Autism Websites

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).

The Mind Institute, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities offers research and resource information and also offers free online videos for interactive learning about Autism.

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 chapters. 

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 collaboration.

The 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.

Centers for 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 community.

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.

The National 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

Government Agencies

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 conditions. 

California Regional Centers: Statewide Directory

The Lanterman Act, part of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, established the California Regional Centers. 

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 information. 

California Children’s Services is a statewide program under the Department of Health Care Services that serves children with certain physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. 

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 services.

Department of Mental Health 

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 benefits. 

The Social Security Administration Disability Benefits website assists families and individuals with disabilities. 

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services provides links to developmental services offered by states throughout the nation. 

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center lists Early Intervention Service Agencies by State

Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act

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 more

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 and healthy.

Disability 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.

Easter Seals of Southern California - Provides services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families.

Epilepsy 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