Organizations and Support Systems in the Bay Area

AbilityPath: Educational, therapeutic, vocational and family support services for individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities, specializing in employment placement and support.

AchieveKids: Centers in Palo Alto and San Jose providing special education and mental health services to students between the ages of 5 and 22.

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

The Burkard School: Small independent K-8 school for students who need extra support with self-regulation, executive functioning, and/or social-emotional learning in the classroom.

Charles Armstrong School: Private school in Belmont, CA serving children grades 2-8.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Morgan Autism Center: School program and adult program for individuals on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities:

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. and

Opening Doors PTA: Special education PTA dedicated to supporting students with exceptional needs and learning differences.

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.

Polaris Therapy: Interactive, self-paced, step-by-step therapeutic exercises to improve child development.

Special Advantage: Provides family-focused and strength-based services for children ages 0-5 and their families.

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

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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