Teens / Young Adults Educational and Community Resources

See Also: Recreational Activities

Academy for Excellence (formerly the Digital Bridge Academy)
Full-time, first-semester community college program targeting the needs of underprepared students, bringing them into college and vocation readiness in a collaborative program that teaches “teamwork and personal responsibility, individual self-exploration, self-improvement, and persistence.”

Academy for Independence, Kimberly Scherer, M.A., Executive Director
Independent Living Skills Program for teens and adults who are SARC or private clients, including assistance and instruction in shopping, household maintenance, community safety, career exploration, health maintenance skills, and more.
Cabrillo College’s Digital Bridge Academy (DBA) dba@cabrillo.edu www.cabrillo.edu/academics/digitalbridge 6500 Soquel Drive, Room 1006, Aptos OR 318 Union Street, Room 4212, Watsonville 831-477-5164 DBA offers a sequenced training program of academic support, instruction on how to grow in self-knowledge and self-discipline, work experience, and student support to prepare students for success in careers with a future. Must be 18 years or older, and place at or above ninth grade reading level.

Big Wave Project
Organization to promote the “Big Wave” Coastlands ‘live and work’ independent living center for disabled young adults.
Get information, join in on the fundraising and planning, and learn about the proposed environmental work this center will create for the disabled adults.

Cabrillo College Disabled Student Services
(831) 479-6379 or (831) 479-6370
(831) 479-6421 (TTY for hearing impaired)
The Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) offers a variety of services to enable students with disabilities to function independently in the educational environment. The objectives of our services are to integrate and mainstream students with disabilities into general campus programs and activities. The following services are provided to students enrolled through the Disabled Student Services Office: counseling and advising, tutorials, academic support, referrals and coordination, readers, interpreters, note takers, special classes, special equipment, on-campus transportation, special parking, priority registration, test proctoring, liaison with local, state and federal agencies, specialized adaptive equipment, alternate media, and high tech center with computer adaptations.

CalSTAT Technical Assistance and Training
Supports and develops partnerships with schools and families by providing training, technical assistance and resources to both special education and general education. Offers online trainings, RiSE library, podcasts, research articles on best practices for special education, list of Parent to Parent organizations, & has downloadable guide to transition services for teens and young adults at www.calstat.org/transitionGuide.html

California Department of Education Testing
General info on state testing. For info on Testing Variations, Accommodations, and Modifications for special needs children, click on that topic for a downloadable pdf to find out appropriate accommodations and modifications for your all public K-12 school testing, including the CAHSEE (California High School Proficiency Test.) Be sure to request these accommodations to improve your chance of scoring well for college consideration.

California Department of Rehabilitation (services for eligible adults and teens)
1350 41st Ave. Ste. #101, Capitola, CA
Provides services to teens and young adults with qualifying disability, toward the goal of employment, including: transition services for teens with IEP’s, ‘Workability’ program (paid job exploration for teens with IEP’s;) funding for books and materials; and funding for vocational skills training, technical school, community college, trade school or 2-yr and 4-yr college education.

Click here for Consumer Information Handbook
Explains eligibility, application process and more

Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL)
CCCIL provides advocacy, education and support to all people with disabilities, their families and the community, including: Independent Living Information and Referral; Advocacy; Housing Assistance; Personal Assistance Services; Peer Support; Independent Living Skills and Life Skills Training; Community and Systems Advocacy; and Assistive Technology, to persons with disabilities who live in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito. Additionally, CCCIL runs the New Options Traumatic Brain Injury Project, one of seven demonstration project sites in California.

College Board
www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html (for students with disabilities)
Find out about college testing and special accommodations for testing.  (Start at least 2 years prior to entering college. Be sure to read all info about accepted IEP’s, dates to file for accommodations, etc. Be sure to contact principal to help with the filing and testing process.)

College Degree.com – 100 Web Tools list
Comprehensive list of websites or programs to help make surfing the web accessible, including tools for text to speech, alternative formats, math help, and other applications to help those with physical, visual, auditory, learning, and language disabilities.

College Living Experience
787 Munras Avenue , Monterey, CA 93940
Outreach Coordinator: Wendy Byrnes
(CLE is a program specifically designed to complement a post-secondary education and independent living experience, assisting students in completing college and transitioning to independent living. Our students range from low average to gifted IQs with diagnoses such as ADD, LD, NLD and autistic spectrum disorders like Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism.)

Disaboom List of Scholarships

EvoLibri Neurodiversity Counseling
Offers counseling, lifeskills counseling, support groups, newsletter, online discussion, info links, and other resources

Hope Services – Bay Area
Provides comprehensives children, adult and senior services to more than 2,500 individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, Down’s syndrome and other related conditions.
Search here for your local office:

Imagine Supported Living Services
1395 41st Avenue, Suite A, Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 464-8355
Imagine provides Supported Living Services to adults with developmental disabilities, as well as case management services to individuals with physical disabilities through a Medicaid Waiver Service (HCBS).

MEET-UP Social Clubs for Neurodiverse Teens and Young Adults (including ASD)
408 735-7990
“EvoLibri Consulting sponsors between four and six social clubs each month — these clubs are designed for neurodiverse teens and young adults ages 14-21.
All social clubs are open to the public BUT you must FIRST come in for a free intake to ensure that you will be comfortable in the group.”
For more info about EvoLibri go to www.evolibri.com, email social@evolibri.com, or call 408 735-7990.

National Center For Learning Disabilities
Disabled Students Financial Aid and College Scholarships information

FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education)
Special Education Services for those who have qualified for an IEP, up to the age of 22, including: classes, RSP, resource help to pass high school exit exam, and other special programs. Contact your local school district for more information.

Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
Provides youth 16 and older, and adults, the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for specific jobs.

San Andreas Regional Center
Santa Cruz County
1110 Main Street, Watsonville, CA
San Benito County
7855 Wren Ave, Suite A, Gilroy, CA
San Andreas Regional Center is a community-based, private nonprofit corporation funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities (such as Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism, and other conditions) as required by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act. Some examples of the services funded by San Andreas are: Family support services such as respite and day care; community living arrangements such as residential care and supported living; and advocacy to access In Home Support Services (IHSS) or In Home Shift Nursing.

Taft College (West Kern Community college)
The Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) is a post-secondary educational experience for adults having developmental disabilities. The program provides instruction, training, and support on a community college campus. The program is comprehensive, with curriculum and training that promotes acquisition of the functional, social, and career skills necessary for students to live a productive and normalized lifestyle.

Transition services (SELPA Guide)
Guide to transition services available for disabled teens and young adults.

Santa Cruz County Public, Private, Alternative, and Special Education Schools
See ‘School Learning’ – K12 Education – then select one of the categories

Santa Cruz County Office of Education
809 H Bay Ave., Capitola, CA. 950l0

Alternative Schools
A variety of schools are available for at-risk students and those who need an alternative setting, which may include a focus on lifeskills, community service, counseling help, individualized education, and other services – see SC County Office of Education schools list.

We Connect Now –
“Dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.”  Offers information, chapter connections, stories, news, legal, jobs, and other links.

Wes Beach Educational Consulting and Beach High School
5520 Old San Jose Road, Soquel, CA 95073
Individualized self-study and alternative high school program, tutoring, consulting, and diploma program offered.