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SNRFSD.org

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RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WITH

SPECIAL NEEDS

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VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG ADULTS Published by


SAN DIEGO,


Resources for Families with Special Needs ARTICLES

11 Guillain-Barre Syndrome

46 Inclusion

6 Short & Sweet

11 Lupus

46 Independent Living

14 Faith-Based Support Opens Doors to Fabulous Programs

11 Tourette Syndrome

47 Infant/Toddler Specific

11 Miscellaneous Illness and Anomalies

49 In-Home Support Services

AREAS OF NEED

50 Insurance/Medi-Cal

75 Vacation and Travel

50 Integrative Approach to Therapies

75 Vision Health

16 IEP Self-Advocacy 18 Urban Farming Offers Benefits for All Abilities 20 Tooth Smarts: Early Preventative Care Improves Smiles for Kids with Disabilities 78 Get to Work! Vocational programs for teens and young adults 84 The New Face of Literacy: How Two Neuro-Diverse San Diegans Are Changing Your Child’s Bookshelf 86 Toy Reviews

RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC DISABILITIES & DIAGNOSES

22 Adaptive Equipment, Assistive Technology and Purposeful Play 24 Advocacy

51 Life Necessities

76 Worship

26 Assessment and Evaluation

53 Medical Travel Aid

77 Yoga

53 Medications

IMPERIAL VALLEY RESOURCES

27 Audiology/Hearing 27 Behavioral and Mental Health 32 Camps and Enrichment Programs 34 Clothing/Accessories

53 Military Specific 54 Music Therapy 54 Neuro Products 54 Nonprofit Family Residences

35 College and the Adult Transition

54 Nutrition/Feeding/ Home Health Products

36 Conflict Resolution/ Mediation

55 Occupational Therapy 57 Parent and Family Resources

7 ADD/ADHD

37 Disaster Preparedness

7 Autism

38 Education

59 Photography and Artistic Services

9 Blindness

42 Financial Planning and Trusts

60 Physical Therapy

37 Developmental Delay

43 Fitness

9 Cancer

43 Foster Care/Adoption

9 Cerebral Palsy

43 General Health

10 Cystic Fibrosis

44 Genetic Testing and Prenatal Screening

10 Diabetes 10 Down Syndrome 11 Dyslexia 11 Epilepsy 11 Fragile X

75 Transportation

76 Vocational Training/ Employment Options

36 Dental Health

10 Deaf/Hard of Hearing

74 Therapy Dogs/Canine Service Organizations

50 Learning Disabilities

7 22q11.2 Deletion/ DiGeorge Syndrome/ VCFS

9 Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries

73 Therapeutic Riding Programs/Hippotherapy

45 Hair Salons 45 Home Improvement/ Home Buying 46 Homelessness 46 Hospice and Palliative Care

59 Party Planning and Special Events

80 Adaptive Equipment 80 Advocacy 80 Behavioral and Mental Health 81 Dental Health 81 Developmental Delay Assessment and Coordination 81 Education 81 General Health 82 Hippotherapy/ Therapeutic Riding 82 Hospice

60 Recreation

82 Independent Living

67 Research Study Participation

82 Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapies

67 Residential and Supported Living

82 Parent and Family Resources

68 Respite/Childcare/ Skilled Nursing 70 Safety 71 Sex Ed and Sexual Identity Supports

82 Recreation 83 Respite and Skilled Nursing 83 Transportation 83 Vision Health

71 Social Skills Programs

83 Vocational Training

71 Speech and Language

83 Worship

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Publisher’s Letter

It’s bigger and better than ever!

Published by

Now in its 11th year, we are proud to work with the special needs community to produce Flourishing Families through our nonprofit foundation, Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego. It contains San Diego County, Imperial County and national resources all in one spot—and 150 more than last year!

Publisher/Editor in Chief Sharon Bay

We would like to thank all our sponsors and advertisers who have helped bring this publication to our readers at no cost. Tell them you have seen their organization in Flourishing Families.

Administrative/Editorial Assistant Adrienne Sigeti

The last year has been good. We received a Live Well San Diego Proclamation, presented by County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, at our All-Inclusive Day of Play in 2019. We are excited and honored to be part of Live Well San Diego’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of all San Diegans. We also received Excellence in Journalism Awards from the San Diego Press Club for the following: • Flourishing Families 2019 - in the Special Interest/OneTime Publications category. A big win for the special needs communities of San Diego and Imperial Counties! • Anne Malinoski’s article, Enjoy an Accessible San Diego: 10 local spots offer helpful perks to kids and caregivers. • Lisa Salz’s article, What to Know About Genetic Testing. • Melissa Mecija’s article, Navigating Mental Health: How to get help for your child. Read all the articles at www.SNRFSD.org. If you find this publication helpful, we’d like to hear from you. If you use a service that is not listed, let us know at family@sandiegofamily.com. The resources listed are parent driven. If they help your family, share the publication — they might help someone else also.

Business Manager Larry Bay Graphic & Cover Design Rik Thiesfeld Managing Editor Lisa Gipson Resource Specialist Emily Dolton Circulation/Distribution Linda Bay Marketing Michele Hancock Printing Publication Printers Corp. Advertising/Marketing Representatives Tony Andrews 619-685-6977 • tony2018@SanDiegoFamily.com Point Loma, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, North County Coastal Giovanni Baldan 619-685-6987 • giovanni@SanDiegoFamily.com South Bay, San Diego Downtown, Uptown Nicole Maggio 619-685-6971 • nicole@SanDiegoFamily.com North County Inland (includes Scripps Ranch) Crystal Grobner 619-685-5860 • crystal@SanDiegoFamily.com East County Randy Hahn 619-685-6986 • randy@SanDiegoFamily.com Clairemont, Linda Vista, Mission Valley North and Mira Mesa

Main Office 1475 Sixth Avenue, Fifth Floor, Suite 511, San Diego, CA 92101 619-685-6970, Fax: 619-685-6978

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mission is to help parents and advocates in the special needs community overcome challenges of the family’s journey by bringing together people, information and resources. Other publications produced by San Diego Family

Fun fact about Emma (age 6) of Chula Vista: She and her mom were on the cover of San Diego Family Magazine’s November 2019 issue! Cover photo: Andy McRory Photography This magazine, for San Diego & Imperial County families, is published annually by San Diego Family Magazine LLC. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily the opinions of this publication. We reserve the right to edit submissions.

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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.

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• Accessible Family Vacations

• The How and Why of Self-Care for Caregivers • Improv on the Spectrum • Colleges with Great Adaptive Sports Programs • How to Safeguard Kids with Special Needs from Bullying Visit www.SanDiegoFamily.com for more parent resources and articles, such as “10 Steps to an Allergy-Safe School Year” and so much more!

Can’t find what you’re looking for on our website? Enter key words in the search box and browse our list of articles.

San Diego Family Magazine

101 Mobility of San Diego...........................................45 A.R.C.C. Center..........................................................69 Ability Center..............................................................23 Aqua Pros Swim School - Autism Society.....................61 Ashley Parton Advocacy..............................................25 AYSO - VIP Soccer Program.........................................63 Banyan Tree Learning Center.......................................39 Beacons, Inc...............................................................77 Brain Balance.............................................................88 Compass Charter Schools...........................................41 Denherder • Grier & Associates...................................43 Fleet Science Center...................................................61 Fred Finch Youth Center..............................................29 GymGuyz....................................................................45 IEP San Diego.............................................................25 Ivey Ranch Park..........................................................75 Law Office Of Meagan Nunez......................................27 Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey.............................2, 25 Maxim Healthcare Services..........................................67 Microcurrent 4 Kids.....................................................51 Qualcomm Inclusion & Diversity Div.............................51 Rady Children’s Hospital..............................................87 San Diego Center for Children......................................31 San Diego Family Magazine...................................13, 77 Special Olympics........................................................67 The Arc of San Diego..................................................47 Therapeutic Recreation Services-SD Park & Rec Dept...65 Therapy Specialists.....................................................61 THINK Therapy Center.................................................41 Toward Maximum Independence..................................59 UltraStar Cinemas.......................................................67 Zen Brainz Neurofeedback...........................................51

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Short & Sweet

Lisa Gipson Local Resident Creates Product to Help Combat Anxiety When Carlsbad resident Jeff Holland lost a family member to suicide, he created My Coping Cards, a deck of 72 cards that share positive affirmations, motivational sayings and empowering activities that help combat anxiety, stress and negative self-talk. Designed for people who are experiencing mental or emotional health challenges or those who want to practice better self-care. Learn more at www.mycopingcards.com. Connect with Us! To stay “in the loop” with helpful articles and annual events such as All-Inclusive Day of Play and Reading 3x3, follow the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego on Facebook @ SNRFSD, on Instagram @sdspecialneeds, and subscribe to our bimonthly eNewsletter at www.SNRFSD.org.

Children facing surgery will identify with the San Diego Zoo animals featured in these encouraging stories:

Are you a caregiver who needs support? Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve quality of life for those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease and more. CAN provides education, peer support and resources to family caregivers free of charge. Access the Care Support Team at www.caregiveraction.org or by calling 855-227-3640. Visit www.SanDiegoFamily.com for more parenting articles, summer camps, educational options, health resources, afterschool activities, fun family activities, San Diego’s best calendar of kid-friendly events and much more.

Karen’s Heart: The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan, follows Karen, a brave Sumatran orangutan, as she has history-making open-heart surgery and navigates a challenging recovery. Fabulous Floyd: The True Story of a Flamingo Who Never Gave Up follows Floyd as he overcomes many obstacles, including an unprecedented series of operations to straighten his crooked legs. Both uplifting books, written by local author Georgeanne Irvine and published by San Diego Zoo Global Press, feature engaging photographs and fun facts about each animal. Learn more and purchase books at www.shopzoo.com/collections/books.

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Flourishing Families Wins Excellence in Journalism Awards The San Diego Press Club recognized the 2019 edition of Flourishing Families with four journalism awards! See the details in the Publisher’s Letter on page 4. If you missed the articles, read them at www.SNRFSD.org.

Do you have a child in need of a walker, wedge, stroller, gait trainer or other pediatric durable medical equipment? United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County has a loan program for a variety of equipment through a grant from Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund. Items are available to borrow for 6­–12 months. Learn more at www.ucpsd.org/programs/pediatric.html.


Resources for Specific Disabilities and Diagnoses

Photo by Danielle Miranda Photography

This information is also at www.SNRFSD.org

22Q11.2 DELETION/ DIGEORGE SYNDROME/VCFS 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 The 22Q Deletion Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Resources, conferences, clinical research and publications for children with 22q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome. 614-962-6373 www.nationwidechildrens .org/specialties/22q-center 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/22q11/

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 Disorder Association (ADDA) 800-939-1019 www.add.org Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Advocacy, support, training and resources for ADHD. 301-306-7070 www.chadd.org Hilber Psychological Services Dr. Hilber specializes in working with children and teens with ADD/ADHD, anxiety and behavioral issues. 3511 Camino del Rio S. #303 SD, 92108 619-630-7793 www.hilberpsychsandiego.com Ida Greene, Ph.D. Dr. Greene’s goal is to increase self-worth, positive relationships and a cooperative attitude; to elevate self-respect and respect for others through books and workshops. Specializes in ADHD. 720 Gateway Center Dr. #A

SD, 92102 619-262-9951 www.journeytolovingyourself.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 Understood 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) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

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Alternative Teaching Strategy Center (See listing under Education) AutismBrainNet Provides resources and up-to-theminute info on Autism discoveries through a network of universities focused on the importance of brain donation for future research. 877-333-0999 www.TakesBrains.org Autism Asperger’s Digest www.autismdigest.com 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 858-534-6912 www.medschool.ucsd.edu/som/ nervesciences/centers/autism/ Pages/default.aspx Autism College Founded by award-winning speaker and author Chantal Sicile Kira, this online source for 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 Interventions and Resources (AIR) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Autism Neighborhood Online resource that provides people affected by ASD with information and educational materials to help handle the challenges of Autism. 831-917-7781 www.autismneighborhood.org Autism Research Institute Ongoing research provides resources and advocacy for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. 4182 Adams Ave. SD, 92116 833-281-7165 www.autism.com

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 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 nonprofit organization established to provide 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.biancausa.org California Association for Behavioral Analysis (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

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Centria Autism (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Community ConNext (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Comprehensive Autism Services and Education (CASE), Inc. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) 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 Interactive Autism Network Contributes to advancements in understanding and treating ASD through a community resource library, research registry and network. www.iancommunity.org Little Big Steps (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Mainly Mozart (See listing under Recreation) National Autism Center Provides resources and information nationally. 877-313-3833 www.nationalautismcenter.org National Council on Severe Autism Advocates for policy change and provides service solutions individuals, families and caregivers affected by severe forms of Autism and related disorders. www.ncsautism.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. Outcomes offer insight into behavioral and social development, communications, education and vocational challenges. Resources for parents and providers. www.researchautism.org People’s Care Autism Services (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) (See listing under Recreation) Rady Children’s Hospital Autism Discovery Institute Provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and clinical services including behavorial therapy and and consultation, and social skills groups to children with and at risk for Austism Spectrum Disroders. Multiple locations 858-966-7453 x246115 www.rchsd.org SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders Interdisciplinary group of researchers and clinical scientists focuses on improving lives of children and adults with ASD and related conditions through an extensive research program with a strong lifespan approach and coordinated clinical services. 6363 Alvarado Ct. #200 SD, 92120 619-594-2603 http://autism.sdsu.edu Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Parent support groups, educational seminars and mentor opportunities for families affected by Autism. 855-726-7810 www.tacanow.org TeachTown (See listing under Education) Therapeutic Approach to Growth, Inc. (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)


Valerie’s List Valerie Dodd Saraf’s informational e-newsletter and resource guide for people with Autism. Sign up for weekly updates.

 www.valerieslist.com

BLINDNESS Aira App Connects blind and visually impaired people to highly trained, remotely-located agents. Through a smartphone or optional Horizon Smart Glasses, the app delivers instant auditory access to visual information at the touch of a button. 800-835-1934 www.aira.io American Foundation for the Blind Resources for those living with blindness or visual impairment. 800-232-5463 www.afb.org Blind Community Connect 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 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 Braille “spelling bee” for blind students, testing spelling, comprehension, speed, accuracy and chart reading. Children can win cash 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 U.S. by postagefree 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 858-314-7916 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. 206-621-8558 www.headinjury.com Men with Spinal Cord Injuries Support Group Provides a safe place to talk for teen boys and men to discuss their injury and find resources for quality of life. 2999 Health Center Dr. SD, 92123 858-939-3156 (Richard Green) Richard.Green@sharp.com

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Research, education and resources for those living with MS. 800-532-7667 www.mymsaa.org

United Spinal Association Support and services for the spinal cord injury and disease community. www.unitedspinal.org

National Brain Tumor Society Research, drug development, clinical trials, advocacy and resources for those with brain tumors. 617-924-9997 www.braintumor.org

American Cancer Society Resources for treatment, nutrition, caregiving, insurance and maintaining health. Also has research opportunities and helps with transportation to treatment. 5333 Mission Center Rd. #105 SD, 92108 619-299-4200 www.cancer.org

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (See listing under Blindness) National Multiple Sclerosis Society 10089 Willow Creek Rd. #250 SD, 92131 760-448-8400 800-344-4867 www.nationalmssociety.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 with Spina Bifida. 800-621-3141 www.spinabifidaassociation.org Tri-City Medical Center Robotic, Orthopaedic and Spine Institute 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/medicalservices/orthopedic-spineinstitute

CANCER

Emilio Nares Foundation Provides a resource guide for parents, rides to cancer treatments, in-hospital treat bags, end-of-life guidance, and bilingual staffed resource rooms at Rady Children’s and CHOC. 2650 Truxtun Rd. #202 SD, 92106 858-571-3328 www.enfhope.org Friends of Scott Provides gas and gift cards to families traveling to cancer treatments and events for children battling cancer. 6977 Navajo Rd. #168 SD, 92119 619-993-2917 www.friendsofscott.org National Children’s Cancer Society Provides assistance to families who need to travel for cancer treatments. St. Louis, MO 314-241-1600 www.thenccs.org Ped-Onc Resource Center Resources for living with and surviving childhood cancer. www.ped-onc.org

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

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Rady Children’s Hospital Cerebral Palsy Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment with a multidisciplinary team for patients with cerebral palsy, with the goal of improving patients’ function and quality of life. Southern Family Center for Cerebral Palsy at Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego 3030 Children’s Way, SD, 92123 858-966-6789 www.rchsd.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 United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County Provides access to services, durable medical equipment, 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

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

DEAF/HARD OF HEARING CA Hands and Voices 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 Videophone: 619-550-3436 www.deafcommunityservices.org Deaf Education and Families (DEAF) 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 x253 VP: 516-570-3246 www.hknc.org Network Interpreting Service Private sign language interpreting referral agencies. 4201 Mt. Voss Dr., SD, 92117 800-284-1043 Text: 858-799-0123 VP: 208-425-7104 www.networkinterpretingservice .com Resource Guide for Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Tools, tips and the most comprehensive guide to everything parents need to navigate services for children who are D/HH: schools, programs, community resources, parent supports accessible tech and more. 877-227-3471 www.empoweryourfamily.org/ support-for-children-birth-5-2/ deaf-or-hard-of-hearing/ Signs of Silence Nonprofit partners with local agencies 24/7 to improve services

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and bring opportunities to deaf families and individuals including job placement, housing referrals, food and clothing resources, interpreting services and social events. 1056 Commerce St. Vista, CA 92078 760-580-3562 www.signsofsilence.net 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 YMCA Deaf and Hard-ofHearing Family Camp (See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs)

DIABETES American Diabetes Association Offers dietary support, resources, research, info and advocacy for those with Diabetes. 5060 Shoreham Pl. #100 SD, 92122 619-234-9897 800-DIABETES (342-2383) www.diabetes.org JDRF Family Network Parents nights and toddler, child and teen-specific events for those with Type 1 Diabetes. 5665 Oberlin Dr. #106 SD, 92121 858-597-0240 www.sd.jdrf.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 Program Comprehensive care for children with Diabetes, including education from certified Diabetes nurse educators,

workshop, nutrition counseling and support for managing Diabetes at home. Multiple locations 858-966-4032 www.rchsd.org

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. Offers peer/parent support, pre/postnatal consults, 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 organization dedicated to helping children with Down Syndrome. 619-694-4615 www.dsaction.com Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Provides free educational and therapeutic-based programming to individuals with Down Syndrome and support for their families. Christ Lutheran Church 4761 Cass St., SD, 92109 858-333-5743 www.gigisplayhouse.org/ sandiego 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 National Down Syndrome Society Education, research and advocacy for those with Down Syndrome and their families. 800-221-4602 www.ndss.org


Rady Children’s Hospital - Down Syndrome Center Serves as a resource to medical professionals and strengthens a family’s social network, improving the consistency of care for children under 5 with Down syndrome. Offers assessments, reommendations and case management. 7920 Frost St. #200 SD, 92123 858-966-1700 x246170 www.rchsd.org Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation (See listing under Foster Care and Adoptive Services)

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 Parent support group, children’s expressive art group and other resources. 2055 El Cajon Blvd., SD, 92104 619-296-0161 www.epilepsysandiego.org Epilepsy and My Child Toolkit The National Center for Project Access offers helpful information to families with a newly diagnosed child. www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/ Sharing_the_Diagnosis.pdf

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 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 National Fragile X Foundation Online access to a community support network and research consortium. www.fragilex.org Our Fragile X World Online resources for families, researchers and practitioners. www.ourfragilexworld.org

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

LUPUS Lupus Foundation of America 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 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 Rady Children’s Hospital Tic/Tourette Center Under the direction of movement disorder specialist Dr. Jennifer Friedman, provides state-of-the-art and compassionate care for pediatric and adult patients with tics or Tourette Syndrome. Division of Neurology Nelson Pavilion, Third Flr. 8001 Frost St. SD, 92123 858-966-5819 www.rchsd.org Tourette Association of America Southern California Chapter Resources, support, camps and recreational opportunities for those with Tourette Syndrome. 855-487-2762 www.tsa-socal.org

MISCELLANEOUS ILLNESSES AND ANOMALIES 9pMinus/Alfi’s Syndrome: Chromosome 9pMinus Network Resources for individuals with Monosomy 9p. 920-931-2644 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

Aicardi Syndrome Foundation Support, resources and registry for people with this rare neurological disorder. www.aicardisyndrome foundation.org American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association Fosters and facilitates collaboration of patients, researchers, and doctors in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services. www.aarda.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 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, 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

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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.chromodisorder.org Complex Child 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

FASD Network of Southern California Information and support resources for parents, caregivers, advocates, educators and treatment professionals of persons who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). 760-582-1266 www.fasdsoutherncalifornia.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 introduction to fundamental topics related to human genetics, including illustrations and 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

Duplication Cares Support and information for those affected by 7q11.23 Duplication. 440-853-7023 www.duplicationcares.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

DYRK1A Syndrome Research and information regarding disrupted chromosome 21Q22.13. www.dyrk1a.org

HypoPARAthyroidism Association, Inc. Nonprofit patient organization working to improve lives touched

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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. 8775 Aero Dr. #330, SD, 92123 858-598-5967 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 International Trisomy 13/18 Alliance Information and support groups for those with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18. www.internationaltrisomyalliance .com 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 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 LGS Foundation Parent and clinician organization that improves the lives of individuals affected by Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome through research, family support programs and education. www.lgsfoundation.org Little People of America (LPA) Support and resources for those with Achondroplasia. 254-533-2644 www.lpaonline.org The Magic Foundation Nonprofit organization created to provide parent-to-parent support services for families of children afflicted with a variety of chronic and critical disorders, syndromes and diseases that affect a child’s growth. 800-362-4423 www.magicfoundation.org MalaCards Integrated database of human maladies and their annotations. www.malacards.org Mended Hearts Support group for people with or recovering from heart disease moderated by professionals and volunteer heart patients to talk about the path of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. San Diego Cardiac Center 3131 Berger Ave. SD, 92123 www.sdmh.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


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 Orange Socks Nonprofit that provides parents searching for a diagnosis (or parents with newly diagnosed children) with links to national organizations. Also connects expectant parents who have in-utero diagnoses with a parent who has a child with the same or similar diagnosis. www.orangesocks.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

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/grand-rounds/ index.htm PURA Syndrome Foundation Information and support for children with a genetic anomaly of 5Q 31.3. www.purasyndrome.org Rady Children’s Hospital Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic Clinic for diagnosis and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. 7920 Frost St. #200 SD, 92123 858-246-0047 www.rchsd.org 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

Simons Searchlight Online community that supports families with rare genetic variants associated with Autism and developmental delay. Provides access to resources, information and family support. www.simonssearchlight.com 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 Stickler Involved People (SIP) Support group and resource page for those with Stickler Syndrome. (Stickler’s Syndrome) 316-259-5194 www.stickler.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 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 Williams Syndrome Association Online patient registry, resources, parent roadmap and clinic registry. www.williams-syndrome.org v

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) Information, research and coping strategies for those with RSDSA/ CRPS. 877-662-7737 www.rsds.org Rett Syndrome and Related Disorders Communication Program - Milestone Pediatric Therapy (See listing under Social Skills Groups) San Diego Undiagnosed Family Support Group (See listing under Parent and Family Resources) SATB2gene.com Medical information and resources for people with SATB2 (Glass Syndrome). www.satb2gene.com

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to visit a faith-based program for families with special needs, she didn’t know what to expect. Coleman, who doesn’t consider herself religious, recognized the importance of finding support as she and her family waded through medical information, daily challenges, and discouraging discourse about her son’s diagnosis. So she decided to give it a try. She was pleasantly surprised. Coleman and her son received a warm welcome into a broad-based faith community that offers a wide variety of programs for families. “The medical stuff is so muddled and uncomfortable,” Coleman says. “For parents finding themselves in that spot, the inclusivity and support are very appealing. Anyone can participate — whether you believe [in God] or don’t. If you’re having a tough time finding a niche, the faith community in San Diego offers many options.” Here are some of San Diego County’s faith-based programs for families with special needs.

For Young Adults Dan’s Place Restaurant Once a month, the chef at Dan’s Place Restaurant creates a menu that adults and young adults with special needs prepare

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When Amanda Coleman responded to a friend’s invitation

Street artist Kid Wiseman helped Ethan Marr and Katie Flores (pictured above) with the L’Arche San Diego Mural Project. and serve to hungry diners. As part of the Friendship Circle program at the Chabad of Poway, participants learn vocational skills for the hospitality industry while working alongside volunteers. A recent grant to expand the program means even more young people will be equipped with job skills while having fun, making friends, and delivering a restaurantquality kosher meal that often sells out. The Friendship Circle offers a variety of other social and recreational experiences for


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to bring a current art project or use materials provided. Open HeARTS is one of many services, including a monthly parent/caregiver support group, offered through the church’s Exceptional Families Ministry. Find more information and their calendar of events at www.sacredheartcor.org/parishlife/parish-outreach/exceptional-families-ministry.

Dan’s Place: The Friendship Restaurant (located in Poway) is open for dinner once a month. By reservation only. all ages, including summer camps, inclusion workshops and dozens of volunteer opportunities. For more information and tickets to the next Dan’s Place Restaurant dinner, visit www.friendshipcirclesd.com. Radically Inclusive Holiday Gift Fair Young entrepreneurs develop business skills while promoting and selling their products at the Radically Inclusive Holiday Gift Fair hosted annually by The Church at Rancho Bernardo. “When kids age out of the public school system, the options are very limited,” says event organizer Margie Flores. “Some, mine included, start micro-businesses, and this is one way to promote it.” By pairing vendors with friends and mentors who share the same passion, the gift fair provides opportunities to form ongoing relationships that nurture growing businesses. For information about this year’s holiday gift fair, email margie1515@san.rr.com or andreamoriarty@mac.com.

For Teens Young Life Capernaum Young Life (the “umbrella organization” to Capernaum) is all about building relationships with teens through fun, adventures and friendship. Capernaum gives teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience that same relationship-building fun and adventure through its dedication to accessibility and inclusion. “Teens and families with special needs don’t always have a lot of people looking to have relationships with them,” says Regional Director Tobias Haglund. “At Capernaum, we care for them as friends. We want to enjoy life with them and be a part of the dynamic of who they are as a family.” Find out more at www.younglife.org/ForEveryKid/Capernaum.

For Kids of All Ages OpenHeARTS On the second Sunday of each month, art lovers of all ages gather at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coronado to create art while spending time with friends. Participants are invited

Rock Church Miracle 139 Miracle 139 Outreach offers parent support groups, parent date nights, fellowship events, resource workshops and larger community events. Sunday services at several Rock Church locations offer accessible classrooms or Buddy Support in general classrooms. Check their website at www.sdrock.com/ministries/miracle139 to find a location near you or email miracle139@sdrock.com for more details.

A Growing Community Friends of L’Arche Thanks to the combined passions of several local families whose kids with special needs are approaching adulthood, this international federation of communities is coming to San Diego. L’Arche gives adults (with and without disabilities) the opportunity to share life and friendship by living together in family life structures. “Our vision is to have multiple homes throughout the county where people will live and interact with the community,” says parent-organizer Andrea Moriarty. “We also hope to open a centrally located friendship center offering programs and support. We’re looking for families and community professionals to come alongside us to bring this vision to life.” This emerging spiritual community is experiencing a groundswell of support and awareness through fun quarterly events, including a film festival, mural painting and bonfire. Get information about upcoming local events by emailing andreamoriarty@mac.com and find out more about the L’Arche mission at www.larcheUSA.org.

An Open Door Families with special needs have an open invitation from the diverse faith community in San Diego County. “These are safe, inclusive, non-judgmental places where you can make friends and connections and get the support you and your family need,” says Coleman. Tonya Langdon from Skyline Church, whose inclusive program tailors to fit the unique needs of every child, says it comes down to just one thing: “We pull out all the stops to make sure families know they are welcomed and loved.” v Jody Lee Cates is a local mom and award-winning writer who is passionate about connecting parents to helpful resources. For additional faith-based programs, turn to the Worship section. flourishing families 2020 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •

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IEP Self-Advocacy The idea of IEP self-advocacy is to empower parents and place an emphasis on their role in the special education process. Attending an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting can seem daunting, especially if there is disagreement with an aspect of the program or services. Parents are a child’s best and most knowledgeable advocate, but self-advocacy requires preparation, focus and willingness to find solutions. Here are valuable tips to prepare for an IEP meeting and how to advocate for your child and family.

What Is an IEP Meeting? An IEP meeting is an ongoing evaluation that has three components: receiving information, providing information and making decisions. The nature of an IEP meeting depends on why it was called. As a self-advocate, you must have a working knowledge of how your child’s disability affects performance in an educational environment, assessments, program and services (past and present).

How to Prepare Review your child’s educational records and clearly identify your current concerns and objective(s). A record review is important because the entire IEP team relies on the records. Be prepared to direct the team to useful information, explain how records are lacking, or why they’ve misinterpreted something. Categorize your list of concerns. For instance,

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categorize concerns by an assessment or behavioral support plan. This will ensure all categories are discussed and your specific concerns are addressed.

What to Bring Perhaps the three most important things to bring: 1. A digital recorder – You have the right to record IEP meetings, provided you give 24-hour notice in writing. 2. Organized records – Records are important. You may refer to them if there is a disagreement or the IEP team is unfamiliar with something that could impact decisions. 3. Another person – You have the right to bring another person. It’s not uncommon for a meeting to include four individuals from the school and one parent. Having a knowledgeable support person “on your side” will help make the team feel more balanced.

Set the Right Tone Self-advocating begins with setting the right tone. Keep things cordial and maintain your position in a calm manner. You’re there to receive and provide information that will lead to addressing concerns about your child’s educational program and services. You are part of the IEP team and the school needs your consent before taking steps and making changes. Encourage a meaningful exchange of information to ensure concerns are addressed.


Establish an Agenda It’s common for the IEP team to have a meeting agenda that the parent didn’t help create. Be willing to let their agenda drive the conversation, but let them know how much time you will need if your concerns aren’t covered. An agenda shouldn’t remove your participation. You are the most knowledgeable team member when it comes to your child — your participation is required.

Communicate Clearly Communication is the most important aspect of selfadvocating at an IEP meeting. Sometimes what you hear about your child or something another team member says is surprising. Overlook the emotional reaction and focus on communicating. If something is unclear, ask for an explanation or clarification. Ask why an individual or the team is, or is not, recommending something. If you don’t agree with the reasons, ask for more discussion. Support your position with records or your unique knowledge of (and experience with) your child. Ask for alternatives and options, if needed. Articulate what you want for your child (and why).

Define Success A successful meeting is when there is a mutual exchange of concerns, opinions and information between parent(s) and other IEP team members. A successful IEP (plan) is one that takes everything into account, creates goals that address a child’s unique needs, and provides necessary

accommodations, modifications, special education, and related services. Differentiating between a successful IEP meeting and the IEP plan (document) is important. The plan is subject to reevaluation and can change as a result of future meetings and discussions.

How to Close the Meeting Once the meeting concludes, the IEP team will request parent consent to the IEP (plan) or assessment(s). There is no requirement to sign a document right then. Parents may want to consent to some parts of the IEP and think about others. Other tasks: 1. Write down the full name and position of all members in attendance. 2. Ask for signed copies of documents created or relied on during the IEP meeting. 3. Make a list of any unresolved concerns that you (or the team) have. 4. Make note of necessary follow-up. The IEP is a continually evolving document and IEP meetings are central to its development. The law recognizes a parent’s role by establishing procedural protections to help ensure parental participation. v Seth Schwartz is a special education attorney and managing partner at Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey in San Diego. flourishing families 2020 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •

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Anne Malinoski

Urban Farming Offers Benefits for All Abilities The senses come alive when we’re outside. On a farm,

neighborhood to find a home with more land. They hoped to build a guesthouse for their daughter Kyla, now 21, to feel more independent. When they toured the property that would become their home, Kyla experienced an instant connection with the animals. Their tender interaction moved the sellers to tears as they confided that they were unable to keep the flock of chickens and two goats. “So, we made sure it was written into the offer that we wanted the animals as part of the deal,” says Farrell.

“I call it garden therapy,” says Tina Martini, known professionally as The Medicine Chef. “Connecting with nature is the most powerful and healing force on earth,” she says.

Kyla met with the previous owners several times to learn feeding and care techniques. Her interest became a passion that bred positive change. While she had previously found it difficult to speak to new people, her family noticed that conversation came easier now. She was excited to share about the animals and delighted to find that others took interest in her experience. “It’s my main conversation starter now,” says Kyla.

children can savor the crumble of soil in their palms, the tinny whoosh from a watering can or the surprising texture of an animal’s coat. Urban farming provides especially rich opportunities for children with special needs, allowing them to experience plants and animals up close and to greatly increase time spent outside. Studies have shown that the sensory benefits of outdoor activity can increase focus, decrease anxiety and improve mood.

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Mariana Farrell of Vista says that caring for chickens and goats has expanded her daughter’s life in unexpected ways. Two summers ago, the family left their Carlsbad

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Farrell says that she and her husband have loved watching their daughter achieve a new level of responsibility. They also appreciate her shift from a largely indoor lifestyle to one more connected with nature. “The nicest surprise is how much she’s outside wandering the property now,” says Farrell. The benefits of urban farming are well known to the folks at TERI—a nonprofit whose clients include people with autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and their families. The organization’s agriculture program includes three large-scale, organically certified urban farms along with nine home gardens. The farms yield 1,300–1,500 pounds of certified organic crops per month, providing 70 percent of the fresh produce consumed at the organization’s 13 group homes. A livestock program includes three flocks of laying hens and seasonal pork production. TERI’s agriculture program provides learning and sensory opportunities for its students—and the response is extremely positive. “We see significantly fewer behaviors at the farm,” says Farm Manager Emily Field. “Teachers from our nonpublic schools regularly report that when students return to the classroom after a farm visit, they are more focused, physically and mentally calmer and ready to learn.” Clients from TERI’s day programs visit the farm Monday through Friday for vocational opportunities. One group cares for chickens and pigs—providing all the food, water and interactions that the animals need. “They do everything! It’s fantastic and they love it,” says Field. Another group handles more than half of the farm’s microgreen deliveries—bringing fresh greens to North County restaurants. This program has served as an income source for the organization while fostering positive interactions between clients and the greater community. Best of all, the farm has had a positive impact on participants’ eating choices. “We have significantly increased the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that clients in our group homes are eating,” says Field. “People with autism and developmental disabilities often have limited textures or flavors that they are interested in eating, but when presented the opportunity to grow and harvest foods by themselves, they’re much more likely to try new things,” she says. The benefits of farm work are accessible to anyone. Start small by visiting a friend’s animals or setting up a container garden. “A kitchen window makes a great herb garden, and the work can be done right at your kitchen table,” says Martini. For even more farm fun, check out our list of farming programs in the sidebar.

These local groups and businesses offer wonderful opportunities for kids to get their hands dirty: FFA (Future Farmers of America) teaches leadership and career development through hands-on study of agricultural sciences. Agricultural education programs can be found at middle and high schools. To find or start a program near you, visit www.calaged.org. 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, Health) is an extracurricular youth program for ages 5 and up. Kids learn goal-setting and problem-solving skills while participating in group projects— many of which are related to livestock and agriculture. To find a club, visit www.ucanr.edu/sites/4HSanDiegoCounty/ Club_Information/Community_Clubs. Wild Willow Farm is a nonprofit educational farm in Chula Vista. The farm hosts classes on a variety of topics from beekeeping and pickling to cheese-making. Volunteers may participate in farm work every Wednesday and Saturday. All are welcome. Learn more at www.wildwillowfarm.org.

City Farmers Nursery

City Farmer’s Nursery in City Heights is a family-owned farm, organic garden center and specialty nursery. Stop by to visit with animals, shop gardening supplies or take a class. Also on site is Nate’s Garden Grill, which boasts a family-friendly patio with plenty of organic and vegan dining options. Learn more at www.cityfarmersnursery.com. TERI welcomes volunteers of all abilities at its urban farms. Contact the volunteer coordinator to learn how your family or group can participate. TERI will soon offer horticultural therapy and wellness courses at the new therapy garden in San Marcos. These courses will be open to the public, so stay tuned! Those interested in supporting TERI’s agriculture program can learn more at www.teriinc.org/programs/ agriculture or email tours@teriinc.org to see the program in action. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Her older brother has special needs. flourishing families 2020 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •

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Kyla is now solely responsible for the family’s six chickens and two goats. She ensures that they are fed, watered and exercised; she even administers medication when they are unwell. “The goats know me,” says Kyla. “They know I’m the caregiver—the one who feeds them, cleans their pen and looks after them. If they’re upset, they come cuddle me, but if a goat needs shots or something, he’ll be mad at me for two days!”


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Tooth Smarts Early Preventative Care Improves Smiles for Kids with Disabilities Parents might not think it’s imperative to be concerned about dental

care before a child has teeth, but that simply isn’t true. Since the mouth is where most bacteria enters the body, tooth decay can be damaging to the whole body. It can enter the blood stream and cause heart issues, be breathed into the lungs, and cause brain inflammation and memory loss. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, 56 percent of all children will have some form of tooth decay by age 15, making it the most common chronic childhood disease; parents can’t start too soon with preventative care. Dr. Parvathi Pokala is a pediatric dentist with surgery privileges at Rady Children’s Hospital and an expert on treating children with special needs. “It is important… to avoid letting babies fall asleep with a bottle of milk or formula and [for] mothers to avoid nursing their babies in bed with them throughout the night,” she says. Milk and formula pooling on the gums during sleep can cause problems way before the teeth erupt.

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Tooth decay is a transmissible disease. Using your own mouth to clean a baby’s pacifier or test the temperature of a bottle can transmit bacteria that causes decay. Kids with special needs tend to require more oral care. Brady, 15, has 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. 22q has a high risk for cleft lip, cleft palate and sub-mucosal palate—a palatal difference hidden under the soft tissue at the back of the mouth. He was treated by a developmental dentist and speech-language pathologist to ensure dental health and proper swallowing. Children with 22q and other anomalies often have teeth that come in with weakened enamel; a sealant is painted over these teeth to ward off bacterial damage as they erupt from the gums. Brady was referred to Dr. Pokala when he was under a year old. “There are many syndromes that have dental and jaw related problems,” says Dr. Pokala. “It is important for us to recognize dental anomalies, help families establish a good preventive care plan to maintain healthy teeth, and to plan for treatment to improve function and esthetics.” Since Brady does not lose his baby teeth naturally, Dr. Pokala developed a strategic method to pull each baby tooth to make a straight path for emerging adult teeth, while still allowing for proper chewing of food. He had X-rays as early as he could stand it, with new technologies allowing less invasive forms of imaging. The pictures allowed Dr. Pokala to see the path of tooth growth before they erupted.

Medically fragile, immunecompromised or chronically ill children are often at risk for dental decay. The mouth harbors trillions of bacteria that are delicately kept in check through the removal of plaque during brushing and the production of healthy amounts of saliva. Saliva neutralizes acids, which can eat away at teeth, and carries a community of anti-microbials that keep bacterial growth from exploding. Kids who lack healthy saliva levels and are continually in healthcare settings where bacteria spread are more likely to develop pneumonia. Children who breath through their mouths during times of congestion need to make sure they drink plenty of fluids and brush more frequently. Tooth strength can also be compromised by low calcium, so kids with hypo and hypercalcemia need to be monitored closely by a dentist and doctor. Stress also plays a factor. Stress can alter salivary chemistry, lower immune responses and lower pH, which can lead to the demineralization of enamel. Kids with mental health issues are best served by proper hydration, relaxed schedules and work expectations, and an electric toothbrush to stave off decay. Stress can also trigger reflux or vomiting, which brings acid up from the stomach, causing more damage. When vomiting occurs, it is better to rinse the mouth with a solution of baking soda and warm water to help restore balance in the mouth before brushing. There are steps to prevent tooth decay at each level of development regardless of disability.

• See a pediatric dentist before your child’s first birthday and understand that stages may take longer for kids with developmental delay. • Before a child has teeth, gently clean gums with a clean, warm, wet towel. • When teeth erupt, a cold washcloth may ease pain. • Teething can start as early as 6 months—a soft bristled toothbrush with no toothpaste works effectively at this age. • By age 2, children should understand that toothpaste should be spit out, so add a pea-sized amount to brushing. • As soon as kids are able to brush for themselves, brush your own teeth alongside them so they learn technique and the amount of time to brush. Many parents recommend singing the ABCs three times to hit the required two-minute mark, or setting a timer to ensure thorough brushing. Start setting the example early, so children can enjoy good oral health into adulthood. For resources, visit the Dental Health section in this issue. v Emily Dolton is a resource specialist and local mom of two, one with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.

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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.store.schoolspecialty.com Ability Center of San Diego Offers new and used wheelchairaccessible vehicles to purchase or rent, a variety of scooters, wheelchairs and lifts (including parts and repair), home accessibility products such as ramps, stair lifts, pool lifts and more. 4797 Ruffner St., SD, 92111 858-541-0552 www.abilitycenter.com Ablenet, Inc. Provides educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive lives. Offers communication aids for nonverbal individuals, access aids for all ages, and special education classroom curriculum and software that help ensure learning progress. Roseville, MN 800-322-0956 www.ablenetinc.com

Access Medical Adaptive equipment sales with trained clinical staff who evaluates individual needs, insurance eligibility, assembly and configuration. 3266 Grey Hawk Ct. Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-929-2828 www.accessmedicalrehab.com Access Trax Portable, durable, lightweight Beach Trax for purchase or rent. Allows those with mobility issues to access and enjoy the ocean. 619-292-8766 www.accesstraxsd.com Achievement Products for Special Needs Sensory products, exercise and gross motor equipment, seating and positioning products and mobility equipment for therapy and play. 800-373-4699 www.discountschoolsupply .com/product/productlist. aspx?category=6485&rm=d 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

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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 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 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

California Coastal Commission Beach Wheelchair Program Discover which beaches loan push wheelchairs with large, wide wheels that roll across the sand without sinking. La Jolla and South 619-525-8247 North County (see website) www.coastal.ca.gov/access/ beach-wheelchairs.html 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 Enabling Devices Assistive technology and toys for children with special needs. Hawthorne, NY 800-832-8697 www.enablingdevices.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 Freedom Concepts Inc. A variety of adaptive bikes provide autonomy for all types of physical needs. 800-661-9915 www.freedomconcepts.com GoldenBoy Mobility Offers wheelchair accessible vans, scooters, wheelchair lifts, wheelchairs and other accessible solutions. 12130 Dearborn Pl. Poway, CA 92064 www.goldenboymobility.com

Hanger Clinic Specializes in orthotic and prosthetic solutions. Highly specialized teams deliver exceptional clinical outcomes, innovative technologies and outstanding patient experiences to more than one million patients. Multiple San Diego Locations 877-442-6437 www.hangerclinic.com Harkla Weighted Blankets Weighted blankets and lap pads of varying sizes designed for those with anxiety, Autism, ADHD, or Sensory Processing Disorder. www.harkla.co Harmony Home Medical Wheelchairs, scooters and medical equipment. 7640 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SD, 92111 858-560-8177 www.harmonyhomemedical.com

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

The Gurmilan Foundation Kinnebar, Inc. Nonprofit helps secure funding to Foot swing that attaches to table or support individuals with disabilities desk to keep students with Autism, through scholarship awards and Anxiety and ADHD focused by adaptive equipment grants. allowing their legs to move under J & J Artificial Limb and Brace 482 W San Ysidro Blvd. #508 the desk. A variety of prosthetics, braces San Ysidro, CA 92172 704-360-4483 and walkers—some of the coolest 619-250-2291 www.gurmilanfoundation.org looking orthotics on the market. AC-San Diego Parent Resource Guide_Layout 1 2/14/20 10:42 AM Page www.kinnebar.com 1

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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 Funder Flexible crowdfunding or gift giving solution for adaptive gear free from donation fees, platform costs and transaction charges. www.tadpoleadaptive.com/pages/ mobility-funder

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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 Helps families with mobility challenges choose the best vehicle to rent or own by assessing needs, developing a financial strategy, and creating a maintenance schedule. Variety of vehicles on site allows families to try products 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 patterns. www.pimpmychair.com PlayopolisToys Toys and therapy products for kids with special needs. 877-579-9300 www.playopolistoys.com Preferred Therapy Toys
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PRO-ED, Inc. Instructional and therapy materials for children with 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 Sharp Rehabilitation Services and Foundation Grants Provides rehab therapy, support and guidance to individuals with spinal cord injury and their families. Provides grants for adaptive equipment. 2999 Health Center Dr. SD, 92123 858-939-3156 Richard.Green@sharp.com SpecialCare
 Durable medical equipment provider for home use, travel and visiting guests. Experienced staff provide set-up and training for medical, respiratory, sleep, mobility and transfer products. Rentals and delivery available. Bilingual. 9511 Ridgehaven Ct. SD, 92123 858-694-5800 www.specialcare-homehealth.com Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) Special Needs Toys Sensory room equipment and special needs toys. 800-467-6222 www.specialneedstoys.com Tadpole Adaptive Selection of adaptive equipment for mobility, seating and bathing. 3940 Seventh Ave. SD, 92103 877-698-2376 www.tadpoleadaptive.com TalkSense A website for understanding augmentative communication. Also offers assessment and tuition for these services. www.talksense.weebly.com

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UCP Pediatric Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program Through the Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund, a variety of walkers, wedges, strollers, sitters and bath equipment is available to borrow for 6–12 months. 8525 Gibbs Dr. #209 SD, 92123 858-609-7515 www.ucpsd.org VocaliD Uses a Human Voice Bank or sibling voice recording (combined with vocalizations of the child with speech impairments) to create a voice that is uniquely theirs for assistive tech devices to establish a more accurate and expressive way to communicate. www.vocalid.ai 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 A+ Advocates of San Diego Two former special education teachers teamed together to provide advocacy to East and South County families through observing students in the classroom setting, IEP meeting support, and improved district communication. Free initial consultation. Andrea L. Katz, Ed. D. 619-977-3148 Andrea Bazer, M.S. Ed. 619-246-5044 Able-Disabled Advocacy (see listing under College and the Adult Transition) Advocacy Associates, Inc. Special education advocacy, educational consultation and IEP support. 11921 Carmel Creek Rd. #118 SD, 92130 858-485-7500 www.advocacyassociatesinc.net

Alliance Resources and Associates, Inc. Allan Roth, M.S.Ed. educational consultation and advocacy assisting 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 April Villafana Advocacy Advocacy for children with​special needs including IEP, IFSP and IHSS help in North County. www.northcountyadvocacy.com Ashley Parton Advocacy Supports families with children with special needs and disabilities specializing in the IHSS application process. Ashley Parton Advocacy also assists families in building collaborative IFSPs, IPPs and IEPs for students in preschool through fifth grade. 619-609-9793 www.sandiegoadvocacy.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. 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 Center for Emerging Leadership (CEL) Self-advocacy for adults and teens with disabilities. www.interwork.sdsu.edu/cel Children’s Advocacy Institute at USD Academic, research, and advocacy organization working to improve the lives of children (with emphasis on child protection and foster care) and enhance resources for youth aging out of foster care. USD law students serve as advocates. See website for fees and eligibility. USD School of Law 5998 Alcalá Park, SD, 92110 619-260-4806 www.sandiego.edu/cai COMPASS Family Center (See listing under Education) Devoted Advocates Certified Special Education Advocate offers support and empowerment to parents of children Pre-K thru age 22 with disabilities. Free 30-minute consultation. 619-889-1003 www.devotedadvocates.com

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IEP San Diego Special education advocate who supports local families throughout the special education process to ensure children with behavioral, emotional or learning disabilities are provided with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). 2305 Historic Decatur Rd. #100 SD, 92106 858-300-1880 www.iepsandiego.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

Keeping the Lanterman Promise Educates, informs, connects and inspires 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.thelantermancoalition.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

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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. 187 Calle Magdalena Ave. #114 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-753-0505 www.MonicaMarquezlaw.com Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey Special education attorney provides legal guidance on issues from eligibility to assessments, communication and behavioral concerns, academics, to the level of services and supports your child needs. Also offers free consultations and monthly parent trainings. 2247 San Diego Ave. #237 SD, 92110 858-430-8166 info@dorightlaw.com www.dorightlaw.com 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 disability-based administrative hearing levels from a parent of two with special needs. 858-429-9355 www.ikerdschreiter.com Marcus Family Law Center, PLC Expert representation in divorce, custody and support, bankruptcy, estate planning and immigration for San Diego and Imperial Counties. 10650 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #201 SD, 92131 858-689-2700 www.barefootlawyer.com

My Patient Rights Information and advocacy for families who have been denied healthcare, have complaints about healthcare they are receiving, or need help 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 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

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

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

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 to achieve positive outcomes for children with disabilities at IEP and 504 meetings. 11455 El Camino Real #400 SD, 92130 858-750-1634 www.pacificcoastadvocates.com

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, 92103 619-209-4595 www.sandiegounified.org/ special-educationombudspersons

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

Sanford Autism Consulting IEP advocacy and 1:1 mentoring through the IEP process from a parent advocate and SLP. 619-403-9097 www.sdautismhelp.com

Rady Children’s Hospital – Balance Disorders Provides a full complement of tests for vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders. If a vestibular disorder is suspected, children can be referred for a medical evaluation with the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) and/or for assessment with the audiology team. Richter Family Clinic for Balance Disorders 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org

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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 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. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106 SD, 92128 858-945-6621 www.specialedlaw.us TASK Bilingual staff help people with disabilities, their families and professionals by helping them navigate special education, disability services and assistive technology (AT). Support is available via phone, in-person reviews of IEP documents, community workshops, and lab appointments to explore AT options for learning and communicating. 3845 Spring Dr. #21 Spring Valley, CA 91977 619-282-0846 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 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 Accurateassessmentsandiego.com


Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California Our assessments aid in formulating diagnoses and in generating recommendations for interventions in home, school, vocational and alternative residential settings. 9968 Hilbert St. #105 SD, 92131 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 support for parents with children with special needs. Spanish speaking doctor. 4050 Beyer Blvd. San Ysidro, CA 92173 619-662-4100 www.syhc.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) 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 Rady Children’s Hospital Children’s Care Connection (C3) at Healthy Developmental Services (HDS) C3/HDS provides no-cost, high quality developmental and behavioral services for children 0-5 who have not yet entered kindergarten in San Diego County. Multiple locations 858-966-8008 www.rchsd.org

Rady Children’s Hospital Developmental Evaluation Clinic Developmental evaluation and referral services for infants, preschoolers and school-age children. Multiple locations 858-966-5817 www.rchsd.org Rady Children’s Hospital Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP) Developmental and behavioral screening for children, birth to 6, who are involved with Child Welfare Services in San Diego County, as well as developmental and behavior coaching for caregivers. 858-966-7874 www.rchsd.org Rady Children’s Hospital KidSTART Comprehensive screening, triage, assessment and treatment (including intensive mental health) for children 0-5 with complex developmental, behavioral, family and medical needs. 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #410 SD. 92123 858-966-5990 www.rchsd.org 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 resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties. 4355 Ruffin Rd. #200 SD, 92123 858-576-2996 www.sdrc.org

AUDIOLOGY/HEARING North County Audiology Hearing testing and diagnostics. 12396 World Trade Dr. #205 SD, 92128 858-240-4415 www.northcountyaudiology.com Rady Children’s Hospital Audiology Provides evaluation and treatment for children from infancy to adolescence. Services include

assessment/diagnosis of hearing loss via Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response testing/Auditory Steady State Response testing, conventional assessment, and assessment and treatment of balance disorders. Provides prescription and fitting conventional and implantable hearing aids and cochlear implants. Multiple locations 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org Rady Children’s Hospital – Balance Disorders Provides a full complement of tests for vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders. If a vestibular disorder is suspected, children can be referred for evaluation with the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) and/or assessment with the audiology team. Richter Family Clinic for Balance Disorders 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #400 SD, 92123 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org

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 868-759-8922 www.rsfaudiology.com

BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH 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

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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 and Evaluation) AEFCT (Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together) Service provider for children with ASD supporting families in San Diego County: in-home one-onone 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 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 Education) Anger Management Associates Pete McClintock M.A., LMFT Provides individual and group therapy for all ages and families. Specializes in ADD, depression, anxiety, anger management, and parenting, including anger management groups for children and teens. 3411 Third Ave., SD, 92103 619-299-0975 www.petemcclintock.com Ascent Psychological Services Lauren Elder Ph.D. offers behavioral and cognitive assessment to treat behavioral and developmental concerns and anxiety through play therapy, parent coaching and a variety of therapies. 3505 Camino del Rio S. #212 SD, 92108 858-888-9062 www.ascentpsychological services.com

Autism Interventions and Resources (AIR) Collaborates 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 Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) A leading provider of ABA services, AST’s 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 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. Trains parents and professionals to implement Natural Play Therapy. 1261 San Elijo Rd. S. San Marcos, CA 92078 760-918-0616 www.autisticallyinclined.com Behavior Frontiers Unique ABA programs for individuals with Autism and ASD. 8555 Aero Dr. SD, 92123 858-244-5176 2888 Loker Ave. E. #309 Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-691-1513 www.behaviorfrontiers.com

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AVID Behavioral Day Program 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 and Wellness Center Bilingual staff provide ABA & Behavior Therapy services to individuals ages 2-21. Services include care coordination, collaboration with other providers, pyscho-education, and parent training. We accept Medi-Cal, have a quick intake process and no waitlist. 3111 Camino del Rio N. #400 SD, 92108 760-278-3112 www.bhwc-va.com 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 Brain Treatment Center Through the use of MeRT, painfree and non-invasive system of electromagnetics pulses, this process improves communication and strengthens brain functionality in individuals with Autism and ASD, Depression and PTSD. 2918 Fifth Ave. #300 SD, 92103 619-255-2101 www.braintreatmentcenter.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.org

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. 888-880-9270 www.ButterflyEffects.com California Association for Behavior Analysis Promotes the science and theory of behavioral analysis by supporting research, education, an annual conference for parents and educators, and many other resources. 400 29th St. #518 Oakland, CA 94609 805-275-2143 www.calaba.org 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 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 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 858-278-6603 www.centerforautism.com Center for Integrative Wellness Dr. Sehgal specializes in tweens and teens with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, spinal cord injury and other conditions. Provides presurgical evaluations to ensure the patient is able to understand and cope with procedures. 5348 Carroll Canyon Rd. #101 SD, 92121 858-829-8852 www.cbtwellness.com


Center for Thoughtful Lasting Change, Inc. Sherry Casper Ph.D. Helps students achieve successful outcomes through psychological assessments, educational consultation and interventions for behavior management. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #203 SD, 92126 625 3rd Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-369-5050 www.ctlcsd.com Centria Autism Provides ABA therapy for kids with Autism through clinical expertise and an individualized treatment approach. Offering in-home services in San Diego County and center-based services in Costa Mesa. Throughout San Diego County 855-772-8847 www.centriahealthcare.com Child Mind Institute Online resources for behavioral disorders, mental health diagnoses and learning disorders. www.childmind.org

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 Dr., Fourth Floor SD, 92103 619-543-7745 www.ucsdcareprogram.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 SD, 92122 858-536-8985 www.mindfultherapydoc.com

Community ConNext Community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program for individuals ages 12-22 that exhibit challenges in communication, culturally appropriate behaviors, and social competency in real life settings. 858-603-9835 www.CTA-CommunityConNext.org Community Psychiatry Dr. Joseph Mawhinney has been treating kids with special needs and mentoring fellow clinicians throughout his career. 8950 Villa La Jolla Dr. #C217 SD, 92037 858-638-8125 www.communitypsychiatry.com Comprehensive Autism Services and Education (CASE), Inc. Offers consultation services to families in Carlsbad School District, ABA trainings, Discrete Trial Training, Structured Teaching, Pivotal Response Training and Facilitated Play for parents, teachers and staff

As a contracted provider for the county of San Diego and San Diego Regional Center, Fred Finch provides innovative behavioral and mental health services to children, youth and families.

for children with ASD. Friends’ Club facilitates social understanding skills. 785 Grand Ave. #101 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-720-4964 Cortica 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.corticacare.com Counseling Cove-San Diego Youth Services Intensive, outpatient mental health services, trauma informed care and case management for ages 12–20 who are homeless or have run away from home. Comprehensive

Setting the standard for diagnoses and treatment for autism and other developmental disorders through assessments and supportive services for children and their families in Southern California. To learn more call 858-444-8823 or visit us online at fredfinch.org/cares.

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approach is community-based, client and family-driven and culturally competent. 619-525-9903 www.sdyouthservices.org/what_ we_do/services/mental-healthservices/counseling-cove 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 families at-risk and/or dealing with potential behavioral health issues, including struggles 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 East County Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Comprehensive team works with children and their families to improve adult-child relationships at school and at home, using The Incredible Years evidence-based model to prevent behavioral problems and serious mental illness. 619-258-6877 x3253 www.sdyouthservices.org/ what_we_do/services/mentalhealth-services/prevention-andearly-intervention Family Connections Therapy Parent and child therapy with specialties in Anxiety, Depression, foster care and adoption, and parent education. 11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #250 SD, 92128 858-776-8804 www.familyconnectionstherapy.com Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California Provides ABA, individual, couples and group therapy, art therapy, school-based consultation and educational testing. Licensed SDRC vendor of RDI (Relationship

Development Intervention). Variety of insurance accepted. 3555 Kenyon St. #101 SD, 92110 10731 Treena St. #105 SD, 92131 619-600-0683 www.familyguidanceandtherapy.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 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 Fred Finch CARES Provides comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment, early intervention, ABA therapy, parent education, social skills, and individual/family therapy for those impacted by ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders Treatment offered in school, in-home and clinic-based programs. 10174 Old Grove Rd. #100 SD, 92131 858-444-8823 www.fredfinch.org/cares Fred Finch, Specialized Wraparound Program Family-centered, community-based program offers assessment and intervention, individual and family counseling, case management, caregiver/parent coaching, and access to psychiatric support and medication utilizing a strengthsbased team approach to create sustainable stability. 3845 Spring Dr. Spring Valley, CA 91977 619-281-3706 www.fredfinch.org Fred Finch Youth & Family Services (See listing under Education)

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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 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 www.KHallBCBA.com Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) International Bipolar Foundation Advances research to eliminate 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 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

Julie D. Kunin, Ph.D. Clinical psychologist for adolescents and families. 211 W Robinson Ave. SD, 92103 619-787-4406 www.juliekuninphd.com Learning Development Services Neuropsychological assessment, counseling and consultation. 3754 Clairemont Dr. SD, 92117 858-581-5050 www.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 La Mesa, CA, 91942 619-713-0737 www.letsgrowaba.com Lovaas Institute Behavioral intervention for children diagnosed with Autism or a related disorder. 310-410-4450 www.lovaas.com Maxim Healthcare Services (See listing under Respite/Childcare/ Skilled Nursing) MeBe Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech and Language Pathology, verbal behavior therapy and social skills groups for children on the Autism spectrum for home and school. 8885 Rio San Diego Dr. #340 SD, 92108 619-795-9925 www.mebefamily.com Mental Health America (MHA) of San Diego County Nonprofit dedicated to addressing mental health and mental illness through advocacy, education, research and 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 providing 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 Motiva Associates Comprehensive therapy for special needs, behavioral issues, grief and bereavement. Multiple locations throughout San Diego County www.motivaassociates.com Mountain Shadows Spectrum Solutions Comprehensive services for families affected by Autism and other disabilities including assessment, behavioral consultation, ABA therapy, and IEP, parent and school supports. 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #240 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-743-1449 www.mtnshadows.org

My Colors Speak, Inc. Inclusive, all ages, ABA art program offering creative treatment programs for all abilities in 1:1, parent/child and small group sessions. 858-860-5093 www.mycolorsspeak.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

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 92029 760-488-6095 www.peoplescare.com Dr. Clarence Perry, MD Clinical psychiatrist specializing in learning disorders, special needs and psychiatric needs. 3368 2nd Ave. #I, SD, 92103 858-966-5832 Pioneer Learning Center (See listing under Education) 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

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 designed to empower caregivers and loved ones to support people in their natural routines. 855-832-6727 www.teampbs.com Positive Discipline Web-based resources and books with parenting tools, coaching tips, classroom management centered and around positive discipline. 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 parents. 858-279-1223 www.psycare.org

Serving children and families struggling with mental, emotional, or behavioral health challenges Evidence-based • Individualized • Trauma-informed • Outcomes-driven What we do: • Family and youth assessments • Outpatient therapy and psychiatry • Autism services • Intensive outpatient program for youth ages 13-18 • Home and community-based services • WASC Accredited nonpublic school • Residential treatment facility for children ages 6-18

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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 Hospital Behavioral Health Services Outpatient services including Torrey Hills Outpatient Psychiatry, Behavioral Health Urgent Care, clinic- and school-based services and inpatient services including Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) and Eating Disorders/ Medical Behavioral Unit. Multiple locations 858-966-5832 www.rchsd.org Rady Children’s Hospital Chadwick Center for Children and Families Programs and services that support the prevention, identification and treatment of abused and traumatized children as well as woment impacted by domestic violence. Multiple locations 858-966-4011 www.rchsd.org San Diego Access and Crisis Line 24/7 access to mental health, drug and addiction counseling. 888-724-7240 San Diego Center for Children Serves children and families struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral health challenges. Offers family and youth assessments, outpatient therapy and psychiatry, Autism services, an intensive

outpatient program for ages 13–18, and summer camps. 3002 Armstrong St. SD, 92111 833-800-9105 www.centerforchildren.org San Diego County Mental Health Services Offers treatment, rehab and recovery services to people who experience persistent and severe mental illness or 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 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; 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 support 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 858-689-2027 5411 Avenida Encinas #110 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-448-5837 www.TagforGrowth.com Trumpet Behavioral Health National Autism treatment provider that helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, social communication disorders and other developmental delays through center or home-based ABA therapy. 9920 Pacific Heights Blvd. #150 SD, 92121 855-824-5669 www.tbh.com/locations/autismtreatment-san-diego-california Xcite Steps ABA Therapy and Behavioral Services Provides individualized ABA therapy services, assessment and evaluation to kids, teens and adults in home, school and daycare settings. 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.com YMCA Tides Collaboration between YMCA Youth & Family Services and SDUSD to provide free individual, family and group counseling, case management, parent education, and teacher support to students ages 5–21 with Medi-Cal who attend schools in central San Diego. Available on a sliding scale for others. 4394 30th St., SD, 92104 619-281-8313 www.ymcasd.org/communitysupport/ymca-youth-andfamily-services/behavioraland-mental-health-services/ school-based-counseling

Youth Behavioral Health Services Family Health Centers of San Diego Team of psychiatrists and therapists tackle mood disorders, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, sexual and gender identity issues, and treatment for trauma related to abuse, neglect or divorce. Accepts Medi-Cal, Covered California and uninsured patients with payments on a sliding scale. 619-515-2338 www.fhcsd.org

CAMPS AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS ARCC Center Soccer Camp (See ARCC listing under Respite/ Childcare) Camp Able at Coronado Provides 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. 3030 Market St., SD, 92102 619-685-1175 x255 www.arc-sd.com Camp Beyond the Scars Burn Institute Traditional summer camp for burninjured children ages 5–17 with professional support for dealing with their unique physical and emotional challenges. Counselors include offduty firefighters, medical staff and adult burn survivors. Palomar Christian Conference Center 34764 Doane Valley Rd. Palomar Mountain, CA 92060 858-541-2277 www.burninstitute.org/campbeyond-the-scars


Camp del Corazon Three primary programs for children and families living with congenital heart disease: the P.A.C.E. (Progressive Adult Congenital Experience) program for ages 18–25, the summer camp for ages 7–17, and the Happy Heart Festival, an annual educational symposium. North Hollywood, CA 818-754-0312 www.campdelcorazon.org Camp Huntington Residential camp in the Catskill Mountains 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 family. High Falls, NY 855-707-2267 www.camphuntington.com Camp I CAN The Autism Society and YMCA offer 1:1 instruction at this camp for children with Autism. 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 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 field trip days. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.friendshipcirclesd.org/camp Camp Ohr Lanu Camp Ramah   Jewish children ages 4-14 with special needs, along with their parents and siblings, enjoy specialized, therapeutic programming in a supportive camp environment staffed with behavior and family education specialists. Individual counselors for each family. Ojai, CA 888-226-7726 www.ramah.org/event/programs/ special-needs-family-camp Camp Paivika Overnight camp near Big Bear 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 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 facility, food service, management and general camp activities. Groups bring their own staff of professionals, medical staff and special programs for their campers. Groveland, CA 209-962-7534 www.tuolumnetrails.org

Camp WAMP Wilderness camping experience located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for ages 10-18 with physical disabilities. Founded by local climbing legend Stephen Wampler. 800-381-6891 www.campwamp.org CIP (College Internship Program) Summer Program Two weeks of college experience for 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. Two-week notice is required to complete an assessment and to assign an aide, if needed. Therapeutics/inclusion. 276 Fourth Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-409-5439 www.chulavistaca.gov Club Xcite Provider of camps, afterschool enrichment programs and skillbuilding 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 individual needs to participate. 1545 Pioneer Way El Cajon, CA 92020 619-588-0206 www.cytsandiego.org Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Family Camp Provides an opportunity for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and their families to come together in a positive environment. https://cahandsandvoices.org/ family-camps/southern-california

Digital Media Academy Tech Camps Full-day and overnight summer tech camps for students 7-17 at the UC San Diego campus. Courses offered: 3D Modeling + Design, Coding + Artificial Intelligence, Film + Photography, Game Design, Music Production, and Robotics +Engineering. 866-656-3342 www.digitalmediaacademy.org Dragonfly Forest Summer camp designed for children with Autism, 22Q, Asthma and medical needs, allows them to safely enjoy camp activities such as swimming, 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 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 provided. 858-863-5915 www.crimsoncenteroutreach.org iFly STEM Camps Offers all-ability, STEM–based day camp that includes classroom instruction, interactive lab and wind tunnel physics demonstration, indoor skydiving flight training, iFLY flight suit and safety gear, and 1:1 flying with a certified flight instructor. 2385 Camino del Rio N. SD, 92107 619-432-4359 www.iflyworld.com

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Junior Adaptive Sports Camp Campers ages 4-18 are introduced to adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, tennis, lacrosse, archery, water skiing, sailing and more at Crown Point and Miramar College at the end of July. Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association 619-336-1806 www.adaptivesportsandrec.org Little Language Ambassadors (See listing under Education) The Painted Turtle Summer camp and year-round programs for 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 Salvation Army Kroc Center Day Camp The trained Inclusion Coordinator and Day Camp Manager assess each child with special needs (with parent present) at least three weeks prior to camp to determine if reasonable accommodations can be provided to meet their needs and keep them safe. 6845 University Ave., SD, 92115 619-269-1438 (Day Camp Mgr.) Jorge.andrade@usw .salvationarmy.org San Diego Center for Children (See listing under Behavioral/Mental Health) San Diego Park and Recreation Therapeutic Rec 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, kayaking, and horseback riding. Students are involved in decision making, goal setting and meal planning. Balsam, NC 828-456-3435 www.soarnc.org Snapology Summer Day Camp uses Lego bricks and other materials to teach STEM and STEAM concepts in a fun and creative way. 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 Summer Session at NewBridge School Half-day learning program/camp for grades K–8 with languagebased 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.thenewbridgeschool.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 selfregulation and self-direction. Zirconia, NC 828-697-6313 www.talismancamps.com

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Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science Students ages 8-18 with Asperger’s and high functioning Autism engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. Teachers and college mentors use games like Minecraft and child-friendly 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. Encourages 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 Pl. SD, 92109 858-539-2003 www.watersportscamp.com

CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES 3E Love Clothing and products that raise awareness and empower individuals who use wheelchairs. Its social mission is reflected in their trademarked International Symbol of Acceptance (wheelchair heart logo). www.3elove.com Blue Glasses Clothing and accessories with messages of optimism and encouragement. Local 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 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

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

Emilio’s Loving Tabs Breathable t-shirts with snaps on the shoulder and sleeve, which facilitates access to chemotherapy treatments for children with cancer. 2650 Truxtun Rd. #202 SD, 92106 858-571-3328 www.enfhope.org

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

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 partially owned by an individual with special needs. Waddell, AZ 602-525-1315 www.papercloudsapparel.com


Patti + Ricky Inclusive fashion marketplace consisting of over 50 designers, many of whom have disabilities or a loved one with disabilities who inspired their stylish and functional products. www.pattiandricky.com StarberryKids Clothing for babies and toddlers that allows easy access for g-tubes. www.starberrykids.com Woombie Swaddles for littles and bigger kids with sensory needs, sleep sacks, and other sensory products to aid with sleeping. www.woombie.com Zappos.com Sensory-friendly clothing, easy on/off shoes, diabetic shoes, compression wear, pull-on pants, clothes for little people and post-surgical and treatment wear. www.zappos.com/e/adaptive

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

independence and assistive technology at CSU 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 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, accommodations, organizing assignments, social skills, tutoring and communicating with professors). Costa Mesa, CA 800-486-5058 www.experiencecle.com

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

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

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,

Cuyamaca College Disabled Student Programs & Services (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 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 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 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 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. #K1204, 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 W Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-744-1150 x2375 TTY: 760-736-4618 www.Zpalomar.edu/pages/drc 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 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 San Diego Community College District Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) (City, Mesa, Miramar, Continuing Education) http://dsps.sdccd.edu 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

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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 Student Ability Success Center SDSU Eligibility services, assistive tech, tutors, note takers, test accommodations and more to keep SDSU students on track for success. Calpulli Center 5694 Hardy Ave. #3101 SD, 92115 619-283-9624 http://go.sdsu.edu/student_ affairs/SDS 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 www.teriinc.org/programs/kilmercollege 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 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

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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 4S Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric dentistry and orthodontics performed by staff trained to support kids with special needs. Sedation and anesthesia available. 16918 Dove Canyon Rd. #203 SD, 92i27 858-312-5890 www.4spediatricdentistry.com 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 BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry Parvathi Pokala DDS
 All forms of pediatric dentistry. Special Needs friendly. 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 619-461-6166 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 Discovery Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics Comprehensive preventive and therapeutic dental care to patients who have special healthcare needs. Bressi Ranch Medical Plaza 6221 Metropolitan St. #202 Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-438-1279 www.captainfloss.com 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 Kidz Care Dental Dentistry for infants through teens. Outpatient general anesthesia, conscious sedation and IV anesthesia available. Contests and the cavity-free club help keep kids motivated to brush. 625 W Citracado Pkwy. #208 Escondido, CA 92025 760-745-7070 www.kidzcaredental.com King-Chavez Health Center Dental services for children ages 6 mos.–13 yrs. including dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatment, sealants, and comprehensive treatment services. Sliding scale based on income; Medi-Cal accepted. 950 S Euclid Ave. SD, 92114 619-662-4100 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


National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center Provides mothers and children with high-quality oral health technical assistance, training and resources. www.mchoralhealth.org

Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the Naval Medical Center. 4617 Ruffner St. #200 SD, 92111 858-268-1006 www.teambraces.com

Oral Health Initiative-First 5 San Diego Provides screenings, exams and treatments to children ages 0–5 and pregnant women through Family Health Centers, San Ysidro Health Centers, La Maestra Community Health Centers, the San Diego American Indian Health Center, Neighborhood Healthcare, the Southern Indian Health Council and Mountain Health. Multiple locations www.first5sandiego.org/oralhealth-initiative

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

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 Rady Children’s Hospital Anderson Center for Dental Care Provides community and professional educaton, improved access to care, advocacy, and treatment funding. Center for Healthier Communties 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #460 SD, 92123 858-966-7748 www.rchsd.org 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

Share the Care Dental Health Initiative Public-private partnership between the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, the San Diego County Dental Society, and the San Diego County Oral Health Coalition provides access to screenings, emergency dental care for children who qualify and offers information and education to professionals and parents to foster ongoing preventive dental care. 619-692-8858 www.sharethecaredental.org SmileBuilders Children’s Dentistry Pediatric dental services, oral surgery and orthodontic care. Oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia available. Dr. Rashedi is trained and experienced in providing dental care to young patients who have special needs. 838 Nordahl Rd. #145 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-480-6700 www.sdsmilebuilders.com 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

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American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities An interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about developmental and related disabilities. 202-387-1968 www.aaidd.org

Disaster Preparedness PlanReady San Diego Plan for those with disabilities to navigate a major event. 5580 Overland Ave. #100 SD, 92123-1294 858-565-3490 www.readysandiego.org/ Resources/caregivers-disasterplan.pdf

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 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

Disastersrus.org Disaster readiness tips for people with cognitive, sensory and mobility disabilities. www.disastersrus.org/ MyDisasters/disability/disability_ preparedness.htm 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 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 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. www.scdd.ca.gov/ emergencypreparedness

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EDUCATION 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 619-278-0884 www.acesaba.com Accurate Assessments of San Diego (See listing under Assessment and Evaluation) Advocacy Associates, Inc. Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults. 16935 W Bernardo Dr. #122 SD, 92127 858-485-7500 www.advocacyassociates.net Alternative Teaching Strategy Center Direct, 1:1, evidence-based, success-focused teaching services for individuals with Autism based on individualized learning. Visual Communication Analysis (VCA) for visual learners. 10640 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #200 SD, 92131 858-224-3629 www.altteaching.org 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 Audeo Charter School Independent study and academic intervention program for grades 6–12. Includes one-onone attention from teachers, individualized college and career planning, and flexible schedule. Offers California Cadet Corps. 858-678-2050 www.audeocharterschool.net

Audeo Kids K-5 Homeschool Offers two homeschool schedules: a 5-Day Home Study Program gives parents total control of instruction delivery; a Blended Study Program includes three days of home study and two enrichment days at the Audeo Kids Resource Center. 10725 Tierrasanta Blvd. SD, 92124 858-678-3919 www.audeokids.com Autism College (See listing under Autism) Balboa School K-12 special education school. 130 Woodward Ave. Escondido, 92025 760-294-4490 www.balboaschool.com Banyan Tree Learning Center Individualized Assessment, remediation and educational therapy for students who have Dyslexia, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, and language-based learning disabilities to improve memory, language, processing speed, attention and executive function. Complimentary consultation. 2675 Rosecrans St. SD, 92106 858-367-5428 www.banyantlc.org B&G Speech-Language Pathologists and Literacy Specialists (See listing under Speech and Language) Binford I CAN, Too! Center Services for kids with accessibility needs, including two private study rooms and computers equipped with assistive software, digital talking books for individuals enrolled with the Braille Institute’s Library Services, a homebound services program, library-by-mail program, and drive-up book return. San Diego Central Library 330 Park Blvd., SD, 92101 619-238-6665 www.sandiego.gov/icantoo

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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 Balance of San Diego Non-medical and drug-free approach to improve academics, socialization and behavior through sensory-motor exercises, academic skills training, nutrition and confidence-building activities. 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. #124 SD, 92128 858-324-5545 www.brainbalancecenters.com 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 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 Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC (BEE, LLC) (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) 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 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 Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services Affordable 1:1 in-home and online tutoring for all needs. 619-821-2254 www.tutors.clubztutoring.com/ san-diego-coast 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 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 Community School of San Diego Elementary, middle and high school programs for children with ASD and other disabilities with art, music, ABA, speech, OT, and vocational development built into the curriculum based on the student’s needs. 4764 Santa Monica Ave. SD, 92107 619-758-9424 www.pioneerdayschool.org


Community Transition Academy Non-public school for emerging adults, 9th grade through transitionage (22 yrs.), who have academic, language, social, and/or behavioral challenges commonly associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 858-360-0282 www.CommunityTransition.org Compass Academy & Learning Center Unique school option offering a blended curriculum for students who need flexibility special education, filling academic gaps, and getting to the root of learning challenges through a combination of online learning, teacher-led instruction, and small group classes or independent learning. 2675 Rosecrans St. SD, 92106 858-367-5428 www.banyantlc.org Compass Charter Schools One of California’s leading TK–12th grade WASC-accredited virtual charter schools, Compass was designed for families seeking a safe, virtual environment with a solid academic foundation. The program offers online learning labs, Q and A sessions, peer mentoring, tutoring, counseling and an active AVID program. 877-506-8631 www.compasscharters.org 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/disabilityprograms-services/ 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 SDUSD. 858-490-8500 www.sandiegounified.org/earlychildhood-special-education-ecse Ed to the Future, Inc. 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.alignable.com/carlsbad-ca/ ed-to-the-future-inc Excelsior Academy Nonprofit school for grades 2–12 dedicated to serving students with learning differences. Onsite DIS services and a variety of clubs, intramurals, and competitive sports teams. 7200 Parkway Dr. #113 La Mesa, CA 91942 619-583-6762 www.excelsior-academy.com

Foundations Academy Non-public school for grades 2–12 for students with significant challenges due to learning disabilities and/or social-emotional issues. Provides student-specific assessments and evaluations, ongoing monitoring, specialized cognitive training, intensive educational and therapeutic interventions. 3450 Clairemont Dr. SD, 92117 858-367-5430 www.banyantlc.org Fred Finch Youth & Family Services Specialized treatment center, residential care and private school program serving ages 12–22 who have an intellectual disability and suffer from significant mental health challenges. 3845 Spring Dr. Spring Valley, CA 91977 619-797-1090 www.fredfinch.org

Fusion Academy Private, alternative school and comprehensive afterschool program that specializes in helping students with individualized needs. 512 Via de la Valle #201 Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-792-2300 5060 Shoreham Pl. #130 SD, 92122 858-677-9279 www.fusionacademy.com Futures Academy Private school for grades 7-12; all students taught one-on-one. 705 Palomar Airport Rd. #340 Carlsbad, CA 92011 9915 Mira Mesa Blvd. #210 SD, 92131 888-425-7876 www.futures.edu Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center (See listing under Down Syndrome) Grow My Way This farm serves as a natural teaching environment. Includes

Excelsior North County Individualized assessments, remediation and educational therapy for students who have Dyslexia, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, and language-based learning disabilities to improve memory, language, processing speed, attention and executive function. Complimentary consultation. 3505 Cannon Rd. Oceanside, CA 92056 858-367-5428 www.banyantlc.org 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. 7848 Ivanhoe Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-454-7303 www.tfalc.com flourishing families 2020 • SanDiegofamily.com • SNRFSD.org •

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feeding and care of animals, gardening, therapeutic horse riding, hiking, gross and fine motor activities, a fishing pond, peer interaction, and a classroom that uses principles of ABA. 15415 Eastvale Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-375-3037 www.growmyway.org Head Start-Neighborhood House Association Early Childhood Education program provides comprehensive services to ages 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to low income families and/ or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities. 841 S 41st St., SD, 92113 858-715-2642 www.neighborhoodhouse.org Inspire Charter Schools Personalized education for TK-12th grade, focused on the whole child, flexibility and choice. Provides an online source of curriculum, resources and supports for families who choose to homeschool. 626-317-0112 www.inspireschools.org The Institute for Effective Education Four distinct schools provide education and services to individuals with unique learning needs: K-8. 619-243-1325 www.tiee.org In-te-grat-iv Learning Works with students age 5 to adult who are struggling with one or more learning disabilities, providing assessments and 1:1 educational therapy. 2236 Encinitas Blvd. #C Encinitas, CA 92024 760-487-5245 www.integrative-learning.com Jodie K. Schuller and Associates (See listing under Speech and Language) JCS Family Charter Schools Independent, tuition-free public school with options for Homestudy,

Insite (high school program for independent study) and JCS Academies where students attend class 2–4 days per week. Rigorous curriculum and unique educational approach, quality resources and choice. Located in Julian, Murrieta, Temecula and Encinitas. 539 Encinitas Blvd. Encinitas, CA 92024 760-632-4989 www.jcs-inc.org Kids on the Block of San Diego (KOBSD) Nonprofit provides educational puppet programs (grades K-6) on disability awareness, medical and education differences, social issues and cultural diversity. Topics include: bullying, military deployment and more. www.kobsd.org La Jolla Learning Works Works one-on-one with K-12 students, offering educational therapy, academic coaching, assessment, tutoring and test prep. 7730 Herschel Ave. #N La Jolla, CA 92037 858-456-4569 www.ljlearningworks.com Lead Education Homeschool program with educational and cognitive supports, kindergarten readiness, and social skills. www.leadeducationla.com The Learning Choice Academy Free K-12 public charter homeschool serving students and parents in Chula Vista, San Diego and Scripps Ranch focused on choice; enrichment based on individual student. Locations throughout the county www.learningchoice.org LePort Montessori Schools Unique, inclusive Montessori education programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary school kids in Carlsbad, Encinitas and Solana Beach, with parent resources to continue success at home. www.leportschools.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 Little Language Ambassadors Native-Spanish speaking teachers inspire and educate the next generation through a 100 percent Spanish immersion program, making kids future citizens of the world through inclusive preschool, afterschool elementary and summer camp programs (18 mos-7 years). 1635 Lake San Marcos Dr. #101 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-510-9639 www.littlelanguageambassadors .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 an in-home setting. Full/half day options, nutritious meals and a licensed nurse on staff for children with medical needs. 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #240 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-743-3714 x201 www.MtnShadows.org NewBridge School Private school provides specialized instruction for students with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties in grades K-8. Speech/ language and occupational therapies are embedded into daily learning. 12285 Oak Knoll Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-679-5744 www.newbridgeschool.us North Coastal Consortium for Special Education Regional, collaborative special education local planning area that supports 13 coastal school districts provide for the needs of special education students. 255 Pico Ave. #101 San Marcos, CA 92069 760-761-5110 www.nccse.org

North County Inland Special Education Local Plan Area Multi-district support for children enrolled in special education. 1710 Montecito Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 760-788-4671 www.sdcoe.net/student-services/ special-education/niser/pages/ niser.aspx OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center Services for teens to adults with disabilities including e-readers, large print books, Braille books and a designated librarian. San Diego Central Library 330 Park Blvd. SD, 92101 619-236-5800 www.sandiego.gov/public-library/ central-library/I-can-center Pioneer Learning Center Program for children with disabilities providing site-based and in-home ABA, speech and occupational therapies, and tutoring. 4764 Santa Monica Ave. SD, 92107 619-758-9424 www.pioneerdayschool.org/ therapeutic-services Rady Children’s Hospital Alexa’s PLAYC Inclusion program integrating early education for typically developing children and children with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. 3685 Kearny Villa Rd. SD 92123 858-966-8555 Alexa’s PLAYC Murrieta 25170 Hancock Ave., 1st Fl. Murrieta, CA 92562 858-966-8797 www.rchsd.org The Reading Room Dr. Lynn Thrope, Ph.D. Offers private reading and writing instruction, diagnosis of learning problems, educational consultation, tutoring and test prep, IEP help, study strategies and comprehensive testing and evaluation of reading/ language/writing abilities for learners ages 4-adult. 8383 Center Dr. #B La Mesa, CA 91942 619-464-3647 www.thereadingroom.net


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

students up to age 22. 6460 Boulder Lake Ave. SD, 92119 619-460-5066 www.catapultlearning.com/ schools/sierra-academy-sandiego-ca Kristin K. Singh, M.A., Licensed Educational Psychologist Provides assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities, processing, Autism and other related disorders. Also offers educational counseling and consultation to families regarding special education services. 858-922-8862 www.kristinsinghLEP.com

San Diego Council on Literacy Tutors and reading resources. 2515 Camino del Rio S. #239 SD, 92108 619-574-1641 www.literacysandiego.org San Diego Educational Therapy Provides 1:1 support to students with learning differences, such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, processing deficits and weaknesses in executive function. 3604 Fourth Ave. #9 SD, 92103 858-204-4009 www.sandiegoedtherapy.com SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. (Self-Esteem Education and Development in Sexuality) Teaches social education, boundaries, abuse awareness and prevention. 2707 Congress St. #1-R SD, 92110 619-299-3161 www.seedseducation.org 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

South County SELPA Coordinates special education program development and placement for more than 11,000 students (birth through age 22) in the Coronado, Chula Vista, National City, San Ysidro, South Bay and Sweetwater School Districts. 6401 Linda Vista Rd. SD, 92111-7319 858-292-3500 www.sdcoe.net/student-services/ special-education/scselpa/Pages/ south-county.aspx

TeachTown Computer-based program for children with Autism. 800-283-0165 www.teachtown.com

stroke, DS and high functioning ASD. 1179 Quail Gardens Ct. Encinitas, CA 92024 858-883-9000 www.thinktherapycenter.com

TERI Country School Teachers, a speech and language pathologist, an OT and behavior specialist provide an integrated program for students 6-22 with Autism/ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other disabilities. Focus is on the college bound and preparing for adult life. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science (See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs)

Therapeutic Approach to Growth (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) Think! Therapy Services Provides 1:1 and group cognitive enhancement therapies for those with learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, brain injuries,

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), emotional disorders and behavioral concerns. 6145 Decena Dr., SD, 92120 619-281-5511 www.vistahill.org

Specialized Therapy Services Team of specialists offering assistive technology, speech pathology, occupational, physical and music 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

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Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) provider Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Certified

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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 The Ashcraft Firm Estate and Medi-Cal planning for families with disabilities. 29970 Technology Dr. #217 Murrieta, CA 92563 951-304-3431 www.ashcraftfirm.com CalABLE Account Individuals with a disability that occurred before age 26 and receive benefits under SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and/or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) are automatically eligible to open this account federal and California State tax-free. Withdrawals (also tax free) can be used for disability-related expenses: education, employment support, housing, transportation, assistive technology and healthcare. 833-225-2253 www.calable.ca.gov 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 budget, support and services. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 888-676-3786 4909 Murphy Canyon Rd. SD, CA 92123 888-676-3786 www.communityinterfaceservices .org

DenHerder Grier & Associates Intelligent and caring estate planning, including financial power of attorney, advanced heathcare directives, wills, trusts and probate. 10085 Carroll Canyon Rd. #220 SD, 92131 858-271-6244 www.SmartEstatePlan.com Elizabeth McCoy Attorney specializing in special needs trusts. 5256 S Mission Rd. #124 Bonsall, CA 92003 760-723-8906 www.ca-specialneedstrusts.com Geiger Law Office Assists in creating power of attorney, advanced health care directives, and personal trusts for the financial safety of loved ones with special needs. 1917 Palomar Oaks Way #160 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-448-2220 www.geigerlawoffice.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 Marcus Family Law Center, PLC Completes trusts for families and works with the court to appoint a conservator or guardian who ensures the medical and financial safety of

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family members with disabilities who are not able to speak for or legally represent themselves. 10650 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #201 SD, 92131 858-689-2700 www.barefootlawyer.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. 11665 Avena Pl. #204 SD, 92128 619-888-0708 www.billkeesling.com Ratner and Pinchman, PC Medi-Cal planning and special needs trusts. 11622 El Camino Real #100 SD, 92130 888-284-5709 www.calelderfirm.com 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 Skaja, Daniels, Lister & Permito, LLP Provides estate planning, the establishment of guardianships and conservatorships, and probate and trust administration. 960 Canterbury Pl. #110 Escondido, CA 92025 760-781-3464 www.sdlplaw.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 Planning Institute Nonprofit dedicated to educating and advocating for individuals with special needs and their families through special needs trusts, wills, guardianship and conservatorship, budget planning, and the CalABLE Program. 7120 Santa Barbara St. Carlsbad, CA 92011 888-222-8441 www.snpinst.org 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 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free IRS-certified tax prep and electronic filing to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and those with limited English who need assistance preparing tax returns. https://irs.treasury.gov/ freetaxprep 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


FITNESS Grossmont College Adapted Aerobic Classes School enrollment necessary. Adaptive equipment and training provided. Disabled Student Services 8800 Grossmont College Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-465-1700 x7112 www.grossmont.edu GYMGUYZ of Coastal San Diego Owned by an individual who has family members with special needs. Certified trainers with special needs experience provide in-home personal training for children and adults of all abilities. A fitness readiness assessment, including medical history and body composition analysis, leads to comprehensive goal setting, ability-appropriate exercise, and nutrition counseling. All equipment is brought to your home, park or workplace. Free consultation. 619-641-9740 www.gymguyz.com/coastal-sandiego Juan Carlos Organization Zumba For All Lisbeth Garces and her team provide inclusive Zumba throughout San Diego. www.jcorg.org Our Place Wellness Center ARC-sponsored enrichment program for individuals with a disability (15 years & up) including music therapy, art therapy, adaptive yoga, adaptive Zumba, cooking and adaptive fitness. San Diego & Chula Vista 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com

licensing, support, education and a foster youth mentor program. 877-792-5437 www.sandiegofosterkids.com Foster Home Providers-Home of Guiding Hands Finds families to foster adults with special needs. Provides resources, specialized training and 24/7 support for these families to provide a natural, loving environment. 619-954-7874 www.guidinghands.org Just in Time for Foster Youth Program for transitioning foster youth ages 18–24 to get assistance with basic necessities, vehicle repair, furnishing first apartments, school supplies, and social supports for the transition to adulthood. 4560 Alvarado Canyon Rd. #2G SD, 92120 619-770-1850 www.jitfosteryouth.org Koinonia Family Services Provides foster care and adoption services to children with special needs who are dependents of the court. Children with developmental delays or other disabilities are placed with certified foster families and receive ongoing support. 3914 Murphy Canyon Rd. #A224 SD, 92123 619-326-4222 877-CHILDS-HOPE or 877-244-5374 www.kfh.org

Children and Youth in Transition-San Diego Unified School District (See listing under Homelessness)

Project KEEP-SAY San Diego Sixteen-week, two-hour program provides participants with evidencedbased KEEP curriculum to address unique issues experienced by relative caregivers and foster parents to improve their children’s behavior and decrease stress, while building a supportive caregiver network. 858-565-4148 x278 www.saysandiego.org/program/ project-keep

County of San Diego Children’s Services Provides adoptive services for foster children of all abilities, foster family

Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP) (See listing under Assessment)

FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTIVE SERVICES

Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation Advocates and finds families for orphans with Down Syndrome and other special needs. Supports families who adopt children with special needs by connecting them to resources. Combined Locks, WI www.reecesrainbow.org

Walden Family Services Foster care program for children with disabilities and significant medical needs. Children are placed with specially trained, certified foster families. Training and supports are provided for families. 8525 Gibbs Dr. #100, SD, 92123 619-584-5777 www.waldenfamily.org

SD Youth Foster Care Services Finds and provides foster families who give safe, stable and healing home environments for abused and neglected children. Services include helping current and former foster youth become self-sufficient adults and providing training and support for foster families. 619-221-8600 www.sdyouthservices.org/what_ we_do/services/foster-careservices/becoming-a-parentwho-fosters

GENERAL HEALTH

Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) (See listing under Parent and Family)

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 California Department of Managed Health Care Insurance enrollment guide, information on healthcare laws and filing complaints. 888-466-2219 www.dmhc.ca.gov

Estate Planning Services & Special Needs Trusts

We offer a FREE consultation to review your options! • What is a Special Needs Trust? • How do I preserve my child’s SSI and Medi-Cal Benefits? • How do I provide for my child when I’m gone? Please schedule with our estate planning attorney, Shima Kalaei, Esq. Shima has experience growing up with a brother and a brother-in-law with autism and has 10 years of legal experience (in special education law and estate planning). She is passionate about assisting families who have children with special needs!

DenHerder • Grier & Associates

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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 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 Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program Helps prevent and identify health problems by providing well-child exams to those who qualify and connecting them to ongoing healthcare coverage. For those up to 21 years old and on Medi-Cal; or up to 19 years old in a low-income family; or ages 3–5 attending a Head Start or state preschool; or all ages in foster care. 619-692-8808 www.sandiegocounty.gov/ content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ phs/child_health_disability_ prevention_program.html 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 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 and Toddler Specific) 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 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 RadiologyInfo.Org Site designed to explain and demystify radiology procedures. www.radiologyinfo.org Rady Children’s Hospital HomeCare (See listing under In-Home Support Services) Rady Children’s Hospital Special Needs Clinic Primary care practice treating medically fragile chldren with complex health care needs. 7910 Frost St. #350 SD, 92123 858-496-4812 www.rchsd.org/programsservices/special-needs-clinic San Diego American Indian Health Center Offers medical, dental and behavioral health for Native Americans and social support programs including I

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Strengthen My Nation, HEAL, Culture Keepers, Thrive and creative arts. 2602 First Ave. #105 SD, 92103 619-234-2158 www.sdaihc.org San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network (SD-KHAN) Collaboration of community-based organizations, hospitals, government agencies, health plans, and schools working together to connect all children in San Diego County to medical and dental coverage. 619-542-4039 www.sandiegocounty.gov/ content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ phs/san_diego_kids_health_ assurance_network.html San Diego Unified SchoolBased Health Centers Allows access to well-child exams, immunizations, sick visits, integrated behavioral health, MediCal enrollment, case management/ service referral for students enrolled in Central, Ibarra, Rosa Parks and Sherman Elementary schools, Monroe Middle, and San Diego, Lincoln and Hoover High Schools through community health partnerships. www.sandiegounified.org/schoolbased-health-centers St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other lifethreatening diseases. Memphis, TN 866-226-4343 www.stjude.org Tuck Comprehensive online resource for sleep health, including articles about regulating sleep for children with special needs. www.tuck.com 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

GENETIC TESTING AND PRENATAL SCREENING 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 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 Offering 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 Myriad Women’s Health Offers two programs: Foresight Carrier Screen for inherited, carrier conditions like Cystic Fibrosis and Prequel Prenatal Screen for chromosomal conditions like Down Syndrome. 888-268-6795 www.myriadwomenshealth.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 Center Dr. SD, 92121 877-505-7374 www.pathway.com


Project Baby Bear Illumina and Rady Children’s partnership for a Medi-Cal pilot program to provide genetic testing for babies hospitalized in Rady’s intensive care unit; demonstrates that Medi-Cal would benefit financially, and Medi-Cal patients would benefit clinically, from improved and accelerated access to rapid whole genome sequencing. Find information on Instagram by searching the hashtag below. www.RadyGenomics.org #ProjectBabyBear Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine Laboratory licensed and certified to perform clinical grade diagnostic testing used to decode rare genetic disorders. Through Whole Genome Sequencing, the Institute has engineered a process to compress the time needed to analyze, interpret and deliver test results in as little as three days. Referral needed. 3020 Children’s Way MC5129 SD, 92123 858-966-8127 www.radygenomics.org San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network (SD-KHAN) Collaboration of community-based organizations, hospitals, government agencies, health plans, and schools working together to connect all children in San Diego County to medical and dental coverage. 619-542-4039 www.sandiegocounty.gov/ content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ phs/san_diego_kids_health_ assurance_network.html

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT/ HOME BUYING 101 Mobility of San Diego Sales and installation of straight and curved stairlifts, ramps, patient lifts, pool lifts, vertical platform lifts, handrails, transfer aids and more. Locally owned company offers free in-home consultations for warrantied solutions. Rental program available. CSLB #1009815 5671 Palmer Way #F Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-547-7856 www.101mobility.com 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 (See listing under Adaptive Equipment)

Cityscapes: General Contracting and Landscape Provides peaceful and beautiful spaces inside and out for families with children with special needs. 5005 Texas St. #303 SD, 92108 619-997-1021 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 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

Imagine life. Unrestricted.

101 Mobility provides mobility & accessibility solutions, so you can focus on what’s important.

Twin Scissors Salon provides 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

Stair Lifts • Auto Lifts • Ramps • Platform Lifts Patient Lifts • Pool Lifts • Residential • Purchase or Rent

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people with disabilities. 8030 La Mesa Blvd. #141 La Mesa, CA 91941 619-857-1657 www.homes4angels.org PaintGreen Professional Painters Beautiful, eco-friendly painting. Portion of profits benefits Cecily’s Closet. 619-446-6983 www.paintgreen.com 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 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 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

HOMELESSNESS Alpha Project Offers affordable housing, substance abuse treatment, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, transportation assistance, mental health counseling, employment training, preparation and placement, and other community services. 3737 Fifth Ave. #203 SD, 92103 619-542-1877 www.alphaproject.org

Children and Youth in Transition-San Diego Unified School District Supports military, homeless, foster, refugee and hospitalized students within SDUSD with resources for daily living, transition plans, mental health and more to support educational outcomes and health. 4100 Normal St., Annex 14 SD, 92103 619-725-7652 www.sandiegounified.org/ children-and-youth-transition-0 Father Joe’s Villages Therapeutic Childcare State licensed childcare, family literacy program, behavioral health supports, afterschool programs and parenting support for low-income and homeless families 1501 Imperial Ave. SD, 92101 619-233-8500 www.my.neighbor.org/oursolutions/investing-in-children TAY Academy (youth drop-in center) Safe, inclusive hub for Transition Age Youth (TAY) providing trauma informed services to ages 14-25, including support for basic needs, alcohol and drug misuse, resources, coping skills, and sexual health. Access to basic needs includes food, hygiene, laundry, small limited storage, skills workshops, computer lab, expressive art, and goal planning support. 2220 Broadway SD, 92102 619-232-8126 www.sdyouthservices.org/ what_we_do/services/homelesshousing-and-support-services/ tay-academy

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE Coalition of Compassionate Care of California Advisory group of organizations that helps advocate for public policy and guidelines for hospice and palliative care for people with special needs. Educates

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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

INCLUSION

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

Inclusion.com Disabilities awareness and personcentered planning and resource suggestions. www.inclusion.com

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

Disability is Natural Encourages new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities. www.disabilityisnatural.com

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

INDEPENDENT LIVING ADA Ride Paratransit for special needs. 100 16th St., SD, 92101 877-232-7433 www.adaride.com A Better Life Together, Inc. Programs for supported and independent living, a community based day program, and customized tailored day program for adults with disabilities. 8825 Aero Dr. #215 SD, 92123 619-741-1548 www.abetterlifetogether.org 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 self-sufficient. Services such as money management, meal planning/preparation, shopping, and accessing community resources are provided. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org

job readiness training, and social skills training. 1365 N Johnson Ave. #103 El Cajon, CA 92020 619-390-1800 www.lifeindependently.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

Options for All 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.optionsforall.org

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,

MTS-Paratransit Wheelchair equipped public transportation. 800-921-9664 www.sdmts.com/rider-infoaccessibilty/mts-access

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

4740 Murphy Canyon Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-467-0600 www.tmi-inc.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

INFANT AND TODDLER SPECIFIC

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

Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism Research-based, early intervention, social communication and play skills app created for children with Autism with simplified animation and language. Developed by See Beneath, Inc., a local nonprofit. www.seebeneath.org

Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Independent Living provides one-on-one support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in their own home either independently or with family. Supported Living assists adults with IDD to live independently or with paid support.

All Kids Academy Head Start Qualifying families receive experienced preschool education with nutritious meals, snacks and family support services. 620 W Madison Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-270-7009 x7053 www.akaheadstart.org

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The 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 Autism Resource and Treatment Center (ARTC) (See listing under Speech and Language) 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 Birthline of San Diego Pregnancy and support services including maternity clothes, diapers, baby clothes and referrals for medical insurance and care. 3660 Clairemont Dr. #4 SD, 92117  858-270-2491 1220 Third Ave. #1 Chula Vista, CA 91911 619-425-5012 www.birthlineofsandiego.org BundieBaby A bundling system that works around G-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com California Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Food resources for pregnant and nursing mothers and children ages 0-5. Also offers specialized formulas, education, counseling, breastfeeding support and nutrition education. Various locations around the county www.sandiegowic.org Child Development Associates (CDA) Child Care, Food and Preschool Programs Inclusive preschool for low-income

children (ages 3-5), Child Care Food Program (including parent education and a stipend for nutritious meals) and Alternative Payment Childcare Program, site-based and in-home for eligible families with kids 0-12. Central San Diego and South Bay. 619-427-4411 www.cdasd.com Diaper Bank Program The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank partners with eight nonprofits to distribute diapers throughout the county. Each location may have different eligibility criteria to receive diapers. Various locations 858-527-1419 www.sandiegofoodbank.org/ programs/diaper-bank-program Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Webinars, calendar of events and statistical information for children ages 0-3. 919-962-2001 www.ectacenter.org Early Intervention Services-The Arc of San Diego Home and center-based, family oriented, early education services for kids 0-3 with developmental delays or who are at-risk for delays through fun, play-based activities that help them meet their developmental milestones. 3030 Market St., SD, 92102 619-427-7524 www.arc-sd.com/earlyintervention-services Escondido Community Child Development Center Preschool counseling and parent education center. 819 W 9th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-839-9361 www.eccdc.com 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

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an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services. 9245 Sky Park Ct. #130 SD, 92123 800-281-8252 www.efrconline.org

1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.org

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

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 (Director) 800-281-8252 (EFRC referral) www.sdcoe.net/student-services/ early-education/pages/hopeinfant-family-support.aspx

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

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

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 858-715-2642 www.neighborhoodhouse.org

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

Healthy Development Services -East Offers developmental screenings, assessments and therapy to promote healthy development in children (up to 5 years old) in East County. 1234 Broadway El Cajon, CA 92021 619-515-2300 www.fhcsd.org/healthydevelopment-services-east
 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.

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 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 619-333-8123 www.lifetimewomenscare.com Little Language Ambassadors (See listing under Education) 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 Milestone Pediatric Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Miracle Babies Provides financial and emotional support to families with children in the NICU. 8745 Aero Dr. #308 SD, 92123 858-633-8540 www.miraclebabies.org Mission Valley Library Storytime Inclusive storytimes for babies, toddlers or preschoolers that promote literacy through books, song, baby sign and play. 2123 Fenton Pkwy. SD, 92108 858-573-5007 https://sandiego.librarymarket. com/events/baby-signstorytime-142 MotherToBaby This service, provided by nonprofit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, offers evidence-based information to mothers, healthcare professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. 866-626-6847 www.mothertobaby.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 Nutrition in Bloom Learn about key nutrients for baby’s development, what foods to select at each age, and strategies as you introduce solids. 3330 Fourth Ave. SD, 92103 619-630-5719 www.nutritioninbloom.com Rady Chldren’s Hospital - HighRisk Infant Follow-Up Clinic Provides evaluation of the growth and development of infants and young children who are at risk for neurologic problems or developmental delays because of premature birth, low birth weight or other problems at birth. Multiple locations 858-966-8801 www.rchsd.org Rady Children’s Hospital KidSTART (See listing under Assessment) Reformation Lutheran Preschool Inclusive preschool (ages 2.5 to 5) focused on improving gross and fine motor skills and social skills through structured play and academics. Christian themes are discussed. Before and afterschool childcare is available. 4670 Mt. Abernathy Ave. SD, 92117 858-279-3311 www.refsd.org Safe to Sleep Campaign Campaign focused on heightening awareness among parents, healthcare providers and other caregivers about the benefits of placing a baby to sleep on his back to avoid SIDS and related infant hazards. www.safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov

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 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 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 Zero to Three Provides resources parents need to build healthy relationships with infants and toddlers, and that professionals need to grow skills and become advocates for change. Washington, DC 202-638-1144 www.zerotothree.org

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 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 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 In Home Support Services (IHSS) Home care workers. 401 Mile of Cars Way #200 National City, CA 91950 866-351-7722 www.sdihsspa.com

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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 Rady Children’s Hospital HomeCare Provides comprehensive nurse assessment, ER transition services, IV and infusion care, injectable medication and medication schedule training, wound care, palliative care, rehab therapy, tube feeding supplies/ training, incontinence supplies/ training and social workers for help with insurance for children with longterm or complex medical needs. 858-966-4941 www.rchdsd.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

INSURANCE/MEDI-CAL Blue Shield of California Offers Medi-Cal program that provides free or low-cost coverage for people who meet income requirements including adults, families with children, seniors and persons with disabilities. 7224 Mimosa Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92011 866-820-6009 www.blueshieldca.com Covered California Makes it easy for families to get affordable, quality health insurance, including Medi-Cal, that can’t be canceled or denied because of a pre-existing medical condition or if someone gets sick. Offers a range of plans so consumers can choose one that meets their health and financial needs. www.coveredca.com

Health Net Medicare Programs Finds the right Medi-Cal program that works for your family; provides a physician finder service and 24/7 telehealth nurse. 877-357-6297 www.Healthnet.com Insure Kids Now Provides resources and a physician finder for children and teens who qualify for free or low-cost health and dental coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 877-543-7669 www.insurekidsnow.gov

INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO THERAPIES Aligned Life Chiropractic & Wellness 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 symptoms, work on balance and spine issues and self-sooth. 1177 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #351 SD, 92128 858-432-6762 www.alignedlifewellness.com 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 Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic Specializes in diagnosing stress and trauma, and performing chiropractic adjustments for children. All techniques are gentle and noninvasive. 4060 Adams Ave., SD, 92116 619-281-1234 www.goodvibrationschiro.com

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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 10th 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 Microcurrent 4 Kids Established in 2014, our nonprofit organization now provides services on a donation-basis. Our innovative neuro-developmental microcurrent therapy program is available for children, teens, and young adults affected by Autism and other cognitive conditions and delays. Improves outcomes for health and learning. 4540 Kearny Villa Rd. #211 SD, 92123 858-367-9108 www.microcurrent4kids.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 http://ourfamilyspa.com 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 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 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 Zen Brainz Neurofeedback Provides safe, non-invasive Microcurrent Neurofeedback (MCN) and near infrared light therapy in our office or your home to optimize brain function and improve outcomes for those with ADHD, ASD, Depression, Anxiety and other issues. 10159 Mission Gorge Rd. Santee, CA 92071 619-787-7161 www.zenbrainz.com

LEARNING DISABILITIES Council for Exceptional Children 888-232-7733 TTY: 866-915-5000 www.cec.sped.org 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 National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 888-575-7373 www.ncld.org San Diego Educational Therapy (see listing under Education)

LIFE NECESSITIES This section was created with a grant from the San Diego Unified Medi-Cal Collaborative to ensure families can access critical daily needs such as food, shelter, employment, utilities and internet service, and non-critical needs such as holiday assistance. Alliance for African Assistance Helps refugees find host families, secure safe and affordable housing, enroll children in school, navigate rent and transportation, health

screenings, English language classes, translation services, job assistance and non-emergency medical transportation. 5952 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92115 619-286-9052 www.alliance-for-africa.org Bayside Community CenterCarson/Linda Vista Healthy Start Provides services in collaboration with Linda Vista Elementary and Carson Elementary Schools to improve the health, academic achievement, and social development of children by providing resources, parent workshops, academic tutoring and homework assistance. 2202 Comstock St., SD, 92111 858-278-0771 www.baysidecc.org CalFresh California’s food stamps (SNAP) program. Apply to receive a monthly stipend (on an EBT card) for each household member (to be used for food). Based on financial need. www.getcalfresh.org

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California Border Healthy Start-PCI Provides prenatal and interconceptional outreach, nonmedical case management and health education in the home until child turns 2. Includes birth coaching, support for postpartum depression and domestic violence, mental health support groups, diaper bank, and life skills education. 121 E 31st St. #A National City, CA 91950 619-791-7900 www.pciglobal.org/us/californiaborder-healthy-start-cbhs CalWORKs and Welfare to Work (WTW) Helps transition people from welfare to work by providing temporary cash assistance to eligible families with minor children, and to move them from dependency to self-sufficiency through employment. www.sandiegocounty.gov/ content/sdc/hhsa/programs/ssp/ calworks.html#How_To_Apply Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego Provides support to the most vulnerable of San Diego, including disaster relief, immigration services, homeless relief and adoptive services. 3888 Paducah Dr., SD, 92117 619-323-2841 www.ccdsd.org Community Christian Service Agency Provides emergency services to San Diego County individuals and families in need, including food, showers, backpacks, clothing and referrals, and in some cases, counseling to assist in the transition to selfreliance. 4167 Rappahannock Ave. SD, 92117 858-274-2273 www.ccsasandiego.org Crawford Community Connection In partnership with SAY, ensures that students from the Crawford cluster schools are connected with the New Arrivals Support Program for immigrants, refugees, and asylees, the PSRO and First 5 First Steps.

Provides a San Diego County service eligibility worker to assist with MediCal, Cal Fresh and CalWorks enrollment, access to medical and dental assistance, public benefit screenings, and parent and child development services. 4191 Colts Way, SD, 92115 619-362-3758 www.saysandiego.org/program/ crawford-community-connection Diaper Bank Program (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific) 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 Field Elementary Healthy Start Serves all students in the Clairemont and Madison cluster schools with resources for emergency food, medical and dental assistance, military family supports, public benefits screenings and parent and child development services through the support of the SAY/Serra Real Connections team. 4375 Bannock Ave., SD, 92117 858-496-8342 ×2230 www.saysandiego.org/program/ serraeal-connections/fieldelementary-healthy-start Hoover Health Center Insurance help, healthcare assistance, resource case management, food, clothing, community outreach, mental health resources and crisis intervention, and childcare resources for the SDUSD Hoover cluster of schools. 4474 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92115 619-344-4640 www.sandiegounified.org/ schools/hoover/overview-24

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Jewish Family Services Self-sufficiency services include counseling, case management, financial services/workforce development, food security, breast cancer management, housing and homeless services, refugee resettlement and immigration, and positive parenting program. Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus Turk Family Center 8804 Balboa Ave. SD, 92123 858-637-3210 www.jfssd.org O’Farrell Family Support Services In partnership with SAY, serves students and families in O’Farrell Charter through First 5 First Steps, school-based mental health counseling, San Diego County social service eligibility workers, 1:1 student attendance and behavioral support. Offers an on-site thrift store, resources for food, medical and dental assistance, public benefits screenings, and parent and child development services. 6130 Skyline Dr. SD, 92114 619-263-3009 www.saysandiego.org/program/ ofarrell-family-support-services Perry Elementary Healthy Start Serves all SDUSD/SAY students and families in the Valencia Park, Perry Elementary and Bayview neighborhoods with resources for emergency food, medical and dental assistance, military family supports, public benefits screenings, and parent and child development services. 6290 Oriskany Rd. SD, 92139 619-262-3045 www.saysandiego.org/program/ ofarrell-family-support-services/ perry-elementary-healthy-start Roosevelt Healthy Start-YMCA Building Bridges Offers insurance help, healthcare assistance, resource case management, food, clothing, community outreach, mental health resources and crisis intervention, and childcare resources for Roosevelt Middle, Sherman Academy and

Ocean Beach Elementary. 3366 Park Blvd., SD, 92103 619-281-8313 x10711 www.ymcasd.org/communitysupport/ymca-youth-andfamily-services/behavioraland-mental-health-services/ school-based-counseling Salvation Army Kroc Center Family Resource Center Provides emergency services to individuals and families in need who meet eligibility requirements, including food distribution, diapers, hygiene kits, spiritual counseling, resume writing, parenting classes, ESL classes, partial scholarships to Kroc programs and more. Serves zip codes: 91941-91946, 92105, 92115, 92119, 92120, 92182. 6845 University Ave., Bldg. A SD, 92115 619-269-1430 www.sd.kroccenter.org/ scholarships.html 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 Serra Real Connections SDUSD/SAY family resource center at Serra High School serving all students in Tierrasanta/Murphy Canyon with 1:1 student attendance and behavioral support, peer tutoring with UCSD, peer support groups, resources for food, medical and dental assistance, public benefits screenings, and parent and child development services. 5156 Santo Rd. SD, 92124 858-496-8342 ×2230 www.saysandiego.org/program/ serraeal-connection Sharing the Joy Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) works with community partners to bring the spirit of the holidays to E1-E6 active duty and recently


discharged veteran military families experiencing financial hardship. Priority is given for first-time applicants and E1-E4 families. www.stepsocal.org/sharingthejoy Spirit of Sharing (SOS) Annual holiday adoption program for active duty, active reserve or recently veteraned families experiencing hardship during the holidays (and not receiving assistance from similar programs). Families must be willing to 1) share photos of all family members with the program, 2) pick up gifts, and 3) write thank-you notes. Apply before Thanksgiving. 1361 Rocky Point Dr. Oceanside, CA 92056 www.spiritofsharing.org Time-of-Use Energy PlanSDG&E Allows families to significantly reduce their energy bills by using power during off-peak hours. 800-411-7343 www.sdge.com/whenmatters WIC (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific)

MEDICAL TRAVEL AID Air Care Alliance Nationwide association of humanitarian flying organizations that provide flights for medical treatment. 888-260-9707 www.aircarealliance.org 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 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

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 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 Healing the Children-Southern California Chapter Works with local social service groups to help children secure medical assistance that may be beyond more limited missions of other groups and social services. Woodland Hills, CA 619-453-8174 www.healingthechildren.org 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

MEDICATIONS (REDUCED COST OR FREE) Needymeds, Inc. Anonymous and free financial assistance with medication or healthcare. www.needymeds.org Patient Assistance.com, Inc. Helps uninsured patients get free medication. www.patientassistance.com Partnership for Prescription Assistance Helps find companies and agencies that provide free prescription medications to physicians whose patients don’t have access to necessary medicines. 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

assistance, parenting classes and support groups and more. 3487 Santo Rd. SD, 92124 858-496-0044 www.saysandiego.org/ program/healthy-start-militaryfamilyesource-center

RxHope List of programs that are offered by federal, state and nonprofit organizations for free or reduced medications. 877-267-0517 www.rxhope.com

Little Roots Community Garden Toddlers plant, water and learn about healthy eating. All foods grown are shared with participating children and families. 3487 Santo Rd. SD, 92124 858-496-0044

MILITARY SPECIFIC Armed Services YMCA Family outreach and support for Exceptional Family Members. 3293 Santo Rd., SD, 92124 858-751-5755 www.asymca.org Dads Corps Six-week program in which military and civilian dads of kids 2+ discuss the Fatherhood Pillars of Parenting, enjoy free meals and activities. Miller Elementary School 4343 Shields St. SD, 92124 858-496-0053 Family Yoga Free military family yoga classes. Sign up on the REMIND app to register. 3487 Santo Rd. SD, 92124 858-496-0053 First 5 First Steps Free, in-home family support program serving expectant and new parents. Offers home visits from pregnancy to age 3, parent support and resources and health, safety and nutritional information as part of the Healthy Start SAY/Military Family Resource Center. 858-810-8258 Healthy Start Military Family Resource Center Serves active duty, transitioning, and veteran military personnel and their families by offering resources for food, housing, counseling, financial

Marine Corps Exceptional Family Member Program Helps Marine military families with special needs. 3602 Hochmuth Ave., MCRD Bldg 6 East, SD, 92140-5290 619-524-0916 (Administration) www.usmc-mccs.org/services/ family/exceptional-family-member Military Child Education Coalition Resources to insure inclusive educational opportunities for all military connected children. 254-953-1923 www.militarychild.org/ resources/exceptional-needs Military One Source (DOD Special Needs Parent Toolkit) Comprehensive information and tools that help military families with special needs navigate medical and special education services, community support, benefits and entitlements. www.militaryonesource.mil/efmp Military Parent Advocacy Mentor and Navigator Program (MPAMN) Teaches parents how to advocate for Autistic and developmentally disabled children with the goal of serving as mentors to military families. Also teaches legislative change and policy shifts. Three-session training in L.A. includes classroom lectures, breakfast and childcare. 323-291-7100 www.snnla.org/programs/ military-parent-advocacy-mentorand-navigator-program-mpamn

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Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program Helps military families with children with special needs. 858-577-4668 www.mccsmiramar.com/efmp Mom2Mom Global Breastfeeding Network Worldwide network of advocacy, support and peer interaction for breastfeeding military moms. 910-401-3566 www.mom2momglobal.org 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 www.navylifesw.com

MUSIC THERAPY Amplify Music Therapy Adaptive one-on-one and group music therapy and lessons for children and adults. Onsite music groups available for hospitals and 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. Provides instruments and promotes mentorships with local musicians. 7840 Mission Center Ct. #205 SD, 92108 619-299-1411 www.bandingtogethersd.org Coast Music Therapy Specializes in meeting the needs of children and teens with Autism, developmental disorders and neurological impairments. 5095 Murphy Canyon Rd. #125 SD, 92123 858-831-0387 www.coastmusictherapy.com

Music Therapy Center of California Provides neurologic music therapy, trainings and music lessons for youth with special needs. The 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

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

Resounding Joy Music therapy across the spectrum, including Healing Notes Therapy for medically fragile children (in hospital and home), traditional music therapy, lessons and relaxation. 10455 Sorrento Valley Rd. #208 SD, 92121 858-457-2200 www.resoundingjoyinc.org

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

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. 2399 Caringa Way Carlsbad, CA 92009 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

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Handwriting Without Tears Handwriting program. 888-983-8409 www.hwtears.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. 877-994-6776 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 Uses a child’s own voice and filtered music to facilitate auditory processing, sensory integration, attention and speech-language acquisition 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 760-438-3300 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 Helps develop the fundamental language and attention skills needed for reading and social language success, including Fast Forward. 888-816-0010 www.scilearn.com

NONPROFIT FAMILY RESIDENCES (FOR SAN DIEGO HOSPITAL STAYS) 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.health.ucsd.edu 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 available for local and visiting families with children in long-term care. 2929 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-467-4750 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 Anshi Transdermal Rubs Topical healing rubs for face and body made with pink Himalayan salt and other pure and natural ingredients. Developed by a


local mom to relieve symptoms experienced by her immunecompromised child with Atypical Rett Syndrome. 858-224-3678 www.anshiheals.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 Bundiebaby A bundling system that works around G-tubes and medical equipment. 443-878-9822 www.bundiebaby.com Chef Stacy Powell Personal chef experienced in glutenfree, wheat-free, diabetic and heart healthy meals for recovery or for everyday needs. 760-533-7572 www.chefstacy.com ChildLife Essentials Vitamins for infants and children. 800-993-0332 www.childlifenutrition.com 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 use of every product. Bilingual. 800-533-0464 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

Enfamil Specialty Formulas Formulas for unique dietary needs. NeuroPro Gentlease reduces gastric fussiness; NeuroPro Sensitive eases digestion. Both contain MFGM, an ingredient clinically shown to improve developmental milestones by age 1. Nutramigen is a hypoallergenic formula for severe food sensitivities. Reguline promotes softer stools. www.enfamil.com Farm Fresh to You Local organic farms deliver seasonal, organic produce to your home. Makes healthy living easy and stressfree—even picky eaters enjoy it. 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 HomeCare-Rady Children’s Hospital (See listing under In-Home Support Services) 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. 7868 Convoy Ct. SD, 92111 858-569-6340 2245 Enterprise St. #150 Escondido, CA 92029 714-575-8901 www.horizonoxygen.com Juice Plus+ Chewable fruit and vegetable supplements. 800-347-6350 www.juiceplus.com Karmic Health Products dedicated to a gluten- and casein-free diet. 760-685-3154 www.karmic-health.com

Kate Farms Plant-Based Formulas Organic, plant protein tube feeding and enteral formulas use organic pea protein, corn-free carbohydrates and functional fats. Made without dairy, soy, gluten, corn, nuts, artificial sweeteners or additives. www.katefarms.com

Rady Children’s Hospital Feeding Team Evaluate and provides treatment for infants and children with serious feeding problems. Multiple locations 858-576-1700 x225522 www.rchsd.org

Keil’s Fresh Food Store 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

SDSU Research FoundationWIC Low to moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5. www.sdsuwic.org

Kirkman Supplements and nutritional products. 800-245-8282 www.kirkmangroup.com Once Upon a Farm Toddler Squeeze Packs Organic, pediatrician-approved, cold-pressed fruit and veggie squeeze packs that must be refrigerated. WIC compatible. www.onceuponafarmorganics.com Tina Martini-The Medicine Chef Internationally recognized medicinal chef and wellness consultant. Mixes cooking with nutrition, fitness and wellness in her books, which teach parents how to ward off disease. www.foodytv.com/chef/tinamartini 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 and enhance health. 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. 866-881-7873 www.thepurepantry.com

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, mobility and transfer products. Rentals available. Bilingual. 9511 Ridgehaven Ct., SD, 92123 858-694-5800;800-794-4076 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) 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

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At Play Occupational Services Offers comprehensive assessments, gross and fine motor development, visual motor skills training, sensory integration therapy, self-regulation intervention, and the Sequential Oral Sensory feeding approach. 265 Santa Helena Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-209-1476 www.atplayot.com Autism Resource & Treatment Center (ARTC) (See listing under Speech and Language) Beyond the Surface In-home/pool occupational and aquatic therapy sessions based on area of need; performed by a certified AT and OTR/L. 845-551-9948​ www.beyondthesurfaceot.com Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services (See listing under Speech and Language) California Children’s Services (CCS) (See listing under Physical Therapy) Cameron Roberts Speech Therapy, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) Catalyst Therapy, Inc. Specializes in sensory integration evaluation and treatment. Provides an innovative and holistic approach to therapy 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. 5945 Pacific Center Blvd. #510 SD, 92121 858-695-9444 www.fitsot.com Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language)

Functional Integrated Therapeutic Services Offers programs such as auditory intervention, occupational therapy, wellness rhythms, school-based services, physical therapy, speech therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and enrichment programs. 5945 Pacific Center Blvd. #510 SD, 92121 858-695-9444 www.fitsot.com Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy Age-appropriate standardized and clinical assessments, individualized clinic and home therapy programs, referrals to other resources and assistance with insurance. 4065 Oceanside Blvd. #J Oceanside, CA 92056 760-602-7986 www.goldensteps.org HM Therapy Services Pediatric therapy services provided in the home environment. Occupational, speech and physical therapy for ages 0–21. Fun, outdoor group sessions available. 760-632-1241 www.hmsystemsinc.com Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. Pediatric OT, PT and Speech Therapy. 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

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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. 785 Grand Ave. #208 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-453-6891 www.leapsnboundsot.com Milestone Pediatric Therapy Clinic and in-home early intervention services, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, AAC, lactation therapy and physical therapy. 8755 Aero Dr. #100 SD, 92123 619-578-2232 www.milestonetherapyclinic.com Move Play Grow (See listing under Physical Therapy) OT–ETC (See Excel Speech listing under Speech and Language) OT OuTdoors Occupational and physically therapy including assessment and programs such as hippotherapy, aquatherapy, Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening. 1461 Merrit Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 858-945-3243 – OT 858-442-1865 – PT www.OTOuTdoors.com Pediatric Therapy Specialists (See listing under Physical Therapy) Rady Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy Evaluates infants and children with motor, sensory, orthopedic, and feeding and swallowing impairments, and provides specialized therapy when functional deficits are identified. Multiple locations 858-966-8100 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, selfhelp and daily living skills, and visual motor and perceptual skills. 6264 Ferris Sq., SD, 92121 619-940-4128 www.sandiegooccupational therapy.com 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. 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 Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) 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. 7632 Herschel Ave. 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 Specialists (See listing under Physical Therapy)


Total Education Solutions (See listing under Education) VIP NeuroRehabilitation Center Neurorehabilitation for kids ages 4 and up with disabilities. 7340 Trade St. #F SD, 92121 858-689-9643 www.vipneurorehab.org WriteSteps 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 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 Autism College: Chantal Sicile Kira (See listing under Autism) Children in Need 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 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 CYSHCNet Online group of researchers, families and youth, clinician partners and national organizations, working to assess and improve coordinated care and health systems for youth with special health care needs. www.cyshcnet.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 Easter Seals Southern California International charitable organization devoted to providing opportunities for children with physical disabilities. 714-834-1111 www.easterseals.com/ southerncal

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 619-594-7416 www.efrconline.org Family Voices National organization and network of families with special healthcare needs and disabilities that promote partnerships with families, including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity, to improve healthcare systems for children. www.familyvoices.org Filipino American Association for the Developmentally Disabled Monthly support group for FilipinoAmerican families. www.faadd.org 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. 619-787-0807 www.assertivefamilysolutions.org The Hanna Fenichel Center Center for child development parent classes. 336-340 N Acacia Ave. Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-0860 www.hannafenichel.com 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 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

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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 Parent Group for Medical Kids Parent support and resource group for kids with complex medical needs. 14020 Lake Poway Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-722-7503 novako@mac.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. 9606 Tierra Grande St. #204 SD, 92126 858-213-8005 www.patsd.org PASS (Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions) Parent support group for parents of children with special needs. Meetings held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. 858-663-5069;858-254-9248 Poway, CA 92064 www.powaypass.com

POSSE (Parents of Students in Special Education) Help navigate IEP process for learning disabilities. 619-335-0536 www.possesandiego.org Rolling With Me Nonprofit and growing network of community-based, bilingual peer support, advocacy and awareness. Puts on conferences, speaking engagements, and disability awareness events for those with physical disabilities. Connects individuals with medical supplies and equipment. 619-634-9080 www.rollingwithme.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. #111 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

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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 San Diego 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. 760-332-8310 www.sdundiagnosedsupport.com 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 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. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) A licensed Resource Family Agency providing resource family placements for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Family Focused Supports Program offers support to birth families and their children with the goal of addressing needs before they reach a crisis level. Assessment and Intervention Services provides the supports and programs necessary to ensure that individuals receive services which promote full inclusion. 4740 Murphy Canyon Rd. #300 SD, 92123 858-467-0600 www.tmi-inc.org UCSD Center for Mindfulness Eight-week course to teach mindful coping skills. 5060 Shoreham Pl. #330 SD, 92122 858-334-4636 www.mindfulness.ucsd.edu Walden Family Services (See listing under Foster Care) WIC-SDSU Research Foundation Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5. Locations in San Diego County 888-999-6897 www.sdsuwic.com 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 YMCA Kinship Support Supports kinship caregivers, relatives who are raising the child of another family member through resources, case management. Support groups and respite care. 619-281-8313 x10743 www.ymcasd.org/communitysupport/ymca-youth-andfamily-services/familysupport-and-preservation/ kinship-support-services


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has provided trusted and innovative programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981. We offer Employment Solutions, Community Living Services and Family Support Services. Can you provide a caring home for foster youth with special needs? We are in need of Resource Families. A competitive stipend ranging from $1,400-$2,200 per youth, per month is included. You can make a difference in a youth's life as they will in yours.

TMI-INC.ORG |  (800) 877-5452

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. #342, SD,92109 619-723-3142 www.biganimalsforlittlekids.org

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

PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC SERVICES

Starry Lane Bakery Delicious allergy-free breads, cakes and pastries (gluten-free/wheat-free, nut-free, egg-free and milk free), and special orders for events. 3925 Fourth Ave. SD, 92103 619-328-0500 www.starrylanebakery.com

Inclusion In Focus Adam Lanser, therapist for children with special needs turned photographer/videographer, mentors young adults with disabilities in photography, videography and editing for events. 858-232-8154 www.adamlanser.com/ specialneedsprogram

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

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 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

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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. 858-414-2974 www.vikkidinh.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Blast Off Children’s Therapy Services (See listing under Speech and Language) 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 Coast to Coast Therapy, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) Functional Integrated Therapeutic Services (See listing under Occupational Therapy) HM Therapy Services (see Listing under Occupational Therapy) Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc. (See listing under Speech and Language) Kara Dodds and Associates Pediatric Therapy Center (See listing under Speech and Language) 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

Milestone Pediatric Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Move Play Grow Comprehensive program for physical therapy, developmental therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, wellness consultation, and infant massage for total child wellness. 427 S Cedros Ave. #101 Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-704-4464 www.moveplaygrow.com OT OuTdoors (See listing under Occupational Therapy) 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. Three clinics in SD 858-514-0375 www.therapyspecialists.net PT in Motion (See Excel Speech listing under Speech and Language) Rady Children’s Hospital Physical Therapy Rehabilitation services for chldren of all ages, providing therapy for neurological, congenital, orthopedic and developmental problems. Multiple locations 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org Specialized Therapy Services (See listing under Education) SPOT Kids Occupational Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Therapy Specialists Pediatric therapy providers bring physical, occupational and speech therapy together in a single location to serve each child’s specific needs. 2751 Roosevelt Rd. #203 SD, 92106 619-501-9755 www.therapyspecialists.net

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RECREATION Accessibility Mornings at the Fleet Once a month Fleet Science Center opens an hour early so families with special needs can enjoy science exhibits, a sensory-friendly film screening (quieter setting), and have access to a special cool-off space. Offers Rear Window closedcaptioning for all films in the Giant Dome Theater. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado SD, 92101 619-238-1233 www.rhfleet.org/visit/accessibility Accessibility Mornings at the New Children’s Museum Families with special needs are invited to visit the museum to explore its creative, curated exhibits, high-sensory activities and special break zones before it opens to the public for the day. Quarterly events with special pricing. Registration required. 200 W Island Ave. SD 92101 619-233-8792 www.thinkplaycreate.org Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association Year-round league sports, mentor program, recreational sports for children and adults with physical disabilities, and Junior Adaptive Sports Camp. 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 and abilities how to ski, improve skiing or snowboard in a safe, carpeted setting. Includes people with visual impairment, ASD and 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 Aqua Pros Swim School Pool Pals swimming program for children with Autism. 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (located in Boys & Girls Club) SD, 92117 619-209-2990 www.aquapros.org Aqua-Tots SNAP Swim Lessons Special Needs Adaptive Program (SNAP) pairs a trained instructor 1:1 with a child; Mommy and Me classes for infants as young as 4 months. 2015 Birch Rd. #1505 Chula Vista, CA 91915 619-332-0200 www.aqua-tots.com/locations/ usa/california/otay-ranch A Reason to Survive (ARTS) Provides afterschool art education, internships with professional mentors, youth-led community development, counseling services and leadership training to build job skills for students with mental health challenges. 200 E 12th St. National City, CA 91950 619-297-2787 www.areasontosurvive.org Arms Wide Open Instructors guide students through dance, movement and percussion, enabling dancers with special needs to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying dance and choreography. 237 E Main St. #A El Cajon, CA 92020 619-579-6197 www.awosd.org


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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.

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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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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 at their own pace and watch a movie in the giant screen theater with lower volume and more light. Quiet room open from 9 a.m. to noon if visitors need to decompress. RSVP online. 1788 El Prado SD, 92101 877-946-7797 www.sdnat.org/visit/accessibility/ asd-mornings ATPF Bridge to the Beach Program San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation, ATPF and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego partner to provide family-friendly beach days and a one week camp that enables ATPF clients and families to practice swimming safety, paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling. Participants are paired with Junior Lifeguards for 1:1 mentoring June-August. 619-222-4465 www.autismtreeproject.org/atpfbridge-to-the-beach-family-day Autism-Friendly Playtime at La Mesa Library Special library playtime where children with ASD are not expected to act according to typical library rules. 8074 Allison Ave. La Mesa, CA 91942 619-469-2151 www.lamesalibrary.org Autism-Friendly Sensory Storytime Inclusive, interactive story hour designed for young children on the spectrum and their families; sometimes includes music and sensory play.
 Civic Center Library Children’s Reading Corner 330 N Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054 760-435-5571 www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org

AYSO VIP (Very Important Players) Soccer 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 VIPcoordinator@ayso152.org www.ayso152.org Barnes Tennis Center Wheelchair Program A program for children and adults with physical limitations. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. 4490 W Point Loma Blvd. SD, 92107 619-221-9000 www.barnestenniscenter.com Binford I CAN, Too! Center at San Diego Central Library (See listing under Education) Blue Roses Girls Group Fosters friendships with activities (fashion shows, camps and more) aimed at teen girls with Autism, ASD and social challenges. www.bluerosesgirls.com Bobcat Buddies Sage Creek High School program in which a typical student is paired with a student with special needs in various sports and recreational activities throughout the year. 3900 Cannon Rd. Carlsbad, CA 92010 760-331-6600 https://sagecreek-cusd-ca. schoolloop.com/sagecreekclubs

imagination and entertain. Visit Facebook page for details. 18030 Highland Valley Rd. Ramona, CA 92065 914-582-5901 www.capabilityranch.org Cardiff Soccer By the Sea Mustangs Champions League Soccer program designed for special needs athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in the joy of playing soccer. www.cardiffsoccer.org/mustangchampions-league Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Recreational opportunities, equipment grants, community and mentorship for individuals with physical challenges. 9591 Waples St., SD, 92121 858-866-0959 www.challengedathletes.org Challenged Sailors San Diego Therapeutic and recreational adaptive sailing opportunities for people with disabilities to enhance their dignity, well-being and independence. 955 Harbor Island Dr. SD, 92101 760-690-6594 www.challengedsailors.org Cheryl’s Place, Montevalle Park Park with specially designed playground equipment accessible to children in wheelchairs. 840 Duncan Ranch Rd. Chula Vista, CA 91914 www.chulavistaca.gov

Bubbles Swim School Offers instructional swim for students of all ages and abilities, as young as two months old. Dedicated to the highest quality of instruction and safety. Call for an evaluation. 10369 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-0128 www.bubblesswimschool.com

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

Capability Ranch Activity center for youth with disabilities and developmental delays plan monthly enriching activities and events that inspire

Chula Vista Therapeutic Recreational Department Young Adult Programs Free dance, fitness and musical theater programs for ages 18+

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through the city of Chula Vista. Carmel Wilson, Recreation Supervisor III cwilson@chulavistaca.gov 619-409-5439 www.chulavistaca.gov/ departments/recreation 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 Connections - National Comedy Theatre Six-week program where a boardcertified behavioral analyst helps students 13-17 on the Autism spectrum explore emotions, listening skills, social skills and pragmatic language through games and funny, improvised scenarios. 3717 India St., SD, 92103 619-295-4999 www.nationalcomedy.com/ connections 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 teaches the basics of ballet and creative movement in a fun and inviting atmosphere to girls ages 4-8 with special needs. Dancers have the opportunity to perform in a holiday show and June showcase. 10750 Thornmint Rd. #102 SD, 92127 858-613-1155 www.danceology.biz 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. Weekly dance classes incorporate motor skills, spatial awareness and selfexpression. Dorothea Laub Dance Place San Diego 2650 Truxtun Rd. #104 SD, 92106 619-260-1622 www.malashockdance.org/ danceability Dance with Me: Dance and Company This class is designed for young children with special needs to express themselves through dance, 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 Dancing Around the Oak Tree Art Studio Inclusive art classes for people of all abilities. Attend Tues./Thurs. afternoon classes or schedule a class for your event. Airshine Music School 2717 University Ave. SD, 92104 619-994-8047 Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Personalized instruction and adaptive equipment for winter and summer sports, including alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, cycling, mountain biking, and flatwater paddling. Plus, family camps, weekly sports meet-ups and skills development programs in a variety of Paralympic sports. Mammoth Lakes, CA 760-934-0791 www.disabledsportseastern sierra.org Dixon Lake–Accessible Cabin Accessible camping for persons with physical disabilities. 1700 N La Honda Dr. Escondido, CA 92027 Park Ranger: 760-839-4680 www.escondido.org/Dixon-Lakeaccessible-cabin.aspx

Easter Seals of Southern California Summer camp in the San Bernardino Mountains. 401 S Ivy St. Escondido, CA 92025 760-737-3990 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; 858-964-2222 www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org/ourfields/ 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. Fourth and C St. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-425-9844 www.chulavistaca.gov Expressions Dance and Movement Center-Darby’s Dancers Free dance class for children with special needs (including dancewear, shoes, costumes, and dance-related fees) covered by generous donations of community members and families of typical students. 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #28 Santee, CA 92071 619-596-3362 www.expressionsdanceand movement.com/children-withspecial-needs/

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

Floaties Swim School Group swim instruction (3:1) for infants through adults designed to stimulate brain development while improving social and gross motor skills. Instructors with special needs training teach in a salt-purified pool. 13180 Poway Rd. Poway, CA 92064 877-277-7946 www.floatiesswimschool.com

guardian can support jumpers on the trampoline for free. Sibling jumpers welcome. 12160 Community Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-848-1247 www.getairsports.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.com

Green Field Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League. Seventh & G Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 www.miracleleagueofsandiego.org

Family Karate PQ Karate programs for the physically challenged. 12798 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd. SD, 92129 858-484-4747

GB Productions’ STARS Program at North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe The STARS Theater Arts program for individuals with intellectual disabilities develops stage presence, comedy improvisation, reading and memorizing scripts, costuming, and working as a team to support fellow actors. 2031 El Cajon Blvd. SD, 92104 619-368-9426 Tickets www.northparkvaudeville.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

Get Air Trampoline Park—A Special Time for You Dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs; music is played at a lower volume and the park’s atmosphere is calmer. One parent/

Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center (See listing under Down Syndrome)

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 Private ice skating class for all ages. Coaches available for private lessons. 555 N Tulip St. Escondido, CA 92025 760-489-5550 www.iceoplexescondido.com

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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. See schedule on website and Facebook. 2385 Camino del Rio N. SD, 92108 619-432-4359 3178 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92056 760-606-4359 www.iflyworld.com Inclusive Dance Classes with inclusive methods based on emotional experiences, spatial perception, physical stimuli, movement and cause and effect. L’Cirque by Danzart 821 Kuhn Dr. #109 Chula Vista, CA 91914 619-484-9091 InclusiveDance.SanDiego@gmail .com Jas Arnold Trail for All People Fully ADA accessible, 1,100 linear foot loop in the Black Mountain Regional Park offers amazing views and park space for people with mobility issues. Features interpretative signage and shade structures with space for wheelchairs. Miner’s Ridge Loop Parking Area 14895 Carmel Valley Rd. SD, 92129 858-538-8021 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/parks/trail-for-allpeople Kelly Brush Foundation Provides grants for individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury to purchase adaptive sports equipment. Partners with organizations to provide recreational opportunities and trains disabled athletes on ski racing safety. Burlington, VT 802-846-5298 www.kellybrushfoundation.org Kids Included Together (KIT) (See listing under Inclusion)

KidVentures Provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for San Diego families 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. SD, 92106, 619-573-9625 www.indoorplaysandiego.com Life Rolls On Provides adaptive surfing and skating opportunities for kids with physical disabilities. Los Angeles, CA 424-272-1992 www.liferollson.org 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 Mainly Mozart Music Festival A special programming strand of this annual festival includes musicians with Autism and other disabilities. 404 Euclid Ave. #301 SD, 92114 619-239-0100 www.mainlymozart.org Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Inclusive music education and performance organization for ages 3–23 including end-of-semester concerts and a variety of additional concert, master class, and outreach opportunities. Multiple ensembles with Saturday rehearsals at San Diego Mesa College. Auditions are required and students from neurodiverse communities are welcome. 404 Euclid Ave. #301 SD, 92114 619-239-0100 www.mainlymozart.org

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Mesa Rim Adaptive Climbing Programs Provides an adaptive climbing team for ages 16 & up with physical disability, a small group youth Autism program, deaf and hard-of-hearing program, and a program for climbers with Hemophilia. 405 Camino del Rio S. SD, 92108 619-908-1611 www.mesarim.com/missionvalley/ adaptive-programs

Mountain High Adaptive Ski Program Adaptive lessons are 1:1 under the PSIA trained supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. Students (ages 4+) must be able to hold head upright and maintain breathing on their own. Advanced 72-hour reservation required. Includes equipment. 888-754-7878 www.mthigh.com/lessons-andrentals/specialty-programs/ adaptive-lessons.html

Miracle League of San Diego Inclusive baseball league for ages 5 and up played on an accessible field. Players are paired with typical 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

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

Mira Mesa AYSO VIP Soccer Program Provides a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. Successful participation is defined by the player’s enjoyment and the safety of all team members. www.miramesaayso.org Monday Night Live! Students with special needs are paired with neurotypical peers to explore student-chosen teen themes through acting, stand-up, scene work, show hosting, and movement culminating in a unique comedy sketch show. New Village Arts Theatre 2787 State St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 Aleta Barthell, 760-846-6072 www.newvillagearts.org/ mondays-with-sammy

Night to Shine Prom In partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, a prom night experience for kids 14 and up with special needs. Trinity Church 14047 Twin Peaks Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-748-1875 www.timtebowfoundation.org/ ministries/night-to-shine#extra 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 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. Dance North County 535 Encinitas Blvd. #101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-815-8512 www.pacthouse.org


Palomar Pop Warner Challenger Division Flag football rules with modifications for ages 5-18 who are enrolled in school and have physical or mental disabilities. Level of play based on size, age and skill level is recommended where numbers allow. San Marcos, CA 760-855-1507 www.palomarconference popwarner.com/challenger Palomar Stars Pop Warner Cheer Football cheer program for ages 5-18 who are enrolled in school and have physical or mental disabilities. San Marcos, CA  760-855-1507 www.palomarconference popwarner.com Peace of HeART Expressions Day programs and afterschool art clubs for children and adults with a teacher experienced in facilitating arts to kids with ASD, CP and Down Syndrome. 825 S Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054 760-550-7494 www.peaceofheartexpressions.com 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 Recreational Music Center Camps, group music classes and individual music lessons for ages preschool and up. 2590 Truxtun Rd. #202 SD, 92106 619-225-9597  www.rmcsandiego.org
 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

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park An inclusive place to soar in open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. 8190 Miralani Dr., SD, 92126 858-693-5867 www.rockinjump.com/sandiego Roll to Success Veteran-led, men’s competitive wheelchair basketball team promotes ability awareness through school assemblies and demonstrations; players coach a nonprofit youth recreation league. Accepts donations of used sports wheelchairs for players with financial need. 619-852-6144 www.rolltosuccess.org Salvation Army Kroc Center Aquatics Offers adaptive swimming lessons designed for children with special needs, with emphasis on children with Autism. Private lessons include four 30-minute sessions. 6845 University Ave. SD, 92115 619-269-1506 (Simonne Call) Simonne.Call@usw .salvationarmy.org Sam’s Posse Exceptional Rodeo Participants run the poles and barrels on Posse Ponies, ride the not-so-roughstock bulls and broncs, and rope with professional cowboys. Local and rodeo royalty help kids navigate the events, pose for photos and provide live commentary. 760-458-8873  www.samsposse.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. See ad on back cover. 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. Equipment, coaching and mentoring provided.
 UTC Ice Sports Center 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. SD, 92122 www.sandiegochill.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. 3325 Zoo Dr., SD, 92101 619-525-8247 www.sandiego.gov/park-andrecreation/activities/trs

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Ballet for Me! is a classical ballet program designed for children ages 7–12 with unique physical needs. Casa del Prado Building 1650 El Prado #209 Balboa Park, SD, 92101 619-233-3060 www.sdcyb.org

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. 858-683-3357 www.sandiegosoccerclub.org

San Diego Ice Arena Allows certain mobility devices on the ice to experience the feeling of skating; partners with Sports for Exceptional Athletes for seasonal sessions of ice sports. 11048 Ice Skate Pl., SD, 92126 858-530-1825 www.sdice.com

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-friendly-films

Therapeutic Recreation Services •

Inclusive goal-oriented activities, community outings, adapted sports, recreation programs, and more!

Social skill development and leisure education

Children and adults with any type of disability

Programs supervised by

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS)

For more information call (619) 525-8247 www.sandiego.gov/TherapeuticRecreationServices

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Sensory Story Time at the San Diego Central Library Children ages 0-5 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/public-library 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 basketball in a fun, non-competitive environment, some with “buddies” (mentors). At Corky Smith Gym on Sundays, October-January. 274 Pico Ave. San Marcos, CA 92069 760-598-8090 www.smybbshootingstars.com Special Fishies Aquatic Freedom and Education Inclusive semi- and private swim lessons, aquatic strengthening, and ocean safety for 6 mos.–adults at The Plunge in Belmont Park; instructor has 25 years experience working with people with disabilities. 714-352-9714 www.specialfishies.org

Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County Offers free, year-round sports training and competition for all with intellectual disabilities. Develops improved physical fitness, selfconfidence and a 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 friendships. 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 available for swimmers who want to compete. Pre-registration necessary. 2119 E Madison Ave. El Cajon, CA 92019 619-442-5129 x114 www.stmsc.org Stars Karate (USA Freestyle Martial Arts) Free karate lessons for children, ages 7 and 18 with disabilities. Typical siblings welcome in special classes but must pay. 3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #1 SD, 92110 619-224-9600 www.dragonkick.com Stoked for Life Foundation Hosts free paddle clinics for adaptive paddle boarding and adaptive surfing, enhances public policy on beach access for the disabled, and furthers advancements in adaptive water sports equipment. Hands-on disability and safety training available for volunteers. 760-520-5189 www.stokedforlife.org

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SunSational Swim Schools Experienced swim instructors provide 1:1 lessons to children with special needs through the use of unique visual aids. Safety awareness and specialized instruction in your home or community pool. 888-788-2140 www.sunsationalswimschool .com/special-needs-swim-lessons

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. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

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

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

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 Tap Fever Studios Adaptive Dance Dance classes for students with disabilities through a partnership with the Autism Tree Project. Classes are a mix of dance styles, but mainly hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. Dancers with limited mobility may choose to join the Tappy Hands seated dance class. 2146 Garnet Ave. SD, 92109 858-456-7301 www.TapFever.com/classes/ adaptive-dance

TOPSoccer (Outreach program through La Jolla Youth Soccer) For athletes ages 5–18 with mental or physical challenges. Kids are placed into groups based on ability. 3908 Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-677-9779 www.lajollasoccer.org UltraStar Cinemas Parent Movie Morning and Sensory-Friendly 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 post game. 2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C, SD, 92106 619-222-4465 www.autismtreeproject.org/ programs/usd-football-mentorprogram


USSD 4S Ranch Karate Karate program for all abilities incorporates leadership, life lessons and social skills. Student evaluation leads to class placement and a twoweek free trial period. 10449 Reserve Dr. #141 SD, 92127 858-674-9757 www.ussd4sranch.com Valley Center TOPSoccer Community-based soccer training program. Players are placed by ability (not age). Athletes are partnered with a trained buddy. All ages welcome. 28102 N Lake Wohlford Rd. Valley Center, CA 92082 760-525-5363 www.valleycentertopsoccer.com 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 Vista Girls Softball Spirit Division Team sport experience for boys and girls with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Every player in the Spirit Division is provided a typical buddy who helps and encourages them to learn softball skills. 1851 S Melrose Dr. Vista, CA 92081 includespirit@yahoo.com www.vistags.org/page/ show/1762817-spirit-league Wheelchair Dancers Organization Free classes for 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

RESIDENTIAL AND SUPPORTED LIVING Affinity Choice CommunityNoah Homes Residential model that provides independence and high quality services to people with similar wants and needs through sharedcost operations and infrastructure. Individual experiences for each resident, including work opportunities with community partners that ensure people with developmental disabilities are fully supported. 12526 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91978 619-660-6200 www.noahhomes.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 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/sdhcd

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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 Home of Guiding Hands Residential program for people with disabilities. 1908 Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-938-2850 www.guidinghands.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 Residential Homes-The Arc of San Diego Living facilities throughout the county with professionally trained staff to help the residents learn new skills and fully participate in day-to-day activities including cooking, money management, house cleaning, selfcare, laundry, shopping, and other community activities. Facilities enlist the help of 24/7 on call nursing, doctors and therapists. 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com/residentialliving-services 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

Villa de Vida Community for intellectually and developmentally disabled persons that provides dignified housing, dignified lifestyles and quality relationships. 10620 Treena St. #230 SD, 92131 858-935-8811 www.villadevida.org

RESPITE/CHILDCARE/ SKILLED NURSING AccentCare Home Health of CA (See listing under In-Home Support Services) ARCC Center Respite/FMS In-home respite with transportation available and sibling care offered at affordable rates. Offers FMS and summer soccer camps. SDRC vendor #HQ0826 619-488-6002 866-488-6002 help@arccCenter.org www.arccCenter.org The Arc of San Diego Respite Care Community Option Program 24/7 for families that receive In-Home Respite Services through the SDRC enables the respite worker to take the client out of the home and into the community. Weekend Away program allows family a quick trip while the client stays at the Respite House. Private pay option for additional hours beyond contract. 619-685-1175 www.arc-sd.com/respite 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 a.m.-11 p.m. 562 W Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-498-4931 www.avidbdp.org

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Brightstar Care San Diego HHA Childcare for kids with special needs, Certified Nursing Assistants for in-home 24-hour care or occupational, physical, speech and IV therapies. Central & East County 858-777-9525 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 Child Development Associates (CDA) Child Care Alternative Payment Program for 0-12 (See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific) 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 760-729-3866 www.communityinterfaceservices .org 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

Maxim Healthcare Services Provides in-home skilled nursing, respite care and ABA services. Vendored through the SDRC and takes a variety of insurances, including Medi-Cal and TriCare. TriCare patients who already receive nursing care are also eligible for in-home OT, PT and speech/language services. 5030 Camino de la Siesta #405 SD, 92108 619-299-9350 www.maximhealthcare.com Not To Worry, Inc. 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. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org


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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 619-521-3055 www.ymca.org/communitysupport/childcare-resourceservice Xcite Steps Nanny Program Nannies for children with special needs. 3978 Sorrento Valley Rd. #100 SD, 92121 858-428-0222 www.xcitesteps.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. 800-733-6632 www.greatcall.com/5Star 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

Amber Alert GPS 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. www.amberalertgps.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

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 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

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

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

Find ’em Scent Safe 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.findemscentsafe.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

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 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

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Pacific Safety Center Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) teach parents and caregivers how to keep children safe by choosing the right car seat, installing and using it correctly. 9880 Via Pasar #F, SD, 92126 858-621-2313 www.carseat.psc411.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

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. 800-728-7825 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 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 Temporary 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


SEX ED AND SEXUAL IDENTITY SUPPORTS Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC)San Diego LGBT Community Offers a drop-in and recreational center for LGBTQ and non-binary youth ages 14–18 (special hours for ages 10–13), youth living with HIV, and their families and allies. Offers computer access, health and financial education, HIV prevention education, life skills training workshops, arts programs, social activities, tutoring, and discussion groups. A therapist is always available on site. 3909 Centre St. SD, 92103 619-692-2077 x122 www.thecentersd.org/programs/ youth-services/hillcrest-youthcenter Our Safe Place Mental Health Clinic and Drop-In Centers Offers mental health services, support groups, case management, community building and other services for LGBTQ youth and their families in a safe place and in collaboration with the YMCA. Drop-in centers in Chula Vista, Escondido, San Diego and Oceanside. 3427 Fourth Ave., Second Floor SD, 92103 619-525-9903 www.sdyouthservices.org/what_ we_do/services/mental-healthservices/our-safe-place Rady Children’s Hospital – Center for Gender-Affirming Care Treats children and adolescents with gender dysphoria, a medical condition in which there is deep emotional distress that results when one’s gender assigned at birth and gender identity do not match. 3030 Children’s Way SD, 92123 858-576-1700 x223095 www.rchsd.org San Diego LGBT Community Center’s South Bay Youth Center (SBYC) Offers a drop-in and recreational center for LGBTQ and non-binary youth, youth living with HIV, and their families. Gender identity groups, arts

programs, social activities, tutoring and discussion groups offered. A therapist is always available on site. 1180 Third Ave. #C1 Chula Vista, CA 91911 619-692-2077 x207 www.thecentersd.org/programs/ youth-services/south-bay-youthcenter/ 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

SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) Club Beacons Fun, themed social skills group for ages 16-20 with ID/DD. 6150 Yarrow Dr. #E Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-448-6230 www.beaconsnorthcounty.com 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 Community ConNext (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Helath) 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

Enlightened Adventures Offers six-week social groups for students ages 15–22 with developmental delay; creates connections for young adults with disabilities. 989-708-8480 www.ErikaJunge.com Little Big Steps (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health) PACT (Positive Action Community Theatre) (See listing under Recreation) Rett Syndrome and Related Disorders Communication Program-Milestone Pediatric Therapy Monthly group offers a chance for children and teens who communicate using AAC systems the chance to practice language and social communication within fun, cooperative activities. Participants need not be receiving therapy from Milestone Pediatric. First lesson free to ensure compatibility. 8755 Aero Dr. #100 SD, 92123 619-578-2232 www.milestonetherapyclinic.com

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)

San Diego PEERS Adult Social Skills Training (See listing under College and the Adult Transition)

American Speech-LanguageHearing Association 800-638-8255 www.asha.org

SEEDS Educational Services (See listing under Sex Ed and Sexual Identity Supports)

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

Social Communication Specialists Following Social Thinking curriculum, helps socially quirky kids, teens and young adults communicate, relate and connect, follow timelines, determine the intent of others, and manage emotions. 5703 Oberlin Dr. #207 SD, 92121 858-558-9552 www.socialcommunication specialists.com The Social Express Engaging, educational software for children and young adults with social learning challenges, designed to teach users how to think about and

Autism Resource & Treatment Center (ARTC) Comprehensive services for early intervention, parent resources, and speech and occupational therapies for those with ASD. 11770 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #116 SD, 92128 858-432-4589 www.artcsandiego.org

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B&G Speech-Language Pathologists and Literacy Specialists Offers assessment of speech and language issues, speech and language therapy, and social skills, literacy and study skills programs. Summer literacy programs are geared toward grade levels and need, including Dyslexia. www.languageliteracy.net 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 California Children’s Services (CCS) (See listing under Physical Therapy) 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 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

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 619-618-9638 www.c2ctherapy.com County Speech (San Diego County Speech Pathologists) 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 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 Excel Speech Therapy Center 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

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Functional Integrated Therapeutic Services (See listing under Occupational Therapy) 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 HM Therapy Services (See listing under Occupational Therapy) 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, Inc. Pediatric and adolescent occupational, physical and speech therapy. 11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128 858-673-5437 www.kidstherapyassociates.com Kinney Speech Therapy Offers evaluation and treatment of speech, language, communication and processing disorders, plus consultation and collaboration with schools and advocates. 7668 El Camino Real #104 Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-450-3239 www.kinneyspeechtherapy.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 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


Milestone Pediatric Therapy (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Move Play Grow (See listing under Physical Therapy) North County Speech and Language 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 OutShine Speech Therapy, Inc. Speech therapy services (for clients up to 18 years old) in the home, after school, at preschool and in other settings by parent request. Overlaps with other service providers and ABA providers. 1582 W San Marcos Blvd. #105 San Marcos, CA 92078 760-410-8487 www.outshinespeech therapy.com Pediatric Therapy Specialists (See listing under Physical Therapy)

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. 12707 High Bluff Dr. #200 SD, 92130 2305 Historic Decatur Rd. #100 SD, 92106 858-488-4810 www.sandiegocenterforspeech therapy.com San Diego State University School of Speech, Language and Hearing Services 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 5500 Campanile Dr. SLHS Bldg. #221, SD, 92182 619-594-7747 www.slhs.sdsu.edu

Rady Children’s Hospital Speech Language Pathology Evaluate children with speech, language, cognitive, feeding and swallowing, and auditory impairments; and provides specialized therapy to develop their language skills. Multiple locations 858-966-8100 www.rchsd.org

Segal Speech and Language Therapy Assessments, individual speech therapy and group sessions that build social skills. Home programs, classroom observations and free preschool screenings available. 265 Santa Helena Dr. Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-344-1985 www.segalspeech.com

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

SmallTalk Speech & Occupational 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-N-Motion, Inc. Comprehensive evaluations and therapy for children with a range of needs in the areas of speech, language, oral motor/feeding, pragmatics, voice and fluency. 171 Saxony Rd. #209 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-642-3113 www.speech-n-motion.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 Specialists (See listing under Physical Therapy) Therapy Uptown (See listing under Occupational Therapy) Total Education Solutions (See listing under Education) Vocal T.R.A.C.K. Speech & Language Therapy Center Speech/language therapy and evaluations for all ages in English and Spanish. 16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #116 SD, 92128 858-521-8446 www.vocaltracktherapy.com

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 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

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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. 6523 Helen Woodward Way Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858-756-4117 x321 www.animalcenter.org/ therapeuticriding Ivey Ranch Park Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program Therapeutic horseback riding, afterschool and all-day care, and in-home respite care available. Right near Mission San Luis Rey. 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

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 REINS Therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults. 4461 S Mission Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-731-9168 www.reinsprogram.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 lesson that is tailored to their needs and goals. Rolling Hills Boarding Stable 15529 Sycamore Canyon Rd. Poway, CA 92064 858-209-5662 www.radtrc.org Rockin’ L&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 Therapeutic Horsemanship PATH international premiere accredited center provides equine assisted activities and therapies. 2180 Monument Rd., SD 92154 619-431-5284 www.sdtherahorse.org

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TEACH (Therapeutic Equestrian Activity Center for the Handicapped) Therapeutic horseback riding lessons. 12152 Moreno Ave. Lakeside, CA 92040 619-596-2025 TERI Therapeutic Equestrian Program Trained and licensed staff help students with Autism, ASD and learning and mental health disabilities increase strength and muscle tone, improve balance, and improve hand-eye coordination. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 760-721-1706 www.teriinc.org

THERAPY DOGS/CANINE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS 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 760-901-4300 www.cci.org 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 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 760-913-9090 www.gooddogautism companions.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 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 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 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 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 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

VACATION AND TRAVEL 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 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 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.danielanddavisoptometry .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 619-444-1153 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

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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 UCSD Shiley EyeMobile for Children Unique, traveling eye mobile that provides vision education and quick vision screenings by multilingual, UCSD opthamology staff, students and volunteers. Provides referrals for suspected areas of need at school and community events. 858-822-2585 http://shileyeye.ucsd.edu/aboutus/shiley-eyemobile

VOCATIONAL TRAINING/ EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS ACES, Inc. (See listing under Education) A Reason to Survive (ARTS) (See listing under Recreation) Beacons North County Postsecondary jobseekers interested in getting a job or paid internship can improve skills through our innovative vocational workshops. Low ratio (10:3), outcome-driven curriculum, progress monitoring, and assistive technology help build employment pathways and skills. Funded by the SDRC for eligible consumers. 6150 Yarrow Dr. #E Carlsbad, CA 92011 760-448-6230 www.beaconsnorthcounty.com 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 858-292-2020 www.communitycatalysts california.org Community Interface Services Nonprofit provides vocational training, job placement and coaching. 2621 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 4909 Murphy Canyon Rd. #505 SD, 92123 888-676-3786, 760-729-3866 www.communityinterface services.org Department of Rehabilitation Works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy for competitive employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. 7575 Metropolitan Dr. #107 SD, 92108 619-767-2100 www.dor.ca.gov

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D’Vine Path Comprehensive program for adults with Autism, developmental delays and/or learning disabilities providing vocational and life skills training in agriculture, hospitality and the arts. 1374 S Mission Rd. #415 Fallbrook, CA 92028 949-233-6515 www.dvinepath.org Fred Finch Specialized Learning Center (See listing under Education) Living Independently Is for Everyone (See listing under Independent Living) Options for All (See listing under Independent Living) Partnerships With Industry (See listing under College and the Adult Transition) Revision Creative Workspace Nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide inclusive access to art, culture, social practice and environmental education through the framework of creative workspace. Builds artistic vocational skills for micro-business creation. 3609 Fourth Ave. SD, 92103 www.revisionsandiego.com Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) (See listing under Parent and Family Resources) Xcite Steps Adults Helps individuals connect with employers who value their unique strengths. Provides personalized vocational assessment and job development training for transitioning teens, as well as Independent Living and Tailored Day Services. 858-428-0222 www.xcitestepsadults.com

WORSHIP 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 858-746-9775 www.canyonsprings.org Chabad of Poway Inclusive synagogue that hosts the Friendship Circle. 16934 Chabad Way Poway, CA 92064 858-487-4879 www.chabadpoway.com http://friendshipcirclesd.com Emmanuel Faith Community Church Special needs ministry including a cool down room, buddy program, special needs classroom and separate family room with live feed of church services 639 E 17th Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 760-781-2119 www.efcc.org/special-needsministry/ 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 http://faithchurchsandiego.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 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 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 Open Hearts Ministry at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Monthly support group for caregivers, ecumenical scripture study and OpenHeARTs, a monthly art social. Annual White Mass spotlights inclusion and sensoryfriendly Christmas liturgy for special needs families. 655 C Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 619-435-3167 www.sacredheartcor.org

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

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yOTga Occupational therapist and yogi practices inclusive yoga to increase core strength, improve social skills, fulfill sensory needs and encourage self-regulation and awareness. 631-879-7613 www.erinyotga.wixsite.com/yotga

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Vocational programs for teens and young adults

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For people with special needs, vocational training can pave the way to confidence, employment and success. Paid work fosters a connection to the greater community. It improves an individual’s financial stability, which can benefit the whole family. Best of all, it provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Here’s a look at a variety of vocational programs in San Diego County.

Noble, Ross and Amazon. If employment is not a client’s primary focus, the organization offers day programs with unpaid opportunities like volunteering or social coaching. To participate in TMI’s vocational programs, individuals must be 18 or older and qualify for assistance through the Regional Center or Department of Rehabilitation. To learn more, visit www.tmi-inc.org.

TMI (Toward Maximum Independence)

TERI (Training, Education & Resource Institute)

TMI offers a variety of employment assistance and skillbuilding programs—including paid internships and onsite job coaching. The organization’s goal is to help clients secure paid work in spaces where they can fully integrate with coworkers who do not have special needs. During intake, a TMI manager determines which programs will be necessary to meet a client’s goals. Over time, they work together to choose an appropriate workplace. “We focus on the individual’s preferences to find placements that match the client’s needs and vocational aspirations,” says Community Outreach and Resource Specialist Melinda Lara. According to Lara, quality of life is greatly improved when clients find work. “Paid employment leads them on a path to independence and self-reliance,” she says. In 2019, TMI placed 80 clients in jobs (that paid minimum wage or more) at companies like Smart & Final, Barnes &

TERI offers diverse work opportunities for clients who utilize their day programs, nonpublic schools or group homes. Opportunities include working at TERI’s Resale Shop, the in-house recycling center or the Oceanside Farmers’ Market— where items made by clients are offered for sale. For those looking to expand vocational skills, TERI offers training in woodworking, craft production, metal work, floral arts and more. TERI also boasts a large-scale agriculture program, which provides opportunities to pursue work in harvesting or distributing produce. The animal husbandry program is another path for those who hope to pursue farm work. At TERI’s Kilmer College, culinary classes prepare students for food service-related employment. According to TERI’s website, these programs offer access to careers and experiences not traditionally available to adults with special needs. To learn more, visit www.teriinc.org.

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NFAR (National Foundation for Autism Research) Tech companies report that people with Autism are uniquely suited to careers in software testing. These jobs require attention to detail, logical thinking patterns and inclination towards repetitive work—areas in which many people with Autism excel. NFAR offers adapted training to prepare students for entry level work as Software QA Testers. The seven-month course includes three 3-hour classroom sessions each week, plus an internship providing 160 hours of work experience. Upon completion of the coursework, students will be prepared to take the Software Testing Qualification Board test to gain their CTFL (Certificate in Testing – Foundation Level). NFAR also offers vocational training for entry-level office positions. The coursework covers light technical skills and soft skills to help people with Autism succeed in a range of positions from data entry to light manufacturing. All training programs include job search preparation. Students learn how to write a resume, prepare a portfolio and what to expect in an interview. For more information, visit www.nfar.org. For more programs, turn to the Vocational Training and Employment Options section.

Workability III at the San Diego Community College District This program provides career guidance for students with disabilities—helping them acquire the tools needed to meet their employment goals. To be eligible, a student must qualify for services through the Department of Rehabilitation and must attend classes within the San Diego Community College District—this includes City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges, as well as San Diego Continuing Education campuses. Workability III participants receive career counseling and vocational training to help identify and hone their marketable skills. Counselors are available to assist with job hunting and job retention after a student is hired. They work with local employers, providing free training to help managers understand the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and workplace modifications. To learn more, visit www.sdccd.edu/ about/departments-and-offices/student-services-department/ dsps/workability/index.aspx. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. Her older brother received life-changing career assistance from TMI.

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Areas of Need – Imperial Valley

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ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT Imperial Valley Hyundai Mobility Program Provides up to $1,000 towards the cost of installing adaptive equipment in a new Hyundai vehicle. 634 Thomas Dr. El Centro, CA 92243 760-289-3514 www.ivhyundai.com/MobilityProgram RXPositive Medical Supply Offers healthcare products and supplies: hospital beds, wheelchairs, power chairs, vehicle lifts and ramps, wound-care, ostomy, urology supplies, CPAP, portable oxygen equipment, nebulizers and orthotics. Emergency service and repairs available. 1845 W 25th St., Yuma, AZ 85364 928-344-9301 https://rxpositive.com

ADVOCACY California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, San Diego and Imperial Chapter Responsible for ensuring the protection of legal, civil and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve those with developmental disabilities. 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250 SD, 92108 619-688-3323 www.scdd.ca.gov

Imperial Valley People First Offers self-advocacy, tracks legislation, holds an annual learning conference, and provides information on communicating with government offices meant to serve persons with disabilities. 619-688-3323 www.sdrc.org/index.php/selfadvocacy Law Offices of Victoria Vasquez Ikerd-Schreiter Bilingual, affordable, special education advocacy, IEP, IPP and IFSP representation from a parent of two children with special needs. 858-429-9355 www.ikerdschreiter.com Marcus Family Law Center, PLC Expert representation in divorce, custody and support, bankruptcy, estate planning and immigration for San Diego and Imperial Counties. 732 State St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-2800 www.barefootlawyer.com

BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH The ARC of Imperial Valley Offers behavioral programs, adult day and development programs, and an activity center for all ages. 298 E Ross Ave.

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El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-0180 www.arciv.org Bernardo Ng, M.D. Bilingual psychiatrist with a neurologic specialty. 2417 Marshall Ave. #1 Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-0160 www.sunvalleyb.com California Psychcare Now under 360 Behavioral Health, provides behavioral services for children and adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities. 1413 W State St. El Centro, CA 92243 833-227-3454 www.360behavioralhealth.com Fred Finch CARES Provides comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment, early intervention, ABA therapy, parent education, social skills, and individual/family therapy for those impacted by ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Treatment offered in school, in-home and clinic-based programs. 502 W Aten Rd. #105 Imperial, CA 92251 760-592-0088 www.fredfinch.org

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 Imperial Valley Behavioral Health Services Complete child and adolescent outpatient mental health services, including a wrap-around program for ages 14 and up, and a First Aid mental health program for teachers. Various locations 800-817-5292 www.co.imperial.ca.us/ behavioralhealth


Joan Tyler, MFT Cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling services. 300 S Imperial Ave. #7 El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-6302 Motiva Associates ABA behavioral services, parent support services and training. 410 South 4th St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-8500 www.motivaassociates.com Peter DiManno, LCSW Therapy for individuals, couples and families. 1503 N Imperial Ave. #205 El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-4773 www.elcentrotherapy.com Son Shine Counseling Center Counseling, and behavioral support services. 1073 Ross Ave. #C El Centro, CA 92243 760-540-4335 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

DENTAL HEALTH Clay Nichols, D.D.S. Preventive pediatric dentistry focused on calm and kind cleanings and education. 508 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-4444 www.claynicholsdds.com Karson Kupiec Orthodontics Pediatric preventive care and orthodontics. 502 W Aten Rd. #102 Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-3800 www.drkupiec.com

Khorsand Dental Group Pediatric preventive care, orthodontics and oral surgery. 2026 N Imperial Ave. #B El Centro, CA 92243 760-394-3082 www.drkhorsand.com

disabilities. 512 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-355-8383 www.sdrc.org

DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY ASSESSMENT AND COORDINATION

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

Betty Jo McNeese Receiving Home Health Department and medical provider assess children and youth for developmental delay; children with complex medical problems are referred to specialists. 315 W McCabe Rd. El Centro, CA 92243 760-339-6264 www.co.imperial.ca.us 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 Network of Care for Behavioral Health, Inc. Family Resource Centers in Calexico and Niland provide intake assessment, medication support services and a variety of therapies for people with mental health diagnoses. www.imperial.networkofcare.org Oral Health Initiative-First 5 San Diego Provides screenings, exams and treatment services to children ages 0-5 and pregnant women through San Ysidro Health Centers and Neighborhood Healthcare. Multiple locations throughout the county www.first5sandiego.org/oralhealth-initiative San Diego Regional Center– Imperial County Assessment, intake and service coordination for people with

EDUCATION

Imperial County SELPA Umbrella entity for the provision of special education programs and services for all identified children 0-22. 1398 Sperber Rd. #D El Centro, CA 92243 760-312-6419 www.icoe.org/selpa 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. 1528 S Waterman Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-312-6630 www.ivcec.org Imperial Valley College Early Childhood Education Department Program for children 0-5, including a developmental preschool and infant/ toddler center. 380 E Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-352-8320 www.imperial.edu Sunny Days Early Childhood Program Developmental intervention and therapy services for children ages 0-3 including assessment and occupational, physical and speech therapies. 1603 N.Main St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-679-0540 www.sunnydays.com

GENERAL HEALTH ABC Pediatrics Medical Group, Inc. Provides accessible healthcare to Imperial Valley babies, children and adolescents, and a Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) up to age 21. 702 Wake Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-7216 www.abcpediatrician.com Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc. Private nonprofit organization providing bilingual/bicultural general health, dental, and behavioral health services, and infant/child nutrition education to residents throughout Imperial County. Accepts Medi-Cal/ Medicare and offers a sliding scale based on financial need. 760-344-9951 www.cdsdp.org Imperial County Home Visiting Program Provides home visits to pregnant women and families of newborns (less than two weeks old), and health and community resources for children up to age 5 who reside in Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Heber, Holtville and Imperial. 797 Main St. #A El Centro, CA 92243 442-265-1370 www.icphd.org/communityhealth-initiatives/home-visitingprogram Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group Full spectrum of medical needs, including neurology. 1503 N Imperial Ave. #105 El Centro, CA 92243 760-355-7730 ivfcmg.com Imperial County Public Health Department Provides clinic and free and lowcost immunizations. Community health nurses provide resources for maternal, child and adolescent health. 935 Broadway St. El Centro, CA 92243 442-265-1444 www.icphd.com

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PIONEERS Memorial Healthcare and Specialty Center Complete healthcare with a variety of pediatric specialties. 751 W Legion Rd. Brawley, CA 92227 760-351-3333 www.pmhd.org Vishwa Kapoor, MD Pediatrician with a specialty in oncology. 1550 Pepper Dr. El Centro, CA 92243 760-592-4961

HIPPOTHERAPY/ THERAPEUTIC RIDING BMB Boarding and Animals Plus In association with CASA of Imperial County and Kiwanis Club of El Centro, this boarding stable offers horse camps and riding sessions for at-risk youth. Owner Marsha Boutwell offers PATH-certified therapeutic riding programs for children with ADHD, ASD and emotional issues. 1444 Drew Rd. El Centro, CA 92243 760-996-4666

HOSPICE Aria Hospice, LLC Compassionate, in-home care for people with a terminal illness. 229 S 8th St. #A El Centro, CA 92243 760-412-5574 www.ariahospice.com Hospice of Imperial Valley Bilingual, in-home care for people with a terminal illness. 137 S 8th St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-8905 www.ivhospice.org

INDEPENDENT LIVING The Arc of Imperial County (See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

OCCUPATIONAL, PHYSICAL AND SPEECH THERAPIES California Children’s Services/IC Public Health Dept. 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 442-265-1444 www.icphd.org Imperial Physical Therapy Outpatient pediatric physical therapy. 1698 Cruickshank Dr. #A El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-3422 www.iptclinic.com

PARENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES Amigos de Alejandro, Inc. Serves families of children diagnosed with cancer, leukemia or blood related disorders by offering bilingual emotional support, information, food vouchers, and transportation to hospitals outside Imperial County (Rady Children’s) to receive chemotherapy or other procedures related to their diagnosis. 510 W Main St. #105 El Centro, CA 92243 760-222-6132 www.amigosdealejandro.org Autism Support of Imperial County   Nonprofit providing information and support to parents and professionals on Autism. 300 N Imperial Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-604-8847 www.autismofimperial.com Best STEP Forward Parent Support group that holds monthly brunches on timely topics, resources and advocacy. Inferno 505 Main St. Brawley, CA 92227 619-534-7540

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Children’s Foundation of the Imperial Valley Parent organization that provides assistance to organizations and groups caring for underserved children who reside in Imperial Valley. Holds an annual race and wellness fair. 760-554-3032 www.childrensfoundationiv.com Community Advisory Committee (CAC) of Imperial County SELPA Parent advisory group unites teachers, parents, and school professionals in Imperial Valley to support the needs of students with IEPs, and communicate rights and information on district policy. 760-312-6419 www.icoe.org/selpa/communityadvisory-committee 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 Family Hui Peer-led support group and training for parents of children ages 0-5 to discuss positive parenting and healthy child development. www.familyhui.org Padres en Accion Spanish-speaking support group that holds monthly meetings in Calexico, El Centro, Brawley and Imperial. Maria Elena Miranda 760-344-7268

Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Family Focused Supports program is designed to keep families with children who have special needs together by offering training for parents, extended family members and respite providers. Intensive social work and behavioral support is also offered, along with 24-hour emergency backup support, training, support groups and community resources. 1699 W Main St., #E El Centro, CA 92243 442-236-5034 www.tmi-inc.org TREES (Teach, Respect, Educate, Empower Self) Provides The Incredible Years parenting program, which helps strengthen parenting competency and encourages parent involvement at school to promote academic, social and emotional skills. Children 0-12 are grouped by age. 1265 W State St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-5703

RECREATION ADM Dreamers Dance CrewCalipatria PAL Dance program open to children ages 4½–17 with a cognitive or physical disability. Follow on Facebook @CalipatriaPAL92233. Ricochet Rec Center 450 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 619-534-7540 Cattle Call Mini Rodeo for Special Kids Special performance of the annual Cattle Call Rodeo for kids with special needs and their families only. Email Julie Reeves at jar555@ sbcglobal.net by Sept. 15 for this invitation-only event in early November. Brawley, CA 760-960-5805 www.cattlecallrodeo.com


Challenger Division-Calipatria Little League Special Division of Little League for kids with disabilities at hosting fields in Calipatria, Brawley, Heber and Calexico. Follow on Facebook @ CalipatriaLL22. 619-534-7540 Circle of Friends In-school club that focuses on the acceptance of people with disabilities through relationship building with non-disabled peers. 760-960-2308 czalvalda@ecesd.org El Centro Parks and Recreation Offers recreational activities and summer camps for kids with special needs. 375 S 1st St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-4555 www.cityofelcentro.org Firestorm Gymnastics Training Center Offers gymnastics to all ages and genders, and including a special needs program. 260 E Main St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-9558 www.firestormgymnastics.com Imperial Valley Challenger Little League Adaptive baseball program for individuals 4-22 with physical and intellectual challenges. www.ivchallenger.com Night to Shine Prom In partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, a prom night experience for kids (14 & up) with special needs. 431 W Wall Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-353-7535 www.timtebowfoundation.org/ ministries/night-to-shine Odds & Ends Creative Studio Art instruction and guitar lessons for all students. 260 S Imperial Ave. #A Imperial, CA 92251 760-675-5845 www.unwindanddesign.com

Ricochet Indoor trampoline park and rec center offers specific play times for kids with special needs. 450 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-919-9800 www.ricochetimperial.com Self-Defense ClassesCalipatria PAL In partnership with Best STEP Forward, offers self-defense/ martial arts classes to children ages 4½–17 with a cognitive or physical disability. Follow on Facebook @ CalipatriaPAL92233 Ricochet Rec Center 450 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 619-534-7540 Special-Ed Kids Soccer Team Soccer team for ages 8-10. Calexico Parents Athletic Association 805 Kemp Ct. Calexico, CA 92231 760-693-7093 Special Needs Soccer LeagueCalipatria PAL Open to children ages 4½–17 with a cognitive or physical disability. Games played in Calexico, Brawley and Calipatria. Follow on Facebook @CalipatriaPAL92233. Ricochet Rec Center 450 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 619-534-7540 Special Olympics of Imperial Valley Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of events. Team sports include soccer, floor hockey, swimming and basketball.  Conrad Harrison Youth Center 750 Park Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-4556 www.specialolympics.org/ programs/united-states/ southern-california

StrikeZone IV Operated by the ARC of Imperial County, this bowling alley offers a wide range of ball sizes, bumpers and ramps so kids of any age or ability can play. Also employs adults with disabilities. 950 N Imperial Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-592-2178 www.strikezoneiv.com

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

TRANSPORTATION IVT Access Lift-equipped, curb-to-curb transportation for people with disabilities. 760-482-2908 www.ivtaccess.com IVT MedTrans Provides non-emergency transportation between services in Imperial and San Diego County medical facilities. Operates four days per week. 760-337-1766 www.ivtmedtrans.com

VISION HEALTH Advanced Eye Care Dr. Aguilar is a bilingual, glaucomacertified optometrist and an expert in ocular disease, hard-to-fit contact lenses, laser vision correction and pediatrics. 506 W Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251 760-352-3505 www.stopsquinting.com Valley Vision Care Optometry Provides comprehensive vision care to adults and children 5 and up. 534 S 8th St. El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-4361 www.vvcoptometry.com

VOCATIONAL TRAINING Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Employment programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities include Community Integration Services (CIS) and Tailored Day Services (TDS). Assists clients with finding employment and helps them integrate into the community by volunteering at local businesses. 1699 W Main St., #E El Centro, CA 92243 442-236-5034 www.tmi-inc.org

WORSHIP

IVT Ride Public transit service for people with disabilities. 760-337-1760 www.ivtride.com

Christ Community Church Large church with ministries for children with special needs. 590 W Orange Ave. El Centro, CA 92243 760-337-9400 www.ccciv.org

Ride With Emilio - Emilio Nares Foundation Program provides free transportation for underprivileged children and their parents in Imperial County to and from Rady Children’s hospital for cancer-related appointments. 858-571-3328 www.enfhope.org

Valley Christian Church Non-denominational ministry with a casual worship style and a special focus on supporting Deaf ministries and the Night to Shine Prom. 431 W Wall Rd. Imperial, CA, 92251 760-353-7535 www.valleychristian.us v

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E C A F W E N E TH Y C A R E T I L OF

Emily Dolton

How Two Neuro-Diverse San Diegans Are Changing Your Child’s Bookshelf

The first time I met Sally Pla, she was reading aloud from her book, “Stanley Will Probably

Be Fine”, at an event at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. Chairman of the San Diego Comic Fest, Matt Dunford, was also there because Pla’s main character Stanley, a neuro-diverse middle school student, is on a scavenger hunt to win tickets to Comic Fest. At the time, I had no idea that both Pla and Dunford had high-functioning Autism. Since that day, I’ve had the pleasure of working with both of them.

MEET...

Award-Winning Author, Sally Pla

Many of the characters in Pla’s

children’s books have traits similar to her own. In addition to Stanley, there is Charlie of The Someday Birds, who searches for rare birds and the perfect chicken nuggets on the way to see his military dad being treated for a traumatic brain injury; and Benji of Benji, the Bad Day, and Me, whose mom rolls him into a blanket burrito to help with his sensory needs. Pla admits she is tired of disabilities being pathologized as problems. So she and Marriage and Family Therapist Merriam Saunders launched the blog A Novel Mind, a resource for youth literature that highlights characters who are neuro-diverse or have mental health challenges. “I wanted a place where parents come together to find books that help kids see themselves in a positive spotlight,” says Pla. “It started with a list, and now I think we have 30 archived posts from authors sharing thoughts and stories.”

Pla and Saunders have compiled a list of 664 books with diverse characters. Parents and educators are invited to add more. They highlight books with main characters that have disabilities or challenges and who are not marginalized or sidelined. Books are not rated or ranked on the site, as everyone has a different favorite. When pressed to name a book or character that really speaks to her, Pla sites M is for Autism, by the students of Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls with ASD. The book follows a girl with social and communicative challenges. “I really feel the sensory anguish [of the main character],” Pla says. I relate to her sensory needs.” Pla is working on a new book with a female protagonist with Autism, as she feels girls are underrepresented in Autistic character depiction. Stay tuned for another book about how children know if they are growing, which should be available soon.

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MEET... Chairman of San Diego Comic Fest, Matt Dunford

Matt Dunford is a walking comic book encyclopedia. He is incredibly smart, charming and an incessant talker—strengths he uses to promote many projects. Dunford grew up a “comic book kid” — he retains categorical knowledge of almost every comic he reads. His favorite comic book series? The Amazing Spider-Man. Dunford, an editor at Semantink Publishing until it closed, has been the Chairman of San Diego Comic Fest since 2017. He recently ended a two-year stint as Board President for Little Fish Comic Book Studio, known for inclusive learning partially because Dunford was there to mentor different thinkers and partially because Little Fish Founder Alonso Nunez is a welcoming soul to everyone (his wife is special education attorney, Megan Nunez). Alonso is passionate about teaching kids how graphic images drive narrative. He does this in classes at Little Fish, through his role at One Book, One San Diego, and when leading classes at Cabrillo National Monument.

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Dunford believes in his mission. “I don’t see comics or graphic novels as their own genre [of literature],” he says. “Comics are different from novels because they are more accessible. Novels ask you to do the imagining. Comics do it for you.”

Parents have long sited graphic novels as the only way they can get reluctant readers to sit and read. With this in mind, Chula Vista Public librarians asked for Dunford’s help to expand their graphic novel section. Graphic novels often have a higher level of vocabulary than traditional books for children of the same intended age. They are better for visual learners and a great way to teach abstract ideas (like inference) to children with social and communication challenges because they provide visual depictions of what dialogue infers.

Dunford has Autism, but doesn’t think of himself as disabled. He pushes a platform of all types of inclusivity: color, identity and disability. “Representation matters,” he states, matter of fact. In order to help kids feel included in the 2020 San Diego Comic Fest, Dunford invited contemporary creator Steven Seagle to attend. Seagle, co-creator of Ben 10, has a past in comics that may inspire kids to learn comic history. There will also be activities for kids such as drawing with Little Fish Comic Book Studio and a Girl Scout program where girls can earn their comic-making badge. This year also salutes the 100th birthday of Ray Bradbury, whose short stories and novels have been teen favorites for generations. Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day is often used in middle school as a lesson about bullying and empathy. Dunford and Pla encourage parents to educate themselves and adopt new ways of viewing literacy. To diversify your bookshelf, find a list of neuro-diverse books at www.anovelmind.com. To learn more about San Diego Comic Fest, visit www.sdcomicfest.org. v Emily Dolton is a resource specialist and local mom of two, one with 22Q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome.

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Toys, games, products for kids of all abilities Barbie Fashionistas $9.99-$19.99; Barbie.Mattel.com Barbie Fashionistas are designed to reflect the world girls see today. Don’t miss these new dolls: one that comes with a wheelchair and ramp, one that comes with a removable prosthetic leg, and one that has Vitiligo (a condition that affects skin pigment). “[This line of dolls] helps with the conversation on how we are all alike and different,” says Sally. American Girl 2020 Girl of the Year $98-$128; AmericanGirl.com AG 2020 Girl of the Year Joss Kendrick is a fierce athlete born with hearing loss and a passion for surfing and competitive cheer. She shows girls the importance of trying new things, pushing past stereotypes and being a good team player.

Everywhere I Go, I See Stairs By Margarita Elizondo $12.99; RollingWithMe.org/book-series Princess On Wheels teaches students about how it feels to encounter physical and perceptual barriers on a daily basis and what students can do to be more inclusive of all people, regardless of ability or appearance. San Diego author!

See Worthy Eye Patches $26.99/box of 50 SeeWorthyPatches.com Designed by a mom whose daughter was diagnosed with Refractive Amblyopia. These eye patches feature an ergonomic shape (designed to fit infants through adults), breathable material, easy removal and fun designs.

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UNO Braille Edition $9.99; www.MattelGames.com Designed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, each card uses Braille to indicate color, number or action. “The kids were really fired up about playing [this game],” says teacher, Richard. “It allows kids with vision impairment to play cards with peers who do not require Braille.”

Banana Blast $19.99; GoliathGames. com “A fun and engaging game that uses a variety of motor skills, including grasp, fine motor strength, bilateral coordination and visual motor integration,” says teacher, Magen. Emoticapsules $19.98; MinilandGroup.com “This simple game provides hours of entertainment,” says Felicia. “It’s a great tool to [help children] learn their own feelings and those of others.”

Latches & Doors Busy Board $24.99; VtechKids.com Kids develop fine motor skills when they slide, press, twist and turn knobs to unlock and open doors and windows. Introduces numbers, colors and animals. Erica says, “Helps kids learn preacademic skills, language and opposites.”


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