Links to Other Resources

Department of Developmental Services Homepage (DDS) DDS is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
California Dept. of Rehabilitation The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.
CA Senate Autism Committee on FaceBook Committed to serving the autism community in California.
DSS (Dept. of Social Services) Title 22 Regulations CDSS/Community Care Facilities Licensing Manuals
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities The Council advocates, promotes & implements policies and practices that achieve self- determination, independence, productivity & inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Association of Bay Area Governments The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is one of more than 560 regional planning agencies across the nation working to help solve problems in areas such as land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development.
The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) The mission of the Association of Regional Center Agencies is to represent the autonomous regional centers in supporting and advancing the intent and mandate of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act.
The Sullivan Center for Children The Sullivan Center for Children is a comprehensive outpatient treatment facility founded in 1989 with the goal of providing quality outpatient psychological and psychiatric service to children, adolescents and families in the Central Valley.
The UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital (NPI&H)  The Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) is UCLA’s multidisciplinary institute of human neuroscience, and is a unifying focus of scholarly activity at UCLA in this area.
California Association of Psychiatric Technicians Licensed Psychiatric Technicians are in the forefront of care and treatment of Californians with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. These specialized mental health professionals have been a unique component of the state’s health care system for a quarter-century. Psychiatric Technicians are active members of interdisciplinary teams and an integral part of the quality assurance process.
Disability Rights California   Disability Rights California (formerly Protection and Advocacy Inc.) is a nonprofit agency that works with people with disabilities — to protect, advocate for and advance their human and legal rights. Disability Rights CA strives to create a barrier free, inclusive world that values diversity, culture, and each individual.
Autism Research Institute  The Autism Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit organization, was established in 1967. ARI is primarily devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood.
Autism Society of America  Autism Society of America (ASA) is the leading voice and resource of the entire Autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. ASA, a chapter and member-based organization, is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. ASA accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of chapters, members, supporters and organizations.
www.abledata.com Abledata provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, they can help you locate the companies that do.
www.thearc.org  The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
www.fragilex.org  The National Fragile X Foundation unites the Fragile X community to Enrich lives through educational and emotional support, Promote public and professional awareness, and Advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X.
www.devdelay.org  A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs.
www.youreable.com  Information, products and services for disabled people
Respite Locator Service  The National Respite Locator Service helps parents, caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs.
www.caregiver.org  Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) serves as a public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face, offering them the assistance they so desperately need and deserve, and championing their cause through education, services, research and advocacy. Long recognized as a pioneer among caregiver organizations, FCA operates programs at local, state and national levels. FCA is the lead agency and model for California’s statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers.
www.ricv.org  Since 1976, Resources for Independence, Central Valley (RICV) has worked with people with disabilities to promote their independence in the community. RICV’s service area includes Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera and Merced Counties.
California Residential Services Association  CRSA represents providers of residential service to children, adults and seniors, especially those who are caring for persons with developmental disabilities.
Council for Exceptional Children  The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
M.I.N.D. Institute  The M.I.N.D. Institute is an international, multidisciplinary research organization, committed to excellence, collaboration and hope, striving to understand the causes and develop better treatments and ultimately cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. Standing shoulder to shoulder, families, scientists, physicians, educators, and administrators are working together to unlock the mysteries of the mind.
National Down Syndrome Society  The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy.
Families for Early Autism Treatment  (FEAT)   Non-Profit organization of parents, educators and other professionals dedicated to providing world-class education, advocacy, and support for the autism community.
Tulare County Special Education Local Plan Agency  Has useful information regarding autism and special education services available in Tulare County.
www.disabilitysecrets.com  A detailed overview of how the social security administration’s disability programs actually work. Answers to common questions.
Medicare/Medicaid Information Website  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Cerebral Palsy Guide Cerebral Palsy Guide was written with parents of children recently diagnosed with CP in mind. They strive to answer any of the initial questions parents might have about their child’s condition in a way that is easy to comprehend.