The key to maneuvering any life situation is to have information that can help you make the best decisions possible for your circumstances. The CP Center has compiled a list of resources that gives many layers of valuable information regarding developmental disabilities. The links below have been categorized into sections to help you easily access information. We hope you find this resource section beneficial.
Agencies & Departments
There are a myriad of disability, health and human service programs in every state and community however they are not always easy to find. The UCP One-Stop Resource Guide can direct you to the organizations that can help.
NIAD’s visual art program promotes meaningful independent living by artists with disabilities—while its artists create remarkable contemporary art.
AAIDD seeks to enhance the capacity of disability professionals to participate in the development of a fully inclusive society.
AIDD is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.
The Social Security Administration manages two programs that provide benefits based on disability or blindness – the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.
The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) is a private, non-profit corporation providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services.
The mission of the Developmental Disabilities Council of Contra Costa County is to promote the coordination, improvement, and growth of services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and to advocate for their needs.
The Mission of Area Board 5 on Developmental Disabilities is to ensure that persons with developmental disabilities and their families have the same rights and opportunities as the general population.
The Mission of the Developmental Disabilities Planning and Advisory Council is to advocate for the right of people with developmental disabilities to be assisted in the fullest development of their mental, physical and spiritual potentials, and the right to community living in the least restrictive environment.
Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence they need to succeed in life.
Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) opens the beauty and challenge of the great outdoors to people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth. Every year, more than 2,100 people join ETC to raft whitewater rivers, ski alpine meadows, kayak the waters of the Golden Gate and Tomales Bay, and build leadership skills.
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
BORP advances the lives of people with physical disabilities through sports and recreational activities.
The AT Network is dedicated to expanding the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for all Californians.
The mission of the ATA is to increase the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations.
AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment.
Microsoft creates technology that is accessible to people around the world—of all ages and abilities.
A disability resource directory of products and services for the physically challenged, elderly, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Trace Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison does research to make everyday technologies accessible and usable so that all people, including those with disabilities, can interact with electronic devices more easily and independently.
Augmentative & Alternative Communication
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies assist people with severe communication disabilities to participate more fully in their social roles. This website, maintained by the Barkley AAC Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is designed to provide access to a wide range of information and resources related to the AAC effort.
The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) works to improve the lives of children and adults who use AAC. ISAAC’s vision is that AAC will be recognized, valued and used throughout the world. ISAAC’s mission is to promote the best possible communication for people with complex communication needs.
The Diagnostic Center, Northern California, provides high-quality, individualized services to special education students, their families and school districts.
The OTAN vision is to lead California adult education in the integration of technology into the educational process, ultimately empowering learners to meet their academic, employment and civic goals.
Made available for faculty development, this index is full of links that access a wide variety of teaching tips for all ages and levels.
Prospective college students with disabilities can find the best colleges to help meet their goals, learn more about the schools and programs in their area. Many campuses are equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs.
The mission of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers is to advocate for barrier-free access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in community life by increasing the capacity of Independent Living Centers to achieve their missions.
The California State Independent Living Council is an 18-member council appointed by the Governor to represent persons with disabilities throughout the state.
CIL provides services, support, and advocacy to enhance the rights and abilities of people with disabilities to actively participate in their communities and to live self-determined lives.
Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) is a peer-based disability resource organization that advocates and provides resources for people with disabilities to improve lives and make communities fully accessible.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
People First of California envisions all people with disabilities will have the opportunity to gain empowerment through UNITY and respect for each other.
The mission of the World Institute on Disability (WID) in communities and nations worldwide is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security and health care for persons with disabilities.
The CDC website has information on developmental disabilities including basic information, specific conditions, research and tracking, articles, resource center and more.
Founded in 1973 by Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living, Herrick Hospital, and community members, Disabled Community Health Clinic (DCHC) offers people recovering from brain or spinal cord injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, or Post-Polio and other chronic conditions a place to go to get their unique needs met.