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General Resources

The following resources are for all populations including families, adult individuals, and children.

211 L.A. County – Call 211 is a dedicated service that provides an easy-to-use, caring, professional source of guidance, advocacy, and 24 hours 7 days per week access to a comprehensive range of human services to the people of Los Angeles County.

Achievable Foundation – Achievable provides a unique and vital support system for the health, well-being, mobility, and communication needs of persons with low income and developmental disabilities.

American Red Cross of Santa Monica – Here is the link to your Local Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The ARC Home page for the national organization of ARC. Good links to other sites.

Autism Society of America

Autism Education Network is where you may find information about special education reform.  It’s also a site that empowers families and professionals serving the autism community to voice opinions and advocate change.

California State Department of Developmental Services State Department

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

California State Government – Links to many state agencies and departments

Cap Web Information on legislation, House members, committees and links to other government resources.

Cities – local city sites

Complete Access is an organization that adapts vans and equipment for the disabled and has adapted rental equipment available. They also provide remodeling services to make homes more accessible. Complete Access accepts many private insurances and are awaiting Medicare approval.

Disability Rights California – DRC’s mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities. They assist with Regional Centers, employment, special education, mental health, benefits and managed care, discrimination, and voting. Each Regional Center has a Clients’ Rights Advocate that is provided by DRC and is there to help individuals and families when then need assistance.

New DDS SafetyNet Content: Practicing Preventive Health The SafetyNet has br and new tips and tools to help you be prepared for your annual checkup. Check them out below. Click on the picture to watch Michelle go to her first annual checkup!

Down syndrome – NDSS works every day to increase public awareness about Down syndrome and discover its underlying causes through research, education and advocacy.

Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles – The DSALA is here to enhance the welfare of people with Down Syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs and to increase public awareness, underst anding and acceptance of Down Syndrome.


The Epilepsy Foundation – The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy though research, education, advocacy, and services.  This site has general information on epilepsy as well as information on research, programs, and advocacy.

Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC) provides a useful storehouse of information for parents of children with disabilities, focusing on the efforts of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC). The council facilitates federal, state and local activities related to serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, from birth through age 5, who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as other federally funded programs such as health care, child care and social services.

Getting Hired: Employment opportunities for Individuals with disabilities – Bridging the Gap Between Job Seekers with Disabilities & Employers Looking to Hire


Healthy City – Healhty City’s mission is to improve the ability of low income, underserved children, adolescents, and their families to access services and advocate for critical resources in their neighborhoods and communities.

The Help Group provides innovative and comprehensive special education an therapeutic programs. The Help Group has been dedicated to serving young people with special needs related to autism, Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, emotional development, mental retardation, and abuse and neglect.

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services provides a wealth of health information including the availability of services and state of the art strategies for improving the health of all Angelenos.

Love My Provider – search 1,000’s of profiles with provider suggestions, contact information, and parent reviews. Find the best provider near you.

March of Dimes – Improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.

Mental Health Matters – User-friendly directory for mental health professionals, consumer, and their families. Highly selective listings.

The M.I.N.D. Institute – The MIND Institute, which st ands for Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, is an international, multidisciplinary research organization, committed to excellence, collaboration and hope, striving to underst and the causes and develop better treatments and ultimately cures for neurodevelopmental disorders.  St anding shoulder to shoulder, families, scientists, physicians, educators, and administrators are working together to unlock the mysteries of the mind.

My Virtual Reference Desk – A collection of reference material ranging from national and local newspapers to encyclopedias, dictionaries, and telephone books.

National Fragile X Syndrome Foundation- Support and research regarding Fragile X syndrome

New York Times “Your Health Daily” – Health newsletter

NORD – National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

Professional Fit is a clothing company that specializes in adaptations of fashionable and reasonably priced clothing items and accessories for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Reach Across L.A. – is a cross-systems, collaborative project that focuses on recognizing and addressing the needs of individuals with co-occurring developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. It is administered by Westside Regional Center and made possible by generous Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) grant funding in partnership with the California Department of Developmental Services.

Saint John’s Health Center provides information about Health & Wellnes, Patient & Physcian Information, Special Events, and Volunteer Opportunities.

The Safety Net – This web site is dedicated to the dissemination of information on the prevention and mitigation of risk
factors for persons with developmental disabilities. The site includes information from across the nation on current research and best practices
and practical information directed towards improving consumers’ health and safety and insuring their protection from harm. Links to other

Social Security Administration Publications – Links to the Red Book publication, A Guide to Work Incentives, Ticket to Work, Benefits for Children with Disabilities and more.

Thomas Legislative Info – Direct access to bills (passed and pending), congressional record, and constitution.

UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital – The UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy is dedicated to improving function in children and adults with cerebral palsy through a program of timely diagnosis, comprehensive assessment and individulized treatment.

UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment – The central theme of the UCLA Center involves underst anding the origins of social, communicative, and language deficits demonstrated by individuals with autism. A second theme is a focus on the design and testing of experimental treatment interventions.

telehealth-logoFREE Support Program in English and Spanish available for California parents, families,   and caregivers of a person with special needs. For more information click here.  Para información en español, hacer clic aquí.

The US Senate with Senate activities, history, committees, schedules, legislation, links to the Web sites of individual senators and a virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol.

Venice Family Clinic – As one of the largest free clinics in the United States, the Venice Family Clinic serves as a beacon of hope and healing for low income families. Find out about services and events.

Voter Registration – In California, you must be a US citizen, a resident of California, 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony. If you have a developmental disability and need assistance registering to vote, please ask your Service Coordinator for help.

Waisman Center University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Westside Women’s Health Center – The Westside Women’s Health Center offers a preventive and education-base approach to providing health care for at-risk women and their families.