Local Organizations Serving People with Disabilities

Posted: August 31st, 2018 3:44 PM

Last Updated: February 21st, 2023 12:55 PM

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Ability Now Bay Area Provides services and programming to adults with disabilities, with a focus on enhancing self-advocacy skills, vocational training, community integration, augmentative communication, recreation, and independent living skills

Ala Costa Center Provides after-school activities for school-age children with developmental disabilities

Alameda County Social Services Agency – Department of Adult and Aging Services Provides general information and programming for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), which provides home-based attendant care for eligible individuals with disabilities and the elderly

Alta Bates Herrick Rehabilitation Outpatient clinic that assesses the rehabilitation needs of people with an existing physical disability

Audiovision, Inc. Provides description services for movies, videos, TV, theatrical plays, musicals, educational media, exhibits, and environments to people who are blind or visually impaired

Axis Dance Company Offers dance classes and workshops for adults and youth of all abilities

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) Provides sporting teams and recreation programs to people with visual impairments and physical disabilities

Berkeley Public Library Outreach Services to People with Disabilities will deliver books to Berkeley residents unable to leave their home due to disability or illness

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Provides peer support, advocacy, and independent living skills training for people with disabilities, as well as providing referrals for accessible housing and personal assistance

Center for Accessible Technology Technology resource and demonstration center for people with disabilities; provides assessments and referrals for disability-related accommodations in the work place; also provides website accessibility consulting and evaluations, and user testing of products and services by people with disabilities

Center for Independent Living Provides resources for housing, ramp building, job placement, benefit counseling including SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal, and Medicare; maintains personal assistant registry and provides assistive technology solutions to aide in-home residents

Community Resources for Independent Living Advocates for improved systems to increase independence for people with disabilities; provides benefits counseling, housing assistance, information and referral, and employment counseling

Computer Technologies Program Provides training in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and to people with disabilities who wish to become computer support specialists; also provides assistance with job searches and resume creation

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA) Provides resources, access, and counseling services to the Deaf and people who are hard-of-hearing

Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program Provides telecommunication equipment and services to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing

Disability Rights Advocates Non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities; advocates for disability rights through litigation, research, and education

Disability Rights California Advances civil rights of persons with disabilities, including HIV/AIDS

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) National law and policy center that protects the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, education and training of: attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities

East Bay Center for the Blind Provides education and life enrichment for people who are blind or have visual impairments, including computer instruction, Braille classes, ceramic classes, Tai Chi, and music appreciation

East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) Non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and expansion of affordable housing through education, advocacy, and coalition building

Easter Seals Disability Services Provides services to persons with disabilities and their families

Family Resource Navigators (FRN) Parent-directed organization that provides services to families with children with disabilities throughout Alameda County

Guide Dogs for the Blind Provides guide dogs and training in the use of guide dogs to persons who are legally blind at no cost to the individual

Hearing Loss Association of America East Bay Chapter Provides people with the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss

La Familia Counseling Service Provides advocacy and education to promote community mental health with a focus on the Latino community; services open to all individuals

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Provides education and services to persons who are blind or have a visual impairment

Lions Vision Resource Network (LVRN) An all-volunteer organization striving to enrich the lives of visually impaired people by funding educational, employment, research and other innovations; providing referrals for visually impaired persons and their families to welcoming retail and service businesses and entertainment opportunities; and promoting White Cane Day activities among Lions Clubs and the broader community.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter Provides advocacy, education, and research on Multiple Sclerosis (MS); offers peer support to individuals living with MS

Pacific ADA Center Answers questions and provides materials regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act

Peralta Community College District Provides classroom accommodations for students with disabilities

Public Authority for In-Home Support Services (IHSS) A public agency whose purpose is to make the IHSS program in Alameda County work better for consumers and home care workers; provides services such as home care worker training and registry, administration of IHSS worker health benefits, and advocacy; gives consumers a voice in the provision of IHSS services

Regional Center of the East Bay Provides services to persons with developmental disabilities, including medical support, independent living training, housing, and transportation

Senior and Disability Action (SDA) mobilizes and educates seniors and people with disabilities to fight for individual rights and social justice

Special Olympics of Northern California Trains athletes with developmental disabilities (age 5 and over) to compete in the Special Olympics, including alpine skiing, aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, golf, gymnastics, snowshoeing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball

State Council on Developmental Disabilities Advocates for people with developmental disabilities within California

Through the Looking Glass Provides clinical and support services, training, and resources for families with children with disabilities

United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate Provides educational and research services for individuals with Cerebral Palsy

University of California, Berkeley Disability Compliance Office Provides conflict resolution between students with disabilities and campus staff and faculty; accepts and investigates claims of discrimination on the basis of disability

University of California, Berkeley Disabled Students Program Provides classroom accommodations for students with disabilities

Wheelchairs of Berkeley Provides retail sale and repair services of wheelchairs and other mobility devices

World Institute on Disability (WID) A non-profit international public policy center that carries out research on disability issues and promotes independent living


AC Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee Reviews, comments and advise the AC Transit Board of Directors and District staff regarding the implementation and enhancement of planning programs and services for seniors and people with disabilities

Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) – Senior and Disabled Transportation

BART Accessibility Task Force advises the BART Board of Directors and staff on disability-related issues and advocates on behalf of people with disabilities and seniors to make the BART system accessible to and useable by people regardless of disability or age

East Bay Paratransit Provides ADA paratransit service by appointment for eligible applicants

Easy Does It (EDI) Provides emergency attendant services, minor wheelchair repair, and transportation to clients residing within the City of Berkeley; Clients are transported up to one mile outside of Berkeley City limits in any direction

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) – Equity and Accessibility works with local, state and federal partners to plan, fund and implement transportation projects and services designed to improve mobility

Oakland Paratransit for the Elderly and Disabled (OPED) Assists adult persons with disabilities, seniors and frail elderly with supplemental transportation services.

Regional Center of the East Bay Provides services to persons with developmental disabilities, including medical support, independent living training, housing, and transportation