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Special Kids Crusadeis dedicated

to developing resources, raising awareness, and providing support

for children with disabilities and their families

residing in Monterey County.

  • Monitoring Development

  • Validating Concerns

  • Getting Services

  • Establishing a Support Network

  • Educating for Advocacy

  • Finding Community Resources

    One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.


  • Special Kids Crusade’s Family Resource Center

    One-to-one Parent Education Appointments & developmental milestones screening tools.

    1900 Garden Road, Monterey or in-home appointments

    (831) 372-2730 or [email protected]

  • Go Kids-Nuevas Posibilidades

    Developmental screenings & parent education for zero-five in the 93905 zip code or Alisal School District. Funded by First 5.

    1330 E. Alisal Street, Salinas

    (831) 757-4537


  • Parent Education Programs

    • The Parent Center at Salinas Adult School

    • Parent’s Place in Pacific Grove

    • Cabrillo Family Resource Center in Seaside

    • Early Head Start & Head Start through MCOE

    • First 5 Vision 1 Programs to begin July 2011


  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Milestones Checklist: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones

  • Department of Developmental Services Reasons for Concerns brochure: www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart/docs/ReasonsForConcern_English.pdf

    Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese.

  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) www.FirstSigns.org/downloads/m-chat.pdf


  • Schedule appointment with child’s Pediatrician Ask for a referral to a specialist who can perform a more in-depth evaluation.

    • Developmental Pediatrician

    • Child Neurologists

    • Child Psychologists or Psychiatrists


Birth to 36-months:

  • Point of Entry: San Andreas Regional Center (SARC)

    • Schedule an Intake Interview

    • Local Education Agency(LEA) & SARC will provide assessment

    • Eligibility for Early Start will be determined

      Over 36-months to 21-years:

  • Point of Entry: School District

    Provide a written request for assessment

    School District will provide assessment

    Individualized Education Plan meeting will be scheduled

    Contact Special Kids Crusade for assistance.

GETTING SERVICES-Early Intervention

Birth to 36-months:

  • San Andreas Regional Center

    Consultation with Family Services Coordinator

    Early Intervention Team recommends services*

    Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) developed

    Transition assistance into preschool services at 36-months

    *Early Start Services may include Assistive Technology, Family Training & Home Visits, Health & Medical Services, Respite, Occupational & Physical Therapy, Speech & Language Service.

GETTING SERVICES-36-months to 21-years

  • Special Education through School District or MCOE

    • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be scheduled following District performed assessment

    • IEP will list all services to be provided

    • Parents should be well-informed prior to IEP meeting

  • San Andreas Regional Center

    • Schedule an Intake Interview

    • Intake Team will gather information from School District, physicians, psychologists & other professionals

    • Eligibility for services will be determined (only services not available through School District)


San Andreas Regional Center

344 Salinas Street, Suite 207, Salinas

(831) 759-7500


Monterey County Office of Education, Special Education

901 Blanco Circle, Salinas

(831) 755-0345


***Prior to obtaining service recommendations, be certain to describe what is important to the family, including philosophies & culture.


  • Support Groups

    Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group

    Second Wednesdays, 6-8:00pm

    Stilwell Community Center, Fort Ord

    Sponsored by Exceptional Family Member Program & Easter Seals

    (831) 242-7960 or (831) 684-2166 x 120

    Mom’s Night Out (non-hosted dinner)

    Second Mondays, 6:30-9:00pm

    Alternate between Salinas Area & Peninsula restaurants

    Sponsored by Special Kids Crusade

    (831) 372-2730 [email protected]


  • Support Groups

    Father’s Group Dinner Get-Together

    Meets once per month, various dates

    Coordinator: Alex von Dallwitz

    (831) 626-3524 [email protected]

    Grupo de Apoyo

    First Fridays, 6:00pm

    Early Head Start, Alisal & Front Streets, Salinas

    Sponsored by Padres Compartiendo Juntos

    (831) 261-2528


  • Parent Mentor Program & Special Family Events

    Special Kids Crusade

    (831) 372-2730 or [email protected]

    AND Padres Compartiendo Juntos

    (831) 261-2528

  • Consider wide-range of support

    Family Doctor, Specialist, Marriage & Family Counselor, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Case Manager, Parent Advocacy Trainer, Special Education or Resource Teacher, Inclusion Specialist, 504 Coordinator

    Contact Special Kids Crusade for assistance.


  • Special Kids Crusade Parent Empowerment Workshops

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Educational Series

      Second Tuesdays thru Aug 2011, 6-7:30pm

      San Andreas Regional Center, 344 Salinas Street, Salinas

      Presented by Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Stanford Autism Center

    • Wrightslaw: Special Education Law & Advocacy Seminar

      Thursday, March 24, 8:00am-4:30pm

      CSUMB World Theatre, Seaside

      Presented by Pete Wright, Esq.

    • Other regularly scheduled workshops: www.SpecialKidsCrusade.org


  • Monterey County Special Education Local Plan Area

    • Basics of Autism Spectrum Disorders;

      An Introduction for Parents & Community

      January 29, 8:30-11:30am

      901 Blanco Circle, Salinas

    • Ongoing Workshops: www.monterey.k12.ca.us/drupal/student-services/selpa/workshops

  • Easter Seals Central California

    & Safeway All Kids Can Funding

    • Understanding ASD: Interactive Parent Training Series

    • Contact Stella Lauerman: (831) 684-2166 x114


  • Talk About Curing Autism: www.TacaNow.org

  • Global Autism Collaboration: www.Autism.com

  • Autism Research Institute: www.DefeatAutismNow.com

  • Autism Speaks: www.AutismSpeaks.org

  • Wrightslaw: www.Wrightslaw.com

  • Disability Rights California: www.DisabilityRightsCA.org

  • Consumer’s Guide to the Lanterman Act: www.dds.ca.gov/ConsumerCorner/LantermanActGuide.cfm

  • Social Security: www.ssa.gov/kids


  • Project Playroom: www.ProjectPlayroom.org

    • Therapeutic Toy Lending Library for special needs children.

  • Kernes Adaptive Aquatics: www.KernesPool.org

    • Warm water exercise programs for health, strength, mobility & confidence.

  • Christine Marie’s Star Riders: www.CMStarRiders.com

    • Equine facilitated horseback riding experiences to maximize potential of children & adults with disabilities.

  • Salinas Circle for Children: www.SalinasCircle.org

    • Provides tools & support for children with special needs.


  • Project Lifesaver: www.ProjectLifesaver.org

    • Protecting the wandering through rapid-response partnership with law enforcement. Local contact: Office of the Sheriff at (831) 647-7702

  • Parents Helping Parents Assistive Technology Services: www.php.com/services/itech

    • Preview & demonstration center in Bay Area for Assistive Technology.

  • Curriculum & Assistive Technology Resource Center: www.monterey.k12.ca.us

    • Variety of workshops offered to MCOE staff & parents.


  • Easter Seals Central California: www.CentralCal.EasterSeals.com

    • P.L.A.Y. Project for children 0-6 with autism.

  • Special Kids Crusade: www.SpecialKidsCrusade.org

    • Including Special Kids Adaptive Skills Program

    • VIP Basketball Camp designed for developmentally disabled players (8 weeks beginning Feb each year)

    • Ability Awareness Trainings in collaboration with the Monterey County SELPA to offer children & adults experience at what it might be like to live with a disability (Autism Station)

    • Family Resource Directory in print & on-line (Spa & Eng)...search “autism”

Special Kids Crusade

Executive Director, Laura Harris

1900 Garden Road, Suite 230

Monterey, CA 93940

[email protected]