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American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
An interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about developmental and related disabilities.

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters
Ensures the protection of legal, civil and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities.
8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250
SD, 92108

Membership-required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs caregivers with 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
SD, 92123

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties.
4355 Ruffin Rd. #200
SD, 92123

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 behavioral and educational services in the home, school, community and at the accredited ACES Academy.
3731 Sixth Ave.,
SD, 92103

Accurate Assessments of San Diego
(See listing under Assessment and Evaluation)

Advocacy Associates, Inc.
Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults.
16935 W Bernardo Dr. #122
SD, 92127

Alexa’s PlayC
Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital’s inclusion program designed to integrate early education for typically developing children and children with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
3685 Kearny Villa Rd.
SD 92123

Alternative Teaching Strategy Center
Direct, 1:1, evidence-based, success-focused teaching services for individuals with Autism based on presumed academic capability, individualized learning, independent communication, and indirect behavior modification using personalized curriculum and Visual Communication Analysis (VCA) for visual learners.
10640 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #200
SD, 92131

Aseltine School
Helps meet the educational needs of emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students whose needs are not being met in traditional academic settings.
4027 Normal St.,
SD, 92103

Autism College
(See listing under Autism)

Balboa School
K-12 special education school.
130 Woodward Ave.
Escondido, 92025

Banyan Tree Learning Center
Individualized Assessment, remediation and Educational Therapy for students who have Dyslexia, ADHD Auditory Processing Disorder, and language-based learning disabilities to improve memory, language, processing speed, attention and executive function. Initial complimentary consultation.
2820 Roosevelt Rd. #104
SD, 9210

Binford I CAN, Too! Center
Services for kids with accessibility needs, including two private study rooms and computers equipped with assistive software, digital talking books for individuals enrolled with the Braille Institute’s Library Services, a homebound services program, library-by-mail program, and drive-up book return.
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.,
SD, 92101

Free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students for the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with vision impairment, physical impairments and severe learning or reading disabilities.

Brain Highways
Innovative program aimed at developing the lower centers of the brain to improve learning, focus and behavior.
285 N El Camino Real #217
Encinitas, CA 92024

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

Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC (BEE, LLC)
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

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

Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc. Head Start Programs
Three fully inclusive preschool programs for families with low incomes: St. Leo’s Head Start in Solana Beach, Encinitas Head Start and Leucadia Head Start.
3180 University Ave. #317
SD, 92104

Club Xcite
Provides in-home, private tutoring with a focus on executive functioning skills building techniques, supporting children and teens who struggle with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD.

Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services
Affordable 1:1 in-home and online tutoring for all needs.

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, Poway Unified School District
Community group that advises school board on special education and provides parent trainings.
15250 Avenue of Science
SD, 92128
858-521-2800 x2216

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, San Diego Unified School District
Monthly meetings about special education in SDUSD with a parent-led organization that provides trainings, support and information.
4100 Normal St.,
SD, 92103

Community School of San Diego
Elementary, middle and high school programs for children with ASD and other disabilities with art, music, ABA, speech, OT, and vocational development built into the curriculum based on the student’s needs.
4764 Santa Monica Ave.
SD, 92107

Community Transition Academy
Non-public school for emerging adults, 9th grade through transition-age (22 yrs.), who have academic, language, social, and/or behavioral challenges commonly associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Compass Academy
Flexible school option offering a blended curriculum for students who need flexibility, special education, filling the gaps in academics, and getting to the root of learning challenges through a combination of online learning, teacher-led instruction, and small group classes or independent learning.

Continuing Education Disability Support Program
Center City, Cesar Chavez,
ECC: 619-388-4812
TTY: 619-388-4811
Mid City: 619-388-4530
North City/West City: 
619-388-1800; 619-221-6977

Dyslexia Training Institute
Provides low-cost online classes for teachers, tutors, reading specialists, parents and adults in reading intervention, remediation and Dyslexia.
7424 Jackson Dr. #1B
SD, 92119


Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Programs for students ages 2-5 at various sites within San Diego Unified School District.

Ed to the Future
Specialized tutoring for children in special education in a North County, sensory friendly environment with fully credentialed and ABA trained teachers. Se habla Español.
7040 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Excelsior Academy
Nonprofit K-12 school dedicated to serving students with learning differences. Onsite DIS services and a variety of clubs, intramurals, and competitive sports teams.
7200 Parkway Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942

The Family & Learning Center
Helps children via Educational Coaching 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.
7848 Ivanhoe Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Foundations Academy
Non-public school for grades 2-12 for students with significant challenges due to learning disabilities and/or social emotional issues. Provides student-specific assessments and evaluations, ongoing monitoring, specialized cognitive training, intensive educational and therapeutic interventions.
3450 Clairemont Dr.

Fred Finch Youth Center
Specialized treatment center, residential care and private school program exclusively serving youth with a developmental disability.
3845 Spring Dr.
Spring Valley, CA 91977

Fusion Academy
Private, alternative school and comprehensive afterschool program that specializes in helping students with individualized needs.
512 Via de la Valle #201
Solana Beach, CA 92075
5060 Shoreham Pl. #130
SD, 92122

Futures Academy
Private school for grades 7-12; all students taught one-on-one.
705 Palomar Airport Rd. #340
Carlsbad, CA 92011
9915 Mira Mesa Blvd. #210
SD, 92131

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

Grow My Way
This farm serves as a natural teaching environment. Includes feeding and care of animals, gardening, therapeutic horse riding, hiking, gross and fine motor activities, a pond to practice fishing skills, peer interaction, and a full functioning classroom that uses principles of ABA.
15415 Eastvale Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Head Start-Neighborhood House Association
Early Childhood education program provides comprehensive services to ages 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to low income families and/or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities.
841 S 41st St.,
SD, 92113

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 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)

In-te-grat-iv Learning
Works with students age 5 to adult who are struggling with one or more learning disabilities, providing assessments and 1:1 educational therapy.
2236 Encinitas Blvd. #C
Encinitas, CA 92024

Jodie K. Schuller and Associates
(See listing under Speech and Language) 

Kids On the Block of San Diego (KOBSD)
Nonprofit provides educational puppet programs (grades K-6) on disability awareness, medical and education differences, social issues and cultural diversity. Topics include: bullying, physical disabilities, learning differences, military deployment and more.

La Jolla Learning Works
Works one-on-one with K-12 students, offering educational therapy, academic coaching, assessment, tutoring and test prep.
7730 Herschel Ave. #N
La Jolla, CA 92037

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

Little Language Ambassadors
Native-Spanish speaking teachers inspire and educate the next generation through a 100 percent Spanish immersion program, making kids future citizens of the world through inclusive preschool, afterschool elementary and summer camp programs (18 mos-7 years).
1635 Lake San Marcos Dr. #101
San Marcos, CA 92078

Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids—An Inclusive Child Development Center
Play-based program provides children of all abilities 18 months-5 years an opportunity to learn in an in-home setting. Full/half day options, nutritious meals and a licensed nurse on staff for children with medical needs.
970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #240
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-743-3730 x201

NewBridge School
Private school provides specialized instruction for students with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties in grades K-8. Speech/language and occupational therapies are embedded into daily learning.
12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

North County Inland Special Education Local Plan Area
Multi-district support for children enrolled in special education.
1710 Montecito Rd.
Ramona, CA 92065

OliverMcMillan I CAN! Center
Services for teens to adults with disabilities including e-readers, large print books, Braille books and a designated librarian.
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd. SD, 92101

Pioneer Learning Center
Program for children with disabilities providing site-based and in-home ABA, speech and occupational therapies, and tutoring.
4764 Santa Monica Ave.
SD, 92107

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 used in classes and camps to help children become experts in phonemic awareness by integrating visual, auditory, and tactile modalities for a well-rounded approach to reading.
411 Camino del Rio S. #101
SD, 92108
345 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Renaissance Village Academy
K-8 private school with small class sizes for gifted and talented students who may also face emotional or socio-educational challenges such as Asperger Syndrome or 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
SD, 92131

San Diego Center for Children
Residential program and academy offering students with Autism, learning differences and emotional challenges a caring and supportive environment for academic success.
3002 Armstrong St.
SD, 92111

San Diego Council on Literacy
Tutors and reading resources.
2515 Camino del Rio S. #239
SD, 92108

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 Educational Therapy
Provides 1:1 support to students with learning differences, such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, processing deficits and weaknesses in executive function.
3604 Fourth Ave. #9
SD, 92103

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

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

Sierra Academy
Serves students K-12 who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms, learn differently or have identified learning disabilities. Also offers a life skills program for students up to age 22.
6460 Boulder Lake Ave.
SD, 92119

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.

Specialized Therapy Services
Team of specialists offering assistive technology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, music therapy, physical therapy, mental health and behavioral services, and educational resources to create an individualized program to support children with varying needs.
4204 Adams Ave. #A
SD, 92116

Computer-based program for children with Autism.

TERI Country School
Program for students 6-22 with Autism/ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other disabilities affecting learning, behavior, and social skills. Also offers class to prepare for adult life. Teachers, classroom aides, a speech and language pathologist, an OT and behavior specialist provide an integrated program based on individual need. Focus is on the college bound, but daily living skills are taught.
251 Airport Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058

Therapeutic Approach to Growth
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

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

Total Education Solutions
Tutoring and services including speech, occupational therapy, preschool interventions and summer camps.
5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #150
SD, 92123

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

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