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July is a special time of year as it’s Disability Pride Month! Recognizing the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, the historic legislation that guarantees equal opportunities for people with disabilities is indeed a time to celebrate. In addition to celebrating over 30 years of federal protections for individuals with disabilities, there’s still a nice chunk of summer still ahead of us all. Take a look at what’s new this month at Easterseals Northern California...

Autism Services

Did you know?
At the end of every treatment authorization, Catalight Care Services (formerly the BHPN) sends a Customer Satisfaction Survey out to our clients and families. The survey includes a Parent Confidence Scale, Parental Stress Index and, starting in August, will include a Wellbeing Scale. We’re hoping that the Wellbeing Scale will help us understand the impact our services have on the general wellbeing of our clients and families, capturing data beyond just treatment goal progress. Catalight Care Services provides us the results from our survey monthly, and we then review our program results and share this feedback with our clinical teams. The survey is delivered via a secure email from Catalight Care Services. Please be on the lookout for this survey to be sent to you, as your feedback makes a difference!

Are you looking for a family friendly activity to beat the summer heat?
AMC theaters, in partnership with the Autism Society, offers sensory friendly films. During these showings, theaters turn the lights up and the sound down. Not to mention, children are encouraged to get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! They take place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. You can check out the AMC website for more details!



July is a busy month for Kaleidoscope between our activities, plans, outings, and more. We plan to keep our participants’ health and wellbeing a top priority, so health screenings and wellness checks will continue to be given upon entrance to the program and throughout the day. And as the summer progresses and temperatures rise, we will move all outdoor planned activities indoors when temperatures exceed 90 degrees. Emails to families and caregivers will go out the night before or morning of for any changes.

Summer Health at Kaleidoscope:

  • Please send your loved one in with weather appropriate clothing
  • All participants will be asked to remove any sweatshirts on hot days to avoid overheating
  • Please send in plenty of fluids (like water and sports drinks) and non-microwavable meals with participants
  • For those who have the sunscreen application waiver on file, we will reapply sunscreen in the afternoon, but please apply sunscreen to your son/daughter/individual prior to entering the program

Exciting news — Kaleidoscope is expanding!!! Soon we will be opening services through our Fairfield office. If you know of an individual looking for services or someone looking for employment in either Fairfield or Walnut Creek, please have them reach out to Zach Lupton at [email protected] or 925-326-0072.

Early Intervention

We hope all of our families are enjoying a wonderful and safe July. Here are a few things happening this month in the EI program at ESNorCal:

  • If your child is turning 3 during the summer months, please contact your Regional Center Coordinator to be sure that the school district schedules any needed assessments prior to summer so your child is ready to begin preschool when the school year begins.
  • The CDC now recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years of age. Please talk to your pediatrician for further information.
  • Early Start Laws and Legislation reports that Governor Newsom is discussing $6.5 million in Early Intervention Expansion Grant Program funds to support adjustments to identifying children with qualifying signs of developmental delays, which revises the Early Start qualification threshold from a 33% delay to a 25% delay in specified assessment areas. If these qualifications change, we will see a rise in referrals from all of our Regional Centers that we serve.
  • Our Early Intervention Program is hiring in Lakeport, Petaluma and Walnut Creek! Please visit and click on Careers for more information.

ESNorCal Office Closures

All Easterseals Northern California services will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, September 5 — Labor Day

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

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