Raising a child with special needs requires external support and understanding, which many parents do not receive. I understand, because I’ve been there — and I’m here to offer you the support you need.

Specializing in Autism support, Gray Matters offers therapeutic support for both parents and family members of a special needs loved one. From the isolation and confusion this life can bring, to the joys and excitement, I help my clients navigate it all with confidence. Increasing your self-care practice and inviting the understanding and support of your community makes all the difference in your outlook. My goal is to strengthen and grow your plan for a positive future, regardless of disability or illness.

Advocacy Services

Whether you need education or resources to support your loved one with special needs, it would be my pleasure to hear your story and explore potential solutions. For close to 15 years, I have defended my son’s needs, and I can expose you to a wealth of information I have gathered from working with my own advocate and attorney. As a result, I can help you determine what your rights are from both your school and your county regional center.

Ultimately, you are the only one who can fight for what your child needs. Whether you need to address your child’s progress at school or qualify for in-home supportive services, an advocate can help you know where to turn to ensure success. I am here to be that advocate.

If you are struggling to receive the maximum benefit allowed by law, get in touch. I am here to help you move forward with confidence.

Resource List:

Tri counties Regional Center 

https://www.tri-counties.org/


IHSS

https://www.ventura.org/human-services-agency/ihss-providers/


Protective supervision

https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/system/files/file-attachments/549301.pdf


Respite Hours

https://www.tri-counties.org/what-we-do/respite/


Medi-Cal waiver

https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Pages/Medi-CalWaivers.aspx


Dial a Ride

https://www.goventura.org/getting-around/ada-certification/


Handicap placard

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07


special  parks pass

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27241


Center for Special Needs

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27241


Autism Society of Ventura

https://autismventura.org


SELPA Ventura

https://www.vcselpa.org


CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/links.html


Autism Speaks

https://www.autismspeaks.org/adults-22


http://autism-society.org/


Legal updates about disability laws

http://disabilityscoop.com/


https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Benefits-Services


http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/


Respite Provider and resource

https://islandsocialservices.org


Ventura county agency works with tri county regional center

https://rainbowconnectionfrc.weebly.com


https://rainbowconnectionfrc.weebly.com/social-security1.html


https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10026.pdf


https://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy-news/update-able-accounts


https://www.autismspeaks.org/news/10-things-know-about-able-act


Parents helping Parents

https://www.php.com


discount for gas and electric

https://www.sce.com/residential/assistance/care-fera


Parks and recs in simi alternative rec

http://www.rsrpd.org/recreation/alternative_recreation/index.php


Parks and Recs conejo Valley

https://www.crpd.org/programs-sports/therapeutic-recreation/


Special Needs passes at Disney Land and Majic Mountain


TAP Card for Metro and Bus

http://media.metro.net/riding_metro/riders_guide/images/tap_reduced_lactoa_disabled_application.pdf

https://www.usa.gov/disability-financial-support

https://lanterman.org/lanterman_act#.Xa_X4i2ZNsM