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Special Education Resources for Families


American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities - Formerly AAMR - American Association of Mental Retardation - the AAID is the oldest and largest disciplinary organization of professionals and citizens concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities.


American Foundation for the Blind - A national non-profit providing information and resources to the blind and visually impaired, their families, and the professionals who work with them.


Autism Society of America - The nation's leading grassroots autism organization providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.


Braille & Talking Book Library (State of California) - The BTB Library loans braille, cassette and digital talking books, magazines and playback equipment to northern Californians unable to read conventional print.


CAFEC [California Assoc. of Family Empowerment Centers] - Provides information, resources, & systems change advocacy to statewide local Family Empowerment Center (FECs] which provide family education, support, empowerment, advocacy & parent-professional collaborative activities to families with children with disabilities ages 3-22.


California Deaf-Blind Services - CDBS serves individuals from birth through age 21with hearing and vision problems, with or without additional disabilities. CDBS collaborates with individuals who are deaf-blind to celebrate strengths, recognize unique needs, and develop personalized supports and services.


California Children Services - CCS is a statewide program that treats children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. Located at 1000 Broadway, Suite 500, Oakland, CA 94607. Phone: 510-267-3260.


California Department of Education (CDE) - Learn more about your SELPA from the California Department of Education.


CalSTAT [California Services for Technical Assistance & Training] - a special project of the CDE for Transition students, CalSTAT supports and develops partnerships with schools and families by providing training, technical assistance and resources to special education. Download the subscription form to their newsletter, The Special EDge.


CASE [Community Alliance for Special Education] - This Bay Area non-profit is a network providing legal support, training and advocacy services, as well as up-to-date information about local, state and federal policies, issues and resources.


CDE Family Involvement & Partnership - A California Department of Education site providing information, resources and support to parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities.


CDE Special Education Services & Resources - A California Department of Education listing of programs and services available to California students with disabilities, publications, training and technical assistance opportunities, as well as recruitment resources and materials.


Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - National non-profit organization offering education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD.


Diagnostic Center - Northern California - Offers professional development opportunities to educators and families. Presenters are practitioners who offer up-to-date, research-based information and practical skills. Located at 39100 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont, CA. Phone: 510-794-2500.


Family Resource Network of Alameda County - Offers parent support and informational meetings. Parents can gain valuable information, meet other parents, and share resource materials in a supportive environment. Located at 5232 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94618. Phone: 510-547-7322.


Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) 2004 - IDEA is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. Visit their website to learn more about implementation and available resources.


IDEA Guide for Parents - This guide provides parents with an opportunity to learn more about how the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004) works.


PHP (Parents Helping Parents) - A non-profit, community based parent-directed family resource center providing lifetime guidance, support and services to children with special needs, their families and the professionals who serve them.


National Institute of Mental Health - Provides information regarding the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of a range of learning disabilities, autism, AD/HD and mental illness.


Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic - FREE access to the nation's largest audiobook library of textbooks & literature; human-narrated audiobooks with full descriptions and a variety of audiobook downloadable formats.


Regional Center of the East Bay - Provides persons with developmental disabilities and their families with the tools needed to achieve lives of quality and satisfaction, and builds partnerships that result in inclusive communities. Located at 7677 Oakport Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94621.


Special Olympics Northern California - Special Olympics is founded on the belief that individuals with developmental disabilities can, with support, encouragement, and training, learn and enjoy participating in individual and team sports. Participating in Special Olympics is free to all Special Olympic athletes. For more information please visit their website at SONC website or contact the East Bay Sports Department at (925) 944-8801 ext. 236. Their address is 3480 Buskirk Avenue #340, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4343. Phone: 925-944-8778. Fax: 925-944-8801.


CDE Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Technology - The California Department of Education provides textbooks, workbooks, literature books and more in accessible formats – including braille, large print, recordings and ASL - free of charge to qualified students with disabilities.


CLAS - The CLAS Institute (Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services) identifies, evaluates, and promotes effective and appropriate early intervention practices and preschool practices for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


School Services of California, Inc. - The premier business, financial, management and advocacy resource for educational agencies in California.