Building a Stronger Bay Area Autism Community
Help celebrate the life and legacy of our beloved Feda!
A fierce advocate for the Autism community, our former Vice President—Feda Almaliti—threw herself tirelessly into creating fun activities for Bay Area autism families.
We honor her memory with the #FedaFund—a fund dedicated to the activities that Feda loved most—the activities that we all so dearly need.
Read more about Feda’s extraordinary life here.
Regional Center Services During the Coronavirus Crisis: Recording
Our June 3 webinar featured Nancy Bargmann, Director of DDS and DDS staff to discuss regional center supports during this time.
Watch the recording here
DDS coronavirus resources: https://www.dds.ca.gov/corona-virus-information-and-resources/
Email address to DDS for questions related to COVID-19: DDSC19@dds.ca.gov
Office of Clients Rights Advocates: https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/what-we-do/programs/office-of-clients-rights-advocacy-ocra
Contact Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area: firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Adulthood Checklist
Our popular all-in-one-place guide to the myriad legal, financial, and planning steps parents need to consider as their autistic/DD children age into adulthood.
Spanish version, En Español here
Vietnamese version here
Tagalog version, Sa Tagalog here
Chinese (Traditional) version here
Bay Area Autism Nonprofit Guide
Proposition 19 and Planning for a Loved One with a Disability
Part 1: Parent-Child Transfer Rules - operative February 16, 2021: Video.
Part 2: Portability of Property Tax Base - operative April 1, 2021: Video.
Part 3: Planning Issues with a Special Needs Trust: Video.
Need to Get Away?
San Jose International Airport has launched a new program to make it easier for passengers with disabilities to travel. They're providing free sunflower lanyards to those with less visible disabilities (and their traveling companions) who want a way to signal a need for greater assistance as they travel.
Find the details of their Sunflower Lanyard Program here. Safe travels!
SFASA Pool Parties
Please find updates here
SFASA Coronavirus Crisis Mini-Grant Program
The application period is closed and we are not accepting new applications at this time. Watch this space or sign up for our emails (below) for updates.
For Applicants: Grant recipients are chosen at random from qualifying applications at the close of an application period. You will be contacted if your name is provisionally selected to receive a grant.
SFASA Calls For Statewide Autism Reporting Program
SFASA has written to the California Department of Public Health seeking the initiation of a statewide autism reporting program.
Autism rates in the state continue to skyrocket, yet the state lacks any meaningful way to report on these critical trends to the public or policymakers.
Read our letter here.
The conference took place November 16, 2019 at Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University. It aimed at the pragmatic informational needs of parents, caregivers and professionals who have the responsibility to support and help make plans for teens and adults with autism or related developmental disabilities, and featured more than 50 speakers, 450+ attendees, information tables and sponsor tables.
Please see our conference archives.
Low-cost & CDC-compliant
Contact Jamie: 925-348-5333
Diablo Valley College provides low cost, high quality dental cleanings to the surrounding community. As this is a teaching clinic, students enrolled in our Dental Hygiene and Assisting Programs will be conducting the evaluations and cleanings.
An initial evaluation of your teeth will be required before you can schedule a teeth cleaning. This initial evaluation will take about one hour, and is a good way to understand the health of your teeth. However, this does not take the place of a dental exam conducted by a licensed dentist.
After your initial evaluation, you will know if you qualify to be a teaching patient for our dental students.
It is with great sorrow that we inform the community that in the early hours of Saturday, September 26, 2020, Feda Almaliti, Vice President of the San Francisco Bay Area Autism Society, VP of the National Council for Severe Autism, fearless advocate, devoted mother, irrepressible friend, and tireless advocate for ASD families was lost in a tragic, accidental fire at the family home. Her son Mu, found cradled in his mother’s loving embrace, also perished in the fire...
Continue reading here.
Civil Rights Project
A compilation of information regarding civil rights and criminal justice for autism/DD families.
From our blog
Where, oh where, were all the autistic children? By Sue Swezey
Three Strikes... and He's Out? What happens when the regular world has had enough of my son's autism. By Feda Almaliti
Summer 2018 Legislative Update. By Connie Boyar
Why you should pursue genetic testing for your autistic child. By Jill Escher and Denise Haas
We list dozens of nonprofits serving the Bay Area autism community.