Palo Alto Online Database last updated: Monday, May 6, 2013.|
Services for people with disabilities
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Nonprofit Abilities United serves thousands of people of all ages with developmental and other disabilities, as well as the non-disabled, and their families. Services include early intervention, Milestones Preschool, a therapy clinic, after-school socialization, computer education, respite, adult day activities, community connections, employment, independen-living skills training and aquatic services.
3860 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Provides special education programs and mental health therapy for children and adults ages 5-22.
3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. The BOK Ranch (“Be OK”) provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for individuals with special needs. The program is presented at the Horse Park at Woodside. Equestrian Therapy allows students with physical, mental, emotional and/or developmental disabilities to develop physical strength, balance, control, self-confidence and self-esteem through riding skills and horse care. One-hour weekly sessions.
P.O. Box 5480, San Mateo. Community Gatepath is the largest provider of services for people with developmental disabilities in San Mateo County, serving more than 8,300 adults, children and families.
2445 Faber Place, Ste. 103, Palo Alto. (Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) Volunteers record educational materials for students and professionals who cannot read standard print.
Morrissey/Compton Educational Center
2555 Park Blvd., Ste. 1, Palo Alto. A nonprofit agency that provides both diagnostic and treatment services for children and adults with learning disabilities, as well as professional consultation to agencies and community organizations. Also offers tutoring, therapy and advocacy services.
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT)
880 Runnymede Road, Woodside. Specializes in “hippotherapy” -- physical, occupational or speech therapy using the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy to address physical disabilities associated with neurological conditions. Also offers therapeutic riding, therapeutic vaulting and therapeutic driving for suitable clients. Financial assistance available upon qualification.
926 Rock Ave., Ste.10, San Jose. Provides transportation for individuals who have a disability that prevents them from using public transportation (bus, light rail).
Call Information on eligibility 408-436-2865; reservations 408-436-4860; TTD 408-436-0155.
Parents Helping Parents, Sobrato Center for Nonprofits -- San Jose
1400 Parkmoor Ave., Ste.100, San Jose. A nonprofit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center that helps children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care.
E-mail: email@example.com .
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
2470 El Camino Real, Ste. 107, Palo Alto. Offers a family-centered rehabilitation program for clients with severe sight loss. Counseling and support groups, low-vision clinic, store with helpful products, daily-living skills, orientation and mobility instruction, introduction to technology, computer and Braille classes. Appointment needed for services other than the store.
Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped/Westwind Riding Institute
27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. Classes are held year-round at Westwind Barn. Volunteers welcome (minimum age 14).