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Community Resources for Students and Adults with Disabilities

These resources are offered as information only and are not endorsed or recommended by the San Dieguito Union High School District.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all resources available.  For additional resources please contact 211 San Diego, North Coastal Consortium for Special Education the Exceptional Family Resource Center, or the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego.

Arc of San Diego

  • The Arc of San Diego supports and empowers persons with disabilities to achieve their life goals.    
Beacons was founded by families to offer robust person-driven learning opportunities richly supported with technology and accessible pacing. Their goal is to empower individuals with skills, tools, information, and support so that they are equipped to launch and lead a life of their choosing. 
For more information email or visit their website at


  • food stamps for low income

  • monthly income for 1 cannot exceed $1962 


California Assistive Technology Network

  • The Department of Rehabilitation, in conjunction with Assistive Technology (AT) users, AT providers and state agencies, coordinates California's efforts to expand and improve access to AT under the Tech Act of 1993.

  • AT Network can assist you with an Assistive Technology Loan Guarantee Program to purchase AT devices. This program provides loans at moderate interest rates to individuals with disabilities and parents or guardians to purchase assistive devices and aids. This program offers loans up to a maximum of $20,000.


California Department of Education

  • Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education and training, employment and independent living.

  • The California Transition Alliance supports youth-serving professionals who assist youth and families as they transition from secondary education to adult life.


CalSTAT Technical Assistance and Training

  • California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) is a California Department of Education, Special Education Division state funded project. The project supports and develops partnerships with schools and families by providing training, technical assistance and resources to both special education and general education.

  • The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.


College to Career - San Diego

  • College to Career (C2C) at San Diego Community College District is a three-year program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to obtain academic and vocational training at the City College, Mesa, Miramar College and the Continuing Education campuses.


Community Interface Services (Carlsbad Village)

  • Community Interface Services is a nonprofit organization that provides person-centered services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, seizure disorder and other similar conditions. 

  • The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities to obtain and retain employment and maximize their equality and ability to live independently in their communities. Services are tailored to each individual to ensure a greater chance of success.

  • This publication is about how different agencies including school districts, Department of Rehabilitation, and regional centers, should help young people with disabilities as they move into adult life.


Employment and Community Options

  • E & CO is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers adults with developmental disabilities with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their personal goals and optimum potential in life.



  • Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

  • The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.



  • Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

  • NCTD complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) by making public transportation safe and accessible for all citizens. NCTD’s BREEZE and FLEX buses, SPRINTER trains, and COASTER trains are all accessible to persons with disabilities. LIFT is the ADA paratransit service for passengers with disabilities in North County, who, because of their disability, are not able to access the fixed route services.

  • ADA.ride: to apply for the Lift transportation program

  • Discount bus pass for disabled

  • The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families that are based on individual needs and supports their independence.

  • Self Determination Law enables SDRC clients to decide how to use their SDRC funding and decide which vendors to use.


Selective Service Sign up

  • Required for all males 18 and older, even if disabled


Social Security - Benefits for People With Disabilities

  • The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities.

  • Apply for disability income


Take Me Home Registry (Brochure in English, Spanish, or Arabic)

  • The “Take Me Home” Program is a regional photo-based information system hosted by the Sheriff’s Department accessible by all Law Enforcement in San Diego. It is designed to assist Law Enforcement (Police and Sheriff) during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, deafness or any other Developmental Disabilities.

  • Register annually with SD Sheriff’s Dept)


Transition Partnership Program (TPP)

  • The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) is a cooperative agreement between the San Dieguito Union High School District and the California Department of Rehabilitation* (DOR.) The program assists SDUHSD students with their transition from school to work. 


WorkAbility I & II

  • WorkAbility is a state funded program that provides pre-employment skills training, worksite training and follow-up services for youth (12-22) in special education who are making the transition from school to work.


XciteSteps - San Diego

  • Xcite Steps provides compassionate commitment and care to kids, youth, and adults who experience a disability, to promote learning and to provide them with their tools they need to maximize their successes in areas of behavioral management, socialization, play, communication, language, daily living, and academic skills, while also feeling connected with others. Programs are focused around quality and collaborative care, supporting personal growth and enriched lifestyles in the most naturalistic and opportune settings.