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California Department of Education

Information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills. 

CAPSES: California Association of Private Special Education Schools

CAPSES primary mission is to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities by advocating for them in public policy, and promoting high quality instruction, guidance, therapy and staff development. CAPSES is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the leadership role of the private sector in offering alternative quality services to individuals with disabilities. By providing the highest quality instruction, therapy and guidance and advocacy to their clients, CAPSES members strive to help special education students maximize their potential and lead independent and dignified lives. We are able to build that potential by working together to ensure appropriate services to all eligible students and their families.

Arbor Bay School

For more than 12 years, Arbor Bay School has increased opportunities for children in Pre-K-8th grade with mild to moderate learning differences to achieve academic and social success. We achieve this through highly individualized and specialized instruction by credentialed Special Education teachers, combined with speech and occupational therapy, in a small classroom environment. Arbor Bay School's solid history is defined by the students who have excelled due to this results-driven methodology

PACE: Pacific Autism Center for Education

PACE was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned parents and educators as a private, nonprofit 501 (C) (3) organization to meet the critical need of providing education and care for children and adults with autism/developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to this time, many of our students had been placed in inappropriate classroom settings and many of our residential clients were housed in unsuitable state hospitals and development centers. The state system was clearly challenged to provide more than maintenance of the ongoing needs of persons with developmental disabilities. Without the support of an encouraging, attentive environment, the ability to develop the skills necessary for achieving integration into the community was doubtful.

Center for Parent Information & Resoures

What you’ll find on the Parent Center Hub:

  • Family-friendly information and research-based materials on key topics for Parent Centers

  • Private workspaces for Parent Centers to exchange resources, discuss high-priority topics, and solve mutual challenges

  • Coordination of parent training efforts throughout the network

  • A twice-monthly e-newsletter with key topics, new resources, upcoming events, and materials to share with families

  • Materials from Parent Centers themselves

The Help Group: Autism Spectrum Disorder Schools

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges. The Help Group’s ten specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,600 students. Its broad range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year.

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