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Citizen’s Advisory Council on Disability (Long Beach)
Commission on Disability Materials (Berkeley)
Disability Compliance Program (Berkeley)
Interwork Institute (at San Diego State University)
Mailing List for Berkeley Area Disability Issues
See also Multi-Service Agencies
Advocacy and Legal Rights
California Department of Justice – Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities
California Department of Rehabilitation, Client Assistance Program (CAP)
California Disability Alliance (CDA)
Californians for Disability Rights (CDR)
Disability Rights Advocates
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Hawkins Center of Law and Services for the Disabled (focuses on Social Security disability law)
Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (Pacific DBTAC)
Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (PAI)
Western Law Center for Disability Rights
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AARP California
California Association of Area Agencies on Aging
California Commission on Aging
California Department of Aging
Elderweb California
National Resources
Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Association – Chapters in California
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California Artists Directory
NIAD Art Center
VSA arts of California
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Assistive Technology
AT Network
California Assistive Technology System (CATS)
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) – Center On Disabilities
Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT) (Berkeley)
Computer Access Center (Los Angeles)
iTECH Center at Parents Helping Parents
UCLA’s Disabilities and Computing Program
National Resources
Autism Society of California

Central California Chapter
Coachella Valley Chapter
Inland Empire Chapter (San Bernadino/Riverside)
Los Angeles
Orange County
San Diego County Chapter
San Francisco Bay Chapter
Santa Barbara Chapter
Ventura County Autism Society

FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment)

Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)
Los Angeles Families for Effective Autism Treatment (LA FEAT)

National ResourcesBlindness and Visual Impairments

Blind Children’s Center (Los Angeles)

Blind Children’s Learning Center (Orange County)

Blindness Foundation (Newport Beach)

Braille Institute

Library Services

California Council of the Blind [link added 3/30/04]

California State Library – Braille and Talking Book Library

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Discovery Fund for Eye Research (Los Angeles)

Center for the Partially Sighted (Los Angeles and Torrace)

Discovery Blind Sports

Eye Birth Defects Research Foundation (Los Angeles)

Guide Dogs of America (Sylmar)

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic – Los Angeles Unit

San Mateo County Council of the Blind

National ResourcesBrain Injury

Rehabilitation Research Center (RRC) for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (San Jose)

National ResourcesCerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA)

…of the Golden Gate
…of Greater Sacramento
…of San Diego County
…of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
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See also Developmental Disabilities, Education, Wish Organizations

AbilityFirst (formerly Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California)

California Early Start Program

Fiesta Educativa

Loving Your Disabled Child (LYDC) (Los Angeles)

MATRIX Parent Network & Resource Center

NICHCY California State Resources

Parents Helping Parents

RFENC Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (San Francisco)

Through the Looking Glass

National ResourcesCommunication Disorders

See also Deafness and Hearing Impairments

California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA)

National ResourcesDeafness and Hearing Impairments

See also Communication Disorders

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf – California Chapter

California Center for Law and the Deaf (San Leandro)

California Latino Council of the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center [added 5/24/02]

Deaf Community Services of San Diego

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA) (San Francisco)

Deaf Gay & Lesbian Center (San Francisco)

Deaf Women Against Violence (DWAV) [added 1/14/02]

Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness (GLAD)

House Ear Institute (Los Angeles)

InSight Cinema

L.A. Bridges Theatre Co. of the Deaf

Rainbow Lambda Society of the Deaf

St. Joseph’s Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Union City)

San Francisco SPCA Hearing Dog Program

SHHH-California State Associatio

National ResourcesDevelopmental Disabilities

See also Children, General, Multi-Service Agencies

The Arc – California

…of San Diego
…of the Desert (Foundation for the Retarded of the Desert)
…of Ventura County
MARC (Marin County)
OPARC (Ontario Pamona Association for Retarded Citizens)

Area Boards on Developmental Disabilities

California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

Alta California Regional Center
Central Valley Regional Center
Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center
Far Northern Regional Center
Frank T. Landerman Regional Center
Golden Gate Regional Center [link updated 6/2004]
Harbor Regional Center
Inland Regional Center
Kern Regional Center
North Bay Regional Center
North Los Angeles County Regional Center
Redwood Coast Regional Center
Regional Center of Orange County
Regional Center of the East Bay
San Andreas Regional Center
San Diego Regional Center
San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
Tri-Counties Regional Center
Valley Mountain Regional Center
Westside Regional Center

California Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Center (MHDDC)

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Community Interface Services

Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

Hillside House

North Bay Regional Center (NBRC)

Peppermint Ridge

Supported Life Institute [link added 1/26/02]
UC Davis Medical Center – The M.I.N.D. Institute

UCLA Mental Retardation Research Center

National ResourcesDiabetes

Aoki Diabetes Research Institute (ADRI)

Kids with Diabetes

The P.A.D.R.E Foundation

National ResourcesDown Syndrome

Down Syndrome Association of Orange County

National ResourcesEducation

See also Children, Education, Higher, specific disabilities

California Department of Education, Special Education Division

Californians for Inclusive Schools (CIS)

National ResourcesEducation, Higher

See also Education

California State University, Chico – Ability Connection (ABC)

University of California, Berkely – Disabled Students’ Program

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

University of California, Santa Cruz – Americans with Disabilities Act

University of Southern California (USC) – Disability Services and Programs

National ResourcesEmployment

See also Vocational Rehabilitation

California Business Leadership Network (CABLN)

California State Personnel Board – Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP)

California’s One-Stop Career Center System

Governor’s Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons

Job Options

National ResourcesFragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Association of Southern California

The Northern California Fragile X Association

National ResourcesHead InjurySee Brain InjuryHealth (General)National ResourcesHeart DisordersNational ResourcesHousing

See also Developmental Disabilities, Multi-Service Agencies

California Department of Developmental Services – Living Arrangements For Persons With Developmental Disabilities

National ResourcesIndependent Living


California Department of Rehabilitation – Independent Living Centers by County

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

California State Independent Living Council (SILC)

Specific Centers (alphabetical by city/area):

Connections for Information and Resources on Community Living (CIRCL) (Arcadia)

Center for Independent Living (Berkeley)

Center for Independent Living (Fresno)

Foundation of Resources for Equality and Employment for the Disabled (FREED) (Grass Valley headquarters; serves the counties of Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, Sierra and Colusa, with a branch office located in Marysville)

Independent Living Center of Kern County (Kern)

Westside Center for Independent Living (Los Angeles)

Central Coast Center for Independent Living (Oakland)

Resources for Independent Living (Sacramento)

Access Center of San Diego (San Diego)

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (San Francisco)

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) (Silicon Valley)

National ResourcesLatino Resources

California Latino Council of the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Fiesta EducativaLearning Disabilities

California State Resources Literacy and Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of California

Sacramento Learning Disabilities Association

National ResourcesMental Illness

California Department of Mental Health

California Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Center (MHDDC)

Mental Health Association in California

NAMI California

National ResourcesMental RetardationSee Developmental DisabilitiesMulti-Service Agencies

See also Children, Developmental Disabilities, General

AbilityFirst (formerly Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California)

Easter Seals of the Bay Area

Toolworks [added 11/20/01]Multiple Sclerosis

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)

Channel Island Chapter
Orange County California Chapter
San Diego Area Chapter

National ResourcesPhenyleketonuria (PKU)

PKU Parents of California

National ResourcesRecreationSee Sports & RecreationResidential Facilities

See also Housing

Peppermint RidgeRespiratory Disorders

American Lung Association of California

National ResourcesRespite Services

National Respite Locator Service – California Respite Programs

National ResourcesSpeech Disorders

See Communication Disorders

National ResourcesSpina BifidaNational ResourcesSpinal Cord InjuryNational ResourcesSpinal Cord Injury

Rehabilitation Research Center (RRC) for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (San Jose)

National ResourcesSports and Recreation

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP)

California Department of Fish and Game – Disabled Persons Access Guide To California Fishing Areas and Piers

California State Parks – Access for Visitors with Disabilities

Discovery Blind Sports

Kris’ Camp

Special Olympics

Northern California (SONC)
Southern California
Western San Bernardino (Inland Valley)

Tahoe Adaptive Ski School

National ResourcesStrokePeninsula Stroke AssociationTransportation

Project ACTION Accessible Traveler’s Database – California Cities

National ResourcesVeterans

California Department of Veterans Affairs

Natonal ResourcesVocational Rehabilitation

See also Employment

California Department of Rehabilitation

Goodwill Industries of Southern California

Vocational Improvement Program (Rancho Cucamonga)

Vocational Training Center (Arc of Santa Maria Valley)

National ResourcesWish Organizations

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles

Wish Upon a Star

National ResourcesWomen with Disabilities

Deaf Women Against Violence (DWAV) [added 1/14/02]

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