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Parent and Community Resources

Community Resources

Currently, SEARCH is involved in a collaboration with the Inland Regional Center and Fiesta Educativa, Inc. funded by the California Department of Developmental Services. In a project entitled, Increasing Awareness and Support for Parents of Youth with ASD in the Desert and Coachella Valley. This project addresses some of these challenges to our target population by bringing information on autism spectrum disorders to this region in a culturally sensitive manner – to inform and to educate, and to provide outreach to existing stakeholders and to link families to existing services. Our free webinar series took place this summer and focused on the transition to adulthood. The webinar materials and keynote speaker videos are available on our website under "Virtual Family Conference." Go to Webinars

We list selective, new community events on our Facebook page:

Upcoming Community Events:

  • Community Office Hours with Dr. Jan Blacher and Dr. Katherine Stavropoulos occur monthly! Book an appointment  here!

UCR SEARCH Center Resource Guides

For Families:

  • A Culturally Adapted Mentoring Program for Latine Families of Autistic Youth During the Transition to Adulthood (PDF)

For Teachers:

Community teacher guides
  • Building Relationships with Students in Elementary School Grades: Adapted Strategies for Remote Classrooms (PDF)
  • Educator Guide to Addressing Race and Racism (PDF)



Resources for the Community

State Services

  • Need information on Medi-Cal services, Regional Center, and IEPs? We've got you covered!
    • Finding the right resources for a loved one can be difficult. SEARCH has compiled some helpful information from our friends at the Autism Health Insurance Project and Disability Rights California. Families may also email SEARCH staff at for educational information helpful for their children
  • How to Get Autism Assessment and Treatments Through Medi-Cal (PDF)

School Services

  • Special Rights: Requesting an IEP (PDF)
  • Parent's guide to IDEA (PDF)
  • Transition Planning Guide for Parents (PDF)

Local Autism Resources

News of Interest for Families

  • Supporting Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Setting and Pursuing Self-Determined Goals by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development (PDF)
  • UNESCO Observes Autism Awareness Month
  • May Insititute News
  • Living with Autism in the Summer posted by The Washington Post
  • Summer Safety Tips for Parents of Children with Autism posted by The Spirit of Autism

COVID-19 Resources for the Community:

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