Susan Osborne BLOG
The Architecture of Autism
an article in New York Times about Sweetwater Spectrum, a living community for adults with autism.
When the School Says No…How to Get the Yes!:
Securing Special Education Services for Your Child. Book about IEPs and getting what you need.

‘Unlike most books that merely refer to the law to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities in special education, here the author uses true stories about parents, who after an often arduous process, convince schools to not only comply, but to also develop strategies and programs for their children with disabilities that are meaningful and measurable. Using the metaphor of a road trip to equip parents for their special education journey makes an often-daunting process much more approachable. Both as the parent of a child with autism and the director of Delaware’s Parent Training and Information Center, I waded through numerous books on special education law, whereas I actually read Dr. Lauer’s book and learned from the examples while vicariously celebrating the parents’ successes.’

BE SAFE the Movie

BE SAFE The Movie uses video modeling to show teens and adults how to inteact safely with the police. Made by and for those w ASD and similar conditions.

“Be Safe” training will be provided at ASIS for the consumer and his/her team in collaboration with the local police department (in process).

The presentations and modeling will be scheduled on the monthly basis (time TBA) at the ASIS’s conference room and be taught by Arman Khodaei and Christopher Morales (young adults on the spectrum from the group Empower Autism Now).

Sylmar Event Aims To Bridge Gap Between Law Enforcement, Autism Community

logo - CBS2 Los AngelesEmily Ann Iland, the producer of Be Safe the Movie organized “Mission Possible” event at the Mission College, Los Angeles on October 24, 2013.
More than 90 Los Angeles police officers gathered Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Sylmar for an event aimed at bridging the gap between law enforcement and the autism community. CBS2’s Randy Paige reports.
CBS2 LA 10.24.2013 - JeremyOur friend Jeremy Bernstein was the star of the show!!
He was interviewed by CBS which was aired the next day, October 25th at 4 pm on channel 9 and 5 pm on channel 2 and 8 pm on channel 9!
Watch this heart-warming video on CBS2 Los Angeles which was aired the next day (link below).
Here is the feedback (in italics) from a mother who has a son with autism who saw the above video:  “Thanks so much for passing this along.  This area of society and the law have concerned me for years, often wondering what all can go wrong between an autistic person and a scary police officer.  I had my own moment a decade ago at the LA  Zoo, when my son lost it.  Last year, I read a news story from N.Y., where an autistic older teen died of a heart attack running from police, and the family was suing.
I’m thinking to visit my local sheriff’s station in the Lost Hills/Malibu area and start a dialogue to understand what they have in place, and what else they’re doing to understand this population.  The issue in particular is that there are plenty of autistic children in this area who are growing up into teens and adults as we speak, and law enforcement must be prepared in an entirely different manner than how they have been in past.”

The Els for Autism Foundation, Florida



“WellAmy– Gluten Free, “Casein Free, Soy Free (GFCFSF) Products.

A message from the owner: I find that newbies are often lost when they first embark on the GFCFSF (Gluten Free, Casein Free, Soy Free) diet.  So, to help them out, we created GFCFSF Sampler Kits which have a value of $40+ but we are offering them for $19.99.

As a mentor (of TACA – Talk About Curing Autism)who works with a lot of newbies, I would like to get your input on if you like this idea and what other suggestions you would have to make the kits even more helpful for the newbies (or even oldies who would like to save a little money or try some new products).

Here is the link for the various Sampler Kits that we just introduced this week:



Horse Boy Foundation

A non-profit organization in Elgin, TX serving Central Texas autism families FREE OF CHARGE. It all started when Elgin-ite Rupert first took his son into the saddle with him on their Quarter Horse mare Betsy, and found that his obsessive behaviors simply fell away: he even learned to speak on Betsy’s back.

Bring the healing effects of horses and kinetic learning to autism families. Our non-profit has a simple mission: bring the healing effects of horses, nature and supportive community to autism families FREE OF CHARGE.

The Mission: Celebrating the gifts of autism: Most people regard autism as a disease, dysfunction and disorder. What we have found is that, with the right approaches, the gifts of autism, – which include often higher than normal intellect, near photographic memory, astonishing lack of ego, and an uncanny ability for intense concentration – come to fore, enabling autists to become highly productive members of society.

Bafoodle Tees

Support #AutismAwareness & #PayItForward – all designs by teen with special needs. Part of the Oneness Through Art Movement. Please Share!

Bafoodle Tees raises awareness of #NOBULLIES while supporting all who march to the beat of their own drum! Help me get the word out? Go to and use the So…cial Media Buttons to share with your friends, groups and colleagues. During October folks can save $5 by using coupon code NOBULLIES at check out -and yep, we ship International & to Military FPO addresses. Makes great holiday gifts too! Bafoodle On!

Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing

The Institute is a collaborative of campus and community members committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations and communities within Cal State Northridge’s service region. The primary mission of the Institute is to foster healthful living through community and campus partnerships.

Autism Affinity Committee

Autism Society of Los Angeles

MISSION: To improve the lives of all affected by autism in Los Angeles County by empowering individuals with autism, their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support, and community collaboration. VISION: We envision a future in which people across the entire autism spectrum can realize their potential and fully participate in the Los Angeles community, throughout their lifetime.

Raising Star Choir

Rising Star Choir, a brand-new choir forming in association with the CSUN Music Therapy Wellness Clinic, is putting out a casting call for 10-15 year olds on the autism spectrum! This choir is designed to increase the choral singing abilities and social skills of its members, laying the foundation for a lifetime of enjoying music and singing with others. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact the CSUN Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at 818-677-5663 or



Traits of Autism Seen in Some Kids with ADHD

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer, Yahoo News. Posted on 8/26/2013

Nearly one in five children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have traits that are common among children with autism, and having these traits appears to increase children’s risk of experiencing impairments in their everyday lives, a new study suggests….Identifying children with ADHD who also have autistic traits may help researchers develop treatments for these particular children, according to the study. For instance, their treatment may need to have a greater focus on expanding social skills. The studywas publishedon Aug. 26, 2013 in the Journal Pediatrics. Read the whole article @

A  comprehensive coverage on vaccine risks that should be known to all prospective  parents, pregnant women, grandparents…you name it!
Do Vaccines Cause Autism?  
Video by Youtube user “TheCanaryParty”
Someday science will demonstrate the different subtypes and how autism is acquired. Each subtype will be different. Each treatment path will vary too. I hope we can share and trust each other for what we all experience and witness – which can be and is different. I trust families and believe their stores. In this case – we have to have a way for families to seek for justice when their story is what is portrayed in this video. ~ Lisa @ TACA.
Watch 5.20 min video @



The Ballet for all Kids

Ballet For All Kids in Encino, Westlake Village and Ventura is open to all sorts of dancers. Typical and special-needs siblings can even take dance  classes together! Read the article “These Ballet Students Are Extra Special” at “La Parent”

PEERS® Connections
Adolescent Social Skills Group To empower teens to “Make and Keep Friends” 

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth A. Laugenson  and Dr. Fred Fankel. It is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school or high school, who  are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.

During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during real play activities (e.g., playing sports, board games, etc.).

Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends, by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Groups will run on Saturday morning’s at Passageway School, Newburry Park, CA



Your Rights When The Cops Pull You Over Explained In One Brilliant Infographic
Getting pulled over can make even the most law-abiding citizen’s heart race. You should understand what you can and can’t do. Read more:

Self-Determination Program

Self-Determination Program Option Becomes Law For Individuals With Developmental Disabilities: SB 468 Increases Flexibility for Regional Center Consumers. Posted Wednesday, October 9, 2013

TACA Legal Advocacy Program Collaborates with the Special  Education Law Firm to provide FREE Legal Clinics

Beginning  in June 2013, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), in collaboration with the  Special Education Law Firm (SELF), will be hosting monthly FREE legal advice  clinics for TACA families. Services for this clinic will be provided by SELF  attorneys and advocates and members of TACA’s ProBono attorney panel.

Where:  TACA National Office   2222 Martin Street, Suite 140   Irvine, CA 92612 When: Thursday, September 12, 6.00 – 8.00 pm RSVP:  To reserve a space, click here to RSVP online or call 1-949-640-4401. Please  sign up early! We may be unable to accommodate reservations received less  than 24 hours prior to the clinic.





Lanterman Act

 Lanterman Act is the California law that says people with developmental disabilities and their families have a right to get the services and supports they need to live like people who don’t have disabilities.

This book is about the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (people also call it the Lanterman Act, for short) which was passed in 1969.

This book was written by DDS for ADULTS with developmental disabilities who get services and supports from regional centers. In this book, the word “YOU” means an adult with a developmental disability. Parents, service coordinators, service providers, and other people are greatly encouraged to read this book.

Google Drive Tutorial 2013 by Anson Alexander from Google Drive and Google Docs interface is a cloud-based word processing and collaboration platform.

1: Introduction to Google Drive: 2, Composing Google Docs: 3: Sharing Files and Folders: 4: Document Organization: 5: Advanced Sharing: 6: Third Party Apps: 7. Using Google Drive on iPad and iPhone (iOS) :

Entire video Google Drive series on one page is on Anson Alexander’s website at:

Google Calendar Tutorial 2013 by Anson Alexander from The following Google Calendar video tutorial series will cover how to schedule events, organize your day and how to collaborate with your team.

(1) Introduction / User Interface: (2) Creating and Editing Events: (3) Sharing Calendars: (4) Resource Scheduling: (5) Syncing Calendars with Mobile Devices: (6) Adding Tasks to Google Calendar

Entire video Google Calender series on one page is on Anson Alexander’s website at:

Google Forms Tutorial 2012 by Anson Alexander from

Forms are used for quizes, survays and assessments.

Transportation: Metro Buses

Self-Regulation Techniques: Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation that you can practice on your own Made available by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center


Suggested Reading

7 Keys to Easing Transition Anxiety

These tips will help individuals  with special needs manage all sorts of transitions and new situations. Published in LA Parents by Elaine Hall.

Elaine Hall is a thought leader; motivational speaker; inclusion activist; founder of The Miracle Project, profiled in the HBO film, Autism: The Musical; author of Now I See the Moon (HarperCollins) and 7 Keys to Unlock Autism (Wiley); and creator of an arts enrichment and religious education program at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.

Educational Webinars

Provided by the Autism Research Institute (ARI) Online Education. Upon completion of selected webinars and passing the quiz ASIS’s staff member will receive the Certificate of Attendance which will be filed in the employee’s records.  The suggested ARI webinars topics include, but not limited to following:

California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) The above link is to WIC index page of the entire WIC document . WIC Selected Sections: Division 4.1 – Developmental Services ……Part 1 – General Administration, Powers and Duties of the Department ………Section 4423 ……Part 2 – Administration of State Institutions for Developmentally Disabled ………Chapter 1. Jurisdiction and General Government  …………Section 4473 Division 4.5 – Services for Developmentally Disabled …Chapter 1 – General Provisions ………Sections 4502, 4504, 4518 …Chapter 5 – Regional Centers for Persons With Developmental Disabilities; ……Article 2- …Regional Center Responsibilities ………Sections 4646.5, 4648, 4655 …Chapter 7 – Appeal Procedure ……Article 2- General Provisions ………Section 4705 ……Article 3 – Fair Hearing Procedure ………Sections 4710, 4710.5

California Code of Regulations (Title 17)

Section 50510. Client Rights

doc format: “S8 – 16 – Title 17 Section 50510

California Code of Regulations …Title 17, Division 2 ……Chapter 1 – General Provisions ………Subchapter 5: Clients’ Rights, …………Article 2 – Rights of Persons with Developmental Disabilities; ……………Section 50510 – Application of Client’s rights

Measuring Sucess of IPP Goals (same as link below)

Making Goals Meaningful Measurable and Manageble

Using Assesement to Support IPP Process

Goals and objectives that are meaningful, measurable and manageable allow ASIS’s staff to plan, organize and deliver instruction to meet IPP goals and objectives, and greatly increase consumer’s chances of success.