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Resource Center

Overview

Harbor Regional Center’s Resource Center serves clients, famiies, friends, service providers, students, HRC staff, other professionals, and interested parties in the South Bay, Lakewood, Bellflower, Norwalk, Long Beach, and the Beach Cities areas. Our mission is to provide a focal point within the Regional Center for Support, Information, and Choice through multi-media information and resources, educations/training materials and opportunities, and parent-to-parent support groups and activities.

Support Through Information

Our library houses more than 6,100 books, pamphlets, journals, audio-visual media materials, and HRC publications about services and supports, and how to access them.

Support Through Education and Training

HRC offers informative presentations and training groups on a range of topics. Watch our calendar for upcoming trainings. Depending upon your child’s age and needs, your HRC Counselor may also refer you to parent education groups to help you support your child’s development in early childhood development, speech and language, adaptive daily living skills, and positive behaviors.

Support Through Technology

Our Computer Lab is equipped with a variety of adaptive equipment and specialized software. Staff consultation is available for clients, family members, and service providers. Specialized trainings include workshops for parents, training in basic computer skills for adult clients of HRC, and computer access demonstrations.

The Assistive Technology Lab helps children and adults with developmental disabilities lead more independent lives through the use of computers and technology that assists them in essential life functions.

Support Through People

HRC offers you several ways to connect with other parents and siblings of people with developmental disabilities. Through the HRC Family Center, you can find parent support groups, or talk one-on-one with parent mentors. Sibling Clubs are offered for children ages 6-16 who have a brother or sister with a developmental disability. Our Together From the Start program for families of infants and toddlers features classes such as Infant Massage, and Mommy/Daddy and Me activities, and even a Learning Cafe to get together, have a cup of coffee, and relax with fellow parents. Check the Calendar for days and times for these fun and educational sessions.

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Library

"...Support, Information, and Choices..."

The Resource Library has literally thousands of books, pamphlets, videos and DVDs, journals, brochures, audiotapes, software and multimedia items for you to use on-site or to check out and take home.

We are constantly updating our resources to provide you the most current and comprehensive information on individual disabilities, as well as a wealth of related topics.

Browse our Online Catalog to find materials on whatever topics interest you. You may use a keyword search, or search by subject or author.

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Developmental Toy Lending Library

At the HRC Resource Center you will now find a range of developmental toys that are available for check-out. From story readers to sentence building blocks, parents can borow toys which promote cognitive, language,and motor development.

The Toy Lending Library was created by a special educator to offer fun and developmentally appropriate toys to take home and use. Toy play will stimulate children and helps to increase their skills.

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Assistive Technology Lab

Improving The Quality Of Life Through Technology

The Assistive Technology (AT) Lab at Harbor Regional Center assists children and adults in leading more independent lives through the use of assistive technology.

The power of assistive technology to improve the quality of life for most individuals with disabilities is now widely recognized. It enables our clients with developmental disabilities to participate more easily in family, school, work, and community activities.

In the HRC AT Lab we provide:

  • Client consultations and evaluations
  • Equipment set up and training
  • Education and support to clients and families on how Assistive Technology can enable individuals with disabilities to become more independent, improve communication with others, etc.

Clients and their families interested in receiving an AT Lab consultation should contact their Harbor Regional Center Counselor. The Counselor will complete a brief intake form for them. A representative of the AT Lab will contact the family to obtain additional information and to schedule the consultation.

Contact Assistive Technology Lab staff at (310)543-7492 or send an email to the AT Lab at Harbor Regional Center for more information.

Staying Safe And Independent

technology products and apps to support independence

How Technology Can Help

Can technology be used to keep a child or adult with special needs safe? More and more technological devices and applications are being developed for just this purpose! Here are a few of these devices and how they work.

Wearable devices

The Leo Watch can be worn on the wrist of a child or adult and can keep track of their location. Inventor Jason Sullivan thought it would be an effective tool for locating lost children, caring for adults with Alzheimer’s disease, and prevention of child abduction. The waterproof watch features a GPS signal for locating the wearer, a panic button that calls 911 if the wearer needs help, built in voice communications, emergency contact information, and a tamper proof lockable wrist strap. The Leo Watch is scheduled to be launched next spring for an expected price of $250. For more information go to http://leowristwatch.com/ .

The PocketFinder is a small personal GPS locator device that provides information to caregivers, who are able to locate the wearer through a website or mobile application. Caregivers can receive alerts if the wearer goes outside of a designated geographic zone, They can be worn by people or pets, or attached to wheelchairs, vehicles, backpacks, luggage etc. The cost of the device is $150, plus a monthly service fee of $12.95. For more information go to www.pocketfinder.com.

Apps for your Mobile Device

AbleLink Technologies has developed several apps for use on the iPhone, iPad, or windows devices. The Community Sidekick app for an iPhone was developed to increase the safety and mobility of an individual with special needs in the community – perhaps while the individual is learning mobility skills, or for someone who may lose their way and needs a little more support. It sends automated emails to let a friend, family member or other caregiver at regular intervals, on the user’s location. The Community Sidekick App is available at the Apple App Store. For Windows mobile users, the WayFinder uses GPS based audio and visual cues to support independent travel for the user, and can provide customized prompts for navigating a travel route. Caregivers can send a text message and receive an automatic return text message with a map link to the traveler’s location. The WayFinder is listed at $799. To learn about more AbleLink Technology developments for the support of people with cognitive disabilities, go to www.ablelinktech.com.

Home Systems

Companies like Alert1, Phillips Lifeline, Life Alert, SimplyHome and Sengistix operate emergency response systems which can be used to support independence for seniors and people with disabilities in their homes. They range from a simple device worn at home, to a complex system of sensors that can be installed within a home setting to support family caregivers, supported living agencies, or licensed residential services. Such systems and devices are able to monitor activity within the home, and detect problems or unusual activity such as falls, wandering, smoke or carbon monoxide, etc. and send alerts to trained responders at call centers. For more information go to: www.lifealert.com, www.Alert-1.com, http://philips.lifelinesystems.com/, www.simply-home.com/, and http://sengistix.com/

Support from Law Enforcement Agencies

In our area, the Torrance Police Department Return Home Registry is a program designed to assist citizens and officers in locating lost and wandering persons of all ages with conditions that would make it more difficult for them to find their way home, such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, etc, and other special needs. The registry maintains a searchable database that can provide police officers with information they need to locate, identify and return lost family members.The voluntary program is offered at no cost to participants. Families and caregivers can submit a registration form online to be entered into the online database. For more information go to www.torranceca.gov/TPD/18621.htm.

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Local AT Resources

El Camino College, THE HIGH TECH CENTER

16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506
Phone: (310) 532-3670 / Toll Free: 1-866-ELCAMINO (1-866-352-2648)
Web Site: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/src/hightech.asp
Hours: Monday thru Thursday: 8:00 A.M – 6:30 P.M.

Description: The High Tech center for the disabled opened in 1987 with State Funding from the California Community College Foundation and the State Department of Rehabilitation. The first grant purchased four computers; the Center is now an integrated lab providing lab experience for a variety of Educational Development Courses, Individualize Training of Assistive Technologies, open stations for continual skill improvement and technical support for diverse needs in the academic labs across campus.

Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
Phone: (562) 860-2451
Web Site: http://www.cerritos.edu/dsps/
Hours: Monday thru Friday: 8:00 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Description: We purchase, install, and support the computer programs provided by Cerritos College for use on the campus. This software includes screen readers, screen magnification programs, and text to voice programs.

CSU Long Beach, The High Tech Center

1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
LA5 – Rm 173
Long Beach, CA 90840
Web Site
Hours:

Description: The High Tech Center provides computer support services for students with disabilities and maintains a consultant relationship with faculty and staff. The center also provides one-on-one training and small group demonstration sessions for students, faculty and staff members to develop their knowledge about and skills in the use of adaptive technology and access devices.

Disabled Resource Center

2750 E. Spring Street, Suite 100
Long Beach, CA 90806
Phone: 562-427-1000
Fax: 562-427-2027
TTY: 562-427-1366
Web Site
Cost: Free
Hours: Monday thru Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Description: Attendant registry, housing benefit, advocacy, peer support/ Ils, information and referral. We provide information and referral, independent living skills, training and help with finding housing, personal care assistants, and help with benefits.

Libraries with AT access

Torrance
Katy Geissert Civic Center
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-618-5959
Hours: Mon. thru Thurs: 10 a.m – 9 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Torrance Library Branch:
El Retiro Branch/ Henderson Branch/North Torrance Branch/Southeast Torrance Branch/Walteria Branch
Hours: Mon. thu Thu.: 11a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat. 10a.m. – 5 p.m.
Website: http://www.ci.torrance.ca.us/Library/5465.htm

Description: Assistive Technology – Equipment designed to help people with disabilities make better use of library materials and services

List of Assistive Technology providers

Assistive Technology Inc. - www.assistivetech.com
Prentke Romich Company - www.prentrom.com
Saltillo Corporation - www.saltillo.com
Madentec Corporation - www.madentec.com
DynaVox Technologies - www.dynavoxtech.com

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Computer Lab

Improving the Quality of Life Through Technology

There is no cost for anyone attending the classes or for using the Computer Center for individual use. We want to be sure everyone has an opportunity to learn about computers, experience and practice various software programs, and discover new technolgy resources.

For more information, course registration, or to reserve a computer for a specific time, please call the AT Lab at (310) 310-543-7942. It is important to always pre-register for classes. That way, if for any reason a class needs to be cancelled or postponed, we can contact you and let you know.

Pass Your Driver’s Written Test: Course for adults with developmental disabilities

Harbor Regional Center
21231 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, Ca. 90503
Resource Center and HRC Computer Lab

This class is intended for HRC adults with developmental disabilities, 18 years and older. In this course, participants will learn about the requirements of passing the California driver’s written test, as well as where they can take the test. They will also learn about alternative test taking methods and be able to take a practice exam. Each participant will receive a folder which includes course material, and website information.

Check the Calendar at www.harborrc.org/calendar for dates. For more information or to reserve a space, please call (310) 543-7942

Participants will meet in the HRC Resource Center

How To Create Activity Schedules Using Boardmaker™ Software

Harbor Regional Center
21231 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance Ca 90503
Resource & Assistive Technology Center/ Computer Lab
Building A, First Floor

An Activity Schedule may enable children to become more independent in many tasks of daily living. In this workshop participants will learn how to develop activity schedules using BoardMaker™software. Each participant will develop an activity schedule for a sequence of activities which is relevant to their own child. After attending one of these introductory trainings, check out the schedule for ongoing workshops below.

Check the Calendar at www.harborrc.org/calendar for dates. For more information or to reserve a space please contact (310) 543-7942

Participants will meet in the HRC Resource Center.

Activity Schedules Using Boardmaker™ Software: Ongoing Follow Up Workshops

In this workshop, parents that have already participated in our ‘how-to’ training can use the BoardMaker™ software to create and print ongoing activity schedules for a sequence of activities which is relevant to their own child. If you have not yet taken a training class see our How To Create Activity Schedules Training Class above.

HRC Resource & Assisive Technology Center/ Computer Lab
Harbor Regional Center, First Floor

Check the Calendar at www.harborrc.org/calendar for dates. For more information or to reserve a space, please call (310) 543-7942

Participants will meet in the HRC Resource Center.