Websites, agencies and groups helpful for parents of children with special needs “(Sp)” indicates that the web site is also available in Spanish.
FAMILY SUPPORT / INFORMATION
Adulthood & Transition
Center for Parent Information & Resources
Circle of Friends - Supports inclusion of children with special needs.
Friendship Circle - Special needs resources.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America (Sp) - Grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Office of Developmental Primary Care (Medical resources)
Sibling Support Project - Siblings of people with special needs
Special Needs Sacramento - Resources for families of children with special needs 0-5 years old in the Sacramento area.
I Am A Sibling
Life for Siblings of Special Needs Children
Sibling Support Project
Sibs (Includes good information on how and why to explain about the sibling's disability.)
AT Exchange - Equipment lending, sales, exchange
Center on Technology and Disability
Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC)
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Recursos Para las Familias de Habla Español
La Familia Counseling Services - Trabajos para mejorar la calidad de vida para la juventud del en-riesgo y las familias de fondos diversos ofreciendo el asesoramiento, servicios del outreach de la ayuda y programas multiculturales para ayudar a las familias a superar adversidad
Recursos en Espanol
People with disabilities (children and adults) may be eligible for public benefits.
California Life Line Program
Disability Benefits 101 (California)
Health Care Coverage
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Disability Rights California
In-Home Supportive Services: Nuts & Bolts Manual
Assessment of Need for Protective Supervision
SSI/SSDI at a Glance
Rules for Deeming Income from Parents to Child...
The ARC of California - Including "Monday Morning Memo"
The ARC of the United States
California Association of Family Empowerment Centers -.
California Disability Community Action Network (Marty Omoto)
Capitol People First
Disability Rights California
NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing -
Placer ARC (Advocacy, Resources & Choices) -
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
North Coast Office (Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino Counties)
North State Office (Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Plumas, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity Counties)
Sacramento Office (Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba, Sierra Counties)
North Valley Hills Office (Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne Counties)
Below are links to some groups which monitor legislative processes.
The ARC of California
Family Voices of California
Disability Rights California
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
To find out who your county, state and federal elected officials are, click here.
Tips for Writing to Legislators. English Spanish
Writing to Your Legislators
Tips on Talking to Your Legislator in Person
How a bill becomes federal law.
How a bill becomes state law.
California Children's Services - Health care for children in California who qualify and who have an eligible diagnosis.
Nat'l Center for Medical Home Implementation - "Care Notebook"
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY SERVICES
California Department of Developmental Services - Serves people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Regional Center Directory
Regional Centers by County
Map of Regional Centers
California Early Start Program - Program within Department of Developmental Services which provides early intervention services to children birth-3 years.
SPECIAL NEEDS/COOL STUFF RELATED TO SPECIAL NEEDS
A Touch of Understanding
A Touch of Understanding Youth F.O.R.C.E.
Screen Your Child
California Department of Developmental Services Publications (for families and clients)
California Department of Developmental Services Consumer Corner
Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Disability Benefits 101
Disability is Natural
Enough is Enough! Anti-Bullying Strategies for Students with Developmental Disabilities, Their Families and Their Schools
Families Creating a Vision and Building Inclusive Lives for Their Children
Healthy Bodies: A Guide for Puberty for Children with Disabilities
Sensory Integration Global Network
Choosing a Childcare Provider
It is so important for you to feel comfortable with the child care provider you choose for your child. This guide from the Yolo County Children's Alliance is meant to help you make a good choice.
Child Action (916) 369-0191
Child Action, Inc. offers enhanced child care referral to parents with children with special needs. This additional service allows parents to work directly with Child Action, Inc.’s Child Care Information Specialists in their search for child care.
Children's Home Society of California Resource & Referral Hotline: (530) 645-6265
Placer County Office Of Education, Contact - Darcy Roenspie, Phone: (906) 740-1641, or Email
General Information - Main Line: (530) 745-1380 or (800) 464-3322
Sierra Nevada Children's Services
Grass Valley Office (530) 272-8866
Truckee Office (530) 587-5960
Loyalton Office (530) 993-1288
Kare Crisis Nursery (530) 265-0693
Their mission is to provide shelter and respite for the children and assistance to their families who are facing a crisis, and to safely and effectively supervise Court Ordered visitations for families seeking reunification.
El Dorado and Alpine counties
Choices for Children
Parents can call their offices to discuss a child's unique needs and request help finding a child care provider who matches the needs.
El Dorado County Western Slope – El Dorado Hills to Pollock Pines (530) 676-0707 or
South Lake Tahoe (530) 541-5848 or
Alpine County (530 694-2129 or