the regional center can support them in achieving their employment and career goals.

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Resource Guide

How to Navigate the Mental Health System: Accessing Services for your Child with I/DD

Offers assistance in navigating the mental health system (e.g. local school, county and regional center) for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who may be at risk for mental health conditions.

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Resource Guide
Script for Mental Health Triage / Screening

Special Education & Distance Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Provides an overview of: the changes to special education and distance learning for the 2020-2021 school year; your educational rights; tips for academic success; services and supports available at the regional center; helpful resources in your community; and more.

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Resource Guide
Compensatory Education Log – Template
Special Education Packet

Preschool Inclusion

The series was designed to give parents and educators information on the importance of inclusion of preschoolers with their nondisabled peers as they navigate childcare settings, preschools, and other educational options. Participants were introduced to the legal and researched based best practices for educating preschoolers with disabilities in inclusive settings.

Presented by: Dr. Mary Falvey, Emerita Professor at CSULA

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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