Autism Fun Bay Area's events aim to make music and the performing arts accessible to audiences for whom regular performances are typically off limits or difficult due to behaviors or sensory challenges.
Autism Speaks guide for services in California for individuals with autism.
The SF Autism Society is an organization of parents, family members, friends and professionals concerned about the well-being of local autism families, working together to create and aid plentiful, high-quality and adequately funded support services, day programs, supported employment and housing for adults with autism through a well-connected and mutually supportive network of Bay Area autism families.
Brilliant Corners is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supportive housing agency serving people with developmental disabilities and other special needs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County, including individuals transitioning from homelessness, institutional settings, and homeless Veterans.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) produces The Case for Inclusion, which is an annual ranking of how well state Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The Case for Inclusion shows how well each individual state is performing overall; how each state matches up against other states regarding key data measures; and, most importantly, the top performing states with policies and practices that should be replicated.
The Coalition for Community Choice (CCC) is a national grassroots collaboration of individuals with disabilities, their families and friends, disability rights advocates, professionals, educators, and housing and services providers to advance policy that increases options and decreases barriers to housing and employment choices. CCC was created to 1) promote and defend the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism to choose their residential and employment settings from the broadest range of options; 2) educate federal and state governments on innovative Olmstead-compliant housing alternatives to “one-size fits all” approaches; and 3) preserve access to essential, publicly-funded services and supports in these settings.
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, which include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
National Special Education Advocacy Network is a group dedicated to improving educational and functional outcomes of children with disabilities.
National Autism Resource and Information center has provided some valuable tools and educational materials focused on transition planning for students into adult life.
Special Needs Network's mission is to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults. SNN serves as a link between under-served communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions, which often fail to address issues specific to these communities. SNN firmly believes that dignity, hope and opportunity are the birthright of all children.
Support for Families is a parent-run San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1982 that supports families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need as they face challenges.Their purpose is to ensure that families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need have the knowledge and support to make informed choices that enhance their children's development and well being. Through fostering partnership among families, professionals and the community our children can flourish.
SCDD was established by federal law to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the planning, design and receipt of the services and supports they need which promote increased independence, productivity, inclusion and self-determination. The Council advocates, promotes and implements policies and practices that achieve self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families.