Questions About Diagnosis
California Department of Developmental Services
- The Early Start Program assists children under the age of 3
- Early Start will evaluate and diagnose your child and will determine appropriate services
- An Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be created
Local School Districts
- Your local school district assists children aged 3 and over
- An Individual Educational Plan (IEP) will be created
- If you are uncertain about your child’s diagnosis, a pediatric neurologist may be able to assist you in determining your child’s condition
Resources for Parents
Parents Helping Parents of Children with Special Needs, Santa Clara, CA
- Provides a wealth of services to families of children with special needs including education, community and family services, and health-related services
Accessible Play for Children with Disabilities and Their Families — National Lekotek Center
- Adaptive toy companies and lending libraries
- Organizations serving families of children with special needs
- Ask an Expert email service, Toy Resource Helpline, etc.
Book Lists and Book Reviews on Special Needs Children
- Book topics include ADHD, adoption, allergies, asthma, autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, premature babies, seizures, speech, language and visual impairment.
Children's Disability Lists of Lists
- Annotated list of Support Groups for families of children with disabilities and special needs
- Needs covered include ADD/ADHD, adoption, allergies, asthma, birth defects and down syndrome.
First 5 Santa Clara County
- Provides a wealth of resources for parents of children with special need
- Listings include different agencies such as: parent-support sites, specific illnesses, inclusion, early childhood intervention, services, and reading aloud sites
Inclusion Warm Line
- A free support, information and referral service regarding the inclusion of children with special needs and disabilities in our community
Special Education Law and Advocacy for Children with Disabilities — Wrightslaw
- Includes such topics as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), No Child Left Behind, autism, etc.
Social Activities for Children
The City of San José’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Therapeutic Services Program
- Provides access to all in sports, recreation, and mental health programs
- Lists programs in California that provide social activities for children with autism. The listing may be further limited by zip code.
Community Gatepath of Northern California
- Helps individuals achieve personal goals and live full and productive lives. Located in San Mateo, this organization has many activities for kids with special needs in the South Bay.
Inclusive Story Times at San José Public Libraries
- A safe and supportive learning environment where your child with special needs can interact with peers
Resources for Teens
Resources for Minors
- A list of government and non-profit agencies that help teenagers, children and families