Last updated 1/12/15

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Administrative Resources

CDE 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).

California 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.

California 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.

Child 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.

Council for Exceptional Children - Job Profiles in Special Education provides descriptions of positions in special education including qualifications, education, training and licensure requirements.

Legislative Update offers current information about the status of emerging laws as well as thorough analysis by the Legislative Analyst and committees.

Office 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.

Special 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.

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs provides the latest information on special education from Washington, D.C.

Family Resources

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.

211 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.

American Association on Mental Retardation - AAMR is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals (and others) concerned about mental retardation and related disabilities.

American Foundation 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 general public.

Autism Society of America - A leading source of information and referral on autism.

California Parent Training & Information Centers - A list of California agencies providing resources for families of children with disabilities.

Canine 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.

Care Parent Network - A one-stop family resource center serving families of children with disabilities and special health care needs.

Child Abuse and Prevention Council - Surviving Parenthood Guide: Advocacy, Support and Referral Services

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - The nation's leading nonprofit organization serving individuals with ADHD.

Council for Exceptional Children-Division for Learning Disabilities - Information and resources for teaching children with learning disabilities.

Contra 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 and self-sufficiency.

Contra Costa Crisis Center - Maintains a database of 24,000 sources for help or information on a variety of human services.

Contra 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.

Contra 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. The Children 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.

Independent 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. - 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.

National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s 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 in need.

National Institute of Mental Health - Information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, and many other disabilities and illnesses.

POISE - (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.

Regional 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 Communication Technology.

Special Education Services and Resources - Programs and services available to students with disabilities, publications, training and technical assistance opportunities and recruitment resources and materials.

Special 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.

Spina Bifida Association of America- The Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA) serves the 70,000 adults and children who live with spina bifida. SBAA’s programs give hope and strength to people confronted with the challenges of spina bifida.

Stop Bullying- provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

Special Education Resources

California School Services

California Education and Other Codes

Specialized Media & Technology, the California Dept. of Education provides FREE Braille, large-print, audio cassettes and American Sign Language VideoBooks to California's public schools.

CLAS Early 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 out 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 Respect website.

Ed-Join is an education job opening network portal to thousands of teaching and other education job openings throughout California., information, support and hope for parents and educators helping kids with learning differences.

Disclaimer: We have made reasonable attempts to insure our website is educationally sound and does not have links to any questionable material. Links from this site should not be construed as an endorsement, explicit or implied, of the organization, facility or information contained within those web sites.