Welcome to REACH

Founded in 1969, the Resource for Education, Advocacy, Communication, and Housing (REACH) is a private, non-profit organization that supports individuals with a variety of lifelong disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down’s syndrome and related medical and/or behavioral disorders. Our history of achievements is the result of strong community and family support and an organizational culture that continually seeks to remove barriers and change the limiting cultural stereotypes long associated with this population. REACH currently serves people in the Southeast Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley and North Orange County areas.

Join our team!…Check out job opportunities in ‘Career Center’

Public Meeting Notice!

If you are concerned about the differences in how regional centers are providing services, particularly to Latinos and African-Americans, we encourage you to attend:

PUBLIC HEARINGS on Service Disparities

Sponsored by the California Department of Developmental Services

The Department of Developmental Services will hold four public meetings to consult with stakeholders, including consumers and families, advocates, providers, and protection/advocacy agencies, to review purchase of service data and develop recommendations to help reduce disparities.  Discussion areas will include identifying cultural barriers and challenges in obtaining regional center services and the areas that need clarification for people to understand the service delivery system, as well as, plans and recommendations to promote equity and reduce disparities in the purchase of services.

THERE WILL BE TWO HEARINGS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ATTENDED BY SENIOR DDS OFFICIALS:

INLAND EMPIRE:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Molina Healthcare

Molina Aliso Beach Conference Room

550 East Hospitality Lane, Suite 100

San Bernardino, CA  92408

On-site translation will be provided in the following languages:

Spanish, Mandarin, and Vietnamese

LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 am to 12:00 noon

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center

2500 S. Western Ave.

Los Angeles, CA  90018

On-site translation will be provided in the following languages:

Spanish, Cantonese, and Korean.

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Let’s get a big turnout.  Please join us!

New ‘ACC’ opens at Cal Lutheran University

Cal Lutheran University has just opened a brand new ‘Autism and Communication Center’ at the university.  ACC’s mission is to offer educational, communication, and community inclusion resources – through workshops, conferences, research and resource information development – to P-20 students with autism and the teachers, providers, caregivers, administrators, and families who support them.  They will be coordinating with various organizations and professionals in the future to offer professional development and services to Ventura County and Santa Barbara communities.  They hope to one day collaborate with REACH in this capacity! Please check out the video below that features people who use letter boards and keyboards to communicate:

Video:  The new ‘Autism and Communication Center’ at Cal Lutheran University

New Apple Productions feature REACH Consumer

In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Apple has launched two new productions featuring Dillan Barmache, one of REACH’s clients.  Dillan communicates using an Apple iPad.

“Autism Acceptance Month acknowledges that every autistic person’s path is unique. For Dillan, the dedication of his loved ones, years of hard work and his iPad made a big difference in how he connects with others. Hear Dillan, his mother and his therapist / communication partner share that journey. Autism Acceptance Month is dedicated to the stories of people like Dillan. His words remind us how important it is to ensure everyone with a voice can be heard.”

In the Spotlight: William Pearce and Alma Aragon