If you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome or other learning and developmental disabilities, there are plenty of resources in your community to lend support.
Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)
Are you concerned your child may have some delays? Arizona Early Intervention Program provides in-home assessment, evaluation and ongoing services to you and your children who have developmental delays or disabilities. They provide services in your home and within your normal routines, where your child is most comfortable.
The State of Arizona defines as eligible a child between birth and 36 months of age who is developmentally delayed or who has an established condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, as defined by the state.
Visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
Building Bright Futures - Special Needs
Building Bright Futures is a free and voluntary program that gives you key information about early childhood development. Using the Parents as Teachers curriculum, educators will help you gain positive parenting techniques, provide early detection of developmental delays and increase your child’s school readiness and success.
You’re eligible if you live in the southwest and northwest regions of Maricopa County and you’re a parent of a child up to 5 years old who has developmental delays or other special needs and doesn’t qualify for early intervention or developmental preschool through your school district.
Email or call 1-602-234-3941.
It’s wonderful to welcome a new baby into the world! But it can be scary, too. Healthy Families provides free, in-home support and education on how to become the best parent you can be. Through fun, hands-on creative activities, you can learn about prenatal and child development, and baby health and safety. Family Support Specialists will visit you in your home and help you build a nourishing and happy environment for your baby!
You may be eligible for program services if you are pregnant or have a baby under the age of 3 months.
Cochise County – 1-520-458-7348
Graham/Greenlee County – 1-928-428-7231
Mohave County – 1-928-753-4410
Pima County – 1-520-321-3754
Pinal County – 1-520-518-5292
Santa Cruz County – 1-520-281-9303
Yuma County – 1-928-783-4003
Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona
Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona is committed to providing encouragement and support to families who have children with special needs. Available services include:
- Peer-to-peer support – Get matched with experienced families who can provide emotional support and practical information in areas of similar concern.
- Sibling support – Sibshops follows the national model of group experiences for the brothers and sisters of children with disabilities.
- Information on disabilities – Through “The Navigator” newsletter, get information on upcoming trainings, articles relating to disabilities and updates on state and local issues.
- Advocacy training (AZ Partners in Leadership) – This program provides leadership training for parents of children with disabilities and for young adults with disabilities who want to further themselves as self-advocates.
- Educational support – Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the educational setting.
- Leadership Education Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) program – LEAP provides financial support for self-advocates and guardians of children/adults with developmental disabilities to participate in conferences and trainings that will increase knowledge and self-advocacy skills.
All programs and services are offered free of charge, regardless of the child’s disabilities, age, family income, qualifying conditions or other eligibility factors.
Parents Helping Parents
At PHP, services are family-centered, i.e. focused on the family as the unit of support, not just the child. PHP’s family support services include:
- Emotional support and guidance from staff and volunteer peer-support parents
- Practical support, such as information on specific health conditions, community resources, securing supports and funding
- Parent education and training on navigating the educational, legal, social service and medical systems of care
Support groups provided for:
- Adult children with developmental disabilities
- Advocacy in education
- Anxiety and mood disorders
- Asperger syndrome
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Learning differences
- Grandparents support group
Visit Parents Helping Parents.
San Andreas Regional Center
San Andreas Regional Center provides case management and community services for residents of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties whose intellectual or developmental disabilities cause severe impairments in their daily lives.
Visit San Andreas Regional Center.
Stanford Children Autism Clinic
Clinical services are provided through several divisions at Stanford Children’s Health. All divisions conform to a similar standard of care. If there is uncertainty about which service might be right for a child, please consult with the child’s primary care clinician. The Lucile Packard Children's Health Stanford Referral Center can also help determine which division is best suited for a child’s needs.
- Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics specializes in the diagnosis of autism in young children.
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry specializes in the treatment of children with autism.
- Medical Genetics evaluates possible underlying genetic causes for autism.
- Pediatric Neurology evaluates unusual movements and other neurological abnormalities that may accompany autism.
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Services provides selective therapy treatments for communication, feeding and related conditions that are frequently part of the presentation of autism. These treatments may include physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech-language pathology.
Abundant Life HCS
Abundant Life provides home and community-based services that help individuals with learning disabilities and their families in the comfort of their own homes. They understand that families know more about their loved ones than they do, and incorporate a family's goals and experiences into their programs.
Call 1-214-330-2222 or visit Abundant Life HCS.
The ARC of Dallas
The Dallas chapter of ARC serves as a voice for children with disabilities and their families in the areas of education and workforce rights. They seek to empower people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in order to improve their quality of life.
Call 1-214-634-9810 or visit ARC of Dallas.
Association for Independent Living (AFIL)
For parents whose children will be finishing school, AFIL is a great program to get them ready to live more independent lives by offering them a half-way home and life skills to help them transition into independence.
Call 1-214-351-0798 or visit AFIL.
Avid Quality Care
Avid focuses on caring for an individual's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs in order to enhance their quality of life. They provide HCS, residential and skill development assistance to individuals of all ages.
Call 1-972-346-4144 or visit Avid Quality Care.
Cerebral Palsy Group
Cerebral Palsy Group provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person's ability to move.
Call 1-321-456-9875 or visit Cerebral Palsy Group.
Community For Permanent Supported Housing
CPSH collaborates with parents, property owners, all levels of government and the larger community in North Texas to establish safer, more affordable housing options for adult loved ones with special needs. Housing created through CPSH is not a traditional group home, but an innovative approach to affordable, sustainable housing for people with special needs.
DHI (Disability Help, Inc)
DHI is an organization that provides assistance to people with disabilities in getting benefits from Social Security. Their services include assistance with filing claims, representing claimants in hearings and answering SSI questions.
Call 1-800-670-6274 or visit DHI.
Easter Seals of Greater Dallas
This is the local office of Easter Seals, a national organization that provides advocacy and education services for disabled persons.
Call 1-817-332-7171 or visit Easter Seals.
Frisco Area Listening and Learning
Listening and Learning offers children a chance to improve their focus; their reading, social and auditory processing skills; and their general classroom performance, helping them improve their education and overall quality of life. Services include both private tutoring and group activities.
Call 1-972-596-0035 or visit Listening and Learning.
Happy Hands Learning
Happy Hands provides inclusive learning and social opportunities for children with special needs. Their programs often include children with typical learning abilities to better teach functional, social and life skills to children with learning disabilities.
The Learning Center of North Texas
TLC offers affordable, accessible and practical resources and services to people with learning disabilities. They offer services to help kids develop study practices and strategies to overcome their individual learning challenges.
Call 1-817-336-0808 or visit The Learning Center.
Metrocare is a nonprofit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities, mental illness and severe emotional problems. They value integrity, quality, diversity and perseverance when serving families in the DFW area.
Call 1-214-743-1200 or visit Metrocare Services.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Their special focus is children with disabilities.
PEATC helps families:
- Negotiate the education and service system maze.
- Effectively communicate their child's needs (from birth to age 22).
- Develop self-advocacy and self-determination in children and youth.
- Organize information so that overwhelming problems become manageable.
- Manage their emotions for their child's benefit and talk so others will listen.
- Learn the difference between effective advocacy and being adversarial.
- Experience and enjoy the power of partnerships and successful collaboration.
PEATC Parent Support Groups
Commonwealth Autism Service
Commonwealth Autism Service provides leadership in the implementation of a statewide system of services to maximize the potential and quality of life for Virginians with autism. They work in partnership with the lead state agency for autism, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
Call 1-800-649-8481 or visit Commonwealth Autism Service.
Dower and Associates. Inc.
Dower and Associates is a multi-disciplinary private practice with a focus in speech/language, education and behavior analysis. Their staff of speech/language pathologists, behavior technicians and tutors provide services (e.g., evaluations, therapy, tutoring, training, functional behavior assessments) and consultations to children in a variety of settings. They have locations in Aldie, Leesburg and Manassas.
Call 1-703-618-6180 or visit Dower and Associates.
LEAF Learning Center, LLC
LEAF provides behavior and educational consulting, family training, academic intervention and staff development services to providers and families of children and adults diagnosed as having special needs. They have locations in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.
Northern Nevada American Society of Autism
The local American Society of Autism chapter helps support regional groups who assist Northern Nevada autism families by distributing donation funds and through dissemination of information.
Nevada PEP is a nonprofit organization that provides information, services and training to Nevada families of children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances and their service providers.
PEP services are about empowering families to be life-long advocates for their children through education and skill building. PEP recognizes that parents are experts on their children and must learn about disabilities and intervention needs and how to develop a support system to meet those needs.
Visit Nevada PEP.
Department of Health and Human Services: Nevada
Access resources for reduced cost and free respite care, links to parent support networks, regional centers and advocacy organizations.
Justin Hope Foundation
Justin Hope Foundation gives hope to children and families in Northern Nevada affected by autism and other neurodevelopment disorders by providing medical equipment, supplies and/or opportunities otherwise not available.
Visit Justin Hope Foundation.
Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego
Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego’s mission is to help parents and advocates in the special needs community overcome challenges of the family’s journey by bringing together people, information and resources.
San Diego Family Magazine publishes Flourishing Families, the annual special needs resource guide for families and agencies in San Diego County. It’s a comprehensive list of behavior, education and health resources located in San Diego County and beyond.
Use the digital issue of Flourishing Families 2016 to access these valuable resources.
Evaluations and Services for Children Under 3
- UC San Diego's Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) provides free developmental evaluations of children ages 10-24 months if autism or other delay is suspected. Visit Autism Center of Excellence or call 1-858-534-6912 for more information.
- California Early Start is a state-funded agency that provides assessment and services for children under 3 years with developmental delays. In the San Diego area, this service is offered through the San Diego Regional Center. Call 1-858-496-4318.
Evaluations and Services for Children Over 3
- San Diego Regional Center is a state-funded agency that provides assessment and services for children who meet their criteria for autistic disorder. Some children with behavioral difficulties who do not meet full criteria for autistic disorder may also sometimes qualify for services. Call 1-858-576-2996.
- Your local school district will also provide evaluations for your child. If your child is eligible, your school district will provide services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and behavioral programming. Call your local school district.
Services through Rady Children’s Hospital
- Developmental screenings for children up to 5 years old are available at Children’s Care Connection (C3) and are free of charge through First Five Developmental Services. C3 also provides educational and enhancement classes for parents and children. Go to How Kids Develop or call 1-858-966-8391.
- Private evaluations are available at the Developmental Evaluation Clinic. This group of psychologists can evaluate and diagnose a range of developmental disabilities and other disorders, and they accept most insurance. Call 1-858-966-5817.
- Rady Children’s Hospital also conducts evaluations of speech and language, neurology, motor skills and hearing. Call 1-858-966-1700.
Exceptional Family Resource Center
The Exceptional Family Resource Center is a community-based collaborative agency that offers support, information and referrals. Services and support are offered in Spanish and English. They also have a lending library with books, videos, etc. at their center in the Kearny Mesa area. Call 1-619-594-7416.
COMPASS Family Center
The COMPASS Family Center provides family-centered services and support to empower parents caring for a child with special needs. Compass will usually perform a “Needs Assessment and Family Action Plan” to help determine the best course of action for your family. Services include special education advocacy, counseling services, family guidance, training and seminars. Call 1-619-446-6926.
Other Private Services in the San Diego Area
Several licensed clinical psychologists in the San Diego area have expertise in autism spectrum disorders. Many are listed at San Diego Chapter of the Autism Society of America.