The Internet can be a wonderful
tool in your search for information on your child's unique
needs. You can access the latest research on treatments
and instructional technology. There is information from
special interest groups and advocates for various methodologies.
The information can range from wonderfully informative to
blatantly misleading. In using the Internet, we recommend
you search the websites of nationally recognized organizations
with established credibility.
Contra Costa - 211 is the national, toll-free, three-digit
phone number to call for information about all kinds of
local health and social services. Calls are answered 24
hours per day, 365 days per year by trained information
and referral specialists at the Contra Costa Crisis Center.
Association on Mental Retardation - AAMR is the oldest
and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals
(and others) concerned about mental retardation and related
for the Blind - A one-stop information and referral
resource for people who are blind or visually impaired,
the organizations and individuals that serve them, and the
Society of America - A leading source of information
and referral on autism.
Parent Training & Information Centers - A list of
California agencies providing resources for families of
children with disabilities.
Companions for Independence - A non-profit organization
that provides highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing
support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is the largest
non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized
worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality
and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.
Parent Network - A one-stop family resource center serving
families of children with disabilities and special health
Abuse and Prevention Council - Surviving Parenthood
Guide: Advocacy, Support and Referral Services
& Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- The nation's leading nonprofit organization serving individuals
for Exceptional Children-Division for Learning Disabilities
- Information and resources for teaching children with learning
Costa ARC- A non-profit membership-based community organization
which exists to enhance and enrich the lives of children
and adults with developmental disabilities. They provide
direct services and advocacy to assist those they serve
in achieving their highest level of personal independence
Costa Crisis Center - Maintains a database of 24,000
sources for help or information on a variety of human services.
Costa Community Services Bureau - CSB provides child
development programs across Contra Costa County for children
0-5 years old and reserves 10% of their enrollment to serve
children with suspected or diagnosed disabilites.
Costa Employment and Human Services- In partnership
with the community they provide services that support and
protect adults, children, families and the elderly and promote
personal responsibility, independence and self-sufficiency.
and Families Services Department is the connection to
Child Welfare Projects and Programs that ensure safety of
children and work to toward healthy independence for families
and their children.
Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - National Alliance
on Mental Illness, the nations largest grassroots
mental health organization dedicated to building better
lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports
and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise
awareness and build a community for hope for all of those
Institute of Mental Health - Information about the symptoms,
diagnosis, and treatment of learning disabilities, ADHD,
autism, and many other disabilities and illnesses.
- (Parents of Orinda Individuals in Special Education) is
a resource for support and information - even mentorship
among families of differing ages with similar circumstances
in the Orinda School District.
Simplified Technology for Children with Communication Disorders
- Information and resources regarding Augmentative and Assistive
Education Services and Resources - Programs and services
available to students with disabilities, publications, training
and technical assistance opportunities and recruitment resources
Olympics, Northern California - Special Olympics, Northern
California provides athletic opportunities to children and
adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence
they need to succeed in life.
Bifida Association of America- The Spina Bifida Association
of America (SBAA) serves the 70,000 adults and children
who live with spina bifida. SBAAs programs give hope
and strength to people confronted with the challenges of