I’m Avo Keshishyan, the guy who survived the shift into the “new economy” and in the process discovered – and attempted to meet to the best of his ability! - the needs of his neighborhood. That’s how One Human Community came about. My personal “state of emergency” is over, but the community still needs help.

Sep 282013

One Human Community knows that the most common bills people have trouble paying are their phone, water and power and gas bills. All companies that provide these services have special programs for the unemployed and low income individuals and families. Visit their Websites, call or visit their offices to apply.

To get you started here’re some helpful links:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
click on:     Residential Low Income Discount Program
and then on:    Low Income Discount Program Application (PDF)

Low cost phone services with California Lifeline
check if you qualify
if so, contact your phone company and request California Lifeline application.

Southern California Gas Company
check if you qualify
apply for a 20% discount with Southern California Gas Company

If your income is low, you’re unemployed or receive any type of government assistance, you’re likely to qualify: be advised you’ll be asked to document your hardship.

Don’t forget to ask also for a payment plan to pay off your delinquent bills over time.

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Sep 282013

No matter how bad your situation or how modest your home, the place you live in and call home is the center of your world. For those of you who reside in rented apartments; who are unable to pay rent and may be facing eviction, there is hope!

Provided you earn some income – that’s a condition! – you might be eligible for help!

People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), a non-profit organization, assists people facing an eviction. You might qualify for rental assistance and maybe even a grant from the Rapid Re-housing Assistance Program. They might help you stay in your apartment or get you a new one! You may be eligible to get help with your delinquent utility bills, too. Visit PATH’s Website or call (323) 644-2200.

Sep 142013

When a true financial crisis strikes most people freeze. The terror of the situation is such that perfectly functional people resign themselves to what seems to be the inevitable and become passive.

Avo, the Founder of One Human Community is in the process of overcoming his hardship but not entirely out of the woods, yet. Still, he is surviving and recovering from a financial disaster, so take this most important advice from him: DON’T GIVE UP AND NEVER, EVER STOP FIGHTING!

Passivity is a condition that kills even the good people. If you don’t take action; if you fail to be diligent and expand necessary effort, you’ll lose. True, some people bounce back from the bottom, but no one told you that these are VERY few people. It’s much more prudent to stop the freefall before you actually hit the ground.

So here’s the financial crisis survival checklist:

  • Don’t give up!
  • Search for help. (Look over the resources listed on One Human Community’s Website and elsewhere Online. If all else fails, contact Avo, he may just know something that will help YOU.)
  • Once you find a way out: DON’T BE LAZY! (Impress anyone you meet on the way with your eagerness to address your problems.)
  • Be proactive.
  • Be patient.
  • Never, ever lose your cool.
  • YOU WILL SURVIVE if you follow this checklist!

In this spirit, get going: help is out there! I hope you’ll find it quickly; stop your freefall; catch your balance and successfully climb back up! IT CAN BE DONE!

Aug 252013

Apart from the fact that having an autistic child is an emotional experience, it brings also the challenge of finding the appropriate therapy and care. All of these are hard on parents.

I personally met several single parents of autistic children dealing with these challenges and providing care… while unable to pay for food and shelter! A single parent who is the sole full time care provider for an autistic child is often unable to earn a living because the child can’t be left unattended. (I’m not implying that having an autistic child equals financial hardship, but sometimes it does.)

All parents of autistic children – regardless of their financial circumstances –  can benefit of the resources provided on this page.

It is my understanding that there’s a number of therapy and possibly also daycare options as well as after school programs for autistic children available in Greater Los Angeles area, including San Fernando Valley. Some are quite costly, I believe however that in most cases funding is available to parents dealing with financial hardship.

Programs for autistic children from 5-15 of age:
(It is my understanding that most participants qualify for funding through State-supported Regional Centers.)
Find a location here:

Extensive help – including child care! – for children ages 3 to 5:
(The North Los Angeles County Regional Center is located at:
15400 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys, CA 91406-4211
(818) 778-1900)

Large spectrum of therapies and programs for autistic children and youth as well as for children with emotional problems and learning disabilities! (Including several locations in San Fernando Valley.)

List of medical centers that provide therapy to autistic patients:
In San Fernando Valley:
Child Development Center – Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Facilities
Offers a wide range of therapies; including physical, occupational, speech and language.
Age Group: 3-21 years
Location: Simi Valley
Phone: (805) 577-9039
Web Page:

Preschools for autistic children ages 3 to 5; enter your own Zip Code:[postal_code]=91405&distance[search_distance]=10&distance[search_units]=mile
( might be able to help with financing)

Financial help for parents of autistic children:


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES supplied by Kathleen, a high school student and a part volunteer-intern from North Carolina who doesn’t let Asperger’s Syndrome stand in the way to her success. Thank you Kathleen: WAY TO GO!

Autism Speaks Resource Guide

Career Assistance for People with Autism

National Center for Autism Resources & Education

AutismNOW Transition Planning

Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism



MORE RESOURCES supplied by Angela from North Carolina, who herself is affected by autism. Thank you Angela: sharing resources empowers us all!

Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Moment I Got My Son with Autism’s Need for Routine

The Well Travel Guide for Parents of Autism Spectrum Children

Nutrition for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism


EXCELLENT NEW RESOURCES provided by Elena and Linda from Much needed and valuable information: Thank you Elena and Linda, One Human Community wishes your group and your Website all the success they so richly deserve!

National Institute of Mental Health

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping

Resources for Military Families

Academic Accommodation Resources

Worry Wise Kids

Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism

Home Modifications for Parents of Special Needs Kids

Moving with Special Needs Kids


Still more smart resources! These were submitted by Caroline from Thank you Caroline!

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities

8 Steps for Learning Disabled Students Who Want to Go to College

The Guide to Buying Used Accessible Vehicles

34 Great Jobs for People with Disabilities

Travel Tips for Workers with Disabilities

The Disabled Job Seeker’s Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Types of Service Dogs


MORE VALUABLE TIPS! The following two links were contributed by Los Angeles attorney, Jovan A. Johnson, Esq. ( Excellent and helpful information: thank you!

Parental divorce is tough on any child, children with autism are affected even more.
Learn how to help autistic child cope with parents’ divorce:

Even a routine trip to the dentist can be a challenge for autistic children and their parents.
Here’s how to manage the challenge of a visit to a dentist with autistic child:


Sarah – who herself has a special needs’ family member – submitted additional helpful resources. (She also writes a blog for families of children with autism: On behalf of the many families just like yours: thank you Sarah!

Legal Resources for Special Needs

Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling

Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive

Teacher Resources for Special Needs

Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs

Home Accommodations for Special Needs

Disability Resources from the Department of Labor

Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home

Financial Planning for Special Needs


Don’t get discouraged: there’s help for your child, support for you and perhaps even a respite and financial relief. Persist and you shall find!

SPECIAL NOTE: to ALL parents and those of you who have an autistic child AND other children, Jennifer MG from the Public Health Library ( recommended a GREAT resource:

Explaining special needs to your child: 15 great children’s books

Aug 252013

I hope that the concept of One Human Community will eventually spread and inspire others to come together for a common good. But since One Human Community was created in San Fernando Valley, CA as a support group for local community members who’re suffering hardship, most of the resources that I make available here are helpful for L.A. area residents.

(If you live elsewhere: by all means, search Online! The solutions are out there. Unfortunately, those who can’t locate them suffer… Don’t give up; don’t walk away: SEARCH!)

Based on my personal experience, I know beyond any doubt that solutions to most hardship issues are available. I learned the hard way however that information about such resources (let’s be honest: solutions!) is not voluntarily provided even by those who administer them! I have no way of knowing why. Suffice to say, take my word for it because I speak from first hand experience, solutions are out there!

What to do to survive financial crisis

How to look for a job in Los Angeles

What to do when you can’t pay your bills in Los Angeles area

Help for parents of autistic children in L.A. County

new resources are added, regularly!