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Listed below you will find a myriad of resources available to families:

Association for Persons in Supported Employment
www.apse.org
"The Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE)  is a membership organization formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities."

Autism Society of America
www.autism-society.org
"The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism."

California Department of Developmental Services
www.dds.ca.gov
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS). DDS is the agency through which the State of California provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions.

California Disability Services Association
www.cal-dsa.org
California Disability Services Association (CDSA) - formerly the California Rehabilitation Association (CRA) - is the statewide trade association for providers of service to individuals with developmental disabilities.  CDSA works with 95% of the providers of service in California.

Department of Rehabilitation
http://www.dor.ca.gov/
"The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation is to assist Californians with disabilities in obtaining and retaining employment and maximizing their ability to live independently in their communities."

Disability Rights CA (formerly Protection and Advocacy Inc- PAI)
http://www.disabilityrightsca.org
Disability Rights California works in partnership with people with disabilities - to protect, advocate for and advance their human, legal and service rights. We strive toward a society that values all people and supports their rights to dignity, freedom, choice and quality of life."

Inland Regional Center
http://www.inlandrc.org/
Inland Regional Center coordinates with generic services to normalize the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families by working to include them in the everyday routines and life rhythms of the community and by facilitating needed supports for them.  Inland Regional Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino County.

Job Accommodations Network
http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/links/
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is an international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with functional limitations.

Regional Center of the East Bay
http://www.rceb.org/
The Regional Center of the East Bay supports persons with developmental disabilities and their families with the tools needed to achieve lives of quality and satisfaction, and builds partnerships that result in inclusive communities.  This regional center serves individuals in Alameda County.

San Andreas Regional Center
www.sarc.org
"San Andreas Regional Center is a community-based program funded primarily by the State of California designed to serve persons with a Developmental Disability, as required by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. The Center is a private, nonprofit corporation under contract for provision of services through the State Department of Developmental Services. San Andreas Regional Center serves the four-county area of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz."

San Diego Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled
http://www.sdrc.org/
San Diego Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled (SDRC ) The San Diego Regional Center serves people living within the geographic boundaries of San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Regional Center serves as a focal point within the community through which a person with a developmental disability and his or her family can obtain services and/or be referred to appropriate community resources in the fields of health, welfare and education.

United Cerebral Palsy Association
www.ucpa.org
"The national organization of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a nationwide network of 150 affiliate partners who strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society - from the web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community."