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FAMILY : A Source for Facts on Disabilities

March 30, 1994|GLEN JUSTICE

It began as a cart of books pushed by concerned parents and professionals who worked with developmentally disabled patients.

It has grown into a full-service resource center for those who seeks answers on mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

The Koch/Young Family Resource Center, at the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center on Wilshire Boulevard, opened its doors at a dedication ceremony last Friday. The resource center, which receives money from both Lanterman and the state, has been in the works since October, 1992.

The core of the center is a multimedia library that makes available books, videotapes, support groups, on-line computer services and a telephone help line to those who want to know more about a particular disability, said coordinator Leslye Sneider.

"If someone calls in with any type of question, they can get help within 24 hours," Sneider said.

The center, 3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, can be reached by phone at (213) 380-0008.

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