National Autism Center- National Standards Project. As
its first major initiative, the National Autism Center
spearheaded the National Standards Project, an unprecedented
effort to produce a set of standards for effective,
research-validated education and behavioral intervention for
children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Mind Institute, Center for Excellence in Developmental
Disabilities offers research and resource information and
also offers free online videos for interactive learning about
Yale Child Study Center : Autism Seminars The Yale
Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders is an undergraduate
course that has been posted for free on iTunes. Seminar topics
include diagnosis and assessment, etiology and treatment of
children, adolescents and adults with autism and related
disorders of socialization.
Autism Society of
America provides a working network of over 200
The Autism Society of Los
Angeles is dedicated to to improving the lives of all
affected by autism in Los Angeles County by empowering
individuals with autism, their families, and professionals
through advocacy, education, support, and community
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) seeks to promote optimal fetal, infant, and
child development; prevent birth defects and childhood
developmental disabilities; and enhance the quality of life and
prevent secondary conditions among children, adolescents, and
adults who are living with a disability.
Autism Speaks is a
national autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to
funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a
cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum
disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with
autism and their families.
First Signs is
dedicated to educating parents and professionals about
autism and related disorders, and to the early identification and
intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders.
Cerebral Palsy Websites
United Cerebral Palsy Is a
source of information on cerebral palsy and an advocate for the
rights of persons with any disability. UCP’s mission is to
advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of
people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
The American Academy for
Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine is a
multidisciplinary scientific society devoted to the study of
cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities. They also
work to promote professional education for the treatment and
management of these conditions, and to improve the quality of
life for people with these disabilities.
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Provides information on
causes and prevention of cerebral palsy, and resources.
Intellectual and Developmental Disability Websites
American Association on
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) promotes
progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and
universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Arc of the United States
works to include all children and adults with cognitive,
intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every
The Arc of
California promotes and protects the human rights of
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and
actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the
community throughout their lifetimes.
Best Buddies is a
non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of
people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities
for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
The Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities Research Center at UCLA
conducts research into core causes of intellectual and
developmental disabilities and communicates research
discoveries to clinicians, patients, and family members.
Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
(NCBDDD), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Provides information about intellectual disability/mental
retardation, including causes, prevention, resources, and more.
The Down Syndrome Association of
Los Angeles provides information for people with Down
Syndrome and their families
California Department of
Developmental Services is the agency through which the State
of California provides services and supports
to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
These disabilities include intellectual disabilities,
cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder, and related
Centers: Statewide Directory
The Lanterman Act, part of the California Welfare and
Institutions Code, established the California Regional
Office of Administrative
Hearings arranges and presides over mediations and fair
hearings requested by regional center clients and families.
California Department of Health
Services website includes information about California health
resources, including Medi-Cal, and online health
Children’s Services is a statewide program under the
Department of Health Care Services that serves children with
certain physical disabilities and chronic health
California Department of
Rehabilitation assists Californians with disabilities to
obtain and retain employment and maximize their ability to live
independently in their communities.
The California State Council on
Developmental Disabilities is a federally-funded independent
state agency to assist in planning, coordinating,
monitoring and evaluating services for individuals with
developmental disabilities and their families.
California Department of
Justice – Megan’s Law Website provides access to information
on individuals who are registered sex offenders in California and
where they reside.
Los Angeles County website offers a general directory of
county services including information on County disability
Department of Children and
Family Services (DCFS)
Department of Public
Social Services administers the In Home
Supportive Services Program which helps pay for
services provided to support eligible persons 65 years of age or
over, legally blind, or disabled adults and children so they can
remain safely in their homes.
The U.S. Government Official Web
Portal provides a gateway to federal government
Security Administration Disability Benefits website assists
families and individuals with disabilities.
Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability
Services provides links to developmental services offered by
states throughout the nation.
Childhood Technical Assistance Center lists Early
Intervention Service Agencies by State
Above is a link to the sections of the California Welfare and
Institution Code codified as the Lanterman Developmental
Disabilities Services Act and related statutes that define the
rights of persons with developmental disabilities and establish
how these services will be delivered.
More Websites of General Interest:
Ability Path -
Support for parents of children with special needs, including
reports on the IEP process, Bullying, Life After High School, and
Brave Kids -
Provides an on-line resource directory focused on services and
supports for children with chronic/life-threatening conditions.
Center for Excellence in
Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service-
Site of the University Affiliated Program of USC-Children’s
Hospital of Los Angeles
DDS Safety Net -
Helping Californians with Developmental Disabilities to be safe
Benefits 101 (DB101) - gives you tools and information
on employment, health coverage, and benefits. You can plan
ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
of Southern California - Provides services to children
and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support
to their families.
Foundation - The Epilepsy Foundation mission is for
people with seizures to participate in all life experiences;
prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education,
advocacy and services.
Fragile X Syndrome Research
Foundation & National Fragile X
Foundation - provide information, support and research
regarding Fragile X Syndrome.
Healthy City - An
online database for resources and referral including public
schools and community services in the Los Angeles Area.
Health Care for
Adults with Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities - offers a toolkit for Primary Care
Providers, by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in
Developmental Disabilities. Preventive Care Checklists, Health
Watch Tables, Behavioral and Mental Health Issues