Special Needs Children

  • San Francisco - Support for Familys of Children with Disabilities

    San Francisco Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

    Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

    Focus: Ensuring that families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need have the knowledge and support to make informed choices that enhance their children’s development and well-being. Parent-run.

    Offers: Phone line for getting help and referrals, support groups, parent mentors, educational workshops and clinics, case management and social work services

    Email Address: info@supportforfamilies.org

    Website: http://www.supportforfamilies.org/

    A good first stop for any family of a child with special needs.

    This parent-run organization provides a range of resources for parents of children with disabilities. They have monthly support groups for parents of children with down syndrome (first Tuesday of each month), autism, cerebral palsy, and others. They also have a phone line and drop-in hours so parents can be assisted and referred to other resources.

    Address: 1663 Mission Street, 7th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Phone: 415-920-5040 (9:30 am – 4:30pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 12:30 pm – 8:30pm Tuesday, Thursday)

  • San Francisco - Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center

    San Francisco Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center

    Focus: The mission of the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center is to provide recreation, vocational and educational opportunities for people with disabilities through programs and services that encourage self-expression, promote personal achievement, and lead to greater independence.

    Offers: After-school programs (1:00 – 6:00 PM), Saturday programs (10:00 – 4:00 PM), and day camp programs when school is closed. Their focus is on helping children and teens to learn appropriate social behavior, develop independence, and lead health, happy lives.

    Email Address: N/A (call number)

    Website: http://www.prrcsf.org/

    Their primary goal is social skills development through fun and enriching activities such as sports, arts and crafts, swimming, computer lab, dance, drama, cooking, and community outings. They also focus on providing functional living skills and team-building skills.

    Address: 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94132
    Phone: 415-213-8571

  • San Francisco - Behavioral Intervention for Autism

    Address: 2354 Powell Street, Suite A, Emeryville, CA 94608
    Phone: 510-652-7445

    San Francisco Behavioral Intervention for Autism

    Focus: Provides programs for young children with autism. The focus is on successfully integrating them into a mainstream educational environment.

    Offers: Home-based early intervention programs and after-school programs. Also offers assessment and consulting services.

    Email Address: info@bia4autism.org

    Website: http://bia4autism.org/home.htm

    This organization offers home-based programs to young children with autism to help them learn the skills necessary to begin mainstream schooling. They focus on home-based programs because children with autism often do best in a familiar environment. Anything from 6-30 hours per week of tutoring depending on the specific needs of the child.


  • San Francisco - Goju Karate - Weekly Special Needs Class

    San Francisco Goju Karate – Weekly Special Needs Class

    Address: 622 Lindaro Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
    Phone: 415-413-0930

    Focus: Free weekly class for children with special needs. Tuition and standard Gi is provided to all students at no cost.

    Offers: Free weekly karate class.

    Email Address: info@gojukarate.com

    Website: http://www.gojukarate.com/classes/special-needs/

    From website:

    These classes are 60 Minutes. Typically they include about five minutes of stretching, about twenty minutes of basic techniques and strength exercises, twenty minutes of fast-paced combination techniques, and fifteen minutes of advanced topics including kata (kata are combinations of movements which can be very complex). This class is designed specifically for students who have special needs. This can include students with special physical needs as well as students with learning or developmental challenges that need extra support.

  • San Jose - AchieveKids - San Jose

    Address: 1212 McGinness Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127 (another location in Palo Alto)
    Phone: 650-494-1200

    San Jose  AchieveKids - San Jose

    Focus: Schooling for children aged 5 to 22 with emotional and/or developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism, and others.

    Offers: Educational services, community integration services, assistive technology resources, pre-employment training

    Email Address: N/A (call phone number)

    Website: http://www.achievekids.org/

    This organization serves over 100 elementary and secondary education students. They have extremely individualized programs (served at a 1:1 or 2:1 student to staff ratio). They also focus heavily on technological tools to improve the educational experience, tailored to each individuals’ needs.

  • Gemiini Educational Systems - North America and Abroad

    Gemiini Educational Systems

    Breakthrough Educational Systems for Special Needs, North America and Abroad.

    Gemiini is a proven way to teach speech and reading skills to people with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other Special Needs.


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