Resources

Activities
California State Parks Disabled Discount Pass (Lifetime, includes Dev. Disabilities)
Dance for Parkinson’s Disease
(Oakland, CA) Movement classes for those affected with PD at Danspace – free.
Let’s Cook! (Virtual) Life Skills for Kids on the Spectrum (but we like it too!)
Marcie Avalon (Berkeley, CA)
Certified Music Therapist
National Parks Access Pass (Lifetime, includes Dev. Disabilities)
Square Peg Foundation
(Half Moon Bay, CA) Where Everyone Fits
The Friendship Circle (W. Bloomfield, MI) Simon’s Nana turned us on to this wonderful organization and place.
The Gyro Bike (National, Based in San Francisco, CA)  Added stability for bike riding; launched Fall 2009.

Advocacy
Best Buddies (National) 20 Years of Friendship and Jobs. Enhancing the lives of those with intellectual disabilities.
California Supported Living Network (California) Advocating for the systemic development of quality community living services for Californians with developmental disabilities.
DREDF (Berkeley, California) Disability Rights Education and Defense; Advocacy since 1979
Money Follows the Person (MFP) (More support for in-home care via Medicaid)
Regional Center of the East Bay (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, CA) …our dream of the future where persons with developmental disabilities are truly a part of the community
The Arc (National) Advocating for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Community
Disability Scoop (Virtual) A premier developmental disability news source.
East Bay (CA) Special Needs Network (East Bay, CA) Community Yahoo group.
Ed Roberts Campus (Berkeley, CA) Located at a fully accessible transit hub, the Ed Roberts Campus will be a national and international model dedicated to disability rights and universal access.
Oakland/Berkeley Special Needs Kids (East Bay, CA) Reporter Rachel Trachten’s examiner.com column for special needs resources (not limited to Oakland)

Education
A Parent’s Guide to 504 Plans from greatschools.net
BrainPop (Virtual) Animated Health Info. for Students
Parent Education Network (PEN) (Bay Area, CA) A coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community
The Education Report (Oakland, CA) Reporter Katy Murphy’s blog on Oakland Schools

Research
DSRTF (Virtual and SF Bay Area) Down Syndrome Research & Treatment Foundation. Research and treatment to improve cognition and independence.
Interactive Autism Network (IAN) (Virtual) Linking the Autism Community and Researchers
Mind Institute at UC Davis (Davis, California) Medical Investigagtion of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (Virtual) Leading the Fight to End Duchenne

Social Skills

Communication Works Therapy (Oakland, California) Expertise in Speech, Language and Social Learning; OT Services Added May 2009
Think Social East Bay (Oakland, California) Shelly teaches social thinking in and out of the therapy room.
The SuperSpeech & Language Connection (Alameda, California) Social Language Groups and Camps; OT Services Added October 2009

Other
forgettingthepill.com (Virtual) Tracy’s favorite resource for pill-organizers (found after the time she gave Simon his morning meds. at night)
George Marks Children’s House (San Leandro, California) The first free-standing pediatric palliative care facility in the U.S.

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