Support & Advocacy

These organizations provide assistance, support, information and advocacy to individuals and providers involved in probation services in your area. To find local, state and national organizations focusing on criminal justice, please browse the list below. You also can search our nationwide database of support groups at right.

“everyone is different”
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The mission of this group is to inform, support and share similar and unique situations that parents, friends and families of students with special needs in the greater Eagle Rock area, and the professionals that work with them, encounter throughout the educational journey. They meet monthly at Eagle Rock High School Library, 1750 Yosemite Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90041 the last Thursday of the month, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Annette Manning at 323.256.6829, Sandy Riancho at 213.383.1300, x. 716, sriancho@lanterman.org or Nellia Lippman at 213.383.1300, x. 554, nlippman@lanterman.org

Armenian Parent Support Group
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For Armenian-speaking families who have children with special needs of all ages. The group meets monthly at group members’ homes in the Glendale area on the last Friday of the month, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information contact Manushak Enezliyan at 818.243.0301 or Sona Topjian at 213.383.1300, x. 468

Autism Society of America - San Gabriel Valley Chapter Support Group
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Support group for families with children of all ages with autism. The group meets monthly at the Parent’s Place Family Resource Center, 1500 West Covina Parkway, Suite 207 West Covina, CA 91790 on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Patricia Kreyssler at 626.447.3452

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) of West Los Angeles
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Works to improve the lives of people affected by AD/HD through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education, and support.

Cure Autism Now: Los Angeles Chapter
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An organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists committed to accelerating the pace of biomedical research in autism through raising money for research projects, education and outreach. The organization's primary focus is to fund essential research through a variety of programs designed to encourage innovative approaches toward identifying the causes, prevention, treatment and a cure for autism and related disorders. The L.A. chapter holds informational meetings as well as monthly parent meetings.

daDA Fathers Regional Support Network
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For fathers of children with special needs of all ages. Meetings are held monthly at Denny’s Restaurant, 3060 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065 on the second Monday of the month, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information contact Aaron Hinojosa at 626.296.1556 or Germán Barrero at 626.840.9842

De Mi Familia A Su Familia
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For families of children with autism of all ages. [in Spanish] The group meets monthly at the Lanterman Regional Center, 3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90010 on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Bertha Suazo at 213.413.4280, Mary Diaz at 213.386.2633 or Zulma Mena at 213.215.9121

Down Syndrome Parent Resource Network ~ San Gabriel Valley Sub-group of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA)
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For families of children with Down syndrome. The group meets monthly at Cornerstone Speech and Language, 711 Mission Street Suite B, South Pasadena, CA 91030 on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information contact Gail Williamson at 818.242.7871

Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties
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Dedicated to serving the nearly 90,000 people with epilepsy in our region and seeks to ensure that people with seizure disorders are able to participate in all life experiences and prevent, control and cure epilepsy, with programs including advocacy, seminars, support groups and more.

Foothill Autism Alliance ~ Network Resource Meetings
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Educational group for families of children with autism. Group meets monthly at the Pasadena Child Development Associates, 620 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information contact Yudi Bennett at 818.66.AUTISM (818. 662.8847)

Glendale/Burbank/Foothill Parent Resource Group
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For families of children with special needs. Group meets bi-monthly at Easter Seals Glendale, 710 West Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204 on the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. FOr more information contact Cheryl Francisco at 213.383.1300, x. 530 or Carmen Alabat at 213.383.1300, x. 526

Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD)
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Seeks to ensure equal access of the deaf and hard of hearing community to the same opportunities afforded their hearing counterparts, and to act as a coordinating agency that addresses the broad social service needs of deaf and hard of hearing people through direct service provision, advocacy, research and dissemination of information regarding deafness to parents, professionals and consumers.

Grupo de Apoyo Para Familias de Intervención Temprana
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For families of children with special needs between the ages of birth to 5 years.[in Spanish] Group meets monthly at the Lanterman Regional Center, 3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90010 on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. For more information contact Agustina Mellin at 213.427.6298 or Monica Mauriz at 213.383.1300, x. 698

Japanese-Speaking Parents Association of Children with Challenges
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For Japanese-speaking families of children with special needs. Group meets monthly at the Little Tokyo Service Center, 231 East Third Street, Suite G-104 , Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the third Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Mariko Magami at 818.249.1726 or Michiko Wilkins at 818.557.0728

Korean Parent Support Group Asian Advocate For Special People
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For Korean- speaking families of children with special needs. Group meets monthly at the Lanterman Regional Center, 3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90010 on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information contact Josephine Ko at 213.281.2782 or Christine Yuh at 213.383.1300, x. 552

La Esperanza
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For families of children with developmental disabilities 15 years and older.[in Spanish] Group meets monthly at the Lanterman Regional Center, 3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90010 on the second Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m. For more information contact Maria Cibrian at 323.665.5272 or Maria Carranza at 213.383.1300, x. 590

Padres Unidos Lanterman
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For families of children with developmental disabilities of all ages.[in Spanish] Group meets monthly at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Conference Room "Earl A&B", 4650 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027 on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information contact Irma Cruz at 323.461.9307 or Yadira Bautista at 323.460.4794

Parents of Children with Epilepsy Support Group
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For families of children with epilepsy of all ages. Group meets monthly at the All Saints Church Learning Center, 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA on the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Azita Fatheree and Jane Eiler at 626.354.8504 or 1.800.564.0445

Teatro Ilusión
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A theatrical group for children with developmental disabilities and their families. [in Spanish] Group meets weekly at Shriners Hospital, 3160 Geneva Street (Virgil Avenue and Third Street), Los Angeles, CA every Friday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. For more information contact Yolanda Hernandez at 562.869.4090

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
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Defends and secures civil rights and to extend them to people who have been excluded from their protection through lobbying, public education, and litigation.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
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Provides information about support, intervention, and advocacy.

ARC of California
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Advocates for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

Autism Society of California
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Seeks to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum (This spectrum is inclusive of, but not limited to: Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder [PDD], and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified [PDD-NOS]) and their families, to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education and research related to autism.

Blind Children’s Learning Center
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Helps parents decide what to do when they find that their child is blind. Provides support and encouragement, helping the parents to deal with grief and learn how to help in their baby's development and beyond.

California Center for Law and the Deaf (CalCLAD)
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Committed to the protection and advancement of the legal rights of deaf and hard-of-hearing people, (CalCLAD) is located at, and affiliated with, the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA). DCARA, established in 1962, is a community-based, non-profit multi-service agency which assists deaf and hard-of-hearing people to live more independently and productively. Its primary goal is to serve the deaf population — directly, through client services, and indirectly, through community education and advocacy.

California Department of Education, Family Involvement and Partnerships
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Resources and support for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

California Department of Mental Health
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The California Department of Mental Health, entrusted with leadership of the California mental health system, ensures through partnerships the availability and accessibility of effective, efficient, culturally competent services. This is accomplished by advocacy, education, innovation, outreach, understanding, oversight, monitoring, quality improvement, and the provision of direct services.

California Department of Rehabilitation
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Works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

California Disability Alliance (C D A)
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A statewide, grassroots organization consisting of persons with disabilities and their supporters, with a broad agenda for promoting the health, independence and full community inclusion of persons with disabilities.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
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Seeks to support independent living centers in their local communities through advocating for systems change and promoting access and integration for people with disabilities.

California Residential Services Association
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A grassroots, statewide organization with a lobbyist, representing residential service providers in California.

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
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Advocates, promotes and implements policies and practices that achieve self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
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A nonprofit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD.

Easter Seals California
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Provides services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
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NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain. Click on “State & Local NAMIs” for contact information for central california branches. Serves Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare counties.

People First of California (PFCA)
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Seeks to serve all people with developmental challenges throughout California, primarily through People First members and chapters. PFCA serves as a role model for people with developmental disabilities in personal empowerment, leadership, and advocacy.

Supported Life Institute
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Advocates a full life for the developmentally disabled.

Assistive Technology Network
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Developed by The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers under contract with the California Assistive Technology System (CATS). Provides advocacy, resources and education.

Autism Network International
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A self-help and advocacy organization for people with autism, run by people with autism.

Autism Speaks
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Seeks to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders, and is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association
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A nonprofit organization, offering support and information to families of infants, children, and young adults who have hemiplegic cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, prenatal stroke, childhood stroke, infant stroke, perinatal stroke, neonatal stroke, in utero stroke, and stroke in neonates.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Epilepsy Foundation
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A non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy, with a mission to work for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service.

Epilepsy in Young Children
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Intended to support parents and other caregivers of children with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Support Group
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EPILEPSY-L is an E-mail based support group (discussion list) for people with epilepsy and those who care about and for them. People with epilepsy (PwEs), parents of children with epilepsy, family and friends of PwEs, and health professionals who work with PwEs are all welcome to join.

Exceptional Parent Magazine
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Provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Fragile X Foundation
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Unites the Fragile X community to enrich lives through educational and emotional support, promote public and professional awareness, and advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X.

National Association of the Deaf
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Seeks to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
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A unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
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Makes self-advocacy available in every state including institutions, high schools, rural areas and people living with families with local support and advisors to help.

TASH
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An international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
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The leading source of information on cerebral palsy and a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

Wrightslaw
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Provides accurate, current information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

 
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