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ACES

408.706.6855




AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP

426-5427




BALANCE

831-464-8669




Balance4Kids

(831) 464-8669




California Children's Services

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California Department of Education

800-926-0648


Provides information about resources and educational rights for parents of students with disabilities between ages 3 and 21. You can also obtain information about dispute resolution, including how to file a complaint.



Challenger Baseball

(831) 438-5127


Little League baseball for children with special needs



COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES

454-2355
Santa Cruz
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Address: 701 Ocean St, Room 30

Dancenter

831-475-5032




DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP

457-7077




DOMINICAN CANCER SUPPORT

462-7770
SANTA CRUZ




Dragon Slayers

(831) 688-6699
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Duncan Holbert School

831-761-6066


Public school operated by Pajaro Valley School Unified District for infants and preschoolers with speech/language disorders and/or intellectual disabilities. Therapeutic swimming pool is open to the public.



Easter Seals

831-566-2980




EPILEPSY NETWORK

423-6110
Santa Cruz



Address: 333 Front St, Suite 102

Family Service Agency

Santa Cruz



Address: 104 Walnut Avenue

General Counseling Program

(831)423-9444




Girls for a Change

408.540.6432




Kaya Brown, OT, GCFP

(831) 427-2721




Lisa deFaria, Msw, Lcsw, BCD

831.333.9251




Lucy Ruggles

831-331-6050




Monterey Bay Horsemanship & Therapeutic Center

831.479.0680




National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

(831)427-8020
Santa Cruz
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NAMI-SCC is a movement of families, friends and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness and the ultimate eradication of these diseases. They provide support, education and advocacy.


Address: PO Box 360

OMBUDSMAN

429-1913 ? 688-8
Santa Cruz



Address: 265 Water St

One-On-One Tutor

831-704-7254




Peninsula Associates Speech, Language and Learning

831.247.8126




Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

800-221-4792
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Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability. Our mission is to create opportunities for individual success by providing, and promoting the effective use of, accessible educational materials.



Ride A Wave

831.239.3672
Santa Cruz
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Ride a Wave's mission is to give children with special needs the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally or economically challenged.

 

Since its inception in 1998, Ride a Wave (RAW) has helped over 2,500 kids get in the water and have a life changing day at the beach with activities including:

 

* A life guard demonstration and marine safety orientation
* Stretching and sunscreen
* Beach obstacle course
* Boogie Boarding
* Kayaking
* Tandem Surfing
* Snacks, water and a hot lunch
* Awards ceremony

 

All at no cost to any child, organization or individual.

 


Address: Cowell's Beach

San Andreas Regional Center - Early Start

(831) 728-1781
Watsonville


San Andreas provides diagnostic and prevention services to help ameliorate developmental disabilities. Examples of such service includes amniocentesis, chorionic villus screening or genetic screening for pregnant woman. Chromosomal studies, and genetic counseling, are available to family members to determine hereditary conditions that may increase the risk for birthing a developmental disabled infant or to determine the cause of a disabling condition. These prevention services are available upon referral from a physician.

 

Early Start is another prevention program designed in partnership with Local Education Agencies to serve infants between birth and thirty-six months of age. Infants at risk for developing disabilities, or who are born in high risk medical conditions or who are experiencing delays in development are qualified to receive intervention services geared at maximizing the development of the infant during these early years.

 

Any person, residing in the four county areas, regardless of age, cultural background, or income, believed to have a developmental disability, may receive diagnostic services to assess eligibility. To be considered eligible, the disability must have originated before the age of eighteen, be likely to continue indefinitely, and constitute a substantial handicap.

 

The eligible conditions are: Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism, and other conditions closely related to mental retardation.

 

San Andreas Regional Center is a community-based, private nonprofit corporation that is funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities as required by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act. The Lanterman Act is part of California law that sets out the rights and responsibilities of persons with developmental disabilities. San Andreas is one of 21 Regional Centers throughout California serving individuals and their families who reside within Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

 

 



Santa Cruz County Mental Health Services

(831) 454-4900




SEPTA

831-234-2882




Shared Adventures





Special Olympics

(831) 429-4258
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SPECIAL PARENTS INFORMATION NETWORK

Santa Cruz: 423-




SPIN

831/423-7713 or
Santa Cruz
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(Business Logos) SPINLogo.jpgSPIN  Parents of children with special needs may feel isolated and overwhelmed with the medical, emotional, financial, educational and social issues they face as they raise their child. SPIN is a non-profit parent-to-parent support and information network serving parents, guardians and families in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties who have a child or children with special needs of any age.

We Offer:

  • Information on and referral to local resources for children with special needs.
  • Mentor program for parents who want support and information from another parent who has a child with a similar disability or has experience navigating the system of services. Mentor Parent Handout
  • Support Groups for both English and Spanish speaking parents.
  • Educational workshops and training on various topics to educate parents and professionals to better meet and advocate for a child's needs at home, school and in the community.
  • IEP Clinics individual assistance with issues regarding children's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). I.E.P Clinics
  • Networking opportunities through support groups, events, workshops and training, and parent-to-parent support.
  • Resource Library of books, periodicals, journals, brochures and videos on various special needs topics.

Address: 740 Front St., Suite 175

SPINAL CORD PEER SUPPORT GROUP

457-7067




Steps to Success Ed Therapy

831-621-8100




Suicide Prevention Program

(831) 458-5300




The Bay School

(831)462-9620




THE LISTEN FOUNDATION

335-7378




The Parental Stress Hotline

426-7322 or 724-




TOPS Soccer

president@sccysl
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TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment. The program is generally carried out by volunteers at the local level, with financial support from US Youth Soccer and the program's local youth soccer organization such as Santa Cruz County Youth Soccer League (SCCYSL).

 

By providing a community-based training and team placement program for young people with disabilities, any boy or girl, age 5 and up who has a mental or physical disability will have the opportunity to learn and play soccer and become valued and successful members of Santa Cruz County Youth Soccer Program.

 

president@sccysl.org



WOMENCARE

457-2273






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