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Groups for Disabled Parents & Kids
I am looking for a support group for spouses of disabled people. My spouse has degenerative back disease, and the medications he must take for pain management cause disabling cognitive side effects. We are young, and our lives are profoundly affected by this. I know it would be beneficial for me to join a support group, but I have not found one that fits our profile. Does anyone have any ideas? With gratitude, anon
Try Circle of Care (Oakland/Piedmont)
Center for Attitudinal Healing (Sausalito)
Both have support groups for families/caretakers/kids where someone is ill. Center for Attitudinal Healing seems to have a broader mandate. I tried one of their groups (I have cancer, but other people and their spouses had varying illnesses) & it seemed helpful. My spouse attended the same group I did, and our child met with other children for a play/art therapy type group at the same time. I was too sick to go to the last meeting, but plan to attend again. I'm also going to try Circle of Care since it is local.
Both of these groups are free, if you qualify. anon
Last time someone asked about support groups. I wrote back about Through the Looking Glass. I just received my newsletter and their address is: 2198 Sixth Street, Suite 100 Berkeley, CA 94710-2204 (510) 848-1112 email: TLG AT lookingglass.org Subscription is free. Note: They just announced their newest project on "Parents with Disabilities and their Adolescent Children". The Goals of the project: To better understand and serve such families, to improve training of professionals who may work with these families, and to influence policy that can affect the daily lives of these families. Other resources: Children's Hospital, Oakland - Craniofacial children Children's main number is 428-3000 Family Resource Network in Oakland, off Claremont Avenue 547-7322 Berkeley full inclusion parents meet (monthly?) - check with Joann Biondi Joann Biondi is the special education manager for Berkeley. The main office number is 644-7769. Center for Assessible Technology staff will often hook up parents withparents 841-3224 (Note: Some students have staff from CAT as consultants. They are located on 8th Street and Dwight Way. Their area of speciality is technology....computers, printers, etc.) Oakland USD (879-8223 Exceptional Children's Program) has a parent group which provides workshops for parents....I think our SELPA (I don't knowwhat that means - I do know that it is several Districts such as Berkeley, Albany, etc.) provides workshops too - again check with Joann Biondi Not sure about Center for Independent Living ( 841-4776) or Berkeley Mental Health (644-6617)... Doreen Sing
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