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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

We want to take a moment to celebrate the many milestones the LGBTQ+ community has reached and honor the individuals with disabilities who have not only championed the right to be included regardless of ability, but also to love authentically and proudly. While there is still much work ahead in building a world where everyone feels they belong, the impacts and achievements made so far are certainly something to honor and celebrate.

If you or your child are looking for a safe space to access resources about LGBTQ+ issues, please visit: https://californialgbtqhealth.org/

Autism Services

We're thrilled to share that our brand new Summer Respite Services program launches next month, and we’re now accepting RSVPs! With hour-long sessions for your child to engage in both educational and fun activities with our clinicians over Zoom, you can take a well-deserved breather. This service is optional for ABA families, and provided free of charge.

Want to learn more about the program? Click here to read more about this exciting new program and contact Kent at [email protected] by Thursday, July 1, to participate and have the team schedule your respite session.

Kaleidoscope

Our program returned to in-person services on June 2! To start, our participants will gather in person on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and connect remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While the program may look a little different in this format, your loved one’s safety and well-being are our top priority. Here are some of the key changes we’ve made:

  • Wellness checks are done daily.
  • Program vehicles will be cleaned and sanitized daily, and will carry fewer passengers, who will maintain social distancing and wear masks.
  • Groups for community outing activities will have a maximum of 6 participants.
  • As the communities that surround us lift their restrictions, more opportunities for outings and activities will become available.
  • Bowling and lunch in the community is now happening on Mondays, not Wednesdays. Participants are encouraged to bring money on Monday to purchase lunch.

If you have any questions, concerns, thoughts or suggestions about the return to in-person services, please contact Zach at [email protected].

Reminder: Kaleidoscope Walnut Creek is accepting new participants! Please have interested individuals contact Zach Lupton at the email address above for more information.

Early Intervention (EI)

The Early Intervention program will be resuming in-person services starting mid-summer! More information to follow in July’s newsletter.

In honor of the LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the EI team has put together some recommended reading with some of our favorite children's book on same-sex parenting:

Daddy Dog and Papi Panda's Rainbow Family: It Takes Love to Make a Family

Anthony Hale

This colorful book aims to educate children about cultural diversity within a family structure. It also highlights different variations on a modern family: children conceived via surrogate and children brought home through adoption!

Mommy, Mama and Me

Leslea Newman

This book was written for very young children and showcases a loving relationship within a family with two female parents. From playing games to bath time, Mommy, Mama and Me takes readers through a typical day, showing just how similar all families truly are. There is also a Daddy, Papa and Me version written by the same author, exploring the same concept for two male parents.

ESNorCal Office Closures

All Easterseals Northern California offices and services will be closed in observance of the holidays below.

  • Friday, June 18 — Juneteenth
  • Monday, July 5 — Independence Day

For general questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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