Parent resources for children with special needs

Read our Flourishing Families magazine today, with over 800 parent resources for children with special needs

Each year San Diego Family Magazine publishes, THE special needs resource guide for families and agencies in San Diego County, Flourishing Families. It is a comprehensive list of behavior, education and health resources located here in San Diego County and beyond.

 

Resources that Support Specific Disabilities and Diagnoses

ADD/ADHD  |  Autism  |  Blindness  |  Brain & Spinal Injuries  |  Cerebral Palsy  |  Cystic Fibrosis  |  Deaf/Hearing Impairment DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS/22Q 11.2 Deletion  |  Diabetes  |  Down Syndrome  |  Dyslexia  |  Epilepsy  |  Fragile X  |  Guillain-Barre Syndrome  |  HIV/AIDS  |   Jacobsen Syndrome/11Q  |  Lupus  |  Muscular Dystrophy  |  Spinal Cord Injuries  |  Tourette Syndrome  |  Miscellaneous

 

Resource Listing by Area of Need

Adaptive Equipment, Assistive Technology and Purposeful Play  |  Advocacy  |  Assessment and Evaluation  |  Audiology/Hearing  |  Behavioral & Mental Health  |  Camps and Summer Solutions  |  Clothing  |  College and the Adult Transition  |  Comprehensive Resources for Developmental Delay  |  Conflict Resolution/Mediation  |  Dental Health  |  Education  |  Financial Planning/Family Self-sufficiency  |  Foster Care  |  General Health  |  Genetics Counseling/Prenatal Screening  |  Hair Salons  |  Home Improvement/Healthy Environments  |  Housing & In-Home Support Services  |   Inclusion  |  Independent Living  |  Infant/Toddler Specific  |  Integrative Approach to Therapies  |  Learning Disabilities  |  Military Specific  |  Music Therapy  |  Neuro Products  |  Nutrition/Feeding/Gastrointestinal Products  |  Occupational Therapy  |  Parent & Family Resources Party Planning & Special Events  |  Photography & Artistic Services  |  Physical Therapy  |  Recreation  |  Respite/Childcare/Skilled Nursing  |  Safety  |  Social Skills Programs  |  Speech & Language  |  Therapeutic Riding Programs/Hippotherapy Therapy Dogs/Canine Service Organizations  |  Vision Health  |  Vocational Training & Employment Options  |  Worship  |  Yoga  |  Miscellaneous Organizations

 

 

Resources that Support Specific Disabilities and Diagnoses

ADD/ADHD

A.D.D. WareHouse
A resource for the understanding and treatment of all developmental disorders, including ADHD and related problems.
800-233-9273
www.addwarehouse.com

Attention Deficit Disorders Association (ADDA)
800-939-1019
www.add.org

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
800-233-4050
www.chadd.org

DEC-Rady Children’s Developmental Evaluation Clinic
(See listing under Assessment and Evaluation)

Hilber Psychological Services
Dr. Hilber (PSY24479) specializes in working with children and teenagers with ADD/ADHD, anxiety and behavioral issues.
3511 Camino del Rio S., Ste. 302
SD, 92108
619-630-7793
www.hilberpsychsandiego.com

LD OnLine
LD OnLine seeks to help 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 are featured.
www.ldonline.org

People Skills International, Ida Greene, Ph. D.
Dr. Greene’s goal is to increase the awareness of self-value, self-worth, positive relationships and a cooperative attitude; to elevate self-respect, respect for others and enhance self-esteem through her books and workshops. Specializing in ADHD.
2910 Baily Ave., SD, 92105
619-262-9951
www.idagreene.com

 

AUTISM

4Autism, LLC

Provides intensive behavior intervention services to children diagnosed with Autism and other related developmental disorders.
949-636-0592
www.4autism.com

AblePathways
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

AEFCT (Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together)
AEFCT is a service provider for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders supporting families in San Diego County. Services provided include: in-home one-on-one ABA therapy, consultation, assessments, educational support, parent and professional training, social skills training and family support groups.
3954 Murphy Canyon Rd. #D105
SD, 92123
858-569-0056
www.aefct.com

Autism/Asperger’s Digest Magazine
828-454-0229
www.autismdigest.com

Autism College
Founded by award winning speaker, author and mother Chantale Sicile-Kira, this online source for practical information and training on Autism and ASD offers advice for raising children and teens with ASD and invaluable resources for the transition to adulthood for teens, parents and educators/job coaches.
www.autismcollege.com

 


Autism Discovery Institute – Rady Children’s Hospital
Provides developmental evaluation, preschool inclusion, parent-child developmental behavioral therapy, behavioral consultation, speech therapy, social skills groups and medical services to children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delays or behavior disorders.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5042
San Diego, 92123
858-966-7453
www.rchsd.org/autism/


The Autism Group, Inc.
Provides behavioral and academic home programs, parent training, assessments and community based instruction for students on the Autism spectrum.
9466 Black Mountain Rd. #100
San Diego, 92126
858-689-2027
www.autismgroup.com

Autism Intervention Research Program at UC San Diego
Brings together the expertise of over 40 scientists to discover a bio-behavioral “fingerprint” of what Autism looks like in babies at 12-months. ACE scientists hope that this information will result in dramatically earlier treatment and a significant reduction in symptoms for affected children.
9500 Gilman Dr.,
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-534-6144
www.autism.ucsd.edu

Autism Neighborhood
On-line resource that provides all people who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders with up-to-date information and educational materials to help them handle the challenges presented by life with autism.
www.autismneighborhood.org

The Autism Perspective
Magazine with Autism focus.
www.theautismperspective.org

Autism Research Institute
Conducting research and disseminating the results of research on the triggers of Autism and on methods of diagnosing and treating Autism.
4182 Adams Ave., SD, 92116
866-366-3361
Spanish: 877-644-1184 x 5
www.autism.com/treatable/supplement/b6studies.htm

Autism Research Journal
Provides articles and journals
on Autism.
www.autismresearchjournal.com

Autism Society of America (ASA) San Diego County Chapter
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.sd-autism.org

Autism Spectrum Quarterly Magazine
877-782-7347
www.asquarterly.com

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST)
A leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, AST’s tailored programs are designed for infants to adults with developmental needs. We provide comprehensive training and support for families, schools and communities and we work with regional centers, private insurance companies and Tricare.
888-223-6990
www.autismtherapies.com
(also See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

Autism Support Group for Spanish Speakers (Grupo de Apoyo en Español para Familias de Niños con Autism)
Un foro abierto para informacion, liderazgo, recursos en la comunidad, abogacia, y compañerismo.
A service of South County SELPA, the Autism Society and the EFRC

St Rose of Lima Parish
293 H St., Chula Vista, CA 91910
800-281-2852

Autism Tree Project Foundation
Promotes Autism education, research, preschool screening programs, mentor programs and much more!
2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C, SD, 92106
619-222-4465
www.autismtreeproject.org

Autistically Inclined
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

AutiZm and More
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

B.I.A.N.C.A (Be Involved, Act Now, Cure Autism), Inc.
San Diego based non-profit 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
877-435-4483
www.biancanpo.org

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

Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD)
Effectively treating children with Autism.
7297 Ronson Rd. #H, SD, 92111
858-278-6603
www.centerforautism.com  

Center for Autism Research, Evaluation & Service (CARES)
(See listing under Behavioral & Mental Health)

Comprehensive Autism Services & 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.
866-3AUTISM (382-8476)
dougflutiejrfoundation.org

Include Autism
(See listing under Social Skills)

Infant Autism Spectrum Study: UCSD Infant Vision Lab
Program committed to better understanding brain and behavioral development in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our study is currently seeking 1-month-old to 18-month-old baby siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for participation in a series of visual, neural and behavioral development through 3 years of age. The assessments are carefully designed to aid in identifying early indicators of Autism.
9500 Gilman Dr. MC0109,
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-822-0541
http://babylab.ucsd.edu/IVL/Autism_Study.html

Kyle’s Treehouse
Resources on treatment options, research and a place to connect with other families to share.
www.kylestreehouse.org

La Lista de Valeria Por Celina (Valerie’s List in Spanish by Celina Viloria, Esq.)
A comprehensive list of services, resources, events and information for Spanish speakers in the special needs community.
www.lalistadevaleria.blogspot.com

National Autism Center
877-313-3833
www.nationalautismcenter.org

National Foundation for Autism Research
PO Box 502177, SD, 92150
858-679-8800
www.NFAR.org
Juan.Leon@NFAR.org

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Funds pilot studies and targeted research within specific modalities and issues affecting the Autism community, primarily for studies whose outcomes offer new insights into the behavioral and social development of individuals with Autism with an emphasis on communications, education and vocational challenges. Resources for parents and providers.
www.researchautism.org

PARA (Parents’ Autism Research Alliance)
Provides scientific learning opportunities for parents of children with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders in association with UCSD and the American Association of Pediatrics.
Lena Medina: 619-993-3320

Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)


People’s Care Autism Services
Strives to enhance the lives of children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families through assessment, ABA, school intervention, parent education, social skills groups and adult services.
1045 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
619-201-2010
www.peoplescareautism.com


Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research, articles and journals.
www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/709651/description#description 

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

Teach Town Basics
Computer service for children with Autism.
www.teachtown.com

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

BLINDNESS

American Foundation for the Blind
800-232-5463
www.afb.org

Blind Community Center of San Diego
Enriching the lives of 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)
4555 Executive Dr.,
SD, 92121
858-452-1111
www.brailleinstitute.org/san_diego

Learning Ally
Serves students and lifelong learners who cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. It provides more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles.
www.learningally.org

National Braille Challenge
A “spelling bee” of sorts testing Braille spelling, comprehension, speed accuracy and chart and graph reading for blind students. Children can win amazing cash prizes and adaptive equipment.
741 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
323-663-1111
www.brailleinstitute.org

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
888-NLS-READ
www.loc.gov.nls

San Diego Center for the Blind & Vision Impaired
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
Our mission is to cure hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders, and to improve the lives of visually impaired individuals and their families.
11975 El Camino Real #104
SD, 92130
858-314-7917
www.visionofchildren.org

BRAIN & SPINAL INJURIES

ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Program of San Diego Community College District
ECC: 619-388-4812
North City: 619-388-6983

Brain Injury Association of America
800-444-6443
www.biausa.org

Brain Injury Resource Center
206-621-8558
www.headinjury.com

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
800-532-7667
www.msassociation.org

National Brain Tumor Society
800-770-8287
www.braintumor.org

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

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
5950 La Place Ct. #200
Carlsbad, CA 92008
800-344-4867
760-448-8400
www.nationalmssociety.org

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association
800-962-9629
www.spinalcord.org

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation
619-294-6541
www.sdbif.org

Spina Bifida Association
800-621-3141
Support Group: 619-491-9018
spinabifidaassociation.org

Tri-City Medical Center Orthopaedic and Spine Institute
Leading edge services with the region’s only Mazor Robotics guidance system for minimally invasive spinal surgery. Home to Hana operating table for hip replacement and e+ Vitamin E total knee replacement procedure.
4002 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
855-222-8262
www.tricitymed.org/ortho

CEREBRAL PALSY

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

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County
Assisting individuals in finding their first job, helping children express themselves through technology, and connecting parents and individuals to support one another.
8525 Gibbs Dr. #100
SD, 92123
858-571-7803
www.ucpsd.org

United Cerebral Palsy Foundation
Information on cerebral palsy and advocacy for the rights of persons with any disability.
800-872-5827
www.ucp.org

Southern California Cerebral Palsy Center
A multi-disciplinary team provides a complete evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with cerebral palsy, with the goal of improving patients’ function and quality of life within the community. A list of community resources is available on the website.
858-576-1700, ext. 5362
www.rchsd.org/ourcare/programsservices/c-d/cerebralpalsycenter/

CYSTIC FIBROSIS
  

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation San Diego Chapter
10455 Sorrento Valley Rd. #103
SD, 92121
858-452-2873
www.cff.org

DEAF/HEARING IMPAIRMENT

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 South Suite 300
SD, 92108
619-398-2441
VP: 619-550-3436
deafcommunityservices.org

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA)
877-322-7299
TTY: 877-322-7288

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults
516-944-8900
TTY: 516-944-8637
www.hknc.org

Network Interpreting Service
Private sign language interpreting referral agencies.
4201 Mt. Voss Dr., SD, 92117
800-284-1043; TTY: 800-284-5176
networkinterpretingservice.com

San Diego Deaf Mental Health Services (SDDMHS)
707 Broadway 2nd Fl.
SD, 92101
866-954-0368; 858-410-1067
Video phone: 619-550-3369
www.sddmhs.org

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

YMCA Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Family Camp
(See listing under Camps and Summer Solutions)

DIGEORGE SYNDROME/VCFS/22Q 11.2 DELETION

International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
Information, family support and resources.
P.O. Box 424, Matawan, NJ 07747
www.22q.org

Dempster Family Foundation
Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster’s foundation committed to educating families about 22Q.
www.dempsterfamilyfoundation.org

22Q and You Center
Resource for families of children with 22Q; Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia.
215-590-2920
www.chop.edu/service/22q-and-you-center/home.html

Velo-Cardial Facial Syndrome Educational Foundation, Inc. 
Family support, research and resources.
P.O. Box 874, Milltown, NJ 08850
214-360-4740
www.vcfsef.org

DIABETES

American Diabetes Association
619-234-9897

800-DIABETES (342-2383)
www.diabetes.org

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
800-533-CURE (2873)
www.jdrf.org

Rady Children’s Hospital Diabetes Center 
Comprehensive care for children with diabetes, including an American Diabetes Association recognized education program;  education from CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) nurses and dietitians in all areas regarding diabetes care; support for managing diabetes at home, school and other activities.
858-966-4032
www.rchsd.org/programsservices

DOWN SYNDROME

Down Syndrome Association of San Diego
Family Support Network across the lifespan:  information, resources & referral services, education and social events, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Specialized services: peer/parent support, pre/post natal consults, family support groups (English/Spanish), social groups and lending library.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130, SD, 92123
619-594-7389
www.dsasdonline.org

DS Action
San Diego based organization dedicated to helping children with Down syndrome.
P.O. Box 23453, SD, 92193
619-694-4615
www.dsaction.com

National Down Syndrome Society
Education, research and advocacy for those with Down syndrome and their families.
800-221-4602
www.ndss.org

Pediatric Down Syndrome Center
Serves as a resource to other medical professionals and strengthens the social network for families, improving the consistency of care for children with Down syndrome. Offers coordinated assessments, connections to resources, education and advocacy.
8010 Frost St., Ste. 602
SD, 92123
858-966-5840
www.rchsd.org/ourcare/programsservices/c-d/downsyndromecenter/

San Diego Down Syndrome  
Blog, resource guide and social calendar for families with children with Down syndrome.
12038 Woodside Ave. #A
Lakeside, CA 92040
619-708-5636
www.sandiegodownsyndrome.org

DYSLEXIA

The International Dyslexia Association
San Diego Branch
619-685-4413
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.  
www.learningally.org

Therapeutic Literacy Center
(See listing under Education)

EPILEPSY

Delta Society
Seizure detection dogs.
425-679-5500
www.deltasociety.org

Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego
Offers parent support group and children’s expressive art group as well as other resources.
2055 El Cajon Blvd., SD, 92104
619-296-0161; 800-332-1000 
www.epilepsysandiego.org  

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

FRAGILE X

Fragile X Center of San Diego
Provides information for families and professionals including family support, improving awareness of Fragile X, promoting research and increasing identification of the syndrome.
877-300-7143
Spanish: 760-434-6290
www.fragilexsandiego.org

FRAXA Research Foundation   
Non-profit organization run by parents whose mission is to find treatments and a cure for Fragile X by funding the most promising research.
978-462-1866 
www.fraxa.org

GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME

Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International (GBS/CIDP)
866-224-3301
www.gbs-cidp.org

HIV/AIDS

Christie’s Place
HIV/AIDS support center – provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS education, support & advocacy to women, children & families impacted by HIV/AIDS.
2440 Third Ave., SD, 92101
619-702-4186
(M-F 9-5:30, Tues. 9-7)
www.christiesplace.org

UCSD Mother and Child  
Adolescent Program
Provides comprehensive, family centered HIV care to women, children & youth.
4076 Third Ave. #301, SD, 92103     619-543-8089 (M-F 8-4:30)
www.mcap.ucsd.org

JACOBSEN SYNDROME/11Q

11Q Research and Resource Group
678-267-3586  
www.11qusa.org

Linzee Carroll
11qusa@gmail.com

LUPUS

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
800-558-0121
www.lupus.org

Lupus Foundation
of Southern California 
4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. #104 SD, 92123
858-278-2788
www.lupussocal.org

MUSCULAR  DYSTROPHY

Muscular Dystrophy Association 
4719 Viewridge Ave. #100     SD, 92123
858-492-9792; 800-572-1717
www.mda.org

SPINAL CORD INJURIES

HeadNorth
Program for the transitional needs of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) survivors, from recovery to rehabilitation to the reintegration back into an active lifestyle. Help is provided through two core programs; financial assistance and peer mentoring. Through each program, resources, Peer Support and financial assistance helps the injured individual and their families as they face the daily challenges of living with a SCI and paralysis.
5333 Mission Center Rd. #115
SD, 92108
619-814-1236
www.headnorth.org

Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Non-profit pioneering an activity-based recovery system called the Dardzinsky Method for individuals with spinal cord injury.
2738 Loker Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92010
760-431-9789
www.projectwalk.org

Roll Models Youth Peer Mentoring Program  
Matches youth between 4-16 years of age who use wheelchairs for mobility with inspirational adult mentors using wheelchairs in one-on-one relationships to provide guidance and support.
5333 Mission Center Rd. #115
SD, 92108
619-814-1236
www.headnorthevents.org

TOURETTE SYNDROME 

Tourette Syndrome Association Southern California Chapter
866-478-1935
tourettesyndrome-sca.org

MISCELLANEOUS

9p Minus/Alfi’s Syndrome: Chromosome 9p Network
Website with resources for individuals with monosomy of 9p.
P.O. Box 524, Appleton, WI 54912
www.9pminus.org

Angelman Syndrome Foundation
4255 Westbrook Dr. #219
Aurora, IL 60504
630-978-4245
www.angelman.org

Burn Institute San Diego
8825 Aero Dr. #200
SD, 92123-2269
858-541-2277
www.burninstitute.org

Global Genes Project
This non-profit organization is one of the leading rare and genetic disease patient advocacy organizations in the world. They promote the needs of the rare and genetic disease community under a unifying symbol of hope – the Blue Denim Genes Ribbon™. Their mission is centered on increasing rare disease awareness, public and physician education, building community through social media and supporting research initiatives to find treatments and cures for rare and genetic diseases.
28 Argonaut #150
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
949-248-RARE (7273)
www.globalgenes.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.
11622 El Camino Real #100
SD, 92130
www.InternationalBipolarFoundation.org

International Foundation for CDKL5 Research
www.cdkl5.com

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

National Organization for Rare Disorders
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.
1779 Massachusetts Ave. #500
Washington, DC 20036
800-999-6673
www.rarediseases.org

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) USA
800-926-4797
www.pwsausa.org

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA)
877-662-7737
www.rsds.org

Stickler Involved People (Stickler’s Syndrome)
15 Angelina Dr.
Augusta, KS 67010
316-259-5194;
www.sticklers.org

Turner Syndrome Society
of the United States
800-365-9944
www.turnersyndrome.org

Unique
The Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group
www.rarechromo.org

 

Resource Listing by Area of Need

ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT, ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND PURPOSEFUL PLAY

Abilitations
Sensory products, adaptive recreational equipment, speech products and classroom tools.
School Specialty
PO Box 1579
Appleton, WI 54912-1579
888-388-3224
www.store.schoolspecialtyonline.net

Ablenet, Inc.
Provides educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives including communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids for all ages and situations; and special education classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress.
2625 Patton Rd.
Roseville, MN 55113
800-322-0956
www.ablenetinc.com

Able Play
Toys for kids with special needs.
www.ableplay.org

Ability Center
Mobility solutions for cars, wheelchairs, etc.
4797 Ruffner St.
SD, 92111
858-541-0552
www.abilitycenter.com

Achievement Products for Special Needs
Sensory products, exercise and gross motor equipment, seating and positioning products and mobility equipment, by mail, for therapy and play.
PO Box 6013,
Carol Stream, IL 60197-6013
800-373-4699
Achievement-Products.com

Adaptive Mall
Offers the best selection of adaptive equipment for children with special needs. Products range from strollers to car seats and adaptive toys.
www.adaptivemall.com

Advance Medical DME
Provides the equipment, training and support necessary for the successful non-invasive treatment of sleep disorders. Works with insurance to ensure best possible options for patients.
3501 Turtle Creek Dr. #200
Port Arthur, TX 77642
409-724-0396
www.advancemedicaldme.com

American Girl Dolls
Committed to portraying girls loaded with self-esteem no matter what their differences. You can purchase your one of a kind doll with hearing aids, crutches, glasses, wheelchairs and even bald! Past “Dolls of the Year” and their coordinating books have featured a gymnast with learning disabilities and a young lady who trains service dogs.
www.americangirl.com

Apps for Children with Special Needs
Peruse, review and purchase apps for your child. Committed to helping the families and caregivers, educators and therapists of children with special needs. They produce videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective.
www.a4cwsn.com

Aquatic Access
Water powered, green, ADA compliant pool and spa access.
800-325-5438
www.aquaticaccess.com

Better Life Mobility Center
Sales and rental of accessible vehicles, needs assessment and sales of wheelchairs, scooters, disabled driver hand controls and lifts.
8130 Parkway Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
619-474-4072
www.betterlifemobility.com

Cozy Calm Lap Cozy
Weighted blankets for relaxing and calming down
www.cozycalm.com

Enabling Devices
Assistive technology and toys for children with special needs.
50 Broadway
Hawthorne, NY 10532
800-832-8697
www.enablingdevices.com

Equipment Shop
Adaptive equipment and oral motor tools.
www.equipmentshop.com

eSpecial Needs
Adaptive equipment, sleep systems, furniture, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs, therapy and rehab equipment all in one easy to use site.
877-664-4565
www.especialneeds.com

Fun and Function
Special needs toys and therapy equipment.
www.funandfunction.com

Giant Leaps by Flaghouse
Sensory and motor rehab products and developmental learning aids.
800-265-6900
www.flaghouse.com

Harmony Home Medical
Wheelchairs, scooters and medical equipment.
4885 Convoy St. #A
SD, 92111
858-560-8177
harmonyhomemedical.com

Howards Mobility
Wheelchair rentals.
1515 East Washington St.
SD,  92103
619-297-6013
www.ashleymedical.com

J&J Artificial Limb and Brace
A wide variety of prosthetics, braces and walkers, as well as some of the coolest looking orthotics on the market.
15644 Pomerado Rd. #103
Poway, CA 92064
858-613-0958

26732 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ste. 501
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
949-389-9952
www.jandj.org

Johnson’s Orthopedic Appliances
Orthotic and prosthetic devices handmade by certified technicians under the care of licensed orthotists and prosthetists. Works with all insurances including Medi-Cal and Medicare.
7254 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
951-785-4411
www.johnsonsorthopedic.com

Living Spinal
A source for wheelchair and mobility products and their accessories where all the profits go back to finding a cure for paralysis.
3517 Del Rey St. #106A,
SD, 92109
619-810-0010
www.livingspinal.com

Medical Arts Press
Staples’ company for exercise, therapy, and rehabilitation equipment.
800-328-2179
www.medicalartspress.com

Mobility Solutions
Wheelchairs, walkers and adaptive equipment.
7895 Convoy Ct. #11, SD, 92111
858-278-0591; 909-824-218
www.mobility-solutions.com

Multisensabilities, LLC
Sensory learning kits to keep kids alert and stimulate creativity.
760-788-1768
www.multisensabilities.com

PlayopolisToys
Toys and therapy products for kids with special needs.
877-579-9300
www.PlayopolisToys.com

Plural Publishing
Instructional books for all disabilities and methods of intervention.
5521 Ruffin Rd.,
SD, 92123
858-492-1555
www.pluralpublishing.com

Pro-Ed
Instructional and therapy materials for children with all levels of disabilities.
800-897-3202
www.proedinc.com

San Diego Mobility Center
Sales and rentals of lift-chairs, wheelchairs and vehicle lifts.
2807 Hoover Ave. #A
National City, CA 91950
619-477-8182
www.sdmobility.com

Sensory Goods
Sensory Goods (catalogue and online) is a company made to meet the needs of people affected by developmental disabilities. They carry products designed to meet Autism and sensory integration needs like weighted and floor products, sensory swings, oral motors and more.
602-363-9754
www.sensorygoods.com

Southpaw Enterprises
Sensory and neuro-developmental products.
P.O. Box 1047, Dayton, OH 45401
800-228-1698

SpecialCare
Durable medical equipment provider for personal home use and travel, and for visiting guests. Experienced staff provide set-up and training for use of medical, respiratory, sleep, mobility and transfer products. Rentals available. 24/7/365 bilingual service.
9511 Ridgehaven Ct.,
SD, 92123
858-694-5800
www.specialcaredme.com

Special Needs Toys
Sensory room equipment and special needs toys.
800-467-6222
www.specialneedstoys.com

Super Duper Publications
Wide variety of publications, products and toys/games for speech-language pathologists, special educators, general education teachers, occupational therapists, and parents to help children with special needs and language delays. Bilingual products available!
PO Box 24997
Greenville, SC 29616
864-284-4532
www.superduperinc.com

TalkSense
A website for understanding the need for and the use of augmentative communication. Also offers assessment and tuition for these services.
http://talksense.weebly.com/augmentative-communication .html

Weighted Blankets Plus
American-made weighted blankets, medical blankets and lap pads in a wide range of colors and sizes for those with sensory processing issues. Weighted Cuddle Buddies (stuffed animals) are also available.  
13954 W. Waddell Rd. #103-268
Surprise, Arizona 85379
623-606-6378
www.weightedblanketsplus.com

ADVOCACY

Advocacy Associates, Inc.
Special education advocacy, educational consultation and IEP support.
13983 Mango Dr. #206    Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-7843
www.advocacyassociates.net 

Andrea Goodman, Ed. D.
Educational advocacy for students and families.
8065 Caminito Gianna
La Jolla, CA 92037
619-987-8065

Ask My Advocate
Website membership allows you to ask unlimited questions about advocating for your child and will be answered by experts within 48 hours. Spanish available.
www.askmyadvocate.com

CA Department of Education Family Involvement & Partnerships
Resources and support for parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities.
800-926-0648
TTY: 916-323-9779
www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/  

CA Department of Healthcare Services Medicare/Office of the Ombudsman
Meets the needs of the managed care beneficiaries.
888-452-8609

Center for Emerging Leadership (CEL)
Self advocacy for adults and teens with disabilities.
619-594-3588
http://interwork.sdsu.edu/cel/
cel@interwork.sdsu.edu

Champlin and Associates
Assists with any issues related to your student’s special education needs including records reviews, general advice, representation at IEP team meetings, compliance complaints, mediation, due process hearings, appeals of due process decisions, and student discipline.
7840 Mission Center Court, Suite 204
SD, 92108
619.220.7041
RobinChamplin.com

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

Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy
Health care coverage and services.
1764 San Diego Ave. #200
SD, 92110
877-734-3258; 619-744-0935
www.healthconsumer.org

Corey Pahanish, MA
Providing special education advocacy.
Advocates for empowerment.
619-921-5794
www.advocates4empowerment.com


Devoted Advocates
Certified Special Education Advocate with a multi-dimensional background offers support and empowerment, in all areas, to parents of children Pre-K thru age 22, with various disabilities. Offers a free 30-minute consultation.
13465 Ginger Glen Rd.,
SD, 92130
619-889-1003
www.devotedadvocates.com

 


Disability Help Center
Helps individuals with disabilities receive their Social Security Disability/SSI and/or Veteran’s Disability benefits, but our community resources are available to everyone.
1831 4th Ave., SD, 92101
619-418-8860
www.ssdhelpcenter.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

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

Eric B. Freedus, Esq.
Special education advocacy.
5008 Nighthawk Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
760-726-9919
efreedus@specialed.law.pro

Gwyneth G. Bell
Educational advocate.
8630 Captain’s Ct.
Escondido, CA 92026
760-751-9348

Joseph Todd Jones, Psy. D.
Special Education Advocate
Professional advocacy from a former teacher and school psychologist for children and adolescents with a variety of disabilities that require special education service intervention.
760-809-3116
www.toddjones.org

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

Kirsten Hall, B.C.B.A.
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)


Law Office of Jennifer Day
Helping students with disabilities obtain the appropriate educational services to which they are entitled, protecting students from inappropriate disciplinary actions, navigating parents through the oftentimes confusing world of special education.
P.O. Box 420007
SD, 92142
858-356-4043
www.jenniferdaylaw.com


The Law Office of Meagan M. Nunez, Esq.
Helping parents navigate special education law because every child deserves a meaningful education.
9606 Tierra Grande #204
SD, 92126
619-757-3550
www.sandiegostudentatttorney.com
Meagan@sandiegostudentattorney.com

Law Offices of Monica C. Marquez
Dedicated to compassionately supporting, guiding and representing  families of children with special needs with the full range of special education legal and advocacy services: IEP, resolution, mediation,  due process hearings. Bilingual parent of children with special needs. Serving clients throughout San Diego County.
Encinitas, CA 92024
760-753-0505
www.monicamarquezlaw.com

Law Offices of Schwartz and Storey
Special education attorney available for evaluations, advocacy and representation. Contact us for help with your IEP, 504 Plan, suspensions, expulsions, educational disputes, Due Process hearings, compliance complaints,  regional center issues and other needs. Free consultations. We offer bilingual, bicultural representation.
2247 San Diego Ave. #237
SD, 92110
858-430-8166
www.dorightlaw.com

Law Offices 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 any student facing expulsion proceedings. Serving San Diego and Temecula.
16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #106,
SD, 92128
858-945-6621
www.specialedlaw.us

Nydia Celina Viloria, Esq., LL.M.C.,LL.M.T.
Attorney helps parents of special needs students understand and enforce their child’s right to obtain an appropriate education. Bilingual services (English/Español). Serving all San Diego County.
619-250-7725
viloria@vilorialaw.com
www.vilorialaw.com

PACER Center, Inc.
Expanding opportunities to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families.
8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437
www.pacer.org


Pacific Coast Advocates
Provides a unique co-advocacy model (each client has 2 advocates) with a child-centered approach. Works to build bridges between the clients and school districts collaboratively achieving positive outcomes for children with disabilities at IEPs and 504 meetings.
10505 Sorrento Valley Rd., #430,
SD, 92121
858-750-1634
www.pacificcoastadvocates.com


Partners In Policymaking
Trains adults with disabilities, parents and educators how to be a part of the decision making process.
c/o The Arc of California
1225 8th St., Ste. 350
Sacramento, CA 95814
800-698-6619
Jim Lockwood   jim@pipcalifornia.org

Patricia E. Cromer, Attorney
Special education law.
708 Summersong Ln.
Encinitas, CA 92024
760-632-1748
spedatty@bigplanet.com

San Diego People First
Offers self-advocacy, track legislation and provides information on writing to governmental offices.
c/o Area Board XIII
8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250
SD, 92108
619-688-4236
www.sandiegopeoplefirst.com

San Diego Unified School District Special Education Ombudspersons
Works impartially with all parties to assist in the resolution of concerns related to students’ special needs. This typically occurs within the Individualized Education Programs (IEP) process.
4100 Normal St.
SD, 92103
619-725-8186 or 619-725-8187
www.sandi.net/specialed

Social Advocates for Youth
(SAY San Diego)
Youth & family support services.
8755 Aero Dr. #100
SD, 92123
858-565-4148
www.saysandiego.org

Special Education Advocacy Certificate Program-USD Continuing Education
Solution-focused functional training in special education advocacy designed to provide an overview of disability on the family, an understanding of special education law and the assessment process, and dispute resolution training.
619-260-5987
www.sandiego.edu/compass/SEACProgram.php

Special Education Advocacy Team (SEAT)
Bilingual advocacy from parents of children with special needs. We assist parents in obtaining appropriate services by reviewing records, conducting observations, collaborating with other special education professionals and attending IEP and 504 Meetings to support your child’s personal goals. Free 45 minute consultation.
9606 Tierra Grande #204
SD, 92126
619-863-5932
www.sdseat.com

State Council on Developmental Disabilities Area Board XIII
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.
800-748-2055; 619-688-3323
www.scdd.ca.gov/Area_Board/13/Visitor_Information.htm

Susan Moroff – Special Education Advocate
Offers free phone consultation.
760-727-2473
kdzadvocate@roadrunner.com

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK)
Helps enable children with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them (and their families) with training, support, information, resources and referrals. Also has military outreach program for military families with special needs children.
3180 University Ave. #430
SD, 92104
619-794-2947
Toll-free: 866-609-3218
www.taskca.org

UCSD School of Law Patient Advocacy Clinic
Provides statutorily mandated advocacy services to mental health consumers and investigates complaints of alleged abuse and denial of rights.
5394 Linda Vista Rd. #304
SD, 92110
619-543-9998
www.lawyers.justia.com/firm/university-of-san-diego-school-of-law-patient-advocacy-clinic-11118#overview

Voz De Victoria
Marta Victoria Leyva has a bilingual (Spanish/English) educational private practice specializing in advocating for the educational rights of all students especially those needing or receiving special education services.  In addition, professional and/or parent training and development, as well as educational consulting services, are offered.
619-895-4282  
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 children of all ages, and adults. We use Best-Practices techniques to meet, or exceed the APA’s standards of excellence in psychological and educational assessment.
858-208-9689
www.accurateassessmentsandiego.com

Advanced Neurobehavioral Health
Our assessments aid in formulating diagnoses, where appropriate, and in generating practical recommendations for interventions in home, school, vocational and alternative residential settings.
1564 Pomerado Rd. #305
Poway, CA 92064
619-693-3113
www.anhsocal.com

Comprehensive Autism Services & Education, Inc. (CASE) Friends Club
Assessment for Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
785 Grand Ave. #101
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-720-4964
www.casefamily.com

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

C3-Rady Children’s Care Connection
Developmental and Social Assessment, Early Intervention services and general assessment for children 0-5, as well as support services for parents.
Central: 3020 Children’s Way #23
SD, 92123
858-966-8931

North: 3605 Vista Way #B-201
Oceanside, CA 92056
858-966-8014

South: 1261 3rd Ave. #D
Chula Vista, CA 91911
858-966-8008
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

DEC-Rady Children’s Developmental Evaluation Clinic
Diagnostic assessment of children birth through age 18 to identify developmental, learning and social delays. Links children and families to needed services.
3020 Children’s Way MC5023
SD, 92123
858-966-5817
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

DSEP-Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program
Developmental/behavioral assessment and screening for foster children up to age 6, and developmental coaching for caregivers.
3020 Children’s Way MC 5111
SD, 92123
858-966-7874
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

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). Can also walk families through the process of referrals and helps parents to navigate the IPP and IFSP process.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
SD, 92123
800-281-8252
www.efrconline.org

Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

KidSTART-Rady Children’s Hospital
Comprehensive screening, triage, assessment referral and treatment (including intensive mental health treatment) for children 0-5 with complex developmental, behavioral, family and medical needs: Intensive care coordination is part of KidSTART. Referrals must come through Healthy Development Services (HDS) Pediatricians, CWS Social Workers and Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP).
3020 Children’s Way #MC6024
SD, 92123
858-966-5990
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

Project SKIP
A practical, inexpensive process for screening children as young as two years for developmental delays and cognitive and mental health concerns – including Autism Spectrum Disorders.
917-687-0271
www.projectskip.com

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
Serves as a focal point in the community through which infant/toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and his or her family can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial counties.  
4355 Ruffin Rd.
SD, 92123
858-576-2996
www.sdrc.org

AUDIOLOGY/HEARING

Audiology – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
A full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services, including hearing evaluations, Brainstem Evoked Response testing, hearing aid and cochlear implant services to all ages.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5010 SD, 92123
858-966-5838
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

Audio Hearing Systems
Hearing testing and evaluation.
4130 La Jolla Village Dr. #208
La Jolla, CA 92037
800-989-0256
www.audiohearingsystems.com

North County Audiology
Hearing testing and diagnostics.
11835 Carmel Mountain Rd. #1313
SD, 92128
858-674-1910
www.northcountyaudiology.com

Rancho Sante Fe Audiology
Comprehensive audiogram testing for children and adults, tinnitus evaluations, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing, cochlear implants, and all levels of hearing aid dispensing, evaluations, repairs and programming.
6037 La Granada #D  
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
858-759-8922
www.rsfaudiology.com

BEHAVIORAL & MENTAL HEALTH

AblePathways
Utilizing a functional behavior assessment, this program for Autism/ASD and other developmental disabilities provides a detailed plan to reduce challenging behaviors and improve social skills. An ABA-focused Life Skills Development Plan prioritizes the most significant problem behaviors, and identifies strategies to reduce or eliminate their occurrence.
830 E. Vista Way #108
Vista, CA 92084
760-230-5251
www.ablepathways.com

ACES, Inc.
Behavioral and educational support for children with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
3731 Sixth Ave., SD, 92103
619-278-0884
www.acesautism.com

Advanced Neurobehavioral Health
Their assessments aid in formulating diagnoses, where appropriate, and in generating practical recommendations for interventions in home, school, vocational and alternative residential settings.
1564 Pomerado Rd. #305
Poway, CA 92064
619-693-3113
www.anhsocal.com

AEFCT (Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together)
AEFCT is a service provider for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders supporting families in San Diego County. Services provided include: in-home one-on-one ABA therapy, consultation, assessments, educational support, parent and professional training, social skills training, and family support groups.
3954 Murphy Canyon Rd. #D105
SD, 92123
858-569-0056
www.aefct.com

AIM (Applied Interventions and Methodologies)
Provides behavioral and educational plans for children with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
6540 Lusk Blvd. #C256, SD, 92121
858-657-9117
aimincsd@gmail.com

Alpha of San Diego, Inc.
Behavioral health services.
4069 30th St., SD, 92104
619-285-9997

Anger Management Associates
Pete McClintock M.A., LMFT
Provides counseling services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Specializes in ADD, depression, anxiety, anger management, and parenting and provides individual, family, couples and group therapy, including anger management groups for children and teens.
3411 3rd Ave., SD, 92103
619-299-0975
www.petemcclintock.com

The Autism Group, Inc.
Comprehensive programs incorporating a variety of Autism specific methodologies and strategies to create a unique intervention program for an individual child.
9606 Tierra Grande #101
SD, 92126
858-689-2027
www.theautismgroup.com

ASC (Autism Spectrum Consultants)
Behavioral and educational plans and implementation.
Dawn Holman, Ph. D.
Executive Director
8333 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #211
SD, 92111
858-272-2662
www.autismconsultants.com

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST)
A leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, AST’s tailored programs are designed for infants to adults with developmental needs. They provide comprehensive training and support for families, schools and communities and they work with regional centers, private insurance companies and Tricare.
888-223-6990
www.autismtherapies.com

Autistically Inclined
Family support from a relationship-based team that addresses each individual’s unique expressions in all things sensory, behavioral and communicative, all while inspiring our kids to want friendships and connection. They train parents and professionals to implement Natural Play Therapy with any child or adult who you want a deeper, more fulfilling relationship.
1261 San Elijo Rd. South
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-918-0616
www.autisticallyinclined.com

AutiZm and More
Mary Von Witzleben, PhD, BCBA-D and Reena Patel, LEP 2643 specialize in using a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate and create behavioral and educational strategies for families in home, school and community settings to help your child with developmental disabilities achieve their fullest potential.
11858 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #210 SD, 92128
858- 848-0004
www.AutiZmandmore.com

Behavioral Health Department at Rady Children’s Hospital
Outpatient psychiatry.
Central SD: 858-966-5832
North Inland: 760-294-9270
North Coastal: 760-758-1480
Behavioral Crisis Center: 760-730-5900
www.rchsd.org

Brain Learning Assessment and Treatment
Neuropsychological and educational assessment, educational consultation and treatment for children and adolescents.
8414 Lemon Ave. #B
La Mesa, CA 91941
619-750-5346
www.brainlearning.com

Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service (CARES)
Provides assessment and treatment services for children with neuro-developmental disorders and their families including home and school based programs, psychotherapy, parent education, social skills programs, the CARES ABC Program, ABA and Discreet Trial.
10065 Old Grove Rd. #200
SD, 92131
858-444-8823
www.caresnpa.com

Center for Thoughtful, Lasting Change, Inc.
Sherry Casper Ph. D.
Helping students achieve successful outcomes through psychological assessments, educational consultation, direct interventions and consultations for behavior management.
9606 Tierra Grande
SD, 92126
858-695-9415
www.drsherrycasper.com

Chadwick Center for Children and Families – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
A range of trauma-focused therapies, assessments and interventions for children of all ages and their caregivers and parents.
San Diego:  858-966-5803
North County:  760-967-7082
South Bay:  619-420-5611
www.chadwickcenter.org

Dr. Clarence Perry, MD
Clinical psychiatrist specializing in learning disorders, special needs and all areas of psychiatric need.
2870 Fourth Ave. #203, SD, 92103
619-688-1383
CPerryMD@aol.com

Comprehensive Autism Services and Education (CASE), Inc.
Agency specializing in behavioral, social and educational needs of children with Autism. Utilizes an individual and integrated approach to working with methodologies for all ages and levels of function. Offers consultation services to the families and school districts. Trainings for Applied Behavioral Analysis, Discrete Trial Training, Structured Teaching, Pivotal Response Training and Facilitated Play are available for parents, teachers, and related staff members. Friends’ Club® program facilitates social understanding skills for children in pre-school through high school.
785 Grand Ave. #101
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-720-4964
www.casefamily.com

Comprehensive Autism Services & Education, Inc. (CASE) Friends Club
Provides personalized interventions that integrate proven therapies benefitting both the child and his family.
785 Grand Ave. #101
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-720-4964
www.casefamily.com

Coyne & Associates
Applied behavioral analysis and other therapies.
741 Garden View Ct. #104 Encinitas, CA 92024-2471
760-634-1125
www.coynandassociates.com

Deborah Pontillo, PhD.
Pediatric psychology with a special needs focus.
San Diego Kids First
12625 High Bluff Dr. #113
SD, 92130
858-215-1923

Dana Fillmore, Psy. D.
2262 Carmel Valley Rd. #D
Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-7844

Dr. Joshua Feder, MD
Specializing in DIR/floortime interactive play/behavioral therapy.
415 N. Highway 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-509-0523

Family Guidance and Therapy Center of Southern California
Provides ABA, individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, art therapy, school based consultation, educational testing and is a licensed SDRC vendor of RDI (Relationship Development Therapy). Wide variety of insurances accepted.
3575 Kenyon St. #102, SD, 92110
619-600-0683
www.familyguidanceandtherapy.com

Fred Finch San Diego Regional Center Wrap Around Program
With referral from the SD Regional Center, this program is designed to address the mental health of children with special needs, diminish negative social behaviors, and strengthen the family. Employing family-centered, strength-based practices and a culturally competent approach, the program offers assessment and intervention, individual and family counseling; case management; caregiver/parent coaching; crisis response; linking family/youth to natural and community support; and access to psychiatric support and medication.
3434 Grove St.
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
619-281-3706
www.fredfinch.org/sc-rc-wrap-around/

GET ABLE Therapy
Practices HANDLE (Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency). Identifies and addresses sensory, motor and processing systems that interfere with smooth brain function in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and similar neurochemical issues. Therapy is gentle, non-drug and home-implemented.
2103 S. El Camino Real #102
Oceanside, CA 92054
www.GetAbleTherapy.com
www.handle.org
(See listing under Occupational Therapy)

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.
11622 El Camino Real #100
SD, CA 92130
www.InternationalBipolarFoundation.org

Intricate Mind Institute (IMI), LLC
We provide Cognitive-Behavioral, Cognitive Enhancement and Social Communication/Interaction Skill Training for children, youth, and adults with ASDs, ADHD, LD, DD and/or anxiety, depression, behavior problems, social challenges or executive functioning problems. We increase self-awareness, self-regulation, coping skills, social skills, attention and memory skills and improve functioning in multiple settings.
2247 San Diego Ave. #136
SD, 92110
858-205-9809
www.intricatemindinstitute.com

Julie D. Kunin, Ph. D.
211 W. Robinson Ave., SD, 92103
619-787-4406

Kelly Baier, Psy.D.
Individual and family therapy focusing on behavior management.
11858 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #210
SD, 92128
858- 236-9087
www.DrKellyBaier.com

Kickstart
Clinical team serving children 12-25 and their families who are at risk for mental illness and experiencing symptoms. This early intervention process provides confidential assessments, individualized treatments for participants and their families and community awareness campaigns to ensure early detection.
6153 Fairmount Ave. #260
SD, 92120
619-481-3790
www.kickstartsd.org

Kirsten Hall, B.C.B.A.
Utilizes a wide range of methodologies to assess and develop behavioral, social skills and educational programs. Helps the development of the child through parent education and in-home strategies. Reviews IEP’s and helps parents advocate for quality behavioral support plans.
619-871-5126
www.KHallBCBA.com

Learning Development Services
Neuropsychological assessment, counseling and consultation.
3754 Clairemont Dr., SD, 92117
858-581-5050
www.learningdevelopmentservices.com

L.E.T.S. Grow (Lives Empowered through Therapy and Support 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. #114
La Mesa, CA, 91942
619-713-0737
www.letsgrowaba.com

Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Over 15 years experience evaluating, designing and supervising the delivery of social skills training, writing relevant goals for children with Autism/ASD and providing support for their parents. Provides consultation and training to school districts and programs serving children with an Autism diagnosis.
4455 Murphy Canyon Rd. #100-9
SD, 92123
858-536-8985
www.therapy4mindbody.com

Lovaas Institute San Diego Office
Behavioral intervention for children diagnosed with Autism or a related disorder.
6540 Lusk Blvd. #C-157, SD, 92121
West Coast Headquarters:
310-914-5433
858-678-0963
www.lovaas.com  

Dr. Mitchel Perlman
Behavioral assessment, educational assessment and psychological testing.
2430 Palermo Dr., SD, 92106
619-255-5566

Mental Health America of San Diego
Non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research and service. Wide range of services including Breaking Down Barriers Program aiding with increasing access to mental health services for persons with severe mental illness dually diagnosed with another disability.
800-273-8255;
www.mhasd.org

Mental Health America (MHA) of San Diego County
Dedicated to addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.
4069 30th St., SD, 92104
619-543-0412
www.mhasd.org

Mental Health Systems, Inc.
Non-profit agency founded in 1978 to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities facing substance abuse and behavioral health challenges by providing mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. Programs throughout the county.
9465 Farnham St., SD, 92123
858-573-2600
www.mhsinc.org

Motiva Associates
Comprehensive therapy for special needs, behavioral issues, grief and bereavement.
815 Third Ave., Ste. 319
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-691-1880

2840 Adams Ave. #305
SD, 92116
619-283-8700

145 Vallecitos de Oro #B
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-744-8700

396 Broadway #7
El Centro, CA 92243
www.motivaassociates.com

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego
Offers support and resource information for family members, consumers and people affected by mental illness.
4480 30th St., SD, 92116
619-543-1434
800-523-5933
www.namisandiego.org

N. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.
Clinical child psychologist specializing in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders offering evaluations, Early Intervention, individual therapy, parent training, and sibling support groups.
5677 Oberlin Dr. #214
SD, 92121
858-452-9596
www.drjenniferoke.com

Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics
Medical clinic of Dr. Suzanne Goh, a board-certified pediatric neurologist and author with expertise in the diagnostic testing, evaluation and biomedical and behavioral treatment of children with Autism and other neurological conditions that impact brain development, cognition, and behavior.
12702 Via Cortina
Del Mar, CA 92014
858-304-6440
www.gohmd.org

Peer2Peer Lines, MHS, Inc.
Youth Talkline and Family SupportLine for getting services such as mental health, advocacy and other supports.
Golby Rahimi, MFT, Program Supervisor: 619-229-4290
www.mhsinc.org/peer2peer_lines
grahimi@mhsinc.org

People’s Care Autism Services
(See listing under Autism)

Phoenix House Academy
Adolescent residential and educational program serving teens 13-17 with the dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental health problems. Fully accredited with special education services and tutoring onsite.
23981 Sherilton Valley Rd.
Descanso, CA 91916
785 Grand Ave. #220
Carlsbad, CA 92024
877-769-9698
www.phoenixhouse.org

“Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs”
by Jane Nelsen, Steven Foster and Arlene Rafael
The newest book in the “Positive Discipline” series and its companion website help parents bridge communication gaps, defuse power struggles, avoid the dangers of praise, enforce a message of love, build on strengths, and hold children of all abilities accountable.
www.positivediscipline.com

PsyCare, Inc.
Private behavioral healthcare delivery system providing a wide net of high quality psychiatric, psychological, counseling, and chemical dependency assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents, as well as parent counseling.
858-279-1223 for a referral in your area.
www.psycare.org

Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD)
Providing mental health services for all ages and parent support groups.
9850 Genesee Ave. #970
SD, 92037
858-558-2731
www.psychiatriccenters.com

San Diego Access and Crisis Line
24/7 access to mental health, drug and addiction counseling.
800-479-3339

San Diego Center for Children
(See listing under Education)

San Diego County Mental Health Services
Offers a wide variety of treatment, rehab and recovery services to help people who experience persistent and severe mental illness or a mental crisis.
Adults: 619-563-2700
Children: 619-563-2750

San Diego County Mental Health Services 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

Sensory Learning Center
As an intervention, the Sensory Learning Program effectively unites three modalities (visual, auditory, and vestibular) into one, multi-sensory approach that works to improve perception, understanding and the ability to learn.
2124 El Camino Real #101
Oceanside, CA 92054
760-434-3314
www.sensorylearning.com

Star Specialties, Inc. (STAR Program)
Behavioral and social skills training for children with Autism.
6150 Lusk Blvd. #B205, SD, 92121
858-450-4785
www.starspecialties.org

TurnAround: Turning Fear into Freedom from Informed Therapy Services
Professionally developed audio treatment program that teaches your child how to stop anxious thoughts, calm uncomfortable feelings, and use the most effective strategies to overcome anxiety.
9935-D Rea Rd. #102
Charlotte, NC 28277
877-300-7436  
www.myanxiouschild.com


USC Telehealth
Completely virtual counseling and therapy clinic that uses the latest online and video technologies to connect high-quality counseling and therapy providers to a diverse set of clients including adults, children, couples, families, and military personnel from the comfort and security of your own home or private location.
866-740-6502
www.usctelehealth.com


CAMPS AND SUMMER SOLUTIONS

Camp Able at Coronado
Provides hundreds of children and adults with a wide range of mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience aquatic activities such as kayaking, sailing, and swimming in the ocean.
6771 Dicenza Way, SD, 92119
619-594-4044

Camp-A-Little and Camp-A-Lot
The ARC of San Diego’s annual summer camps are five days and take place at Cuyamaca Outdoor School in the San Diego mountains. Designed for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities, with or without physical limitations. Fully accessible facility, limited space available for persons with mobility restrictions and those needing 1:1 supervision. Daily activities for the children (5-12) are run separately from the teens (12-17).
ARC Personal & Leisure Services
3030 Market St.
SD, 92102
619-685-1175 ext. 255
www.arc-sd.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=415

Camp Futures-Autism Spectrum Therapies
Fun-filled summer camp where children with developmental needs ages 3 to 18 interact, socialize and make new friends while participating in a variety of exciting and fun activities each day including weekly thematic activities (music, building, and water), computers, painting and board games.
866-278-6264
www.autismtherapies.com/camp-futures

Camp Huntington
Residential camp located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains designed for children with ADHD, LD, PDD-NOS, ADD and ASD 6 and up. Offers a unique program of adaptive therapeutic recreation including: structured activities, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. The local area offers many activities for the rest of the family.
PO Box 37, High Falls, NY 12440
866-514-5281
www.camphuntington.com

Camp I CAN
In participation with the Autism Society, the YMCA offers this camp for children with Autism with 1:1 instruction. Register early: this camp fills up every year!
619-298-3576
www.sd-autism.org

Camp Ivey
Summer Horse Camp is dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able bodied children, of all ages, by providing educational and recreational activities. Day camp for students 7-17 with therapeutic horseback riding program, aviary and gardening.
110 Rancho Del Oro Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92057
760-722-4839
www.iveyranch.com/equestrian-programs/summer-camp/

Camp Jaycee: Jewish Community Center
Wide variety of inclusive day camps at their facilities including an Olympic-sized pool, theatre, dance studio, science lab, ball fields and tennis courts.
4126 Executive Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-457-3030
www.lfjcc.org

Camp Paivika: Ability First
Camp near Big Bear, offering summer and winter overnight camp programs for students 5-22 with developmental and physical disabilities, such as Autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. Activities include horseback riding, fine arts, adaptive sports, swimming, cookouts and campfires, arts and crafts, and nature hikes.
1300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91106
877-768-4600
www.abilityfirst.org/programs/programs_camppaivika.aspx

Camp Stevens
Inclusive, traditional, fun-in-the-outdoors overnight camp for all kids 8-15 in Julian. Discuss the needs of your child with ASD, ADD/ADHD, and mild delay with counselors to best serve your child. Focus on interpersonal skills during archery, swimming, crafts, campfires and more!
P.O. Box 2320, Julian, CA 92036
760-765-0028
www.campstevens.org

Camp Sunrise
Day camp for children and teens ages 6-adult with developmental disabilities, 6-16 with physical disabilities. The campers will have the opportunity to develop leisure skills, improve socialization and learn new activities including arts & crafts, sports and games, music, creative dramatics and a fieldtrip.
373 Park Way
Chula Vista, CA 91910
619-409-5800
www.chulavistaca.gov/City_Services/Community_Services/Recreation/Day%20Camps/SummerCampSunrise.asp

Camp Tuolumne Trails
Tuolumne Trails is an accommodations camp in the Sierras for groups with special medical needs. The camp provides the buildings, infrastructure, food service, management, and general camp activities. Camping groups bring their own dedicated staff of professionals, medical staff and specially tailored programs for their campers.
22988 Ferretti Rd.
Groveland, CA 95321
209-962-7534
http://uccr.org/camp/camp-tuolumne-trails

CCYC Camp Nejedly, Hawley Lake (Camp Wamp)
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation Wilderness camp is operated by the City of Sacramento, Department of Parks and Recreation, Access Leisure section in partnership with the Contra Costa Youth Council. This is a wilderness camping experience, founded by local climbing legend Stephen Wampler and is for youth ages 10 to 18 with physical disabilities.
941 Orange Ave. #440
Coronado, CA 92118
800-381-6891
www.wamplerfoundation.org/programs/
www.accessleisuresac.org/camp_camp-nejedly.htm

CIP (College Internship Program) Summer Program
2 weeks of college experience for Teens 16-19 with Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning Autism, ADHD & other learning differences. College is not all about academics; it’s about fostering connections, learning the necessary skills to succeed and having fun while doing it!
877-566-9247 (8-4 ET)
www.cipworldwide.org

City of Chula Vista Recreation Department Inclusive Day Camps
Students with disabilities are encouraged to attend all day camps. A two-week advance notice is required to complete an assessment and to assign an aide if needed.
276 Fourth Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
619-409-5800
www.chulavistaca.gov/goto/camp

CYT Musical Theater Summer Overnight and Day Camps
Full day of fun for children 5-18 featuring drama, dance and outdoor games. CYT welcomes all children and will accomodate their individual needs to participate.
1545 Pioneer Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-588-0206
www.cytsandiego.org

Dragonfly Forest
Traditional summer camp including swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, ropes courses, boating and nature activities. Dragonfly Forest is specifically designed for children with Autism, 22Q, asthma and medical needs and allows them to safely enjoy the activities of a “traditional” camp.
1100 E Hector St. #333
Conshohocken, PA 19428
610-298-1820
www.dragonflyforest.org

Easter Seals Camp Oakes
Week-long, resident camp in the San Bernardino Mountains serving children and adults with disabilities. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course.
401 S. Ivy St.
Escondido, CA 92025
951-264-4855
www.southerncal.easterseals.com

iCan Bike (formerly Lose the Training Wheels)
Summer day camp designed for children 8 and up with disabilities to learn to ride a bike. Through the use of elaborate equipment, this progressive program teaches children increased independence. All equipment is provided, so children do NOT need to bring bicycles or helmets.
858-695-9415
www.crimsoncenteroutreach.org

Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp
Campers, ages 4-18 years old, will be introduced to a variety of adaptive sports including softball, basketball, tennis, rugby, archery, bocce ball, kayaking, water ski, sailing, yoga, handcycling, and much more at our Crown Point and Southwestern College locations.
San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation
619-336-9571
jazmin@sdasf.org

The Painted Turtle
Summer camp and year-round programs for children 7-16 with a wide variety of medical conditions. Full medical staff onsite, 24/7. Special foods available for a variety of dietary needs.
17000 Elizabeth Lake Rd.
Lake Hughes, CA 93532
866-451-5367
www.paintedturtle.org

Rancho Family YMCA Inclusive Camps
Exciting, inclusive camps offered to children of all abilities. Assessment happily provided for areas of camp support. Financial aid available.
9410 Fairgrove Ln., SD, 92129
858-484-8788
www.rancho.ymca.org

S.D. Park and Recreation Dept.
Full range of inclusive summer and winter day camps offered to children of all abilities. Full schedules online.
619-525-8248
jgregg@sandiego.gov

SOAR Adventure Camps
Camps for students with LD, AD and ADHD are designed to allow students the opportunity to increase their independence while away from home by participating in camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and horseback riding. Students are involved in many decision making processes, such as setting individual goals, developing group guidelines, as well as trip and meal planning.
P.O. Box 388, Balsam, NC 28707
828-456-3435
www.soarnc.org


Summer Session at NewBridge School
Half-day learning program/camp for students with language-based learning disabilities, dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties in grades K-8. They teach students to be effective learners in a fun, active, camp-like setting on our two acre campus.
12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
858-679-5744
http://newbridgeschool.us/


Surf Camp
The Autism Society in partnership with Aqua Pros Swim School offers surf camp for persons with Autism.
4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.
SD, 92123
858-715-0678
www.sd-autism.org/aquaticsPrograms.html

Talisman Programs
Experiential learning camp program for children with ADD, ADHD, LD and Asperger’s that helps children to develop physical and social competence in an atmosphere that encourages and supports self-regulation and self-direction.
64 Gap Creek Rd.
Zirconia, NC 28790
888-I-LUV-CAMP
www.talismancamps.com

Upward Bound Camp
Christian based recreational and educational camp experiences for persons with disabilities, 12 years of age and over in an environment that presents opportunities for growth outside the individual’s usual routine or habitat.
P.O. Box C
Stayton, OR 97383
503-897-2447
www.upwardboundcamp.org

Water Sports Camp at Mission Bay Aquatic Center
Adaptive swim camp sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and inclusion supported by KIT (Kids Included Together).
Peninsula Family YMCA
4390 Valeta St., SD, 92107
858-539-2003
www.watersportscamp.com

Summer and Winter Camps at Xcite Steps
Camps for kids and teens with cognitive disabilities such as Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, MDD, CDD, social anxieties, or other disabilities.
105 Cancha De Gol, SD, 92091
858-764-2956
www.excitesteps.com

YMCA of San Diego County Day and Overnight Camps
Day Camps, overnight camps, swim lessons, and sports leagues for children preschool and up all summer long. Kids learn, grow and thrive making lasting friendships and memories. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y.
3708 Ruffin Rd., SD, 92123
858-292-9622
www.ymca.org

YMCA Deaf and Hard-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.
858-455-7571
www.dhhfamilycamp.org

CLOTHING

Downs Designs
Proper fitting clothes made for the unique body shapes of people with Down Syndrome. Designed to be comfortable, stylish and easy to get on and off.
8796 Tyler Blvd.
Mentor, OH 44060
877-390-4851
www.downsdesigns.com

3E Love
Clothing and products that raise awareness and empower individuals who use wheelchairs. The company’s trademarked International Symbol of Acceptance (wheelchair heart logo) is the drive behind its social mission to provide the tools for others to embrace diversity, educate society, and encourage each other to love life.
www.3elove.com

SOFT (Soft Clothing for All Children)
Flattering fashionable clothing perfect for children with sensory issues. Seamless or smooth seams, organic dyes, pure cottons, and printed tags make this the optimal wear for hard to please young ones.  
109 Ingraham St. #306
Brooklyn, NY 11237
www.softclothing.net

COLLEGE AND THE ADULT TRANSITION

Best Buddies San Diego
College program that pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with typical peers. Planned social events within the group provide the opportunity for adults with IDD to be involved in campus and community life, and give them social opportunities outside of home or work environments.
310-642-2620 x201
MelissaPeterson@bestbuddies.org
www.bestbuddiescalifornia.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, independence and assistive technology at California State University, Sacramento.
916-558-5423
711 for relay services
www.dor.ca.gov/YLF

CIP (College Internship Program)
Full-year post-secondary programs at 6 colleges and universities provide young adults with Asperger’s, high-functioning Autism, ADHD, nonverbal and other learning differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success.
877-566-9247 (8-4 ET)
www.cipworldwide.org

City College Disability Support Programs (DSPS)
Provides services and courses to support students with disabilities in the achievement of their academic and vocational goals. The instructional component promotes equal participation in mainstream academic programs through preparatory and skill maintenance courses, and offers courses for personal growth.
131 Park Blvd. #115
SD, 92101
619-388-3513
619-388-3313 (TTY)
www.sdcity.edu/dsps

College 2 Career (C2C)
A new program at the San Diego Community College District designed to support the learning needs and employment goals of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Like us on Facebook!
619-388-6806
bkennedy@sdccd.edu

College Living Experience
Offers help for students with ASD and learning disabilities transitioning to college, such as applying for college, class registration, assessing accommodations, organizing assignments, social skills help, tutoring and help communicating with professors.
2183 Fairview Rd. #101
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
800-486-5058
www.experiencecle.com

Cuyamaca College Disability Support Programs (DSPS)
Facilitates inclusive and sustainable learning environments and increases opportunities for access and success for students with disabilities through innovative support services.
900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy.
El Cajon, CA 92109
619-660-4000
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

Interwork Institute- SDSU
Promotes the integration of all individuals, including those with disabilities, into all aspects of education, work, family, and community life. The Institute conducts research, training, and education using a variety of strategies including distance learning technologies and universal design for learning.
3590 Camino del Rio N.
SD, 92108
619-594-2462
www.interwork.sdsu.edu

GotTransition
Wonderful website for students with disabilities and health issues, their families and health care providers with information on issues that may make going to college more challenging. Also offers video training and materials to assist in the preparation process.
www.GotTransition.org

Intricate Mind Institute (IMI), LLC
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, cognitive enhancement and social-communication skills training for young adults to increase self-awareness, executive functioning skills (cognitive flexibility, attention, memory, organization), self-regulation, coping and interpersonal skills to successfully manage life and prepare for college.
3990 Old Town Ave. #207A
SD, 92110
858-205-9809
www.intricatemindinstitute.com

Miramar College Disability Support Services
Program designed to help students succeed at college by developing a Student Education Plan giving consideration to their academic and vocational goals, their strengths and limitations.
10440 Black Mountain Rd. #C304
SD, 92126
858-536-7212
619-388-7301 (TTY)
www.sdmiramar.edu/dsps

Mitchell College
Small, unique, four-year college specializing in learning disabilities and ADHD.
437 Pequot Ave.
New London, CT 06320
800-443-2811
www.mitchell.edu

Palomar Community College District Disability Resource Center
Facilitates services for students with various documented disabilities and creates an environment which encourages the student to function effectively, enabling students to participate in the regular college curriculum.
1140 West Mission Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-744-1150 x2375
760-736-4618 (TTY)
www.palomar.edu/dsps


Partnerships with Industry
Provides adults with an intellectual, developmental or other disabilities who are ready, willing and able to work the opportunity to reach their potential and realize their dream of community 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
www.pwiworks.org


Project College
A week-long, on-campus
living experience at USD to increase important college
skills in self advocacy, dorm room living, safety, health and wellness away from home, and social skills for college students.
858-278-5420 ext 131
www.ucpsd.org/programs/projectcollege_html

San Diego Community College District (DSPS) Disabled Students Programs & Services
(City, Mesa, Miramar, Continuing Education)
http://dsps.sdccd.edu

San Diego Mesa College
Support Programs
Programs for students with learning and physical disabilities.
7250 Mesa College Dr.
Office #13-101, SD, 92111
619-388-2780
www.sdmesa.edu/dsps

San Diego PEERS
Adult Social Skills Training
Robin Coughlin, LCSW
College level 14-week college course including both UCLA’s PEERS evidence based social skills curriculum and Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking strategies to help transitioning adults gain and maintain personal and professional relationships.
619-592-8871
www.sandiegopeers.com

SDSU Interwork Institute
Transitioning from high school to postsecondary education.
3590 Camino del Rio N.
SD, 92108
619-594-2462
www.interwork.sdsu.edu

Springall Academy
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.springall.org

Success Defined: Transition Project
Project designed to develop strategies for transition-age youth, families, and teachers. Teams work in partnership with the student to define their unique vision of a meaningful life and develop action plans to achieve success.
www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ddcenter

USD Continuing Education
Classes for teachers for special education and special education advocacy program.
5998 Alcala Park, SD, 92110
619-260-5987
www.sandiego.edu/ce/

Workability III: San Diego Community College District
Partnership between the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). This program provides comprehensive career counseling services to students with disabilities with the goal of obtaining and retaining employment.
3375 Camino del Rio South #275  
SD, 92108
619-388-6983
www.worka.sdccd.edu

COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY

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

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

Care.com
Membership required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs care and check their backgrounds.
www.care.com

Disability Resources Monthly
An index of hundreds of audiovisual materials, online services and other information resources every month.
www.disabilityresources.org

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC)
Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups and referrals. Services and supports are offered in English and Spanish.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
SD, 92123
800-281-8252
www.efrconline.org

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Resource website for children of all ages with disabilities.
www.nichcy.org/Pages/Home.aspx

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 family can obtain services and be linked to other community resources with San Diego and Imperial Counties.
4355 Ruffin Rd., 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.cahwnet.gov

State Council on Developmental Disabilities Area Board XIII  
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.
800-748-2055619-688-3323
http://www.scdd.ca.gov/areaboard13.htm

CONFLICT RESOLUTION/MEDIATION

A Fair Way Mediation Center
Conflict mediation.
600 W. Broadway #700, SD, 92101
619-702-9174

The Center for Accord
Non-profit organization promoting collaboration and conflict prevention nationwide among those serving children with special needs. Its primary service is consultation and training for school professionals. Free online resources for parents include video training materials and articles in English and Spanish.
2000 Holley Pkwy #4723
Roanoke, TX 76262
800-294-0422
www.4accord.com

First Resolution Services, Inc.
Alternative dispute resolution.
877-9RE-SOLVE
www.disputeresolution.org

Judicate West Alternative Dispute Resolution
Neutral party dispute resolution.
402 W. Broadway #2000
SD, 92101
619-814-1966
www.judicatewest.com

Pacific Coast Mediation
Provides a co-mediated (male/female-attorney/educator) mediation for divorcing and separating couples. Our goal is to facilitate child-centered solutions; and we specialize in serving families with special needs.
5755 Oberlin Dr. #301, SD, 92121
858-750-1634
www.pacificcoastadvocates.com

Solutions Panel: San Diego Unified School District
Alternative Dispute Resolutions available to assist IEP teams in developing solutions through conflict resolution using teams of trained employees and community members.
4100 Normal St. Annex 6
SD, 92103
619-725-7327
www.sandi.net  

DENTAL HEALTH

ABC Children’s Dentistry, Roya Sadrian DDS
Pediatric dentistry for all children. Offering digital x-rays, general anesthesia and hospital services for children with anxiety disorders.
12778 Rancho Penasquitos Blvd. #A
SD, 92129
858-780-9794
www.abcchildrensdentistry.com

Anderson Center for Dental Care – Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Oral health and hygiene for children with Autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5073 SD, 92123
www.rchsd.org/ourcare/programsservices/c-d/dentalcare/andersoncenterfordentalcare/

Christina Bartsch, DDS
All forms of pediatric dentistry.
3737 Moraga Ave. #A-306
SD,  92117
858-272-1143

Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry
Provides dental services for infants, children and teens of all abilities in a relaxing, fun atmosphere. Children requiring special care can get dental treatments done under general anesthesia in-office or at Rady Children’s or Kaiser Hospital.
3257 Camino de Los Coches #304
Carlsbad, CA 92009
760-633-1131
www.sunnysmilez.com

Children’s Braces and Dentistry: Drs. Surillo and Whitcomb
Full service dental and orthodontics throughout childhood. With early diagnosis and by working with the natural growth of your child’s dentition and jaws, we strive to ensure your child stays on track for their healthiest, happiest smile.  As your child matures, our dual specialties can provide the accurate diagnosis, tooth guidance and appropriate orthodontic intervention that will produce the best possible results.
4700 Spring St. #104
La Mesa, CA 91941
619-461-6166
www.sandiegokidsdentist.com

Denti-Cal (division of MediCal)
MediCal funded dental services.
1600 Pacific Hwy.
SD, 92101
800-322-6384
www.denti-cal.ca.gov

Kensington Pediatric Dentistry, Erica Dixon DDS
Serving all children with special care for those with developmental and sensory needs.
4072 Adams Ave., SD, 92116
619-282-7337
www.KPDDS.com

Mary M. O’Connor, DDS
All forms of pediatric dentistry, special needs friendly.
420 Spruce St., Ste. A, SD, 92103
619-291-5291

Naval Medical Center San Diego Dental Clinic
Special needs dentistry for military families.
Dr. Scott Haluska
619-532-8600

Oral Health Initiative, First Five San Diego
Provides access to dental services supported by First 5 in San Diego County. For children ages 0-5.
888-5 FIRST 5 (534-7785)

Pediatric Dental Clinic, DDS
All forms of pediatric dentistry.
3020 Children’s Way, SD, 92123
858-966-4094

Parvahti Pokala, DDS
All forms of pediatric dentistry, special needs friendly.
3737 Moraga Ave., Ste. #313
SD, 92117
858-278-8700

Poiset and Associates
Tracy Hagan, DMD
Orthodontic Care for all ages and pediatric dentistry. Staff experienced with children with special needs. Game room, state-of-the-art equipment, and digital x-rays.
7930 Frost St. #101,
SD, 92123
858-492-9977
www.poisetandassociates.com

Robert Jacob, DDS-Team Braces
Our office builds new smiles for children, teens and adults. Care as uncomplicated as a replacement retainer, a small touch-up, or as complex as remaking an entire face including oral and plastic surgery. Dr. Jacob also provides special care for infants and children with cleft palates and other facial problems through Rady Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the Naval Medical Center.
4617 Ruffner St. #200
SD 92111
858-268-1006
www.teambraces.com

San Diego Children’s Dental Clinic
Provides full diagnostic, preventative and restorative services for children who are medically compromised or developmentally disabled. General anesthesia and oral conscious sedation available.
8110 Birmingham Way, Bldg. 28
SD, 92123
619-205-1950
www.syhc.org

Steven Schneider, D.D.S.- San Diego Center for Dental Health
People with special needs deserve special care. Voted “Best Dentist” by the Union Tribune, Reader and San Diego Magazine because they are sensitive to the needs and care of all their patients. Specializes in quickly fixing decay in the fewest number of visits. Located in Rancho Bernardo.
11770 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #260
SD, 92128
858-592-0234
www.powaycosmeticdentist.com

Timothy Christian, DDS  
All forms of dentistry, special needs friendly.
6030 Santo Rd. #E, SD, 92101
858-277-6010

EDUCATION

ACES, Inc. (Autism Comprehensive Ed Services)
Offers a variety of behavioral and educational services in the home, school, community and at the accredited ACES Academy.
3731 Sixth Ave., SD, 92103
619-278-0884
www.acesautism.com

Advocacy Associates, Inc.
Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults.
13983 Mango Dr. #206
Del Mar, CA 92104
858-755-7843
www.advocacyassociates.net

Alexa’s PlayC
Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital’s educational program designed to integrate early education for typically developing children and children with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
3020 Children’s Way #MC6015
SD, 92123
858-966-8555
www.rchsd.org/alexasplayc/

Aseltine School
Helps meet the educational needs of emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students whose needs are not being met in traditional academic settings through an uncommon commitment to these students and their families, and the belief that all children deserve access to the opportunities of life.
4027 Normal St., SD, 92103
619-296-2135
www.aseltine.org

The Autism Group, Inc.
Provides behavioral and academic home programs, parent training, assessments and community based instruction for students on the Autism Spectrum.
9466 Black Mountain Rd. #100 SD, 92126
858-689-2027
www.autismgroup.com


Banyan Tree Learning Center
Program designed to assess areas of learning need and build levels of support from the ground up. Comprehensive help with auditory and sensory processing, reading/dyslexia remediation, educational therapy, occupational therapy, math skills building, writing skills, and individual and small group tutoring.
Banyon Tree Foundations Academy
Full day, private school which offers a more intense version of the interventions and methods at Banyan Tree Learning Center with 1:1 instruction. Serves students with significant challenges including dyslexia, attention, communication, sensory processing, social problems, or previous school failure. This program is meant as a short term intervention to prepare the student for re-entry to their neighborhood school.

9636 Tierra Grande #200
Mira Mesa, CA 92126

3555 Kenyon St. #101
SD, 92110

12625 High Bluff Dr. #113
SD 92130
858-578-6616
www.banyantlc.com


Balboa City School
K-12 special education school.
525 Hawthorn St., SD, 92101
619-298-2990
www.balboaschool.com

Bookshare
Provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities (vision impairment, physical impairments and severe learning or reading disabilities). Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students.
www.bookshare.org

Brain Highways
Innovative program aimed at developing the lower centers of the brain to improve learning, focus and behavior.
207 S. El Camino Real #A
Encinitas, CA 92024
760-943-0496
www.brainhighways.com

BRIDGES Educational Corporation (Behavioral Research-based Intervention Developmental Guidance and Educational Services)
Provides optimum services to SD County children with developmental disabilities, Autism and other behavioral difficulties.
7851 Mission Center Ct. #322
SD, 92108
619-540-0676; 619-840-9993
www.bridgesaba.com

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

Chantal Sicile-Kira: Autism Making A Difference Inc.
Speaker & author providing information and training on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders through full day seminars, keynote presentations, concurrent sessions and workshops.
12515 Carmel Canyon Rd.
SD, 92130
www.chantalsicile-kira.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.
760-632-1045
kmatsuda@chicanofederation.org

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) of the Poway Unified School District
Community group that advises school board on special education and provides parent trainings.
13626 Twin Peaks Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
858-748-0010
www.powayusd.com/depts/specialed/cac

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

The Country School (TERI)
Program for students 6-22 with Autism/ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other forms of mild to moderate disabilities affecting learning, behavior, and social skills. Also offers class to prepare students for adult life. Teachers, classroom aides, a speech and language pathologist, an occupational therapist and behavior specialist provide an integrated program in a teacher to student ratio of 1:9, 1:3, or 1:1 based on individual need, which includes CA Standards academics, remedial academics, and electives in music instruction, fitness, therapeutic equestrian classes, drama, and more. Focus is on the college bound, but daily living skills are also taught.
1145 Linda Vista Dr. #105
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-744-4870
www.teriinc.org

Dyslexia Training Institute of the San Diego Learning Center
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.dyslexiadr.com

Excelsior Academy
Serving grades 1-12 with unique learning profiles.
7202 Princess View Dr.
SD, 92120
619-583-6762
www.excelsioracademy.com


The Family and Learning Center
Educational Coaching is a unique type of tutorial intervention designed to assist individuals in better understanding themselves as learners. We help children with Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, language-processing difficulties, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Executive Function Disorder, nonverbal learning disorders, and visual-spatial processing weaknesses with an individualized 1:1 approach.
7744 Fay Ave. #202
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-454-7303
www.tfalc.com

 


Fred Finch Youth Center SD Dual Diagnosis
Residential treatment facility and non-public school for dually diagnosed 6-12th graders.
3434 Grove St.
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
619-797-1090
www.fredfinch.org/sd-dual-diagnosis/

Fusion Academy and Learning Center
Private, alternative school and comprehensive after-school program that specializes in helping students with very individualized needs.
512 Via de la Valle #201
Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-792-2300
www.fusionacademy.com

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-644-7010
www.grossmont.edu

Halstrom High School
Private high school grades 7-12, all students taught one-on-one.
380 So. Melrose Ave. #416
Vista, CA 92081
760-732-1200
www.halstromhs.org

Head Start-Neighborhood House Association
Early Childhood education program that provides comprehensive services to children 0-5 and their families. All families are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to families who are low income and/or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities.
Business Office 5660 Copley Dr.
SD 92111
888-873-5145
www.sandiegoheadstart.org

The Institute for Effective Education
Four schools providing education & services to individuals with unique learning needs.
1) Cook Education Center (for ages 7-22, full spectrum of students with disabilities)
2) Children’s Workshop (4-12 years associated with Autism or other developmental disabilities)
3) Mt. Helix Academy (high achieving K-8 school)
4) Urban Skills Center (for students ages 18-22 with disabilities)
619-243-1325
www.tiee.org


Kids On the Block of San Diego (KOBSD)
Non-profit providing educational puppet programs (grades K-6) on disability awareness, medical and education differences, social issues, and cultural diversity. Scripts include: bullying, physical disabilities, learning differences, healthy eating, military deployment and tobacco prevention
619-770-8689
www.kobsd.org


Kristin K. Singh, M.A., Licensed Educational Psychologist
Educational Psychologist who 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

The Learning Academy (TERI)
Program designed to meet the needs of students ages 6-22 years with significant behavioral and learning challenges including 1:1 instruction in academics, applied academics, communication, vocational, social and daily living skills with a functional Assessment/Behavior Intervention plan. Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy are provided in accordance with the student’s IEP. Enrichment activities include music therapy, equestrian therapy, relaxation therapy and staff run clubs that promote student interaction based on their interests.
3225 Roymar Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-721-1706;
www.teriinc.org

Lindamood-Bell
Help with comprehension, reading, spelling and critical thinking.
445 Marine View Ave. #290
Del Mar, CA 92014
858-259-3206; 800-300-1818
www.lindamoodbell.com

Mobile Thinking
Technology and programs for improving the classroom experience.
P.O. Box 82371, SD, 92138
619-293-7451
www.mobilethinking.com

Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids-An Inclusive Child Development Center
Play based program providing children of all abilities 18 months-5 years an opportunity to learn together in an in-home setting enhancing the educational experience. Full/half day options, nutritious meals, and a licensed nurse on staff for children with medical needs.
760-743-3714 ext. 111
www.MtnShadows.org


NewBridge School
Private school providing specialized instruction for students with language-based learning disabilities, dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties in grades K-8. Highly trained specialists teach students effective learning strategies. Speech/language and occupational therapies are embedded into daily learning, and technology is incorporated in every classroom to create effective learners and strong self-advocates.
12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
858-679-5744
http://newbridgeschool.us/


North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE)
A SELPA composed of 14 school districts in North County.
255 Pico Ave. #101
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-761-5110
www.nccse.org

North Inland Special Education Region (SELPA)
398 D St. or PO Box 2709
Ramona, CA 92065
760-788-4671

Pioneer Day School
A school for kids with Autism.
4764 Santa Monica Ave.
SD, 92107
619-758-9424
www.pioneerdayschool.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 4-adult.
8383 Center Dr. #B
La Mesa, CA, 91942
619-464-3647
www.thereadingroom.net

Reading S.T.A.R.S. at County Speech
Sensory Training Approach used in enrichment classes and camps to help children become experts in phonemic awareness by integrating the visual, auditory, and tactile modalities for a well-rounded approach to reading.
411 Camino del Rio S. #101
SD, 92108
619-574-8181

345 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
760-334-8181
www.county-speech.com

San Diego Center for Children
Residential program and academy offering students with Autism, learning differences and emotional challenges a caring, supportive and nurturing environment for academic success.
3002 Armstrong St., SD, 92111
858-277-9550
www.centerforchildren.org

San Diego Council on Literacy
Tutors and reading resources.
2515 Camino Del Rio S. #125
SD, 92108
888-850-READ (7323)
www.literacysandiego.com

San Diego County Office of Education-Adult Education
6401 Linda Vista Rd., SD, 92111
858-292-3500
www.sdcoe.net

San Diego County Office of Education – Everyone a Reader
Volunteer program serves elementary students in San Diego County who need additional support in decoding, comprehension and reading strategies; reinforces classroom reading strategies as students practice in a one-on-one supportive environment.
6401 Linda Vista Rd. #321N
SD, 92111
Cindy Dunlevy: 858-292-3682
cidunlevy@sdcoe.net
www.sdcoe.net/lret2/la/?loc=ear

San Diego Unified School District Community Advisory Committee
4100 Normal St., SD, 92103
858-627-7270 x3160
619-725-7650
www.sandi.net

San Diego County Office of Education Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA):
San Diego: 619-725-7700
South County: 619-470-5224
East County: 619-590-3920
North Coastal: 760-471-8208
North Inland: 760-788-4671
Poway: 858-668-2700
www.sdcoe.net/ssp/speced/districts.pdf

San Diego Learning Center at the 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, CA 92119
619-517-0683
www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org

San Diego Unified School District-Special Education Early Childhood (SEEC) Program
3401 Clairemont Dr. #B-27    SD, 92117
858-490-8500
www.sandi.net/depts/specialed/seec_infant.htm

San Diego Public Library Disability Services
Central library.
820 E St., SD, 92101
619-236-5800
www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/disability.shtml

SDSU Research Foundation – Even Start
Provides family literacy services for parents and their children ages birth to 7 within the San Diego Unified School District.
Balboa Elementary School
1844 40th St., SD 92113
619-283-5961
Literacy Director: Linda Arias lindareads@cox.net

SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. (Self Esteem Education & Development in Sexuality)
Teaches social education, boundaries, abuse awareness & prevention for special needs.
2707 Congress St. #1-R, SD, 92110
619-299-3161
www.seedseducation.org

Sierra Academy
Serving students K-12 who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms, learn differently or who have identified learning disabilities. Also offering a life skills program for students up to age 22.
10695 Treena St. #101, SD, 92131
858-578-5335
www.highroadschool.com/sierra_academy_of_san_diego

Special Needs Tutoring USA
Provides 1:1 individualized academic instruction for students with special needs. Specializing in helping students with IEP’s: ADD/ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities and more!
619-940-7725
www.SpecialNeedsTutoringUSA.com

Springall Academy
Provides an intensive special education program for students with special needs (ages 5-21) including those diagnosed with SLD, OHI, ED and AUT.
6460 Boulder Lake Ave.,
SD, 92119
619-460-5090
www.springall.org

Step Ahead Educational Services
Specializes in working with students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Offers a variety of specialized services including assistance to students experiencing school difficulties; working on social skills with those who struggle with making friends and helping young adults transition into living and working on their own.
3138 Roosevelt St.,
Carlsbad, CA 92008
858-384-1145
www.stepaheadsandiego.com


Therapeutic Literacy Center
ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning challenges happen when the underlying cognitive processes are not working as well as they should. TLC provides educational cognitive training to correct the causes of learning challenges. These include auditory and visual processing, memory, processing speed, reflex integration, neural timing, and attention and focus training
990 Highland Drive # 106-D
Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-481-2200
www.therapeuticliteracycenter.com


Total Education Solutions
Tutoring and special ed. services including speech, occupational therapy, preschool interventions and summer camps.
5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #150,
SD, 92123
619-275-4522
www.tesidea.com

Vista Hill Foundation Sam and Rose Stein Education Centers
Serves students (ages 5-22) with developmental disabilities such as Autism, as well as students with emotional disorders and behavioral concerns.
8787 Complex Dr. #200,
SD, 92123
858-514-5100

6145 Decena Dr., SD, 92120
619-281-5511

647 E St., Chula Vista, CA 91910
619-498-8384
www.vistahill.org/programs/stein.htm

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/FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Brentt Hoover
MetLife Financial Planning
Trusts and financial planning for adoptive families and those with children with special needs.
3131 Camino del Rio N. #1200
SD, 92108
619-641-3669
bhoover@metlife.com

County of San Diego Department of Social Services (DSS)
Identify social needs & provide benefits to city residents.
858-694-3900

Elizabeth McCoy
Attorney specializing in special needs trusts.
31493 Ranch Pueblo Rd. #205 Temecula, CA 92596
760-723-8906
elizabeth@ca-specialneedstrusts.com

Den Herder and Associates
Special needs trusts.
10085 Carrol Canyon Rd. #220  SD, 92131
858-271-6244
www.denherderlaw.com

Law Office of Michael Pearce Estate Planning Attorneys
Helps families plan for the financial future of their children with disabilities and navigate the intricacies of trusts and government assistance.
916-399-5588;
www.pearcelaw.net

Law Offices of Steven M. Ratner
MediCal Planning and special needs trusts.
525 B. St. #1500, SD, 92101
888-336-1645
www.calelderfirm.com/PracticeAreas/Special-Needs-Trusts.asp

Mass Mutual Special Care Planning Team
Financial planning for families with children with special needs.
Bridy Oreshack
The Pollakov Financial Group
4275 Executive Square #400
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-202-2330
www.massmutual.com

The Prudential Special Needs Solutions: William Keesling
For all ages, SN program was developed to assist families caring for loved ones with special needs to financially prepare for their future. The program helps provide essential information, tools and resources to assist families in the selection of insurance and financial products.
7580 Britannia Ct. #B
SD, 92154
619-696-8892
william.keesling@prudential.com

Roy M. Doppelt
and Associates, APC
Special needs trust attorney.
16466 Bernardo Center Dr. #260
SD,  92128
858-618-5510
www.help411.com/lawyer-attorney-1283514.html

Social Security Administration/
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Helps aged, blind & disabled people who have little or no income. Provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, shelter.
800-772-1213
(24 hours/day)
TYY 800-325-0778
www.socialsecurity.gov

Special Needs Trust Foundation of San Diego
Non-profit service developed to assist families, establish special needs trusts for their loved ones with disabilities and to educate families on Social Security and SSI benefits.
P.O. Box 1890
Lakeside, CA 92040
619-201-2672
www.sntf-sd.org

Stierman & Zellmer
Assists with estate planning goals including special needs trusts from an attorney with experience in special needs education and law.
1429 30th St. #1, SD, 92102
619-550-5902
www.stiermanzellmer.com

Zach MacDougall and Stephanie Tsang, North Star Financial Planning
Offers a full range of financial services for families and medical professionals to achieve long-term financial goals and family stability. Medical company seminars also available.
4445 Eastgate Mall #200  
SD, 92121
858-812-3186
www.northstarfinancial.com

FOSTER CARE

County of San Diego Children’s Services
Provides adoptive services for foster children of all abilities, foster family licensing, support and education and foster youth mentor program.
877-792-5437
www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/cs/

DSEP-Rady Children’s Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program
Developmental/behavioral assessment and screening for foster children up to age 6, and developmental coaching for caregivers.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5111
SD, 92123
858-966-7874 
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices


Walden Family Services – A Foster Family
Foster care program for children with disabilities and significant medical needs. Children are placed with specially trained, certified foster families. Additional training and supports are provided for these families willing to care for children with special needs so that they may prosper in a loving, home environment. Also provides Nurturing Parenting Classes for teens and young adults who are pregnant or with young children.
619-584-5777
www.waldenfamily.org


GENERAL HEALTH

Bonny Forrest, J.D. Ph. D.
A child advocate for over 20 years, Dr. Forrest runs a private practice focusing on the assessment of cognitive and other developmental issues in children.
917-687-0271
www.askdrforrest.wordpress.com

California Children’s Services
State run program providing care and therapies to children with disabilities and health problems.
6160 Mission Gorge Rd.
SD,  92120
619-528-4000
www.dhs.ca.gov/ccs

California Department of Managed Health Care
Insurance enrollment guide, information on healthcare laws and filing complaints.
www.hmohelp.ca.gov

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

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

Dr. Pickering
Pediatrician with a focus on special needs.
Rady Children’s Hospital
7910 Frost St. #350
SD, 92123
858-496-4800

First 5 San Diego
Promotes health & well being from prenatal to 5 years old.
888-534-7785 (5-FIRST 5)
www.first5sandiego.org

Healthcare.Gov
National website devoted to finding and explaining the best options for health care coverage for people with special needs.
www.healthcare.gov/foryou/disabilities/index.html

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)
Free counseling about Medicare & other health care issues.
3675 Ruffin Rd. #315, SD, 92123
858-565-8772 x232
800-434-0222
www.cahealthadvocates.org/HICAP

Parenting Children with Health Issues
Website providing powerful, simple, parenting tools and resources to help with the special challenges of raising children with chronic illness, medical conditions and other special needs.
PO Box 4226
Bellevue, WA 98009
425-891-2842
www.parentingchildrenwithhealthissues.com

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

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Customer service and referral center.
858-576-1700; 800-788-9029
3020 Children’s Way, SD, 92123
www.rchsd.org

RadiologyInfo.Org
Site designed to explain and demystify radiology procedures.
www.radiologyinfo.org

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

GENETICS COUNSELING/PRENATAL SCREENING

Genetic Services at Elwyn
Genetics counseling, parent and provider education, and educational advocacy.
111 Elwyn Rd., Elwyn, PA 19063
610-891-2313
www.elwyngenetics.org

Pathways Genomics Corp.
Personal genetics testing including the Pre-Pregnancy Planning Report covering 70+ recessive genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. Genetics counseling available.
4045 Sorrento Valley Blvd.
SD, 92121
877-505-7374
www.pathway.com

Specialty Obstetrics
Quality 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
Thornton Hospital  
858-657-7200
9300 Campus Point Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037-7768

HAIR SALONS

tHAIRapy Hair Salon
Family salon specializing in and catering to 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/HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS

Bair Construction Management
Home inspections and consultative services for special needs home modifications and sensory equipment. Creates Sensory Boxes: a fun tool for play-based therapy for kids with sensory needs.
9606 Tierra Grande #204
SD, 92126
619-888-8081

Building Green Futures
Globally-friendly, environmentally protective, green roof installation, rain water catchment, gray water landscaping and green alternatives for general contracting and healthy living.
619-300-7114
www.buildinggreenfutures.com

Cecily’s Closet
Charity committed to recycling gently used children’s furnishings and durable medical equipment to provide financially challenged families of kids with special needs beautiful, organized children’s environments. Cleaning and professional design and building volunteers wildly appreciated!
www.cecilyscloset.org

CityScapes Landscape Construction
Landscape construction company dedicated to creating peaceful, beautiful and safe havens to extend your family’s living and play space into the outdoors.
5494 Adams Ave., SD, 92115
619-770-8511
www.cityscapesd.com

Green Your Air
Company dedicated to nurturing healthy environments for kids by using an assortment of plants that naturally filter the air in fun, eco-friendly pots.
jennifer@greenyourair.net
www.greenyourair.net

Inside Emily Dolton’s Head: Murals and Children’s Room Design
Artistic environments created for children with all abilities.
4005 Mt. Albertine Ave.
SD, 92111
858-366-3720
www.insideemilyshead.com

McDaniel General Contracting
Home remodeling, finish carpentry and custom children’s room solutions. American Sign Language certified!
5636 Loping Ln.
Bonita, CA 91902
858-945-3012
mcdanielgc@yahoo.com

PaintGreen Professional Painters  
Beautiful, eco-friendly painting done right. Portion of profits benefits Cecily’s Closet.
619-446-6983
www.paintgreen.com

HOUSING & IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICES

AccentCare Home Health of  Ca., Inc.
AccentCare has been providing 1:1 shift nursing, nurse case management & staffing to schools & facilities in San Diego County for over 25 years. Our team includes credentialed school nurses, nurse case managers, RN & LVN providers. AccentCare partners with San Diego County school districts, SDRC, Medi-Cal, private insurances, government contracts (UHC, VA, ECHO) & 0-3 programs.
5050 Murphy Canyon Rd., Ste. 201
SD, 92123
858-576-7410
www.accentcare.com

At Your Home Familycare
In-home care for adults, teens and children with disabilities.
6540 Lusk Blvd., Ste. 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.
5830 Oberlin Dr. #204, SD,  92121
858-777-9525
www.brightstarcare.com


CityScape Real Estate
Brokerage committed to finding the best home based on the family’s social/emotional, physical and safety needs. We strive to find your family a safe neighborhood with great local school options where your child can thrive. Commission for charity program gives back 10% of company commission to local charity of your choice.
2356 Moore St. #103, SD, 92110
619-997-1021
www.cityscapesd.com


Dependable Nursing
Provides a wide range of nursing services to individuals with physical and mental challenges including before and after school care, as well as vent and all monitored nursing, LVN and CNA/NA services, and interim nursing.
5505 Avenida Encinas #120 Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-602-0583
www.dependablenursing.org

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

Elder Care Guides
Provider of care management and in-home care services. Our certified professionals work with aging families planning ahead for the care of adult children with disabilities.
2495 Truxtun Rd. #205
SD, 92106
619-450-4300
www.eldercareguides.com

Home of Guiding Hands
Residential program for people with disabilities.
1825 Gillespie Way #200
El Cajon, CA 92020-0501
619-938-2850
www.guidinghands.org

In Home Support Services (IHSS)
Home care workers.
780 Bay Blvd. #200
Chula Vista, CA 91910
866-351-7722;
www.sdihsspa.com

Interim Healthcare of San Diego County
Provides a broad array of home care services including pediatric nursing; IV therapy; physical, occupational and speech therapy.
5625 Ruffin Rd. #120
SD, 92123
858-576-9501
www.interimhealthcare.com

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

Robert McMahon, Guild Mortgage
Specializing in finding home funding solutions for families with children with special needs.
3111 Camino del Rio N. #103
SD, 92108
619-857-1657
www.homes4angels.org
rmcmahon@guildmortgage.com

Safe at Home: 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

SDG&E Medical Baseline Allowance
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
TTY 877-889-7343
www.sdge.com/medicalbaseline

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
Hearing impaired: 800-735-8339
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

Supporting Alternative Solutions, Inc. (SAS)    
Providing residential, early start & respite services for children with developmental disabilities.
2731 Via Orange Way #105
Spring Valley, CA 91978
866-690-4582; 619-670-9500
www.sassandiego.org

INCLUSION

All Kids Can
Website for kids with empowerment tools, class project ideas and more.
www.allkidscan.org

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

Inclusion.com
Disabilities awareness and person-centered planning and resource suggestions.
www.inclusion.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
www.kudzu.com/m/ADA-Ride-19300376

ARC of San Diego
Largest, most comprehensive provider of services to teens and adults with disabilities in San Diego County including independent living and vocational skills training and recreational activities. Also a leader in government advocacy for persons with disabilities.
3030 Market St. #B, SD, 92102
619-685-1175
www.arc-sd.com

Canine Companions for Independence
124 Rancho del Oro Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92057
800-572-BARK (2275)
760-901-4300
TTY
760-901-4326
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.communitycatalystscalifornia.org

Employment and Community Options
Non-profit organization that educates and empowers low-income adults with developmental disabilities with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their optimum potential in life.
8555 Aero Dr. #102, SD, 92123
858-565-9870
www.communityoptions.org

Going Strong by Flaghouse
Recreational, rehab and sensory products designed for those 18 and older for independent living.
800-265-6900
www.flaghouse.com

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

Noah Homes
Residential programs for adults with disabilities.
12526 Campo Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91978-2354
619-660-6200
www.noahhomes.org

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

P.R.I.D.E., Inc.
Dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities gain independence.
3655 Ruffin Rd. #215
SD, 92123
858-467-6840
www.pride-inc.org

Sharp Rehabilitation Services Driving Program
Evaluation and referral to specialists for physical driving impairments.
858-939-3866

TERI Campus of Life Day and Residential Programs
Individual day programs and residential living choices for teens and adults in a variety of settings. Placement is based on the specific needs of each person based on age, diagnosis and ability in beautiful homes with outdoor gardens all over San Diego and North County. Life coaching, spiritual enhancement, personal improvement of life quality, nutrition and fitness and recreation are all addressed for the most meaningful life experience on one’s own.
251 Airport Rd  
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-721-1706
www.teriinc.org

INFANT/TODDLER SPECIFIC

Alcott Infant/Toddler Program Baby/Toddler and Me Playgroups and Parent Support Group
Meets alternate Wednesdays: a playgroup and learning time for children ages 0-3 with special needs and their typical siblings; and a support group for parents of children ages 0-3 with SDUSD staff childcare.
4680 Hidalgo Ave.
SD, 92117
858-272-9641, ext. 4, then ext. 3

ARC of San Diego Parent/Infant and Bright Start Program
Provides family-centered educational services for children, from birth to 5 years, who are delayed or at risk for delay. Uses play-based activities to help children meet their milestones.
3030 Market St. #B
SD, 92102
619-685-1175
www.arc-sd.com

Beginnings Infant Development Program
Providing in home early childhood intervention services (ages 0-3) and parent training. Fully bilingual (Spanish).
P.O. Box 3275, La Jolla, CA 92038
619-238-0105
beginningsprogram@earthlink.net

Bundie Baby
A bundling system that works around g-tubes and medical equipment.
www.bundiebaby.com

C3-Rady Children’s Care Connection
Developmental and social assessment, early intervention services and general assessment for children 0-5, as well as support services for parents.
Central: 3020 Children’s Way #23
SD, 92123
858-966-8931
North: 3605 Vista Way #B-201
Oceanside, CA 92056
858-966-8014
South: 1261 3rd Ave. #D
Chula Vista, CA 91911
858-966-8008
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

Earliest Relationships Network
Mental health providers for infants, toddlers and their families.
Sherry F. Hartwell, MFT
4305 Gesner St., SD, 92117
619-276-2524

Escondido Community Child Development Center
Preschool counseling and parent education center.
819 W. 9th Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
760-839-9361

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC)
California Early Start and PRRS Point of Entry. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services. Children who do not qualify for Early Start may qualify for  California Prevention Resource & Referral Services(PRRS).
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130, SD, 92123
800-281-8252
www.efrconline.org


First 5 San Diego
Healthy development checkups, dental services, Kits for New Parents, and other resources for children ages 0 through 5 and their families.  First 5 San Diego is the region’s primary organization for promoting the health and well-being of children during their most critical years of development—from the prenatal stage through age 5.
888-5-FIRST-5
www.first5sandiego.org
(See listing under General Health)


Head Start-Neighborhood House Association
Early childhood education program that provides comprehensive services to children 0-5 and their families. All families are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to families who are low income and/or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities.
5660 Copley Dr.
SD, CA 92111
888-873-5145
www.sandiegoheadstart.org

Home of Guiding Hands Early Intervention Program
Credentialed teachers partner with parents to provide optimal 1:1 intervention for children aged 0-3 with developmental delays and/or disabilities in their home. The program is free of charge to families enrolled in the CA Early Start program through San Diego Regional Center and is family-centered, relationship-based, culturally responsive, and tailored to each child.
1825 Gillespie Way, #200
El Cajon, CA 92020-0501
619-938-3058
www.guidinghands.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.
858-292-3700 for program info
800-281-8252 (EFRC) for referral
www.sdcoe.net/student-services/early-education

I Can Play!
Teaching flexibility, effective communication, empathy, problem solving, engagement, organization, creative thinking, self-reliance and self-confidence through natural play settings for children 2-8.
11559-1 Compass Pt. Dr. N.
SD, 92126
858-442-1624
www.icanplaysd.com

Infant Autism Spectrum Study: UCSD Infant Vision Lab
Research program committed to better understanding brain and behavioral development in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Their study is currently seeking 1-month-old to 18-month-old baby siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for participation in a series of visual, neural and behavioral development through 3 years of age. The assessments are carefully designed to aid in identifying early indicators of Autism.
9500 Gilman Dr. #MC0109
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-822-0642
http://babylab.ucsd.edu

Infant Development Association of California
Dedicated to educating the parents and care providers of children 0-3 and advocating for these children.
916-453-8801
www.idaofcal.org

KidSTART-Rady Children’s Hospital
Comprehensive screening, triage, assessment referral and treatment (including intensive mental health treatment) for children 0-5 with complex developmental, behavioral, family and medical needs: Intensive care coordination is part of KidSTART. Referrals must come through Healthy Development Services (HDS) Pediatricians, CWS Social Workers and Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program (DSEP).
3020 Children’s Way #MC6024
SD, 92123
858-966-5990
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

Lifetime Women’s Healthcare
Complete women’s health care including high risk pregnancy management. Dedicated to ensuring infant health by supporting mom through pregnancy with 3D/4D ultrasounds performed right in the office.
752 Medical Center Ct. #106
Chula Vista, CA, 91911
619-482-8406
LifetimeWomensHealthcare.net

Miracle Babies
Provides financial and emotional support to families with children in the NICU.
Sean S. Daneshmand, MD
501 W. Broadway #510, SD, 92101
888-68-MIRACLE
www.miraclebabies.org

Mon Petit Château
(See listing under Party Planning and Special Events)

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

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
Webinars, calendar of events and statistical information for children ages 0-3.
www.nectac.org

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers with a suspected or diagnosed developmental disability and their family can obtain services and be linked to other community resources with San Diego and Imperial Counties.
4355 Ruffin Rd., SD, 92123
858-576-2996
www.sdrc.org

Serenity Breastfeeding, Christine Hennes, IBCLC
Board Certified lactation consultant helps moms relax and help their baby with special needs latch on in the comfort of their own homes.
619-990-6479
chennes@cox.net

Spanish Infant/Toddler Support Group, Baby/Toddler and Me Playgroups
Meets alternate Wednesdays: a 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. 10-11:30 am.
Cherokee Point Elementary
3735 38th St.
SD, 92103
Parent Group:
Guadalupe Galindo,
858-272-9641 x156
Baby/Toddler and Me:
Lupe Salcedo,
858-272-9641 x151

Sunny Days
In-home OT, PT, speech and educational support for infants and children ages 0-3.
8775 Aero Dr., SD, 92123
858-571-0030
www.sunnydays.com

Supporting Alternative Solutions, Inc.
Educational services and therapeutic interventions for children ages 0-3.
2731 Via Orange Way #105
Spring Valley, CA 91978
619-670-9500
www.sassandiego.org

Text4Baby
Texting service designed to promote healthy pregnancies through the child’s first year. Mothers 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 pre-school setting for children with or without special needs and their siblings. Funding for qualifying families.
3805 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-757-6031
5055 ViewRidge Ave.  
SD, 92123
858-751-0506
www.togetherwegrow.net

INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO THERAPIES

Integrative Osteopathic Pediatrics
Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, /D.O. F.A.C.O.P
As a board certified pediatrician, the goal of our office is to bring the best integrative medicine to babies, children and their families to optimize their health and development naturally. We work with parents as partners to find underlying causes and combine the best of natural medicine with the added benefit of gentle osteopathic manipulative medicine to support the body’s inherent healing ability for total wellness. Call for a free 10 minute consultation.
1224 Tenth St. #207
Coronado, CA 92118
619-437-6600
www.drmaryanne.com


Steve Tullius, D.C., Pediatric and Family Chiropractor
Shifts in spinal structure affect the delicate nerves that travel over the spinal cord and can contribute to a wide range of conditions. Dr. Tullius’ practice focuses on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Epilepsy, sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions.
4060 Adams Ave.
SD, 92116
619-281-1234
www.sandiegocountychiropractor.com


True Health Acupuncture
Acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for neurological disorders, sleep, emotional, and behavioral disturbances and electro-acupuncture for Autism performed by a licensed acupuncturist with a degree in neurobiology.
4434 Ingraham St., SD, 92109
858-366-8517
www.truehealthacu.com

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

LEARNING DISABILITIES

The Council for Exceptional Children
888-232-7733; TTY 866-915-5000
www.cec.sped.org

Learning Development Services
Educational, psychological, and neuropsychological center for children, adolescents, families and adults.
3754 Clairemont Dr., SD, 92117
858-483-3567
learningdevelopmentalservices.com

Learning Disabilities Association of San Diego
Monthly workshop regarding school problems.
858-467-9158
www.ldasandiego.org

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

San Diego Learning Center at the 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, CA 92119
619-517-0683
www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org

MILITARY SPECIFIC

Armed Forces YMCA
Family outreach and support for Exceptional Family Members.
858-751-5755
www.afymcasd.org

Marine Exceptional Family Member Program
Helps Marine military families with special needs.
4025 Tripoli Ave. Building 14,
SD, 92140-5290
619-524-8031 (Administration)
www.mccsmcrd.com

Military Child Education Coalition
www.militarychild.org/military-parent/education-resource-center/

Military HOMEFRONT (DOD Special Needs Parent Toolkit)
Comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.
www.militaryonesource.mil/efmp

Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program
Helps military families with children with special needs.
858-577-4668
smbmiramarmcas.efmp@usmc.mil

Military Special Needs Network
Peer-to-peer, global organization founded to respond to the family support needs of all branches of the military and their Exceptional Family Members.
www.militaryspecialneedsnetwork.com

Navy Families
Orientation workshop for EFMP.
Navy Region Southwest
866-9236478
cnrsw_ffcp.censch@navy.mil

NRSW Fleet & Family Support Center San Diego
Naval Base San Diego: 619-556-7404
Naval Base Point Loma:619-553-8306
Naval Base Coronado: 619-545-6071
Murphy Canyon Branch: 858-277-4259
www.cnrsw.navy.mil/fsc

S.T.O.M.P.
(Specialized Training of Military Parents)  
Parent-directed project exists to empower military parents, individuals with disabilities, and service providers with knowledge, skills and resources so that they might access services to create a collaborative environment for family and professional partnerships.
800-572-7368
www.stompproject.org

MUSIC THERAPY

Banding Together
Organization that gives music therapy scholarships to eligible kids with special needs (such as Autism), provide instruments, and promote mentorships with local musicians. As their program continues to grow they desire to engage the community in sharing time, talents, and resources with more children, teens, and adults with disabilities.
7840 Mission Center Ct. #205
SD, 92108
619-299-1411
www.bandingtogethersd.org

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

Music Therapy Center of California
We are the San Diego Leader in providing neurologic music therapy, trainings, and music lessons for youth with special needs. Our mission: empower individuals to reach their potential one note at a time!
7840 Mission Center Ct. #205
SD, 92108
619-299-1411
www.musictherapycenter.com

Where Music Begins, Academy of Music
Adaptive music and signing lessons. Uses Simply Music, Kindermusik and Signing Smart to provide outstanding neurological, cognitive, language and social skills that benefit students with special needs.
2801 Camino Del Rio S. #300-H  
SD, 92108
888-896-2066
www.wheremusicbegins.com

NEURO PRODUCTS

Alert Program
Self regulation program.
Therapy Works, Inc.
7200 Montgomery NE Albuquerque, NM 87109
877-897-3478
www.alertprogram.com

Balametrics
Kits to help balance and improve thinking and hand control.
P.O. Box 2716
Port Angeles, WA 98362
800-894-3187
www.balametrics.com

Bal-A-Vis-X, Inc.
Balance, auditory and vision exercises that are fun for kids.
7412 W. 10th St.
N Wichita, KS 67212
316-722-8012
www.bal-a-vis-x.com

Brain Gym
Program that gets kids moving and brains thinking.
1575 Spinnaker Dr., Ste. 204B
Ventura, CA 93001
800-356-2109; 805-658-7942
www.braingym.org

Cogmed Working Memory Training
Computer based program designed to enhance working memory in individuals with attention deficits, learning disorders, brain injury or stroke.
888-748-3828
www.cogmed.com

Fast ForWord
Based on 30 years of neuroscience research, these products develop the fundamental language and attention skills that are the building blocks for reading and social language success.
www.scilearn.com

Handwriting Without Tears
Handwriting program.
8001 MacArthur Blvd.
Cabin John, MD 20818
301-263-2700
www.hwtears.com

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
Patent-pending multi-sensory program that takes sound therapy to a new level of efficacy by combining advanced psychoacoustics with visual and balance activities that are performed while listening. Designed to enhance auditory processing, attention, regulation and functional learning abilities.
925 S. Niagara St. #660
Denver, CO 80224
303-741-4544
www.integratedlistening.com

Interactive Metronome
Neurological assessment and treatment tool used to help children with learning and developmental disorders, such as: sensory integration disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, nonverbal learning disorder, ADD/ADHD.
760-310-0810; 877-994-6776 x254
www.interactivemetronome.com

The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders
Identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental and learning disorders.
301-656-2667
www.icdl.com

PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
Program uses pictures for children with communication delays.
Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
13 Garfield Way
Newark, DE 19713
888-732-7462

Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (PACE)
Developed to enhance skills in auditory and visual memory, processing speed, reasoning
skills, phonemic awareness and attention.
719-264-8808
www.processingskills.com

Scientific Learning – Fit Brains Learn Better  
Products help develop the fundamental language and attention skills needed for reading and social language success.
www.scilearn.com

NUTRITION/FEEDING/GASTROINTESTINAL PRODUCTS

Bundie Baby
A bundling system that works around g-tubes and medical equipment.
www.bundiebaby.com

Belly Bands
Soft, volunteer-made, fabric bands with Velcro custom-sized for children designed to protect the Mickey Button or PEG tube during play and therapy. Free to kids in San Diego and a nominal $15 fee for those outside our city.
www.cecilyscloset.org/belly-bands.htm

Chef Stacy Powell
Personal chef experienced in gluten-free, wheat-free, diabetic and heart healthy meals for recovery or for every day needs. Cooking parties and instruction also available.
760-533-7572
www.chefstacy.com

Childlife Vitamins
Vitamins for infants and children.
5335 McConnell Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90066
800-993-0332
www.childlife.net

Coloplast
Bladder, bowel and wound care products designed to be efficient and easy to use. Knowledgeable, and caring staff educate parents, young adults and doctors on the selection, care and use of every product. Spanish help available.
888-726-7872
www.coloplast.us

Do It With Icing!
Despite the amazing array of products and classes that are sinfully bad for you but oh-so-delicious, this shop also routinely offers classes in gluten-free, wheat-free desserts and even a raw tart and pie class that is dairy and egg-free as well. The strictest diets need not deny flavor!!
7240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
SD, 92111
858-268-1234
www.doitwithicing.com

End Picky Eating
Assessment, hair tissue mineral analysis, and therapy including a sequential oral sensory approach in conjunction with sensory motor techniques combined to address the root problem of picky eating. Collaborates with doctors to ensure child’s medical needs are met. Informational webinars available.
619-846-1196
www.endpickyeating.com


Farm Fresh to You
Local and organic since 1976, this family farm partners with other local farms to provide a great variety of seasonal, organic produce delivered to your home. Many box types to fit your household size and cooking preferences. You may also exclude items you’d rather not receive. They make healthy living easy and stress-free, and little, picky eaters enjoy receiving their new organics to try by delivery!!
800-796-6009
www.FarmFreshtoYou.com


Feingold Dietary Program
Nutritional program for children with special needs.
Feingold Association of the US
37 Shell Rd. 2nd Fl.
Rocky Point, NY 11778
www.feingold.org

Gluten-free Living
Dottie DeHart, DeHart & Company Public Relations
828-325-4966
dehartdottie@aol.com

Juice Plus
Supplements of chewable fruit and vegetables for your family.
www.juiceplus.com

Karmic Health
Products dedicated to the gluten and casein free diet.
Carlsbad, CA
760-685-3154
www.karmic-health.com
info@karmic-health.com

Keil’s Fresh Food Stores
Food store carrying one of the widest selection of gluten-free products in San Diego, as well as organic produce, organic health and home care products, vitamins and natural, homeopathic remedies. Keil’s is your local source for building a healthy family from the inside out! Two Locations:
3015 Clairemont Dr.,
SD, 92117
619-275-7060
7403 Jackson Dr.,
SD, 92119
619-667-2750
www.keils.com

Kirkland Labs
Supplements and nutritional products.
6400 SW Rosewood St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
www.kirkmanlabs.com

Mealtime Notions
Products and resources for children with feeding problems.
www.mealtimenotions.com

Passion 4 Life Liquid Vitamins
204 N. El Camino Real #E736 Encinitas, CA 92024
760-613-9970
www.passion4lifevitamins.com

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

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
The Feeding Team provides multi-disciplinary evaluation and treatment of children with complex feeding disorders such as oral aversion, gastrostomy tubes and failure to thrive, ages birth to 12 years.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5010 SD, 92123
858-576-1700, ext. 5522
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices


Shield HealthCare
Established in 1957, Shield HealthCare is a leading home medical supply provider of incontinence, enteral nutrition, ostomy, urological and wound care products with direct insurance billing on behalf of customers. The services provided by Shield HealthCare enable families managing special medical needs to thrive in the comfort of home. Parental peace of mind is ensured by reliable home delivery and exceptional customer service.
800-557-8797
www.shieldhealthcare.com


Tummy Tunnels
Iron-on patch that provides access to g-tubes without damage to clothing.
www.tummytunnels.com

WIC-SDSU Research Foundation
Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5.
9210 Sky Park Ct. #150
SD, 92123
888-999-6897
www.sdsuwic.com

Xocai Healthy Chocolate
Antioxidant-rich, caffeine-free and gluten-free dark chocolates. Small, delicious and in moderation, guilt-free.
Maryann Carlin
619-504-8251
www.xosweethealthychoc.com

Your Place My Thyme: Gluten-free Personal Chef Service  
The transition to gluten-free can be made a lot quicker, smoother and less stressful. Personal Chef Gina Simmonds will create custom-tailored gluten-free menus and delicious, healthy meals right in your own kitchen. She does everything, even the grocery shopping!
760-492-5278
www.ginacooks4u.com

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

The Autism Group, Chris Vinceneux, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy from an expert in the evaluation and treatment of sensory processing disorders among children. Specializing in the development and implementation of individualized comprehensive programs utilizing a variety of multi-disiplinary strategies.
9466 Black Mountain Rd. #100
SD, 92126
858-689-2027
www.theautismgroup.com

Catalyst Therapy, Inc.
Specializes in sensory integration evaluation and treatment. CTI provides an innovative, eclectic, and holistic approach to therapy to facilitate the individual’s full potential. Utilizes a natural, playful, joyful technique to capitalize on the child’s strengths and interests.
543 Encinitas Blvd. #113 Encinitas, CA 92024
760-944-7870
www.catalysttherapy.com

Children’s Occupational Therapy Services, Inc.
Complete OT services including Sensory Integration, fine motor skills and regulation.
9606 Tierra Grande, SD, 92126
858-695-9444
www.childrensotservices.com

GET ABLE Therapy
Practices HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency). Therapy is gentle, non-drug and home-implemented.
2103 S. El Camino Real #102
Oceanside, CA 92054
www.GetAbleTherapy.com
www.handle.org

Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy
Age appropriate standardized and clinical assessments, individualized clinic and home therapy programs, referrals to other community resources and assistance with insurance
5611 Palmer Way #B
Carlsbad, CA 92010
760-602-7986
www.goldensteps.org

Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc.
2815 Jefferson St. #201
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-434-3912
www.it4k.com

Kara Dodds and Assoc./Addie’s AutismFiTT
(See listing under Speech and Language)

Kids Therapy Associates
11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128
858-673-5437
www.kidstherapyassociates.com

Kirsch Therapy
Their occupational therapy programs are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based to make therapy a fun experience. They participate in on-going continuing education programs and are up-to-date on the latest research and treatment methodologies.
1945 Avenida del Oro #120
Oceanside, CA 92056
760-945-6500
www.kirschtherapy.com

Leaps and 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
leapsnboundsot@yahoo.com
www.leapsnboundsot.com

Milestones Children’s Therapy
1785 S Escondido Blvd. #A
Escondido, CA 92025
760-740-0055
www.milestoneschildrenstherapy.com

Neurosuit Therapy
Patricia Gonzalez OTR/L
Medical Rehabilitation and Kinematics Lab
7340 Trade St., Ste. F, SD, 92121
858-689-9643
www.mrklab.com

OT, Etc., Inc.
www.ot-etc.com
3 locations

7907 Ostrow St.
San Diego, CA 92111
858-565-6910

334 Via Vera Cruz
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-744-6910
(Featuring Animal Assisted Therapy)

690 Otay Lakes Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
619-475-6910

OT OuTdoors
Carrie Jacobs, M, OTR/L specializes in sensory processing treatment for both children and adults. She is qualified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She utilizes a therapy and certified assistance dog during treatment sessions to assist children with learning fine motor skills, visual motor skills, social skills, sequencing and motor planning.
1461 Merrit Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-772-7158
www.OTOuTdoors.com

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Provides evaluation and intervention to children with suspected disabilities.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5068
SD, 92123
858-966-5829
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

Sheri Genovese Occupational Therapy Services
Provides occupational therapy evaluations, intervention and consultations to children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders, fine motor and sensory deficits.
1595 Grand Ave. #110
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-471-1198
www.associatedspeechpathologists.com

SmallTalk Speech Therapy: Occupational Therapy
Assessment, interventions and consultations from an integrative speech/OT setting for all children. Has specialties in SPD, SID, early intervention and oral motor.
3 locations:
12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy. #111
SD, 92111
250 E. Chase Ave. #107
El Cajon, CA 92020
2356 Moore St. #101, SD, 92110
619-647-6157
www.smalltalkspeech.com

Spot Kids Occupational Therapy
Comprehensive clinic with Occupational, Speech-Language, Physical Therapy and Educational services. Specialists in child development, prevention & intervention. Services enhance: social skills, motor skills, cognition, handwriting, sensory processing, language, speech, self-esteem, health & wellness.
7632 Herschel Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-459-7768
www.spotkidstherapy.com


Therapy Uptown
Occupational and Speech Therapy services specializing in child development. Focus on: handwriting, sensory processing, sports enhancement, visual motor integration/visual perception, fine and gross motor development and movement based tutoring.
3970 9th Ave.,
SD, 92103
619-542-9945
http://therapyuptown.wix.com/therapyuptown


Total Education Solutions
OT and special ed. services.
5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #150 SD, 92123
619-275-4522
www.tesidea.com
(See Listing under Education)

Warner Pediatric Therapy
Providing pediatric occupational therapy to address sensory integration, self-regulation, coordination, handwriting, and motor development for children ages 0-18 years. Providing direct therapy, evaluations, screenings, consultations and parent trainings.  
2210 Encinitas Blvd. #1
Encinitas, CA 92024
760-230-1699
www.warnerpediatric.com

PARENT & FAMILY RESOURCES

211
Similar to 411 and 911, this is one stop shopping for all health and welfare needs. Operators take full case histories and provide a plethora of resources.
Dial 211
www.211.org

ARC of San Diego
Largest, most comprehensive 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. #B
SD, 92102
619-685-1175
www.arc-sd.com

Autism Support Group for Spanish Speakers (Grupo de Apoyo en Español para Familias de Niños con Autism)
Un foro abierto para informacion, liderazgo, recursos en la comunidad, abogacia, y compañerismo. A service of South County SELPA, the Autism Society and the EFRC.
St Rose of Lima Parish
293 H St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
800-281-2852

Autism Through the Lifespan Support Group
Autism Society and San Diego Unified support group that discusses a new age each month.
Ballard Parent Center in Old Town
2375 Congress St.
SD, 92111

Brave Kids
UCP’s online connection for kids 6-17 with special needs and chronic/life-threatening illnesses and their families providing informational resources about their diagnoses and a safe, online chat forum with other kids and parents of kids with special needs.
www.bravekids.org

Building Bridges Together Resources for Families
Focus on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.
1840 Wilson Ave. #C
National City, CA 91950
619-477-0757; 888-843-5800
www.buildingbridges2gether.org

Chantal Sicile-Kira: Autism Making A Difference Inc.
Speaker and author provides information about Autism Spectrum Disorders and parent grief.
12515 Carmel Canyon Rd.
SD, 92130
www.chantalsicile-kira.com

Children in Need
Non-profit 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.
6950 Levant St.
SD, 92111
760-967-4600
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.
5161 San Felipe #320
Houston, TX 77056
866-943-9779
www.childtrauma.org

COMPASS Family Center
Supports the well-being of families caring for children with special needs. Services include family counseling, special education advocacy and representation, family guidance and support services, and information and referrals to community resources.
4080 Centre St. #104
SD, 92103
619-543-9850 ext. 12432
www.yfs.ymca.org/counseling-services/compass.html
(See listing under Advocacy)

Courtney Daniels, LCSW
Patient/family counselor.
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women
858-939-4125

Daddy and Me
Bi-monthly social and recreational group for dads and their families for “us-time” and mom’s rest time. Activities supported by NFAR Men’s Group
Vince Bumanglag; 760-224-4635

Down Syndrome Association Of San Diego
Family Support Network across the lifespan:  information, resources & referral services, education and social events, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Specialized services: peer/parent support, pre/post natal consults, family support groups (English/Spanish), social groups, and lending library.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
SD, 92123
619-594-7389
www.dsasdonline.org

Down Syndrome Friends and Family Activities
Check the DS Action calendar for monthly activities for families with all disabilities including Dad’s Night, Mom’s Night, and fun family events. Like us on Facebook for the list of the most current activities.
619-694-4615
www.downsyndromeaction.org

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC)
Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups and referrals. Services and supports are offered in English and Spanish.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
SD, 92123
800-281-8252
www.efrconline.org

Filipino American Association for the Developmentally Disabled
Monthly support group for Filipino-American families.
Last Monday of the month: 6-8 p.m.
Teresa Lucas: 619-502-0929

Free Heart Ranch, Sarah Wykoff, 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

The Friendship Circle
Variety of programs for Jewish youths with special needs and their families including family fun and holiday programs, trained volunteer respite and specialized Bar/Bat Mitzvah Trainings
16934 Chabad Way
Poway, CA, 92064
858-487-4879
www.fcsdiego.com

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Offers support services to grandparents and relatives who are raising grandchildren.
www.raisingyourgrandchildren.com

The Hanna Fenichel Center
Center for child development parent classes.
336-340 North Acacia Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-755-0860
www.hannafenichel.com

Healthy Development Services (HDS) – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Care coordination to link families to an array of services, including parent education, for children ages 0-5 and their families.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5129
SD, 92123
858-576-1700, x7346

Kinship Support Services Program (KSSP)
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, x123
www.yfs.ymca.org/programs/community-based-programs/kinship-support-services.html

Life I Can Coaching
Lenila Batali, a certified Special Needs Life Quality Coach, assists families and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning special needs to help them solve specific challenges and meet personal goals. She provides positive guidance, encouraging support and valuable resources.
949-233-6515;
www.lifeican.com


Life Quality Services (TERI-Campus of Life)
A group of trained parents and professionals guide parents and adults through the process of making choices and finding services for students and adults with developmental disabilities. Classes are also available to become a qualified life coach for those with special needs for parents and professionals in the field of developmental disabilities. Classes and information on trusts and conservatorships presented in a practical and thoughtful way.
251 Airport Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-721-1706;
www.teriinc.org


Linda Collins, Ph.D. , Clinical Psychologist
Specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and offers mindful parenting groups for parents of children with special needs or typical developmental challenges.
4455 Murphy Canyon Rd. 100-9
SD, 92123
858-536-8985
www.therapy4mindbody.com

Mental Health Systems, Inc.
Their family services programs are dedicated to identifying and addressing mental health needs and alcohol and drug issues, as well as assisting clients with creating healthy interpersonal relationships. They offer an array of programs that provide innovative, strengths-based, individualized and culturally sensitive services. All programs are designed to assist families to attain healthier lifestyles and an enhanced quality of life.
9465 Farnham St.
SD, 92123
858-573-2600
www.mhsinc.org

Mingle
A recurring, social, resource event for parents and providers to meet, make connections and foster supportive relationships.
www.minglesd.com

The Parent Connection
Support and playgroups for San Diego families.
858-626-6944
www.sandiegoparent.com

Parents of Students in Special Education (P.O.S.S.E.)
Help navigate IEP process for learning disabilities.
2707 Congress St. #1-R, SD, 92110
619-299-3161; 619-335-0536
www.possesandiego.org

PASS Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions
Parent support group for parents of children with special needs.
Meetings held at:
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Room #3A
16275 Pomerado Rd., SD, 92064
www.powaypass.com

Peer2Peer Lines, MHS, Inc.
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

People Skills International, Ida Greene, Ph. D.
Dr. Greene’s goal is to increase the awareness of self-value, self-worth, positive relationships and a cooperative attitude; to elevate self-respect, respect for others and an enhanced self-esteem through her books and workshops. Specializing in ADHD.
2910 Baily Ave., SD, 92105
619-262-9951
www.idagreene.com

Roots & Wings Consulting
Marriage and family therapists, educators, social workers and psychologists with expertise in areas such as parenting, Autism, grief, communication, depression, anxiety, play therapy and much more!
619-737-7721
www.RootsAndWingsConsulting.com

Roya Kravetz
Professional coach and certified parent educator.
12625 High Bluff Dr. #101
SD, 92130
858-334-8584
www.adhdsuccesscoaching.com

San Diego Armed Services YMCA
Support program for military families of children with Autism or PDD. Sibling support groups offered.
3293 Santo Rd., SD, 92124
858-751-5755
www.militaryymca.com


San Diego Family Magazine
San Diego County’s best parenting resource! Offers informative, educational articles on parenting, health, education, travel and local family fun for all ages.  Award-winning monthly calendar of family activities and events. Visit the website to view special needs, recreation and baby guides, along with contests and bonus content.
1475 Sixth Ave. 5th Fl.
SD, 92101
619-685-6970
www.SanDiegoFamily.com


San Diego Parents Network for Special Needs Children
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month to support parents of children with special needs.
Dayon Higgins: 858-521-0895
higgins_dayon@earthlink.com

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
Serves as a focal point in the community to which infant/toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and his or her family can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial counties.
4355 Ruffin Rd.
SD, 92123
858-576-2996
www.sdrc.org

Sibshops: San Diego Unified School District
A fun filled event includes games, crafts and activities geared to the specific needs of siblings with brothers/sisters with special needs ages 8 and up.  Offered 4-5 times per school year.
619-725-7327
www.sandi.net

Special Needs
Service providing free diapers for children with special needs 3 and up on MediCal.
10675 Treena St. #102, SD, 92131
858-578-9923

Walden Family Services-A Foster Family
(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.
9210 Sky Park Ct. #150, SD, 92123
888-999-6897
www.sdsuwic.com

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

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.
916-325-1690; 916-325-1695 TDD
www.yodisabledproud.org

PARTY PLANNING & SPECIAL EVENTS

Art Soup
Your Birthday Party Destination! Drop-in art studio and social club for all abilities with paintable VW bug, glass and chalk walls, 20K brick Lego castle and a huge, stocked self-serve craft bar. Origami Owl build-your-own jewelry parties for adults with Autism and Cancer awareness themes…great fundraiser!
191 N. El Camino Real #203
Encinitas, CA, 92024
760-230-2060
www.artsoupsd.com

Big Animals for Little Kids
All-volunteer non-profit, visiting underprivileged children in homeless shelters, hospitals and foster care facilities and events for kids with special needs. Volunteers dress in animal costumes, paint faces, make balloon hats, and create photo keepsakes.
1380 Garnet Ave. #E436
SD, 92109
619-723-3142
www.biganimalsforlittlekids.org

Get Air
(see listing under Recreation)

Jelly Bean the Clown
Compassionate and sensitive to children of all abilities, Jelly Bean specializes in kids’ birthday party entertainment for kids ages 1-18 with fun activities for children of all ages: face painting, temporary tattoos, kids’ magic show, games and balloon sculptures.
Shirly Chwalowski
858-245-6035

Mon Petit Château
They offer indoor play, birthday parties, social interaction and inclusion classes for high functioning Autistic toddlers through kindergarteners. They welcome all children. Come by and visit them!
861 Harold Pl. #204
Chula Vista, CA 91914
619-271-7880
www.MPChateau.com

Xcite Steps Birthday Party Services
In-home or adventure outing parties where experienced mentors support children and teens with special needs, but the parties are designed so that the child’s entire class will have fun and the activities will promote social interaction.
1137 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014  
858-764-2956
3978 Sorrento Valley Blvd. #100
SD, 92121
858-428-0222

PHOTOGRAPHY & ARTISTIC SERVICES


Andy McRory Photography
Portrait, design and architectural photography. You create the memories. I simply document them beautifully and accurately with the style and sensitivity your family deserves.
619-925-5058
www.andymcrory.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.joelsvisonarts.com

MRS Photography
Beautiful, sensitive family photography services from a fun, patient mom of a child with special needs determined to find the beauty in EVERY person.
619-397-8497
www.MRS-Photography.com

Photgraphy by Lisa K
Striving to capture the essence of every family, Lisa makes your experience stress-free by catering to the needs of each individual group. Sensitive, beautiful, newborn packages available.
12225 World Trade Dr., SD, 92128
858-673-3630
www.photographybylisak.com

Savoring the Sweet Life Photography
Quality photography emphasizing family values. Hour-long sessions held at any location you choose, at any time of day so children can be comfortable and play. 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.
5611 Palmer Way #B  
Carlsbad, CA 92010
858-829-6584
www.savoringthesweetlife.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc.
2815 Jefferson St., Ste. 201
SD, 92008
760-434-3912
www.it4k.com

Inspiration Physical Therapy
Specializing in therapy services for individuals with developmental and mental health conditions to improve participation and quality of life.
PO Box 212913
Chula Vista, CA 91921-2913
619-271-8573
inspirationpt@yahoo.com

Kara Dodds and Assoc./Addie’s AutismFiTT
(See listing under Speech and Language)

Kidspiration Yoga & Physical Therapy
10671 Roselle St. #102, SD, 92121
619-804-1630
www.kidspirationpt.com

Kids Therapy Associates
11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110 SD, 92128
858-673-5437
www.kidstherapyassociates.com

PT in Motion
7907 Ostrow St., SD, 92111
858-565-6910

Rady Children’s Hospital SD
Provides physical therapy in the evaluation and treatment of neurological, congenital, orthopedic and developmental problems from infancy through adolescence.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5068
SD, 92123
858-966-5829
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

Spot Kids Occupational Therapy
(See listing under Occupational Therapy)

Strides Physical Therapy
Physical therapy assessment and treatment plans to serve the whole child based on a dynamic systems model, addressing primary system impairments in order to maximize potential for functional independence and participation at home, in school and in the community.
5611 Palmer Way #B  
Carlsbad, CA 92010
858-442-1994
www.stridespt.com

RECREATION
(SEE ALSO: CAMPS AND SUMMER SOLUTIONS)

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association (formerly San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation)
Year round league sports, sports mentor and mentee program, and recreational sports for children and adults with physical disabilities and Jr. wheelchair sports camp for kids.
P.O. Box 153792,
SD, 92195
619-336-1806
www.adaptivesportsandrec.org

Adaptive Swim Lessons: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center
Year round, warm water adaptive swim lessons for children six months to adult with special needs. All lessons are taught by experienced, certified swim instructors who provide a low teacher to student ratio. Please call the aquatics management office for session dates, class times and fees.
119 E. Madison Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92019
619-442-5129 x114

Addie’s AutismFITT Club and Personal Training Studio
AutismFITT Club™ works closely with parents and children to improve both fine and gross motor skills and get fit in a fun, manageable way with skills from a highly skilled mom who walks the walk. Individualized therapies enable children to play, interact and participate with their peers. Equipment and activities that are designed to meet the needs of children of all ages and levels of abilities. 2 locations -
Mission Valley
7850 Mission Center Ct., SD, 92108
Pacific Beach
4440 Ingraham St., SD, 92109
619-578-2232
www.autismfitt.com

America the Beautiful Access Pass, National Parks Service
U.S. residents with documented disabilities are eligible for a free lifetime pass to all national parks, historic sites and recreation areas that charge entrance fees.
www.nps.gov

A Night to Remember Prom
FREE Prom honoring students with special needs ages 15-22 yrs. old. It’s more than a Prom…it’s an experience! Honored Guests get hair/make-up done, limo rides, and walk down the Red Carpet complete with paparazzi before entering the dance/dinner. It’s also a night of integration – as each student with special needs is partnered up with a San Diego high school student who serves as their host.
Business Office
3030 Market St.
SD, 92102
www.anighttorememberprom.com


Aqua Pros Swim School
Pool Pals swimming program  for children with Autism and annual surf camp.
4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
SD, 92117
619-209-2990
www.aquapros.org


Arms Wide Open
Instructors guide students on a journey through dance, movement and percussion, enabling the dancer with special needs to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying and appreciating dance and performing choreography. Free of charge.
237 East Main St. #A
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-579-6197
www.awosd.org

Art Soup
Drop-in art studio and social club for all abilities with paintable VW bug, glass and chalk walls, 20K brick Lego Castle and a huge, stocked self serve craft bar. Multi-day, money-saving passes available. Birthday party destination.
191 N. El Camino Real #203
Encinitas, CA, 92024
760-230-2060
www.artsoupsd.com

Barnes Tennis Center Wheelchair Program
Program for children and adults with physical handicaps. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
4490 W. Point Loma Blvd.
SD, 92107
619-221-9000
www.barnestenniscenter.com

Best Buddies San Diego
(Middle and High School)
Program for high school and middle school students that pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with typical peers. Planned social events within the group provide the opportunity to have friends outside of their own special education classroom. See listing under College and the Adult Transition for young adult opportunities.
310-642-2620 x201
MelissaPeterson@bestbuddies.org
www.bestbuddiescalifornia.org

Blue Roses Girls Group
Group formed to foster making and sustaining friendships with activities (such as fashion shows, camps and more) aimed at teen girls with Autism, ASD, and social challenges due to special needs.
www.bluerosesgirls.com


Bubbles Swim School
Offers instructional swim for students of all ages and abilities, starting as young as two months old. Whatever swim needs you may have, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality of instruction and safety. Call for an evaluation.
10369 Campo Rd.,
Spring Valley, CA 91978
619-660-0128
www.bubblesswimschool.com


Bullet–Cerebral Palsy Sports Association
Competitive swim opportunities for people who are physically challenged.
Kristi Drullard
6153 Fairmount Ave., Ste. 150
SD, 92120
858-571-7803

Challenged America: Adaptive Sailing for Kids and Adults
All volunteer sailing program complete with adaptive equipment that allows persons with physical disabilities the chance to learn to sail.
955 Harbor Island Dr. #130
SD, 92101
619-523-9318
www.challengedamerica.org

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
858-866-0959
www.challengedathletes.org

Challenger Little League
Division of Little League for children with any physical or mental disability aged 5-18.
858-457-1245

Color, Construct, Create
Fun, therapeutic, and skill-enhancing art class designed for school age children with and without special needs, After-school programs and summer camps available.
P.O. Box 504384, SD 92128
858-472-6009
www.colorconstructcreate.com

Creative Stages of San Diego
New Dramatic Arts
Introduction class for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Offered by San Diego Danceworks.
2653 Ariane Dr., SD, 92117
858-273-3287
www.sddanceworks.com


Danceology Performing Arts Campus
Adaptive Combo dance class of tap, ballet and creative movement for girls 3-10 with special needs.
10750 Thornmint Rd. #102
SD, 92127
858-613-1155
www.danceology.biz


Dance thisAbility: Malashock Dance Co.
In partnership with St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Malashock Dance facilitates a program where young adults are integrated into a professional dance environment at Dance Place San Diego.  Teaching artists provide a weekly dance class that incorporates fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, musicality, self-expression through movement, and pattern sequencing into an upbeat instructional setting.  Students warm up, complete improvisation exercises, and learn a special piece of choreography.
Dance Place San Diego, Liberty Station
2650 Truxtun Rd. #202
SD, 92106
619-260-1622
www.malashockdance.org

Dance with Me: Dance & Company
This 50 minute class is designed for young children with special needs to express themselves through simple dance movements, enhance motor skills, improve health, increase flexibility, develop confidence and increase social skills.
6635 Flanders Dr. #D, SD, 92121
858-750-3021
www.danceandcompany.com

Department of Fish and Game
Free fishing license.
San Diego Regional Center, Community Affairs/Phil Patton
4355 Ruffin Rd., Ste. 325
SD, 92123
858-576-2966

Disabled Drummers Association
Drum circles for kids 4 to adult. Email for meeting info.
Myron Ross: myronwonder@sbcglobal.net

Dixon Lake-Accessible Cabin
Accessible camping for persons with physical disability.
1700 North La Honda Dr. Escondido, CA 92027
Park Ranger: 760-839-4680
www.escondido.org/Dixon-Lake-accessible-cabin.aspx

Easter Seals of Southern California
Aquatic training, camp, adaptive aquatic “Learn to Swim” program; “Parent and Me” infant/toddler water adjustment program. Ages 9 months-15 years.
1035 E. Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92025
760-737-3990

Environmental Traveling Companions
Plans excursion trips (kayaking, rafting, skiing) for people with disabilities.
Fort Mason Center Landmark Bldg. C San Francisco, CA 94123
415-474-7662
info@etctrips.org

Escondido Kung Fu & Tai Chi
Training in karate and tai chi for people with disabilities.
2435 E. Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92027
760-745-4060

Escondido Yoga
Training in yoga for people with disabilities.
2435 E. Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92027
760-745-4060

Family Karate
Karate programs for the physically challenged.
410 W. Felicita Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
760-746-0983
12798 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd. SD, 92129
858-484-4747

Flip Force
Faith-based tumbling, martial arts and dance classes open to people with all abilities.
9282 Miramar Rd.,
SD, 92126
858-578-3547


Floaties Swim School
Water safety: All children need to learn to swim. In the situation of a child who is less aware of his surroundings and challenged with communication, it is even more crucial. Waterproof your child!
13180 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
877-277-7946
www.floatiesswimschool.com


The Friendship Circle
Brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for fun and friendship.
16934 Chabad Way
Poway,  CA 92064
858-451-0455
www.friendshipcircle.com


Get Air
Recreational trampolines are a fun way for people of all ages and abilities to improve their vestibular system and balance. Must be able to jump on one’s own. We have foam pits with delayed TVs (watch instant replays of your tricks), a Huge Dodgeball Court, Air Jam Basketball, “Small Air” with a tramp slide for our younger jumpers with their own foam pit, Competition Style Slackline, and an open jump area with platforms and other structures to jump from! Birthday Parties Available.
12160 Community Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
858-848-1AIR (1247)
www.getairpoway.com


Get Z-Fit Adaptive Zumba
Highly successful program for children with Autism, ADHD, other learning challenges and individuals with physical limitations.  Build core strength, work on muscle tone and balance and have a blast sweating with Ms. Wheelchair California 2013 in her adaptive Zumba Get Z-FIT class. Fully inclusive class encourages typical friends and family to join in!
619-634-9080
www.getzfit.org

Grossmont College Adapted Aerobic Classes
School enrollment necessary. Adaptive equipment and training provided.
Disabled Student Services
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020
Jane Nolan; 619-465-1700 x7112

Grossmont Recreation Therapy
Various activities including gentle fitness, arthritis aquatic program, aquacize, adaptive aquatics program, SPLASH and adaptive golf clinic. Including programs for stroke survivors and family members.
5555 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91941
619-644-4104

Gyminny Kids: My Needs Gymnastics
Classes are designed to help children 4 and up with high functioning disabilities experience gymnastics in a fun and positive environment. Class ratio no more than 5 kids per instructor.
17022 Camino San Bernardo
SD, 92127
858-451-0204
www.gyminnykids.com

Heart of Sailing San Diego
Therapeutic sailing adventures for children and adults with disabilities.
Shelter Island Cove Marina
2240 Shelter Island Dr.
SD, 92106
Janeane Manker
www.heartofsailing.org

I Can Play!
(See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific)

Ice-Plex Special Skaters Program
30-minute class is designed for individuals of all ages who are developmentally and/or physically disabled and would like to learn how to ice skate. Skate rentals included with class.
555 N. Tulip St.
Escondido, CA 92025
760-489-5550
http://iceoplexescondido.com/skatingschool/special-skater-program.html

Include Autism Baseball League
Baseball inclusion program that provides a league experience to youth who are diagnosed with Autism and raises Autism awareness in the communities located throughout San Diego County by pairing up teams from Include Autism with local youth baseball players. Promotes a fun, athletic experience for all involved. Held at Twin Trails Park in Rancho Peñasquitos.
P.O. Box 720072,
SD, 92172
858-603-9835
www.includeautism.org

Inclusive Sports and Wellness Programs- Rancho Family YMCA
Inclusive family, sports, gymnastics, aquatic and wellness programs offered to children and adults of all abilities. Financial aid available.
9410 Fairgrove Ln., SD, 92129
858-484-8788
www.rancho.ymca.org

InnerDancer Performing Arts
Peer and friendship centered social interaction and dance development program for all abilities engaging the individual with all abilities first, rather than attempting to fit students into a one-size-fits-all repertoire. Weekly classes and inclusive performance opportunities.
2 Locations -
2801-B Roosevelt St.
Carlsbad Village, CA 92008
Garden of Eden Organic Farm 1542 Silver Tree Ln.
Escondido, CA 92026
602-502-2743
www.innerdancers.com

Jet Blue: Blue Horizons for Autism
Partnering with Autism Tree Project Foundation, Joel’s Vision Arts, and TSA Cares, Jet Blue has produced a video,“I Can Fly” Social Story-book, and yearly family event to help those with Autism/ASD confront the fears and anxiety that can be associated with flying. Dedicated line and web link for travelers with disabilities.
800-538-2583
www2.jetblue.com/travel/special-needs/

Juan Carlos Organization Inclusive Zumba
Bilingual classes all around San Diego for everyone, including those with mobility challenges and in wheelchairs, in Adaptive Zumba and Aqua Zumba
619-971-3904;
www.jcorg.org

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

KidVentures and GymVentures
Providing a safe, fun and nurturing environment for San Diego families for over 15 years. Our facilities offer the ideal setting for children with special needs. We work with educators, occupational therapists and child psychologists to provide a welcoming place to learn and play.
Kidventures and Gymventures
5066 Santa Fe St., SD, 92109
858-272-2266
Kidventures Eastlake
851 Showroom Pl.
Chula Vista, CA 91914
www.kidventures.com
www.gymventures.com

La Jolla Special Piranhas Hockey League
Low-priced, amateur ice hockey league for boys and girls 7-12 with disabilities who are physically able to play but unable to participate in a typical organized league. Ice, equipment, coaching and mentoring provided.
UTC Ice Sports Center
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
SD, 92122
lrbecker@san.rr.com
www.lajollaspecialpiranhas.org

Little Miss Wheelchair California
Scholarship competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation. Its purpose is to select the most accomplished and articulate young lady to represent people living with disabilities in the general public, business community and government.
619-634-9080
www.mswheelchaircaliforniafoundation.com/Junior-Miss

Miracle Movers Special Needs Dance Program, Performing Arts Workshop
Classes for children with special needs 2-8 focusing on creative movement therapy, mind body connection, spatial awareness exercises and dance vocabulary.
681 Encinitas Blvd. #309 Encinitas, CA 92024
760-753-2671
www.dancePAW.com

Mon Petit Château
(See listing under Party Planning and Special Events)

Mountain High Adaptive Ski Program
Adaptive Lessons are 1:1 under the supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. The instructors are PSIA trained in adaptive ski techniques to serve students with a variety of disabilities including the blind, deaf, amputees, post-polio, spina bifida, birth defects, paralysis, cerebral palsy and cognitive disability. Students must be over the age of 5, able to “hold head upright” through jerking motions and must maintain breathing on their own. Lessons are taught midweek in January and February (tentatively in March), are by reservation only and include private instruction, lift ticket, adaptive equipment and standard ski equipment rental.  Lesson must be requested at least 72 hours in advance to ensure equipment and instructor availability. Includes fitting of equipment.
24510 Highway 2
Wrightwood, CA 92397
760-316-7860
www.mthigh.com/lessons-rentals/lessons/adaptive-lessons

Ms. Wheelchair San Diego
Local competition to promote awareness of the need to eliminate architectural and perceptual barriers, advocate for disability rights, create ability awareness, promote inclusion and encourage People First Language. Teen/adult and preteen categories. Star Princess on Wheels competition for younger kids.
4353 Park Blvd., SD, 91945
619-634-9080
www.mswheelchairsandiego.org

Murray Callan Swim Schools
Individual swim lessons for children with special needs.
1012 Law St., SD, 92109
858-273-7946
335 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-744-7946
www.murraycallanswimschools.com

PACT (Positive Action Community Theater)
Theater and dance programs designed to empower kids with special needs through performance.
Dance North County,
535 Encinitas Blvd. #101
Encinitas, CA 92024
760-815-8512
www.pacthouse.org

Poway Youth Basketball League
Challenged Athletes Program for youths with intellectual disabilities. All games will be played at Meadowbrook Middle School.
12320 Meadowbrook Ln.
Poway, CA 92064
PO Box 502183, SD, 92150-2183
www.pybl.com

Rancho Family YMCA – Inclusion Programs
Family, camp and wellness programs for children and adults of all abilities to learn grow and thrive together.
9410 Fairgrove Ln., SD, 92129
858-484-8788
www.rancho.ymca.org

RE Spectrum Community
Soccer and recreational activities for San Diego area children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Committed to building community relationships for those with ASD.
619-301-4041
www.respectrum.org

San Diego Danceworks
Inclusive dance programs.
2653 Ariane Dr., SD, 92117
858-272-7456
www.sddanceworks.com

San Diego Down Syndrome
Partners with local resources to provide unique recreational activities for families of children with Down Syndrome.
1222 A. Woodside Ave. #238
Lakeside, CA 92040
619-708-5636
www.sandiegodownsyndrome.org

San Marcos Youth Basketball Shooting Stars
Inclusive program for children 5-22 with a variety of social, intellectual and mild physical disabilities to learn and enjoy basketball in a fun, non-competitive environment, some with “buddies” (basketball mentors). Program at Corky Smith Gym.
713 Via Cafatel
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-598-8090
www.smybbshootingstars.com

S. D. Park & Recreation Dept.
Therapeutic recreation services. Full range of amazing and inclusive camps and recreational programs for children with special needs.
619-525-8248
JBattaglia@sandiego.gov

Sensory Friendly Films
Bimonthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs.
AMC Mission Valley
640 Camino Del Rio N.
SD, 92108
AMC Palm Promenade
770 Dennery Rd.
SD, 92154


Sing, Move and Play Music Academy
Offers 1:1 Piano and group keyboard lessons from certified instructors for children 3-adult. Music can help physical emotional, intellectual and social development. Try our Harmony Road Group Instruction (18 months – 11 years old): an exciting, comprehensive early childhood music program, designed to help children discover the world of music through motivating materials and activities which develop the whole child.
17197 Patina St.,
SD, 92127
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
soar@skysailing.com

SpecialCare Travel:
Durable Medical Equipment Rentals
(See listing under Adaptive Equipment)


Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County
We offer FREE, year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation develops improved physical fitness, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.
10977 San Diego Mission Rd.
SD, 92108
619-283-6100
www.sosc.org/sandiego


Sports for Exceptional Athletes
Community based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adult. Offers 24 sports in 4 sports seasons for persons with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community.
9575 Aero Dr. #B
SD, 92123
858-565-7432

Squag
New application for tweens and teens with Autism/ASD. Safe, fun place to facilitate friendships free of outside noise where users can reach out to peers and form relationships without being spoken for. Driven by kids, supported by parents!
www.squag.com

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Competitive Adaptive Swim Team
Adaptive swim team workouts for swimmers who want to compete in swim meets.  Practice times are Tuesdays and Thursdays: Beginners 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. and Advanced 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration is necessary. Call for space availability and fees.
119 E. Madison Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92019
619-442-5129 x114

Stars Karate
(USA Freestyle Martial Arts)
Free karate lessons for children with disabilities 4 and older, typical siblings welcome in special classes but must pay.
3125 Rosecrans St., SD, 92110
619-224-9600
www.dragonkick.com

Susie D’Agostino,
Dance Instruction
Working with the special needs community since 1990 through Disabled Services Program of San Diego. Regular instruction at Carmel Mt. Ranch Rec. Center.
10152 Rancho Carmel Dr.
SD, 92128
www.susiedanceparty.com

Swiftkick Martial Arts
Applied martial arts program for kids with special needs where students work on balance, courage, self-awareness and core strength in a safe, non-threatening setting.
16775 Bernardo Center Dr. #F
SD 92128
858-385-1600
www.swiftkickma.com

Swim2John
One-on-one swim program from 17 months old for most abilities. After 30 months of age, coach insists you will have a swimming child in 10 days!
858-944-6091
www.swim2john.com

Teens In Motion (TIM)  YMCA
Exciting after-school program that provides supervision and support to high school students with disabilities and special needs.
3333 Camino del Rio S. #400
SD, 92108
619-521-3055 x1404

TERI Campus of Life Enrichment Programs
Agriculture, equestrian, culinary, fitness and performance and music programs for students and adults with special needs including the Peas ‘N Carrots 4-H club (the first of its kind to serve those with developmental disabilities and their siblings) . Focus is on social interaction, fitness/healthy lifestyles, and great nutrition choices.
251 Airport Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-721-1706;
www.teriinc.org

TopSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer through La Jolla Youth Soccer)
Available to athletes between the ages of 5 to 18 years old with a range of mental or physical challenges. Athletes are placed into groups based on ability, not age. All activities are designed based on the needs of the athletes.
3908 Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-677-9779
www.lajollasoccer.org

Traveler’s Assistance
Makes arrangements for travelers with special needs. Provides special assistance for tourists and visitors, contacts friends and relatives, and offers crisis intervention on a limited basis.
1501 Imperial Ave., SD, 92101
619-233-8500 x1157
admin@travelersaidsandiego.org
www.travelersaidsandiego.org

UCSD Aquatics Programs
Adaptive aquatic programs for physically challenged.
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-534-6034

USD Football Player Mentor Program
USD Toreros football team and Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) are active in mentoring kids with Autism, inviting their families to Toreros games/events and raising awareness in the community. The Toreros host ATPF families at every home game, where the kids get to cheer on their players during the game and throw and catch footballs with the players post game.
2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C, SD, 92106
619-222-4465
www.autismtreeproject.org/programs/usd-football-mentor-program

UCP Assn of San Diego County Aquatics Program
Intermediate and elite level training program for adults and children (6+ years) with physical disabilities.
8525 Gibbs Dr., Ste. 100
SD, 92123
858-571-7803

VALR Martial Arts Center
Martial arts for most abilities, inclusive practices.
12855 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
858-668-1887
info@VALRPoway.com

Wheelchair Dancers Organization
All of the classes are FREE and available to men, women and children interested in the art of Wheelchair Dancing. Eight week programs offered around San Diego in ballroom dance.
858-573-1571
www.wheelchairdancers.org

Xcite Steps
Recreational groups, sports clubs and summer camps.
1137 Camino del Mar,
Del Mar, CA 92014
858-764-2956
3978 Sorrento Valley Blvd. #100
SD, 92121
858-428-0222


YMCA of San Diego County
Swim lessons, sports leagues, day camps and overnight camps for children preschool and up all summer long. Kids learn, grow and thrive making lasting friendships and memories. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y.
3708 Ruffin Rd.
SD, 92123
858-292-9622
www.ymca.org


Young Life Capernaum
Christian organization for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that offers the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities with peer mentors.
San Diego Capernaum
(Every 1st and 3rd Thursday)
Flood Offices
3878 Ruffin Rd. #B, SD, 92123
North County Capernaum
(Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday)
Daybreak Church  
6515 Ambrosia Ln.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
619-940-5313;
www.capernaumsandiego.younglife.org

RESPITE/CHILDCARE/SKILLED NURSING

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

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
Childcare for children with special needs, Certified Nursing Assistants for in-home 24 hour care as well as occupational, physical, speech and IV therapies.
5830 Oberlin Dr. #204, SD, 92121
858-777-9525
www.brightstarcare.com

Care.com
Membership required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs care and check their backgrounds.
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

Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc.
In-home care, respite and companion care.
Carlsbad Homecare
5838 Edison Pl. #120
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-438-0078
San Diego Homecare
7851 Mission Center Ct. #112
SD, 92108
619-299-9350
San Diego Companion Services
7851 Mission Center Ct. #110
SD, 92108
619-298-7548
www.maximhomecare.com


Nannies for Special Kids
Service connecting families with multi-source background-checked, educated, caring nannies with hands-on experience working with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD and other developmental conditions.
760-659-9096
www.nanniesforspecialkids.com


Not To Worry, Inc.
Service of nurses and professional caregivers for safe respite, nursing 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

Stein Special Care Program
Child special care program and adult behavioral day program.
Vista Hill Foundation
8910 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
SD, 92123
858-514-5100

TERI Family Support Services
In and out of home respite services for children and adults with disabilities funded through the SDRC or parent tuition. Vacation and Saturday day programs available.  There are also social clubs based on individual age groups. Club Jubilee provides music, movement and sensory program for students 3-8, Respite Club provides music, dance, and cooking classes for students 8-13 and the Girls and Boys Night Out Club is all about developing friendships through support, recreation, fitness and activities in their local community for students 14-23.
251 Airport Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-721-1706;
www.teriinc.org


Together We Grow Skilled Nursing Care
Center-based infant through adolescent skilled nursing care with weekend-overnight, afterschool, infant and preschool programs. Funding for qualifying families at two locations.
3805 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-757-6031
5055 ViewRidge Ave.,
SD, 92123
858-751-0506
www.togetherwegrow.net


YMCA Childcare Resource Service
Child care referrals, respite care for children and after-school care for teens who have special needs. We provide health and behavioral health services, financial assistance for child care for income eligible families, parent and provider education, and resources for choosing child care.
3333 Camino del Rio S. #400
SD 92108
800-481-2151
www.crs.ymca.org
www.facebook.com/YMCA.CRS


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

SAFETY

5Star Urgent Response from Greatcall
Keychain-sized piece of equipment able to call for help and be tracked from your computer or mobile phone. Has one of the least expensive monthly payments that uses GPS technology.
800-650-3951
www.greatcall.com/5Star

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

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.
17602 17th St. #102
Tustin, CA 92780
714-834-0050
www.getsafeusa.com

Hope Paige Customized Fashion Safety Bracelets
Beautiful, fashionable, “design your own” medical accessories that blend in with everyday accessories and provide important medical information for first responders.
www.hopepaige.com

LifePROTEKT
Offers a variety of watch-sized, shock-proof, unobtrusive products with GPS locators, alarms that sound when children wander to far, and even two way communicators! Works with a monthly monitoring service similar to a home security system and can be tied into a smartphone or computer and can locate child within 10 ft.
800-939-3952
www.lifeprotekt.com

LoJack SafetyNet
Offers waterproof ankle and wrist bracelets using RF signals to locate wearer. Product requires just one battery change per month!
877-434-6384
www.safetynetbylojack.com

MedicAlert
Provides members with MedicAlert neck chains or bracelets that alert emergency responders of basic medical conditions, allergies, or special needs when member is unconscious or unable to speak.
2323 Colorado Ave.
Turlock, CA 95382
800-432-5378 (service/intake)
800-633-4298 (toll-free)
marketing@medicalert.org
www.medicalert.org

Medical ID Marketplace
Fashionable, informative ID medical jewelry including TEXT ID jewelry, which allows the first responder to send an alert about the wearer to 10 different people with a single text.
877-651-5186
www.hopepaige.com

MediPal Inc., Emergency Seatbelt ID
Affordable seat belt attachment that provides contact and comprehensive health information to First Responders in the event of an emergency. Transfers easily to purse, backpack strap, wheelchair, waist belt or arm.
960 Postal Way #611
Vista, CA, 92085
760-659-0559
www.medipal.com

Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver provides RF transmitted, waterproof bracelets and ankle bracelets, free monthly checks of battery, wristband replacement, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation.  Project Lifesaver has over 1,200 participating agencies.
877-580-5433
www.projectlifesaver.org

Rebuilding Together San Diego:
Safe at Home Program
Volunteers make small repairs to the home to ensure the safety of low income homeowners with children and physically disabled homeowners.
2013 Franklin Ave.,
SD, 92113
619-231-RTSD (7873)

The Safer Child
Connects parents with safety seat inspectors, home child-proofers, pool safety inspectors, infant CPR instructors and more, all online.
www.thesaferchild.com

San Diego County Autism Society/Salvation Army Disaster Relief Services
Provides disaster relief services to include disaster kits, disaster relief services, and special needs diets for autism.
858-715-0678
don_read@usw.salvationarmy.org
www.sandiegoautismsociety.org

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/co_tmh.html

Qualifying registry organizations:

Alzheimer’s Association
San Diego/Imperial Chapter:858-492-4400

Autism Society
San Diego County Chapter: 858-715-0678

Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County: 619-296-0161

Health and Human Services Agency San Diego County:800-510-2020

Office of the State Council On Developmental Disabilities
Area Board XIII: 619-688-3323 

TSA Cares Help Line: Transportation Security Administration
Resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying. To make advance arrangements for screenings at airports, travelers can contact TSA 72 hours in advance of their flight.
855-787-2227
www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/disabilityandmedicalneeds/index.shtm

SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS

Center for Emerging Leadership (CEL)
Peer mentoring program for kids ages 13-18.
619-594-3588
cel@interwork.sdsu.edu
http://interwork.sdsu.edu/cel/

Family Intensive Training (FIT) Program: Star Specialties/Vista Hill
22 week program designed for parents of children between the ages of 5-10 with Autism to learn how to support their child’s social skills and manage difficult behavior in small training groups. SDRC funding is available.
8910 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
SD, 92123
858-514-5170
www.starspecialties.org


Include Autism (formerly CCC)
Highly skilled, ABA-trained mentors run a community based coaching program to facilitate success in social settings for teens and young adults with Autism. Peer Pals program teaches typical peers the skills and benefits of mentoring. The ultimate goal of this program is teaching social skills to foster self-confidence and independence. Offers a community training for organizations to learn how to better include people with ASD.
P.O. Box 720072,
SD, 92172
858-603-9835
www.includeautism.org


PEERS (Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) at Sierra Academy
Developed at UCLA, provides an evidenced-based curriculum designed to teach social skills to adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, PDD, and nonverbal learning disorders in a small-group format.
10695 Treena St. #101
SD, 92131
858-578-5335, x17
www.highroadschool.com/sierra_academy_of_san_diego/

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

SEEDS Educational Services
Social skills training, sexuality education, safety training and social events for teens and adults with disabilities
2707 Congress St. #1-R
SD, 92110
619-299-3161
www.seedseducation.org

The Social Express
Engaging, educational software for children and young adults with social learning challenges. The software is designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations, helping them to develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life.
1543 Juniperhill Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
877-360-0155
www.socialexpress.com

Social Thinking
Michelle Garcia Winner’s Congressional Medal-winning program that teaches students with Autism and social deficits how to recognize and respond to social cues. Blog, online resources and books for purchase. 
www.socialthinking.com

Xcite Steps Club Xcite
(See listing under Recreation)

SPEECH & LANGUAGE

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
800-638-8255
TTY 301-296-5650
www.asha.org

Associated Speech Pathologists
Provides evaluations, intervention and consultations to children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders and speech and language delays.
1595 Grand Ave. #110
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-471-1198
www.associatedspeechpathologists.com

County Speech (San Diego County Speech Pathologists, Inc.)
Licensed/certified staff provide evaluations and therapy for infants through seniors with speech-language delay/disorders, stuttering problems, vocal pathology, cognitive/memory defects and swallowing disorders. Affordable communication-related wellness programs for normally developing babies through school-aged children are available as well.
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
935 West San Marcos Blvd. #101
San Marcos, CA 92078
625 Third Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
858-695-9415
www.crimsoncenter.com

Excel Speech Therapy Center Inc.
7907 Ostrow St. #D, SD, 92111
858-565-6910
180 Otay Lakes Rd. #105
Bonita, CA 91902
619-475-6910
www.excelspeech.com

Golden Steps Pediatric Therapy
Supports your child’s language development through interventions that are naturally motivating and unique to your child. Provides the DIR Floortime model to language learning, as well as the Hanen, Social Thinking and PROMPT programs.
5611 Palmer Way #B
Carlsbad, CA 92010
760-602-7986
www.goldensteps.org

Hallie Smith, MA, Speech and Language Therapy
Offers a free 20-minute consultation to determine the need for a full evaluation. Bilingual assessment and treatment of speech and language delays and communication disorders through a research-based, transdisciplinary, family-inclusive approach to promote self-expression and freedom in children. Se habla español.
3443 Camino del Rio So. #112
SD, 92108
619-888-0887
www.halliesmithslp.com

Hein Speech-Language Pathology, Inc.
Private practice serving children & adults with language-learning disabilities, brain injuries & executive functioning impairments, as well as disorders of articulation, stuttering, social-pragmatic skills and voice. Can provide expert-witness work in court cases.
5858 Mt. Alifan Dr. #104
SD, 92111
858-560-0973
www.heinspeechlanguagepathology.com

Little Talkers
An online speech therapy resource featuring a series of videos and apps to help parents facilitate speech and learning with and journal to track your child’s progress.
www.littletalkers.com

Innovative Therapy 4-Kids, Inc.
2815 Jefferson St., Ste. 201
SD, 92008
760-434-3912
www.it4k.com

Jody K. Schuller and Associates
Offers speech and language therapy as well as tutoring, educational and social programs.
2002 Jimmy Durante Blvd. #304
2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd. #107 Del Mar, CA 92014
858-509-1131
www.speak4success.com

Kara Dodds and Assoc.
Speech Therapy Center, in conjuction with Addie’s AutismFITT, provides the highest level of speech, occupational and physical therapy for children in a family friendly center. Specializing in Autism/ASD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other developmental delays. Mission Valley and Encinitas offices.
2 locations:
7840 Mission Center Ct. #200
SD, 92108
619-629-0622

171 Calle Magdalena #101
Encinitas, CA 92024
858-414-4603
www.karadodds.com

Kids Therapy Associates
11838 Bernardo Plaza Ct. #110
SD, 92128
858-673-5437
www.kidstherapyassociates.com

Kirsch Therapy
Their speech-language programs are developmentally appropriate, family oriented and play-based to make therapy a fun experience. They participate in on-going continuing education programs and are up-to-date on the latest research and treatment methodologies.
1945 Avenida del Oro #120
Oceanside, CA 92056
760-945-6500
www.kirschtherapy.com

Kolby Kail Speech Therapy
North County speech services in play-based, natural environments such as your home, your child’s preschool, or within our office for children 0-6. Works to improve pre-language skills, oral motor skills, phonological awareness, articulation and social communication.
760-274-3575
www.kolbykailspeechtherapy.com

Lori McCurdy, MS
3020 Children’s Way #MC501
SD, 92123-4223
858-968-5838

Laurie Silverman and Associates
1524 Blaine Ave. SD, 92103
619-291-3515

Milestones Children’s Therapy
1785 S. Escondido Blvd. #A
Escondido, CA 92025
760-740-0055
www.milestoneschildrenstherapy.com

North County Speech and Language Center
858-336-7590
www.NorthCountySpeech.com

San Diego Center for Speech Therapy
Complete speech therapy services including auditory processing disorders, apraxia, social language issues/Autism, fluency disorders and stuttering, phonological impairments and orofacial myofacial disorders.
12625 High Bluff Dr. #113
SD, 92130
858-488-4810
www.sandiegocenterforspeechtherapy.com

San Diego State University: Communications Clinic
Provides diagnostic and rehab services to individuals who have communicative deficits due to limitations of speech, language and/or hearing.
9449 Friars Rd.
SD, 92108
619-594-7941

Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center
Provides free speech and language 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 So.,
SD, 92108
619-291-2506
www.sdscottishritelanguagecenter.org

SmallTalk Speech Therapy
Individual and group speech therapy and assessment brought to you by a comprehensive, collaborative team. Free Baby Sign Class and Speech/Language Workshops.
12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy. #111
SD, CA 92111
250 E. Chase Ave. #107
El Cajon, CA 92020
2356 Moore St. #101, SD, 92110
619-647-6157
www.smalltalkspeech.com

Spot Kids Occupational Therapy
(See listing under Occupational Therapy)


Social Communication Specialists
Speech language assessment and treatment with programs designed to address social and language difficulties that are associated with receptive and expressive language delays, pragmatic language delays, social skill deficits, ADHD/ADD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Extensive parent training is a critical part of all their programs.
5703 Oberlin Dr. #207
SD, 92121
619-591-9552
www.socialcommunicationspecialists.com


Speech & Language Pathology – Rady Children’s Hospital
Provides evaluation and interventions to children with speech delays and disorders.
3020 Children’s Way #MC5010
SD, 92123
858-966-5838
www.rchsd.org/developmentalservices

The Speech Station
Individual and group therapy, school readiness focusing on social communication and behavior, and parent training to facilitate language.
785 Grand Ave. #208
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-730-9675
www.thespeechstation.com

Speech Tree Therapy Center
Provides quality speech-language pathology services to children and adolescents with speech, language, and/or social impairments in order to facilitate more effective language and social interactions through comprehensive evaluation, speech therapy, social skills and parent and teacher facilitation.
2820 Camino del Rio S. #308
SD, 92108
858-405-4172
www.speechtreetherapycenter.com

Spot Kids Speech Therapy
Develops individualized treatment by utilizing effective interventions based on continuous assessment of your child’s needs and strengths. Focus on early detection.
5632 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-952-1782
www.spotkidsspeech.com

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

Dana Tappen, M.A., CCC-SLP
Specializing in treating infants and toddlers with Autism, language learning disorders, oral motor impairments, PDD, and phonological disorders
9508 High Park Ln.,
SD, 92129
619-894-9360

Therapy Uptown  
(see listing under Occupational Therapy)

Total Education Solutions
(See listing under Education)

THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAMS/HIPPOTHERAPY

Bonita Equestrian Therapy-Winner’s Circle Equestrian
Provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities.
2974 Equitation Ln., SD, 91902
619-475-9056
www.winnerscircleequestriantherapy.org

Helen Woodward Animal Center
Offers therapeutic riding.
6461 El Apajo Rd.
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
858-756-4117
www.animalcenter.org/therapeuticriding

Horsemanship for the Handicapped
Offers horseback riding for the handicapped.
10400 Russell, La Mesa, CA 91941
619-441-7868

Ivey Ranch Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
Riding program and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for those with physical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges.
110 Rancho del Oro Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92057
760-722-4839
www.iveyranch.com

Laughing Pony Ranch
Therapeutic riding program with rescued horses.
7143 Via Del Charro,
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
858-759-9039
www.laughingponyrescue.com

Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Program
A Center Member of NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association), our Lakeside program offers therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities for people with disabilities and their families.
619-672-6935
www.magichorse.org

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship
We provide riding instruction, positive physical and emotional experiences through interaction with horses. Children through adults, with various disabilities, can enjoy the immensely rewarding benefits of being outdoors by participating in therapeutic horseback riding and equine care. We currently have five very experienced instructors, three of which are PATH certified. Our program will be soon celebrating its 9th year providing a unique equine experience to those with special needs.
15689 Mountain Valley Pl.
Lakeside, CA 92040
Karen Crampton, Executive Director
phorsemanship@aol.com
cell: 619-729-3853

PoVA (Poway Valley) Therapeutic Riding Center
Our Mission is to provide equine assistance activities and therapies to children and adults with physical cognitive and/or emotional disabilities.
13943 Poway Valley Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
858-231-7889
www.PoVatrc.org

REINS
Therapeutic horseback riding.
PO Box 1283, Bonsall, CA 92003
760-731-9168
Debbie Shinner
www.reinsprogram.org

Rockin’ L&D Ranch
Recreational riding and therapeutic equine program.
1019 Deodar Rd.
Escondido, CA 92026
760-741-1179
hallmcnary@earthlink.net

Salisbury Farms: Horses Helping Humans
Equine facilitated psychotherapy by a licensed psychologist for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders, emotional disturbances and trauma.
Lakeside, CA  92040
619-723-6202
www.salisburyfarms.net

San Diego Hippotherapy
San Diego Hippotherapy provides occupational and physical therapy to children and adults with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, using the movement of horses as a treatment tool.
760-440-0286
www.sandiegohippotherapy.org

TEACH: Therapeutic Equestrian Activity Center for the Handicapped 
Therapeutic horseback riding lessons. Weekday afternoons and Saturdays.
PO Box 1428, Lakeside, CA 92040
619-596-2025

THERAPY DOGS/CANINE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Canines Companions for Independence
Non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
PO Box 4568, Oceanside, CA 92052
760-901-4300
www.cci.org

Good Dog Autism Companions
Places canine companions in homes of children with Autism to increase a sense of calm, safety and communication and to help build social bridges for the child.
3915 Mission Ave. #D-1 305
Oceanside, CA 92058
858-245-0032
www.gooddogautismcompanions.org

Leashes 4 Life International Assistance Dogs
Non-profit that places puppies with physically challenged individuals and providing training to produce highly skilled service dogs.
5481 Via Alcazar, SD, 92111
858-366-3991
www.L4Linternational.org

Paws’itive Teams Service and Therapy Dogs
Service dogs for persons with physical disabilities and facility dogs to enhance the experiences in a therapeutic setting.  Dogs work with trainers and therapists to serve the child.
858-279-7279
www.pawsteams.org

Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc.
Non-profit specializing in providing trained dogs for seizure response, mobility, Autism, facility and specialty dogs, such as for balance and Tourette’s. 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.
P.O. Box 1244,  
Solana Beach, CA 92075
800-385-1282
www.tenderlovingcanines.org

VISION HEALTH

College of Optometrists in Vision Development
Website provides excellent resources for parents as well as explanations of vision testing and therapies and their importance.
215 W. Garfield Rd. #200
Aurora, OH 44202
330-995-0718
www.covd.org


Daniel and Davis Optometry
Wide array of services including developmental vision services for Autism, special needs, and brain injury, sports team visual skills enhancement, vision therapy, and eye exams. One stop shopping for contacts and children’s eyewear!
3144 El Camino Real #202
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-434-3314;
www.visionsource-drsdanielanddavisoptometry.com


Donald Januik, O.D. and Randall E. Conrad O.D.
Complete eye care office for the 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.drjanuik.com

Family Vision Care, Gary Sneag, O.D.
Provider of quality vision care products, personalized optometric services, and comprehensive vision examinations. Specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye diseases, conditions, and vision problems.
4310 Genesee Ave. #101, SD, 92117
858-560-5181
http://visionsource-drsneag.com

Dr. Lisa M. Weiss, O.D, F.C.O.V.D
A leading provider of optometry service, vision therapy and vision care products. Skilled in treating vision related learning problems, strabismus, amblyopia and many other conditions in children and adults with developmental vision issues.
303 E. Main St.,
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-444-1153
http://visionsource-drweiss.com/

Eye Lids
Soft, comfy, washable flannel eye patches for kids: pirate-style for non-eye glass wearers or specially designed patches that fit over glasses for those who need them. Offered in a wide variety of popular kid-themed fabrics.
6893 Hyde St.
Camlachie, ON
N0N 1E0, Canada
519-383-9203
www.eye-lids4kids.com

Optometric Extension Program Foundation
Provides parent resources for optometric health and vision therapy. Has a vision professional reference list to find care providers.
1921 E. Carnegie Ave. #3-L
Santa Ana, CA 92705
949-250-8070
www.oepf.org

Parents Active for Vision Education (P.A.V.E.)
A national non-profit resource and support organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship between vision and achievement.
4135 54th Pl., SD, 92105
www.pavevision.org

San Diego Center for Vision Care;
Carl Hillier, O.D.
Center offering comprehensive eye examinations for all ages, treatment of eye diseases, vision therapy, sports vision and treatment for learning related vision problems
7898 Broadway,
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
619-464-7713
www.optometrists.org/san_diego/

Shiley Eye Center,
David B. Granet, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. and Shira Robbins, M.D
From premature babies to teenagers, the team ensures that each child seen at the family oriented Ratner Children’s Eye Center is given the attention and personal medical care they deserve in a child- friendly atmosphere. Our world-renowned specialists can help children with strabismus, nystagmus, congenital diseases like pediatric cataracts and glaucoma, acquired problems from blocked tear ducts to “lazy eye” (amblyopia) as well as trauma. Specialized surgeons serve virtually everyone, regardless of age, suffering from various ocular misalignments and their consequences.
9415 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-534-6290

Speccles for Kids
Flexible, durable and extremely comfortable straps for glasses with a unique grip that ensures glasses stay exactly where they’re supposed to, no matter what. Speccles are made from high quality, lead free, latex-free plastics that won’t discolor with wear.
PO Box 214
Farifield, VIC 3078
Australia
www.speccles.com

Specs4Us
Custom designed frames specially designed to fit children with Down syndrome.
13801 West Center St. #4 
Burton, OH 44021
800-586-1885;
www.specs4us.com

VOCATIONAL TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS

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.communitycatalystscalifornia.org

La Casa Center for Autism
Providing support and assistance with independent development, vocational training and job placement for individuals with Autism.
3748 Park Blvd., SD, 92103
619-876-9160
www.lacasacenterforautism.com

Employment and Community Options
Provides employment and living services to persons with disabilities.  
8555 Aero Dr. #102, SD, 92123
858-565-9870
www.communityoptions.org

WORSHIP

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
They teach children, from toddlers to high-schoolers, to esteem themselves and others, to value the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions, including Unitarian and Universalist heritage, and to become socially responsible citizens with an awareness of the needs of others. Inclusive preschool education as well.
4190 Front St., SD, 92103
619-298-9978
www.uusandiego.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

North Coast Church Vista Campus
Children 0-18 with special needs are placed in an age or developmental appropriate mainstream classroom with a one-on-one volunteer during the church service. The 11 am Sunday morning service features a specialized curriculum and separate classrooms for a more individualized focus (ages 4-15).
2405 North Sante Fe Ave.,
Vista, CA 92084
760-724-6700 ext. 204
(Marcia Boeche, Special Needs Coordinator)
www.northcoastchurch.com

New Venture Christian Fellowship Exceptional Kids Program
Structured for children on the Autism spectrum ages 2-12, our team of dedicated partners has been specially trained to help meet the needs of children and families who have been touched by Autism including attention to sensory needs, use of PECS system and modifying texts and visual presentations.
4000 Mystra Dr.,
Oceanside, CA 92056
760-477-8386
Dan Nixon, Kid’s World Pastor
www.newventure.org

The Rock Church Special Needs Ministry
1:1 and 2:1 ratios for 10 am and noon worship services by occupational, physical, music, and speech language pathologists and host of volunteers. Specialized curriculum. 
2277 Rosecrans St., SD, 92106
619-226-7625
www.therocksandiego.org

YOGA

Little Tykes Yoga at Addie’s AutismFitt Club
Yoga classes for kids 4-11 with an occupational therapist and physical therapists specializing in kids with Autism.
7850 Mission Center Ct.
SD, 92108
619-578-2232
www.autismfittclub.com

Therapy Uptown
(see listing under Occupational Therapy)

Yoga Sprouts
Individual and group yoga programs for all children including infants and children with Autism taught by a yoga instructor and pediatric speech therapist.
2820 Camino Del Rio S. #308 
SD, 92108
916-995-4458
www.yogasproutstherapy.com

MISCELLANEOUS ORGANIZATIONS

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

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Our foremost philanthropic priority is to provide other non-profit organizations with the means to educate the public about the special needs of children across this nation.
PO Box 1055,
Indianapolis, IN 46206
317-630-1202
www.cwf-inc.org

Kiwanis Club of Torrey Pines
The Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to serving the children of the world
one child and one community at a time. The Torrey Pines Club has a stellar reputation of helping fund recreational activities for children and adults with disabilities.
8677 Villa La Jolla Dr. #1144
La Jolla, CA 92037
www.torreypineskiwanas.org

Make-A-Wish Foundation
of San Diego
5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #110
SD, 92123
858-707-9474
www.makeawish-sd.org

March of Dimes
Committed to improve 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, 92123-4383
858-576-1211

Easter Seals Southern California
Easter Seals is an international charitable organization devoted to providing opportunities for children with physical disabilities.
800-511-3737
www.easterseals.com

Shoes With Heart
Offers shoe and clothing drives to any organization in the San Diego County that wants to fundraise with no costs involved! Raise $2-5k in weeks!
33175 Temecula Pkwy. #A417
Temecula, CA 92592
951- 237-8525
www.shoeswithheart.com

Updated: March 2014