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American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
An interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about developmental and related disabilities.
Association of Regional Center Agencies
Represents the 21 California regional centers that provide services to more than 142,000 people with developmental disabilities.
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters
Responsible for ensuring the protection of legal, civil and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities.
Membership-required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs caregivers with completed background checks.
Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC)
Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups and referrals. Services and supports in English and Spanish.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties.
4355 Ruffin Rd. #200
The State of California Department of Developmental Services
Serves people with developmental disabilities in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
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
Advocacy Associates, Inc.
Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults.
16935 W. Bernardo Dr. #114
Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism
(see listing under Infant Toddler Specific)
Alternative Teaching Strategy Center
(See listing under Autism)
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
Helps meet the educational needs of emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students whose needs are not being met in traditional academic settings.
4027 Normal St., SD, 92103
(see listing under Autism)
Balboa City School
K-12 special education school.
130 Woodward Ave.
Banyan Tree Learning Center
Program designed to assess areas of learning need and build levels of support. 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.
Banyan Tree Foundations Academy
Full day, private school that offers a more intense version of the interventions and methods at Banyan Tree Learning Center with 1:1 instruction. Serves students with significant challenges including Dyslexia, attention, communication, sensory processing, social problems, or previous school failure. This program is meant as a short-term intervention to prepare the student for re-entry to their neighborhood school.
9636 Tierra Grande #200
3555 Kenyon St. #101
Provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with 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.
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
Nonprofit organization dedicated to help people with disabilities choose, acquire and utilize their mobile device to better assist with communication, education and life skills.
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.
Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc. Head Start Programs
Three fully inclusive preschool programs for families with low incomes: St. Leo’s Head Start in Solana Beach, Encinitas Head Start and Leucadia Head Start.
3180 University Ave. #317
Provides in-home, private tutoring with a focus on executive functioning skills building techniques, supporting children and teens who struggle with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD.
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.
15250 Avenue of Science
Continuing Education Disability Support Program
Center City, Cesar Chavez,
Mid City: 619-388-4530
North City/West City: 619-388-1800 or 619-221-6977
Dyslexia Training Institute
Provides low cost online classes for teachers, tutors, reading specialists, parents and adults in reading intervention, remediation and Dyslexia.
7424 Jackson Dr. #1B
Specialized academic instruction for students in grades 3-8 with mild to moderate learning challenges emphasizing accountability, responsibility, independence and kindness.
910 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Nonprofit K-12 school, founded in 1988, dedicated to serving students with learning differences. Provides a safe and nurturing environment wherein students become literate, independent, and productive citizens. Onsite DIS services and a wide variety of clubs, intramurals, and competitive sports teams. Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and National School of Character and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
7202 Princess View Dr.
The Family & Learning Center
Educational coaching is a unique tutorial intervention designed to assist individuals better understand themselves as learners. Helps children with Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, language-processing difficulties, ADHD, Executive Function Disorder, nonverbal learning disorders, and visual-spatial processing weaknesses with an individualized 1:1 approach.
7744 Fay Ave. #202
La Jolla, CA 92037
Fred Finch Youth Center
Specialized treatment center, residential care and private school program exclusively serving youth with a developmental disability.
3434 Grove St.
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Private, alternative school and comprehensive afterschool program that specializes in helping students with individualized needs.
512 Via de la Valle #201
Solana Beach, CA 92075
5060 Shoreham Pl.
Grossmont Community College
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020
Grow My Way
A full-functioning farm that serves as a natural teaching environment including the feeding and care of animals, gardening, therapeutic horse riding, hiking, a range of gross and fine motor activities, a pond to practice fishing skills, peer interaction, and a full functioning classroom that uses principles of ABA.
Poway, CA 92064
Private school for grades 7-12; all students taught one-on-one.
705 Palomar Airport Rd. #340
Carlsbad, CA 92011
9915 Mira Mesa Blvd. #210
Head Start-Neighborhood House Association
Early Childhood education program that provides comprehensive services to children 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to families who are low income and/or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities.
841 South 41st St., SD, 92113
I Can! Center
Services for persons with disabilities including e-readers, large print books, Braille books and a designated librarian.
330 Park Blvd.
The Institute for Effective Education
Four schools provide education and services to individuals with unique learning needs.
1) Cook Education Center (ages 7-22, full spectrum of students with disabilities)
2) Children’s Workshop (ages 4-12 with Autism or other developmental disabilities)
3) Mt. Helix Academy (high achieving K-8 school)
4) Urban Skills Center (ages 18-22 with disabilities)
Jodie K. Schuller and Associates
(See listing under Speech Therapy)
Kids On the Block of San Diego (KOBSD)
Nonprofit provides educational puppet programs (grades K-6) on disability awareness, medical and education differences, social issues and cultural diversity. Script topics include: bullying, physical disabilities, learning differences, healthy eating, military deployment and tobacco prevention.
Kristin K. Singh, M.A., Licensed Educational Psychologist
Provides assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities, processing, Autism and other related disorders. Also offers educational counseling and consultation to families regarding special education services.
La Jolla Learning Works
Works one-on-one with K-12 students. Addresses areas of weakness to develop students’ full potential and find success and enjoyment in learning. Offers educational therapy, academic coaching, assessment, tutoring and test prep.
7730 Herschel Ave. #N
La Jolla, CA 92037
Help with comprehension, reading, spelling and critical thinking.
445 Marine View Ave. #290
Del Mar, CA 92014
Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids—An Inclusive Child Development Center
Play-based program provides children of all abilities 18 months-5 years an opportunity to learn in an in-home setting enhancing the educational experience. Full/half day options, nutritious meals and a licensed nurse on staff for children with medical needs.
970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #130
San Marcos, CA 92069
Private school provides specialized instruction for students with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties in grades K-8. Specialists teach students effective learning strategies. Speech/language and occupational therapies are embedded into daily learning.
12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
North Inland Special Education Region (SELPA)
1710 Montecito Rd.
Ramona, CA 92065
Provides a listening test, evaluation, and program plan for ages 3 and up, restore their listening abilities to improve attention span, auditory processing and ASD. Develops learning skills using the Tomatis Neuro-Auditory Program and Forbrain technology and improves attention, flexibility and coordination with the Feldenkrais Method.
San Diego, Riverside, Orange Counties
Pioneer Day School
A school for kids with Autism.
4764 Santa Monica Ave.
Specialized education service for students and parents that provides individualized support through appropriate assessment, interventions and evaluation. Multi-modal instructional strategies fulfill the needs of students by providing instructional support services that bridge the home and school.
5252 Balboa Ave. #702
The Reading Room
Dr. Lynn Thrope, Ph.D.
Offers private reading and writing instruction, diagnosis of learning problems, educational consultation, tutoring and test prep, IEP help, study strategies and comprehensive testing and evaluation of reading/language/writing abilities for learners ages 4-adult.
8383 Center Dr. #B
La Mesa, CA 91942
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
345 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Renaissance Village Academy
K-8 private school with small class sizes for gifted and talented students and their gifted peers who may also face emotional or socio-educational challenges such as Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning Autism that require differentiated educational pacing. Focus on critical thinking through personal inquiry and experimentation in an environment that is fun, challenging and globally aware.
10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #A
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.
San Diego Council on Literacy
Tutors and reading resources.
2515 Camino Del Rio S. #125
San Diego County Office of Education-Adult Education
6401 Linda Vista Rd.
San Diego Unified School District Community Advisory Committee
Provides advocacy and parent resources within the San Diego Unified School District.
4100 Normal St., SD, 92103
San Diego County Office of Education
Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA)
San Diego: 619-725-7700
South County: 619-470-5224
East County: 619-590-3920
North Inland: 760-788-4671
San Diego Unified School District-Special Education Early Childhood Program
3401 Clairemont Dr. #B-27
SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. (Self Esteem Education and Development in Sexuality)
Teaches social education, boundaries, abuse awareness and prevention for special needs.
2707 Congress St. #1-R
Services for children of all abilities, with a focus on kids with special needs using the Superphonics system. After assessment and observation, a learning system is developed using therapeutic tutoring and Autism Connection Therapy to bring out the best in your child. Serves North County Coastal region.
Serves students K-12 who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms, learn differently or have identified learning disabilities. Also offers a life skills program for students up to age 22.
6460 Boulder Lake Ave.
Sri Parent Coach and Educational Advocate, LLC
(See listing under Nutrition/Feeding/Home Health)
Specialized Therapy Services
Team of specialists offering assistive technology expertise, speech pathology, occupational therapy, music therapy, physical therapy, mental health and behavioral services and educational resources to create an individualized program to support children with varying needs.
4204 Adams Ave. #A
TERI Country School
Program for students 6-22 with Autism/ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other disabilities affecting learning, behavior, and social skills. Also offers class to prepare for adult life. Teachers, classroom aides, a speech and language pathologist, an OT and behavior specialist provide an integrated program based on individual need, which includes CA Standards academics, remedial academics and electives. Focus is on the college bound, but daily living skills are also taught.
251 Airport Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058
Therapeutic Approach to Growth
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)
ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science
(See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs)
Total Education Solutions
Tutoring and services including speech, occupational therapy, preschool interventions and summer camps.
5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #150
Vista Hill Foundation Sam and Rose Stein Education Centers
Serves students (ages 5-22) with developmental disabilities such as Autism, as well as students with emotional disorders and behavioral concerns.
6145 Decena Dr., SD, 92120
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