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March message from the Executive Director

Awareness As many of you may know, March has been designated as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, tell stories of people who live with a disability and show their lives. As with all the other “awareness months” throughout the year, it gives us an…
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Political FACTs – The Future of the Affordable Care Act

In recent months, the 115th United States Congress has made repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) part of its agenda. The current Congress plans to repeal the act in stages through diminishing funding through the federal budget, then instructing various House and Senate committees during the budget resolution process and having them vote on it before the Full House and Senate branches vote. They currently say they will replace the ACA after repealing it but it is not certain what…
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FACT Welcomes Sonni Bendetson!

FACT is pleased to formally introduce Sonni Bendetson as the new Director of Adult and Transition Programs! Sonni brings to FACT her passion for creating innovative services that empower young adults with special needs to pursue their personal, academic, and employment goals. Sonni earned her B.A. in Child Studies and Human Development at Tufts University, and her M.A. in Special Education at Vanderbilt University, where she focused on transition and employment for adults with special needs. Sonni has helped adults with…
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Those Overwhelming Feels of Being Autistic

By Zoey Giesberg, MSW If one of the biggest characteristics of being human is having many emotional states, there seems to be this weird idea that autistic people have an innate inability to understand or express emotions. This would in turn lead autistic people to become hard to connect to, let alone engage with other people. It’s kinda like Spock from the original Star Trek series – a purely logical creature who has to constantly ask his crew-mates why human…
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February Executive Director Message

Happy February to all members of our extended FACT family! If you haven’t floated away yet in our unusually wet January, we hope all is well with you and yours. Since our fiscal year runs from July through June, we have passed the midpoint of our year. The board has been hard at work and has recently approved our annual audit, which you can see at our website or by clicking here. The board has also approved our refreshed and…
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Theatrical Event: Our Voices Our Stories

Our VOICES Our STORIES Location: West LA College Black Box Theater 9000 Overland Ave. Culver City Date and Time: February 5 2017 @ 3pm Please park in Lot 3 Make your donation before, during or after the show BELOW (suggested $10 or any amount) To RSVP [email protected] Mission West Los Angeles College, The Strindberg Laboratory, and FACT-­‐ Family, Adult & Child Therapies joined in partnership to provide academic and professional theatrical instruction designed to empower, educate, and celebrate young adults…
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January Executive Director Column

Happy New Year to all members of our extended FACT family! As we closed our calendar year, we are very thankful for the support and partnership of so many individuals and organizations in 2016. Your contributions, whether they were through funding, donating items, or giving volunteer time have enabled us to continue to provide our clients and families the support and services they need. As we enter our new year there are continuing changes in our staffing configuration as we…
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Music is My Boyfriend, My Girlfriend, and Autistically Powerful

By Zoey Giesberg, MSW I have almost 13,000 songs in my iTunes library. You read that right. 13,000 songs. You’re probably wondering who could possibly listen to that much music in one lifetime. Well, I can. Or at least I can listen to my playlist of favorite songs over and over again. That playlist has over 2,000 songs and grows by the day. Put it on shuffle and I could always hear something different over five and a half days…
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Women’s Groups Forming Soon

FACT is planning to create new women’s groups, based on expressed interests. We plan that this will be a supportive group for women experiencing transitions and challenges in health, work, family and other relational settings. Participants will learn to use mindful self compassion, and solution-based strategies. The group(s) will meet at the FACT offices at 1401 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 Date and time will be determined by participants. Current proposed time is Wednesdays at 5:30 For more information…
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