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ALS "Lou Gehrig's Disease" Information & Resources in Orange County, California

ALS Association Orange County 
Organization for ALS, "Lou Gehrig's Disease". "The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (often called Lou Gehrig's disease). The ALS Association seeks to promote awareness and understanding of ALS and the work of The ALS Association by providing up-to-date information and education materials to the ALS community, ALS patients and families, caregivers, researchers and members in the health care fields. " In October, they host an "Annual Walkathon to raise funds for patient services and research while raising awareness within the community."  Orange
Dial 2-1-1 
"Info Link Orange County to Launch New Health and Human Services Hotline Info Link Orange County has launched its free 2-1-1 phone service effective today, June 30, 2005. Specially trained operators will be able to tell callers where they can get a variety of health and social services, such as emergency housing, food for their family, help overcoming substance abuse, finding a runaway teen, or reporting suspected child abuse.... DIAL 2-1-1 today for – 1/ Referrals to human care resources o Food o Shelter o Child Care o Services for persons with disabilities o Resources for Older Adults and their caregivers o Alcohol and drug services o And much more… 2/ Volunteer Match 3/ Service Providers wanting to be included in our comprehensive database."  
Extra Hands for ALS 
Available throughout Orange County. "Extra Hands for ALS exists to assist people with ALS and their families, raise public awareness of the disease, energize the ALS community, and introduce young adults to community service.... Through Extra Hands for ALS, high school and college students volunteer to help people with ALS and their families by doing chores and errands or just providing company for the homebound. Students also organize and participate in ALS public awareness events designed to teach their peers and communities about the disease.... Extra Hands for ALS is designed to benefit people with ALS, volunteers, and the ALS community at large. Through this program, young people have the opportunity to connect deeply with an issue and the people it affects, to become involved in their communities, and to explore possible career paths in healthcare and social services. ALS families directly benefit from the services of the volunteers. Additionally, the program is intended to expand the circle of people who are actively involved with ALS and thereby unite and invigorate the nationwide ALS community." Kara Eastman, Program Director.  
Orange County Immune Institute 
"Our Mission is to use scientifically validated complimentary medicine approaches for chronic diseases poorly addressed by current standard medical approaches. These primarily include Cancer, Lupus Erythematosus, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Hepatitis B & Chronic Fatigue Immune Disfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. A caring, relaxed and friendly environment which provides stress management, nutritional management, avoidance of toxicity as well as utilizing natural supplements and immune boosting or modulation by natural supplements emphasized at our facility. We work with an international team of experts and utilize their experiences along with our own; continually improving integrative approaches, by carrying out clinical research as well as basic research in our state of the art affiliated laboratories."  Huntington Beach
TASK - Team of Advocates for Special Kids 
"Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs. Initially, the primary focus was on children three to 21 years of age, but services evolved to include all ages, especially in the TASK Technology Center. TASK serves families of children aged birth to 22 years of age under IDEA and other systems mandated to provide services to individuals with disabilities. As a federally-funded Parent Training and Information Center, TASK is part of a national network of centers providing similar services. TASK provides advocacy information, workshops and information in English, Spanish and Vietnamese."  Anaheim
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