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  • The following are available resources in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. In some cases your child must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to receive services. Please contact individual agencies for more information about their specific requirements or call SPIN. If you would like to recommend a resource please email us at info@spinsc.org.

    SPIN is a neutral resource for information and does not endorse, recommend, or make representations with respect to the research, services, medications, treatments, or products of specific individuals.

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    School District Information

     
    Click here for a list of School Districts and their contact information.

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    Recreation

     
    Click here for a list of agencies that provide recreational activities and their contact information.

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    Abilities United


    (formerly C.A.R., Community Association for Reabilitation)
    Abilities United serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.
    Visit www.AbilitiesUnited.org

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    ACES


    Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with autism or other special needs. They provide comprehensive, professional services to maximize individuals' potential in the home, school and community, throughout their lifespan.
    Website: www.acesaba.com

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    Balance4kids


    Alternatives for children with severe disabilities.
    Phone: (831) 464-8669
    Website: www.balance4kids.org

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    The Bay School


    A nonpublic school that offers education and intervention services to individuals with autism age's 3 through 22 years old.
    Phone: (831) 462-9620
    Website: www.thebayschool.org

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    California Children's Services (CCS)


    A program that provides or arranges medical care, equipment, and therapy for children with CCS eligible disabling medical conditions.
    Phone: Santa Cruz County (831) 763-8000, San Benito County (831) 637-5367
    Website: www.santacruzhealth.org

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    California Department of Rehabilitation


    The California Department of Rehabilitation provides employment service to working age individuals with disabilities.
    1350 41st Avenue, Suite 101, Capitola, Ca 95010
    Phone: (831) 465-7100
    Website: www.dor.ca.gov

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    Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL)


    Information, referral and advocacy for individuals with special needs.
    Phone: Santa Cruz County (831) 462-8720, San Benito County (831) 636-5196 or 757-2968
    Website: www.cccil.com

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    Child Development Resource Center


    Referrals for childcare in Santa Cruz County.
    Phone: (831) 466-5820
    Website: www.cdrc4info.org

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    Children's Mental Health


    Mental Health services for children covered by MediCal or referred by another public agency.
    Phone: Santa Cruz County (831) 454-4900 or 763-8990

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    Choices for Learning


    helps you discover the choices you have for learning, as well as assist you in finding information and resources for learning the way you need or choose
    Website: choices4learning.com

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    Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE)


    Provides legal support, representation, technical consultations and training to parents concerning special education services
    Phone: (415) 431-2285
    Website: www.caseadvocacy.org

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    Community Life


    Provides Independent Living Life Skills, Supported Employment & Employment Services as well as Independent Living Customizing Employment
    Phone: (831) 600-7778
    Website: www.communitylifeservices.org

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    Coryell Autism Center


    Coryell Autism Center is a non-public school providing specially-designed transition services to young people with autism ages 14 to 22.
    Phone:(831) 713-5186
    Website: www.coryellautismcenter.org

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    Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency Santa Cruz Support Services


    Provides counseling, interpreting and advocacy for people who are deaf.
    2045 40th Avenue, Suite B
    Capitola, CA 95010
    Phone: (831) 464-4358
    Website: www.dcara.org

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    Disability Rights California

     
    Protects the legal, civil and service rights of individuals with developmental or mental disabilities through a variety of advocacy services
    (510) 267-1200
    Website: www.disabilityrightsca.org

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    Early Start


    An early intervention program for children from birth to 36 months of age who have disabilities or are at risk of having disabilities.
    Phone: Santa Cruz County (831) 728-1781 or (831) 688-7633, San Benito County 636-4420 x 224

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    Easter Seals of Central California


    A non-profit corporation that provides information and services for adults and children with disabilities and their families to improve lives.
    Phone: Santa Cruz County (831) 684-2166, San Benito County 637-2481
    Website: centralcal.easterseals.com

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    Family Focused Support Network


    Is an in-home behavior program designed to assist families with children who have developmental disabilities, such as autism, by using proven techniques to address the child's behaviors, developmental stages and neurological development..
    Phone: (408) 229-0775
    Website: www.aspiranet.org

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    Family Partnership Program


    Provides support, advocacy and education for families of children in the Children's Mental Health system.
    Phone: (831) 454-4961 or (831) 763-8954

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    Family Service Agency of the Central Coast


    Offers counseling services, testing programs and other information for individuals with special needs.
    Phone: (831) 423-9444
    Website: www.familyservicecentralcoast.org

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    Field Public Health Nursing


    Serves teen parents; families with premature babies, drug/alcohol exposed babies and at risk children.
    Phone:(831) 454-4040
    Website: www.santacruzhealth.org

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    Hope Services


    helps people with developmental disabilities be able to live and participate in their communities.
    Phone: (831) 421-9900
    Website: www.hopeservices.org

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    Housing Choices Coalition


    Educating, Advocating and Creating Housing Opportunities for people with Developmental Disabilities
    21 Brennan Street, Suite 18
    Watsonville, CA 95076
    Phone: (831) 722-3955
    Website: www.housingchoices.com

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    Imagine Supported Living Services


    Imagine provides supported living and supported employment services to adults with developmental disabilities in Santa Cruz County.
    1395 41st Ave., Suite A
    Capitola, CA 95010
    Phone: (831) 464-8355
    Website: www.imaginesls.org

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    In-Home Support Services (IHSS)


    In-Home Support Services provides in-home care and supervision of the child for the parent in order for the child to remain at home. The service is in addition to SARC respite.
    Phone: (831) 454-4101 or (831)763-8800
    Website: santacruzhumanservices.org

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    Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services


    Jacob’s Heart supports the entire family – art programs, counseling, financial assistance, in home and hospital visits, celebrations, and support groups.
    Phone: (831) 724-9100
    Website: www.jacobsheart.org

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    Lift Line


    Low cost transportation within Santa Cruz County for the disabled.
    Phone: (831) 688-9663
    Website:www.communitybridges.com

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    Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford


    Parent Medical Information and Referral Hotline.
    Phone: (800) 690-2282

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    MediCal/MediCal Waiver Program


    MediCal provides health insurance to low income families. MediCal Waiver is a program that allows the child with special needs to qualify for MediCal regardless of the family's income.
    Phone: Santa Cruz County (831) 454-4131, San Benito County (831)636-4180

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    Monterey Coast Preparatory Middle and High School


    MCP Offers a college preparatory education for students who learn differently.
    Phone: (831) 458-9800
    Website: exploremcp.org/

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    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Santa Cruz County


    NAMI-SCC offers support groups, networking opportunities, excellent classes for family members and clients and referral services to community resources.
    Help Line: (831) 427-8020
    Website:www.namiscc.org

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    Parents Center


    Provides support and counseling services to families who have children age 12 and under with emotional difficulties.
    Phone:(831) 426-7322 or (831) 724-2879

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    Pediatrics Subspecialty Clinic

     
    (Stanford High Risk Development Clinic)
    Dominican Rehabilitation Services
    610 Fredrick St.
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    (831) 462-7700
    Website: www.dominicanhospital.org

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    Pediatric Therapy Center

     
    Pediatric Therapy Center uses a team approach that combines the knowledge and creativity of Occupational, Speech-Language and Physical Therapists to meet each child’s specific therapy needs. PTC evaluate and treat children birth to 18 years of age and provide clinic-based, home-based, or school-based therapy depending upon the needs of the child
    1940 Bonita Drive,
    Aptos, CA 95003
    (831) 684-1804
    Website: www.ptc-sc.com

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    Red Cross


    Transportation to Santa Clara County for medical appointments for the disabled. Call two weeks in advance.
    Phone: (831) 462-2881 ext 11

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    San Andreas Regional Center (SARC)


    A non-profit corporation funded to provide opportunities for independence at home and in the community for children and adults with developmental disabilities through information, advocacy and purchased services.
    Phone: (831) 728-1781 or (831) 688-7633
    Website: www.sanandreasregional.org

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    Santa Cruz Office of Education


    Provides information on local school districts
    Phone: (831) 466-5600
    Website: www.santacruz.k12.ca.us

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    Special Education Local Plan Area


    General information concerning special education in the area
    Phone: (831)464-5677 or (831) 786-2130

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    Special Connections


    Serves children age 0 - 36 months old and enrolled in the Early Start program.
    Phone: (831) 464-0669
    Website: www.santacruz.k12.ca.us

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    State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Silicon Valley/Monterey


    Advocacy for children and adults with disabilities.
    Phone: (408) 324-2106
    Website: www.scdd.ca.gov

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    Supplemental Security Income Program(SSI)


    A federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes).
    Phone:(831) 426-8111 or 1-800-521-3385
    Website: www.ssa.gov/ssi/

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    Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired


    Information and referral on resources for blind children.
    Phone: (831) 458-9766
    Website: www.vistacenter.org

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    Youth Services


    Support and counseling programs for youth ages 12-21 with behavioral and/or drug and alcohol problems. Must be referred by Children's Mental Health Services.
    Phone: (831) 425-0771


    Recreation Agencies


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    Camp Krem- Camping Unlimited


    Camping Unlimited is a non-profit organization providing children and adults with Special Needs a full program of recreation, education, fun and adventure. Our program encourages independence, nurtures responsibility, develops competence and builds lifelong friendships in a warm supportive atmosphere of planned permissiveness
    Website: www.campingunlimited.org

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    Dancenter


    Dance classes for teens and adults with Special Needs
    810 A Bay Ave.
    Capitola, CA 95010
    Phone: (831) 475-5032
    Website: www.dancenter.com

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    Easter Seals Camp Harmon


    Camp Harmon is a residential camp for children and adults with disabilities, ages 8-65. Campers attend 6 or 8 day sessions and participate in nature, farm and garden, arts and crafts, swimming, and many other activities.
    16403 HWY 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
    Phone: (831) 338-3383
    Website: www.campharmon.org

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    Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center


    114 Quail Hollow Road Felton, CA 95018
    Phone: (831) 335-2347
    Website: www.lichenoaksarc.org

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    Monterey Bay Horsemanship & Therapeutic Center

     
    Located oceanside in beautiful La Selva Beach, California, our fabulous Equestrian Center offers a year round program for all ages and ability levels, including those with special needs.
    783 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, CA
    (831) 761-1142
    info@mbhorsecenter.com
    Website: www.gombhtc.org

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    Music Together


    Music and movement for infants, pre-schoolers and their parents
    Phone: (831) 462-5195

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    Ride a Wave


    Surfing for individuals with special needs
    Phone: (831) 216-6034
    Website: www.rideawave.org

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    Santa Cruz County Stars


    Santa Cruz County Stars program is part of a national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment
    Website: http://www.sccysl.org/stars.html

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    Shared Adventures


    Recreational activities in the community for children and adults with special needs
    Phone: (831) 459-7210
    Website: www.sharedadventures.com

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    Via West Campus (formerly Camp Costanoan)


    Via West Campus offers year-round day and residential program that gives adults and children, ages 5 and older, with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs a chance to learn and grow amid fresh air and scenic surroundings.
    Phone: (408) 243-7861
    Website: www.viaservices.org


    Local School Districts




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    South Santa Cruz County (Aptos-Watsonville)


    Pajaro Valley Unified School District
    Address: 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
    Phone: (831) 786-2100

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    North Santa Cruz County (Soquel-Boulder Creek and Davenport)


    Bonny Doon Union Elementary School
    Address:1492 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Phone: (831)427-2300

    Delta Charter
    Address:343 Soquel Ave., #44, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    Phone: (831)477-5212

    Happy Valley Elementary School
    Address:3125 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Phone: (831)429-1456

    Live Oak School District
    Address:984 Bostwick Ln., Blding 1, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    Phone: (831)475-6333

    Mountain Elementary School
    Address:3042 Old San Jose Road, Soquel, CA 95073
    Phone: (831)475-6812

    Pacific Collegiate
    Address: P.O. Box 1701, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1701
    Phone: (831)4257002

    Pacific Elementary School
    Address: 50 Ocean, Davenport, CA 95019
    Phone: (831) 425-7002

    San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
    Address:6134 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018
    Phone: (831)335-4732

    Santa Cruz City Schools
    Address:405 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel, CA 95073
    Phone: (831)429-3410

    Scotts Valley Unified School District
    Address:4444 Scotts Valley Dr., Scotts Valley, CA 95066
    Phone: (831)438-2055

    Soquel School District
    Address:620 Monterey Ave., Capitola, CA 95010
    Phone: (831)464-5630

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    San Benito County


    Aromas-San Juan Unified (K-12)
    Phone: (831) 623-4500

    Anzar High School
    (831) 623-7660

    Hollister School District
    Phone: (831) 634-2000





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