SCDD Orange County Office

Upcoming Events and Meetings


Understanding the Challenges of Raising Children with Special Needs – MAY 15, 2018
Parents are often overwhelmed by the problems presented by a child with developmental concerns. In the process of seeking assistance, it can be a daunting task to know where to go or who to contact. As events unfold, new and different challenges constantly arise and we repeatedly find ourselves asking, “Now what?”  Join us for a discussion with a panel of experts to discover important information on better understanding disabilities, fielding through the special education process, finding and building your personal team of professionals, and learning about financial and legal options to help your child and yourself, both today and in the future.  Featured speakers include: Michael Jewell Esq., Special Education Attorney; Dr. Rosa Patterson, BCBA, Autism Behavior Services, Inc.; Abby Rozenberg , Speech and Language Pathologist; Christine Tolbert, Advocate, State Council on Developmental Disabilities; and Dr. Dudley Wiest, Psychologist.
When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018  from 6:00-8:30pm
Where: Hotel Irvine – 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614
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Full inclusion? Mainstreaming? Specialized Academic Instruction? Clinics? How will placement affect my child’s education? How can I ensure that my child is in the least restrictive environment? The placement/environment where your child receives their education is a huge piece of the IEP puzzle. We will review the continuum of program options available to students and then consider the impacts of each of them. We will also look at steps parents can take to ensure their child is in their least restrictive environment.
Presented by Sandi Ames, Child Advocate/Parent Mentor.
When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6-8:00pm
Where: SCDD Orange County Office – 2000 East Fourth Street, Suite 115, Santa Ana, CA  92705
To register, call (714) 558-4404 or use this link:
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CONEXIONES EDUCATIVAS SPANISH CONFERENCE “Principios y bases del Liderazgo”  – MAY 25, 2018
The purpose of the Conexiones Educativas Spanish Support Group is to offer training and individual consultations and guide parents with special needs children of any diagnosis and age through educational programs in different cities in Orange County in order to help families get more appropriate services. This event on May 25th will be conducted in Spanish and is entitled “Principios y bases del Liderazgo.”  Please note this is support group/training is conducted in Spanish.
When: Friday, May 25, 2018 from 10am to noon
Where: River Arena – 201 East Broadway Street, Anaheim, CA  92805
RSVP Required. Please call Cecilia Mercado at 714-398-4710 or email
View the event flyer here.

SELF-ADVOCACY MEETINGSThe self-advocacy meetings are intended for self-advocates (persons with disabilities) to learn leadership and independence skills, learn about State laws and policies on disabilities, and how to make real changes within the community. All self-advocates are welcome to attend!

Santa Ana
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Integrity House – 2043 North Broadway, Santa Ana,  CA 92706
No RSVP required – just show up!