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American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
An interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about developmental and related disabilities.

Association of Regional Center Agencies
Represents the 21 California regional centers that provide services to more than 142,000 people with developmental disabilities.

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities San Diego and Imperial Chapters
Ensures the protection of legal, civil and service rights of persons who require services through publicly funded agencies that serve persons with developmental disabilities.
8880 Rio San Diego Dr. #250
SD, 92108
Membership-required online resource that provides parents a venue to find nannies, babysitters, behavioral management specialists and other special needs caregivers with background checks.

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC)
Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups and referrals. Services and supports in English and Spanish.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
SD, 92123

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
Serves as a focal point in the community through which infants and toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial Counties.
4355 Ruffin Rd. #200
SD, 92123

The State of California Department of Developmental Services
Serves people with developmental disabilities in San Diego and Imperial Counties.



ACES, Inc. (Autism Comprehensive Ed Services)
Offers behavioral and educational services in the home, school, community and at the accredited ACES Academy.
3731 Sixth Ave.,
SD, 92103

Advocacy Associates, Inc.
Educational consultation, psychological counseling, parent coaching, special needs assessment, vocational/transition planning for young adults.
16935 W. Bernardo Dr. #114
SD, 92127

Aiko & Egor App: Animation 4 Autism
(see listing under Infant Toddler Specific)

Alternative Teaching Strategy Center
(See listing under Autism)

Alexa’s PlayC
Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital’s educational program designed to integrate early education for typically developing children and children with or at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
3020 Children’s Way #MC6015
SD, 92123

Aseltine School
Helps meet the educational needs of emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students whose needs are not being met in traditional academic settings.
4027 Normal St., SD, 92103


Autism College
(see listing under Autism)

Therapeutic Approach to Growth
(See listing under Behavioral & Mental Health)

Balboa City School
K-12 special education school.
130 Woodward Ave.

Escondido, 92025


Banyan Tree Learning Center
Assesses areas of learning need and builds levels of support. Comprehensive help with auditory and sensory processing, reading/Dyslexia remediation, educational therapy, occupational therapy, math skills, writing skills, and individual and small group tutoring.

Banyan Tree Foundations Academy
Full day, private school that offers a more intense version of the interventions and methods at Banyan Tree Learning Center with 1:1 instruction. Serves students with significant challenges including Dyslexia, attention, communication, sensory processing, social problems, or previous school failure. This program is a short-term intervention to prepare the student for re-entry to their neighborhood school.
9636 Tierra Grande #200
SD, 92126
3555 Kenyon St. #101
SD, 92110

Free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students for the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with vision impairment, physical impairments and severe learning or reading disabilities.

Brain Highways
Innovative program aimed at developing the lower centers of the brain to improve learning, focus and behavior.
285 N. El Camino Real #217
Encinitas, CA 92024

Bridging Apps
Nonprofit organization dedicated to help people with disabilities choose, acquire and utilize their mobile device to better assist with communication, education and life skills.

Builders of Eloquence and Engagement, LLC (BEE, LLC)
(see Behavioral and Mental Health)

Catapult Learning
Provides an intensive special education program for students with special needs (18-21) including those diagnosed with SLD, OHI, ED and ASD.
6460 Boulder Lake Ave.

SD, 92119


Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc. Head Start Programs
Three fully inclusive preschool programs for families with low incomes: St. Leo’s Head Start in Solana Beach, Encinitas Head Start and Leucadia Head Start.
3180 University Ave. #317
SD, 92104

Club Xcite
Provides in-home, private tutoring with a focus on executive functioning skills building techniques, supporting children and teens who struggle with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD.

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, Poway Unified School District
Community group that advises school board on special education and provides parent trainings.
15250 Avenue of Science
SD, 92128
858-521-2800 x2216

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education, San Diego Unified School District
Monthly meetings about special education in SDUSD with a parent-led organization that provides trainings, support and information.
4100 Normal St.,
SD, 92103

Continuing Education Disability Support Program
Center City, Cesar Chavez,
ECC: 619-388-4812
TTY: 619-388-4811
Mid City: 619-388-4530
North City/West City: 
619-388-1800; 619-221-6977

Dyslexia Training Institute
Provides low-cost online classes for teachers, tutors, reading specialists, parents and adults in reading intervention, remediation and Dyslexia.
7424 Jackson Dr. #1B
SD, 92119


Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Programs for students ages 2-5 at various sites within San Diego Unified School District.

Edison Academy
Academic instruction for students in grades 3-8 with mild to moderate learning challenges emphasizing accountability, responsibility, independence and kindness.
910 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Ed to the Future
Specialized tutoring for children in special education in a North County, sensory friendly environment with fully credentialed and ABA trained teachers. Se habla Español.
7040 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Excelsior Academy
Nonprofit K-12 school dedicated to serving students with learning differences. Provides a safe and nurturing environment wherein students become literate, independent, productive citizens. Onsite DIS services and a variety of clubs, intramurals, and competitive sports teams. Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and National School of Character and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
7202 Princess View Dr.,
SD, 92120

The Family & Learning Center
Helps children via Educational Coaching with Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, language-processing difficulties, ADHD, Executive Function Disorder, nonverbal learning disorders, and visual-spatial processing weaknesses with an individualized 1:1 approach.
7744 Fay Ave. #202
La Jolla, CA 92037

Fred Finch Youth Center
Specialized treatment center, residential care and private school program exclusively serving youth with a developmental disability.
3434 Grove St.
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Fusion Academy
Private, alternative school and comprehensive afterschool program that specializes in helping students with individualized needs.
512 Via de la Valle #201
Solana Beach, CA 92075
5060 Shoreham Pl. #130
SD, 92122

Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center
(See Down Syndrome)

Grow My Way
This farm serves as a natural teaching environment. Includes feeding and care of animals, gardening, therapeutic horse riding, hiking, gross and fine motor activities, a pond to practice fishing skills, peer interaction, and a full functioning classroom that uses principles of ABA.
15415 Eastvale Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Halstrom Academy
Private school for grades 7-12; all students taught one-on-one.
705 Palomar Airport Rd. #340
Carlsbad, CA 92011
9915 Mira Mesa Blvd. #210
SD, 92131

Head Start-Neighborhood House Association
Early Childhood education program provides comprehensive services to ages 0-5 and their families. Priority is given to low income families and/or homeless, foster children and children with disabilities.
841 South 41st St.,
SD, 92113

I Can! Center
Services for persons with disabilities including e-readers, large print books, Braille books and a designated librarian.
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
SD, 92101


The Institute for Effective Education
Four schools provide education and services to individuals with unique learning needs.
1) Cook Education Center (ages 7-22, full spectrum of students with disabilities)
2) Children’s Workshop (ages 4-12 with Autism or other developmental disabilities)
3) Mt. Helix Academy (high achieving K-8 school)
4) Urban Skills Center (ages 18-22 with disabilities)

Jodie K. Schuller and Associates
(See listing under Speech Therapy) 

Kids On the Block of San Diego (KOBSD)
Nonprofit provides educational puppet programs (grades K-6) on disability awareness, medical and education differences, social issues and cultural diversity. Topics include: bullying, physical disabilities, learning differences, military deployment and more.

Kristin K. Singh, M.A., Licensed Educational Psychologist
Provides assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities, processing, Autism and other related disorders. Also offers educational counseling and consultation to families regarding special education services.

La Jolla Learning Works
Works one-on-one with K-12 students, offering educational therapy, academic coaching, assessment, tutoring and test prep.
7730 Herschel Ave. #N
La Jolla, CA 92037

Help with comprehension, reading, spelling and critical thinking.
445 Marine View Ave. #290
Del Mar, CA 92014

Mountain Shadows Exceptional Kids—An Inclusive Child Development Center
Play-based program provides children of all abilities 18 months-5 years an opportunity to learn in an in-home setting. Full/half day options, nutritious meals and a licensed nurse on staff for children with medical needs.
970 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #130
San Marcos, CA 92069

NewBridge School
Private school provides specialized instruction for students with language-based learning disabilities, Dyslexia, memory, executive functioning, and processing difficulties in grades K-8. Speech/language and occupational therapies are embedded into daily learning.
12285 Oak Knoll Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

North County Inland Special Education Local Plan Area
Multi-district support for children enrolled in special education.
1710 Montecito Rd.
Ramona, CA 92065


Pioneer Day School
A school for kids with Autism.
4764 Santa Monica Ave.
SD, 92107

The Reading Room Dr. Lynn Thrope, Ph.D.
Offers private reading and writing instruction, diagnosis of learning problems, educational consultation, tutoring and test prep, IEP help, study strategies and comprehensive testing and evaluation of reading/language/writing abilities for learners ages 4-adult.
8383 Center Dr. #B
La Mesa, CA 91942

Reading S.T.A.R.S. at County Speech
Sensory training used in classes and camps to help children become experts in phonemic awareness by integrating visual, auditory, and tactile modalities for a well-rounded approach to reading.
411 Camino del Rio S. #101
SD, 92108

345 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Renaissance Village Academy
K-8 private school with small class sizes for gifted and talented students who may also face emotional or socio-educational challenges such as Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning Autism that require differentiated educational pacing. Focus on critical thinking through personal inquiry and experimentation in an environment that is fun, challenging and globally aware.
10625 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #A
SD, 92131

San Diego Center for Children
Residential program and academy offering students with Autism, learning differences and emotional challenges a caring and supportive environment for academic success.
3002 Armstrong St.
SD, 92111

San Diego Council on Literacy
Tutors and reading resources.
2515 Camino Del Rio S. #125
SD, 92108

San Diego County Office of Education-Adult Education
6401 Linda Vista Rd.
SD, 92111

San Diego Unified School District Community Advisory Committee
Provides advocacy and parent resources within the San Diego Unified School District.
4100 Normal St.,
SD, 92103

San Diego County Office of Education
Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA)
San Diego: 619-725-7700
South County: 619-470-5224
East County: 619-590-3920
North Inland: 760-788-4671

SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. (Self-Esteem Education and Development in Sexuality)
Teaches social education, boundaries, abuse awareness and prevention for special needs.
2707 Congress St. #1-R
SD, 92110

Sherwood Tutoring
Services for children of all abilities, with a focus on kids with special needs using Superphonics. After assessment, a learning system is developed using therapeutic tutoring and Autism Connection Therapy to bring out the best in children. Serves North County Coastal region.

Sierra Academy
Serves students K-12 who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms, learn differently or have identified learning disabilities. Also offers a life skills program for students up to age 22.
6460 Boulder Lake Ave.
SD, 92119

Specialized Therapy Services
Team of specialists offering assistive technology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, music therapy, physical therapy, mental health and behavioral services, and educational resources to create an individualized program to support children with varying needs.
4204 Adams Ave. #A
SD, 92116

TERI Country School
Program for students 6-22 with Autism/ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other disabilities affecting learning, behavior, and social skills. Also offers class to prepare for adult life. Teachers, classroom aides, a speech and language pathologist, an OT and behavior specialist provide an integrated program based on individual need. Focus is on the college bound, but daily living skills are taught.
251 Airport Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058

Therapeutic Approach to Growth
(See listing under Behavioral and Mental Health)

ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science
(See listing under Camps and Enrichment Programs)

Total Education Solutions
Tutoring and services including speech, occupational therapy, preschool interventions and summer camps.
5151 Murphy Canyon Rd. #150
SD, 92123

Vista Hill Foundation Sam and Rose Stein Education Centers
Serves students (ages 5-22) with developmental disabilities such as Autism, as well as students with emotional disorders and behavioral concerns.
6145 Decena Dr.,
SD, 92120

The Winston School
Offers a college preparatory program for students (grades 4-12) with learning differences and those whose needs have not been met in traditional school settings.
215 Ninth St.
Del Mar, CA 92014

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