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9th Annual • FREE

SNRFSD.org

2018

1,000+

Resources for Families in San Diego and Imperial Counties

ACCESSIBLE FAMILY FUN

8 vacations for all abilities

ZERO TO 6:

Critical windows for healthy child development

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Resources for Families with Special Needs Published by

in this issue ARTICLES

14 Guillain-Barre Syndrome

41 Hair Salons

5 Short & Sweet

14 Lupus

7 Toy Reviews

14 Spinal Cord Injuries

41 Home Improvement/ Healthy Environments

8 Zero to 6: Critical Windows for Healthy Child Development 16 Accessible Family Fun 18 Benefits of Outdoor Learning Environments 20 Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster? 70 Water Warriors: Adaptive Canoeing

SPECIFIC DISABILITIES AND DIAGNOSES 10 ADD/ADHD 10 Autism

14 Tourette Syndrome

41 Hospice and Palliative Care

14 Miscellaneous Illness and Anomalies

41 Housing & In-Home Support Services

AREAS OF NEED

42 Inclusion

22 Adaptive Equipment, Assistive Technology and Purposeful Play

42 Independent Living 43 Infant/Toddler Specific

24 Advocacy

45 Integrative Approach to Therapies

26 Assessment and Evaluation

45 Learning Disabilities

26 Audiology/Hearing

45 Medical Travel Expense Aid

26 Behavioral & Mental Health

46 Medications

30 Camps and Enrichment Programs

46 Music Therapy

46 Military Specific

60 Respite/Childcare/ Skilled Nursing 61 Safety 62 Social Skills Programs 63 Speech & Language 64 Therapeutic Riding Programs/ Hippotherapy 65 Therapy Dogs/Canine Service Organizations 66 Transportation 66 Vacation and Travel 66 Vision Health 67 Vocational Training & Employment Options 67 Worship 68 Yoga 68 Miscellaneous Organizations

32 Clothing

46 Neuro Products

32 College and the Adult Transition

47 Nonprofit Family Residences

34 Conflict Resolution/ Mediation

47 Nutrition/Feeding/ Home Health Products

12 Deaf/Hearing Impairment

34 Dental Health

48 Occupational Therapy

35 Developmental Delay

13 Diabetes

35 Disaster Preparedness

49 Parent & Family Resources

13 DiGeorge Syndrome/ VCFS/22Q 11.2 Deletion

35 Education

52 Party Planning & Special Events

38 Financial Planning and Trusts

53 Photography & Artistic Services

69 Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapies

39 Foster Care

53 Physical Therapy

39 General Health

54 Recreation

69 Parent Support Resources

40 Genetics Testing and Prenatal Screening

60 Research Study Participation

69 Respite and Skilled Nursing

12 Blindness 12 Brain & Spinal Injuries 12 Cerebral Palsy 12 Cystic Fibrosis

13 Down Syndrome 13 Dyslexia 13 Epilepsy 14 Fragile X

IMPERIAL VALlEY RESOURCES 69 Developmental Delay Assessment and Coordination 69 Behavioral and Mental Health 69 Education

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Publisher’s Letter

Flourishing Families is Bigger and Better Nine years ago this special needs resource guide had

approximately 250 listings in it. Now, with more than 1,000 resources, parents who have children with special needs can find more help to make their family’s lives better. This is the most comprehensive special needs listing in San Diego County, maybe even Southern California. We are happy to offer resources in Imperial County this year as well. We know parenting is hard, especially when you have a child with special needs. Every day is a new challenge. We hope these resources open some doors for you. Our articles cover an array of interests: from accessible vacations and outdoor learning to why the first six years of a child’s life are so important for child development. We always appreciate our advertisers, especially the ones who have supported Flourishing Families the past few years. We wish to thank our new advertisers and welcome you. We are able to publish this great resource because of your partnership with us. To our readers: Please use their services and thank them for their support.  Flourishing Families is a magazine produced by the nonprofit Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego, under the umbrella of San Diego Family Magazine. We do our best to provide a high-quality publication with correct information. Every listing is updated before we go to press. Because this is an annual publication, things do get outdated. If this happens, let us know so we can update our digital edition.

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Nine-year-old Katelyn of Lakeside loves spending time at Heart & Hooves Therapy in Ramona.

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Short & Sweet

Lisa Gipson

Shoes that Encourage Independence BILLY Footwear is designed for kids and adults who have difficulty tying shoes, and is named after co-founder Billy Price, who is paralyzed. “Easy to put on and take off,” says parent, Kimberly. “They help with fine motor and self-help skills.” See all styles and colors available at www.BillyFootwear.com.

Connect with Us! Follow us on Facebook @SNRFSD and subscribe to the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego’s bi-monthly eNewsletter at www.SNRFSD.org. Author Nancy Keene delivers concise, clear, parent-friendly tips in these two books, which are must-reads for caregivers. Learn more at www .childhoodcancerguides.org.

Donations Needed Do you have durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, mobility bikes, etc.) that is no longer needed? In partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, nonprofit Cecily’s Closet helps connect families with no-longer-needed equipment to families in need. Visit www.cecilyscloset.org for details.

Did you know? Tagless and adaptive clothing for children with sensory challenges is available at Target and at www.target.com.

Flourishing Families Wins Journalism Award from San Diego Press Club! We are thrilled to share that the 2017 edition of Flourishing Families won second place in the Special Interest/One-Time Publications category from San Diego Press Club. Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers who make this important publication possible.

Your Child in the Hospital is a wealth of practical resources for understanding basic medical procedures, communication with doctors and creating family balance during hospital stays. The 5th edition of Childhood Leukemia (due out Spring 2018) explains diagnoses, medications, radiation therapy, side effects and how to manage relationships and selfcare during a child’s treatment for Leukemia. “Nancy Keene truly understands parental stress and depression during a child’s hospital stay, as her child is a 25-year survivor of Leukemia,” says parent, Emily. “Parents will benefit greatly by reading her informative and thoughtful books.”

Hey Parents! Follow the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (San Diego Unified) on Facebook for current information about education forums and parent trainings.

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www.SNRFSD.org on the web Here are just some of the articles you’ll find at www.SNRFSD.org. Simply enter titles in the search bar. Back-to-School Tips for Students with Dyslexia What My Child with Special Needs Has Taught Me Preparing Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities for the Workforce Strategies to Help Children on the Autism Spectrum with Homework Choosing Camps for Children with Special Needs

Thank You to Our Sponsors! Your generous support makes Flourishing Families: The Resource Guide for Families with Special Needs possible. Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association......................31 Alta Families...................................................................27 Altitude Trampoline Park..................................................54 Autism Society supported thru Aqua Pros Swim School.....54 AYSO- 152 Tina Grover...................................................55 Children’s Nature Retreat.................................................57

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Ed to the Future..............................................................37 Fleet Science Center.......................................................55 Foundation for Developmental Disabilities.........................51 Hendrick Law Office........................................................39 Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey.....................................25

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Fun for Kids of All Abilities Stanley Will Probably Be Fine and The Someday Birds www.sallyjpla.com Don’t miss these books from local, awardwinning author, Sally J. Pla, who shares an Autism diagnosis with her son. Pla’s protagonists on the spectrum are written from the heart, delighting 4th­– 6th grade readers with ASD. All in Order $15.99; eeboo.com Beautifully designed eeBoo card games are excellent tools to teach timelines, sequencing and expressing feelings. “You can’t go wrong with eeBoo!” says Emily. All in Order builds logical ordering and executive function skills, memory and recall, verbal skills, and predictive reading. Printed with vegetable based inks.

Stack & Tumble Elephant $14.99 www.LeapFrog.com Stack brightly colored, textured rings to help build fine motor skills. Press the music button to hear playful songs. Push down on the elephant’s tail to make him sneeze, sending the rings tumbling off his trunk. Akin! Suction Cup Game $19.99; FunnyBoneToys. com A fast party game which is sure to elicit laughter and encourage communication as players suction up pairs of cards. Increases hand strength and the tripod grasp essential to handwriting.

Autism Awareness Learning Lovey $29.95; BabyJackAndCompany.com This 12×12 security blanket features sensory tags that are sewn shut and a teething link, providing comfort and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Harkla Weighted Sensory Lap Pad $50; Harkla.co Designed for children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD, the Harkla Sensory Lap Pad is a portable tool that helps kids stay calm and makes car rides more peaceful.

Squishmallows $2.99-$24.99; Squishmallows.com Super soft Squishmallows are available in four sizes: clip-ons (3.5”), small (8”), medium (13”) and large (16”). “Great as a calming fidget toy,” says Felicia. “And so soft—a great sensory toy.”

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Emily Dolton

Zero to 6: Critical Windows that Impact Healthy Child Development

There are two very important early childhood windows that parents should be aware of from the moment a child is born: the 0-6 month window and the 0-6 year window (sometimes referred to as Birth to 5). The two windows set the stage for how a child problem solves, handles emotional hurdles and learns for the rest of his life.

Birth to 6 months: The Attachment Window Birth to 6 months is when babies need lots of soothing, feeding and communication. Children whose needs are met are more assured they are in a safe place for learning and flourishing. Caregivers who give prompt attention to babies and respond gently are literally building a child’s brain and teaching positive mindset. Children who are left in a car seat or playard for long periods of time without contact are more likely to feel fearful, experience frustration, and give up trying to have their needs met. They may stop making neural connections that grow with love and encouragement, and are more likely to develop a negative mindset into adulthood. “Secure attachment in childhood by the primary caregiver is very important. Without that attachment, neurons don’t fire; and without neurons firing, a child cannot learn,” says Mary Moser Cooper, a care coordinator with the Fred Finch Wrap-Around Program. Cooper is a former board chair of the Southern California chapter of the Infant Development Association and a respected authority on early childhood. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops by age 5, at a rate more rapid than any other time in life (outside the womb). The more secure a child feels during this time, the faster his brain will develop.

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Primary caregiver mental health is also critical in the first six months. Moms who experience post-partum depression (PPD) or caregivers who experience isolation or feel overwhelmed should make self-care a priority, as PPD can affect attachment. Moms need to learn the secondary symptoms of PPD, which may have nothing to do with sadness. Occupational Therapist Andrew Gilbert remembers when his wife realized her own PPD. Her heightened anxiety, terrifying nightmares, and constant overwhelm affected the whole family—and they already had a one-yearold when their second child was born. “It was very hard for her to ask me for help and find time to care for herself,” Gilbert says. “But it was as necessary as talking to a therapist.”

Birth to 6 years: The Learning Window While children are making millions of neural connections daily, parents can help train their brains for critical thinking and problem solving that are used through adulthood. Parents have a tendency to help toddlers too quickly. There is a delicate balance between meeting a baby’s needs for secure attachment and easing a toddler into independence. There are easy ways parents can build skills while making children feel supported: 1. Engage in imaginary play. Simple tea parties and super hero play teach empathy and turn taking, and encourage children to explore imaginary worlds. 2. Read. Reading to children is a great way to build neural pathways. Reading increases an understanding of timelines, builds imagination and increases letter recognition so children can begin to read for themselves. When parents pretend to not understand a word, it encourages children to help them sound it out, increasing phonemic awareness. 3. Play ball. Visual systems develop better with simple ball play. The more a child interacts with three-dimensional objects, the more he develops spatial concepts, which are important for navigating the environment and learning math skills. 4. Encourage choice. Giving a child choices not only encourages independence, it also supports communication. Consider putting desired items out of reach so a child must ask for help. If a baby grunts or makes a “bah” sound, don’t just hand him a bottle. Ask, “Do you want something? Oh, is it this plate? Is it this cup?” This encourages the child to expand his vocabulary and respond, rather than bark an order. Asking, “Do you want crackers or grapes?” helps a child begin to determine his own needs while keeping choices limited to what is readily available. Similarly, asking about emotions is a great way to discuss consequences and feelings. Such as, “You seem upset that we are out of chips. Would you like to calm down on the couch or would you like to help me find another snack?”

5. Support problem solving. Help children problem solve—do not do it for them. Ask questions that encourage solutions, such as, “You have a lot of dirt on your shoes. How will you get them clean?” After he provides a solution, help him begin the task—and maybe even fail. Small failures allow kids to try again without large blows to self-esteem. Encourage pride in accomplished tasks to help children feel successful and happy. Parents who need help connecting with their child can contact First 5, an agency devoted to promoting healthy childhood practices from birth through age 5. First 5 provides parent trainings, health screenings, care coordination, and behavioral and developmental services for children throughout San Diego County at hospitals, clinics, libraries and resource fairs. Through parent education and early intervention, First 5 tries to close the gap on children losing valuable early childhood development. Learn more at www .first5sandiego.org.

A Warning about Screen Time Gilbert stresses that screen time can negatively impact the ability to process visually and interact with the environment. “Paper is better than screens,” he says. “When you look at a letter or picture on a page, the image is a constant visual object. On a screen, it’s a moving image. A child’s eyes develop better with less screen time.” To learn more, read “How Digital Devices Affect Eyes: What you need to know about Computer Vision Syndrome” at www.SanDiegoFamily.com/ resources/family-health-and-home/2011. Screen time takes away important outdoor motor learning that increases oxygen to the body, natural absorption of Vitamin D and appreciation of the environment. Outdoor learning also helps brains develop more quickly and helps improve memorization and balance. Screens lessen social imaginary play and enable children to avoid learning how to problem solve boredom—a critical skill for school. In addition, sedentary young children with increased BMI are at risk for illness and weight issues later in life. If parents sense a child’s needs might be greater than what is addressed in this article, contact a pediatrician or California Early Start. A child’s pediatrician should always be aware of any social-emotional or developmental delays, so the doctor can help rule out medical issues and suggest resources. California Early Start sets up thorough assessments for delays and directs parents to more resources as needed. For more information, visit the San Diego Regional Center website at www.sdrc.org and enter Early Start in the search bar. A well-informed parent is a prepared parent. When parents spend time loving and playing with their children in the first six years, the kids are better prepared to be successful students and secure adults. For more resources, visit your pediatrician, www.zerotothree.org and www.first5sandiego.org. v Emily Dolton is a SNRFSD resource parent and mom of two, one with 22q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome. flourishing families 2018 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •

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Resources that Support Specific Disabilities and Diagnoses This information is also at SNRFSD.org/special-needs-resource-list-san-diego

ADD/ADHD A.D.D. WareHouse Provides resources, Ambassador Individualized Support Program, virtual peer support groups and workshops. 800-233-9273
 www.addwarehouse.com Attention Deficit Disorders Association (ADDA) 800-939-1019
 www.add.org Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Advocacy, support, training and resources for ADHD. 800-233-4050
 www.chadd.org

Club Xcite (See listing under Education) Hilber Psychological Services Dr. Hilber specializes in working with children and teenagers with ADD/ADHD, anxiety and behavioral issues. 3511 Camino del Rio S. #302
 SD, 92108
 619-630-7793
 www.hilberpsychsandiego.com LD OnLine Helps children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. Resource guide, active forums and products. www.ldonline.org

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People Skills International, Ida Greene, Ph.D. Dr. Greene’s goal is to increase self-value, self-worth, positive relationships and a cooperative attitude; to elevate self-respect, respect for others and enhance self-esteem through books and workshops. Specializing in ADHD. 720 Gateway Center Dr. #A SD, 92102
 619-262-9951
 www.journeytolovingyourself.com Understood Comprehensive online resource for those with learning and attention issues. www.understood.org

AUTISM AblePathways (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) AEFCT (Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together) Service provider for children with ASD supporting families in San Diego County. Services include in-home one-on-one ABA therapy, consultation, assessments, educational support, parent and professional training, social skills training and family support groups. 4669 Murphy Canyon Rd #212 
 SD, 92123
 858-569-0056
 www.aefct.com


Autism Interventions and Resources (AIR) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Alternative Teaching Strategy Center Direct, 1:1, evidence-based, success-focused teaching services for individuals with Autism based on presumed academic capability, individualized learning, independent communication, and indirect behavior modification using personalized curriculum and Visual Communication Analysis (VCA) for visual learners. 10640 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #200
 SD, 92131
 858-224-3629
 www.altteaching.org Autism Asperger’s Digest www.autismdigest.com Autism College Founded by award-winning speaker and author Chantal Sicile Kira, this online source for practical information and training on Autism and ASD offers advice for raising children and teens with ASD and invaluable resources for the transition to adulthood. www.autismcollege.com Autism Discovery Institute – Rady Children’s Hospital Provides developmental evaluation, preschool inclusion, parent-child developmental behavioral therapy, behavioral consultation, speech therapy, social skills groups and medical services to children of all ages with ASD, developmental delays or behavior disorders. 3685 Kearny Villa Rd. 
 SD, 92123
 858-966-7453
 www.rchsd.org/autism Autism Center of Excellence Laboratory dedicated to discovering the causes of Autism and developing treatment in children as young as 12 months. 8110 La Jolla Shores Dr. #201
 La Jolla, CA 92037
 858-534-6900
 www.autism-center.ucsd.edu/ Pages/default.aspx

Autism Neighborhood Online resource that provides people affected by ASD with up-to-date information and educational materials to help handle the challenges of Autism. 831-917-7781
 www.autismneighborhood.org

funds for physical, psychological and occupational therapy for children with Autism in need and to support Autism research and cures. 2226 River Run Dr. #163
 SD, 92108
 888-815-2676
 www.biancanpo.org

Autism Research Institute Ongoing research provides resources and advocacy for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. 4182 Adams Ave., SD, 92116
 866-366-3361
 www.autism.com

California Association for Behavior Analysis Promotes the science and theory of behavioral analysis through the support of research, education and practice. Supports an annual conference for parents and educators and many parent resources. 630 Quintana Rd. #118
 Morro Bay, CA 93442
 805-275-2143
 www.calaba.org

Autism Research Journal, Wiley Online Library Provides articles and journals on Autism. www.autismresearchjournal.com Autism Society San Diego Provides information, community resources, support groups, recreational activities, and more for individuals with Autism and their families. 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.
 SD, 92123
 858-715-0678
 www.autismsocietysandiego.org Autism Spectrum Quarterly Magazine Monthly digital publication that supports the Autism community. www.asquarterly.com Autism Tree Project Foundation Promotes Autism education, research, preschool screening programs, mentor programs and much more. 2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C
 SD, 92106
 619-222-4465
 www.autismtreeproject.org Autistically Inclined (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) AutiZm and More (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Be Involved, Act Now, Cure Autism Inc. (BIANCA) San Diego based nonprofit organization established to provide

Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) Provides assessment and ABA therapy for children and adults with Autism. Multiple offices in San Diego, Carlsbad and Chula Vista 858-345-2273
 www.centerforautism.com Comprehensive Autism Services and Education 
(CASE), Inc. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) First Signs, Inc. National nonprofit organization dedicated to educating parents and pediatric professionals about the early warning signs of Autism and other developmental delays. www.firstsigns.org The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. Helps fund organizations that provide services, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities that improve the quality of life for people with Autism. www.FlutieFoundation.org

National Autism Center Provides resources and information nationally. 877-313-3833
 www.nationalautismcenter.org National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) Nonprofit that supports the development, expansion and support of Autism programs and services through family resources, workshops and grants. 
 858-679-8800
 www.NFAR.org Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Funds pilot studies and targeted research for issues affecting the Autism community whose outcomes offer new insights into behavioral and social development, communications, education and vocational challenges. Resources for parents and providers. www.researchautism.org Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) People’s Care Autism Services Strives to enhance the lives of children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families through assessment, ABA, school intervention, parent education, social skills groups and adult services. 1045 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
 Escondido, CA 92025
 619-201-2010
 www.peoplescare.com Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) (See listing under Recreation)

Include Autism (See listing under Social Skills)

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Provides parent support groups, educational seminars and mentor opportunities for families affected by Autism. 855-726-7810
 www.tacanow.org

Kyle’s Treehouse Resources for Autism and a place to connect and share with other families. www.kylestreehouse.org

Teach Town, Inc. Computer-based program for children with Autism. 800-283-0165
 www.teachtown.com

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Therapeutic Approach to Growth, Inc. (See listing under Behavioral Health) Valerie’s List Valerie Dodd Saraf’s informational e-newsletter and resource guide for people with Autism. Sign up for weekly resource updates. www.valerieslist.com Xcite Steps (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

BLINDNESS American Foundation for the Blind Resources for those living with blindness or visual impairment. 800-232-5463
 www.afb.org Blind Community Center 
of San Diego Resources, support, and recreational opportunities for blind and visually impaired adults and children. 1805 Upas St., SD, 92103
 619-298-5021
 www.bccsd.org Braille Institute (San Diego Braille Institute Regional Sight Center) Resources, programs and a variety of social opportunities for individuals with blindness or visual impairment. 4555 Executive Dr.
 SD, 92121
 858-452-1111
 www.brailleinstitute.org/ sandiego Learning Ally (See listing under Dyslexia) National Braille Challenge (Braille Institute) A “spelling bee” of sorts testing Braille spelling, comprehension, speed accuracy and chart and graph reading for blind students. Children can win cash prizes and adaptive equipment. Los Angeles, CA
 323-663-1111; 800-BRAILLE
 www.brailleinstitute.org

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. 888-657-7323
 www.loc.gov/nls San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired Vision rehabilitation services including assistive tech, counseling, education, advocacy, and facility assessment. 5922 El Cajon Blvd.
 SD, 92115
 619-583-1542
 1385 Bonair Rd.
 Vista, CA 92084
 760-758-5956
 www.sdcb.org The Vision of Children Foundation Through ongoing research provides resources, tools and support to visually impaired individuals and their families. 12555 High Bluff Dr. #330
 SD, 92130
 858-314-7917
 www.visionofchildren.org

BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES Brain Injury Association of America Information on the diagnosis and treatment of brain injury. 800-444-6443
 www.biausa.org Brain Injury Resource Center The largest web-based collection of medical and legal information about brain injury. 866-882-7246
 www.headinjury.com Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Research, education and resources for those living with MS. 800-532-7667
 www.mymsaa.org

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National Brain Tumor Society Research, drug development, clinical trials, advocacy and resources for those with brain tumors. 617-924-9997 www.braintumor.org National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (See listing under Blindness) National Multiple Sclerosis Society 12121 Scripps Summit Dr. #190 SD, 92131
 800-344-4867
 www.nationalmssociety.org United Spinal Association Support and services for the spinal cord injury and disease community.
 www.unitedspinal.org San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Provides resources, education, community awareness and adult housing for those with brain injury. 619-294-6541
 www.sdbif.org Spina Bifida Association Greater San Diego Support Provides education, advocacy and resources for those living with Spina Bifida. 619-491-9018 www.spinabifidaassociation.org Tri-City Medical Center Robotic, Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Leading edge services with the region’s only Mazor Robotics guidance system for minimally invasive spinal surgery. Uses Hana surgical table for hip replacement and e+ Vitamin E total knee replacement procedure. 4002 Vista Way
 Oceanside, CA 92056
 760-940-3000
 www.tricitymed.org/ orthopedic-help/

CEREBRAL PALSY National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (See listing under Blindness)

Southern California Cerebral Palsy Center at Rady Children’s Hospital A multi-disciplinary team provides a complete evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with Cerebral Palsy, with the goal of improving patients’ function and quality of life within the community. 3030 Children’s Way
 SD, 92123
 858-576-1700 x5362
 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/cerebral-palsy-center/ United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County Providing access to services, durable medical equipment, technology, and family support for people with Cerebral Palsy and other special needs. Toy lending library, technology assistance and adult day programs available. 8525 Gibbs Dr. #209
 SD, 92123
 858-571-7803 www.ucpsd.org United Cerebral Palsy Foundation National Center for Information on Cerebral Palsy and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. 800-872-5827
 www.ucp.org

CYSTIC FIBROSIS Cystic Fibrosis Foundation San Diego Chapter Provides clinic trials, resources, advocacy and activities for those living with Cystic Fibrosis. 10455 Sorrento Valley Rd. #103
 SD, 92121
 858-452-2873
 www.cff.org

DEAF/HARD OF HEARING CA Hands and Voices Group dedicated to providing resources, recreational activities, camps, education, and advocacy for individuals who are D/HH and their families. www.cahandsandvoices.org


California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) Deaf and disabled telecommunications program. 877-546-7414
 TTY: 800-867-4323 Deaf Community Services of San Diego (DCS) Support services for deaf/hard of hearing/hearing loss, resource list, sign language. 1545 Hotel Circle S. #300
 SD, 92108
 619-398-2441
 VP: 619-550-3436
 www.deafcommunityservices.org Deaf Education and Families Project at CSUN Education, resources, lending library, fun activities and parent to parent support for children and adults who are D/HH. 18111 Nordhoff St. #EA 111 Northridge, CA 91330-8265 818-677-6854 V/VP www.csun.edu/deafproject/ Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults Information, support and advocacy for deaf-blind individuals. 516-944-8900
 TTY: 516-944-8637
 www.hknc.org Network Interpreting Service Private sign language interpreting referral agencies. 4201 Mt. Voss Dr. SD, 92117
 800-284-1043
 TTY: 800-284-5176
 www.networkinterpretingservice .com

DIABETES American Diabetes Association Offers dietary support, resources, research, info and advocacy for those living with Diabetes. 5060 Shoreham Pl. #100
 SD, 92122
 619-234-9897
 800-DIABETES (342-2383)
 www.diabetes.org Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Dedicated to finding a cure for and supporting individuals with Diabetes. 5665 Oberlin Dr. #106
 SD, 92121
 800-533-CURE (2873)
 858-597-0240
 www.jdrf.org Rady Children’s Hospital Diabetes Center Comprehensive care for children with Diabetes, including an American Diabetes Association recognized education program; education from CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) nurses and dietitians in all areas regarding Diabetes care; support for managing Diabetes at home, school and other activities. 858-966-4032
 www.rchsd.org

DIGEORGE SYNDROME/ VCFS/22Q 11.2 DELETION 22Q and You Center Resource for families of children with 22Q; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 215-590-2920
 www.chop.edu/centersprograms/22q-and-you-center

Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive phone calls. 888-CALL-FCC (225-5322)
 TTY: 888-835-5322

The 22Q Deletion Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Resources, conferences, clinical research and publications for children with 22q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome. www.nationwidechildrens .org/22q-deletion-syndromecenter

YMCA Deaf and Hard-ofHearing Family Camp (See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs)

22Q Family Foundation National alliance of parents and professionals providing information, awareness, resources and

educational consulting. 725 Clubhouse Dr.
 Aptos, CA 95003
 831-200-4227
 www.22qfamilyfoundation.org The International 22q 11.2 Foundation, Inc. Information, family support and resources. 877-739-1849
 www.22q.org Massachusetts General Hospital 22Q11.2 Clinic and Resource List Provides expert, evidence-based care, research, resources and healthcare guidelines for patients with DiGeorge Syndrome, VeloCardio-Facial Syndrome, and Conotruncal Anomaly Face Syndrome, and others. 617-726-1561 www.massgeneral.org/children/ services/treatmentprograms .aspx?id=1815

DOWN SYNDROME Down Syndrome Association (DSA) of San Diego Family Support Network across the lifespan: information, resources and referral services, education and social events, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Specialized services: peer/parent support, pre/postnatal consults, family support groups (English/Spanish), social groups and lending library. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
 SD, 92123
 619-594-7389
 www.dsasdonline.org DS Action San Diego based organization dedicated to helping children with Down Syndrome. 619-694-4615
 www.dsaction.com National Down Syndrome Society Education, research and advocacy for those with Down Syndrome and their families. 800-221-4602
 www.ndss.org

Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Provides free educational and therapeutic-based programing to individuals with Down Syndrome and support for their families. Christ Lutheran Church 4761 Cass St., SD, 92109 619-729-6166 www.gigisplayhouse.org/ sandiego Pediatric Down Syndrome Center Serves as a resource to medical professionals and strengthens the social network for families, improving the consistency of care for children under 5 with Down Syndrome. Offers coordinated assessments, connections to resources, education and advocacy. 7920 Frost St. #200
 SD, 92123
 858-966-5840
 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/down-syndromecenter/

DYSLEXIA The International Dyslexia Association Tools, info and resources for those with Dyslexia. San Diego Branch
 12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
 Poway, CA 92064
 619-295-3722 
 www.dyslexiasd.org Learning Ally Serves students and lifelong learners who cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, Dyslexia, or other learning disabilities by providing more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles. 800-221-4792
 www.learningally.org

EPILEPSY Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego Offers parent support group, children’s expressive art group and other resources. 2055 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92104
 619-296-0161
 www.epilepsysandiego.org

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Talk About It! Website dedicated to understanding that Epilepsy is a naturally occurring disability. Resources for coping, medication information and support are discussed in a matter-of-fact manner. www.talkaboutit.org

FRAGILE X Fragile X Center of San Diego Provides information for families and professionals including family support, improving awareness of Fragile X, promoting research and increasing identification of the syndrome. 877-300-7143
 Spanish: 760-434-6290 www.fragilexsandiego.org FRAXA Research Foundation Nonprofit organization run by parents whose mission is to find treatments and a cure for Fragile X by funding the most promising research. 978-462-1866
 www.fraxa.org

GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International (GBS/ CIDP) Nonprofit that brings together professionals and families for research, understanding and support. 866-224-3301
 www.gbs-cidp.org

LUPUS Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. National center for research and advocacy for those with Lupus. 800-558-0121
 www.lupus.org Lupus Foundation of Southern California Offers support groups, resources and insurance advice for those living with Lupus. 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. 
 SD, 92123
 858-278-2788
 www.lupussandiego.com

SPINAL CORD INJURIES (See Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries)

TOURETTE SYNDROME Tourette Syndrome Association Southern California Chapter Resources, support, camps and recreational opportunities for those living with Tourette Syndrome. 855-487-2762
 www.tsa-socal.org

MISCELLANEOUS ILLNESSES AND ANOMALIES 9pMinus/Alfi’s Syndrome: Chromosome 9pMinus Network Website with resources for individuals with Monosomy 9p. www.9pminus.org 11Q Research and Resource Group Support, research and yearly conference to support those with any abnormalities of the 11th chromosome. 
 www.11qusa.org
 American Cleft PalateCraniofacial Association (ACPA) Resources for those with cleft lip and palate including Cleftline Bears (teddies with cleft stitches), educational materials, grants and scholarships. 800-242-5338 www.cleftline.org Angelman Syndrome Foundation Resources, research and info for those living with AS. 800-432-6435
 www.angelman.org The Association for X and Y Chromosome Variations (AXYS) Dedicated to providing information, connection and support to individuals with one or more extra X or Y chromosomes. 888-999-9428 www.genetic.org Bohring-Opitz Syndrome/ASXL1 Dedicated to mapping those diagnosed with ASXL1 for research,

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resources, supports and developing best practices. www.bohring-opitz.org Bridge the Gap SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation Parent run organization raising awareness and searching out treatments for single gene mutations like Fragile X, Angelman, Rett and Phlean-McDermid Syndromes associated with SYNGAP1. www.bridgesyngap.org Burn Institute San Diego 8825 Aero Dr. #200
 SD, 92123
 858-541-2277
 www.burninstitute.org California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC) Resources and information on prevention and healthcare reform for those with chronic conditions and diseases. 916-444-1985 www.chroniccareca.org Christie’s Place HIV/AIDS support center provides comprehensive education, support and advocacy to women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. 2440 Third Ave. SD, 92101
 619-702-4186
 www.christiesplace.org Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society Dedicated to research and information for all anomalies of Chromosome 18. www.chromosome18.org Chromosome Disorder Outreach Raises awareness and provides resources for those with rare chromosome disorders. 561-395-4252 www.chromosomedisorder.org Complex Child Monthly online source of information written by parents of medically complex children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. www.complexchild.org

Distal Trisomy 10q Families Registry of individuals with Trisomy10q that helps provide data, support and resources. www.trisomy10q.org Duplication Cares Support and information for those affected by 7q11.23 Duplication. 440-853-7023 www.duplicationcares.org DYRK1A Syndrome Research and information regarding disrupted chromosome 21Q22.13. www.dyrk1a.org Five P Minus Society Provides valuable information, education and support for families, educators, and medical professionals about 5P Minus or Cris Du Chat Syndrome. www.fivepminus.org GeneCards Integrative database that provides comprehensive, user-friendly information on all annotated and predicted human genes. www.genecards.org Genetics Home Reference (NIH) Parent-friendly, printable introduction to fundamental topics related to human genetics, including illustrations and basic explanations of genes, testing, therapy and research. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer Global Genes The leading rare and genetic disease patient advocacy nonprofit organization. Centered on increasing rare disease awareness, public and physician education, and supporting research initiatives to find treatments and cures. Aliso Viejo, CA
 949-248-RARE (7273)
 www.globalgenes.org Helping Hands for GAND Supports individuals and families affected by GATAD2B-associated neurodevelopmental disorder (GAND), to increase awareness, and to work toward research and treatment. www.gatad2b.org


HypoPARAthyroidism Association Nonprofit patient organization working to improve lives touched by hypoparathyroidism through research, resources and education. www.hypopara.org International Bipolar Foundation Advances research toward the elimination of Bipolar Disorder, provides and enhances care, resources and support services and works to erase the stigma associated with mental illness through education. 8895 Town Centre Dr. #105-360
 SD, 92122
 858-764-2496
 www.ibpf.org International Foundation for CDKL5 Research Information, research and support on CDKL5. www.cdkl5.com International FOXG1 Foundation Information and research for those with FOXG1. www.foxg1.org International Rett Syndrome Foundation Funds research for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with it by providing information, programs and services. 800-818-7388
 www.rettsyndrome.org

KAT6A Foundation Family group that registers families, supports research and disseminates information related to KAT6A. www.chloekat6a.org KBG Foundation Research, information and supports for children living with KBG and their families. www.kbgfoundation.com MalaCards Integrated database of human maladies and their annotations. www.malacards.org Mended Little Hearts Education, advocacy, support for families with children with heart disease. 888-432-7899 www.mendedhearts.org Mowat-Wilson Syndrome Foundation Patient registry, research, grants and family support for those with MowatWilson Syndrome. www.mowat-wilson.org Muscular Dystrophy Association National organization dedicated to research and cure with resources for care, support and recreation. 800-572-1717
 www.mda.org

International Trisomy 13/18 Alliance Information and support groups for those with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18. www.internationaltrisomyalliance .com

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. Committed to the identification, treatment and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research and service.
 800-999-6673
 www.rarediseases.org

Jeffrey Modell Foundation for Primary Immunodefficiency Nonprofit patient organization providing a physician finder, resources, research and advocacy for people with immune issues. www.info4pi.org

Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome (PRISMS) Research, information and family supports for kids with Smith-Magenis Syndrome. www.prisms.org

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) Foundation Information, patient registry and support for people living with 22q13 Deletion Syndrome (PMS). www.pmsf.org Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation Resources, research and support for people with Pitt-Hopkins. www.pitthopkins.org Potocki-Shaffer Syndrome Information and support for those living with 11P 11.2 Deletion www.potockishaffersyndrome .org Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) USA Family support and medical resources for those with Prader-Willi Syndrome. 800-926-4797
 www.pwsausa.org Pura Syndrome Global Research Network Information and support for children with a genetic anomaly of 5Q 31.3 www.purasyndrome.org Public Health Grand Rounds (CDC) Monthly series created to foster discussion and debate and increase awareness and advocacy on major public health issues. 800-232-4636 www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/ index.htm Rare and Undiagnosed Network A group of advocates, families, and healthcare providers who work to empower rare and undiagnosed patients with genomic information and community through advocacy, networking and support. www.rareundiagnosed.org Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) Information, research and coping strategies for those with RSDSA/ CRPS. 877-662-7737
 www.rsds.org

SATB2gene.com Medical information and resources for people with SATB2 (Glass Syndrome). www.satb2gene.com Simons VIP Connect Online community that supports families with rare genetic variants associated with Autism and developmental delay. Provides access to resources, information and family support. www.simonsvipconnect.org Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation Information on diagnosis, treatment, support and clinical research on Sjogren’s Syndrome www.sjogrens.org SOFT Information and support for people with Trisomy 18 or 13. www.trisomy.org STXBP1 Disorders Parent organization that provides funds for research and supports scientists and medical professionals dedicated to ending STXBP1 Epileptic Encephalopathy. www.stxdisorders.org Stickler Involved People (SIP) Support group and resource page for those with Stickler Syndrome.
(Stickler’s Syndrome) 316-259-5194
 www.stickler.org Tracking Rare Incidence Syndromes (TRIS) Project Seeks to increase the knowledge base on rare incidence trisomy conditions, and to make this information available to families and medical professionals. www.tris.siu.edu Turner Syndrome Society Provides resources, support and clinical care guidelines for those with Turner Syndrome. 800-365-9944
 www.turnersyndrome.org Unique The rare chromosome disorder support group. www.rarechromo.org v

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Accessible Family Fun 8 vacations for all abilities Do you travel with a loved one

who has special needs? Planning a wonderful family vacation should be fun, not stressful. Here are destinations and organizations that go above and beyond to accommodate people with all abilities, making family travel more enjoyable for everyone.

warm water for guests with muscular conditions. Waterproof wheelchairs are available to borrow for free. Morgan’s Wonderland is closed in January and February. Admission is free for guests with special needs. Visit www.morganswonderland.com for more details.

Morgan’s Wonderland

Apostle Islands, WI

San Antonio, TX

How about a relaxing camping trip on Lake Superior? Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore earned the 2017 “Accessibility Excellence” award from the National Park Service. The park boasts accessible campsites at Sand and Stockton Island Quarry Bay. Each site offers a wooden tent pad, and a raised boardwalk leading from the dock to the campsite. Vaulted toilets and wheelchair-friendly picnic benches are available. Make a reservation by calling 715-779-3397 ext. 2, or visiting www .recreation.gov.

This San Antonio theme park was designed with exceptional accessibility in mind. Experience more than 25 attractions for all ages and abilities to enjoy together. Play make-believe in The Sensory Village, buckle up for the Off-Road Adventure Ride, or hop aboard Wonderland Express, a wheelchair-friendly train. Inspiration Island, a fully accessible waterpark, is open during summer months. Families love the boat ride and multiple splash pads, including one with

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While you’re exploring the islands, plan an adventure with Wilderness Inquiry, an inclusive outdoor travel organization offering adapted equipment to get everyone out on the water: www.wildernessinquiry.org. People with a permanent disability can apply for an Access Pass to the National Parks, which provides free entry for life. Pass holders receive discounts for parking, docking, camping, and interpretive services at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (and hundreds of other recreation sites). Learn more at https://store.usgs.gov/ access-pass.

Sheraton Park Hotel Anaheim, CA In 2017, the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim launched a comprehensive program to support guests with Autism. It’s called the MAX (member of Autism care services) Program, and guests can

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The system utilizes tablets or other screens to offer real-time sign language videointerpreting at check-in, and through the duration of the guest’s stay. Find out more at: https://room-matehotels.com/en.

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request services during booking. A behavioral therapist was hired to train the hotel’s staff. The restaurant now offers gluten- and casein-free options for people with special dietary needs, along with adaptive eating utensils and sippy cups. Visit the front desk to borrow iPads, weighted vests and exercise balls. The gift shop sells adult diapers and swim accessories. Also available are oversized stroller rentals and Autism-aware babysitting services. Guests interested in the MAX Program can call 1-800-325-3535 and ask for the MAX Program Rate. A staff member will follow up with a personal call to offer more details and discuss the family’s specific needs. Sheraton hopes to implement this program globally.

Autism on the Seas This organization helps take the worry out of cruising. If you have a child with a cognitive, intellectual or developmental disability, Autism on the Seas offers a number of vacation services to accommodate your family. It provides Staffed Cruises on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney and Carnival Cruise lines. Staffed Cruises include adapted family activities, private sessions at the ship’s entertainment venues, reserved seating at meals and shows, staff support at

mealtimes, priority boarding and disembarkation, and much more. The organization caters to all guests with special needs, regardless of age. If you prefer to travel without staff, Autism on the Seas also offers a free Cruise Assistance Package. To learn more, visit https://autismontheseas.com.

Accomable Looking for a vacation rental? Sites like Airbnb have changed the rental industry, but until recently, offered few resources for those seeking accessible properties. Enter: Accomable, which now partners with Airbnb. The Accomable online marketplace lists hundreds of vacation rentals in 60 countries. Each listing offers photos and detailed information about the site’s accessibility adaptations. Enter your desired destination and narrow the search by selecting required amenities, such as a roll-in shower or adjustable bed. Learn more at https:// accomable.com.

Room Mate Hotels This boutique hotel chain is the first ever to introduce a comprehensive interpreting service for deaf guests. The Spanish company owns properties all over the world, including American branches in New York and Miami.

Guests who experience sensory overload are welcome to visit the calming areas at this Tennessee theme park. The private Calming Room in the amusement park offers sensory items like a weighted blanket and fiber optic strands. For children who would benefit from knowing what to expect at Dollywood, there is an online Social Story with photos that families can click through. Find it at www .dollywood.com/themepark/GuestServices/Accessibility. Dollywood’s Splash Country water park also has a private calming space, which includes natural surroundings, rocking chairs, therapy balls and a weighted lap pad. An accessibility guide is available online to help families preplan their day at the park. The guide offers detailed information about each ride and includes helpful suggestions for those with dietary restrictions. Learn more at www.dollywood.com/ waterpark/Guest-Services/Accessibility.

TradeWinds Island Resorts St. Pete Beach, FL Check out the first ever hotels to be designated Autism-friendly by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). Tradewinds Island Resorts in Florida offer the best of St. Pete Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. There are 14 gluten-aware dining options, seven sparkling pools and two children’s activity centers. Employees have completed special training from CARD to better meet the needs of children with Autism. The hotels also offer safety kits, including door alarms, outlet covers and padded corner cushions. Plan your stay at www .tradewindsresort.com. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Her older brother has special needs.

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Get Outside!

Anne Malinoski

Outdoor learning environments benefit all kids

outdoors than typical children. Barriers like inaccessibility and the need for additional supervision might keep them from enjoying the incredible benefits of the natural world. Outdoor spaces provide a feast for the senses—billowing breezes, crunchy leaves and fresh scents—that can be especially beneficial for children with special needs. These rich sensory experiences can ease attention difficulties and improve children’s moods. For this reason, nature is the perfect space to encourage educational activities. “The majority of children with special needs respond well to outdoor learning,” says Krysti DeZonia, Ed.D, director of education and research and co-founder of TERI Inc. TERI (an acronym for Training Education Research Innovation) is a nonprofit organization that serves people with Autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and their families. DeZonia says it’s important to match outdoor learning activities to children’s interests and ability levels, avoiding environments that make them uncomfortable. Over time, caregivers can introduce them to new experiences to expand tolerance. According to DeZonia, the entire family benefits when a child with special needs grows more comfortable with outdoor spaces. “Many of the families we serve lead very restricted lives because their child with special needs is unable to be integrated into events outside the home or school,” she says. “It is critical to expand these students’ ability to tolerate—and hopefully enjoy—a wide range of experiences. Family quality of life is dependent upon this.” DeZonia says outdoor learning experiences can be academic in nature, but they can also focus on daily living. For example,

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children who practice gardening skills learn about caring for plants, but they can also relate those skills to mathematics, science and literature. The same goes for animal care. Parents can also try teaching a new sport to help build fitness and coordination. It’s not necessary to bring traditional classroom work outside. Let unique opportunities available in nature guide your lessons. Consider these local resources for outdoor learning:

Japanese Friendship Garden Japanese Friendship Garden

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Studies show that kids with special needs spend less time

Balboa Park This beautiful 12-acre garden includes koi ponds, a running stream and 200 Cherry Blossom trees. Children will delight in the beautiful sights and sounds while learning about centuries-old Japanese horticulture techniques. The garden hosts exhibits, programs and classes to increase understanding between cultures. Wheelchairs are available


for use, and a shuttle service is provided for the lower and upper garden. Braille books are available. Open daily. The garden participates in Residents Free Tuesdays on the third Tuesday of the month. Plan a visit at www.niwa.org.

Heart and Hooves Therapy

Heart and Hooves Therapy

Ramona Book a Pony Playtime session for one-on-one training with a miniature horse. Heart and Hooves is a nonprofit specializing in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA). Sessions are open to all children regardless of age and ability, especially those living with trauma or special needs. Instructors create a custom lesson to suit the child’s level, teaching safety, grooming and foot care while incorporating fun learning games. Book in advance. Sessions last 30-45 minutes and are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Call for afterschool and weekend availability: 619-633-5105. More information at www.heartandhoovestherapy.org.

Would your child benefit from a weekly equine therapy program? Turn to page 64 for a list of therapeutic riding programs. Living Coast Discovery Center

Chula Vista Discover coastal wildlife and learn about conservation at this hands-on education center. Many of the learning spaces are outdoors! Experience animal encounters, feedings and guided nature walks. Check the calendar for workshops and events. The shuttle, facility and trails are all ADA accessible, with private restrooms available to those who need them. Open daily, the center offers one complimentary attendant ticket per person with special needs. Plan a visit at www .thelivingcoast.org.

Cabrillo National Monument

Point Loma Learn about the cultural and natural history of San Diego at this picturesque coastal park, where Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in the 16th century. The National Park provides outstanding interpretive services for those with visual limitations. Tactile models help tell the story of the site, along with audio descriptions and braille brochures. While wheelchair access is either difficult or impossible at the tidepools, lighthouse and Bayside Trail, accessible attractions include the Coastal Defense Museum, visitor center, lighthouse grounds and the whale overlook, which boasts modified chair-height telescopes. Learn more at www.nps.gov/cabr.

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Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

National City Large groups can book a custom learning experience at this beautiful organic garden and kitchen. Special needs programming focuses on sensory experiences. Taste the difference between raw and roasted vegetables. Learn how water tastes when infused with different herbs. Best of all, get hands-on experience in the garden! Sessions for up to 33 children last about two hours and are available Monday through Wednesday at 9:15 or 11:30. For more details, visit www.olivewoodgardens.org/education/field-trips. Spanish sessions available. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She resides in the Mira Mesa neighborhood of San Diego. flourishing families 2018 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •

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Lisa Pawlak

Is Your Family

PREPARED for a

DISASTER?

Fires, floods, earthquakes, storms. During the past

year, various regions of California have been affected by a multitude of disasters. Is your family prepared if disaster strikes San Diego? While it’s impossible to predict all eventualities, disaster preparedness experts agree that the best way to prepare is to plan ahead. This is particularly crucial for families with special needs, who can be exceptionally vulnerable during such times and may need extra assistance changing locations, experience difficulty transitioning routines, or require urgent medical attention. “Being prepared, and getting kids involved in planning, helps reduce stress greatly,” says pediatrician Dr. Kamei Tolba of Children’s Primary Care Medical Group.

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Identify Your Personal Support Network and Create a Personal Care Plan The American Red Cross (ARC) recommends developing a network comprised of people you can turn to for help in times of crisis, such as your child’s caregivers, teachers, neighbors, family and friends. Once identified, it is essential to provide your network with all information relevant to your child’s care. To do this, many disaster and healthcare workers suggest creating and regularly maintaining a Personal Care Plan—a document with instructions about your child’s daily needs and applicable medical information. In situations when electronic medical records are not accessible, this will be invaluable to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, emergency workers and more—particularly if you are separated from your child. According to Medscape, this document should include: a detailed daily plan of care; instructions on how to use medical equipment; allergy information; surgical history; diagnosis information; list of doctors, pharmacists and equipment providers with contact information; list of medications (including photocopies of written prescriptions) and other supplies; insurance and caseworker information; special


items such as catheterization schedules; and biographical information about the child (likes/dislikes, hobbies/interests, triggers and more). Keep hard copies at home (in a fire safe, if possible) and at an alternate location, such as a family member’s house, safedeposit box or work location; email the document to yourself and others for easy electronic access; and store information on a flash drive or CD. Hard copies can be laminated, or kept in a waterproof bag, for additional protection.

Sheltering and Supplies In the event of sheltering at home during disaster, think about what you’d need if cut off from outside assistance—without electricity, water service or medical aid.

Discover what all families should keep in an emergency supply kit at www.healthychildren.org/english/ safety-prevention/at-home/pages/family-disastersupplies-list.aspx and www.redcross.org/get-help/ how-to-prepare-for-emergencies. Along with recommended standard supplies, families with special needs should also keep an emergency kit with specific

Additional Important Action Items • Schedule a family meeting and designate an emergency meeting location. • Order a medical identification bracelet and ID card for your child. • If your child uses any durable medical equipment (wheelchair, catheter, etc.), show everyone in your support network how it works. • Make sure others have keys to your house. • Register with www.safety.smart911.com to alert emergency responders of special needs at your home. • Be sure your child knows what emergency responders look like. • Explore options for back-up power for essential medical equipment. Consider manual options, if available. • If your child depends on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment, know the location of more than one facility. Ask about the facility’s plan for emergencies. • Speak to your doctor about how to access highly regulated medications and supplies in the event of emergency. Visit www.SNRFSD.org to read “What to Know About Getting Emergency Prescriptions During Disasters.”

items needed for your child. This might include prescription medications, extra eye glasses, contact lenses and solution, batteries for hearing aids and communication devices, special dietary foods and supplies (including formulas and recipes), diapers, wipes, catheters, nebulizer/breathing equipment, power sources and adapters, hand sanitizers, wipes and masks for kids with immune issues, comfort items such as stuffed animals, pacifiers and bedding. To whatever extent possible, duplicate your full supply kit and keep a second set of items outside the home, such as with a family member in another part of town. If a complete duplicate kit is not possible, create mini-kits. In the case of evacuation, bring supplies, medications and medical equipment with you. Often, the best option is to go to a family member’s or friend’s house first, but if that’s not possible, emergency public shelters (accessible to those with physical disabilities) will be announced on local radio or television stations.

Tip! Be aware that ARC shelter resources are available to your family in the event of a disaster, even if you aren’t staying there. Because shelters are often noisy, particularly for those with sensory sensitivities, the Autism Society recommends bringing noise canceling headphones and anything else you need when in public spaces. For example, consider sensory toys and calming devices such as weighted vests, oral toys, fidget toys, white noise or sound machines. Upon arrival, advocate for your child’s special needs. “Make sure that kids with special needs, especially, have flu and other vaccines up to date; communicable illnesses spread like wildfire in shelters,” Dr. Tolba says. “Also, dusty or smoky conditions weaken our defenses—especially for asthmatics or kids with other respiratory issues.” If transportation is a concern, tap into your network for assistance. To help with mobility issues during an evacuation, keep exit paths clear, particularly in cases of wheelchair use or vision issues. Cal Fire recommends designing custom escape plans, based on individual abilities, and practicing various routes. Keep in mind that when it comes to disaster preparedness, it may not be logistically or financially feasible to prepare all of these items in advance. If this is the case, do the best you can and remember there will be ways to resolve issues even during a crisis. Substantial resources exist to help in times of disaster; emergency personnel will often risk their lives to save yours; and coordinated, multi-agency efforts will get your family the help needed. v Lisa Pawlak is an award-winning contributing writer and Encinitas resident. Visit the Red Cross for more information at www.redcross.org/ get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/disaster-safetyfor-people-with-disabilities#Plan-Ahead. flourishing families 2018 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •

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Resource Listing by Area of Need

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This information is also at SNRFSD.org/special-needs-resource-list-san-diego

ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT, ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND PURPOSEFUL PLAY Abilitations/School Specialty Sensory products, adaptive recreational equipment, speech products and classroom tools. Appleton, WI
 888-388-3224
 www.abilitations.com Ablenet, Inc. Provides educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. Offers communication aids for nonverbal individuals, access aids for all ages and situations, and special education classroom curriculum and software that help ensure learning progress. Roseville, MN
 800-322-0956
 www.ablenetinc.com AblePlay Toys for kids with special needs. www.ableplay.org

Ability Center Mobility solutions for cars, wheelchairs, etc. 4797 Ruffner St.
SD, 92111
 858-541-0552
 www.abilitycenter.com Achievement Products for Special Needs Sensory products, exercise and gross motor equipment, seating and positioning products and mobility equipment, by mail, for therapy and play. 800-373-4699
 www.achievement-products.com AdaptiveMall.com Offers the best selection of adaptive equipment for children with special needs. Products range from strollers to car seats and adaptive toys. 800-371-2778
 www.adaptivemall.com Alternative Mobility Services Sales and rentals of lift-chairs, wheelchairs and vehicle lifts. 320 Trousdale Dr. #E
 Chula Vista, CA 91910
 619-427-2525
 www.alternativemobility.net

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American Girl Dolls Portrays girls with self-esteem no matter their differences. Purchase a one-of-a-kind doll with hearing aids, crutches, glasses, wheelchairs and even bald. Past “Dolls of the Year” and books have featured a gymnast with learning disabilities and a young lady who trains service dogs. www.americangirl.com Apps for Children with Special Needs Committed to helping families, caregivers, educators and therapists of children with special needs. Learn how products designed to educate children and build life skills really work from a user perspective. www.a4cwsn.com Aquatic Access Water powered, green, ADA compliant pool and spa access. 800-325-5438
 www.aquaticaccess.com Ashley Medical, Inc. Mobility rentals and respiratory,

bath safety and monitoring equipment sales. 1515 Washington St.
SD, 92103
 619-297-1983
 www.ashleymedical.com Better Life Mobility Center Sales and rental of accessible vehicles, needs assessment and sales of wheelchairs, scooters, disabled driver hand controls and lifts. 8130 Parkway Dr.
 La Mesa, CA 91942
 858-540-8267
 www.betterlifemobility.com Box Wheelchairs Custom designed and built by a single craftsman, these cuttingedge action sports wheelchairs are created by partnering with some of the best parts manufacturers in the industry and using high-quality components, making each chair unique to the individual. Wharton, TX
 888-851-3785
 www.boxwheelchairs.com


CoolHubCaps.com The hottest mobility accessories to trick out your wheels including wheelchair spoke guards and Underglowz light kits. Georgetown, TX
 512-876-3512
 www.coolhubcaps.com

how to modify off-the-shelf toy race cars and other play vehicles to provide mobility to children with crawling and walking problems, as well as a functional fashion resource lab. Newark, DE
 302-831-3214
 www.udel.edu/gobabygo

Digital Access Project (DAP) California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Provides low-cost services to people with disabilities and low-income individuals, Free basic computer training class referrals, low-cost refurbished computers and laptops, and Internet service with no contract or credit check. Cal Powers at the Digital Access Project
 CalPowers@cfilc.org
 800-390-2699
 TTY: 800-900-0706
 www.digitalaccessproject.org

Hanger Clinic Specializes in braces, orthotic and prosthetic solutions. Highly specialized teams deliver effective clinical systems, innovative technologies and outstanding customer service to more than one million patients. Multiple San Diego locations offer easy access to care. 877-442-6437
 www.hangerclinic.com

Enabling Devices Assistive technology and toys for children with special needs. Hawthorne, NY
 800-832-8697
 www.enablingdevices.com Equipment Shop Adaptive equipment and oral motor tools. 800-525-7681 
 www.equipmentshop.com eSpecial Needs Adaptive equipment, sleep systems, furniture, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs, therapy and rehab equipment. 877-664-4565
 www.especialneeds.com Flaghouse Sensory and motor rehab products and developmental learning aids. 800-793-7900
 www.flaghouse.com Fun and Function Special needs toys and therapy equipment. 800-231-6329
 www.funandfunction.com Go Baby Go and Sew Baby Sew! Pediatric Activity & Design Lab Provides downloadable instructions on

Harkla Weighted Blankets Weighted blankets and lap pads of different weights and sizes designed for those with anxiety, Autism, ADHD, or Sensory Processing Disorder. 720-277-9804 www.harkla.co Harmony Home Medical Wheelchairs, scooters and medical equipment. 7640 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
 SD, 92111
 858-560-8177
 www.harmonyhomemedical.com J & J Artificial Limb and Brace A wide variety of prosthetics, braces and walkers—some of the coolest looking orthotics on the market. 15644 Pomerado Rd. #103
 Poway, CA 92064
 858-613-0958
 3720 Oceanic Way, #209
 Oceanside, CA 92056
 858-613-0958 
 www.jandj.org Johnson’s Orthopedic Appliances Orthotic and prosthetic devices handmade by certified techs under the care of licensed orthotists and prosthetists. Works with all insurances including Medi-Cal and Medicare. Riverside, CA
 951-785-4411
 www.johnsonsorthopedic.com

Lakeshore Learning Materials One-stop shopping for adaptableheight desks and chairs, toys for sensory play, social acceptance imaginary play toys, learning toys, classic read along book and cd combos, art supplies and interactive software. 7510 Hazard Center Dr.
 SD, 92108
 619-297-8494
 www.lakeshorelearning.com Living Spinal A source for wheelchair and mobility products and accessories. All profits help find a cure for paralysis. 7340 Trade St. #F, SD, 92121
 619-810-0010
 www.livingspinal.com Mobility Solutions Wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and adaptive equipment for sitting and sleeping. 7895 Convoy Ct. #11
SD, 92111
 858-278-0591
 www.mobility-solutions.com Mobility Works Knowledgeable team helps families of children with mobility challenges choose the best vehicle to rent or own by assessing travel needs, developing a financial strategy, and creating a maintenance schedule. Variety of vehicles on site allows the family to try the product before purchasing. 8130 Parkway Dr.
 La Mesa, CA 91942
 877-275-4907
 www.mobilityworks.com Numotion Assistive technology professionals assess your child’s needs and provide wheelchairs and mobility solutions, beds and chairs, home lift systems, car seats, bathroom and transfer equipment, and therapy and play equipment. 8195 Mercury Ct.
SD, 92111
 858-571-6544
 www.numotion.com PimpMyChair.com Wheelchair accessories to style your ride: fun, colorful, and highly-visible flashing light caster wheels, exciting and attention-getting electronic spoke lights, custom Spandex seat

cushion covers, available in a variety of fun and flashy patterns and more. www.pimpmychair.com PlayopolisToys Toys and therapy products for kids with special needs. 877-579-9300
 www.playopolistoys.com Plural Publishing, Inc. Instructional books for all disabilities and methods of intervention. 5521 Ruffin Rd., SD, 92123
 858-492-1555
 www.pluralpublishing.com Preferred Therapy Toys Created by two local occupational therapists to help parents and professionals find toys for children with various abilities to build strength and confidence, calm and soothe, and have fun. www.preferredtherapytoys.com PRO-ED, Inc. Instructional and therapy materials for children with all levels of disabilities. 800-897-3202
 www.proedinc.com Sensory Goods Carries products designed to meet Autism and sensory integration needs, such as weighted and floor products, sensory swings, oral motors and more. 800-875-7367
 www.sensorygoods.com Southpaw Enterprises Sensory and neuro-developmental products. Dayton, OH
 800-228-1698
 www.southpawenterprises.com SpecialCare Durable medical equipment provider for personal home use, travel and for visiting guests. Experienced staff provide set-up and training for use of medical, respiratory, sleep, mobility and transfer products. Rentals and delivery available. Bilingual. 9511 Ridgehaven Ct.
 SD, 92123
 858-694-5800
 www.specialcaredme.com

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Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) Special Needs Toys Sensory room equipment and special needs toys. 800-467-6222
 www.specialneedstoys.com Super Duper Publications Variety of publications, products and toys/games for speech-language pathologists, special educators, general education teachers, occupational therapists, and parents to help children with special needs and language delays. Bilingual products available. 800-277-8737
 www.superduperinc.com TalkSense A website for understanding augmentative communication. Also offers assessment and tuition for these services. www.talksense.weebly.com Weighted Blankets Plus American-made weighted blankets, medical blankets and lap pads for people with sensory processing issues. Weighted Cuddle Buddies (stuffed animals) also available. Surprise, AZ
 800-607-4543
 www.weightedblanketsplus.com

ADVOCACY Able-Disabled Advocacy (see College and the Adult Transition) Advocacy Associates, Inc. Special education advocacy, educational consultation and IEP support. 16935 W. Bernardo Dr. #114
 SD, 92127
 858-485-7500
 www.advocacyassociates.net Alliance Resources and Associates, Inc. Allan Roth, M.S.Ed. educational consultation and advocacy assisting all ages with IEPs, 504s, SSTs, expulsions, adult services/agencies, training, Regional Center, In-Home

Support Services (IHSS) and Dept. of Social Services. 44364 Kingston Dr.
 Temecula, CA 92592
 760-481-3126

Center for Emerging Leadership (CEL) Self-advocacy for adults and teens with disabilities. www.interwork.sdsu.edu/cel/

DMS Consulting
DeeDee Spangler, MS Educational consultant and advocate. 619-822-6340
 www.astressfreeiep.com

April Villafana Advocacy Advocacy for children with​special needs including IEP, IFSP and IHSS help in North County. www.northcountyadvocacy.com

Children’s Advocacy Institute at USD One of the nation’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children and youth, with special emphasis on the child protection and foster care systems and enhancing resources that are available to youth aging out of foster care. USD Law students serve as advocates. Visit website to determine fees and eligibility. University of San Diego School of Law
 5998 Alcalá Park, SD, 92110
 619-260-4806
 www.caichildlaw.org

Ed-vance Educational Services and Advocacy Resources for San Diego Andrea Katz, Ed.D. provides services that support parents of children with special needs by educating them about procedural safeguards, the federal and state education codes, the format for writing an effective Individual Education Program (IEP), and provide tools to work cooperatively with special education staff members. Assesses students and creates a one-of-a-kind curriculum for each child. 619-977-3148
 www.ed-vance.com

Battaglia & Waltari
Special Needs Trust Attorneys Provides special needs planning, including special needs trusts, estate planning and conservatorships for individuals and families. 9903 Businesspark Ave. #105
 SD, 92131
 858-689-0613
 www.battagliawaltari.com CA Department of Education Family Involvement & Partnerships Resources and support for parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities for procedural safeguards and educational nights. 800-926-0648
 Videophone: 916-374-7182
 www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/ CA Department of Healthcare Services Medicare/Office of the Ombudsman Explains procedures for receiving Medi-Cal and managing care. 800-896-4042
 TTY: 800-896-2512
 www.dhcs.ca.gov The California Endowment Preventative healthcare advocacy and help with getting insurance coverage. www.calendow.org California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters Responsible for ensuring the protection of legal, civil, and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250
 SD, 92108
 619-688-3323
 www.scdd.ca.gov

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COMPASS Family Center (See listing under Parent and Family Resources)

Health Consumer Alliance (HCA) Healthcare coverage and services. 866-262-9881;
888-804-3536
 www.healthconsumer.org

Devoted Advocates Certified Special Education Advocate with a multi-dimensional background offers support and empowerment to parents of children Pre-K thru age 22, with disabilities. Offers a free 30-minute consultation. 1262 Kettner Blvd. #1904
 SD, 92101
 619-889-1003
 www.devotedadvocates.com

Jazmine Gelfand, Attorney at Law Special education attorney offers education and disability legal representation through a collaborative and results-oriented approach. 4275 Executive Sq. #200
 La Jolla, CA 92037
 619-220-7041
 www.specialedlegalcare.com

Disability Help Center Helps individuals with disabilities receive Social Security Disability/SSI and/or Veteran’s Disability benefits, but community resources are available to everyone. 1831 4th Ave., SD, 92101
 888-418-8860
 www.disabilityhelpcenter.org

Joseph Todd Jones, Psy. D. Special Education Advocate Professional advocacy from a former teacher and school psychologist for children and adolescents with disabilities that require special education service intervention. 909-471-1050
 www.toddjones.org

Disability Rights California Works to bring about fairness and justice for Californians with disabilities. 1111 Sixth Ave. #200 
 SD, 92101
 619-239-7861; 800-776-5746
 TTY: 800-719-5798
 www.disabilityrightsca.org

Keeping the Lanterman Promise The goal of KTLP is to educate, inform, connect and inspire parents and people with special needs. Encourages efforts to restore, defend, and preserve the Lanterman Act and the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities. www.ktlp.org


Kirstin Hall, B.C.B.A. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Kristi Kelly Advocacy Advocate with a background in ABA who helps families recognize a child’s needs in a classroom setting, put together an IEP, build and maintain a positive relationship with the school and service providers. 858-243-7980 www.kkellyadvocate.com The Law Office of Meagan Nuñez, Esq. Helps parents navigate special education law because every child deserves a meaningful education. Free initial consultation. Se habla español. 3505 Camino del Rio S. #340 SD, 92108 619-757-1290 www.sdspecialattorney.com Law Offices of Monica C. Marquez & Assoc. Specializes in special education legal and advocacy services: IEP, resolution, mediation, due process hearings, including children who suffer emotional and physical injuries as a result of negligence and bullying at school. 171 Saxony Rd #111 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-0505 Law Office of Patricia Cromer Special education law. 708 Summersong Ln. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-632-1748 speedily@gmail.com Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey Special education attorney available for evaluations, advocacy and representation. Helps with IEPs, 504 Plan, suspensions, expulsions, educational disputes, due process hearings and compliance complaints. Free consultations. Offers bilingual, bicultural representation. 2247 San Diego Ave. #237 SD, 92110 858-430-8166 www.dorightlaw.com

at IEPs and 504 meetings. 11455 El Camino Real #400 SD, 92130 858-750-1634 www.pacificcoastadvocates.com

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Patient Advocate Foundation Provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt and job retention related to illness or disability. 800-532-5274 www.patientadvocate.org

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San Diego People First Offers self-advocacy, tracks legislation and provides information on writing to governmental offices. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #325 (SCDD offices) SD, 92108 619-688-3323

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Law Offices of Victoria Vasquez Ikerd-Schreiter Bilingual, affordable, special education advocacy, educational trainings and presentations, IEP, IPP, and IFSP representation, due process and mediation for disabilitybased administrative hearing levels from a parent of two with special needs. 858-429-9355 www.ikerdschreiter.com

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Free County of San Diego-funded program provides professional advocacy for SSI, help with applications and appeals for those with special needs and mental health issues. Helps with conservatorships and obtaining appropriate healthcare. 877-534-2524 TTY: 800-735-2929 www.lassd.org My Patient Rights Information and advocacy for families who have been denied healthcare,

have complaints about the healthcare they are receiving, or are having trouble navigating insurance. 916-531-3585 www.mypatientrights.org Outreach Consulting Services Provides advocacy services to help obtain Social Security, Medi-Cal, Cash Aid, Cal Fresh and housing, and to problem-solve for these services when needed. www.ocssandiego.com

San Diego Special Education Advocate Team (SEAT) Bilingual advocacy from parents of children with special needs. Helps obtain services by reviewing records, conducting observations, collaborating with special education professionals and attending IEP and 504 meetings. Free consultation. 3505 Camino del Rio S., #340 SD, 92108 619-872-2511 www.sdseat.com

PACER Center, Inc. Advocacy, parent training, online information center for those with disabilities. 952-838-9000 www.pacer.org

San Diego Unified School District Special Education Ombudspersons Works impartially with all parties to help with concerns related to students’ special needs, usually during the (IEP) process. 2375 Congress St., SD, 92110 619-293-3008 www.sandiegounified.org/ special-educationombudspersons

Pacific Coast Advocates Provides a unique co-advocacy model (each client has two advocates) with a child-centered approach. Works to build bridges between clients and school districts collaboratively achieving positive outcomes for children with disabilities

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY San Diego) Youth and family support services. Mid-City Family Resource Ctr. 4275 El Cajon Blvd. #101 SD, 92105 619-283-9624 www.saysandiego.org

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The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson Advocacy for an appropriate education for children with special needs. Committed to empowering families through education and enforcement of their child’s special education rights. Also represents students facing expulsion proceedings. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106 SD, 92128 858-945-6621 www.specialedlaw.us Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) San Diego Bilingual staff educates and empowers people with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them by providing information, support, training, and referrals to secure an appropriate education. Outreach programs are available to military families with special needs. 3180 University Ave. #615 SD, 92104 619-282-0846; 866-828-8275 www.taskca.org Voz de Victoria Marta Victoria Leyva has a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational private practice that advocates for the educational rights of all students. Professional and parent training and development, and educational consulting services are offered. 619-227-7969 www.vozdvictoria.com Wrightslaw Accurate, reliable information about special education law, general education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Excellent parent trainings. www.wrightslaw.com

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION Accurate Assessments of San Diego Diagnostic evaluations for ADHD, Autism/developmental disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and intellectual giftedness for all ages. Uses best-practices

techniques to meet or exceed the APA’s standards of excellence in psychological and educational assessment. 5405 Morehouse Dr. #120 SD, 92121 858-208-9689 www.accurateassessmentsandiego .com Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California Our assessments aid in formulating diagnoses and in generating practical recommendations for interventions in home, school, vocational and alternative residential settings. 15644 Pomerado Rd. #305 Poway, CA 92064 858-693-3113 www.anhsocal.com Child Development Clinic: Maternal and Child Health at San Ysidro Health Center Assessment for children with suspected delays, hearing and vision screenings, behavioral treatments and family support for parents with children with special needs. Spanish speaking doctor. 4050 Beyer Blvd. San Ysidro, CA 92173 619-662-4100 www.syhc.org Children’s Care Connection (C3) at Rady Children’s Developmental Clinic Social assessment, early intervention services and general assessment for children 0-5, as well as support services for parents throughout the San Diego County. 858-966-8008 www.rchsd.org Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC) at Rady Children’s Diagnostic assessment of children birth through age 18 to identify developmental, learning and social delays. Links children and families to needed services. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-5817 www.rchsd.org

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DSEP (Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program) Developmental/behavioral assessment and screening for foster children up to age 6, and developmental coaching for caregivers. Several locations. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 858-966-7874 www.rchsd.org Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) Helps parents gain assessment as a Point of Entry for California Early Start and California Prevention Resource and Referral Services (PRRS). Provides families with referrals and helps parents navigate the IEP, IPP and IFSP process. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 619-594-7416 www.efrconline.org Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) KidSTART-Rady Children’s Hospital Comprehensive screening, triage, assessment referral and treatment (including intensive mental health) for children 0-5 with complex developmental, behavioral, family and medical needs. Referrals must come through Healthy Development Services (HDS) pediatricians, CWS social workers and Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP). 858-966-5990 www.rchsd.org Project SKIP A practical, inexpensive process for screening children as young as age 2 for developmental delays and cognitive and mental health concerns, including ASD. www.projectskip.com San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants/ toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be

linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200 SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org

AUDIOLOGY/HEARING Audiology – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego A full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services, including hearing evaluations, Brainstem Evoked Response testing, hearing aid and cochlear implant services to all ages. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-5838 www.rchsd.org North County Audiology Hearing testing and diagnostics. 12396 World Trade Dr. #205 SD, 92128 858-240-4415 www.northcountyaudiology.com Rancho Sante Fe Audiology Comprehensive audiogram testing for children and adults, tinnitus evaluations, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing, cochlear implants, and all levels of hearing aid dispensing, evaluations, repairs and programming. 6037 La Granada #D Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858-609-8794 www.rsfaudiology.com

BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing A team of dedicated Masters level clinicians operating as ABA Therapists and dedicated to providing the best possible care and treatment for individuals with extra behavioral needs. Combines traditional psychological practices with natural environment focused ABA therapy to help clients and their families grow and succeed. Assessment, testing, IEP support and child advocacy available. Several locations countywide 760-349-4200 www.abaGroup.org


ABA Education Foundation (formerly Bridges) Comprehensive ABA-centered behavioral intervention for infants and children, consultation, assessment, parent trainings, and advocacy services. 7860 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-272-0090 www.bridgesaba.com AblePathways Utilizing a functional behavior assessment, this program for Autism/ ASD and other developmental disabilities uses an ABA focused lifeskill development plan to reduce challenging behaviors and improve social skills. 830 E. Vista Way #108 Vista, CA 92084 760-230-5251 www.ablepathways.com ACES, Inc. Behavioral and educational support for children with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. 3731 Sixth Ave. #100 SD, 92103 619-278-0884 www.acesaba.com Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern CA (See listing under Assessment) Alta Families In-home or community-based ABA consultation services for children with ASD, including parent education. 858-345-2025 www.altafamilies.com Alternative Teaching Strategy Center (See Listing under Autism) Anger Management Associates Pete McClintock M.A., LMFT Provides counseling services for all ages and families. Specializes in ADD, depression, anxiety, anger management, and parenting and provides individual, family, couples and group therapy, including anger management groups for children and teens. 3411 3rd Ave., SD, 92103 619-299-0975 www.petemcclintock.com

Join our Facebook community of parents at Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego Ascent Psychological Services Lauren Elder Ph.D. performs behavioral and cognitive assessment to address and treat behavioral and developmental concerns and anxiety through play therapy, parent coaching and a variety of behavioral therapies. 3505 Camino del Rio S. #212 SD, 92108 858-888-9062 www.ascentpsychological services.com

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) A leading provider of ABA services, AST’s tailored programs are designed for infants to adults with developmental needs. They provide comprehensive training and support for families, schools and communities and work with regional centers, private insurance and Tricare. 4719 Viewridge Ave. #100 SD, 92123 866-727-8274 www.autismtherapies.com

Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together (AEFCT) (See listing under Autism)

Autistically Inclined Family support from a relationshipbased team addressing each individual’s unique expressions in all things sensory, behavioral and communicative, while inspiring kids to want friendships and connection. Train parents and professionals to implement Natural Play Therapy for more fulfilling relationships. 1261 San Elijo Rd S. San Marcos, CA 92078 760-918-0616 www.autisticallyinclined.com

Autism Interventions and Resources (AIR) Group of professionals collaborating with parents and agencies dedicated to providing behavioral services to children and adults with developmental disabilities based exclusively upon the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 949-457-9203 www.hopeisintheair.com Autism Spectrum Consultants (ASC) Behavioral and educational plans and implementation. 5080 Shoreham Pl. #103 SD, 92122 858-272-2662 www.autismconsultants.com

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AutiZm & More Mary Von Witzleben, Ph.D, BCBA-D and Reena Patel use a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and create behavioral and educational strategies for families in home, school and community settings to help children with developmental disabilities achieve their fullest potential. 858-848-0004 www.autizmandmore.com

ABA consultation for families of children with ASD. Services include assessment, individualized behavioral strategies, and parent education. Support in home, school, and community settings.

858-345-2025

AVID ABA Services, Inc. In-home behavioral intervention and ABA intervention services for infants and children with ASD or developmental delay. 562 W. Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-498-4931 www.avidbdp.org Behavioral Health Department at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient psychiatry. San Diego County locations 858-966-5832 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/behavioral-health-2/ Brain Learning, Education, Assessment and Treatment Neuropsychological and educational assessment, educational consultation and treatment for children and adolescents. 5550 Baltimore Dr. #150 La Mesa, CA 91942 619-324-9764 www.brainlearning.com Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC (BEE, LLC) Non-public RPM provider offers behavioral intervention plans and supervision to improve education, communication and quality of life. 619-777-6057 www.beellc.com Butterfly Effects Community-based provider of ABA therapy services for individuals with Autism and other related disorders in home and community environments. Helps families develop an individualized therapy plan, webbased progress and results tracking and assistance with insurance reimbursement. 888-880-9270 www.ButterflyEffects.com Carlsbad Counseling Center Psychotherapy and counseling for families and individuals with ASD, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder/OCD as well as play and expressive therapies for families, parenting groups for 0-12 year olds and San Diego Superior Court Programs. Fee for service and help with PPO reimbursement. 2777 Jefferson St. #200 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-434-9694 www.carlsbadcounselingcenter.com

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Center for Thoughtful Lasting Change, Inc. Sherry Casper Ph.D. Helps students achieve successful outcomes through psychological assessments, educational consultation, direct interventions and consultations for behavior management. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #203 SD, 92126 625 3rd Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-369-5050 www.drsherrycasper.com Chadwick Center for Children and Families – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego A range of trauma-focused therapies, assessments and interventions for children of all ages, their caregivers and parents. 858-966-5814 www.chadwickcenter.org Dr. Clarence Perry, MD Clinical psychiatrist specializing in learning disorders, special needs and psychiatric needs. 3368 2nd Ave. #I, SD, 92103 858-966-5832 Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) at UC San Diego Helps identify, assess and treat adolescents and young adults who are experiencing changes in their thoughts, behavior or emotions that might be associated with developing serious and/or disabling mental problems. 140 Arbor Drive, 4th Floor SD, 92103 619-543-7745 www.ucsdcareprogram.com Comprehensive Autism Services and Education (CASE), Inc. Offers consultation services to families and school districts. trainings for ABA, Discrete Trial Training, Structured Teaching, Pivotal Response Training and Facilitated Play are available for parents, teachers and related staff for children with ASD. Friends’ Club program facilitates social understanding skills

for children in preschool through high school. 785 Grand Ave. #101 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-720-4964 Courage to Call Peer2Peer text and chat support services provide a non-crisis peer support live chat and text service for youth and teens of military family members who are at-risk and/or dealing with potential behavioral health issues including those who struggle with alcohol or drugs. 9465 Farnham St. SD, 92123 858-636-3604 www.courage2call.org Coyne & Associates ABA and early intervention services for children ages 1-12. 3550 Camino del Rio N. #104 SD, 92108 760-815-9536 www.coyneandassociates.com Deborah Pontillo, Ph.D. Pediatric psychology with a special needs focus. San Diego Kids First 12625 High Bluff Dr. #105 SD, 92130 858-692-4187 www.sdkidsfirst.com Dana Fillmore, Psy. D. Provides counseling and therapy services for children with special needs and their families. 2262 Carmel Valley Rd. #D Del Mar, CA 92014 858-755-7844 www.danafillmore.com Dr. Joshua Feder, MD Specializes in DIR/floortime interactive play/behavioral therapy. 415 N. Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075 619-417-7506 www.joshuafedermd.com Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California Provides ABA, individual, couples and group therapy, art therapy, schoolbased consultation and educational testing. Licensed SDRC vendor of RDI (Relationship Development

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Intervention). Variety of insurances accepted. 3555 Kenyon St. #101 SD, 92110 10731 Treena St. #105 SD, 92131 619-600-0683 www.familyguidanceandtherapy .com Fred Finch, San Diego Regional Center WrapAround Program With referral from the SD Regional Center, this mental health program offers assessment and intervention, individual and family counseling, case management, caregiver/ parent coaching, crisis response and access to psychiatric support and medication. 3434 Grove St. Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-281-3706 www.fredfinch.org Gateway Learning Group Provides behavioral and educational plans for children with Autism or ASD. 2525 Camino del Rio S. #335 SD, 92108 877-264-6747 www.gatewaylg.com Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) International Bipolar Foundation Advances research toward the elimination of Bipolar Disorder, provides and enhances care, resources and support services and works to erase the stigma associated with mental illness through education. 8755 Aero Dr. #310, SD, 92123 858-598-5967 www.ibpf.org Intricate Mind Institute (IMI), LLC Provides cognitive-behavioral and social communication/interaction skill training for all with ASD, ADHD, LD, DD and/or anxiety, depression, behavior problems, social challenges or executive functioning problems. 2247 San Diego Ave. #136 SD, 92110 858-205-9809 www.intricatemindinstitute.com

Julie D. Kunin, Ph.D. Clinical psychologist for adolescents and families. 211 W. Robinson Ave. SD, 92103 619-787-4406 www.juliekuninphd.com Key to Behavior Megan Sprague, M.S., BCBA provides behavioral intervention and family support for children with Autism and other disabilities. 760-565-2348 www.keytobehavior.com Kickstart Clinical team serves ages 10-25 and their families who are at risk for mental illness and experiencing symptoms. Provides confidential assessments, individualized treatments for participants and families and community awareness campaigns to ensure early detection. 6160 Mission Gorge Rd. #100 SD, 92120 619-481-3790 www.kickstartsd.org Kirstin Hall, B.C.B.A. Helps child development through parent education and in-home strategies. Reviews IEPs and helps parents advocate for quality behavioral support plans. 619-871-5126 w 
 ww.KHallBCBA.com Learning Development Services Neuropsychological assessment, counseling and consultation. 3754 Clairemont Dr.
 SD, 92117 8 
 58-581-5050 w 
 ww.learningdevelopment services.com L.E.T.S. Grow SDRC contracted provider of ABA therapy to improve academics, cognition, play skills, social skills and more. Consultation, assessment and early intervention services available. 7373 University Ave. #202 L
 a Mesa, CA, 91942
 619-713-0737
 www.letsgrowaba.com Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist More than 15 years experience in


social skills training, writing goals for children with Autism/ASD and providing support for parents. Provides consultation and training to school districts and programs serving children with Autism. 5190 Governor Dr. #104
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 58-536-8985 w 
 ww.mindfultherapydoc.com Lovaas Institute Behavioral intervention for children diagnosed with Autism or a related disorder. 310-410-4450 w 
 ww.lovaas.com Mental Health America (MHA) of San Diego County Nonprofit dedicated to addressing mental health and mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service. Offers a range of services, including Breaking Down Barriers, which helps increase access to services for persons with severe mental illness dually diagnosed with another disability. 4069 30th St., SD, 92104
 619-543-0412; 800-273-8255
 www.mhasd.org Mental Health Systems, Inc. Nonprofit has provided innovative and cost-effective mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to families since 1978. 9465 Farnham St., SD, 92123
 858-573-2600
 www.mhsinc.org Mountain Shadows Spectrum Solutions Comprehensive services for families affected by Autism and other disabilities including assessment, behavioral consultation, and ABA therapy, as well as IEP, parent and school supports. 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #240
 San Marcos, CA 92069
 760-743-1449 www.mtnshadows.org Motiva Associates Comprehensive therapy for special needs, behavioral issues, grief and bereavement. Multiple Locations throughout San Diego County
 www.motivaassociates.com

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego Offers support and information for family members, consumers and people affected by mental illness. 5095 Murphy Canyon Rd. #320
 SD, 92123
 619-543-1434; 800-523-5933
 www.namisandiego.org N. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D. Clinical child psychologist specializing in the treatment of children with ASD. Offers evaluations, early intervention, individual therapy, parent training and sibling support groups. 5677 Oberlin Dr. #214
 SD, 92121
 858-452-9596
 www.drjenniferoke.com Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics Medical clinic of Dr. Suzanne Goh, a board-certified pediatric neurologist and author with expertise in the diagnostic testing, evaluation and biomedical and behavioral treatment of children with Autism and other neurological conditions that impact brain development, cognition, and behavior. 7090 Miratech Dr.
SD, 92121
 858-304-6440
 www.gohmd.org People’s Care Autism Services (See listing under Autism) Phoenix House Residential and educational program serving teens ages 13-17 with the dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental health problems. Fully accredited with special education services and tutoring onsite.
 888-671-9392
 www.phoenixhouse.org Positive Behavior Supports Corporation (PBS) Provides services for people with Autism and related disabilities, to help decrease challenging behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors and skill deficits through the use of ABA at home. Programs are designed to empower caregivers and loved ones to support people in their natural routines. 855-832-6727
 www.teampbs.com

“Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs” Written by Jane Nelsen, Steven Foster and Arlene Rafael. Helps parents bridge communication gaps, defuse power struggles, avoid the dangers of praise, enforce a message of love, build on strengths, and hold children of all abilities accountable. 800-456-7770
 www.positivediscipline.com PsyCare, Inc. Private behavioral healthcare providing high quality psychiatric, psychological, counseling, and chemical dependency assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents, as well as parent counseling. 858-279-1223 
 www.psycare.org Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD) Child and adolescent center. 1550 Hotel Circle N. #450
 SD, 92108
 619-692-1581
 www.psychiatriccenters.com Psychology 360 Comprehensive and collaborative psychological and psychoeducational assessment, diagnostics, placement recommendations and therapy for ages 5 and up for ADHD, Autism, Learning Disorders, behavioral concerns, memory, processing, Dyslexia and more. Forensic evaluations available. 5830 Oberlin Dr. #203
 SD, 92121 
 858-877-3601
 www.psyc360.com Rady Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Serves kids 5-17 struggling with urgent emotional or behavioral concerns that may pose a risk to themselves or others. 4305 University Ave. #150
 SD, 92105
 858-966-5484
 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/psychiatry San Diego Access and Crisis Line 24/7 access to mental health, drug and addiction counseling. 800-479-3339

San Diego Center for Children (See listing under Education) San Diego County Mental Health Services Offers treatment, rehab and recovery services to help people who experience persistent and severe mental illness or a mental crisis. Adults: 619-563-2700
 Children: 619-563-2750
 Emergency Screening Unit
 730 Medical Center Ct.
 Chula Vista, CA 91911
 619-421-6900 San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital 3853 Rosecrans St., SD, 92110
 619-692-8200 San Diego Psychological Association 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. #105 SD, 92123
 858-277-1463
 www.sdpsych.org Sensory Learning Center International As an intervention, the Sensory Learning Program effectively unites three modalities (visual, auditory and vestibular) into one multi-sensory approach that works to improve perception, understanding and the ability to learn. 3144 El Camino Real 
 Carlsbad, CA 92008
 760-434-3314
 www.sensorylearning.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) TERI Behavior Support Services Board-certified behavioral analysts design positive interventions for those who have not benefited from conventional approaches to solving behavioral challenges. Specializes in Autism and severe behavior problems, and provides in-home, insurance-funded ABA services. 251 Airport Rd.
 Oceanside, CA 92058
 760-721-1706
 www.teriinc.org

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Therapeutic Approach to Growth Offers assessment, treatment and supports for children and adults with ASD and other disabilities in the form of art therapy, speech/ language pathology, occupational therapy, educational supports, behavioral modification, RDI and yoga. Features the Sage Learning Center, a learning environment based on RDI principles. Summer camps and programs available. 9466 Black Mountain Rd. #100
 SD, 92126
 5411 Avenida Encinas #110
 Carlsbad, CA 92008
 858-689-2027
 www.TagforGrowth.com Turnaround: Turning Fear into Freedom from Informed Therapy Services Professionally developed audio treatment program that teaches children how to stop anxious thoughts, calm uncomfortable feelings, and use the most effective strategies to overcome anxiety. Charlotte, NC
 877-300-7436
 www.turnaroundanxiety.com USC Telehealth Virtual counseling and therapy clinic that uses the latest online and video technologies to connect high-quality counseling and therapy providers to a diverse set of clients including adults, children, couples, families, and military personnel from the comfort and security of home. 866-740-6502
 https://dworakpeck.usc.edu/ research/centers-affiliations/ telehealth Xcite Steps ABA Therapy and Behavioral Services Provides the highest quality, individualized ABA therapy services, assessment and evaluation to kids, teens and adults in home, school and day care settings. Offers a range of client ratios for treatment. 858-428-0222
 www.excitesteps.com

CAMPS AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS Camp Able at Coronado Provides hundreds of children and adults with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience aquatic activities such as kayaking, sailing, and swimming in the ocean. 619-741-9366
 www.campableatcoronado.org Camp-A-Little and Camp-A-Lot The ARC of San Diego’s summer camps take place at Cuyamaca Outdoor School in the mountains. Designed for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities, with or without physical limitations. Fully accessible facility; limited space available for persons with mobility restrictions and those needing 1:1 supervision. ARC Personal and Leisure Services
 3030 Market St., SD, 92102
 619-685-1175 x255
 www.arc-sd.com Camp Beyond the Scars Burn Institute Traditional summer camp for burn-injured children 5-17 with professional support for dealing with their unique physical and emotional challenges. Counselors include offduty firefighters, medical staff and adult burn survivors. Oakridge Camp 27224 California 78 Ramona, CA 92065 858-541-2277 www.burninstitute.org/campbeyond-the-scars Camp Huntington Residential camp located in the Catskill Mountains designed for children ages 6 and up with ADHD, LD, PDD-NOS, ADD and ASD. Offers a unique program of adaptive therapeutic recreation including structured activities, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. The local area offers many activities for the rest of the family. High Falls, NY
 855-707-2267
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Camp I CAN In participation with the Autism Society, the YMCA offers this camp for children with Autism with 1:1 instruction. Register early—it fills up every year! Toby Wells YMCA Kearny Mesa:
858-496-9622
 Ecke YMCA Carlsbad: 
760-942-9622
 www.autismsocietysandiego.org Camp Ivey Summer horse camp dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able-bodied children of all ages. Day camp for ages 7-17 with therapeutic horseback riding program, aviary and gardening. 110 Rancho del Oro Dr.
 Oceanside, CA 92057
 760-722-4839
 www.iveyranch.com Camp Jaycee: Jewish Community Center Variety of inclusive day camps, plus an Olympic-sized pool, theater, dance studio, science lab, ball fields and tennis courts. 4126 Executive Dr.
 La Jolla, CA 92037
 858-362-1132
 www.lfjcc.org/campjaycee Camp Let It Loose Week-long summer program for kids with special needs. Paired 1:1 with a teen counselor, campers enjoy yoga, art, music, baking, sports, water fun, face-painting and a field trip day. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.friendshipcirclesd.org/ camp/ Camp Ohr Lanu Camp Ramah   Jewish children 4-14 with special needs, along with their parents and siblings, enjoy specialized, therapeutic programming in a supportive camp environment staffed with trained special educators and behavior and family education specialists. Individual counselors paired with each family Ojai, CA 888-226-7726 ramah.org/event/programs/ special-needs-family-camp/

Camp Paivika Camp near Big Bear offers overnight camp for ages 5-22 with developmental and physical disabilities, such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. Includes horseback riding, fine arts, adaptive sports, swimming, cookouts and campfires, arts and crafts, and nature hikes. Cedarpines Park, CA
 909-338-1102 x5003
 www.camppaivika.org Camp Stevens Inclusive, traditional, fun-in-theoutdoors overnight camp for kids ages 8-15. Discuss the needs of your child with ASD, ADD/ADHD, and mild delay with counselors. Focus on interpersonal skills during archery, swimming, crafts, campfires and more. Julian, CA
 760-765-0028
 www.campstevens.org Camp Tuolumne Trails Tuolumne Trails (located in the Sierras) is for groups with special medical needs. The camp provides the buildings, food service, management and general camp activities. Camping groups bring their own staff of professionals, medical staff and specially programs for their campers. Groveland, CA
 209-962-7534
 www.tuolumnetrails.org Camp WAMP This wilderness camping experience, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is for youth ages 10-18 with physical disabilities. Founded by local climbing legend Stephen Wampler. 800-381-6891
 www.wamplerfoundation.org CIP (College Internship Program) Summer Program Two weeks of college experience for teens ages 16-19 with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning Autism, ADHD and other learning differences. College is not just about academics; it’s about fostering connections, learning skills to succeed and having fun. 877-566-9247
 www.cipworldwide.org


City of Chula Vista Recreation Department Inclusive Day Camps Students with disabilities are encouraged to attend all day camps. A two-week advance notice is required to complete an assessment and to assign an aide, if needed. Therapeutics/inclusion. 276 Fourth Ave.
 Chula Vista, CA 91910
 619-421-7032
 www.chulavistaca.gov Club Xcite Provider of camps, afterschool enrichment programs and skill building programs such as executive functioning and social skills at public and private schools. 858-779-9674
 www.clubxcite.com CYT Musical Theater Summer Overnight and day camps for children ages 5-18 featuring drama, dance and outdoor games. CYT welcomes all children and will accomodate their individual needs to participate. 1545 Pioneer Way
 El Cajon, CA 92020
 619-588-0206
 www.cytsandiego.org

Dragonfly Forest Summer camp designed for children with Autism, 22Q, Asthma and medical needs, allows them to safely enjoy traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, ropes courses, boating and nature activities. Conshohocken, PA
 610-298-1820
 www.dragonflyforest.org Easter Seals Camp Oakes Resident camp in the San Bernardino Mountains serves children and adults with disabilities. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking and a ropes course. 714-834-1111
 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal iCan Bike Summer day camp designed for children ages 8 and up with disabilities to learn to ride a bike.

Through the use of elaborate equipment, this program teaches kids increased independence. All equipment is provided. 858-863-5915
 www.crimsoncenteroutreach.org Jr. Adaptive Sports Camp Campers ages 4-18 are introduced to adaptive sports such as softball, basketball, tennis, rugby, archery, bocce ball, kayaking, sailing, yoga, handcycling, and more at Crown Point and Southwestern College locations. Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association 
 619-336-1806 www.asrasd.org
 The Painted Turtle Summer camp and year-round programs for children ages 7-16 with a variety of medical conditions. Full medical staff onsite 24/7. Special foods available for dietary needs. Lake Hughes, CA
 661-724-1550
 www.thepaintedturtle.org

Rancho Family YMCA Inclusive Camps Exciting, inclusive camps offered to children of all abilities. Assessment provided for areas of camp support. Financial aid available. 9410 Fairgrove Ln., SD, 92129
 858-484-8788
 www.ymca.org/rancho San Diego Park and Recreation Inclusive summer and winter day camps offered to children of all abilities. Schedules online. 619-525-8213
 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation SOAR Adventure Camps Camps for students with LD, AD and ADHD help students increase independence by participating in camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and horseback riding. Students are involved in decision making, goal setting, developing group guidelines, and meal planning. Balsam, NC
 828-456-3435
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CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES

Snapology Summer Day Camp uses Lego bricks and other materials to teach STEM and STEAM concepts in a fun and creative way. Weekly workshops include Connections (social skills), Minecraft, video game design and preschool programs. 4204 Adams Ave.
SD, 92126 
 619-855-4557
 www.snapology.com/locations/ sandiego

Blue Glasses Clothing and accessories with messages of optimism and encouragement. San Diego family established this micro-business venture for their son with special needs. www.blueglassesco.com Designs by Ja9 Fused glass artist Janine Stillman supports the National Autism Association through the sale of beautiful, dichroic glass puzzle piece jewelry and ornaments. 805-459-7296
 www.designsbyja9shop.com

Surf Camp The Autism Society in partnership with Aqua Pros Swim School offers surf camp for persons with Autism. 858-715-0678
 www.autismsocietysandiego .org/aquatics-programs.html Surfin Fire Surf Camp (See listing under Recreation) Talisman Camps Experiential learning camp for children with ADD, ADHD, LD and Asperger’s that helps children develop physical and social competence in an atmosphere that encourages and supports selfregulation and self-direction. Zirconia, NC
 828-697-6313
 www.talismancamps.com Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science Technology offers a unique experience to draw upon the abilities of students with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD. Students 8-18 engage in fun

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Summer Session at NewBridge School Half-day learning program/ camp for students in grades K–8 with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties. Teaches students to be effective learners in a fun, camp-like setting. 12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
 Poway, CA 92064
 858-679-5744
 www.newbridgeschool.us

projects while becoming expert coders. Teachers and college mentors use games like Minecraft and childfriendly programs to teach computer science and game design. 858-869-9430
 www.thoughtstem.com Upward Bound Camp Christian-based recreational and educational camp experiences for persons with disabilities, ages 12 and up in an environment that encourages for growth outside the individual’s usual routine. Stayton, OR
 503-897-2447
 www.upwardboundcamp.org Watersports Camp at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center Adaptive swim camp sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and inclusion supported by KIT (Kids Included Together). Peninsula Family YMCA
 1001 Santa Clara Point
 SD, 92109
 858-539-2003
 www.watersportscamp.com

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Xcite Steps Camps Camps for kids and teens with cognitive disabilities such as Asperger Syndrome, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, MDD, CDD, social anxieties, or other disabilities. 858-428-0222
 www.xcitesteps.com YMCA of San Diego County Camps Summer day camps, overnight camps, swim lessons and sports leagues for children preschool and up. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y. 3708 Ruffin Rd. SD, 92123
 858-292-9622
 www.ymca.org YMCA Deaf and Hard-ofHearing Family Camp Provides an opportunity for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and their families to come together in a positive environment. www.dhhfamilycamp.org

Downs Designs Dreams Clothes made for the unique body shapes of people with Down Syndrome. Designed to be comfortable, stylish and easy to get on and off. 877-390-4851
 www.downsdesignsdreams.org 3E Love Clothing and products that raise awareness and empower individuals who use wheelchairs. Its social mission is encapsulated in the company’s trademarked International Symbol of Acceptance(wheelchair heart logo). www.3elove.com Paper Clouds Apparel Sells sensory-friendly clothing (t-shirts, hats and totes) featuring artwork by individuals with special needs and raises funds for special needs schools and organizations. PCA is also partially owned by an individual with special needs. Waddell, AZ
 602-525-1315
 www.papercloudsapparel.com

COLLEGE AND THE ADULT TRANSITION Able-Disabled Advocacy Program designed to give young adults (ages 17–24) the opportunity to complete their education, connect with apprenticeships, and receive


workforce training, mental health services and housing assistance. 4283 El Cajon Blvd. #110 SD, 92105 619-231-5990 www.able2work.org Best Buddies California Program that pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with typical peers. Planned social events provide the opportunity for adults with IDD to be involved in campus and community life. 323-291-0118
 www.bestbuddies.org/california California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) Annual five-day leadership program for teens with disabilities that provides information and resources about employment, education, independence and assistive technology at California State University, Sacramento. 855-894-3436
 www.calylf.org Catapult Learning (See listing under Education) CIP (College Internship Program) Full-year post-secondary programs at six colleges and universities provide young adults with Asperger’s, highfunctioning Autism, ADHD, nonverbal and other learning differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success. 877-566-9247 (8-4 ET)
 www.cipworldwide.org City College Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) Provides services and courses to help students with disabilities reach their academic and vocational goals. The instructional component promotes equal participation in mainstream academic programs. 1313 Park Blvd. #L-206
 SD, 92101
 619-388-3513 TTY: 619-388-3313
 www.sdcity.edu/dsps

College Living Experience Helps students with ASD and learning disabilities transition to college (applying, class registration, assessing accommodations, organizing assignments, social skills, tutoring and communicating with professors.) Costa Mesa, CA
 800-486-5058
 www.experiencecle.com College of Adaptive Education, Jeremiah’s Ranch Inclusive, non-accredited “college experience” for all adults with varying abilities. Register online. 855 S. Main Ave. #K-345
 Fallbrook, CA 92028
 760-805-5214
 www.jeremiahsranch.org Cuyamaca College Disability Support Programs (DSPS) Facilitates inclusive and sustainable learning environments and increases opportunities for access and success for students with disabilities through innovative support services. 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy. One Stop Ctr. Room A-113
 El Cajon, CA 92019
 619-660-4239
 www.cuyamaca.edu/dsps Disability Resource Center at Point Loma Nazarene University Serves Point Loma Nazarene students with a learning, physical, medical, or psychological disability through tutoring, paper editing, assistive devices, and other accommodations 3900 Lomaland Dr.
SD, 92106
 619-849-2486
 www.pointloma.edu/offices/ disability-resource-center Interwork Institute- SDSU Promotes the integration of all individuals, including those with disabilities, into education, work, family and community life. The Institute conducts research, training and education using a variety of strategies. 6367 Alvarado Ct. #350 SD, 92120 www.interwork.sdsu.edu

Got Transition Website for students with disabilities and health issues, their families and healthcare providers. Provides information on issues that make college challenging. Also offers video training and materials to assist in the preparation process. 202-223-1500
 www.GotTransition.org

Project College A week-long, on-campus living experience at USD to increase skills in self advocacy, dorm room living, safety, health and wellness away from home, and social skills for college students. 858-278-5420 x131
 http://ucpsd.org/programs/ project_college.html

Intricate Mind Institute (IMI), LLC Cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive enhancement and social communication skills training for young adults to increase selfawareness, executive functioning skills, self-regulation, coping and interpersonal skills to successfully manage life and prepare for college. 2247 San Diego Ave. #136
 SD, 92110
 858-205-9809
 www.intricatemindinstitute.com

San Diego Community College District Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) (City, Mesa, Miramar, Continuing Education) http://dsps.sdccd.edu

Miramar College Disability Support Programs & Services Program designed to help students succeed at college by developing a Student Education Plan according to academic and vocational goals, strengths and limitations. 10440 Black Mountain Rd. #K1-204, SD, 92126
 619-388-7312
 TTY: 619-388-7301
 www.sdmiramar.edu/dsps Palomar Community College District Disability Resource Center Facilitates services for students with disabilities and creates an encouraging environment enabling them to participate in regular college curriculum. 1140 West Mission Rd.
 San Marcos, CA 92069
 760-744-1150 x2375
 TTY: 760-736-4618
 www.palomar.edu/dsps Partnerships with Industry Provides adults with disabilities who are ready, willing and able to work, the opportunity to find employment and independence through job placement and training under the supervision of PWI job coaches. 7540 Metropolitan Dr. #105
 SD, 92108-4416
 619-681-1999 x1116
 www.pwiworks.org

San Diego Mesa College Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Programs for students with learning and physical disabilities. 7250 Mesa College Dr. #I4-405 (4th Floor), SD, 92111
 619-388-2780
 www.sdmesa.edu/dsps San Diego PEERS Adult Social Skills Training Robyn Coughlin, LCSW College level 14-week course that includes UCLA’s PEERS social skills curriculum and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking strategies to help transitioning adults gain and maintain personal and professional relationships. 8885 Rio San Diego Dr. #365
 SD, 92108
 619-997-5310
 www.sandiegopeers.com SDSU Interwork Institute Transitioning from high school to postsecondary education. 6367 Alvarado Ct. #350
 SD, 92120
 www.interwork.sdsu.edu TERI Kilmer College TERI understands the social and emotional needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in the transition stage. TERI has a model for learning that supports any age and learning style and meets the needs of students while maintaining individual supports to help them reach their goals. 251 Airport Rd.
 Oceanside, CA 92058
 760-721-1706
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Think College National organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education for people with intellectual disabilities. Supports evidence-based and student centered research by sharing knowledge, guiding change, informing public policy, and providing an exceptional find-a-college tool. www.thinkcollege.net Transition Therapy Specialists analyze the workplace and the individual to make recommendations on job placement and transition programs and consult on the IEP. They also determine what adaptations will make the workplace sensory-friendly. 5703 Oberlin Dr.#207
 SD, 92121
 www.transitiontherapy.org Workability III: San Diego Community College District Partnership between the SDCCD and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). Program provides career counseling services to students with disabilities with the goal of obtaining and retaining employment. 3375 Camino del Rio S. #275
 SD, 92108
 619-388-6984
 www.sdccd.edu/about/ departments-and-offices/ student-services-department/ dsps/workability/services.aspx Xcite Steps Provides personalized and innovative transition programs for teens and young adults, including mentoring and shadowing students in college, Independent Living Services and adult socialization programs. 858-764-2956
 www.xcitesteps.com

CONFLICT RESOLUTION/ MEDIATION A Fair Way Mediation Center Conflict mediation. 600 W. Broadway #700
 SD, 92101
 619-702-9174
 www.afairway.com

The Center for Accord Nonprofit organization promotes collaboration and conflict prevention nationwide among people serving children with special needs. Its primary service is consultation and training for school professionals. Free online resources for parents in English and Spanish. Plano, TX 800-294-0422
 www.4accord.com First Resolution Services, Inc. Alternative dispute resolution. 877-9RE-SOLVE
 www.disputeresolution.org Judicate West Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutral party dispute resolution. 402 W. Broadway #2400
 SD, 92101
 800-488-8805; 619-814-1966
 www.judicatewest.com Pacific Coast Mediation Advocates Provides (attorney/educator) mediation for divorcing and separating couples. Facilitates childcentered solutions and specializes in serving families with special needs. 11455 El Camino Real #400
 SD, 92130
 858-750-1634
 www.pacificcoastmediation.com

DENTAL HEALTH ABC Children’s Dentistry, Roya Sadrian DDS Pediatric dentistry, digital x-rays, general anesthesia and hospital services for children with anxiety disorders. 12778 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd. #A, SD, 92129
 858-780-9794
 www.abcchildrensdentistry.com Anderson Center for Dental Care – Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego Oral health and hygiene for children with Autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. 3020 Children’s Way #MC5073 SD, 92123
 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/center-for-healthiercommunities

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BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, Parvathi Pokala DDS 7189 Navajo Rd. #A
 SD, 92119
 619-741-1500
 www.brshflss.com Children’s Braces and Dentistry Pediatric developmental dentistry and orthodontics offers a variety of sedated and non-sedated dentistry. Onsite insurance specialists available. 4700 Spring St. #104
 La Mesa, CA 91942
 619-618-0901
 www.sandiegokidsdentist.com Children’s Dentistry of San Diego Provides dental services for infants, children and teens of all abilities in a relaxing, fun atmosphere. Children requiring special care can get dental treatments under general anesthesia in-office or at Rady Children’s or Kaiser Hospital. 10717 Camino Ruiz #103
 SD, 92126
 858-536-1111
 www.starrysmilez.com Denti-Cal (division of Medi-Cal) Medi-Cal funded dental services. 1600 Pacific Hwy., SD, 92101
 800-322-6384
 www.denti-cal.ca.gov Great Whites Timothy Christian, DDS All forms of dentistry, special needs friendly. 6030 Santo Rd. #E, SD, 92124
 858-277-6010
 www.great-whites.com Kensington Pediatric Dentistry, Eric Dixon DDS Serving all children with special care for those with developmental and sensory needs. 4072 Adams Ave., SD, 92116
 619-282-7337
 www.KPDDS.com Mary M. O’Connor, DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry, special needs friendly. 420 Spruce St. #A, SD, 92103
 619-291-5291 www.drmaryoconnor.com

Naval Medical Center San Diego Dental Clinic Special needs dentistry for military families. Capt. Dibelka
 619-532-8600 www.med.navy.mil/sites/ nmcsd/Pages/Care/DentalDepartment.aspx Oral Health Initiative, First 5 San Diego Provides access to dental services supported by First 5 in San Diego County. For children ages 0-5. 888-5 FIRST 5 (534-7785)
 first5sandiego.org/oral-health Pediatric Dental Clinic, DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry. 3020 Children’s Way 
 SD, 92123
 858-966-4094 Parvahti Pokala, DDS All forms of pediatric dentistry, special needs friendly. 8031 Linda Vista Rd. #200 SD, 92111
 858-278-8700 www.pediatricdentistrysandiego .com Poiset and Associates Orthodontic care for all ages and pediatric dentistry. Staff experienced with children with special needs. Game room, state-of-the-art equipment and digital x-rays. 7930 Frost St. #101
 SD, 92123
 858-492-9977
 www.poisetandassociates.com Robert Jacob, DDS-Team Braces All levels of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Jacob also provides special care for infants and children with cleft palates through Rady Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the Naval Medical Center. 4617 Ruffner St. #200
 SD, 92111
 858-268-1006
 www.teambraces.com San Ysidro Health Dental Services Provides full diagnostic, preventative and restorative services for children who are medically compromised or


developmentally disabled. General Anesthesia and oral conscious sedation available. Various San Diego locations. 619-662-4100 www.syhc.org/services/dentalservices Steven Schneider, DDS.
San Diego Center for Dental Health People with special needs deserve special care. Specializes in quickly fixing decay in the fewest number of visits. 11770 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #260
 SD, 92128
 858-592-0234
 www.powaycosmeticdentist.com

DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities An interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about developmental and related disabilities. 800-424-3688
 www.aaidd.org

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups and referrals. Services and supports in English and Spanish. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
 SD, 92123
 619-594-7416
 www.efrconline.org San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200
 SD, 92123
 858-576-2996
 www.sdrc.org

The State of California Department of Developmental Services Serves people with developmental disabilities in San Diego and Imperial Counties. www.dds.ca.gov

FEMA Booklet that helps people with disabilities prepare and plan to protect themselves (and others in their support network) in the event of an emergency. www.fema.gov/media-library/ assets/documents/897

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Red Cross Disability Disaster Readiness Tools to complete a disaster needs assessment, create a personal support network, and make an emergency plan. www.redcross.org/get-help/howto-prepare-for-emergencies/ disaster-safety-for-people-withdisabilities#Back-Up-Plan

Disaster Preparedness PlanReady San Diego Plan for those with disabilities to navigate a major event. 5580 Overland Ave. #100 SD, 92123-1294 858-565-349 www.readysandiego.org/ Resources/caregivers-disasterplan.pdf

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Emergency Preparedness Resources from the Governor’s Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) to identify the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster; and to integrate disability needs and resources into emergency management systems and personal disaster plans. https://scdd.ca.gov/ emergencypreparedness/

Disastersrus.org Disaster readiness tips for people with cognitive, sensory and mobility disabilities. www.disastersrus.org/ MyDisasters/disability/ disability_preparedness.htm

Association of Regional Center Agencies Represents the 21 California regional centers that provide services to more than 142,000 people with developmental disabilities. 916-446-7961
 www.arcanet.org

For more information, read “Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?” on page 20.

EDUCATION

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters Ensures the protection of legal, civil and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250 SD, 92108 619-688-3323
 www.scdd.ca.gov Photo courtesy of the Helms family

Care.com Membership-required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs caregivers with background checks. www.care.com

ACES, Inc. (Autism Comprehensive Ed Services) Offers behavioral and educational services in the home, school, community and at the accredited ACES Academy. 3731 Sixth Ave., SD, 92103
 800-515-5016
 www.acesaba.com Advocacy Associates, Inc. Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults. 16935 W. Bernardo Dr. #114
 SD, 92127
 858-485-7500
 www.advocacyassociates.net

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Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism (see listing under Infant Toddler Specific) Alternative Teaching Strategy Center (See listing under Autism) Alexa’s PlayC Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital’s educational program designed to integrate early education for typically developing children and children with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. 3020 Children’s Way #MC6015
 SD, 92123
 858-966-8555
 www.rchsd.org/alexasplayc Aseltine School Helps meet the educational needs of emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students whose needs are not being met in traditional academic settings. 4027 Normal St., SD, 92103
 619-296-2135
 www.aseltine.org Autism College (see listing under Autism) Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral & Mental Health) Balboa City School K-12 special education school. 130 Woodward Ave.
 Escondido, 92025
 760-294-4490
 www.balboaschool.com Banyan Tree Learning Center Assesses areas of learning need and builds levels of support. Comprehensive help with auditory and sensory processing, reading/ Dyslexia remediation, educational therapy, occupational therapy, math skills, writing skills, and individual and small group tutoring. Banyan Tree Foundations Academy Full day, private school that offers a more intense version of the

interventions and methods at Banyan Tree Learning Center with 1:1 instruction. Serves students with significant challenges including Dyslexia, attention, communication, sensory processing, social problems, or previous school failure. This program is a short-term intervention to prepare the student for re-entry to their neighborhood school. 9636 Tierra Grande #200
 SD, 92126
 3555 Kenyon St. #101
 SD, 92110
 858-578-6616
 www.banyantlc.org Bookshare Free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students for the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with vision impairment, physical impairments and severe learning or reading disabilities. www.bookshare.org Brain Highways Innovative program aimed at developing the lower centers of the brain to improve learning, focus and behavior. 285 N. El Camino Real #217
 Encinitas, CA 92024
 760-943-0496
 www.brainhighways.com

Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc. Head Start Programs Three fully inclusive preschool programs for families with low incomes: St. Leo’s Head Start in Solana Beach, Encinitas Head Start and Leucadia Head Start. 3180 University Ave. #317
 SD, 92104
 619-285-5600
 www.chicanofederation.org Club Xcite Provides in-home, private tutoring with a focus on executive functioning skills building techniques, supporting children and teens who struggle with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD. 858-779-9674
 www.clubxcite.com Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, Poway Unified School District Community group that advises school board on special education and provides parent trainings. 15250 Avenue of Science
 SD, 92128
 858-521-2800 x2216
 www.powayusd.com/depts/ specialed/cac

Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC (BEE, LLC) (see Behavioral and Mental Health)

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, San Diego Unified School District Monthly meetings about special education in SDUSD with a parentled organization that provides trainings, support and information. 4100 Normal St., SD, 92103 619-725-8000 www.sandiegounified.org/ community-advisory-committeespecial-education-cac

Catapult Learning Provides an intensive special education program for students with special needs (18-21) including those diagnosed with SLD, OHI, ED and ASD. 6460 Boulder Lake Ave.
 SD, 92119
 619-460-5090
 www.catapultlearning.com

Continuing Education Disability Support Program Center City, Cesar Chavez, ECC: 619-388-4812
 TTY: 619-388-4811
 Mid City: 619-388-4530
 North City/West City: 619-388-1800; 619-221-6977
 www.sdce.edu/classes/ disability-programs-services/

Bridging Apps Nonprofit organization dedicated to help people with disabilities choose, acquire and utilize their mobile device to better assist with communication, education and life skills. www.bridgingapps.org

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Dyslexia Training Institute Provides low-cost online classes for teachers, tutors, reading specialists, parents and adults in reading intervention, remediation and Dyslexia. 7424 Jackson Dr. #1B
, SD, 92119
 619-517-0683
 www.dyslexiatraininginstitute .org Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Programs for students ages 2-5 at various sites within San Diego Unified School District. 858-490-8500 www.sandiegounified.org/ early-childhood-specialeducation-ecse Edison Academy Academic instruction for students in grades 3-8 with mild to moderate learning challenges emphasizing accountability, responsibility, independence and kindness. 910 Encinitas Blvd.
 Encinitas, CA 92024 
 760-942-2011
 www.ranchoencinitasacademy .com Ed to the Future Specialized tutoring for children in special education in a North County, sensory friendly environment with fully credentialed and ABA trained teachers. Se habla Español. 7040 Avenida Encinas Carlsbad, CA 92011 619-519-0499 www.edtothefuture.com Excelsior Academy Nonprofit K-12 school dedicated to serving students with learning differences. Provides a safe and nurturing environment wherein students become literate, independent, productive citizens. Onsite DIS services and a variety of clubs, intramurals, and competitive sports teams. Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and National School of Character and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 7202 Princess View Dr., SD, 92120
 619-583-6762
 www.excelsior-academy.com


The Family & Learning Center Helps children via Educational Coaching with Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, languageprocessing difficulties, ADHD, Executive Function Disorder, nonverbal learning disorders, and visual-spatial processing weaknesses with an individualized 1:1 approach. 7744 Fay Ave. #202
 La Jolla, CA 92037
 858-454-7303
 www.tfalc.com

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Lindamood-Bell Help with comprehension, reading, spelling and critical thinking. 445 Marine View Ave. #290
 Del Mar, CA 92014
 858-259-3206;
800-233-1819
 www.lindamoodbell.com

Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids—An Inclusive Child Development Center Play-based program provides children of all abilities 18 months-5 years an opportunity to learn in Fred Finch Youth Center an in-home setting. Full/half day Specialized treatment center, residential care and private school options, nutritious meals and a Jodie K. Schuller and 2/23/18 4:01 PM FutureStart-Neighborhood 3.5 x 2.125.indd 1 program exclusively serving youth Ed to theHead licensed nurse on staff for children Associates House Association with a developmental disability. with medical needs. (See listing under Speech Therapy) Early Childhood education program 3434 Grove St.
 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #130
 Lemon Grove, CA 91945
 provides comprehensive services to San Marcos, CA 92069
 Kids On the Block of San Diego 619-797-1090
 ages 0-5 and their families. Priority 760-743-3730
 www.fredfinch.org (KOBSD) is given to low income families and/ www.MtnShadows.org Nonprofit provides educational or homeless, foster children and Fusion Academy puppet programs (grades K-6) on NewBridge School children with disabilities. Private, alternative school and disability awareness, medical and Private school provides specialized 841 South 41st St., SD, 92113
 comprehensive afterschool program education differences, social issues instruction for students with 858-715-2642
 that specializes in helping students and cultural diversity. Topics include: language-based learning disabilities, www.neighborhoodhouse.org with individualized needs. bullying, physical disabilities, learning Dyslexia, memory, executive 512 Via de la Valle differences, military deployment and functioning, and processing #201
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 I Can! Center more. difficulties in grades K-8. Speech/ 858-792-2300
 Services for persons with disabilities 619-770-8689
 5060 Shoreham Pl. #130
 language and occupational therapies including e-readers, large print SD, 92122
 www.kobsd.org are embedded into daily learning. books, Braille books and a 858-677-9279
 12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
 designated librarian. www.fusionacademy.com Kristin K. Singh, M.A., Licensed Poway, CA 92064
 San Diego Central Library
 Educational Psychologist 858-679-5744
 330 Park Blvd.
SD, 92101
 Gigi’s Playhouse Down Provides assessment and evaluation www.newbridgeschool.us Syndrome Achievement Center 619-236-5800 of learning disabilities, processing, (See Down Syndrome) North County Inland Special Autism and other related disorders. The Institute for Effective Education Local Plan Area Also offers educational counseling Grow My Way Education Multi-district support for children and consultation to families regarding This farm serves as a natural Four schools provide education and enrolled in special education. special education services. teaching environment. Includes services to individuals with unique 1710 Montecito Rd.
 feeding and care of animals, 858-922-8862
 learning needs.
1) Cook Education Ramona, CA 92065
 gardening, therapeutic horse www.kristinsinghLEP.com Center (ages 7-22, full spectrum 760-788-4671 riding, hiking, gross and fine motor of students with disabilities)
2) activities, a pond to practice fishing www.sdcoe.net La Jolla Learning Works skills, peer interaction, and a full Children’s Workshop (ages 4-12 Works one-on-one with K-12 functioning classroom that uses Pioneer Day School with Autism or other developmental students, offering educational principles of ABA. A school for kids with Autism. disabilities)
3) Mt. Helix Academy therapy, academic coaching, 15415 Eastvale Rd. 4764 Santa Monica Ave.
 (high achieving K-8 school)
4) assessment, tutoring and test prep. Poway, CA 92064
 SD, 92107
 Urban Skills Center (ages 18-22 with 7730 Herschel Ave. #N
 858-375-3037
 619-758-9424
 disabilities) La Jolla, CA 92037
 www.growmyway.org www.pioneerdayschool.org 619-243-1325
 858-943-0480
 Halstrom Academy www.tiee.org www.ljlearningworks.com The Reading Room Private school for grades 7-12; all Dr. Lynn Thrope, Ph.D. students taught one-on-one. Offers private reading and writing 705 Palomar Airport Rd. #340
 instruction, diagnosis of learning Carlsbad, CA 92011
 problems, educational consultation, 9915 Mira Mesa Blvd. #210
 We’re on Instagram at tutoring and test prep, IEP help, SD, 92131
 study strategies and comprehensive 888-425-7876
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language/writing abilities for learners ages 4-adult. 8383 Center Dr. #B
 La Mesa, CA 91942
 619-464-3647
 www.thereadingroom.net Reading S.T.A.R.S. at County Speech Sensory training used in classes and camps to help children become experts in phonemic awareness by integrating visual, auditory, and tactile modalities for a well-rounded approach to reading. 411 Camino del Rio S. #101
 SD, 92108
 619-574-8181
 345 Santa Fe Dr.
 Encinitas, CA 92024
 760-334-8181
 www.county-speech.com Renaissance Village Academy K-8 private school with small class sizes for gifted and talented students who may also face emotional or socio-educational challenges such as Asperger Syndrome or highfunctioning Autism that require differentiated educational pacing. Focus on critical thinking through personal inquiry and experimentation in an environment that is fun, challenging and globally aware. 10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #A
 SD, 92131
 858-564-9622
 www.rvaschool.org San Diego Center for Children Residential program and academy offering students with Autism, learning differences and emotional challenges a caring and supportive environment for academic success. 3002 Armstrong St.
SD, 92111
 858-277-9550
 www.centerforchildren.org San Diego Council on Literacy Tutors and reading resources. 2515 Camino Del Rio S. #125
 SD, 92108
 619-574-1641
 www.literacysandiego.org San Diego County Office of Education-Adult Education 6401 Linda Vista Rd. SD, 92111
 858-292-3500
 www.sdcoe.net

San Diego Unified School District Community Advisory Committee Provides advocacy and parent resources within the San Diego Unified School District. 4100 Normal St., SD, 92103
 619-725-8000
 www.sandi.net San Diego County Office of Education Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA) San Diego: 619-725-7700
 South County: 619-470-5224
 East County: 619-590-3920
 North Inland: 760-788-4671
 www.sdcoe.net/studentservices/special-education/ pages/county-selpas.aspx SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. (Self-Esteem Education and Development in Sexuality) Teaches social education, boundaries, abuse awareness and prevention for special needs. 2707 Congress St. #1-R
 SD, 92110
 619-299-3161
 www.seedseducation.org Sherwood Tutoring Services for children of all abilities, with a focus on kids with special needs using Superphonics. After assessment, a learning system is developed using therapeutic tutoring and Autism Connection Therapy to bring out the best in children. Serves North County Coastal region. 323-394-9422
 www.superphonics.net Sierra Academy Serves students K-12 who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms, learn differently or have identified learning disabilities. Also offers a life skills program for students up to age 22. 6460 Boulder Lake Ave.
 SD, 92119
 619-460-5066
 www.catapultlearning.com/ schools/sierra-academy-sandiego-ca

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Specialized Therapy Services Team of specialists offering assistive technology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, music therapy, physical therapy, mental health and behavioral services, and educational resources to create an individualized program to support children with varying needs. 4204 Adams Ave. #A
 SD, 92116
 619-431-5049
 www.theoascenter.com TERI Country School Program for students 6-22 with Autism/ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other disabilities affecting learning, behavior, and social skills. Also offers class to prepare for adult life. Teachers, classroom aides, a speech and language pathologist, an OT and behavior specialist provide an integrated program based on individual need. Focus is on the college bound, but daily living skills are taught. 251 Airport Rd.
 Oceanside, CA 92058
 760-721-1706
 www.teriinc.org Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science (See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs) Total Education Solutions Tutoring and services including speech, occupational therapy, preschool interventions and summer camps. 5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #150
 SD, 92123
 619-275-4525
 www.tesidea.com Vista Hill Foundation Sam and Rose Stein Education Centers Serves students (ages 5-22) with

developmental disabilities such as Autism, as well as students with emotional disorders and behavioral concerns. 6145 Decena Dr., SD, 92120
 619-281-5511
 www.vistahill.org The Winston School Offers a college preparatory program for students (grades 4-12) with learning differences and those whose needs have not been met in traditional school settings. 215 Ninth St.
 Del Mar, CA 92014
 858-259-8155
 www.thewinstonschool.com

FINANCIAL PLANNING AND TRUSTS Battaglia & Waltari
Special Needs Trust Attorneys (See listing under Advocacy) California Department of Social Services (DSS) Identifies social needs and provides benefits to California residents. www.cdss.ca.gov Community Interface Services (CIS) Self Determination
Financial Management Services Provides education and financial planning so clients have control over an individualized budget for support and services and can determine what services they want and where to get them. 2621 Roosevelt St.
 Carlsbad, CA 92008
 888-676-3786
 www.communityinterfaceservices .org Den Herder and Associates Special needs trusts. 10085 Carroll Canyon Rd. #220
 SD, 92131
 858-271-6244
 www.denherderlaw.com

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Elizabeth McCoy Attorney specializing in special needs trusts. 5256 S. Mission Rd. #124
 Bonsall, CA 92003
 760-723-8906
 www.ca-specialneedstrusts.com Hendrick Legal Solutions Margaret Ann Hendrick   Provides the best plan for the family to ensure the financial welfare of the child with understanding, compassionate special needs trusts and estate planning. Complimentary consultation, flexible rates and affordable payment options. 2244 Faraday Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008  760-431-0005 office 619-890-9507 cell www.hendricklaw.com Law Office of Michael Pearce Estate Planning Attorney Helps families plan for the financial future of their children with disabilities and navigate the intricacies of trusts and government assistance. 916-333-5088
 www.pearcelaw.net Law Offices of Steven M. Ratner Medi-Cal planning and special needs trusts. 11622 El Camino Real #100
 SD, 92130
 888-336-1645
 www.calelderfirm.com Outreach Consulting Services Workshops and seminars guide people through the disability benefits process and special needs trust resources to ensure financial stability for families and self-sufficiency for individuals with special needs. charlene@ocssandiego.com
 www.ocssandiego.com Principal Financial Group
Bill Keesling, Financial Advisor Financial guidance from a professional and father who understands. 9330 Scranton Rd. #250
 SD, 92121
 858-964-2119
 www.principal.com

Roy M. Doppelt and Associates, APC Special needs trust attorney. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #260
 SD, 92128
 800-769-4748 San Diego Special Needs Law Center Philip P. Lindsley, CELA, CLS specializes in estate planning, trust and probate for families with special needs. Works in conjunction with counseling for stress-reduced decision making. 7880 Golfcrest Dr.
SD, 92119
 619-235-4357
 www.specialneedsplanninglaw .com Social Security Administration/ Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Helps aged, blind and disabled people who have little or no income. Provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, shelter. 800-772-1213
 TYY: 800-325-0778
 www.socialsecurity.gov Special Needs Trust Foundation of San Diego Nonprofit service developed to assist families, establish special needs trusts for loved ones with disabilities and educate families on Social Security and SSI benefits. 12515 Woodside Ave. #1890
 Lakeside, CA 92040
 619-201-2672
 www.sntf-sd.org Yvette M. Soto Accounting and Income Tax Professional bookkeeping, payroll

and tax preparation. Understands the ramifications of receiving public benefits and credits for special needs as the mother of twins with Autism. 3633 Camino Del Rio S. #205
 SD, 92108
 619-977-6586 
 www.YvetteSoto.com Zach MacDougall and Stephanie Tsang, North Star Financial Planning Offers financial services for families and medical professionals to achieve long-term financial goals and family stability. 4445 Eastgate Mall #200
 SD, 92121
 858-812-3186
 www.northstarfinancial.com

FOSTER CARE County of San Diego Children’s Services Provides adoptive services for foster children of all abilities, foster family licensing, support, education and a foster youth mentor program. 877-792-5437
 www.sandiegofosterkids.com DSEP-Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program Developmental/behavioral assessment and screening for foster children up to age 6, and developmental coaching for caregivers. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400
 SD, 92123
 858-966-7874
 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/dsep/

Margaret Ann Hendrick Attorney

Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning Complimentary Consultation Affordable Rates/Flexible Payment Options Hendrick Legal Solutions

www.hendricklaw.com 2244 Faraday Ave, Carlsbad, California 92008 (619) 890-9507 • (760) 431-0005

Koinonia Family Services Provides foster care and adoption services to children who are dependents of the court and who have special needs. Children with developmental delays and/or other disabilities are placed with certified foster families who receive ongoing support in their care. Also provides adoption services to children with special needs throughout California. 3914 Murphy Canyon Rd. #A224
 SD, 92123
 619-326-4222
 877-CHILDS-HOPE
 or 877-244-5374
 www.kfh.org Walden Family Services – An Adoption and Foster Family Agency Foster care program for children with disabilities and significant medical needs. Children are placed with specially trained, certified foster families. Additional training and supports are provided for families willing to care for children with special needs. 8525 Gibbs Dr. #100
 SD, 92123
 619-584-5777
 www.waldenfamily.org

GENERAL HEALTH California Children’s Services State-run program provides care and therapies to children with disabilities and health problems. 6160 Mission Gorge Rd.
 SD, 92120
 619-528-4000
 www.sandiegocounty.gov/ content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ phs/california_children_ services.html
 www.dhcs.ca.gov/Services/CCS California Department of Managed Health Care Insurance enrollment guide, information on healthcare laws and filing complaints. 888-466-2219
 www.dmhc.ca.gov

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The Center for Advanced Medicine Homeopathy, nutrition and chiropractic services. 4403 Manchester Ave. #107
 Encinitas, CA 92024
 760-632-9042
 www.centerforadvancedmed .com

Counsyl Genetics testing and supports for prenatal, cancer and carrier screening. 800-436-3037 www.counsyl.com Genetic Services at Elwyn Genetics counseling, parent and provider education, and educational advocacy. Elwyn, PA
 610-891-2000
 www.elwyn.org

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG) CPMG is the only medical network in San Diego County specializing solely in pediatric healthcare from birth through age 18. CPMG believes it’s important to have a doctor who’s an expert in the unique medical needs of children; that’s why their pediatricians receive additional specialized training. 877-276-4543
 www.CPMGsandiego.com Dr. Pickering Pediatrician with a focus on special needs. Rady Children’s Hospital
 7910 Frost St. #350
SD, 92123
 858-496-4800 Family Health Centers of San Diego FHC healthcare professionals provide comprehensive medical and developmental services for children including screenings and assessments, audiological exams, dental exams, therapies, acute care and well-child visits at multiple locations in San Diego. 619-515-2300
 www.fhcsd.org First 5 San Diego (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific)

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Child Development Clinic: Maternal and Child Health Center Assessment for children with suspected delays, hearing and vision screenings, behavioral treatments and family support for parents of children with special needs. Spanish speaking doctor. 4050 Beyer Blvd. 2nd Fl.
 San Ysidro, CA 92173
 619-662-4100
 www.syhc.org

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) Free counseling about Medicare and other healthcare issues. 5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #110 SD, 92123
 858-565-8772 x232
 800-434-0222
 www.cahealthadvocates.org/HICAP

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provides services for people who are least able to help themselves: research, public health, food and drug safety, grants, health insurance. 877-696-6775
 www.hhs.gov

Parenting Children with Health Issues Website provides powerful, simple, parenting tools and resources to help with the special challenges of raising children with chronic illness, medical conditions and other special needs. www.parentingchildrenwith healthissues.com

UCSD/Rady Children’s FASD Clinic (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder ) Clinic for multi-disciplinary diagnosis and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Rady Children’s Hospital 
Referral Center
 800-788-9029

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Customer service and referral center. 3020 Children’s Way, SD, 92123
 858-576-1700; 800-788-9029 www.rchsd.org RadiologyInfo.Org Site designed to explain and demystify radiology procedures. www.radiologyinfo.org

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GENETIC TESTING AND PRENATAL SCREENING 23andMe Simple health and ancestry testing kits for health risks, carrier status, and wellness. 800-239-5230 www.23andme.com

Helix Genetics testing for diabetes, cholesterol, and food sensitivities as well as genetics counseling and tools to manage metabolism, nutrition and health. 800-436-3037 www.helix.com Invitae Simple tests for pulmonary, skeletal and cardiological issues, reproductive and family health, Epilepsy, inherited family cancers, and proactive health screens. 800-436-3037 www.invitae.com Pathway Genomics Corp. Personal genetics testing including the Pre-Pregnancy Planning Report covering 70+ recessive genetic conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis. Genetics counseling available. 4755 Nexus Dr., SD, 92121
 877-505-7374
 www.pathway.com Specialty Obstetrics Prenatal care including screenings, ultrasounds, amniocentesis, fetal echocardiograms and genetics counseling. 12264 El Camino Real #204
 SD, 92130
 858-794-7700
 www.specialtyobstetrics.com UCSD Genetics Counseling Genetics counseling, screening and prenatal care. Fetal Care and Genetics Center
 4910 Directors Pl. #200
 SD, 92121
 858-657-7200 www.health.ucsd.edu/ specialties/medgenet/Pages/ counsel.aspx


HAIR SALONS tHAIRapy Hair Salon Specializes in clientele with Autism and special needs. Wheelchair accessible shampoo bowl, cool kids chairs, therapy dog haircut buddy, video games, sensory wall and a play area. 3405 Kenyon St. #112
 SD, 92110
 619-241-2273
 www.thairapyhairsalon.com Twin Scissors Salon committed to providing the best in all types of styling, color and cuts for clients of every age and need. 13412 Pomerado Rd.
 Poway, CA 92064
 858-748-8988
 www.twinscissorssalon.com

HOME IMPROVEMENT/ HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS BAIR Home Inspections, LLC Home inspections and consultative services for special needs home modifications and sensory equipment. Creates sensory boxes for play-based therapy. 619-888-8081 www.bairhomeinspections.com Cecily’s Closet Nonprofit that recycles durable medical equipment, creates belly bands for kids with J and G tubes, and provides room makeovers for children with special needs who spend a lot of time in their rooms due to their disability. Volunteers welcomed. www.cecilyscloset.org Cityscapes: General Contracting and Landscape Construction company dedicated to providing peaceful and beautiful spaces inside and out for families with children with special needs. 5005 Texas St. #303 SD, 92108 619-997-1021 PaintGreen Professional Painters Beautiful, eco-friendly painting.

Portion of profits benefits Cecily’s Closet. 619-446-6983 www.paintgreen.com

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE Coalition of Compassionate Care of California Advisory group of partner organizations that helps advocate for public policy and guidelines for hospice and palliative care for children and adults with special needs. Educates professionals and individuals on people’s rights during long-term pain management and end-of-life care. Does not provide care. 916-489-2222 www.coalitionccc.org Elizabeth Hospice Expert comfort care, pain management, and family-centered guidance and support for children with ongoing, long-term illness. 800-797-2050 www.elizabethhospice.org/ services/hospice/pediatricperinatal Partners for Children (PFC) Pediatric Palliative Care Benefit allows eligible children and their families to receive palliative care services during the course of the child’s illness, while concurrently pursuing curative treatment for the child’s life limiting or life threatening medical condition. www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/ppc/ Pages/default.aspx Rady Children’s Hospital Palliative Care Team Team of doctors, counselors, clergy and nurses working to support the physical and emotional well-being of every child and family faced with serious illness through expert, compassionate, family-centered care. Medical Office Building, 2nd Flr, South 3030 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-576-1700 x8022 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/palliative-care/

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of California A Medicare-certified hospice that offers all four levels of hospice care: routine, inpatient, respite and continuous. Utilizes music therapy, sensory activities and blends of curative and palliative care. 16745 W Bernardo Dr. #240 SD, 92127-1908 877-643-0401 www.seasons.org/about/ locations/california-san-diego/

HOUSING AND IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICES AccentCare Home Health of CA, Inc. Provides 1:1 shift nursing and credentialed nurse case management in San Diego County. Partners with San Diego County school districts, SDRC, Medi-Cal, private insurances and 0-3 programs. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #200 SD, 92123 800-765-7595 www.accentcare.com At Your Home Familycare In-home care for adults, teens and children with disabilities. 6540 Lusk Blvd. #C-266 SD, 92121 858-625-0406 www.atyourhomefamilycare.com

CityScapes Real Estate Committed to finding the best home, based on the family’s social/ emotional, physical and safety needs. Sellers can designate 10 percent of company commission to local charity. 5005 Texas St. #303 SD, 92108 619-997-1021 www.cityscapesd.com Community Interface Services Nonprofit offers a variety of housing options including rental assistance, help with home ownership and assisted-living support such as roomates and home healthcare. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) San Diego County Administers rental assistance programs and publicly-owned rental housing units that provide safe and affordable housing options for low-income families and families with special needs. 858-694-3900 www.sandiegocounty.gov/ content/sdc/infobythenumbers/ sdhcd.html#

BrightStar Care San Diego HHA Certified Nursing Assistants for in-home 24-hour care as well as occupational, physical, speech and IV therapies. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #201 SD, 92126 858-777-9525 8555 Aero Dr. #203, SD, 92123 619-535-2400 www.brightstarcare.com

Dependable Nursing Provides nursing services to individuals with physical and mental challenges, including before and afterschool care, LVN and CNA/NA services, and interim nursing. 5055 Avenida Encinas #120 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-602-0583 www.dependablenursing.org

California MENTOR Family Home Agency program that partners with the state and nurturing caregivers in the community to give individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities the services and support they need, in a place they can truly call home. Caring host families/individuals are encouraged to apply. 858-694-0120 www.MentorsWanted.com

Developmental Services Continuum, Inc. Offers individualized residential and supported living programs as well as teen and adult day programs focusing on self advocacy, independent skills training and peer support. 7944 Golden Ave. Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-460-7333 www.dsc-inc.org

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Home of Guiding Hands Residential program for people with disabilities. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org Homes4Angels Robert and Ana Landeros McMahon This bilingual team is passionate about accessing grant monies, down-payment assistance programs, and non-traditional funding to help families become homeowners. Aggressively seeks affordable and innovative housing options to help people with disabilities. 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #141 La Mesa, CA 91941 619-857-1657 www.homes4angels.org In Home Support Services (IHSS) Home care workers. 401 Mile of Cars Way #200 National City, CA 91950 866-351-7722 www.sdihsspa.com Interim Healthcare of San Diego County Provides an array of home care services including pediatric nursing; IV therapy; physical, occupational and speech therapy. 5625 Ruffin Rd. #225 SD, 92123 858-576-9501 www.interimhealthcare.com

SDG&E Medical Baseline Allowance Program Application for a lowered gas and electricity rate for residential customers with a family member with a qualifying disability, compromised immune system or life threatening disease. 800-411-7343 www.sdge.com/residential/ save-medical-baseline/medicalbaseline-program

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San Diego Housing Commission Helps low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities afford housing, including rental assistance (Section 8). 1122 Broadway #300 SD, 92101 619-231-9400 www.sdhc.org

KIT (Kids Included Together) Provides learning opportunities that support recreation, child development and youth enrichment programs to include children with and without disabilities. 2820 Roosevelt Rd. #202 SD, 92106 858-225-5680 www.kitonline.org

Southern California Housing Collaborative Locates affordable housing opportunities for adults with disabilities. 9201 Spectrum Center Blvd. #110, SD, 92123 858-514-7009 www.socalhc.org TERI Residential Program A variety of clean, maintained, accessible homes supplemented by programs focused on life coaching, nutrition, fitness, recreation and fun. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

Promising Futures, Inc. Residential and day facility for the developmentally disabled. 109 E. Lexington Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-592-4850 www.promisingfutures.net

Time of Use Energy Plan-SDG&E Allows families to switch to a plan significantly reducing their energy bill by using power during off-peak and super off-peak hours. 800-411-7343 www.sdge.com/whenmatters

Rebuilding Together San Diego Program for free minor home repairs for families with low income and disabilities and veteran homeowners. Some ADA modifications available. 2013 Franklin Ave. SD, 92113 619-231-7873 www.rebuildingtogethersd.org

Windward Life Care Provider of care management and in-home care services. Certified professionals work with aging families planning ahead for the care of adult children with disabilities. 2045 First Ave., SD, 92101 619-450-4300 www.windwardlifecare.com

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Disability is Natural Encourages new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities. www.disabilityisnatural.com Inclusion.com Disabilities awareness and personcentered planning and resource suggestions. www.inclusion.com

INDEPENDENT LIVING ADA Ride Paratransit for special needs. 100 16th St., SD, 92101 877-232-7433 www.adaride.com www.kudzu.com/m/ADARide-19300376 ARC of San Diego Largest, most comprehensive provider of services to teens and adults with disabilities in San Diego County including independent living and vocational skills training and recreational activities. Also a leader in government advocacy for persons with disabilities. 3030 Market St., SD, 92102 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com Canine Companions for Independence Oceanside, CA 800-572-BARK (2275) 760-901-4300 www.cci.org Community Catalysts of California Provides vocational counseling, job placement, community-living skills training, residential support, in-home respite care and crisis intervention to

individuals with disabilities. 935 W. San Marcos Blvd. #103 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-471-3700 www.communitycatalysts california.org Community Interface Services Helps individuals become integrated in the community and be selfsufficient. Services such as money management, meal planning/ preparation, shopping, and accessing community resources are provided in the person’s home or in the community. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org Digital Access Project Affordable access to high-speed online services for those with disabilities. 800-390-2699 TTY: 800-900-0706 www.digitalaccessproject.org E & CO Nonprofit organization that educates and empowers low-income adults with developmental disabilities with the skills and knowledge to achieve their optimum potential in life. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #220 SD, 92123 858-565-9870 www.communityoptions.org Going Strong by Flaghouse Recreational, rehab and sensory products designed for people 18 and older for independent living. 800-793-7900 www.flaghouse.com Living Independently is for Everyone Assessment and day program for teens and adults with disabilities who want to be more involved in their community and/or enter the workforce. Services include independent living skills, hygiene, job readiness training, and social skills training. 1365 N. Johnson Ave. #103 El Cajon, CA 92020 619-390-1800 www.lifeindependently.org


MTS Access Wheelchair equipped public transportation. 800-921-9664 www.sdmts.com/MTS/MTS_ Access.asp

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Noah Homes Residential programs for adults with disabilities. 12526 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-6200 www.noahhomes.org

Sharp Rehabilitation Services Driving Program Evaluation and referral to specialists for physical driving impairments. 858-939-3866 www.sharp.com/services/rehab

Partnerships with Industry Provides adults with a developmental or other disability the chance to pursue independence. 7540 Metropolitan Dr. #105 SD, 92108-4416 619-681-1999 www.pwiworks.org

TERI Campus of Life Day and Residential Programs Day programs and residential living choices for teens and adults. Placement is based on age, diagnosis and ability. Life coaching, spiritual enhancement, personal improvement, nutrition and fitness and recreation are addressed for a meaningful and independent life experience. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

P.R.I.D.E., Inc. Dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities gain independence. 3645 Ruffin Rd. #220 SD, 92123 858-467-6840 www.pride-inc.org

TMI (Toward Maximum Independence) Community living services for adults and students transitioning to adulthood consisting of two programs: “Independent Living” and “Supported Living.” Provides skills training, resource development, self-advocacy and live-in paid companionship, if needed. 4740 Murphy Canyon Rd. #300 SD, 92123 (corporate office) 858-467-0600 www.tmi-inc.org

Autism with simplified animation and language. Developed by See Beneath, Inc., a local nonprofit. www.seebeneath.org ARC of San Diego Parent/Infant and Bright Start Program Provides family-centered educational services for children, from birth to 5 years, who are delayed or at risk for delay. Uses play-based activities to help children meet their milestones. 3030 Market St., SD, 92102 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com

INFANT AND TODDLER SPECIFIC

Beginnings Infant Development Program Provides in-home early childhood intervention services (ages 0-3) and parent training. Bilingual (Spanish). La Jolla, CA 619-238-0105; 760-855-2211 www.beginningsprogram.com

Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism Research-based, early intervention, social communication and play skills app created for children with

BundieBaby A bundling system that works around G-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com

connected ••••• to new pricing plans Consider enrolling in a Time of Use pricing plan. These plans are all about when you use energy. Each day is divided into on-peak, off-peak and even super-off peak times. And those times have different pricing. Time of Use offers two ways to save — by shifting your energy use to lower-priced times and by using less energy. The transition to Time of Use is taking place throughout California. Within the next few years, all households will have the opportunity to make the switch. To learn more about Time of Use and your plan options, visit sdge.com/whenmatters. © 2018 San Diego Gas & Electric Company. All copyright and trademark rights reserved. 0118

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C3-Rady Children’s Care Connection Developmental and social assessment, early intervention services and general assessment for children 0-5, as well as support services for parents. Central: 3020 Children’s Way #23 SD, 92123 858-966-8931; 858-576-1700 North: 3605 Vista Way #B-201 Oceanside, CA 92056 858-966-8014 South: 1261 3rd Ave. #D Chula Vista, CA 91911 858-966-8008 www.rchsd.org The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Webinars, calendar of events and statistical information for children ages 0-3. 919-962-2001 www.ectacenter.org Escondido Community Child Development Center Preschool counseling and parent education center. 819 W. 9th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-839-9361 www.eccdc.com

First 5 San Diego Healthy development checkups, dental services, kits for new parents, and other resources for children ages 0–5 and their families. First 5 San Diego promotes the health and wellbeing of children—from the prenatal stage through age 5. 888-5-FIRST-5 www.first5sandiego.org Head Start-Neighborhood House Association Early childhood education program that provides services to children 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to families who are low income and/ or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities. 5660 Copley Dr., SD, 92111 888-873-5145 www.neighborhoodhouse.org Home of Guiding Hands Early Intervention Program Credentialed teachers partner with parents to provide 1:1 intervention for children ages 0-3 with developmental delays and/or disabilities. Free to families enrolled in the CA Early Start program through San Diego Regional Center. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) California Early Start and PRRS Point of Entry. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 800-281-8252 www.efrconline.org

Hope Infant Family Support Program, San Diego County Office of Education This public, special education program offers services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. 858-292-3801, Executive Director 800-281-8252 (EFRC) for referral www.sdcoe.net/studentservices/early-education/ pages/hope-infant-familysupport.aspx

Family Health Centers of San Diego FHC healthcare professionals provide developmental screenings, assessments and early intervention for children birth-3 years old at multiple locations in San Diego. 619-515-2300 www.fhcsd.org

I Can Play! Teaches flexibility, communication, empathy, problem solving, engagement, organization, creative thinking, self-reliance and selfconfidence through natural play settings for children ages 2-8. SD, 92126 858-442-1624 www.icanplaysd.com

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Infant Autism Spectrum Study: The Mind, Experience & Perception Lab Research program committed to better understanding brain and behavioral development in ASD. Currently seeking 1-month to 18-month-old baby siblings of children with ASD for participation in a series of visual, neural and behavioral development through 3 years of age. The assessments are designed to aid in identifying early indicators of Autism. 9500 Gilman Dr. #109 La Jolla, CA 92093 858-822-0642 http://babylab.ucsd.edu Infant Development Association of California Dedicated to educating the parents and care providers of children 0-3 and advocating for these children. Sacramento, CA 916-453-8801 www.idaofcal.org KidSTART-Rady Children’s Hospital Comprehensive screening, triage, assessment referral and treatment (including intensive mental health treatment) for children 0-5 with complex developmental, behavioral, family and medical needs. Referrals must come through Healthy Development Services (HDS) pediatricians, CWS social workers and Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP). 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #410 SD, 92123 858-966-5990 www.rchsd.org Lifetime Women’s Healthcare Complete women’s healthcare including high risk pregnancy management. Dedicated to ensuring infant health by supporting mom through pregnancy with 3D/4D ultrasounds. 752 Medical Center Ct. #106 Chula Vista, CA, 91911 619-482-8406 www.lifetimewomenscare.com

Miracle Babies Provides financial and emotional support to families with children in the NICU. 8745 Aero Dr. #111, SD, 92123 858-633-8540 www.miraclebabies.org My Child Without Limits Early intervention resource for families of children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities, and professionals looking for a single, trusted source of information that relates to their needs. www.mychildwithoutlimits.org San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers with a suspected or diagnosed developmental disability and their family can obtain services and be linked to other community resources in San Diego and Imperial Counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200 SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org Spanish Infant/Toddler Support Group, Baby/Toddler and Me Playgroups A weekly playgroup and learning time for children ages 0-3 with special needs and their typical siblings; a support group for parents of children ages 0-3 with SDUSD staff childcare. Cherokee Point Elementary School 3735 38th St., SD, 92103 Parent Group: Guadalupe Galindo 858-272-9641 x156 Text4baby Texting service designed to promote healthy pregnancies through a child’s first year. Sign up based on due date to receive three free text messages per week about promoting healthy tendencies, meeting developmental benchmarks and more. www.Text4baby.org Together We Grow Pediatric day healthcare facility and school provides an inclusive preschool setting for children with


INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO THERAPIES Center for Health & Human Potential Steve Tullius, D.C., Pediatric and Family Chiropractor Chiropractic practice focuses on children with ASD, ADD/ADHD, Epilepsy, sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions. 6342 Riverdale St., SD, 92120 619-363-5073 www.sandiegocounty chiropractor.com Gottlieb Chiropractic Dr. Marc Gottlieb Specializes in chiropractic care for pregnant women, babies and children. Certified in the Webster Technique, which is a mainstay in pediatric chiropractic care and hosts Pathways Connect Gathering Group for families. 1452 University Ave. SD, 92103 619-291-5433 www.lifewithincenter.com Integrative Osteopathic Pediatrics Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, D.O. F.A.C.O.P Board certified pediatrician, brings integrative medicine to babies, children and their families to optimize health and development naturally. Works with parents to find underlying causes and combines natural medicine with osteopathic manipulative medicine to support the body’s healing ability. Call for a free 10-minute consultation. 1224 Tenth St. #207 Coronado, CA 92118 619-437-6600 www.drmaryanne.com

Lessons In Motion Margie Murnan is a practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method for children (ABM) and uses gentle, innovative movements and techniques to help the brain of a child with special needs form new neural connections and patterns that take them beyond current limitations. Great for children with joint pain, JRA, scoliosis, torticollis, ASD and sensory issues. 619-993-9294 6244 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92115 www.movementlessons.com Our Family Spa Provides spa services for the entire family, including onsite babysitting, massage, facials, wraps, waxing and nail care. Special needs families are especially welcome. 5276 Baltimore Dr. La Mesa, CA 91942 619-724-6000 www.ourfamilyspa.com Shea Family Chiropractic Helps people achieve health goals through corrective chiropractic care, lifestyle education and support. Focusing on nutrition, exercise and stress management, the team helps families affected by Autism, ADHD and chronic illness minimize

LEARNING DISABILITIES

symptoms, work on balance and spine issues and self-sooth. 10720 Thornmint Rd. #B SD, 92127 858-312-5066 www.sheafamilychiropractic.com

Club Xcite (See listing under Education) The Council for Exceptional Children 888-232-7733 TTY: 866-915-5000 www.cec.sped.org

True Health Acupuncture Acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for neurological disorders, sleep, emotional, and behavioral disturbances and electroacupuncture for Autism performed by a licensed acupuncturist with a degree in neurobiology. 4428 Ingraham St., SD, 92109 858-366-8517 www.truehealthacu.com

Dyslexia Training Institute Diagnostic testing, advocacy, and 1:1 and small group reading, writing, spelling and critical thinking intervention for students of all ages. 7424 Jackson Dr. #1B SD, 92119 619-517-0683 www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org

Wellness Massage by Bobbie Calming and therapeutic massage as part of an integrative approach to serving children with sensory needs. 4434 Ingraham St., SD, 92109 619-246-1561

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 888-575-7373 www.ncld.org

MEDICAL TRAVEL EXPENSE AID

Young Living Oils Variety of natural oil-based products includes ingestible oils to boost the immune system and maintain gastroenteral health, natural cleaning products, skin care and massage and olfactory stimulation products. www.youngliving.com

Air Charity Network Group of independent, geographicspecific member organizations that coordinate free airline and reduced priced ambulatory services for those receiving targeted medical treatment. 877-621-7177 www.aircharitynetwork.org Air Care Alliance Nationwide association of humanitarian flying organizations that provide flights for medical treatment. 888-260-9707 www.aircarealliance.org Angel Flight Provides free transportation for medical treatment for people who cannot afford it or cannot tolerate typical travel for health reasons. 918-749-8992 www.angelflight.com

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or without special needs and their siblings. Funding for qualifying families. 2120 Thibodo Rd. Vista, CA 92081 760-757-6031 5055 Viewridge Ave. SD, 92123 858-751-0506 www.togetherwegrow.net

Corporate Angel Network, Inc. Gives patients with cancer and financial need (and their caregiver) available seats on corporate aircraft to travel for treatments. Not for those who cannot walk, are on life support systems or require medical attention during the flight. 866-328-1313 www.corporateangelnetwork.org

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Miracle Flights for Kids Organization that provides flights for seriously ill children with financial need to receive medical care and second opinions. 800-359-1711 www.miracleflights.org

assisted care facilities. 9606 Tierra Grande #102 SD, 92126 951-234-4820 www.amplifymusictherapy.com Banding Together Organization that gives music therapy scholarships to eligible kids with special needs (such as Autism), provides instruments, and promotes mentorships with local musicians. 7840 Mission Center Ct. #205 SD, 92108 619-299-1411 www.bandingtogethersd.org

MEDICATIONS (REDUCED COST OR FREE) Needymeds, Inc. Anonymous and free assistance with affording medication or healthcare. www.needymeds.org Patient Assistance.com, Inc. Helps uninsured patients get free medication. www.patientassistance.com

Coast Music Therapy Specializes in meeting the needs of children and teens with Autism, developmental disorders and neurological impairments. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #102 SD, 92126 858-831-0387 www.coastmusictherapy.com

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Helps find companies and agencies that provide free prescription medications to physicians whose patients might not otherwise have access to necessary medicines. 888-477-2669 www.pparx.org Rx Assist Comprehensive database helps people learn ways to use pharmaceutical company programs and other resources to help reduce medication costs simply by entering the name of the medication. www.rxassist.org RxHope List of programs that are offered by federal, state and nonprofit organizations for free or reduced medications. 877-267-0517 www.rxhope.com

MILITARY SPECIFIC Armed Services YMCA Family outreach and support for Exceptional Family Members. 3293 Santo Rd., SD, 92124 858-751-5755 www.asysd.org Marine Corps Exceptional Family Member Program Helps Marine military families with special needs.

3602 Hochmuth Ave., MCRD Bldg. 6 East, SD, 92140-5290 619-524-8031 (Administration) www.mccsmcrd.com/ exceptional-family-memberprogram Military Child Education Coalition 254-953-1923 www.militarychild.org/parentsand-students/resources Military One Source (DOD Special Needs Parent Toolkit) Comprehensive information and tools that help military families with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements. www.militaryonesource.mil/efmp Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program Helps military families with children with special needs. 858-577-4668 www.mccsmiramar.com/efmp/

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Military Special Needs Network Peer-to-peer, global organization founded to respond to the family support needs of all branches of the military and their Exceptional Family Members. www.militaryspecialneeds network.com NRSW Fleet and Family Support Center San Diego Naval Base San Diego: 619-556-7404 Naval Base Point Loma: 619-553-8306 Naval Base Coronado: 619-545-6071 Murphy Canyon Branch: 858-277-4259 www.navylifesw.com

MUSIC THERAPY Amplify Music Therapy One-on-one and group music therapy for children and adults. Adaptive music lessons with therapist equipped with tools to adapt lesson format. Onsite music groups available for hospitals and

Music Therapy Center of California Provides neurologic music therapy, trainings and music lessons for youth with special needs. Their mission: empower individuals to reach their potential one note at a time. 7840 Mission Center Ct. #205 SD, 92108 619-299-1411 171 Saxony Rd. #210 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-633-1411 www.themusictherapycenter.com Where Music Begins, Academy of Music Adaptive music and signing lessons. Uses Simply Music, Kindermusik and Signing Smart to provide neurological, cognitive, language and social skills that benefit students with special needs. 2801 Camino Del Rio S. #300-H SD, 92108 760-456-9036

NEURO PRODUCTS The Alert Program Self regulation program. 877-897-3478 www.alertprogram.com


Balametrics Kits to help balance and improve thinking and hand control. 800-894-3187 www.balametrics.com Bal-A-Vis-X, Inc. Balance, auditory and vision exercises that are fun for kids. 316-722-8012 www.bal-a-vis-x.com Brain Gym International Program that gets kids moving and brains thinking. www.braingym.org Cogmed Working Memory Training Computer-based program designed to enhance working memory in individuals with attention deficits, learning disorders, brain injury or stroke. 888-748-3828 www.cogmed.com Handwriting Without Tears Handwriting program. 301-263-2700; 888-983-8409 www.hwtears.com Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Patent-pending multi-sensory program that takes sound therapy to a new level of efficacy by combining advanced psychoacoustics with visual and balance activities that are performed while listening. Designed to enhance auditory processing, attention, regulation and functional learning abilities. 303-741-4544 www.integratedlistening.com Interactive Metronome Neurological assessment and treatment tool used to help children with learning and developmental disorders, such as sensory integration disorder, ASD, Cerebral Palsy, nonverbal learning disorder, ADD/ADHD. Sunrise, FL 897-994-6776 www.interactivemetronome.com The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning Identification, prevention and treatment of developmental and

learning disorders. 301-304-8834 www.icdl.com Listening Fitness with the LiFT A personalized program designed to facilitate auditory processing, sensory integration, attention, speech-language acquisition, learning and overall well-being. Listening Fitness is an educational technique that uses a child’s own voice and filtered music to develop and improve listening skills in persons with ADD, auditory processing deficits, Autism, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Dyslexia, learning disabilities, and speech and language disorders. 6185 Paseo Del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-434-3912 www.listeningfitness.com PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Program uses pictures for children with communication delays. 888-732-7462 www.pecsusa.com Scientific Learning – Fit Brains Learn Better Products help develop the fundamental language and attention skills needed for reading and social language success, including Fast Forward. 888-816-0010 www.scilearn.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education)

NONPROFIT FAMILY RESIDENCES (FOR SAN DIEGO HOSPITAL STAYS) Ronald McDonald House of San Diego Offers low-cost or free housing for parents of children receiving longterm treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Food and relaxation spaces are available for local and visiting families with children in long-term care. 2929 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-467-4750 www.rmhcsd.org

Bannister Family House Low-cost stays for families of people receiving long-term care at UC San Diego Health (and who meet eligibility guidelines). 406 Dickinson St. SD, 92103 619-543-7977 www.rmhcsd.org

NUTRITION/FEEDING/HOME HEALTH PRODUCTS Advanced Medical DME Provides equipment, training and support necessary for non-invasive treatment of sleep disorders. Works with insurance to ensure best possible options for patients. 913-721-3737 www.advancedmedicaldme.com American HomePatient Provides a selection of equipment, maintenance and ongoing education that go beyond the realm of respiratory care, including nebulizer treatments, nutrition, and infusion therapy for those with sleep apnea and respiratory issues. 4849 Ronson Ct. #214 SD, 92111 800-890-7271 www.ahom.com Bundiebaby A bundling system that works around G-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com Belly Bands Soft, fabric bands with Velcro custom-sized for children and designed to protect the Mickey Button or PEG tube during play and therapy. Free to kids in San Diego and a nominal fee for those outside the city. 270-F N. El Camino Real #457 Encinitas, CA 92024 www.cecilyscloset.org Chef Stacy Powell Personal chef experienced in glutenfree, wheat-free, diabetic and heart healthy meals for recovery or for every day needs. Cooking parties and instruction also available. 760-533-7572 www.chefstacy.com

ChildLife Essentials Vitamins for infants and children. 800-993-0332 www.childlife.net Coloplast Bladder, bowel and wound care products designed to be efficient and easy to use. Knowledgeable and caring staff educate parents, young adults and doctors on the selection, care and use of every product. Spanish help available. 888-726-7872 www.coloplast.us End Picky Eating Assessment, hair tissue mineral analysis, and therapy including a sequential oral sensory approach in conjunction with sensory motor techniques to address the root problem of picky eating. Collaborates with doctors to ensure child’s medical needs are met. Webinars available. 619-846-1196 www.endpickyeating.com Farm Fresh to You Local organic farm partners with other local farms to provide a variety of seasonal, organic produce delivered to your home. They make healthy living easy and stress-free, and even little, picky eaters enjoy receiving their organics deliveries. 800-796-6009 www.farmfreshtoyou.com Feingold Association of the US Dietary Program Nutritional program for children with special needs. 631-369-9340 www.feingold.org Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc. Provider of respiratory products, home medical equipment, mobility solutions, and pharmaceuticals that puts the patient’s and family’s comfort and convenience above all else. 7868 + 7888 Convoy Ct. SD, 92111 2245 Enterprise St. #150 Escondido, CA 92029 714-575-8901 www.horizonoxygen.com

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Juice Plus+ Supplements of chewable fruit and vegetables. 800-347-6350 www.juiceplus.com

Associated Speech Pathologists Provides occupational therapy evaluations, intervention and consultations to children of all ages with ASD, fine motor and sensory deficits. 1595 Grand Ave. #110 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-471-1198 www.associatedspeech pathologists.com

Karmic Health Products dedicated to the glutenand casein-free diet. 760-685-3154 www.karmic-health.com Keil’s Fresh Food Stores Carries a selection of gluten-free products, organic produce, organic health and home care products, vitamins, and natural, homeopathic remedies. 7403 Jackson Dr., SD, 92119 619-667-2750 www.keils.com

Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services (see listing under Speech and Language)

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Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy, Inc. (See listing under Speech Therapy)

Kirkman Supplements and nutritional products. 800-245-8282 www.kirkmanlabs.com Mealtime Notions Products and resources for children with feeding problems. www.mealtimenotions.com MitoSpectra High-potency dietary supplement formulated for children and adults to optimize the function of mitochondria: the energy makers of most cells in the body. Created by the mother of a child with Autism and a pediatric neurologist whose personal mission is to maximize health by enhancing mitochondrial function. 888-607-5958 www.mitomedical.com/products The Pure Pantry Delicious gluten-free mixes, recipes and resources for specialized diets and allergies. Subscribe to the blog for Carlsbad cooking classes. www.thepurepantry.com Rady Children’s Hospital Feeding Team Provides multi-disciplinary evaluation and treatment of children with complex feeding disorders such as oral aversion, gastrostomy tubes

and failure to thrive, ages birth to 12 years. 3020 Children’s Way #MC5010 SD, 92123 858-576-1700, x5522 www.rchsd.org SDSU Research FoundationWIC Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5. www.sdsuwic.org Shield HealthCare A home medical supply provider of incontinence, enteral nutrition, ostomy, urological and wound care products. Home delivery and exceptional customer service. 800-765-8775 www.shieldhealthcare.com SpecialCare Durable medical equipment provider for personal home use and travel. Provides set-up and training for use of medical, respiratory, sleep,

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mobility and transfer products. Rentals available. Bilingual. 9511 Ridgehaven Ct., SD, 92123 858-694-5800 www.specialcaredme.com Tummy Tunnels Iron-on patch that provides access to G-tubes without damage to clothing. www.tummytunnels.com

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ACES Inc. (See listing under Education) Addie’s AutismFITT Club Occupational, speech and physical therapy. Strives to help each family and individual reach their highest level of function in a fun, creative and nurturing environment. 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 861 Harold Pl. #205 Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-578-2232 www.autismfitt.com

Catalyst Therapy, Inc. Specializes in sensory integration evaluation and treatment. Provides an innovative and holistic approach to therapy. Utilizes a natural, playful technique to capitalize on a child’s strengths and interests. 543 Encinitas Blvd. #113 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-944-7870 www.catalysttherapy.com Children’s OT Services, Inc. Complete OT services including sensory integration, fine motor skills and regulation. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #104 SD, 92126 2026 Roosevelt Rd. #105 SD, 92106 858-695-9444 www.fitsot.com Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. (see listing under Speech and Language) Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy Age-appropriate standardized and clinical assessments, individualized clinic and home therapy programs, referrals to other community resources and assistance with insurance. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org


Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. 6185 Paseo Del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-438-3300 www.it4k.com Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center (See listing under Speech and Language) K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates, Inc. (See listing under Physical Therapy) Kirsch Therapy Occupational therapy programs that are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based make therapy a fun experience. Participates in continuing education programs and are up-to-date on the latest research and treatment methodologies. 1949 Avenida del Oro #118 Oceanside, CA 92056 760-945-6500 www.kirschtherapy.com Leaps-n-Bounds Occupational Therapy, Inc. Assesses and provides plans for fine motor development, sensory diets and development, handwriting development, feeding and oral needs, and other daily living skills. 590 Laguna Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-730-9675 www.leapsnboundsot.com OT, Etc. (See Excel Speech listing under Speech and Language) OT OuTdoors Carrie Jacobs, M, OTR/L provides sensory processing treatment for children and adults and administers the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. Assists children with learning fine motor skills, visual motor skills, social skills, sequencing and motor planning with the use of a certified therapy dog. 1461 Merrit Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 858-945-3243 – OT 858-442-1865 – PT www.OTOuTdoors.com

Pediatric Therapy Services (see listing under Speech and Language, under Excel Speech) Rady Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy Provides evaluation and intervention to children with suspected disabilities. 3020 Children’s Way, MC5068 SD, 92123 858-966-5829 www.rchsd.org San Diego Occupational Therapy Provides evaluation, intervention and consultation in fine motor/ handwriting skill development, play and socialization, Sensory Integration, feeding and oral motor needs, self-help and daily living skills, and visual motor and perceptual skills. 6264 Ferris Sq., SD, 92121 619-940-4128 www.sandiegooccupational therapy.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) SmallTalk Speech and Occupational Therapy Assessment, interventions and consultations from an integrative speech/OT setting for all children. Has specialties in SPD, SID, early intervention and oral motor. 3 locations: 12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy. #111 SD, 92128 260 E. Chase Ave. #204 El Cajon, CA 92020 2356 Moore St. #101 SD, 92110 619-647-6157 www.smalltalkspeech.com SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy Offers occupational, speechlanguage, physical therapy and educational services to enhance social and motor skills, cognition, handwriting, sensory processing, language, speech, self-esteem, health and wellness. 3252 Holiday Ct. #118 La Jolla, CA 92037 858-459-7768 www.spotkidstherapy.com

Stars Therapy Services Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and ABA Intensive Behavioral Therapy to increase communication, social function, daily living skills, self-care and behavioral challenges. 333 H St. #6010 Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-600-1395 www.starstherapyservices.com Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Therapy Uptown Occupational and speech therapy services that specialize in child development. Focus on handwriting, sensory processing, sports enhancement, visual motor integration/visual perception, fine and gross motor development, and movement-based tutoring. 3970 9th Ave. SD, 92103 619-542-9945 http://therapyuptown.wix.com/ therapyuptown Total Education Solutions (See listing under Education) VIP NeuroRehabilitation Center 7340 Trade St. #F SD, 92121 858-689-9643 www.vipneurorehab.org Write Steps Pediatric Occupational Therapy Danielle Schulman, MSOT, OTR/L provides comprehensive evaluation and one-on-one treatment in visual motor skills, visual perceptual skills, handwriting, self-care, and sensory integration to ensure an optimal learning environment. Specializes in strengthening fine motor skills as they relate to handwriting and dayto-day activities. 11172 Corte Pleno Verano SD, 92130 858-401-2677 www.writesteps.com

PARENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES 2-1-1 Information Referral Search Similar to 411 and 911, this is one-stop shopping for health and welfare needs. Operators take full case histories and provide a plethora of resources. They also have information about court-ordered parenting classes. Dial 211 www.211.org The ARC of San Diego Largest provider of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County, including parent/ infant programs, independent living and vocational skills training, camps and recreational activities. Also a leader in government advocacy for persons with disabilities. 3030 Market St. SD, 92102 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com Armed Services YMCA Support program for military families of children with Autism or PDD. Sibling support groups offered. 3293 Santo Rd., SD, 92124 858-751-5755 www.sandiegoasymca.org Autism College: Chantal Sicile Kira (see listing under Autism) Brave Kids UCP’s online connection for kids 6-17 with special needs and chronic/ life-threatening illnesses and their families. Provides resources about their diagnoses and a safe, online chat forum with other kids and parents of kids with special needs. 800-872-5827 www.bravekids.org Children in Need, Inc. Nonprofit organization administered by staff of San Diego County, Health and Human Services Agency. Their mission is to provide the necessary financial support for enrichment activities to assist children’s participation in sports, arts and cultural interaction. 858-616-5900 www.childreninneedsd.org

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Child Trauma Academy Dr. Bruce Perry’s site translates emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, educate and heal children. 866-943-9779 www.childtrauma.org COMPASS Family Center Supports the well-being of families caring for children with special needs. Services include family counseling and guidance, special education advocacy and representation, and information and referrals to community resources. 4394 30th St., SD, 92104 4080 Center St. #103 SD 92103 619-543-9850 www.ymca.org Down Syndrome Association of San Diego (DSA) Family Support Network across the lifespan: information, resources and referral services, education and social events, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Specialized services:

peer/parent support, pre/postnatal consults, family support groups (English/Spanish), social groups, and lending library. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 619-594-7389 www.dsasdonline.org DS Action and Down Syndrome Center Check the DS Action calendar for monthly activities for families with all disabilities including Dad’s Night, Mom’s Night, and fun family events. Follow on Facebook for a list of the most current activities. 619-694-4615 www.downsyndromeaction.org Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups, referrals and information about court-ordered parenting

classes. Services and supports are offered in English and Spanish. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 800-281-8252; 619-594-7416 www.efrconline.org Filipino American Association for the Developmentally Disabled Monthly support group for FilipinoAmerican families. Teresa Lucas: 619-502-0929 Foundation for Developmental Disabilities Provides support in San Diego and Imperial Counties for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, in the form of affordable housing access and development when available, microenterprise job development and creation, emergency assistance, and scholarship opportunities for students entering the field of developmental disabilities. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #116 SD, 92123 858-256-2222 www.foundationfordd.org

Freeheart Ranch, Sarah Wyckoff, MA Parent of person with special needs offers holistic, transformative coaching, expressive art, journaling, drama and dance/movement therapy for parents. Offers private sessions, facilitates support groups and leads Free Heart Ranch Mother’s Retreats. 619-246-4595 www.freeheartranch.com Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Offers support services to grandparents and relatives who are raising grandchildren. www.raisingyourgrandchildren .com The Hanna Fenichel Center Center for child development parent classes. 336-340 North Acacia Ave. Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-0860 www.hannafenichel.com

The Arc of San Diego is the largest, most comprehensive service provider for people with disabilities in San Diego County and offers a wide range of services and support. Respite: Provides dependable care 24/7, 365 days of the year. Offering assistance with care of your loved one in your home or in the community. Parent/Infant Program: Provides family-centered early educational services from children birth to three years old with developmental delays or who are "at risk" for delay. We help kids learn through fun play-based activities that help them meet important developmental milestones. Camp: Join us for a week-long overnight camp in July 2018. Registration opens in May 2018.

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Healthy Development Services (HDS) – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Care coordination to link families to an array of services, including parent education, for children ages 0-5 and their families. 3020 Children’s Way #MC5129 SD, 92123 858-576-1700 x7346 www.rchsd.org JDRF Family Network Parent Nights and toddler, child, and teen-specific activity events for those with T-1 Diabetes. 5665 Oberlin Dr. #106 SD, 92121 858-597-0240 www.sd.jdrf.org Jeremiah’s Ranch JR Support Group Resources and support groups for families with children with special needs. Meetings typically have a guest speaker who presents information, tips, news and techniques to address the needs of kids. 855 S. Main Ave. #K-345 Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-805-5214 www.jeremiahsranch.org Kinship Support Services YMCA YMCA of San Diego County Youth & Family Services provides help to grandparents and relatives caring for children whose parents are unable or unavailable to them. 619-543-9850 www.ymca.org Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and offers parenting groups for parents of children with special needs or typical developmental challenges. 5190 Governor Dr. #104 SD, 92122 858-536-8985 www.mindfultherapydoc.com Mental Health Systems, Inc. Family service programs identify and address mental health needs and alcohol and drug issues, as well as

assist clients with creating healthy interpersonal relationships. Programs provide innovative, strengths-based, individualized and culturally sensitive services. 9465 Farnham St., SD, 92123 858-573-2600 www.mhsinc.org Michele McGrath Wolfson, MFT Marriage and Family Counseling for families with special needs. 6353 El Camino Real #K Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-431-1819 Mingle A recurring, social resource event for parents and providers to meet, make connections and foster supportive relationships. www.minglesd.com The Parent Connection Support and playgroups for San Diego families. 858-626-6944 www.sandiegoparent.com

Parents Advocating Together Offers support to parents of children with special needs (preschool to high school) in San Diego County. PAT provides information, trainings, educational and emotional support to parents as they navigate their child’s rights under IDEA 2004. 858-213-8620 www.patsd.org Parents United Special Needs Foundation (PUSE) Parent coffee talks, resource education and recreational activities for South Asian children with special needs and their families 858-334-3384 www.pusesd.org PASS (Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions) Parent support group for parents of children with special needs. Meetings held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. 16275 Pomerado Rd. Poway, CA 92064 www.powaypass.com

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POSSE (Parents of Students in Special Education) Help navigate IEP process for learning disabilities. 619-335-0536 www.possesandiego.org Roots and Wings Consulting Marriage and family therapists, educators, social workers and psychologists with expertise in parenting, Autism, grief, communication, depression, anxiety, play therapy and more. 9541 Grossmont Summit Dr. La Mesa, CA 91941 619-737-7721 www.RootsAndWingsConsulting .com San Diego Center for ADHD Coaching Roya Kravetz, professional coach and certified parent educator. 12625 High Bluff Dr. #105 SD, 92130 858-334-8584 www.adhdsuccesscoaching.com San Diego Family Magazine San Diego County’s best parenting resource! Free monthly magazine offers articles and resources for health, education, camp, holidays and local family fun for all ages and abilities. Award-winning monthly calendar full of family activities and events. Visit the website and stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 1475 Sixth Ave. #500 SD, 92101 619-685-6970 www.SanDiegoFamily.com San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) Serves as a focal point in the community to which infant/toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200 SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org

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Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego Helps parents and advocates in the special needs community overcome challenges of a family’s journey by bringing together people, information and resources. The foundation (in partnership with San Diego Family Magazine) publishes and distributes Flourishing Families annually, plus a free bi-monthly eNewsletter designed for families with special needs. Visit website to subscribe. 1475 Sixth Ave. #511 SD, 92101 619-685-6970 www.SNRFSD.org

pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5. Locations in San Diego County 888-999-6897 www.sdsuwic.com

TERI Campus of Life Guides adults through the process of finding services for students and adults with developmental disabilities. Classes are available to become a qualified life coach for those with special needs for parents and professionals. Classes and information on trusts and conservatorships available. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

YMCA Kinship Support Services Supports kinship caregivers throughout San Diego County in achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for their families through education, advocacy and community collaboration. Respite care available. 877-YMCA-4-KIN www.ymca.org/yfs/programs/ kinship-support-services.html

UCSD Center for Mindfulness Eight-week course to teach mindful coping skills. 5060 Shoreham Pl. #330 SD, 92122 858-334-4636 http://mindfulness.ucsd.edu Undiagnosed Family Support Group Quarterly meetings with interesting speakers and Facebook support group for parents of children with special needs who do not know the etiology of their child’s condition or illness. Fun activities for children are available while the parents meet. 760-481-5509 sdufsg@gmail.com Walden Family Services–A Foster Family (See listing under Foster Care) WIC-SDSU Research Foundation Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for

Xcite Steps Familly Therapy Provides family coping skills and relationship conflict resolution through an individualized approach to parents, couples, siblings, and families who experience stress or anxiety due to ASD or other developmental disability diagnoses. 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com

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Yo! Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud Online resource designed to help teens promote independence and self-advocacy through resources, leadership development opportunities, and community connections. 866-296-9753 800-900-0706 TDD www.yodisabledproud.org

PARTY PLANNING AND SPECIAL EVENTS Adventure Ski and Snowboard School (See listing under Recreation) Big Animals for Little Kids Nonprofit provides fun for children in homeless shelters, hospitals and foster care facilities, and at events for kids with special needs. Volunteers dress in animal costumes, paint faces, make balloon hats, and create photo keepsakes. 4629 Cass St., SD, 92109 619-723-3142 www.biganimalsforlittlekids.org


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Especially Cakes Local bakery offers gluten-free and/ or vegan custom-made themed cakes. 10760 Thornmint Rd. SD, 92127 www.especiallycakes.com

Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center (See listing under Speech and Language)

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Get Air (See listing under Recreation) Jelly Bean the Clown Compassionate and sensitive to children of all ages and abilities, Jelly Bean specializes in kids’ birthday party entertainment: face painting, temporary tattoos, kids’ magic show, games and balloon sculptures. Shirly Chwalowski 858-245-6035 www.clownsinSanDiego.com

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The New Children’s Museum (See listing under Recreation) Metro Dance Themed, dance-based birthday parties with performance and dressup and summer dance camps for children of all ages and abilities. 1221 Cushman Ave., SD, 92110 619-299-6387 www.metrodancesd.com Snapology (See listing under Camps) UltraStar Cinemas Locally owned movie theater offers family-friendly programs and pricing. Discounts for first showing of every 2D movie and all day Tuesday and Thursday. Baby’s Night Out, held every Thursday at 7pm, offers parents the opportunity to enjoy a movie with baby, complete with stroller parking, dimmed lights, reduced volume and changing facilities in the auditorium. Great birthday packages available. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100 SD, 92108 619-685-2841 www.ultrastarmovies.com

PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC SERVICES

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Joel’s Vision Arts Local author, speaker and artist with Autism creates books, videos and art for sale, a portion of which benefits a scholarship fund for art and music therapy for children with disabilities. www.joelsvisionarts.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Savoring the Sweet Life Photography Hour-long sessions held at location of your choice, at any time of day. Their goal is to capture a slice of life, not just a photo. Photographer has a Master’s Degree in Education with training in special needs. 858-829-6584 www.savoringthesweetlife.com Vikki Dinh Photography Specializes in quick, sweet and natural images of children of all ages and needs. Choose from stress-free, patient family sessions or affordable, mini sessions capturing the essence of your child in a variety of themes and settings.

ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Addie’s AutismFITT Club (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services (see listing under Speech and Language) Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. (see listing under Speech and Language) Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) Inspiration Physical Therapy Specializes in therapy services for individuals with developmental and mental health conditions to improve participation and quality of life.

K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates, Inc. Occupational, physical and speech therapy assessment. 11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128 858-673-5437 www.kidstherapyassociates.com Pediatric Therapy Specialists Physical, occupational and speech therapists dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and infants experiencing developmental delays and special needs through assessment and individualized treatment programs. Offices in Point Loma, Chula Vista and Lemon Grove. 3760 Convoy St. #204 SD, 92111 858-514-0375 www.therapyspecialists.net PT in Motion (See Excel Speech listing under Speech and Language) Rady Children’s Hospital Physical Therapy Provides physical therapy in the evaluation and treatment of neurological, congenital, orthopedic and developmental problems from infancy through adolescence. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Strides Physical Therapy, Inc. Physical therapy assessment and treatment plans to serve the whole child based on a dynamic systems model, addressing primary system impairments in order to maximize potential for functional independence

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Member benefits include... • Summer camps include “Camp I CAN” and “Surf Camp” • Network with caregivers, educators, medical professionals and researchers • Over 40 support group meetings a year • Free monthly family events

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Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association Year-round league sports, sports mentor and mentee program, and recreational sports for children and adults with physical disabilities and Jr. wheelchair sports camp for kids. SD, 92195 619-336-1806 www.adaptivesportsandrec.org Adventure Ski and Snowboard School Certified Recreational Therapist school director and professional ski instructors experienced with special needs use a one-on-one approach to teach people of all ages, abilities and disabilities how to ski, improve skiing or snowboard in a safe, carpeted, school setting. Includes the visually impaired, people with ASD, and those with many physical disabilities. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-942-2188 www.adventureski.com Altitude Trampoline Park Fun, inclusive, bounce experience with high-quality trampolines, dodgeball court, Battlebeam, foam pit, rock climbing walls and more. 1928 Hacienda Dr. Vista, CA 92081 760-842-5142 www.altitudevista.com America the Beautiful Access Pass, National Parks Service U.S. residents with documented disabilities are eligible for a free pass to all national parks, historic sites and recreation areas that charge entrance fees. www.nps.gov A Night to Remember Prom A prom honoring students ages 15-22 with special needs. Guests get hair/make-up done, limo rides, and walk down the red carpet before entering the dance/dinner.

Each student with special needs is partnered with a typical San Diego high school student who serves as their host. www.anighttorememberprom.com Aqua Pros Swim School Pool Pals swimming program for children with Autism and annual surf camp. 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (Located in Boys & Girls Club) SD, 92117 619-209-2990 www.aquapros.org Arms Wide Open Instructors guide students through dance, movement and percussion, enabling the dancer with special needs to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying dance and performing choreography. 237 East Main St. #A El Cajon, CA 92020 619-579-6197 www.awosd.org ASD Mornings at the Nat Once a month, the San Diego Natural History Museum opens an hour early to provide a less crowded environment for visitors with ASD and similar diagnoses to explore galleries at their own pace and watch a movie in the giant screen theater with lower volume and more light. It also offers a quiet room from 9 a.m. to noon if visitors need to decompress. Please RSVP online. 1788 El Prado, SD, 92101 877-946-7797 www.sdnat.org/visit/ accessibility/asd-mornings Autism Accessibility and Hearing-Impaired Offerings at the Fleet Once a month families with children with Autism enjoy science exhibits and a sensory-friendly film screening in a quieter setting, an hour before public opening and with access to a special cool-off space. Offers Rear Window closed-captioning for all films in the Giant Dome Theater. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, SD, 92101 619-238-1233 www.fleetscience.org


AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. The emphasis is on participation and fun! 800-872-2976 www.ayso.org/VIP Barnes Tennis Center Wheelchair Program A program for children and adults with physical handicaps. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd. SD, 92107 619-221-9000 www.barnestenniscenter.com Blue Roses Girls Group Formed to foster making and sustaining friendships with activities (fashion shows, camps and more) aimed at teen girls with Autism, ASD, and social challenges due to special needs. www.bluerosesgirls.com

Bubbles Swim School Offers instructional swim for students of all ages and abilities, starting as young as two months old. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of instruction and safety. Call for an evaluation. 10369 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-0128 www.bubblesswimschool.com Capability Ranch Activity center for youth with disabilities and developmental delays plan monthly enriching activities and events that inspire imagination and entertain. Visit Facebook page for details. 18030 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 914-582-5901 www.capabilityranch.org Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) 9591 Waples St., SD, 92121 858-866-0959 www.challengedathletes.org

Cheryl’s Place, Montevalle Park Play park with specially designed playground equipment accessible to children in wheelchairs. 840 Duncan Ranch Rd. Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.chulavistaca.gov Children’s Choir/Voices in Unity Free, inclusive K-6 children’s and 7th–12th grade youth choirs led by Soprano Lynn Mendoza-Khan.

Children participate in spring and fall vocal and performance lessons and choir practice culminating in a final performance at semester’s end. No choral experience necessary. First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego 4190 Front St. SD, 92103 619-298-9978 www.firstuusandiego.org/ children-and-youth-choirs

Sharon/FF2018 VIP teams may include individuals with: • Autism • Down Syndrome • Cerebral Palsy • Mental or emotional challenges • Impaired mobility

AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Soccer Program for children and adults with disabilities VIP teams forming in Tierrasanta and around the County Please contact the R152 VIP Coordinator to learn more Vipcoordinator@ayso152.org www.ayso152.org

CAPTIONED AND ENHANCED AUDIO FOR FILM SCREENINGS IN THE HEIKOFF GIANT DOME THEATER Our Rear Window closed-captioning system is complimentary, and the system is accessible in the upper-right seating area of the theater.

Additionally, headsets are available that increase the intelligibility of theater presentations by enhancing the narration and dialogue and lowering the music and sound effects.

Ask for closed captioning or for a complimentary headset at the ticket counter.

FLEETSCIENCE.ORG (619) 238-1233

AUTISM ACCESSIBILITY MORNINGS THE THIRD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 9 A .M. Enjoy the Fleet's exhibit galleries in a quieter setting, an hour before regular public hours, and with access to a special cool-off space. Stay and enjoy the museum all day.

Admission includes a special IMAX® film screening at 10 a.m. with the house lights on and a lower soundtrack volume.

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Children’s Nature Retreat Twenty-acre, ranch-style animal retreat and farm for over 120 domesticated livestock from around the world helps children learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Reservations for groups with special needs. Birthday parties available. 5178 Japatul Spur Alpine, CA 91901 619-320-4942 www.childrensnatureretreat.com

Dance Therapy with Addie’s AutismFitt and MetroDanceSD MetroDanceSD instructors are partnered with an Addie’s OT/PT to teach children how to dance. Classes incorporate tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, break dancing, tumbling, hula and tumbling. 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-578-2232 861 Harold Pl. #205 Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.autismfitt.com

Color, Construct, Create Fun, therapeutic and skill-enhancing art class for school-age children with and without special needs brought to your location. Afterschool programs and summer camps available. SD, 92128 858-472-6009 www.colorconstructcreate.com

Dance this Ability: Malashock Dance Co. In partnership with St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Malashock Dance facilitates a program where young adults are integrated into a professional environment at Dance Place San Diego. A weekly dance class incorporates motor skills, spatial awareness, self-expression and more. Dorothea Laub, Dance Place San Diego 2650 Truxtun Rd. #104 SD, 92106 619-260-1622 www.malashockdance.org

Connections Improv Program for Teens–Unscripted Learning Afterschool improve comedy program for kids with ASD. 3717 India St., SD, 92103 619-500-4628 www.unscriptedlearning.org Creative Stages of Dance/New Dramatic Arts San Diego Danceworks offers introductory and private dance lessons for children with special needs. 2653 Ariane Dr., SD, 92117 858-272-7456 www.sddanceworks.com/about/ creative-stages Danceology Performing Arts Campus Adaptive Dance introduces the basics of ballet and creative movement to girls ages 4-8 with special needs. In a fun and inviting atmosphere, dancers learn and explore the art of dance. Dancers have the opportunity to perform in the holiday show and June showcase. 10750 Thornmint Rd. #102 SD, 92127 858-613-1155 www.danceology.biz

Dance with Me: Dance and Company This 50-minute class is designed for young children with special needs to express themselves through simple dance movements, enhance motor skills, improve health, increase flexibility, develop confidence and increase social skills. 6635 Flanders Dr. #D SD, 92121 858-750-3021 12120 Alta Carmel Ct. #D SD 92128 858-524-6355 www.danceandcompany.com Dixon Lake–Accessible Cabin Accessible camping for persons with physical disabilities. 1700 La Honda Dr. Escondido, CA 92027 Park Ranger: 760-839-4680 www.escondido.org/DixonLake-accessible-cabin.aspx

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Easter Seals of Southern California Summer camp in the San Bernardino Mountains. 401 S. Ivy St. Escondido, CA 92025 951-264-4855 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal Engel Family Field, San Dieguito County Park Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League. 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Del Mar, CA 92014 858-755-2386 www.sdparks.org/content/ sdparks/in/park-pages/ SanDieguito.html Eucalyptus Park Playground built by American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and KaBOOM! that includes a spiral climber, angled cliff hanger, and V-bounce for children with special needs. 4th and C St. Chula Vista, CA 91910 www.chulavistaca.gov Family Karate Karate programs for the physically challenged. 12798 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd. SD, 92129 858-484-4747 www.familykarateusa.com Flip Force Tumbling, martial arts and dance classes open to people with all abilities in a faith-based environment. 9282 Miramar Rd., SD, 92126 858-578-3547 www.flipforcesandiego.com Floaties Swim School Group swim instruction (3:1) for infants through adults designed to stimulate brain development while improving social and gross motor skills from instructors with special needs training in a salt-purified pool. Birthday parties available. 13180 Poway Rd. Poway, CA 92064 877-277-7946 www.floatiesswimschool.com

Friendship Circle of San Diego Provides inclusive social and recreational experiences for children and adults with special needs. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.friendshipcirclesd.org GB Productions’ STARS Program at North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe The STARS Theater Arts program for individuals with intellectual disabilities puts an emphasis on developing abilities in stage presence, comedy improvisation, reading and memorizing scripts, costuming, and working as a team to support fellow actors. 2031 El Cajon Blvd., SD, 92104 619-647-4958 Tickets www.northparkvaudeville.com Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center (See listing under Down Syndrome) Green Field Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League. 7th & G Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org Grossmont College Adapted Aerobic Classes School enrollment necessary. Adaptive equipment and training provided. Disabled Student Services 8800 Grossmont College Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-644-7000 x7112 www.grossmont.edu Grossmont Recreation Therapy Includes gentle fitness, arthritis aquatic program, aquacize, adaptive aquatics program, SPLASH and adaptive golf clinic. Includes programs for stroke survivors and family members. 5555 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa, CA 91941 619-644-4104 I Can Play! (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific)


Ice Plex Special Skaters Program Ice skating class for all ages. Skate rentals included. Coaches available for private lessons. 555 N. Tulip St. Escondido, CA 92025 760-489-5550 www.iceoplexescondido.com

Autism awareness throughout San Diego County by pairing teams from Include Autism with local youth baseball players. Held at Twin Trails Park in Rancho Peñasquitos. 858-603-7344 www.includeautism.org/ inclusion-baseball-league InnerDancer Performing Arts Peer and friendship centered social interaction and dance development program for all abilities. Weekly classes and inclusive performance opportunities. 8975 Lawrence Welk Dr. #13 Escondido, CA 92026 602-502-2743 www.innerdancers.org

iFLY Indoor Skydiving–All Abilities Nights Custom designed flight programs for kids 3 and up with physical and cognitive challenges. Guided through flight by specially trained IBA instructors. All gear included. Schedules vary and are updated on website and Facebook. 2385 Camino Del Rio North SD, 92108 619-432-4359 3178 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92056 760-606-4359 www.iflyworld.com Include Autism Baseball League Baseball inclusion program provides league experience to youth diagnosed with Autism. It raises

Jas Arnold Trail for All People Fully ADA accessible, 1,100 linear foot loop in the Black Mountain Regional Park offers amazing views and an inviting park space for people with mobility issues. Features interpretative signage and shade structures with space for wheelchair visitors. Miner’s Ridge Loop Parking Area 14895 Carmel Valley Rd. SD, 92129

858-538-8021 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/parks/trail-for-allpeople

Point Loma, CA 92106 619-573-9625 www.indoorplaysandiego.com

Kids Included Together (KIT) (See listing under Inclusion)

Little League: Challenger Division Division of Little League for children ages 4-18 with physical or mental disabilities. Use the league finder tool to find the Challenger division nearest you. www.littleleague.org/learn/ about/divisions/challenger.htm

KidVentures Provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for San Diego families with children with special needs. Staff works with educators, occupational therapists and child psychologists to provide a welcoming place to learn and play. 10760 Thornmint Rd. SD, 92127 858-207-6088 851 Showroom Pl. Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-651-8622 2865 Sims Rd.

Miracle League of San Diego Inclusive baseball league for ages 5 and up, Played on an accessible field, perfect for kids who don’t fit into a typical league. Players are paired with hand-picked buddies based on need so families can enjoy the experience of watching their kids play with real color commentary. Engel Family Field 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Del Mar, CA 92014 Green Field 7th & G Ave., Coronado, CA 92118 www.miracleleagueofsandiego.org

Juan Carlos Organization Zumba For All Lisbeth Garces and her team provide inclusive Zumba in various locations around San Diego. www.jcorg.org

Experience a special “time-out” in the world of nature.

A perfect family adventure!

Book your visit at reservations@childrensnatureretreat.org or call 619-320-4942 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901 | childrensnatureretreat.org

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Miracle Movers Special Needs Dance Program, Performing Arts Workshop Classes for children ages 2-8 with special needs focusing on creative movement therapy, mind body connection, spatial awareness exercises and dance vocabulary. 1465 Encinitas Blvd. #A102 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-2671 Mountain High Adaptive Ski Program Adaptive lessons are 1:1 under the PSIA trained supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. Serves students ages 4 and up. They must be able to hold head upright and must maintain breathing on their own. Reservation 72 hours in advance required. Includes fitting of equipment. 888-754-7878 www.mthigh.com/lessons-andrentals/specialty-programs/ adaptive-lessons.html

Murray Callan Swim School Inclusive swim classes based on the individual needs of each child. 1012 Law St., SD, 92109 858-273-7946 www.murraycallanswimschools .com The New Children’s Museum Offers a safe, interactive and engaging environment in which children of all ages and abilities can participate in hands-on art-making and other sensory activities. 200 W. Island Ave., SD, 92101 619-233-8792 www.thinkplaycreate.org North County Gymnastics and the Gyminny Kids Classes designed to help children 15 months and up, including those with high-functioning disabilities, experience gymnastics in a fun and positive environment. Class ratio is no more than 5:1. 17022 Camino San Bernardo SD, 92127 858-451-0204 www.gyminnykids.com

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Our Family Spa (See listing under Integrative Approach to Therapies) PACT (Positive Action Community Theatre) Theater and dance programs designed to empower kids with special needs through performance. Dance North County 535 Encinitas Blvd. #101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-815-8512 www.pacthouse.org Parents United Special Needs Foundation (PUSE) (See Parent and Family Resources) Poway Youth Basketball League, Challenged Division Challenged athletes program for youths with intellectual disabilities. All games played in Meadowbrook Middle School’s gym. Poway, CA 92064 www.pybl.com

Rise and Shine Christian Choral Program The San Diego Chorister Guild’s free program for children ages 8–18 with developmental or cognitive disabilities is open to children regardless of family church affiliation. Parents required to attend. 760-807-6359 klundeen24@hotmail.com www.choristersguildsandiego .org San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Special early morning hours geared for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities to enjoy purposeful play-based exhibits in a welcoming, comfortable quiet environment. 320 N. Broadway Escondido, CA 92025 760-233-7755 www.sdcdm.org San Diego Chill Hockey League Low-priced, amateur ice hockey league for boys and girls ages 7-12 with disabilities who are physically


able to play but unable to participate in a typical organized league. Ice, equipment, coaching and mentoring provided. UTC Ice Sports Center 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. SD, 92122 www.sandiegochill.org San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Ballet for Me! is a classical ballet program specifically designed for children ages 7–12 with unique physical needs. 1650 El Prado #209 Casa del Prado Building Balboa Park, SD, 92101 619-233-3060 www.sdcyb.org San Diego Park and Rec— Therapeutic Recreation Services Inclusive camps, sports leagues, social groups and recreational activities for individuals 3 and up with special needs and their families. Quarterly publication of activities. 3325 Zoo Dr., SD, 92101 619-525-8247 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/activities/trs

San Diego Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer Program North County community-based inclusive spring and fall soccer program for ages 4 and up with physical or mental disabilities. sdsctopsoccer@gmail.com www.sandiegosoccerclub.org Sensory-Friendly Films Bi-monthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs. AMC Mission Valley 1640 Camino Del Rio N. SD, 92108 AMC Palm Promenade 770 Dennery Rd., SD, 92154 www.amctheatres.com/ programs/sensory-friendlyfilms Sensory Story Time at the San Diego Central Library Children ages 4-11 who have difficulty in large groups, are on the Autism Spectrum, or experience sensory overload are welcome to this monthly program. Books, songs,

movement and therapeutic activities encourage peer interaction. Call to register, space is limited. 330 Park Blvd., SD, 92101 619-238-6664 www.sandiego.gov/publiclibrary Sing, Move and Play Music Academy Offers 1:1 piano and group keyboard lessons for ages 3–adult. Music helps physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Try Harmony Road group instruction (18 mos–11 yrs), a comprehensive early childhood music program. 13018 Pomard Way Poway, CA 92064 858-449-3606 www.singmoveandplay.com Sky Sailing at Warner Springs Adaptive soaring equipment for young adults with physical disabilities. 31930 Hwy. 79 Warner Springs, CA 92086 760-782-0404 www.skysailing.com SMYBB Shooting Stars Inclusive program for ages 5–22 with social, intellectual and mild physical disabilities to learn and enjoy basketball in a fun, noncompetitive environment, some with “buddies” (basketball mentors). At Corky Smith Gym on Sundays, October-January. 274 Pico Ave. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-598-8090 www.smybbshootingstars.com

Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County Offers free, year-round sports training and competition for all with intellectual disabilities. Develops improved physical fitness, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. 10977 San Diego Mission Rd. SD, 92108 619-283-6100 www.sosc.org/sandiego Sports for Exceptional Athletes Community-based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5–adult. Offers 24 sports in four seasons for persons with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship. 9575 Aero Dr. #B, SD, 92123 858-565-7432 www.s4ea.org St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Adaptive Swim Lessons and Competitive Swim Team Year-round, warm water adaptive swim lessons for ages 6 mos.–adult with special needs. Taught by certified instructors who provide a low student to teacher ratio. Adaptive swim team workouts are available for swimmers who want to compete. Pre-registration is necessary. 2119 E. Madison Ave. El Cajon, CA 92019 619-442-5129 x114 www.stmsc.org Stand Up Paddle Boarding Paddle boarding is a great way to build core strength, develop gross motor skills, attention and

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balance. It will challenge vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile systems, aiding in strengthening and calming a child. Addie’s AutismFitt Club 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 861 Harold Pl. #205 Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-578-2232 www.autismfitt.com Stars Karate (USA Freestyle Martial Arts) Free karate lessons for children, ages 10 and 17 with disabilities. Typical siblings welcome in special classes but must pay. 3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #1 SD, 92110 619-224-9600 www.dragonkick.com Surfin Fire Surf School Year-round individual and group surf lessons and camps in Oceanside and Encinitas for all ages and most abilities by an Encinitas firefighter with swift water rescue certification and his trained staff. Surfboards and wetsuits provided to campers and private guests. 760-438-0538 www.surfinfire.com Swiftkick Martial Arts Applied martial arts program for kids with special needs where students work on balance, courage, selfawareness and core strength in a safe, non-threatening setting. Private sessions available. 16775 Bernardo Center Dr. #F SD, 92128 858-385-1600 7040 Avenida Encinas #B107 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-930-9300 www.swiftkickma.com Swim2John One-on-one swim program from 17 months old for most abilities. For ages 30 mos. and up, coach insists you will have a swimming child in 10 days! 858-444-6092 www.swim2john.com TERI Campus of Life Enrichment Programs Agriculture, equestrian, culinary,

fitness and music programs for students and adults with special needs including the Peas ‘N Carrots 4-H club (the first of its kind to serve those with developmental disabilities and their siblings). 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science The world of technology offers a unique experience to draw upon the abilities of students with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD, helping students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. Minecraft and child-friendly programs help teach computer science and game design. 858-869-9430 www.thoughtstem.com TOPSoccer (Outreach program through La Jolla Youth Soccer) Available to athletes ages 5–18 with a range of mental or physical challenges. Athletes are placed into groups based on ability, not age. All activities are based on the needs of the athletes. 3908 Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-677-9779 www.lajollasoccer.org Ultra Star Cinemas Parent Movie Morning and SensoryFriendly Films Early bird pricing, reduced volume, dimmed lights and plenty of stroller parking make these viewing opportunities for new parents and children with special needs unique to the typical movie experience. 7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100 SD, 92108 619-685-2841 www.ultrastarmovies.com USD Football and Baseball Player Mentor Program USD Toreros teams and Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) are active in mentoring kids with Autism. The Toreros host ATPF families at every home game, where the kids get to cheer on their players during the game and play catch with the players

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post game. 2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C SD, 92106 619-222-4465 www.autismtreeproject.org/ programs/usd-football-mentorprogram VALR Martial Arts Center Martial arts for any ability; inclusive practices for children 4 and up. 12943 Pomerado Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-668-1887 www.valrmartialarts.com Wheelchair Dancers Organization All classes are free and available to all ages and abilities interested in wheelchair dancing. Eight-week programs offered around San Diego in ballroom dance, Latin and other forms. 4584 Calle de Vida, SD 92124 858-573-1571 www.wheelchairdancers.org YMCA of San Diego County Swim lessons, sports leagues, day camps and overnight camps for children preschool and up all summer long. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y. Countywide 858-292-9622 www.ymca.org

RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPATION SDSU Early Brain Markers in Toddlers with Autism Study A brain imaging (MRI) study of early brain markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder. New studies on-going. 6363 Alvarado Ct. #200 SD, 92120 619-594-0176 www.sci.sdsu.edu/bdil

RESPITE/CHILDCARE/ SKILLED NURSING AblePathways Respite Care In-home care for kids with Autism/ ASD and developmental delay. 830 E. Vista Way #108 Vista, CA 92084 760-230-5251 www.ablepathways.com

AccentCare Home Health of CA (See listing in Housing & In-Home Support Services) ARCC Center (Autism, Respite, Camp and Childcare Center) Respite care and social mentoring for children and teens with developmental disorders. 619-300-4366 www.arcccenter.org At Your Home Familycare In-home care for adults, teens and children with disabilities. 6540 Lusk Blvd. #C-266 SD, 92121 858-625-0406 www.atyourhomefamilycare.com AVID In-Home Respite Services Provides quality, reliable, caring, in-home respite services for infants, toddlers, children, and adults, 7 days a week from 6:00 am-11:00 pm. 562 W. Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-498-4931 www.avidbdp.org Brightstar Care San Diego HHA Childcare for children with special needs, Certified Nursing Assistants for in-home 24-hour care as well as occupational, physical, speech and IV therapies. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #201 SD, 92126 866-618-7827 www.brightstarcare.com Care.com Membership required online resource helps parents find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs care. Background checks. www.care.com Casa Pacifica Adult Day Health Care Center Transportation assistance, therapies, activities and recreation daily for adults 18 and older with disabilities. 1424 30th St. #C, SD, 92154 619-424-8181 www.casa-pacifica.com Community Interface Services Nonprofit organization provides individualized care, supervision and companionship for children ages 3 and young adults in the privacy


and comfort of their own homes so their caregivers may take time for self-care. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.communityinterfaceservices .org Maxim Healthcare Services In-home care, respite, companion care and ABA therapy. Carlsbad Home Healthcare 2141 Palomar Airport Rd. #350 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-438-0078 San Diego Staffing 5030 Camino de la Siesta #405 SD, 92108 619-209-3696 www.maximhealthcare.com Not To Worry, Inc./All Care Service of professional caregivers for safe respite, in-home care, comprehensive health teaching, and timely assistance with pediatric and family health concerns. 7801 Mission Center Ct. #106 SD, 92108 619-718-4871; 760-471-5131 www.nottoworryinc.com Premier Healthcare Services Specializes in private homecare with screened, trained and credentialed nurses and home healthcare aides. Provides clinical support 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. 2020 Camino del Rio N #600 SD, 92108 619-574-6744 338 Via Vera Cruz #210 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-744-0200 www.premier-homehealth.com Sam and Rose Stein Education Center Special Care Services Child special care program and adult behavioral day program. 6145 Decena Dr. SD, 92120 619-281-5511 8910 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SD, 92123 858-514-5100 www.vistahill.org/contact-us TERI Family Support Services Home respite services for children and adults with disabilities funded through SDRC or parent tuition.

Vacation and Saturday programs available. Social clubs based on individual age groups. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org Together We Grow Skilled Nursing Care Center-based infant through adults, with skilled nursing care with weekend-overnight, afterschool, infant and preschool programs. Funding for qualifying families. 2120 Thibodo Rd. Vista, CA 92081 760-757-6031 5055 Viewridge Ave. SD, 92123 858-751-0506 www.togetherwegrow.net YMCA Childcare Resource Service Childcare referrals, respite care for children and afterschool care for teens who have special needs. Provides health and behavioral health services, financial assistance for childcare for income-eligible families,

parent and provider education, and resources for choosing childcare. 3333 Camino del Rio S. #400 SD, 92108 800-481-2151 www.ymca.org/communitysupport/childcare-resourceservice

Adiant Mobile Offers a variety of watch-sized, shock-proof products with GPS locators. Works with a monthly monitoring service similar to a home security system, can be tied into a smartphone or computer and can locate a child within 10 feet. www.adiantmobile.com

Xcite Steps Nanny Program Nannies for children with special needs. 3978 Sorrento Valley Rd. #100 SD, 92121 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com

AngelSense Wearable GPS device designed for children with special needs. Analytic Server continuously monitors child’s location; alerts any unexpected changes. Web and mobile app provides access to schedule, map and picture views, find-child mode and listen-in capabilities. 888-999-2023 www.angelsense.com

SAFETY 5Star Urgent Response from Greatcall Keychain-sized piece of equipment able to call for help and be tracked from a computer or mobile phone. Has one of the least expensive monthly payments that uses GPS technology. 800-650-5921 www.greatcall.com/5Star

Amber Alert Smart Locator GPS-based tracking with additional features such as “breadcrumbing”(tracking exact path of child), low battery alerts, off/on alerts, and alerts for when a child is within 500 feet of a registered sex offender’s home. 888-334-3958 www.amberalertgps.com Autism Safety: National Autism Association Excellent resources about restraint and seclusion, bullying prevention, suicide prevention and wandering for families, school personnel and first responders. www.autismsafety.org Find Me Foundation Dedicated to improving public safety by providing and advocating for tactical, rapid-response recovery of wandering or missing persons, through the use of personal scent technologies and public safety education. 951-310-8657 www.thefindmefoundation.org GET SAFE Targeted curriculum for schools and organizations for people with disabilities including bullying and disabilities awareness. Using a combination of counseling, education, physical training and humor, trainers engage groups in an interactive forum to bring awareness to at-risk populations. 714-834-0050 www.getsafeusa.com

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HereO GPS Tracking Watch Water-resistant, real-time GPS location device created specifically for children ages 3 and up featuring safe zone alert, panic alert, tamper alert, and low battery notification. 347-699-5477 www.hereofamily.com

Community Interface Services Nonprofit organization employing Social Support Coordinators to work on individualized plans, focus on consumer interests, help navigate barriers, promote a better quality of life and increase access to recreational opportunities. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 www.communityinterfaceservices .org

MedicAlert Provides members with MedicAlert neck chains or bracelets that alert emergency responders of basic medical conditions, allergies, or special needs when the member is unconscious or unable to speak. 800-432-5378 www.medicalert.org Medical ID Marketplace Fashionable, informative ID medical jewelry including TEXT ID jewelry, which allows the first responder to send an alert about the wearer to 10 different people with a single text. 877-651-5186 www.hopepaige.com MediPal Inc., Emergency Seatbelt ID Affordable seatbelt attachment that provides contact and comprehensive health information to first responders in the event of an emergency. Transfers easily to a purse, backpack strap, wheelchair, waist belt or arm. www.medipal.com Project Lifesaver Project Lifesaver provides RF transmitted, waterproof bracelets and ankle bracelets, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country. 877-580-5433 www.projectlifesaver.org

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If I Need Help Personal Wearable QR ID Codes ID Cards, dog tags, patches and clothing with personalized QR codes to help reunite lost children or adults with their families. Smartphones can read basic safety and contact information to help individuals who may not be able to communicate. 661-524-6732 www.ifineedhelp.org

Rebuilding Together San Diego: Safe at Home Program Volunteers make small home repairs to ensure the safety of low- income homeowners with children and physically disabled homeowners. 2013 Franklin Ave., SD, 92113 619-231-7873 www.rebuildingtogethersd.org Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians Important tips for safe pedestrian travel for persons with physical disabilities. www.onlineloancalculator.org/ resources/disabled-pedestrians .php Salvation Army Disaster Relief Services Provides medical equipment, temporary housing and specialized meals during disaster. Works with San Diego County Autism Society and other groups to serve those with disabilities. 800-725-2769 www.usw.salvationarmy.org Self Defense Clinic Jing Shen Kuoshu-based selfdefense clinic for people with physical disabilities including those in wheelchairs to help build confidence in assessing danger and provide basic strategies to avoid or defend against attack. 619-379-4265 www.atf.coach/disabilities

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Take Me Home Registry Sheriff’s Department program registers children and adults with cognitive delays or dementia in the event that they become lost. www.sdsheriff.net/tmh/ Tattoos with a Purpose Lost and Found Temporary Tattoos help children remember important phone numbers when they are stressed due to separation or injury. They last 3-5 days and aren’t removable like devices or wristbands. www.tattooswithapurpose.com VestIDD Record keeping app parents store a child’s vital info and share it with trusted providers and emergency contacts, eliminating a paper trail. www.specialvest.com

SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Club Xcite Offers one-on-one, in-home and small group social skill-building, tutoring and coaching to kids ages 5-15. 10855 Sorrento Valley Rd. SD, 92121 858-779-9674 www.clubxcite.com

Include Autism ABA-trained mentors run a community-based coaching program to facilitate success in social settings for teens and young adults with Autism. Peer Pals program teaches typical peers the skills and benefits of mentoring. 858-603-9835 www.includeautism.org PACT (Positive Action Community Theatre) (See listing under Recreation) San Diego PEERS Adult Social Skills Training (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) SEEDS Educational Services Social skills training, sexuality education, safety training and social events for teens and adults with disabilities. 2707 Congress St. #1-R SD, 92110 619-299-3161 www.seedseducation.org Snapology (See listing under Camps) The Social Express Engaging, educational software for children and young adults with social learning challenges, designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations. Encintas, CA 92024 877-360-0155 www.thesocialexpress.com Social Thinking Michelle Garcia Winner’s program that teaches students with Autism and social deficits how to recognize and respond to social cues. Blog,


online resources and books available. www.socialthinking.com Xcite Steps Adults (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) Xcite Steps Social Skills Groups Community and ABA-based social skills groups give children and teens opportunities to generalize skills in natural and fun recreational settings. Age-appropriate groups 1:1 and 3:1 are offered to provide the best support while maintaining independence. 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Addie’s AutismFITT Club (See listing under Occupational Therapy) American Speech-LanguageHearing Association 800-638-8255 www.asha.org Associated Speech Pathologists Provides evaluations, intervention, consultations and occupational therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and speech and language delays. 1595 Grand Ave. #110 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-471-1198 www.associatedspeech pathologists.com Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services Offers comprehensive speech, occupational and physical therapy evaluations, and individualized treatment plans for children birth to 18 years with a range of developmental disorders and delays. 9520 Padgett St. #104 SD, 92126 858-866-8133 www.blastofftherapy.com Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy, Inc. Pediatric speech and occupational

therapy clinic provides services for children with special needs including communication, fine motor, sensory processing, visual motor, and feeding skills in a play-based setting. OT room includes a zip line and rock wall. Hanen Parent training classes available. 5651 Palmer Way # D Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-918-9500 www.cameronrobertsspeech therapy.com

Crimson Center for Speech and Language Assessment and innovative treatment for infant to adults. Individualized, collaborative communication services blending family, school and community programs. Social skills groups, resource workshops and parent groups available. 9606 Tierra Grande #107 SD, 92126 858-695-9415 www.crimsoncenter.com

Coastal Speech Therapy Provides evaluation and intervention for children with speech disorders such as apraxia, articulation and phonological processes, stuttering, medical and developmental conditions such as ADHD, ASD, traumatic brain injury and voice disorder. Evaluates and provides intervention for students with language delays, preschool language disorders and selective mutism. 6264 Ferris Sq., SD, 92121 760-405-1979 www.coastalspeechtherapyinc .com

Excel Speech Therapy Center, Inc. PT in Motion and OT, Etc. This multidisciplinary team offers individualized OT, PT, speech and language evaluation and treatment services under one roof for children with all types of special needs. Animal-assisted therapy available in multiple locations. Kearny Mesa: 858-565-6910 Carlsbad: 760-603-9457 Chula Vista: 619-475-6910 San Marcos: 760-510-6910 www.excelspeech.com

Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. Provides evaluations and treatment for speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy services. Accepts some insurance plans, along with funding through SDRC and private pay. 3980 Ninth Ave. #1, SD, 92103 619-618-9639 www.c2ctherapy.com County Speech (San Diego County Speech Pathologists, Inc.) Licensed/certified staff provide evaluations and therapy for infants through seniors with speechlanguage delay/disorders, stuttering, vocal pathology, cognitive/memory defects and swallowing disorders. Affordable communication-related wellness programs for normally developing babies through schoolage children are also available. 411 Camino del Rio S. #101 SD, 92108 619-574-8181 345 Santa Fe Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-334-8181 www.county-speech.com

Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy Supports language development through interventions that are naturally motivating and unique to each child. Provides the DIR Floortime model to language learning, as well as Hanen, Social Thinking and PROMPT programs. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org Hein Speech-Language Pathology, Inc. Serves children and adults with language-learning disabilities, brain injuries, executive functioning impairments, and disorders of articulation, stuttering, socialpragmatic skills and voice. Can provide expert-witness work in court cases. 4858 Mercury St. #106 SD, 92111 858-560-0973 www.heinspeechlanguage pathology.com Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. Therapeutic services using a unique approach based on symptoms and

the whole child, versus a diagnosis or label. Offers speech, occupational, physical therapies and child psychology. SDRC or fee for service. 6185 Paseo Del Norte #100 Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-438-3300 www.it4k.com Jodie K. Schuller and Associates Comprehensive oral motor, social skills, speech, and language services for people with disabilities. Provides academic support with the Fast Track to School Success program, which helps students overcome reading, written language, math and general learning disabilities. 2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd. #304 Del Mar, CA, 92014 858-509-1131 www.speak4success.com Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center Speech, occupational and physical therapy, social skills and parent training for families of children with special needs in a family-friendly center. 7840 Mission Center Ct. #200 SD, 92108 619-692-0622 8840 N. Magnolia Ave. #220 Santee, CA 92071 619-749-7059 www.karadodds.com K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates Pediatric and adolescent occupational, physical and speech therapy. 11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128 858-673-5437 www.kidstherapyassociates.com Kirsch Therapy Speech-language programs are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based to make therapy a fun experience. Participates in continuing education programs and is up-to-date on the latest research and treatment methodologies. 1949 Avenida del Oro #118 Oceanside, CA 92056 760-945-6500 www.kirschtherapy.com

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Kolby Kail Speech Therapy North County speech services in play-based, natural environments such as home, child’s preschool, or at our office for children. Works to improve pre-language skills, oral motor skills, phonological awareness, articulation and social communication. 760-274-3575 www.kolbykailspeechtherapy.net Little Talkers An online speech therapy resource featuring a series of videos and apps to help parents facilitate speech and learning with a journal to track the child’s progress. www.littletalkers.com North County Speech and Language Center Individualized speech therapy and language services for children and adults, as well as educationally based assessment and IEP/ISP consultation. Provides diagnostic assessments and treatment for a range of communication disorders. 858-336-7590 www.NorthCountySpeech.com Pediatric Therapy Services (See listing under Physical Therapy) The Rite Care Childhood Language Center Provides free diagnostic evaluations and intensive therapy for children ages 2-12 whose primary presenting problem is a speech and/or language disorder. 1895 Camino del Rio S. SD, 92108 619-291-2506 www.sdritecare.org San Diego Center for Speech Therapy Speech therapy services include auditory processing disorders, apraxia, social language issues/ Autism, fluency disorders and stuttering, phonological impairments and orofacial/myofacial disorders. 12625 High Bluff Dr. #105 SD, 92130 2305 Historic Decatur Rd. #100 SD, 92106 858-488-4810 www.sandiegocenterforspeech therapy.com

San Diego State University Audiology and Speech/ Language Clinic Education, service and research facility provides diagnostic, habilitative, and rehabilitative services to infants through adults who have deficits in communicative function due to limitations of speech, language, and/or hearing. Graduate students observe individuals under supervision of licensed and certified SLPs and audiologists. Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Laboratories SLHS Building, #221, SD, 92182 619-594-7747 www.slhs.sdsu.edu SmallTalk Speech Therapy Individual and group speech therapy and assessment provided by a comprehensive, collaborative team. 12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy. #111 SD, 92128 260 E. Chase Ave., #204 El Cajon, CA 92020 2356 Moore St. #101, SD, 92110 619-647-6157 www.smalltalkspeech.com Social Communication Specialists Speech language assessment and treatment with programs that address social and language difficulties associated with receptive and expressive language delays, pragmatic language delays, social skill deficits, ADHD/ADD and ASD. Extensive parent training is a critical part of their programs. 5703 Oberlin Dr. #207 SD, 92121 858-558-9552 www.socialcommunication specialists.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) Speech and Language Pathology – Rady Children’s Hospital Provides evaluation and interventions to children with speech delays and disorders. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-966-5829 www.rchsd.org

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The Speech Station Individual and group therapy, school readiness focusing on social communication and behavior, and parent training to facilitate language. 590 Laguna Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-730-9675 www.thespeechstation.com Speech Tree Therapy Center Provides speech-language pathology services to all children with speech, language, or social impairments in order to facilitate more effective language and social interactions through evaluation, speech therapy, social skills and parent and teacher facilitation. 2820 Camino del Rio S. #308 SD, 92108 2521 Windward Way Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-546-0039 www.speechtreetherapycenter .com SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Stars Therapy Services (see listing under Occupational Therapy) The Stuttering Foundation Free online resources for those who stutter and their families, extensive training opportunities for professionals, and support for research into the causes of stuttering. 800-992-9392 www.stutteringhelp.org Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Therapy Uptown (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Total Education Solutions (See listing under Education)

THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAMS/HIPPOTHERAPY Bonita Equestrian Therapy— Sweetwater Farms Provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. 2974 Equitation Ln. Bonita, CA 91902 619-475-9056 www.sweetwaterhorses.com/ riding-phy Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy PATH International, therapeutic riding program for ambulatory children ages 5-11. Run by an instructor for physical and cognitive impairments, the center offers special training for children with Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, speech delay or trauma recovery. 543 Anderson Rd. Alpine, CA 91901 619-445-2576 www.dreamriderequestrian therapy.com Heart and Hooves Therapy Nonprofit animal therapy program enhances speech/language skills, sensory skills and social communication through the care of and interaction with mini-horses and other animals. For people with disabilities and siblings. Held onsite in Ramona and travels throughout San Diego. 619-633-5105 www.heartandhoovestherapy .org Helen Woodward Animal Center Offers therapeutic riding for ages 4 and up. Experienced PATH certified staff develop lesson plans to suit each rider. 6461 El Apajo Rd. Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858-756-4117 x321 www.animalcenter.org/ therapeuticriding Ivey Ranch Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program Riding program and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for those with


physical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. 110 Rancho del Oro Dr. Oceanside, CA 92057 760-722-4839 www.iveyranch.com Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Center A member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, this center offers therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities for people with disabilities and their families. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-672-6935 www.magichorse.org Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship Provides riding instruction and positive physical/emotional experiences through interaction with horses. All with disabilities enjoy the benefits of being outdoors by participating in therapeutic horseback riding and equine care. 15665 El Monte Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-729-3853 www.partnersth.org

lesson that is tailored to their needs and goals. Rolling Hills Boarding Stable 15529 Sycamore Canyon Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-349-1692 www.radtrc.org Rockin’ L and D Ranch Recreational riding and therapeutic equine program. 1019 Deodar Rd. Escondido, CA 92026 760-741-1179 www.rockinldranch.org Salisbury Farms: Horses Helping Humans Equine facilitated psychotherapy by a licensed psychologist for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders, emotional disturbances and trauma. 13530 Willow Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-723-6202 www.salisburyfarms.net San Diego Hippotherapy PATH international premiere

THERAPY DOGS/CANINE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

accredited center provides equine assisted activities and therapies. 2140 Monument Rd., SD 92154 619-431-5284 www.sandiegohippotherapy.org

Canine Companions for Independence Nonprofit organization enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. 124 Rancho Del Oro Dr. Oceanside, CA 92057 760-754-3300 www.cci.org

TEACH (Therapeutic Equestrian Activity Center for the Handicapped) Therapeutic horseback riding lessons. 12152 Moreno Ave. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-596-2025

Caring Paws Therapy Dog Training at Canine Learning Centers After successful evaluation, dog and handler teams complete a minimum six-week training course with a certified dog trainer and behavioralist to provide comfort and companionship in a therapeutic setting. 760-822-0606 www.k9lrng.com

TERI Therapeutic Equestrian Program Trained and licensed staff help students with Autism, ASD and learning and mental health disabilities increase strength and muscle tone, build self-esteem and improve balance, flexibility, head control, hand-eye coordination, patience and concentration. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

Good Dog Autism Companions Places canine companions in homes of children with Autism to increase a sense of calm, safety and communication and to help build social bridges for the child. 855 S. Main Ave. #K-162 Fallbrook, CA 92028 858-245-0032 www.gooddogautism companions.org

PoVA (Poway Valley) Therapeutic Riding Center Our mission is to provide equineassisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. 14433 Tierra Bonita Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-231-7889 www.PoVatrc.org

Ride Above Disability Therapeutic Riding Center PATH-member riding center that teaches recreational riding to enhance the physical, emotional and social lives of those with special needs. Each client gets a weekly

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REINS Therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults. 4461 S. Mission Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-731-9168 www.reinsprogram.org

Kindred Spirits Canine Education Program Nonprofit trains privately owned dogs to work as personal service dogs. Each dog is trained with skills needed for each individual owner. Training for therapy dogs, PTSD and mobility support service dogs. 3343 E. Vista Way Vista, CA 92084 760-630-4824 www.kindredspiritsk9.com/ service-dog-training Leashes 4 Life International Assistance Dogs Nonprofit that places puppies with physically challenged individuals and provides training to produce highly skilled service dogs. 5481 Via Alcazar, SD, 92111 858-598-3641 www.leashes4life.org

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Love on a Leash Volunteer group of certified owner/ trainers and their dogs attend events and therapy sessions for emotional support for people with disabilities or trauma. 760-740-2326 www.loveonaleash.org

during summer months. San Antonio, TX 210-495-5888 www.morganswonderland.com Sheraton Park Hotel Anaheim MAX (Member of Autism Care Services) Program Comprehensive program for guests with Autism or developmental delay including specialty menus, adaptive eating utensils, loaned iPads, weighted vests and exercise balls, oversized stroller rentals, and Autism-aware babysitting services. 800-325-3535 www.sheratonparkanaheim .com/max-program

Paws 4 Healing Volunteer members and their registered pets provide scheduled, animal-assisted activities/therapy services at local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, schools and children’s centers. www.paws4healing.info/ sandiego_chapter.htm

Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) at Ranch Coastal Humane Society Program introduces teams of volunteers and their trained therapy dogs to people who benefit from spending time with animals that provide love and comfort. 389 Requeza St. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-6413 www.rchumanesociety.org Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs Animal Behavioral Therapist and trainer Cate Sacks trains shelter dogs as therapy or service dogs at her local nonprofit. She also provides training for qualifed family pets and their owners. 619-813-1252 www.shelterdogstodreamdogs .com Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. Local nonprofit provides trained dogs for those with Autism, mobility issues and wounded warriors. Recipients receive training on care, health and safety; and TLCAD works to ensure the relationship and recertification for

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Paws’itive Teams Service and Therapy Dogs Service dogs for people with physical disabilities and facility dogs to enhance the experiences in a therapeutic setting. Dogs work with trainers and therapists to serve children and adults. 7031 Carroll Rd., SD 92121 858-558-7297 www.pawsteams.org the remainder of the dog’s life. 858-461-6827 www.tenderlovingcanines.org

TRANSPORTATION Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT) Assists San Diego County residents with barriers to mobility to achieve independence through the coordination of transportation services. 888-924-3228 www.factsd.org MTS Access Service-Paratransit In addition to providing accessibility on all buses and trolleys for people with physical disabilities, MTS offers fixed route bus and trolley services for people with cognitive and visual disabilities. Plus, the MTS Access Program serves customers with disabilities who are functionally unable to use fixed route services. 888-517-9627 www.sdmts.com/rider-infoaccessibility/mts-access

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VACATION AND TRAVEL For more information, read “Accessible Family Fun” on page 16. Accomable Online list of vacation rentals in 60 countries offers detailed information about accessibility adaptations. Narrow the search by selecting required amenities, such as a roll-in shower or adjustable bed. https://accomable.com Autism on the Seas Provides staffed cruises on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney and Carnival Cruise lines for those with a cognitive, intellectual or developmental disabilities. https://autismontheseas.com Morgan’s Wonderland San Antonio theme park designed with more than 25 attractions for all ages and abilities. Inspiration Island, a fully accessible waterpark, is open

SpecialCare Travel (See listing under Adaptive Equipment) Wilderness Inquiry Families Integrating Together Outdoor vacation program providing support in the form of staff, personal care attendants, adapted equipment and financial assistance to help make the outdoors accessible for all families. 612-676-9400 www.wildernessinquiry.org/ programs/accessible-familyvacations

VISION HEALTH College of Optometrists in Vision Development Website provides resources for parents, and explanations of vision testing, therapies and their importance. 330-995-0718 www.covd.org Daniel and Davis Optometry Services includes developmental vision services for Autism, special needs, and brain injury, sports team visual skills enhancement, vision therapy and eye exams. 3144 El Camino Real #202 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-434-3314 www.visionsource-drsdanieland davisoptometry.com Donald Janiuk, O.D. and Randall E. Conrad O.D. Complete eye care and treatment of


eye diseases. Dr. Janiuk is a Fellow of C.O.V.D. and is board certified in vision therapy and developmental and learning related vision problems. 12845 Poway Rd. #209 Poway, CA 92064 858-748-6210 www.drjaniuk.com Eye Lids Soft, washable flannel eye patches for kids: pirate-style for non-eye glass wearers or specially designed patches that fit under glasses. Offered in popular kid-themed fabrics. 519-383-9203 www.eye-lids4kids.com Family Vision Care, Gary Sneag, O.D. Provider of vision care products, optometric services and comprehensive vision examinations. Specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, conditions and vision problems. 4310 Genesee Ave. #101 SD, 92117 858-560-5181 www.visionsource-drsneag.com Hereditary Ocular Disease Database (University of Arizona) A database of genetic eye diseases with information for parents and professionals. www.disorders.eyes.arizona.edu Main Street Optometry & Vision Therapy Lisa M. Weiss, O.D, F.C.O.V.D Provider of optometry service, vision therapy and vision care products. Treats vision related learning problems, strabismus, amblyopia and other developmental vision issues. 303 E. Main St. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-663-4934 www.mainstreetod.com Optometric Extension Program Foundation Provides resources for optometric health and vision therapy. Has a vision professional reference list to find care providers. 410-561-3791 www.oepf.org

Parents Active for Vision Education (PAVE) A national nonprofit resource and support organization with a mission to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship between vision and achievement. 4135 54th Pl., SD, 92105 www.pavevision.org San Diego Center for Vision Care Carl Hillier, O.D. Melissa Hillier, O.D. Offers comprehensive eye exams, treatment of eye diseases, vision therapy, sports vision and treatment for learning related vision problems. 7898 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619-464-7713 11230 Sorrento Valley Rd. #210 SD, 92121 858-291-8584 www.optometrists.org/san_diego Speccles for Kids Flexible, durable and comfortable straps for glasses with a unique grip that ensures glasses stay where they’re supposed to. Speccles are made from high quality, lead free, latex-free plastics that won’t discolor with wear. www.speccles.com Specs4Us Custom frames specially designed to fit children and adults with Down Syndrome. 800-586-1885 www.specs4us.com UCSD Shiley Eye Institute David B. Granet, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. and Shira Robbins, M.D From premature babies to teenagers, each child seen at Ratner Children’s Eye Center is given personal medical care in a child-friendly atmosphere. World-renowned specialists help with strabismus, nystagmus, congenital diseases like pediatric cataracts and glaucoma, blocked tear ducts, “lazy eye” (amblyopia) and trauma. 9415 Campus Point Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093 858-534-6290 www.eyesite.ucsd.edu

VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS

teens, as well as Independent Living and Tailored Day Services. 858-428-0222 www.xcitestepsadults.com

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Community Catalysts of California Provides vocational counseling, job placement, community-living skills training, residential support, in-home respite care and crisis intervention to individuals with disabilities. 3750 Convoy St. #306 SD, 92111 888-344-1237 www.communitycatalysts california.org

Canyon Springs Kid’s Crew Ministry Collaborate with parents to come up with individualized plans for their children with special needs. Call ahead to determine the best services needed. Thurgood Marshall Middle School (meeting place) 9700 Avenue of Nations SD, 92131 858-653-3664 www.canyonsprings.org

Community Interface Services Nonprofit provides vocational training, job placement and coaching. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786, 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org

Chabad of Poway Inclusive synagogue that hosts the Friendship Circle. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879

E & CO (formerly Employment and Community Options) Provides employment and living services to adults with developmental disabilities. 5050 Murphy Canyon Rd. #220 SD, 92123 858-565-9870 www.communityoptions.org Fred Finch Specialized Learning Center (See listing under Education) Living Independently (See listing under Independent Living) Partnerships With Industry (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) TMI (Toward Maximum Independence) (See listing under Independent Living) Xcite Steps Adults Helps individuals connect with employers who value their unique strengths. Provides personalized vocational assessment and job development training for transitioning

Faith Presbyterian Church Worship service and church experience adapted to meet the needs of older teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. 5075 Campanile Dr., SD, 92115 619-582-8480 www.faithpresby.org First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego Teaches children to value the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions and to become socially responsible citizens aware of the needs of others. Inclusive preschool education also. 4190 Front St., SD, 92103 619-298-9978 www.firstuusandiego.org Maranatha Chapel Children’s Ministry Children’s Ministry for families with special needs. 10752 Coastwood Rd. SD, 92127 858-613-7800 www.maranathachapel.org New Venture Christian Fellowship Exceptional Kids Program Structured for children on the Autism Spectrum ages 2-12, this team is

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trained to help meet the needs of children and families with attention to sensory needs including use of PECS system, modifying texts and visual presentations. 4000 Mystra Way Oceanside, CA 92056 760-721-7777 www.newventure.org

Al Bahr Shriners Philanthropic organization raises money for children needing treatment for orthopedic, burn and spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate care in hospitals around the country. 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd. SD, 92111 858-292-0092 www.albahrshrine.org

North Coast Church Vista Campus Children with special needs are placed in an age or developmentally appropriate mainstream classroom with a volunteer during the church service. The 11 am Sunday service features a specialized curriculum and separate classrooms for a more individualized focus (ages 4 and up). 2405 North Santa Fe Ave. Vista, CA 92084 760-724-6700 x300 Marcia Boeche, Special Needs Coordinator www.northcoastchurch.com Rejoicing Spirits Non-Shush Ministry Inclusive, accepting worship service adapted to engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Calvary Lutheran Church 424 Via de la Valle Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-2855 www.calvarylutheranchurch.org The Rock Church Special Needs Ministry 1:1 and 2:1 ratios for 10 am and 12 pm worship services provided by occupational, physical, music, speech language pathologists and host of volunteers. Specialized curriculum. 2277 Rosecrans St., SD, 92106 619-226-7625 www.sdrock.com Skyline Church A nurturing ministry for children with special needs during Sunday worship services. Individualized attention is based on need during music, crafts and spiritual guidance. 11330 Campo Rd. La Mesa, CA 91941 619-660-5000 www.skylinechurch.org

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Their philanthropic priority is to provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the needs of children across this nation. 317-630-1202 www.cwf-inc.org

YOGA Asanas for Autism and Special Needs Shawnee Thornton Hardy, a local educational/behavioral consultant, Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, yoga therapist and M.Ed., teaches yoga to all with Autism and special needs and leads teacher training workshops for people who want to do the same. 619-997-9492 www.asanasforautismand specialneeds.com If I Was a Bird Yoga Yoga Studio uses qualified teachers for yoga and movement at all levels and abilities for kids ages 2-18. Also baby and me and infant massage. Uptown San Diego; Del Mar 858-775-2913 www.ifiwasabirdyoga.com Just Believe Yoga Individualized yoga for children with Autism to build confidence, increase muscle tone, teach selfregulation, offer a creative outlet and to have fun! www.justbelieveyoga.com

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Kids Yoga Classes at Addie’s AutismFitt Club Yoga classes for kids 4-11 with an occupational therapist and physical therapists specializing in kids with Autism. 7850 Mission Center Ct. #100 SD, 92108 619-578-2232 www.autismfitt.com Miss Debb’s “Yoga for Kids” at Golden Steps Debb Lubke, CYKT, COTA, provides yoga for fun, flexibility and fitness by an energetic, certified occupational therapy assistant. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Therapy Uptown (See listing under Occupational Therapy)

Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego Creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. 2440 Hotel Circle N. #200 SD, 92108 858-707-9474 www.sandiego.wish.org March of Dimes Committed to improving the health and welfare of pregnant women, premature babies and infants with birth defects through education and health advocacy. 9325 Sky Park Ct. #250 SD, 92123 858-576-1211 www.marchofdimes.org Easter Seals Southern California International charitable organization devoted to providing opportunities for children with physical disabilities. 714-834-1111 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal Rady Children’s Hospital’s Transportation Safety Program Offers car seat inspections. Educates parents on how to install car seats, teen passenger safety, and installation services for children with special healthcare needs. www.driventosafety.org v


Imperial Valley Resources This information is also at SNRFSD.org/special-needs-resource-list-san-diego

DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY ASSESSMENT AND COORDINATION Family Resource Centers Calexico/Niland Intake assessment, medication support services and a variety of therapies for people with mental health diagnoses. www.imperial.networkofcare.org FACT Center–El Centro Elementary School District Developmental screenings for kids 0-5, mental health services, resources and coordination of support systems for families. 1256 Broadway El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-5712 www.ecesd.org San Diego Regional Center– Imperial County Assessment, intake and service coordination for people with disabilities. 512 W. Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-8383 www.sdrc.org

BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH Explorer Development Center Provides individual ABA, OT, PT and speech therapies to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders in the child’s home, community, or school. 858-381-7721 www.explorerdevelopmentcenter .com Helping Children Achieve Therapies, LLC In-home, ABA therapy for children diagnosed with Autism. 760-919-2100 www.helpingchildrenachieve. com

Home of Guiding Hands Counseling and Support Services Broad range of counseling services including group, individual, and family therapy. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org Imperial County Behavioral Health Services   Provides assessment, therapy, behavioral intervention and crisis intervention for children with mental health needs. 202 N. 8th St. El Centro, CA 92243 442-265-1525 www.co.imperial.ca.us Motiva Associates Counseling, ABA behavioral services, parent support services and training. 410 South 4th St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-8500 www.motivaassociates.com Son Shine Counseling Center Counseling, and behavioral support services. 1073 Ross Ave. #C El Centro, CA 92243 760-604-2943 www.son-shine-counseling.com Sun Valley Behavioral Medical Center Assessment, diagnosis, counseling and treatment plans for children with mental health challenges. 2417 Marshall Rd. #1 Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-0161 www.sunvalleyb.com

EDUCATION Home of Guiding Hands Early Childhood Development Program Therapeutic and educational early

intervention for children 0-3 with developmental delays. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org

Imperial Physical Therapy Outpatient pediatric physical therapy. 1698 Cruickshank Dr. #A El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-3422 www.iptclinic.com/contact.htm

Imperial County SELPA Umbrella entity for the provision of special education programs and services for all identified children 0-22. 1528 S. Waterman Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-312-6419 www.icoe.org/selpa

PARENT SUPPORT RESOURCES

Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children (IVCEC) Programs for students with moderate to severe disabilities including infants and toddlers, D/HH, and the visually impaired, as well as nursing, speech and therapy services in the ICSD. 1398 Sperber Rd. #D El Centro, CA 92243 760-312-6630 www.ivcec.org Sunny Days Early Childhood Program Developmental intervention and therapy services for children ages 0-3 including assessment and occupational, physical and speech therapies. 300 S. Imperial Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-769-0540 www.sunnydays.com

OCCUPATIONAL, PHYSICAL, AND SPEECH THERAPIES California Children’s Services Occupational and physical therapies and assessment for durable medical equipment for children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. 935 Broadway St. El Centro, CA 92243 442-265-1455 www.icphd.org

Autism Support of Imperial County   Nonprofit providing information and support to parents and professionals on Autism. 312 S. 8th St. El Centro, Ca 92243 760-604-8847 www.autismofimperial.com Down Syndrome Association of Imperial Valley Provides parent-to-parent support, trainings for families, spring social, and summer activities for all. Xochil M. Garcia 760-355-0147 Maritza Villa 760-482-1210 512 W. Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 Exceptional Family Resource Center–Parent-to-Parent Support (Spanish only) Resource center for families of children with special needs of any age. Bertha Mendoza 512 W. Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-0147 www.efrconline.org

RESPITE AND SKILLED NURSING Home of Guiding Hands Respite Program In-home 1:1 care tailored to the needs of the individual and family to allow caregivers time for errands and self-care. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org v

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Water Warriors

Kristen Castillo

Adaptive canoeing builds confidence in kids with visual impairment Imagine the courage

it takes for children to try outrigger canoeing. That’s the situation for some visually impaired kids who have participated in an adaptive program run by the Nā Koa Kai Canoe Club, a Hawaiian outrigger canoeing program for kids in San Diego. “The toughest part is getting the keikis (students) comfortable in the water,” says “Uncle Gus” Cervantes, one of the club’s co-founders. “It is difficult to imagine the extreme courage it takes to be out on the water and having to put your trust in someone else.” Cervantes and his cofounder, “Auntie Casey” Czechowski, have been teaching Hawaiian culture and canoeing to kids ages 8–18 since 2011. In 2015, they started the adaptive

program in San Diego called Nā Koa Makapō, which means “visually impaired warriors.” That first year, six kids participated. Last year, one student remained. But Cervantes is encouraged that more kids with visual impairment will try out this year. The season runs March to October. “All the kids we have had, with the exception of one, were completely blind,” says Cervantes, who explains the biggest challenge is building the kids’ confidence in the water. “It’s important that the kids learn to respect—but be comfortable in—the water, and not fear it,” he says. Visually impaired students are required to do laps around the canoe at practices. It’s challenging in the beginning, but they adjust and figure it out. The makapō students are

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integrated with kids who can see. All the participants practice together, which includes doing “huli drills,” where they capsize the canoe and flip it back over. “It needs to be done quickly and requires a great deal of teamwork,” says Cervantes, who created audio recordings of his Paddler’s Handbook on canoeing, Hawaiian culture and other cultural subjects. One of the parents is getting the cultural lessons converted to Braille so the kids can either listen to the recordings or read with Braille. For the past two years, makapō students have participated in the San Diego Shaka Fest Regatta, where they are paired with typical kids to race other teams. A highlight of the regatta is the “Mixed-Plate” division,

during which participant names from all teams are randomly chosen to race each other. The coach says this experience has created many friendships, as well as understanding between the visually impaired and typical participants. Throughout the season everyone works hard to create an environment in which everyone fits in and feels comfortable. “It is amazing to watch the transformation of the kids,” Cervantes says. “Many times, our non-visually impaired kids forget that some of them are visually impaired.” To learn more about Nā Koa Makapō, visit www .nakoakai.com. v Kristen Castillo is an awardwinning freelance writer and Chula Vista resident.


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