5.8. Additional Programs or Resources
A Wheelchair Rider's Guide to the California Coast
Exploring California's spectacular 1,100-mile-long coast can be a challenge for people who need a fairly level and firm path of travel—be they wheelchair riders, parents pushing strollers, or people who use canes or walkers. That's why we created this thoroughly researched online travel guide, with detailed information about a wide variety of sites, to help you make informed choices that suit your particular needs.
Access Northern California
Phone: (510) 524-2026
Access Northern California (ANC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating greater access to travel and recreational opportunities in Northern California for people with physical disabilities. ANC provides both informational and educational services to consumers and businesses.
2936 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, California, 95054
Phone: (408) 986-1419
Accessible Fitness is an organization established to help the physically challenged to attain both the physical and the mental benefits of exercise. We strive to make the fitness lifestyle available to all those who are interested, by providing in-home personal training and a Fitness Center that offers complete wheelchair accessibility.
Adaptive Computer Empowerment Services
Phone: (858) 244-1226
To improve the quality of life for persons in San Diego County who are low income and disabled or seniors (65+) by empowering them with computer technology.
Alameda County Computer Resource Center
Phone: (510) 528-4052
The Computer and Technology Resource Center (CATRC) is a non-profit computer recycling and training organization. We are dedicated to providing technical training and refurbished computer equipment to schools, non-profit organizations, and economically and/or physically disadvantaged individuals. In addition, we serve the community and the environment by recycling donated electronic equipment, components and materials for reuse.
Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation
Phone: (310) 276-7111
The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation enables single parents of children with life-threatening illnesses to care for their children full time by relieving financial burdens when other resources are exhausted or unavailable.
Assistive Technology Network
Information about assistive technology and resources including links to other web sites related to assistive technology
AXIS Dance Company
Phone: (510) 625-0110
AXIS' extensive community education/outreach program, Dance Access and its youth component Dance Access/KIDS! offers classes and workshops for adults and youth of all abilities, school assemblies, presentations, lecture demonstrations, and residencies locally and abroad.
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP)
Phone: (510) 849-4663
BORP was founded in 1976 by people with disabilities to create access to the outdoors, to fitness, to sports, and to recreation for a population who'd been left out.
Phone: (310) 295-1024
Believe Ability provides assistive technology, occupational therapy, and speech therapy in the home, school, and community. Our staff has expertise in working with individuals with a variety of ages and diagnoses. We provide services throughout Southern California.
California Adaptive Rowing Program
Phone: (562) 434-8334
Contact: Angela Madsen
Phone: (562) 505-4157
Their mission is to provide instruction and training for competitive and recreational opportunities in the sport of rowing to physically and intellectually challenged individuals in Long Beach, California. Participation is free for all differently abled.
California AgrAbility Project
Phone: (888) 877-3275 Ext. 117
our mission at CalAgrAbility is to help individuals working in agriculture who have permanent conditions or injuries that hinder their efforts to continue working on farms.
California Artists Directory
The California Artists Directory contains information about the work of artists with disabilities in California. The purpose of the California Artists Directory is to provide an easy, practical reference to artists with disabilities and their work. This directory contains information about emerging and established visual and performing artists. The intent of this directory is to promote the hiring of artists and performers with disabilities.
Phone: (310) 258-4024
CalTASH supports the inclusion and full participation of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of their communities as determined by personalized visions of quality of life.
Phone: (800) 852-1256
CareMeridian is the innovative leader in providing personalized care and proactive health management to the catastrophically ill and injured in an environment that is responsive to clients and rewarding to employees.
Center for Accessible Technology
Phone: (510) 841-3224
We provide access to assistive technology that gives people with disabilities access to computers; provide art programs to provide access to artistic expression; and offer ongoing consultation and support to assist people with disabilities in maintaining and enhancing access.
Phone: (619) 523-9318
The Challenged America program is dedicated to introduce sailing as a therapeutic and rehabilitative enhancing activity to individuals with disabilities, their loved ones, and professionals in healthcare and rehabilitation.
Disability Benefits 101: Working with a Disability in California
Disability Benefits 101 (DB101) helps workers, job seekers, and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits.
Disability Rights Advocates
Phone: (510) 665-8644
DRA is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. DRA advocates for disability rights through high-impact litigation, as well as research and education. We do not charge our clients for our services.
Disability Rights California
Disability Rights California provides a variety of legal services to persons with disabilities including: information and referral, technical assistance and direct representation. DRC considers several factors in determining whether to represent an individual directly including: the merits of the claim; the persons ability to advocate for him/herself; availability of other resources and availability of DRC resources. DRC works in partnership with persons with disabilities. English, Spanish and Vietnamese Languages spoken/understood.
Easter Seals Bay Area
Phone: (510) 835-2131
Easter Seals Bay Area creates solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities and special needs; and provides support to family-members.
Easter Seals Central California
Phone: (800) 400-0671
Easter Seals Central California provides services for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families so they may actively participate in the community with the freedom to choose how they live, learn, work and play.
Easter Seals Southern California
Phone: (714) 834-1111
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Easter Seals Superior California
Phone: (888) 877-3257
Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals. Easter Seals also includes families as active members of any therapy program, and offers the support families need.
EmpowerTech is Los Angeles County's only non-profit organization devoted to bringing the latest in assistive technology to children and adults living with disabilities. EmpowerTech relies on its devoted staff, stellar board of directors – and donations from generous foundations, corporations and individuals – to open a true door to the world for people with disabilities. It is proud to also serve as a national resource for individuals, families and caregivers seeking information about AT products and uses.
Family Voices of California
Family Voices of California (FVCA) is a statewide grassroots clearinghouse for information and education about ways to assure and improve health care for children with disabilities and chronic conditions.
Phone: (323) 221-6696
Fiesta Educativa was founded in California in 1978 to inform and assist Latino families in obtaining services and in caring for their children with special needs.
Goodwill Fitness Center
Phone: (888) 623-4823
The Goodwill Fitness Center is designed especially for people with disabilities and chronic illness and is a state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot facility located at 1601 E. St. Andrew Place in Santa Ana. Fully outfitted with the finest accessible fitness equipment and staffed by trained fitness professionals, the center is open five days a week.
Kristina Wiley, DDS
805 North Lincoln Street, Dixon, California, 95620
Phone: (707) 678-9248
Contact via email
Kristina Wiley, DDS graduated from University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1993. She received awards of excellence for her work with pediatric and special needs patients while in dental school. Post graduation, she did residency training in Pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas, Houston Medical Center. In 2005, she began Linde Lane which promotes KIDS TEA to aid in the reduction of tooth decay. She currently has a private general practice in Dixon, California and is on staff at Northbay Hospital, where she performs dental surgery procedures for special needs patients under general anesthesia.
Life Goes On
Life Goes On-Home Improvement is a nonprofit organization designed to help the disabled and elderly with resources to help them live a normal life at home. We help in modifying existing homes to make their daily life more of a convenience.
MATRIX Parent Network & Resource Center
Phone: (800) 578-2592
Matrix is a parent-run information and resource center helping families in Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties. Bilingual and bicultural staff are available in all four counties to serve Latino families.
National Institute of Art & Disabilities
Phone: (510) 620-0290
NIAD (National Institute of Art and Disabilities) is an innovative visual arts center assisting adults with developmental and other physical disabilities.
New Start Community Independence Training Program
Phone: (818) 341-5597
The New Start Community Independence Training Program provides a unique opportunity for Americans with disabilities. It allows the individual who has suffered a catastrophic injury or illness the chance to regain control of their life. New Start begins planning care for the future with the goal of returning our clients back to the community. The New Start Program operates in modern, comfortable residential homes. Program participants receive their training from highly skilled staff specialized in the care of individuals with spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular disorders, including those who are ventilator dependent. Located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, New Start draws its clients from across the country.
NextStep Fitness Inc
Phone: (310) 546-5666
NextStep is a state-of-the-art outpatient fitness center that brings the most cutting edge training methods, procedures, and technologies to rehabilitation for spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and traumatic brain injury victims in the greater Los Angeles County. A California Non-Profit Corporation, the goal of NextStep Fitness, Inc. is to create a fitness environment for individuals with physical disabilities - where everyday fitness & wellness is available and supported in a state-of-the-art facility.
Northern California ADAPT
Phone: (510) 841-6406
Contact: Mark Beckwith
Contact: Blane Beckwith
We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions.
The Orion Fund
The Orion Fund's mission is to award grants to California college students facing serious health crises to assist them in completing their educational goals. Each year we provide grants for uncovered medical costs, medical technology, educational costs and living expenses. We ask for grantees to submit proof of current college enrollment, financial need and verification of medical condition.
Parents Helping Parents
Phone: (408) 727-5775
PHP's mission is to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.
PossAbilities is a FREE community outreach program developed by the Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus (LLUMCEC). Its goal is to offer disabled individuals who were born with or have suffered a permanent physical injury a sense of community and provide activities and practical help to integrate them back into life-once again giving them opportunity for becoming valuable members of our communities.
Phone: (760) 431-9789
Project Walk® is internationally recognized as a pioneer in exercise-based recovery for people with spinal cord injuries; providing hope, improved quality of life and a chance for life beyond a wheelchair.
Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (PAI)
Phone: (800) 776-5746
"Advancing the human and legal rights of people with disabilities."
Ralph's Riders Foundation
Phone: (310) 929-5083
Ralph's Riders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enabling people living with spinal cord injury and paralysis to achieve their highest level of independence, health and personal fulfillment by providing peer guidance, resource information and a supporting network within the community.
River Cats Independence Field
2450 Meadowview Road at the Samuel C. Pannell Meadowview Community Center, Sacramento, California
Phone: (916) 635-2200
River Cats Independence Field is a fully-accessible baseball field made of a rubberized surface ideal for players with disabilities that use either manual or power wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or no assistive devices, to "Play Ball"! Join one of their new baseball leagues for youth with either physical or mental disabilities, new wheelchair softball league for youth, power baseball league for youth that use electric powered wheelchairs, or one of their adult leagues for people with disabilities.
Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California
Phone: (877) 227-3471
RFENC provides services to assist families of children with special health care needs to access familycentered, community-based, culturally competent health care. There are staff members who speakSpanish.
Rubicon Legal Services
Through direct representation, counseling and advocacy Rubicon Legal Services provides vital legal assistance to very low-income people in the East Bay. Most of our clients live with incomes below the federal poverty line, are living with disabilities, including mental illness, or are seeking to achieve financial independence through employment but face multiple barriers to successfully finding jobs and advancing careers.
RVL S.C.O.R.E. International (Robbie Vierra-Lambert Spinal Cord Organization for Regaining Excellence)
Contact via email
The Robbie Vierra-Lambert Spinal Cord Organization for Regaining Excellence (RVL S.C.O.R.E.) is a volunteer organization of people whose lives have been touched by spinal cord injuries. Our purpose is to assist paralyzed individuals toward independent lives through the sharing of information.
San Francisco Access Guide
Phone: (415) 391-2000
Compiled by Access Northern California (ANC), this free resource includes access details on over 100 San Francisco-area attractions, restaurants and hotels; plus information on accessible transportation, local disability organizations, wheelchair rentals and medical supply dealers.
SCI-FIT (Pleasanton, CA )
Phone: (925) 846-1848
The mission of SCI-FIT (Spinal Cord Injury Functional Integrated Therapy) is to provide the most comprehensive, post-traditional, exercise based therapy for those individuals who have suffered a debilitating injury. SCI-FIT maximizes the potential for each individual suffering from spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders by utilizing strategic exercises and providing the proper stimulation for an optimal functional outcome.
Sharp HealthCare Foundation HeadNorth grant
Sharp HealthCare Foundation HeadNorth grant is available for spinal cord injury survivors to receive funding and support for important equipment and services — from wheelchairs and exercise equipment to home modifications. Grants are provided to patients overcoming a traumatic spinal cord injury who are legal San Diego County residents with a demonstrated financial need. If you are eligible and would like to apply, please fill out our application (PDF).
Phone: (818) 314-0101
Contact via email
Smile Partners is a "Mobile Dental Hygiene Service" dedicated to serving patients with a wide variety of challenges, including those with complex medical conditions. Because we are a mobile service, we come to you. There is no need to move patients away from any necessary medical equipment or the safety of their familiar environment.
Debra Olsen, RDHAP is a dental hygienist in alternative practice with special training and licensing to treat outside the dental office. She can visit and treat people in their own home, bedside, chairside or where ever the patient is most comfortable.
Spinal Cord Injury - For Your Information (SCI-FYI) Resource Directory
The SCI-FYI's focus is on resources available in the San Francisco Bay Area, but many of the resources are regional and/or national.
Spinal Cord Injury: Research, Resources, and Community Programs
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center 751 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, California, 95128
Phone: (408) 793-6434
Phone: (408) 885-2002
The Rehabilitation Research Center (RRC) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) strives to meet the needs for information, education and support for injured persons and their families. The RRC staff are also involved in research activities to enhance the lives of those affected by SCI.
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
Phone: (415) 920-5040
Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.
Tarjan Center Service Inclusion Project
Phone: (310) 825-0067
The Tarjan Center Service Inclusion Project strives to make service and volunteerism equally accessible to people with and without disabilities. Maintains list of California disability resources
Phone: (415) 733-0990
Toolworks has many different programs and services, many of which are designed to meet the unique educational, vocational and support needs of adults with disabilities.
Phone: (661) 803-3700
Triumph Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to triumph over their disabilities and to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. The cornerstone of our outreach is giving newly injured people Care Baskets that are like tool-kits which provide information and resources about the many organizations, assistance programs, and activities that exist to help people with an SCI with their new beginning and to enable them to keep living their lives to the fullest potential. We are also involved within the SCI community by taking leadership roles in support groups, helping people plan home modifications for wheelchair accessibility, assisting people with financial constraints to get needed equipment & supplies, expanding Disabled Sports & Fitness opportunities, and providing mentorship & advocacy.
Up & Away Ballooning's Pegasus Project
Phone: (707) 836-0171
In Spring 2011, Up & Away Ballooning becomes the first hot air balloon operator in the United States to offer wheelchair-using adventurers the opportunity to soar above the magnificent hills and vineyards of Northern California's Sonoma County. The Pegasus Project's specially-designed and crafted passenger basket, shipped directly from England, will make it possible for those persons who are dependent upon wheelchairs for mobility to literally float above the Wine Country.
Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California
Phone: (323) 655-1547
Variety - The Children's Charity is to provide life-saving and life-enriching assistance to abused, addicted, physically-challenged, neglected, and/or underprivileged children throughout Southern California.
Variety Children's Charity of Northern California
Phone: (415) 781-3894
Variety Children's Charity of Northern California donates hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to children's agencies, small groups and individuals to aid disabled, disadvantaged, abused and neglected kids, as well as children who need medical services or equipment such as wheelchairs, leg braces, and hearing aids.
VSA arts of California
Phone: (916) 277-6747
Contact via email
The mission of VSA arts of California is to create, develop, and promote opportunities for artistic expression and education throughout the state that can be experienced by individuals of all abilities.