California Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities. For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

See also California Web Resources

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special
Education Services.
STATE VOCATIONAL
Rehabilitation Agency.
DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES
Planning Council.
DISABILITY
Organizations
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
ages 3 through 5.
STATE VOCATIONAL
Special Needs Programs
DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
Programs
EARLY
Intervention System.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTHfor children and youth.
CLIENT ASSISTANCE
Program.
TECHNOLOGY RELATED
Assistance.
PARENTSTraining and
Information Project.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH/Retardation
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
with Special Health Care Needs.
PARENT-TEACHERAssociation (PTA)

 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Alice Parker, Director
Special Education, Department of Education
515 L Street, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 445-4729      
URL: http://www.cde.ca.gov/spbranch/sed/index.htm

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Alice Parker, Director
Special Education Div./California Dept. of Educ.
515 L Street, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 445-4623      
URL: http://www.cde.ca.gov/spbranch/sed/index.htm

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Carlos Flores, Manager
Prevention & Children Services Branch
Department of Developmental Services
1600 9th Street, Room #310
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 654-2773      
E-mail: DDSHQI.CFlores@HWI.CAHWNET.gov

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

Brenda Premo, Director
Department of Rehabilitation
830 K Street Mall, Room 307
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 445-3971      

OFFICE OF STATE COORINATOR OF VOCATIONAL
EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Department of Education
721 Capital Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 657-2451      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

Stephen W. Mayberg, Director
Department of Mental Health
1600 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 654-2309      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Gary Pettigrew, Deputy Director
Systems of Care, Department of Mental Health
1600 9th Street, Room 250
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 654-3551      

STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM

Clifford Allenby, Director
Dept. of Developmental Services, Health & Welfare Agency
1600 9th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 654-1897      

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Judy McDonald, Director
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
2000 “O” Street, Room 100
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 322-8481      

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Catherine Blakemore, Executive Director
Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 185N
Sacramento, CA 95825
            (916) 488-9950      ;             (800) 776-5746       (In CA)
E-mail: hn1232@handsnet.org
URL: http://www.pai-ca.org

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Sheila Conlon Mentkowski, Chief
Client Assistance Program
830 K Street Mall, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 322-5066      ;             (800) 952-5544       (V)
            (800) 598-3273       (TTY)
E-mail: SMENTKOW@REHAB.CAWNET.gov

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Maridee Gregory, Chief
State Children’s Medical Services Branch
Department of Health Services
714 P Street, Room 350
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 654-0832      

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Fred Lewis, Chief
State Office of Deaf Access
Department of Social Services
744 P Street, MS 19-91
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 229-4573      ;             (916) 229-4577       (TTY)
E-mail: deaf.access@dss.ca.gov

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

Ted Hawthorne, Consultant
Special Education Division
CA Department of Education
515 L Street, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 327-3505      

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
            (954) 587-3700      
            (800) 233-4050       (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
            (216) 350-9595      
            (800) 487-2282       (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Brain Injury
Claude Munday, President
Brain Injury Association of CA
P.O. Box 160786
Sacramento, CA 95816
            (916) 442-1710      ;             (800) 457-2443      

Cerebral Palsy
Jo Gates, Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento
191 Lathrop Way, #N
Sacramento, CA 95815
            (916) 565-7700      
E-mail: UCPSacto@aol.com

Epilepsy
Jackie Vella, Executive Director
Epilepsy Society of San Diego County
2055 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
            (619) 296-0161      

Learning Disabilities
Betty G. Schiemenz, Administrative Director
Learning Disabilities Association of CA
655 Lewelling Boulevard, #355
San Leandro, CA 94579
            (916) 725-7881      
URL: http://www.ldaca.org

Mental Health
Rusty Selix, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in California
1127 11th St , #830
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 557-1167      

Grace McAndrews, Executive Director
NAMI Children & Adolescent Network
California Alliance for the Mentally III
1111 Howe Ave., Suite 475
Sacramento, CA 95825
            (916) 567-0163      

Karen Hart, NAMI Young Family CA Representative
CA Alliance for the Mentally Ill
291 San Bernabe Drive
Monterey, CA 95940
            (408) 373-3966      

United Advocates for Children of CA
P.O. Box 214213
Sacramento, CA 95821
            (530) 477-8957      

Mental Retardation
Laurie Shields, Interim Executive Director
Arc California
120 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 552-6619      

Speech and Hearing
CA Speech-Language-Hearing Association
825 University Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95825
            (916) 921-1568      
E-mail: csha@CAspeech.Hearing.org

Spina Bifida
Spina Bifida Association of the East Bay
P.O. Box 6015
Malaga, CA 94570
            (510) 210-6006      

Spina Bifida Association of Greater San Diego
P.O. Box 232272
San Diego, CA 92193-2272
            (619) 491-9018      

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Bart Charlow, C.E.O
Easter Seals of the Bay Area
6221 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121
            (415) 752-1915      Karen Pekarcik, Executive Director
Family Resource Network
5250 Claremont Avenue, Suite 235
Stockton, CA 95207
            (209) 472-3674      

Christine Meinsen, Founder & Advocate
FOCUSED (For Our Children Under Stress with Educational Disabilities)
P.O. Box 417
Lakeside, CA 92040-0417
(619) 390-HELP (4357)

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

James McCracken, Director
University of California at Los Angeles, UAP
760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024
            (310) 825-0470      Robert A. Jacobs, Director
Center for Child Development & Developmental Disabilities
Children’s Hospital LA
USC — University Affiliated Program
P. O. Box 54700, MS #53
Los Angeles, CA 90054-0700
            (213) 669-2300      
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UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, 
Los Angeles, California 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, 
Post Office Box 956967, Los Angeles, California 90024 
Contact: Linda Andron, LCSW.             (310)206-6150      .

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Dennis Law, Project Coordinator
California Assistive Technology System
CA Department of Rehabilitation
830 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
            (916) 324-3062       (V/TTY);             (800) 390-2699       (V/TTY, In CA)

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION PROJECTS

Joan Tellefsen, Director
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK)
100 West Cerritos Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92805-6546
(714) 533-TASK
E-mail: taskca@aol.comRichard Miller, Co-Director
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), San Diego
3750 Convoy Street, Suite 303
San Diego, CA 92111
            (619) 874-2386      ;             (619) 874-2375      

Mary Ellen Peterson, Chief Executive Officer
Northern California Coalition for Parent Training
Information (NCC)
Parents Helping Parents
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3222
            (408) 727-5775      
E-mail: info@php.com
URL: http://www.php.com

Lois Jones
Parents Helping Parents — San Francisco
594 Monterey Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94127
            (415) 841-8820      

Marion Karian, Executive Director
Exceptional Parents Unlimited
4120 North 1st Street
Fresno, CA 93726
            (209) 229-2000      
E-mail: epu1@cybergate.com

Susan Henderson, Director of Administration
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)
2212 6th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
            (510) 644-2555      
E-mail: dredf@dredf.org

Deidre Hayden, Executive Director
MATRIX, A Parent Network & Resource Center
555 Northgate Drive, Suite A
San Rafael, CA 94903
            (415) 499-3877      
E-mail: matrix@marin.k12.ca.us
URL: http://marin.org/edu/matrix

Juno Duenas
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
2601 Mission Street, Suite 710
San Francisco, CA 94110
            (415) 282-7494      
E-mail: sfcdmiss@aol.com

Coyne & Associates, Inc.
A Psychological Group
741 Garden View Court, Suite 101
Encinitas, CA  92024
            (760)-634-1530       Business Office
            (760) 213-1776       Paul Coyne Ph.D.
Provides consultative services to families who have children eligible for services 
through Regional Center or through their local school district. 

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Rosaline Turnbull, President
California State PTA
930 Georgia Street
P.O. Box 15015
Los Angeles, CA 90015
            (213) 620-1100      

California Web

Civil Liberties and Human Rights
ACLU of Southern California
ACLU of Sonoma County
Human Rights Commission
Media Access Coalition of Central California
Media Alliance
Nevada County Voice for LifeGovernment
California State and Local GovernmentLegal Assistance
ACLU of Southern California
California Applicants’ Attorney Association (CAAA)
Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
NAACP Legal Defense Fund West Regional OfficeConsumer Protection
Better Business Bureau of San Diego And Imperial Counties
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the East Bay, Inc.
The Other Side Of the Wall
Disability Information
Kern County Autism Center
Arc – California
Arc of San Diego
Arc – Ventura County
West Center for Independent Living
Work Training Center
CAL-TASH
California Applicants’ Attorney 
Association (CAAA)
Center for Independent Living
“Create-A-Smile” Animal Assisted Therapy
Foundation of Resources for Equality and Employment for the Disabled (FREED)
Foundation For The Retarded Of The Desert
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties, Inc.
Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS)
Los Angeles RSI Support Group
Marin Association for Retarded Citizens (MARC)
Special Olympics Northern California
Through The Looking Glass
Unrecables
Vocational Training Center of Santa Maria
Health
CH.A.D.D. of Mid-Peninsula, CA
CH.A.D.D. of San Francisco/North Peninsula
California Coalition for Ethical Mental Health Care
Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times
Growth House
Health Promotion Center
Hollywood Supports
House Ear Institute
Medical Resource Facility of Los Gatos
Pet Assisted Therapy Services
The Salk Institute
San Diego Hospice
Young and Healthy
Zen Hospice Project
Family and Parenting
After School Day Care, Inc.
Family Communication Center
Family Service Agency of San Francisco
Grandparents Parenting…Again
Jewish Family and Children Services
Las Madres Neighborhood Playgroups
Neighborhood Parents Network
PHP–The Family Resource Center
RESOLVE of Northern California
United Community Caregivers Foster Parent Association
Job Training and Workplace
Career Resources Development Center
Forty Plus of Northern California
Fresno Private Industry Council
Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program
Sacramento SCORE
Silicon Valley SCOREPeace and Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution and Mediation Center of Monterey County
Nautilus Institute
Northern California Mediation Association
Pacific Center for Violence Prevention
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles
Victim Offender Reconcilliation ProgramHomelessness and Housing
Bakersfield Homeless Center
Bay & Valley Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Christmas in April Mid-Peninsula
Christmas in April San Francisco
Dorothy Day House
East Bay Habitat for Humanity [Oakland, CA]
Elm Street Mission
Emergency Housing Consortium
Fair Housing Council of San Diego
Foothill Family Shelter
Habitat for Humanity Harbor Area/Long Beach
Habitat for Humanity San Francisco
Homeless Garden Project
House of Hope
InnVision
InnVision of Santa Clara Valley
Orange County Rescue Mission
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Peninsula Habitat For Humanity
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity
Prototypes
St. Vincent de Paul Village
Samaritan House
UCSF Student Homeless Clinic
Valley Resources
YWCA WINGS Shelter
Your House South
California Emergency Food Link
Free The Need
Frontline Foundation
InnVision of Santa Clara Valley
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
Meals-On-Wheels San Diego
Meals On Wheels of San Francisco
Project Open Hand
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Samaritan House
San Francisco Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Share Northern CaliforniaRecovery, Addiction, and Abuse
1st Aid For Victims
The Camp Recovery Centers
Contact-Care
EYE Counseling and Crisis Services
La Casa de las Madres
Narcotics Anonymous – San Jose Area
Recovery Anonymous
Safeguarding Our Children – United Mothers
San Jose Chapter of Parents United
Shasta County Women’s Refuge
Shelter Against Violent Environments
Solidarity Fellowship, Inc.
Teen Age Grief (T.A.G.)

Community Service (Volunteering)
Assistance League of Southern California
Bay Area Volunteer Information Center
Bellflower Volunteer Center
Big Brothers of the Inland Empire
Key Club – Pacific Northwest District
Leadership Monterey Peninsula
Los Medicos Voladores
Orange County Corporate Combined 
Volunteer Project
San Francisco, California
San Francisco Conservation Corps
Touchstone Support Network
United Way Job Jar
Volunteer Center of Alameda County
Volunteer Center of Monterey County
Volunteer Center of Greater Orange Country
Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz County
Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento Area
Volunteers of America San Francisco
Bay Area

Children and Youth
After School Day Care, Inc.
All Stars Helping Kids
Alternative Group Home, Inc.
Bajito Onda Community 
Beacon Day School
Development Foundation
Big Brothers and Sisters of Santa Clara County
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Francisco
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Stanislaus County
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Santa Cruz
Big Brothers of the Inland Empire
Boy Scouts – Pacific Skyline Council
Boy Scouts of America, San Francisco Bay Area Council
Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland
Bryan Foundation
California Summer Language Adventure
California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
Camp Pacific Heartland
Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times
Children Now
Coleman Advocates For Children And Youth
Connections For Children
Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California
Fort Bragg Chapter of Future Farmers of America
Girls Incorporated of Alameda County
Girls Inc. – Orange County
Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County
Golden Hills 4-H
Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
Healthy Kids Resource Center
Homes of Hope-Foster Family Agency
Inner City Games – Greaer San Jose
Jewish Family and Children Services
Junior Achievement Placer, El Do> 


Leo Club of Oakland/Chinatown
Nevada Union Key Club
Olive Crest Home and Services for Abused Children
Omega Boys Club
Plugged In
Pomona Boys and Girls Club
Raphael House of San Francisco
Sacramento Children’s Home
San Diego Center for Children
San Francisco Conservation Corps
San Francisco Early Childhood Information System
Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA
Straight-Up AmeriCorps
Take A Stand For Kids
Teen Age Grief (T.A.G.)
Touchstone Support Network
Ventura Family YMCA
West Valley Boys and Girls Club
Women Of the Music Business (WOMB) Mentoring Program
Young and Healthy
Youth Development Center, Inc.
Youth Mountain Biking ProgramEducation

Artful Children
Bibliotecas Para La Gente
Buckingham Charter School PAC
California Community College Foundation
California Homeschool Network
California Odyssey of the Mind
Children’s Learning Center
The Commonwealth Club
Copmuter-Using Educators
Del Rey Toastmasters Club 2646
District 7 Toastmasters
Friends of California Libraries
Global SchoolNet Foundation
Ki Akido Center of Northern California
Le Gourmet Toastmasters Club
Livermore Heritage Guild
Los Angeles Learning Community Network
Nevada City Schools Foundation
Odyssey of the Mind
Petaluma Wildlife and Natural Science Museum
Regional Programs
San Francisco Bay Area Book Council
San Francisco School Volunteers
Southern California Indian Center, Inc.
Stanford Youth Environmental Science Program
Undersea Toastmasters
Valencia Toastmasters
Women Of the Music Business (WOMB) 

 

Visit these sites for more information
Early Origins of AutismAsk an Expert on Autism

Health Finder

Talk to Autism Expert

National Institutes of Mental Health

Combined Health Information Database

Abstracts on Autism


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