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Program Development Grant Cycle 39

Regional Office: Orange County

Organization Name: *Project Independence

Dollar Amount of Proposal: $20,000

Goal Area Proposed: Employment

Proposal Narrative: The project intends to educate and promote competitive employment by providing much needed training to Orange County, CA. The vision is a community with the expertise and resources to increase employment opportunities for people with I/DD. In order to expand staff expertise and resources, this project will provide specific job development techniques and strategies to interested organizations that provide community services. Training will cover job matching, job carving, self-management systems and looking at job development from the business perspective. In addition, by providing information and resources to people with I/DD and their families, The project intends to address benefits and barriers to employment. The goals are to promote the upside of competitive employment by providing four workshops to people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Orange County, CA, specifically targeting high poverty areas. The impact will be increased employment.

*Pending successful completion of the protest period. 

Trainings and Community Events

  • Back By Popular Demand – FREE CELL PHONES THROUGH ASSURANCE WIRELESS                                            Assurance Wireless is providing eligible households with a free mobile phone + unlimited minutes + unlimited texts each month through the Lifeline Assistance Program, a government benefit program supported by the Universal Service Fund. Must be 18 or over to receive a free phone and valid photo ID, proof of government assistance or income, and last four digits of social security number are needed.When: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 9 am to noon (by appointments only)Where: State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office – 2000 East Fourth Street, Suite 115, Santa Ana, CA 92705To make an appointment, call (714) 558-4404View English event flyer here.View Spanish event flyer here.
  • Competitive Integrated Employment Clinics                                                                                                                   Disability Rights California, in partnership with Regional Center of Orange County and Department of Rehabilitation, is hosting a series of competitive integrated employment (CIE) clinics that will provide training and 1:1 technical assistance from the Client Assistance Program to apply for Department of Rehabilitation and develop the Individualized Plan for Employment.  Participants will meet once a month beginning in January 2017 for eight months to obtain the knowledge and self-advocacy skills needed to obtain CIE. Participants will:
    • Learn about Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) services
    • Meet an advocate from the Client Assistance Program (CAP) who can guide you through the DOR process.
    • Find out how the regional center can help you with employment
    • Understand your right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace and at school
    • Obtain information about how work impacts public benefits and available work incentive programs.

    The clinics are intended for persons with disabilities. Families and circles of support are welcome to attend.

    For more information, please contact Rebecca Hoyt at 213-213-8000 or  or speak with your Service Coordinator for a referral.

    View CIE flyer here.

    • Benefits of Getting a Job
    • New Federal Regulations Impacting Employment
    • Barriers & Misconceptions About Going to Work
    • Resources
    • Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA)
    • ABLE Act


    When: Tuesday, December 20, 2016  from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Where: Project Independence  – 3505 Cadillac Suite O-104, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Cost: FREE

    Please RSVP, Space is limited.

    To RSVP please contact the following:  Darlene at Integrated Resources Institute  (949) 232-1172 OR

    This Workshop is sponsored by Integrated Resources Institute and Project Independence through joint grant from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

    The PALS Program is a student-initiated public service program instituted at UC Irvine School of Medicine in January 2003. The program is a specialized adaptation of a big brother/big sister program, whereby medical students are paired with pediatric patients as “pals,” who visit each other regularly for various activities and outings. In addition, medical students participate in monthly seminars on significant and relevant topics, including child development, chronic illness, and family dynamics. The PALS program allows medical students to learn firsthand about the various illnesses and behavioral diagnosis common and uncommon to the pediatric patient population. This affords them the opportunity to view healthcare, including the challenges and hardships it presents, from the child’s and family’s perspective. Medical students learn how a family is affected by a chronic or life threatening illness on a day to day basis. They learn how the diagnosis has affected their friendships, education and many life decisions.The children participating in PALS are referred by physicians, social workers and relevant organizations. They range in disease presentation (including behavioral, renal, and neuromuscular patients) and age from 7-16 years-old. These patients also represent the diverse community of Orange County, allowing medical students to expand their knowledge about different cultures to improve their treatment of future patients. Participants not only gain a mentor, but a friend, who through progressive visits and interactions, can empathize with the effect that chronic illness has on a child’s daily life. This knowledge will impact how they practice medicine and develop relationships with their patients.As the Pediatric clerkship focuses on acute illnesses, PALS exposes students to issues surrounding chronic illness rounding out pediatric care education. UCI physicians serve as lecturers and student mentors should students seek advice on pursuing pediatrics as a profession. Finally, the program offers a means of outreach to the adolescent population, a group in special need of guidance and mentorship. Adolescent patients are more likely to feel more comfortable speaking to medical students whom they can better relate to than to their physicians or nurses.In summary, PALS strives to create meaningful friendships between medical students and chronically-ill patients in the hopes of cultivating empathy and experience managing all types of patients.UCI is currently looking for pediatric patients to participate in the two year program beginning in September. If you know of a child and family who would be interested, please fill out the attached forms (use hyperlink) and send to the email below. Please contact Francesca Staiti if you have any questions or comments or parents may contact her directly with their concerns or questions. Email: or call her at 949-636-7502.
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