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Find one in your area! If you don’t know how, contact Support for Families for help:

Support for Families 415-920-5040

Great trainings, support groups, advocacy, training, resource library, help line, parent mentors, bilingual support, provide support/advocacy for you in your IEP, and so much more.
They have an IEP training every month in English and Spanish. Trainings & events are always free, and childcare can be provided if you arrange it ahead of time.

You can also ask them for a CASE consult. CASE is the Community Alliance for Special Education and they provide advocates and lawyers to help families with any special education/inclusion issues. You can get a free consult with them if you request it trough Support for Families.


{http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/504001.pdf,Special Education Rights and Responsibilities Handbook}





Sensory Social Playgroups
Cassie Britton and Fiona Zecca
Richard King at KidSpace also offers social play-groups for a range of kids:


Developmental Optometrist:
Dr. David Grisham, OD, MS, FAAO Dr. Jeremy Shumaker, OD


Communication Works
4400 Keller Avenue
Oakland, California 94605
ph 510.639.2929
fax 510.639.2977

Lara Martinez, Speech Therapist



Social Thinking/Michelle Garcia Winner
They have great trainings and lots of great online resources as well.


BOOKS on Inclusive Themes
Most of these titles are available through your public library, school library, or Support for Families Resource Library:

|Don’t Call Me Special |Pat Thomas|K-2|
|It’s Okay to Be Different |Todd Parr|K-1|
|Friends At School |Rochelle Bunnett|K-1|
|Someone Special, Just Like You |Tricia Brown|K-2|
|Susan Laughs |Jeanne Willis|K-2|
|My Friend Isabelle |Eliza Woloson|K-2|
|Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg |Tom Ross|K-2|
|Tibby Tried It |Sharon Useman|K-2|
|Ballerina Dreams |Lauren Thompson|K-2|
|Let’s Talk about It: Extraordinary Friends|Fred Rogers |K-2|
|Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair |Jamee Riggio Heelan|K-2|
|All Kinds of Friends, Even Green! |Ellen B. Senisi |K-3|
|Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs |Donald Meyer|3-8|
|Amazingly… Alphie! Understanding and Accepting Different Ways of Being |Roz Espin |2-4|
DVDs on Inclusion

[Title|Age Level]
|Happy To Be Nappy And Other Stories Of Me|K-5|
|What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?|K-5|
|Including Samuel|Documentary for grown-up and family viewing|
|Videos and books By Rick Lavoie|For parents and professionals|
|Video about how a football team integrated a special needs player (Link)|https://www.upworthy.com/watch-an-entire-team-of-teenage-football-players-do-something-very-unexpected?c=upw9|


Potential FUNDING sources

Grant Sources for Special Needs Kids:
I make every effort to provide high-quality and helpful grant information, but  cannot be held liable for errors or the quality of the grant sources. Information should be independently verified and confirmed. Please email me if you’d like to add or update any information! Thanks.

Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California is offering a Therapeutic Scholarship.


Avery-Fuller-Welch Children’s Foundation

– The mission of the Avery-Fuller-Welch Children’s Foundation is to provide grant funding for early intervention and professional guidance to children with physical, behavioral, emotional, and learning challenges.


Bright Steps Forward
– Grants for state-of-the-art therapy techniques, along with more traditional physical
therapy methods to achieve rapid strides in physical strength and coordination. www.brightstepsforward.org
Children’s Charity Fund
– Provides services and purchases medical equipement for handicapped and disabled children, provides educational grants to help children further their education.
Disabled Children’s Relief Fund
– Provides assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eye glasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.
Easter Seals
– Provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as
support to their families.

First Hand Foundation
– Assists children with clinically relevant, health-related needs and no financial resources to cover these expenses.
Gracie’s Hope
– Funding for therapies such as, but not limited to, PT, OT, Speech, Chelation, and Hyperbaric
Oxygen Therapy. Provides needed equipment and assist families in finding respite care, and other neededservices.
Kya’s Krusade
– Provides financial assistance for adaptive equipment and physical therapy, occupational
therapy and hippotherapy sessions.
Lindsay Foundation
– Assists families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.
Parker’s Purpose
– Monetary assistance up to $1,000.
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
– Grants for medical-related services that have the potential to
significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan.
Variety Children’s Charity
– Helps kids gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive
bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other devices to families with the most need.

NEW Cerebral Palsy Peer Group at Support for Families!

Announcing a new Peer Group for kids with Cerebral Palsy at Support for Families!

Support for Families is proud to host a new Peer Group for Kids Aged 8-12 with Cerebral Palsy beginning October 23, 2012 to be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm. This group will be a place for kids with CP to play, socialize and interact. There will also be a buddy/mentoring component, as we hope to involve older teens and young adults with CP. Kids will participate in activities consisting of games, relaxation exercises, social time, and more. The facilitator of the group is Kris Meadows, a young man with CP who is also a student of Occupational Therapy.


While their children are participating in the Peer Group, parents can attend the Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy Group which will be facilitated by Audrey Vernick, parent of a son with hemiplegic CP and the founder of Camp Bennett.


Please note that parents/guardians must remain onsite while children attend the Peer Group. Childcare is available for siblings, if needed (sign up at least 1 week ahead of time).


For more information or to register for the groups, please contact the Support for Families’ Warmline at 415-920-5040.