State Resources for:  California, ColoradoConnecticut

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California

 

  • AbilityFirst (Pasadena, California) – Provides a wide variety of services for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, including life skills development, social and recreational activities, job training and employment, camp and housing.

 

  • Actors for Autism (Los Angeles County, California) - Creates new and innovative programs for children and adults on the autistic spectrum which help build a productive and meaningful future.  Programs include social skills, film making, visual effects, business development, and video game design.

 

  • Autism Works Now (Los Angeles County, California) - Teaches pre-employment skill sets necessary for youth and young adults with autism to find and keep a job. Also creates job education and awareness for employers, which results in jobs for individuals with autism and related differences.

 

  • B.O.K. Ranch, Inc. (Woodside, California) – Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

 

  • California Autism Foundation (Richmond, California) - Provides people with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible opportunities for lifetime support, training, and assistance to help them reach their highest potential for independence, productivity and fulfillment.

 

  • Cedars (Marin County, California) -
    Provides those with intellectual and developmental disabilities with day programs and residential services, which inspire individuals to lead creative, productive, joyous lives.

 

  • Dream Power Horsemanship (San Martin, California) - Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.  

 

  • Exceptional Minds (Sherman Oaks, California) – Provides vocational in-studio training in animation and visual effects for young adults with autism.

 

  • Game Gen (Los Angeles, California) 
    Trains and prepares students with autism for careers in video game development, providing them with opportunities for a bright future and greater independence. 

 

 

  • Happy Trails Riding Center (Tulare, California) - Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. 

 

  • Inclusion Films - Provides training in film production for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, moving them beyond classroom instruction and offering students real-world experience. After completing the program, students are encouraged to apply for a position with Inclusion Films production company, Team Diversity Media, as well as to seek employment through other avenues in the film industry.

 

  • Ivey Ranch Park Association (Oceanside, California) - Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

 

  • Jazz Hands for Autism (Los Angeles, California) - Provides platforms where musically inclined individuals on the autism spectrum can express and explore their talents; and creates pathways to consistent employment for musicians with ASD.

 

  • J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center (California) - Provides therapeutic horse-related programs to improve the lives of those with disabilities. A Premiere Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH).

 

  • Master Dog Trainers / Kanis-Therapy (Beverly Hills / Woodland Hills, California) –Prepares children and adults with different disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, as well as hearing and vision impairment, for life alongside their canine-companions.

 

  • Meristem (Fair Oaks, California) - Serves young adults on the autism spectrum by helping them to develop life skills, increase social capacity, transition to work and/or higher education, and independence within an inclusive and integrated campus community.

 

  • Meristem Model Bed & Breakfast (Fair Oaks, California) -
    Meristem Model Bed & Breakfast is managed and operated by Meristem students as part of their work skills development and experience. Located on a 3 acre farm, it provides a relaxing retreat for all its guests. 

     

 

  • National Foundation for Autism Research / Technical Training Programs (San Diego, CA) – Offers technical training programs specifically designed to build technical skills for young adults with autism through instructor-lead, hands-on training with real-life applications, which build confidence, expertise and experiences that can lead to careers within software testing, computer programming, and other technical professions.  

 

  • NIAD Art Center (Richmond, California) -
    Offers supportive environment for artists with various disabilities to explore and express their creativity, exhibit work in contemporary galleries, participate in the community, and earn money from selling art, which strengthens their sense of independence and self-esteem.

     

 

  • Pacific Autism Center for Education (San Francisco, California) - Provides programs for individuals with autism and its related developmental disabilities, so they may experience the satisfaction and fulfillment that accompany learning, self-expression, self-care, productive work, and interpersonal and community experiences.

 

  • The Miracle Project (Los Angeles County, California) - Provides individuals with autism and other disabilities the tools to build communication, social skills, community, and greater self-esteem through inclusive theater and expressive arts programs. This acclaimed arts program was documented in the HBO double Emmy Award-winning documentary, AUTISM: THE MUSICAL.

 

  • Saddle Up (Palmdale, California) - Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

 

  • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum / Sensory-Friendly Mornings (Escondido, California) – The first Sunday of every month from 9:00am-10:00am, the museum offers this time exclusively for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. Additionally, they offer daily quiet times after 2pm, designated quiet and break-taking spaces throughout the museum, and noise-canceling headphones; and service dogs are welcomed throughout the museum as well.   

 

  • The Spero Vineyards Viticulture Vocational Training Program (Temecula, California) - Provides opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities to train in various aspects of the winemaking business, and offers the opportunity to earn a customer service certification and food handler's license. 

  • The Specialists Guild (San Francisco, California) – Trains those with autism for jobs in line with their skills and interests, and connects them with companies and jobs so that they can earn a living doing meaningful and fulfilling work. 

 

  • Therapeutic Recreation Services (San Diego, California) - Provides adaptive sports opportunities, therapeutic recreation programs, and leisure and outreach services to people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.

 

  • UCLA Recreation Adaptive Programs (Los Angeles, California) - Provides therapeutically-based recreation programs for people with cognitive and physical disabilities that expand their access to opportunities which  promote physical fitness, health and wellness, increased self-esteem, and greater functional independence.

 

  • United States Adaptive Recreation Center (Big Bear Lake, California) – Provides a national and international model program in adaptive outdoor recreation that works with schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and park and recreation departments to serve children and adults with all types of cognitive or physical disabilities. Participants are able to feel the freedom of recreating with their families and friends, the experiences often result in increased self-confidence and greater success in academic, professional, and personal life challenges. 

 

  • Music for Autism - Started in the U.K. and then brought to the U.S. in New York, Texas, and California, Music for Autism provides sensory-friendly musical experiences for those with ASD and their families. Musicians include Grammy and Tony-nominated and winning artists, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

 

 

 

 

Colorado

 

  • Blue Star Recyclers (Denver and Colorado Springs, CO) -  Offers meaningful employment, in the electronics recycling industry, for people with autism and other disabilities. Provides fair wages, and a sense of purpose, community, pride, and accomplishment. 

 

 

 

  • Garden, Inc. Autism Services of Colorado (Littleton, Colorado) - Offers a wide variety of services for children, adolescents and young adults with autism using programs designed to meet the unique needs of each individual.

 

 

 

Connecticut

 

  • Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center (Naugatuck, Connecticut) - Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

 

  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (Old Lyme, Connecticut) - Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

 

  • Horses Healing Humans (Stonington, Connecticut) - Provides various horse-related therapies and programs for people with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

 

  • Innovative Autism Services (Plainville, Connecticut) - Provides services and programs for people with autism throughout the lifespan which enables them to be as independent as possible.

 

 

 

  • United Services, Inc. Center for Autism (Dayville, Connecticut) – Offers 30 different programs under one integrated and caring administration.  Our mission in all services is to create healthy communities by providing an effective response to the youth, family, and adult social and behavioral health needs in the communities we serve. 

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