Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Over 60 years ago, several parents, driven by a powerful vision and their love for their children who were born with developmental disabilities, forged the creation of ECF. These parents knew with the right mission, ECF would stand the test of time and attract caring, service-oriented people who would improve lives and strengthen communities for decades to come. Our founders were right. For six decades, ECF has promulgated these original plans and helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities grow with opportunities to live in communities throughout Los Angeles with dignity, self-respect, and happiness.

For more information: developmental disabilities

Regional Centers
Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California to provide a local resource to help find and access the many services available to individuals and their families.

For more information about services provided by Regional centers: developmental disabilities

Department of Developmental Services
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

For more information about the Department of Developmental Services: developmental disabilities

California Children Services
California Children Services (CCS) is a statewide program for children under the age of 21 who have physical disabilities and meet specified financial guidelines. CCS provides medically necessary Assistive Technology (AT) services and equipment related to the child’s eligible condition, including durable medical equipment, medical supplies, medical appliances and electronic communication devices. In counties with a population of over 2,000,000, the county administers the CCS program. In smaller counties, the CCS program is administered by the State of California. To apply for CCS services contact the local county health department.

For more information about California Children Services, please refer to developmental disabilities

Area Board
Area Boards were created by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Service Act to help protect the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. Area Board 10 provides services to local communities within the Los Angeles County. Area Board provides advocacy services and promotes outreach and training opportunities.


One Response

  1. Hello,
    It is interesting to navigate around the world and see what people are doing for children in so many places. We have been doing some great work for children with autism and related disorders in Duluth, MN. Our newest program has been a collaborative with a local theater program where we provide acting classes for youngsters. We promote play of all kinds (for all children) but specifically for children with language disorders and autism. Take a peek at the newest post on our blog:

    Look at for great family games to play with children who have autism. Thanks, Tahirih

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