Abilities Expo is the leading event for 54 million Americans with disabilities, their caregivers and healthcare professionals to receive education and view the latest life-altering technologies, products and services. Under new management in 2009, this three-day expo will now have even more to offer the community.
AMBUCS™ is dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by performing community service, providing AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles to children with disabilities and providing scholarships for therapists.
Beach and Country Guild
The Beach and Country Guild is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to raise money in support of United Cerebral Palsy San Diego with a spectacular single annual fundraising event.
Contact: Terri Davis
Boundless Playgrounds, Inc.
Boundless Playgrounds, Inc. partners with local communities to build inclusive playgrounds where children of all abilities can learn and play together. On a Boundless Playground, ALL children, playing together, gain the proven intellectual, physical, and social developmental benefits of unstructured play. They also develop respect for, and acceptance of, individuals of all abilities, regardless of any perceived disability.
Thanks to CaliforniaPhones from the California Telephone Access Program, now it’s easier for everyone to stay connected. Sponsored by the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Telephone Access Program offers free specialized phones that make it easier to hear, easier to dial, and easier to call. there are amplified phones that make it easier to hear conversations. Big button phones that are easier to dial. Phones with lights that flash for incoming calls. Convenient portable phones – and more. We also offer phones that are specially designed for individuals with more significant disabilities. California Phones are available to all eligible California residents. Individuals can receive free phone equipment with certification by a medical doctor, a licensed audiologist, a qualified state agency, or a hearing aid dispenser
California State Parks
California State Parks offer 50 percent discounts or free entrance to disabled persons and their entire party. There is a $3.50 fee, but the card is a lifetime membership.
Cecily’s Closet is a San Diego based non-profit created with the simple premise of spreading stories of hope, love and encouragement to children with special needs and their families. We strive to provide awareness for early intervention services, local and government programs, and access to equipment for children with disabilities. Through collaboration with local designers, agencies, businesses, friends and family, we provide children with special needs clothes, toys and sweet dream room makeovers.
Provides college scholarships for young people with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to accident-related paralysis.
Children’s Disability Information
Articles and resources empowering parents of children with disabilities and special needs.
CoachArt creates a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness.
Compass Family Center
The COMPASS Family Center is a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides COMPrehensive Access to Services and Support for families caring for a child or adult with special needs. Because we believe that every family needs community, our mission is to promote and support the well-being and empowerment of the families we serve.
Costco Connection Article — More Than Able: Measuring Progress in the Disabled Sports Arena
Disabled Discounts Website
A website with many existing, but hard-to-find (and in some cases unknown), discounts available to persons with a disability. These are discounts from local, state and federal entities as well as from private corporations, stores, organizations and other sources. This website carries a subscription fee of $25 per year covering one state.
DMV/Disabled Parking Pass
You can download an application at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg195.pdf or visit your DMV office for an application. NOTE: This requires a doctor’s signature.
Expressive Arts is a discipline of helping and healing that uses the arts as its basis for discovery and change. All five disciplines of the arts: visual, dance/movement, music, drama/theater, and writing/poetry can give you a richer vocabulary to work, play and grow a life you love living.
Wonderful website for students with disabilities and health issues, their families and health care providers with information on issues that may make going to college more challenging. Also offers video training to assist in the preparation process.
Being in the hospital is no fun to begin with, but what makes the stay even worse is having to wear a ratty, worn-out gown or a gown that is too small or way too big. Gracie’s hospital gowns are designed to be fun, attractive, and functional.
HIPP (Heath Insurance Premium Program)
A State of California reimbursement of dependant insurance coverage once your child is on MediCal. For instance, if you pay for dependant coverage through your employer, HIPP will reimburse you every month for that portion of your payment.
Home of Guiding Hands
Home of Guiding Hands encourages individuals to dream and pursue fulfillment. This is accomplished by offering many living choices so that people can direct their own lives by choosing the housing arrangement or services that best suits their needs. Home of Guiding Hands also offers a free support group for parents of children with developmental disabilities on Fridays in El Cajon. Please contact them for details.
Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.
To offer resources and opportunities to families of children with disabilities that make it easier to enjoy living life to the fullest! We believe that extraordinary activities, relaxation and adventures bring emotional and physical health to all families.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Pro Bono Program-CONSERVATORSHIP CLINIC
A free clinic is open to members of the public who need assistance in a conservatorship of the person action or information about alternatives to conservatorship. A legal aid representative will provide community education to clinic participants individually on a first come, first served basis.
Offered Monday from 11:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Probate Courthouse, Fifth Floor, 1409 Fourth Avenue.
Medical Waiver Program
Some children with medical issues will qualify for state medical assistance to help pay for prescriptions, medical bills, etc. Although you must report your income, income will not prevent your child from otherwise being eligible. Call Roy Carrol at San Diego Regional Center 858-576-2996. (He will start the Medical Waiver for your child and reclassify their status.) MediCal enables you to use this as a secondary insurance (or primary, if needed). You will not be charged any co-pay for prescriptions, office visits, therapies or hospital stays once you are on MediCal. MediCal starts the day of application.
Merlin’s Magic Wand
Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charity for children, aiming to provide magical experiences for those who are seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged.
Miss Wheelchair California Foundation
The mission of the Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation is to recognize the achievement of women in wheelchairs. Each year Ms. Wheelchair California will strive to educate and advocate for Californians living with disabilities. Ms. Wheelchair California is not a beauty pageant. It is a competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation. It’s purpose is to select the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman to represent people living with disabilities.
National General Disability Scholarships
A scholarship list open to people with various disabilities/diagnosis including cerebral palsy.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Information and resources related to cerebral palsy.
America the Beautiful – Access Pass – Free.
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass provides access to and use of Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance fee or standard amenity. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes a statement by a licensed physician; a document issued by a Federal agency, such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or a document issued by a state agency, such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. A local San Diego National Park is Cabrillo National Monument.
National Youth Leadership Network
NYLN is a youth-led organization. We work to build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16- 28 years old. We want to support young people in their role as the next generation of leadership in the Disability Rights Movement. NYLN has been around since 1997. We are the only youth-led disability rights nonprofit organization in the country.
Contact Person: Betsy Valnes
Phone: (866) 480-6565
North County Transit District (NCTD)
NCTD’s SPRINTER light rail trains, fixed-route BREEZE & FAST buses, the ADA Paratransit LIFT buses, and the COASTER commuter train are all accessible to persons with disabilities. LIFT is the ADA paratransit service for passengers with disabilities in North County, who, because of their disability, are not able to access the fixed route services. NCTD contracts with Laidlaw Transit Services to operate LIFT. The law requires LIFT riders to be certified for ADA paratransit eligibility.
Office of Client Rights Advocacy (OCRA)
A statewide office run by Protection and Advocacy, Inc. through a contract with the California Department of Developmental Services. OCRA employs a client’s right advocate at each regional center who is trained to help protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities. OCRA has excellent information book on rights and responsibilities for parents of children with special needs. This organization can help you with schools, social security, MediCal, neglect, discrimination, regional centers, in-home services, private insurance, daycare, criminal matters and other areas of the law.
Paws’itive Teams, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in California, provides service dogs for persons with disabilities, enabling these persons to live more independent lives and to achieve an enhanced quality of life. We custom-train our service dogs to meet the specific needs of the individual and provide lifetime team support following placement. All placements are limited to San Diego County.
San Diego Enforcers
The San Diego Enforcers are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as well as a semi-pro football team competing in the National Public Safety League, which is a national football organization made up entirely of public safety personnel. The San Diego Enforcers consist of SDPD officers, local Sheriff’s Deputies, active duty military and local federal law enforcement personnel that play full contact football, here in San Diego. heir main goal, other than winning football games, is raising money for United Cerebral Palsy San Diego and giving back to their community. As an organization, we would like to personally invite you, your patients and families to the San Diego Enforcer football games!
San Diego Mobility Vans
Coast Mobility, Inc., d.b.a. San Diego Mobility Vans, offers Mobility Van Rental’s in San Diego and at the San Diego Airport. It provides accessible van rentals for both short- and long-term needs. The vehicles are wheelchair accessible with lowered floors, power sliding doors and power ramps.
SDG&E (San Diego Gas & Electric Company)
SDG&E offers a medical base line for energy usage for qualifying consumers. Qualifying consumers must have a medical condition requiring energy usage, such as nebulizer for asthma, air filters for allergies, and air conditioning for heart problems or heat exhaustion. There is also a part on the application that offers a discount of gas for medical conditions.
Phone: 800-411-SDGE (7343)
Sharp Healthcare Rehabilitation Services
Sharp Healthcare Rehabilitation Services has a number of resources available in support of a active lifestyles, including support groups, exercise programs, field trips, a newsletter, adaptive driving program and community resources.
Contact: Debbie Moore, MR, RTC
Special Needs Playdate
Formed in 2014, Special Needs Playdate came together as a social outlet for families with special needs children. SNP believes that advocating and educating plays a crucial role within the disability community.
Spreading the Light Photo
Spreading the Light & Co. was born out of a passion to help those with special needs through the art of photography. Multitudes of established, passionate photographers have jumped on board to volunteer their services to help families of children with special needs access the special moments that can be provided through their their camera lenses. To inspire hope and to give back to families who give so much each day to their children and to the communities we live in.
Sports for the Disabled
Students with disabilities must be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sport team or own league, the Education Department says. This title IX US ruling can bring sweeping changes.
Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight has maintained its leadership in helping families with hospitalized children cope with the challenges of a medical journey through programs such as Starbright World®, the first-ever online social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions and their siblings, and the newly debuted Starlight Wish Lists, a cutting edge technology platform that enables donors to fill specific unmet hospital needs directly and efficiently.For more than 30 years, Starlight has been a leading global charity improving the life and health of kids and families. We partner with experts and innovators in healthcare, entertainment and technology to create a unique blend of family-centered services from hospital to home.
Stephen J. Wampler’s Blog Spot
I know a lot of you out there are living with or know someone with cerebral palsy. I’m opening up my life to you in two different ways. For all those people who have really inquisitive questions but are just too scared to ask your friend, classmate or colleague, I am here for you. And for parents and kids, I’ll answer questions about raising your children or how to ask your parents for privacy when you want and so on. I’m here to answer those questions and more, so fire away! If you want to look me up and find out more about me and my mission, just go to the Stephen J. Wampler anywhere on the net and you’ll find out. I’ll be posting at least three times a week on my blog, and I’ll try to answer all your questions.
Stephen J. Wampler Foundation
The Stephen J. Wampler Foundation was established by Steve Wampler to give children with physical disabilities the kinds of outdoor wilderness experiences Steve was fortunate to have as a child at at Camp Nejedly located at Hawley Lake.
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides information, resources and support to families affected by autism. This website has a number of resources for families/patients not only with autism, but with any special needs.
TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education and independence for all individuals with disabilities.
Phone: 310-258-4024 (California Office)
Team Summit and Adaptive Adventures, Colorado, is Taking Skiing to the Next Level with a New Adaptive Ski Team
Mau Thompson, Adaptive Ski Coach, Adaptive Adventures, has joined forces this year with Team Summit Coach, Erik Leirfallom, to deliver an inclusive adaptive program, where disabled athletes can train full-time alongside able-bodies peers. This is the first program in the nation to do so full time. Rady Children’s patient Katrina Schaber is a member of this program and is actively pursuing a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team.
tHAIRapy Hair Salon
tHAIRapy Hair Salon is a family salon specializing in and catering to our clientele with AUTISM and SPECIAL NEEDS. From our sensory wall, to our wheelchair accessible shampoo bowl & station, to our specially trained therapy dog arriving in December. We are continuously striving to offer the best of the best to each and every one of our clients. tHAIRapy Hair Salon is here to change the way parents and kids feel about haircut day.
The Pioneers TOT (Therapy Oriented Tricycle) Trike is a modified safe tricycle designed for children with special needs (ages 2½ to 7 years) to help improve their strength and enhance their physical therapies while allowing them the thrill of playing and interacting with other children. The TOT Trike is specially designed for children who have weak leg muscles, but are able to use the pedals.
Contact Person: Gordon & Connie Hankins
Western Wishes has turned dreams into lasting memories for countless kids faced with adversity and who love the western way of life.This award-winning program rewards kids for their fighting spirit and communicates their stories of courage, faith and determination to get back in the saddle again. Western Wishes has created a program to put these inspiring kids in the spotlight, if just for a moment, and encourages them to reach for the stars and have their dreams come true
Wylie Center serves over 450 children, youth, and families each year in the Inland Empire. The center provides high quality educational programs and therapeutic services to meet the needs, goals and hopes of individuals with special learning, emotional and developmental needs.