Agencies to Know

The Council for Exceptional Children: An organization dedicated to improving the success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Easter Seals: Leading the way to full equity, inclusion, and access through life-changing disability and community services.

Special Olympics: Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy: A resource for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities. 

The Arc: Promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Federation for Children with Special Needs: Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities. 

Special Needs Alliance: Attorneys committed to the practice of disability and public benefits law.

Learning Rights Law Center: Free legal representation, advice, advocacy and training to families and communities whose children, as a consequence of disability or discrimination, have been denied equal access to a public education. 

Department of Rehabilitation: Resources appear in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders for services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): The program provides monthly payments to adults and children that have a disability or blindness and who have income or resources that are below financial limits.

California Transition Alliance: Provides information, tools, and resources that can be shared with teachers, parents, educators, and transition partners, including the California Department of Rehabilitation and the Department of Developmental Services with an emphasis on preparing youth to transition from school to work, post-secondary education and training and living independently.

CalABLE: Provides tax-free treatment on earnings and withdrawals to pay for disability-related expenses. Not considered when determining a person’s assets until the savings reach $100,000

CalTASH: The California chapter of TASH, the international leader in disability advocacy. 

TASH: Advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates