Please note that the UCSB Koegel Autism Center provides these links to potential resources as a courtesy to our families. This reference list is not intended to be an endorsement of particular agencies, organizations, therapies, or viewpoints described on these websites.
Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org). Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They offer a 100 day kit to parents of newly diagnosed families.
Autism Society of America (www.autism-society.org). The Autism Society of America is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization. They work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.
Local Community Resources
Tri-Counties Regional Center (www.tri-counties.org). Tri-Counties Regional Centerprovides supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities living in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties so that they may live fully and safely as active and independent members of our community.
California's Department of Rehabilitation: Santa Barbara District (www.dor.ca.gov/SantaBarbara/index.asp). California's Department of Rehabilitation provides vocational (work) rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Santa Barbara County Education Office (www.sbceo.org) The Santa Barbara County Education Office provides service and leadership to 20 school districts, two community colleges, and more than 1,100 special needs students throughout Santa Barbara County.