Supporting People with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Since 1975

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Jay Nolan Community Services offers Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services (ILS) is a service available to provide direct instruction to an individual to learn how to live, work, participate and connect to their local communities. Instruction and directions may include daily living activities such as maintaining a house, improving personal hygiene, healthy meal planning and preparation and clean up, creating a schedule, and making and going to doctor and dentist appointments.

For services in Southern California, call (818) 361-6400 x126. For Services in Northern California, call (408) 293-5002.

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new website and blog,

ALLYnces™ is a resource and networking site for people with disabilities, their families, friends and supporters. Jay Nolan Community Services is sponsoring this site.

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Ralph's Rewards

Just one more reminder'. It's almost time!!


There is no pre-registration! This means that the first day you can register for the new term is September 1, 2013 or after.

  1. All members who are currently enrolled in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program will remain active until August 31, 2013.
  2. Participants will be required to register or re-register for the new term at or by using the scanbar letter at the register starting September 1, 2013.
  3. If you received a scanbar letter last year, it is still good and can be used this year.
  4. Even if you registered as recently as June, July or August 2013, you will be required to register again, on or after September 1, 2013.
  5. This notice does not apply to participants of the Food 4 Less/Foods Co Community Rewards program.
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Education, Empowerment, and Employment for Success

California  SCDDJay Nolan Community Services is pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with Easter Seals of Southern California. The grant will fund a project to support new, more effective methods of assisting high school students with disabilities and young adults to find meaningful employment. The project will benefit 60 individuals age 17-30 from Los Angeles and San Diego in the first year.

Easter SealsThe project is designed to demonstrate that the principles and practices of customized employment offer a better approach to employment development. We will provide training and consultation for young adults and their families to understand how to develop real employment opportunities. We will also work with school systems, regional centers, and the Department of Rehabilitation, as well as community partners, to find ways to work together to use customized employment to increase employment outcomes for young people with disabilities transitioning out of high school into adult life.

For more information in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, email

For more information in San Diego area, email

Jay Nolan Camp

July 27-August 1, 2014

Jay Nolan Camp Newsletter (PDF)

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Gary Is Galloping Into his future.

By: Neerod Haddad

Ride with Pride Gary has received support through Jay Nolan Community Services for over twenty years. He is part of the group of people who transitioned from the group home model to Supportive Living in the early 1990's. Most recently Gary relocated to a spacious condo in Canyon Country to be closer to his parents whom he spends a lot of time with.

Gary is a private and independent person who enjoys long-term relationships with people who respect him. He is an avid coin collector and finds pleasure in spending time at hardware stores. Gary also does his share to help the environment by managing the recycling at the Jay Nolan Community Services Mission Hills office.

A few years ago Gary's circle of support introduced him to horseback riding. Not known for being much of an outdoorsman, it seemed to be an unlikely match. His mother shares, 'We bought Gary a Wonder Horse when he was a young boy and he would rock as though to make the horse gallop. However, Gary was terrified of real horses and wouldn't even look at a horse when we would take car rides through the countryside.' With this mixed history, Gary's support staff brought him to the stables prepared to exit quickly! Strangely enough, Gary seemed at ease and interested in riding. This marked the beginning of Gary's equestrian journey.

In June of 2010 Gary fell from a horse and we were skeptical about him wanting to return, but Gary was ready to ride again the following week! After this incident the circle of support felt that nothing would stop Gary from riding! Sadly, something did. The location where he rode was shut down. As we are all too aware, it is becoming harder and harder to manage small non-profit organizations. Luckily, Gary found Ride with Pride and Gary has been able to continue horseback riding. His circle members agree that he has become more confident, expressive, and positive about life.

Hopping to Lend a Hand!

By: June Tam

Cuddling Bunny I met Amy in 2010 and became her Community Support Supervisor shortly after. Over the past year and a half I have spent a lot of time learning and growing with Amy. We first bonded over our shared passion for singing in the car! We would turn up the radio and sing along even though we would be off key most of the time. Over the past year we have shared a lot of time together and one thing is for certain, we both love to laugh!

In December of 2011, I assisted Amy in identifying a volunteer position at the West Valley Animal Shelter. There she takes care of the rabbits and cats with support from her daily staff member, Karla Rosales. Amy has a gentle touch when interacting with the rabbits and has learned a lot about animals. When asked if she would like to have a rabbit of her own in her home, she replies, 'NO', without hesitation and explains, 'It's a lot of work cleaning up their cages!'

From time to time I would join Amy on her walks to the shelter. This is her way of getting in a little morning exercise. As I am now ending my career at Jay Nolan Community Services and relocating out of state, I know how much I will miss these walks and all the time I have shared with Amy, her loving mom, and her circle of support. Good Luck, Amy!

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation Micro Enterprise Loan Program

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation Foundation and Jay Nolan Community Services have partnered to help people with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities who are interested in opening up their own businesses to pursue that dream.

The Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation has provided funds for JNCS to create a revolving loan fund, provide some small seed grants, and to help pursue micro enterprise development.

Our mutual goal is to help people with autism to become self-sufficient and to increase their net assets. If you are interested in knowing more about this program please contact Jeffrey Strully, Executive Director at (818) 361-6400 extension 127.

Sharing is Caring.

By: Neerod Haddad, Community Support Supervisor

SewingSherrie lives in her own home with assistance from Jay Nolan Community Services Supported Living program. She has taken several classes at the local college to master difficult skills like reupholstering, sculpting, and sewing. She has sold several of her items at conferences and events.

Recently Sherrie's friend from Nicaragua came to visit her. The friend told Sherrie that the poverty is so bad that on Christmas day the children from her town only had old and torn clothes. They went to a local church where gifts were being donated, but many of the children were turned away because there weren't enough gifts for everyone.

This story touched Sherrie, who is a very compassionate person. Though she also struggles financially, she thought it would be a wonderful undertaking to sew clothing for the less fortunate children in Nicaragua. Sherrie and her support staff members started working on dresses, shorts, and tee-shirts that were suitable for the warm climate of Nicaragua and they will be sent to Granada, Nicaragua this year!