Resources

Organizations and Support Systems in the Bay Area

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area: Information, networking and education, and advocacy for the autism community in the Bay Area.  https://sfautismsociety.org

Children’s Health Council: Education and mental health services for children, teens and young adults. www.chconline.org

Compass High School: College preparatory program in San Mateo designed for students with mild to moderate learning differences.  https://compasshigh.org

Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA): Support group meetings, music therapy class, workshops and social events.  Headquarters in Dublin, CA, with satellite Peninsula branch in Burlingame. www.dscba.org

Eating Disorders Resource Center: Organization in Campbell, CA that promotes awareness, recovery, and advocacy of eating disorders.  https://edrcsv.org

Friends of Children with Special Needs: Supported and independent living services, adult day program and supported employment program.  Headquarters in Fremont, with satellite branch in San Jose. https://fcsn1996.org

Gatepath: Educational, therapeutic, vocational and family support services for individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities.  One specialty is employment placement and support for disabled individuals.  Note: Abilities United became affiliated with Gatepath in 2019.  https://gatepath.org

Hope Services: Provides day services, training and employment, community living, and mental health services for those with developmental disabilities.  https://hopeservices.org

Hope Technology School: Private school for pre-K through high school students in Palo Alto, California that practices full inclusion of typical and special needs students.  https://hopetechschool.org

Morgan Autism Center: School program and adult program for individuals on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities: https://morgancenter.org

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI): Amazing resources and support for those with mental health challenges and their families.  Highlights: Warmline for support, parent support groups, NAMI Walks. www.namisanmateo.org and www.namisantaclara.org

Partners and Advocates for Remarkable Children & Adults (PARCA): Residential programs, support for independent living, child care, family support and advocacy services for individuals with developmental disabilities. https://parca.org

Peninsula Special Needs Community: Developmental support for parents with young children ages 0-5 years old.  https://meetup.com/PeninsulaSpecialNeedsCommunity/

Stanbridge Academy: Inclusive K-12 school for students with mild to moderate learning differences and social communication challenges.  https://stanbridgeacademy.org

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities: Recreational, social, educational and support services for families of children with disabilities or special health care needs:

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