News Room Information from the Communications Office
which oversees all public relations and media activities
from Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction,
and the California Department of Education (CDE).
Education and Other Codes is an absolutely invaluable
site if your job requires that you muck around in the law.
This service offers a good search function once you get
to the code you're dealing with.
Department of Finance maintains a page devoted to keeping
folks abreast of what's happening with the State budget.....a
good place to hear the latest.
Abuse Prevention Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra
Costa County Mandated Reporter Training: Any
person who works directly with children is a Mandated Reporter
and is required by law to report suspected child abuse or
neglect. CAPC offers free training to Mandated Reporters
throughout Contra Costa County on how to identify and report
suspected child abuse. Click the 'Programs' heading on their
webpage. In addition, CAPC offers free workshops for the
community and parent groups on the identification of suspected
child abuse and how to keep kids safe.
for Exceptional Children - Job Profiles in Special Education
provides descriptions of positions in special education
including qualifications, education, training and licensure
Update offers current information about the status of
emerging laws as well as thorough analysis by the Legislative
Analyst and committees.
of Public School Construction gives information on funding
for new school construction, improvements, deferred maintenance,
relocatables and more. In the future, this site promises
to have project tracking, project accounting, approved projects
lists by priority, applicants handbook, and forms.
Education Composite of Laws - This site allows the user
to enter keywords and search the Composite of Laws database
to find information on laws related to special education.
Office of Special Education Programs provides the latest
information on special education from Washington, D.C.
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.
Living Resources of Solano & Contra Costa Counties
- ILR takes a multi-tiered approach to achieving viable
solutions for their client base. By providing free assistive
services to persons with disabilities, educating the public
about the needs and abilities of the Disability Community,
and advocating for systemic and social change, ILR hopes
to encourage autonomous living and community unity.
- Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive
information about disability-related programs, services,
policies, laws and regulations. The site links to thousands
of resources from many different federal government agencies,
as well as state and local governments and nonprofit organizations
across the country.
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.
Center of the East Bay (RCEB) - The Regional Center
of the East Bay is a private, non-profit corporation under
contract with the California Department of Developmental
Services. RCEB works in partnership with many individuals
and other agencies to plan and coordinate services and supports
for people with developmental disabilities.
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
Bullying- StopBullying.gov provides information from
various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying
is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond
Education and Other Codes
Media & Technology, the California Dept. of Education
provides FREE Braille, large-print, audio cassettes and
American Sign Language VideoBooks to California's public
Childhood Research Institute is developing a resource
bank of materials for families and practitioners working
with young children who are disabled or at risk for disabilities
from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Do you need information about ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES,
SERVICES or FUNDING for a person with any disability? Check
Made available through the California Department of Rehabilitation's
California Assistive Technology System and the iTECH Center
at Parents Helping Parents.
DON'T LAUGH AT ME PROJECT (DLAM) is working to transform
schools, camps and other youth organizations into more compassionate,
safe and respectful environments for children. Founded by
Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the
project disseminates educational resources that are designed
to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical
cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors
such as ridicule, bullying and - in extreme cases - violence.
Curricula and information is available through the Operation
is an education job opening network portal to thousands
of teaching and other education job openings throughout
information, support and hope for parents and educators
helping kids with learning differences.