Also see section Animals: Equine Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy. For dentists that serve both children and adults with special needs, see section Health: Dental: Pediatric Dentistry.
Serving Multiple Counties
Autism LifeSpan; located in Chico, serving 9 Northern CA counties. Supports individuals with developmental disabilities & their families. Resource office includes a lending library with over 500 books, videos, DVDs & curriculum materials spanning the autism spectrum. Provides families, individuals, educators & other professionals with information & resources. Also offers trainings & monthly parent support group. http://www.autismlifespan.org. 2418 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 150 (530) 897-0900.
Braille & Talking Book Library: serving Northern California. A free service that loans braille & audio books (& playback equipment) by mail to eligible Northern CA residents who are unable to read standard print materials due to blindness, low vision, or organic physical disabilities. http://www.btbl.ca.gov. (916) 654-0640 or (800) 952-5666.
California State Department of Rehabilitation; serving all upper CA counties. Helps individuals with disabilities (physical, mental, emotional or learning) go to work for the first time or return to work. Job training & placement, adaptive technology, vocational counseling, help with transportation & more. By application. http://www.dor.ca.gov. Offices:
- Butte Co.: 470 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 4, Chico. (530) 895-5507; 78 Table Mountain Blvd. Oroville. (530) 822-4570.
- Shasta Co.: 1900 Churn Creek Rd., Ste. 100, Redding. (530) 224-4708.
- Siskiyou Co.: 500 N. Main St. Yreka. (530) 842-1662.
- Tehama Co.: 705 Pine St., Red Bluff. (530) 529-4270.
Disability Action Center; Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, & Tehama counties. Serving the needs of people (including children & their families) with disabilities since 1980. Advocacy, peer advising, information & referrals, housing strategies, assistive technology, durable medical equipment re-use program, volunteer opportunities, vision resources, & our new traumatic brain injuries program (for all ages, families & individuals. www actionctr.org.
- Chico: 1161 East Ave; (530) 893-8527.
- Redding: 169 Hartness Ave., Ste 128; (530) 242-8550.
Far Northern Regional Center; serving all upper CA counties. Serving individuals with developmental disabilities, & their families. Referrals to services & support, for infants to adults. http://www.farnorthernrc.org/main. Area offices:
- Chico: 1377 East Lassen Ave. (530) 895-8633.
- Redding: 1900 Churn Creek Rd., Ste. 319. (530) 222-4791.
- Mt. Shasta: 421 Chestnut St., (530) 222-4791.
- Lake Almanor: 401 Peninsula Dr., Ste. 2. (530) 895-8633.
Head Start/Early Head Start. Offers support for children ages 5 & under with special needs, & their parents. To find a program in your area, use the Head Start Locator online at http://www.eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices or call these offices in your county:
- Shasta Head Start, Inc.: http://www.shastaheadstart.org. 375 Lake Blvd., Ste. 100, Redding. (530) 241-1036.
- Siskiyou Early Head Start: http://www.siskiyoucoe.net/domain/60. 1 Child’s Way, Yreka. (530) 842-8493.
- NCCDI Tehama County Head Start: http://www.nccdi.com 220 Sycamore St. Ste. 200, Red Bluff. (530) 529-1500. (877) 224-7772.
Homeschool Association of California (HSC) Special Needs Homeschooling Information. Volunteer contact person for general information about homeschooling kids with special needs. (888) HSC-4440.
Parent Infant Programs; serving all upper CA counties. In-home program for children ages 0-3 with special needs. Curriculum focuses on: maximizing the development of the individual child, strengthening the parent-child relationship, & helping parents develop strong advocacy skills. Includes Autism support program for ages 3-5 in Butte & Shasta counties. http://www.parentinfantprograms.com. 2628 Victor Ave. Ste. B. (530) 247-1375.
Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern CA; Siskiyou, Trinity, Shasta, Tehama, Butte & Glenn counties. Serving children with special needs & their families, ages birth to out of high school. SLATE summer program (for Shasta County children ages 6-15 on the autism spectrum), siblings group, training for transitioning youth, deaf & hard of hearing support group, IEP training, home medical binder training, classes & workshops in English, Spanish & ASL, respite services & much more. http://www.empoweryourfamily.org. Redding office: 2701 Old Eureka Way, Ste. 2i (two “eye”). (530) 226-5129.
Sibshops; Redding. Monthly group offers peer support & education in a recreational context, for siblings of children who have special developmental, physical or mental health needs. Siblings ages 8-12 have fun, socialize, & share coping strategies. Sponsored by Rowell Family Empowerment. http://www.empoweryourfamily.org. Call for information: (530) 226-5129.
Special Olympics Northern California. Sports training for anyone diagnosed with intellectual disabilities age 5 or older. Competitions for ages 8 & up. Free. Apply online at http://www.sonc.org or contact your local area director; find county program information here: http://www.sonc.org/sports/county-programs. General information can be obtained from Judy Burton-Andrews: (925) 944-8801 ext. 214.
Triple Creek Ranch; Serving Shasta & Tehama Counties. Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical, emotional & mental disabilities plus youth horsemanship activities with Christian values. Fosters increased confidence, patience, self-esteem, muscle tone & more. http://www.tcri.org. (530) 524-8426
ARC of Butte County; Chico. Serving Butte, Glenn & Tehama counties, ARC assists people with developmental disabilities to choose & realize their goals. Family support groups in English & Spanish. http://www.arcbutte.org. 2030 Park Ave. (530) 891-5865.
CSU, Chico Autism Clinic; Chico. Year-round program promotes the sensory, motor, communicative & cognitive skills of children with developmental disorders. Allows children to experience the sensory & motor input they are seeking in order to balance their nervous systems so they may focus on learning other skills. Sliding scale avail. http://www.tinyurl.com/CSUChicoAutismClinic. Department of Kinesiology. CSU, Chico. (530) 898-6373 or (530) 898-6324.
Do-It Leisure; Butte County. Recreation & empowerment agency for individuals ages 18 & up with developmental disabilities. Individualized programs & sports programs for all skill levels. Summer camps. Independent living skills program, group socializing & recreation program (by referral). http://www.wtcinc.org. 2233 Fair St., Chico. (530) 343-6055.
Innovative Preschool, Inc.; Chico. An integrated preschool program serving typically developing children & children with special needs. Unique structure emphasizes social-emotional learning through play. http://www.innovativepreschool.org. 2404 Marigold Ave. (530) 343-2028.
Integrative Therapy; Chico. Sensory-motor based occupational therapy for children with special needs, including sensory processing & motor delays. Also offers trainings for parents with children with sensory processing issues, & classes on infant massage for special needs children. 2627 Forest Ave. (530) 879-9030.
Little Red Hen LifeSpan Center; Chico. Nonprofit organization offers year-round socialization training programs for children, teens & young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Unique programs teach children skills needed to successfully integrate into the community. Targets communication, play skills, group participation, & positive peer interactions. Provides sensory exploration & behavioral support in a fun & engaging environment. http://www.littleredhen.org/lifespan-center.html. 2418 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 150. (530) 897-0300.
The Lifespan Center Store; Chico. Features items & toys that assist in developing pretend play skills, social & language skills, & sensory & fine motor skills for children 4-12 years old. Also offers awareness merchandise. Open during Little Red Hen’s Children’s Programs & Autism Lifespan’s Office Hours. http://www.autismlifespan.org. 2418 Cohasset Rd. Ste. 150 (530) 897-0900.
Work Training Center; programs in Chico, Oroville & Paradise. Dedicated to meeting the training, vocational & recreational needs of people ages 18 & up with disabilities. Day programs (transportation assistance avail.), community employment services & more. http://www.wtcinc.org. Main office: 2255 Fair St., Chico. (530) 343-7994.
Shasta & Tehama Counties
Cystic Fibrosis Support Group; Redding. Fundraises for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – all are welcome. Hosts annual Great Strides walk; in 2016: September 24 at The Sundial Bridge. (530) 275-0562 or (530) 355-7255.
North Valley Services; Red Bluff. Offers programs & activities that assist persons with special needs ages 18+. Emphasizes independence & integration into the community. Functional, behavioral & employment skills development, transportation assistance, resource info & more. http://www.northvalleyservices.org.
11799 Highway 99W. (530) 527-0407.
Red Bluff Performing Arts Centre; Red Bluff. Professional instruction in dance, theater, voice & music. Welcomes individuals with special needs & those who are deaf or hard of hearing. 1325 Vista Way. (530) 255-4180.
Triple Creek Ranch; Shasta & Tehama County Locations. Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals of all ages with physical, emotional & mental/learning disabilities. The unique relationship developed with a horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, self-esteem & more. Also offers youth horsemanship activities. http://www.tcri.org. (530) 524-842.
Ballroom for Parkinson’s Class; Mt. Shasta. It’s been discovered that people with Parkinson’s (and Alzheimer’s, etc.) respond favorably to ballroom dance, & that it’s beneficial. Open to all ages & afflictions. No partner required. Wednesdays 12:15-1:15pm. $5/class. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center. (415) 215-2652.
Shasta Disabled Sports USA; serving Mt. Shasta & surrounding regions. Offers outdoor sports & activity programs to anyone with a physical or developmental disability. Snow sports, river rafting, camping, rock climbing, lake days, bowling & other events. Run by outdoor enthusiasts who share their love of fun & adventure. http://www.shastadsusa.org. (530) 925-1531.