Support & Advocacy Services

Local Organizations


The Arc San Francisco
ARC provides a range of services including life skills, employment, and residential support to adults with developmental disabilities living in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.

Autism Society of San Francisco
AS of SF is a grass-roots organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of local autism families. Its current goals are aimed at expanding support services for adults with ASD and providing an extensive support network of families.
Disability Rights California
DRC provides education on legal rights related to disability and helps individuals with disabilities solve disability-related problems in areas such as special education, regional center eligibility, mental health support services, and others.

Early Support Program for Autism
ESPA is a joint program between Stanford and the Children’s Health Council that provides free parent education and clinical care coordination for families with ASD.
Parents Helping Parents
PHP provides supportive services to children and adults with special needs and their families living in San Jose and other Bay Area communities.

Support for Families
Support for Families is a parent-run non-profit organization based in San Francisco that provides free information, education, and support to families with children with special needs.

National Organizations


Autism Speaks
AS is a national organization that promotes ASD advocacy, education, and research.

Autism Self Advocacy Network

ASAN is a nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people that fights for disability rights and promotes autism advocacy with the goal of improving equal access, rights, and opportunities for autistic people. 

Online Resources and Books