All Resources




Federal Agencies




State Agencies




Other State Organizations




Local or County Agencies

  • Regional Center of the East Bay - RCEB

    RCEB is a private non-profit corporation under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services that provides intake assessment and case management services to individuals and their families in Alameda County




Special Education Advocacy & Information

  • Advocacy & Information Community Alliance for Special Education

    Provides technical assistance consultations on special education rights, Direct representation at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings, and other due process proceedings and, training on special education rights and services to parents.

  • DREDF Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

    A non profit national disability rights law and policy center that advances the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy

  • Protection & Advocacy - PAI

    Non Profit organization provides information, training, publications on the civil, legal and service rights of people with developmental disabilities or mental health needs. Provides educational advocacy and other service rights support and services including self advocacy services for adults with disabilities.

  • Families & Advocates Partnership for Education

    Helping parents & advocates improve educational results for children with disabilities.

  • Wrights Law

    Leading website about special education law and advocacy includes downloadable access to laws and regulations.

  • Your Guide to Special Ed

    Lists a variety of links to on-line resources for parents negotiating the maze of special education.




Other Advocacy

  • Disability Rights Advocates

    DRA is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

  • Disability Info.gov

  • NAMI California

    Informing, educating and supporting people with Mental Illness, their families and caregivers.

  • National Center for Youth Law

    Private, non-profit law office serving the legal rights of children and their families. Specializes in Foster Care issues




Autism Spectrum Disorders




Bind / Vision Impaired

  • American Foundation for the Blind

    An organization aimed at assisting the blind in the United States.

  • NAPVI National ASSN. for Parents of Children with Visual Impariment

    An information and referral center that provides free information on disabilities & disability-related issues.

  • Junion Blind of America

    When an infant or preschooler is identified as blind or visually impaired, Blind Babies Foundation provides family-centered services to support the child's optimal development and access to the world.

  • California Department of Education Blind/Low Vision Services




Cerebral Palsy

  • United Cerebral Palsy

    National organization providing information and resources for people with CP.

  • United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate

    Local CP information support and service provider.




Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • California Department of Education

    Extensive listings of Special Education services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Newborn Hearing Screening

    The California Department of Health Services Children's Medical Services Branch (CMS) has implemented a statewide comprehensive Newborn Hearing Screening. The NHSP helps identify hearing loss in infants and guide families to the appropriate services needed to develop communication skills.

  • Center for Early Intervention on Deafness CEID

    CEID is a model early intervention program for babies and young children who have hearing impairments and severe speech and language delays.

  • California School for the Deaf

  • Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA)




Deaf / Blind

  • Deaf/Blind National Technical Assistance Consortium

    An organization for children and young adults who are deafblind.

  • DB-LINK

    The national information clearinghouse on children who are Deaf-Blind. Text and graphics versions available.

  • The Helen Keller National Center

    An organization for deaf-blind youth and adults.

  • Sense

    The world's largest organization working and campaigning for deafblind people, families, and professionals




Down Syndrome

  • National Down Syndrome Society

    NDSS has more than 350 local affiliates that provide an array of benefits to help better service the Down syndrome community in their local area. We view our local affiliates as equal partners working on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals involved with their overall welfare.

  • Disability Solutions

    Disability Solutions is a publication and resource for families and others interested in Down Syndrome related disabilities.

  • National Association for Down Syndrome

  • Down Syndrome Connection




Epilepsy

  • The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California

    The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences, and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.




Learning Disabilities




Rare Disorders

  • National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    Comprehensive lists and resources and services about genetic, health and developmental disorders. On-line community connections offered.




General Resources / Clearinghouses

  • Internet Resources for Special Children - IRSC

    Includes an extensive list of links to resources for various disability categories.

  • Educational Resources Information Center - ERIC

    A federally funded information system that provides information on support components, variety of services and products.

  • NECTAC National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

    Provides information for early childhood programs funded under the IDEA.

  • The National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study - NEILS

    Is a study of infants, toddlers, and their families receiving early intervention services.

  • NICHY (The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities)

    A national information and referral service that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals with a special focus on children and youth (birth to age 22). Also in Spanish.

  • Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School and Agencies

    Search for Nonpublic Schools and Agencies in California




Child Care

  • BANANAS Inc.

    Child Care Resource & Referral Agency serving families in Northern Alameda County.

  • 4Csof Alameda County

    Child Care Resource & Referral Agency serving families and providers in Southern Alameda County.

  • Child Care Links

    Child Care Resource & Referral Agency serving families and providers in Eastern Alameda County




Health

  • Family Voices

    Provides info and resources for families of children with special health care needs.

  • California Children's Services

  • California Health Care Foundation

    On this site you can quickly locate the objective research, analysis, data, facts, and news you need to make informed decisions.

  • Alameda County Department of Public Health

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

    Comprehensive information on Children's health, best practices, guidance for parents and health care providers.

  • Department of Developmental Services

    Provides educational information to assist physicians and other healthcare providers to improve care for persons with developmental disabilities in California as well as to support persons with developmental disabilities and their families in making informed health care decisions.

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - CAM

    Information, research and advice for selecting a CAM Practitioner.




Recreation & Leisure

  • Access Northern California

    Access Northern California (ANC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating greater access to travel and recreational opportunities in Northern California for people with physical disabilities.

  • Best Buddies

    International non-profit providing opportunities for people with mental retardation-type disabilities to socialize with non-disabled peers.

  • BORP Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program

    Provides athletic and outdoor recreational activities for people with visual disabilities and physical challenges.

  • East Bay Regional Parks

  • Special Olympics - Alameda County

  • Success Oriented Achievement Realized - SOAR

    Providing adventure based wilderness programs and experiential education services to individuals and families dealing with learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorders.




Teens / Youth

  • SF Center for Independent Living - CIL

    Provide counseling, workshops and support groups to disabled youth (ages 14 to 22), their parents and their families. We also offer disability-sensitivity training in the schools and technical assistance to teachers in accommodating youth with disabilities.

  • Disability Central / Active Teen

    Interactive site for general disability community that features teen pages with interviews, games and links to resources.

  • KASA Kids as Self Advocates - KASA

    An organization created by youth with disabilities to educate society about issues concerning youth with a wide spectrum of disabilities and special health needs. Currently they host a listserv and a website and are always looking for new members.

  • Family Voices

    For local information contact Judith Lesner

  • National Youth Leadership Network

  • Independent Living Skills Program

    Services are now available to any teen enrolled in MediCal in Alameda County whether or not they are in foster care.

  • Bandaids and Blackboards

    Site is about growing up with medical problems from the perspective of children and teens.

  • HiP Publishing Group