CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES DDS is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

DDS – EARLYSTART Families whose infants or toddlers have or are at risk for developmental delay or disability can receive an “Early Start” in the State of California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services to children eligible for California’s Early Intervention system of services.

DDS FORMS The Department of Developmental Services’ forms are in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (PDF). A majority of the fill-in Developmental Services (DS) forms may be “Save” using the free Adobe Reader 7 or later. These forms can be completed online but cannot be submitted electronically. After completion, they should be printed and mailed to the appropriate party.

DDS SAFETYNET Helping assure that Californians with developmental disabilities are safe and healthy.

AGNEWS DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER Agnews Developmental Center was established by an act of the California Legislature in 1885 as a facility for the care of the mentally ill. The first patients were received in 1888. Individuals with developmental disabilities were first admitted to a special habilitation program activated in 1965. Programs for the mentally ill were discontinued in 1972, and the center has been utilized exclusively for the care and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities since that time. The population on January 30, 2008 was 184. (

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES CDHS is part of the California Health and Human Services Agency. The CDHS is one of the largest departments in State government, with over 5,000 employees working in its Sacramento headquarters and over 60 field offices throughout the State. RESEARCH THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE – M.I.N.D. Institute The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute supports critical research designed to understand the causes and to develop effective diagnoses, treatments, preventions, and, ultimately, cures for autism, fragile X and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Contribute to Science.  Kaiser Permanente’s Autism Research Programfocuses on identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for ASD, and understanding patterns of detection, diagnosis, and utilization of health services for ASD.   Visit www.autismresearch.kaiser.org, or call (866) 279-0733.  

Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)  The Association shall function as a leader and advocate in promoting the continuing entitlement of individuals with developmental disabilities to all services that enable full community inclusion. The Association shall also participate in the development of public legislative policy and serve as a focal point for communication, education, training and prevention services.

GOVERNMENT LINKS

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION The official site for California legislative information

SOCIAL SECURITY DEPARTMENT

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

SAN BENITO COUNTY

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

MONTEREY COUNTY

EDUCATION LINKS

SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

SAN BENITO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

MONTEREY COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

COMMUNITY & PARTNER LINKS

ATYPICAL INFANT MOTIVATION

C.A.R. IS NOW ABILITIES UNITED

CENTER FOR SOCIAL THINKING

CEREBRAL PALSY 

CEREBRAL PALSY

CEREBRAL PALSY

EDEN HOUSING

FIESTA EDUCATIVA Spanish / English Website

FIRST FIVE SANTA CLARA COUNTY

FIRST FIVE SAN BENITO COUNTY

FIRST FIVE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

FIRST FIVE MONTEREY COUNTY

GRACE COMMUNITY CENTER

HOPE SERVICES

HOUSING CHOICES COALITION

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SAN BENITO COUNTY

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF MONTEREY COUNTY

KIDS SCOPE

NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS ASSOCIATION The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 milion Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one.

NUESTROS NINOS  Spanish / English Website

ORGANIZATION OF SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES

PACIFIC AUTISM CENTER FOR EDUCATION

PARENTS HELPING PARENTS PHP is a 30-year-old nonprofit, family resource center that benefits children with special needs.

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK SANTA CLARA COUNTY

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK SANTA CRUZ AND SAN BENITO COUNTY

THE FOOD BANK OF MONTEREY COUNTY

SPECIAL OLYMPICS Special Olympics Northern California

STEPPING STONES

THE AUTISM PROJECT

VIA SERVICES

EASTER SEALS

FUTURE HORIZON BOOKS

IMAGINE SUPPORTIVE LIVING SERVICES

SAN JOSE PARKS & RECREATION

THE AUTISM PROJECT