CEC prides itself on being an international community of professionals who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. Did you know that San Diego is home to a wealth of nonprofits that also focus on the special education community? Here are a few local standouts:
Community Catalysts of California provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. We have successfully provided services for thirty years with the fundamental goal of helping people with disabilities achieve a higher quality of life.
Job Options (JOI) is a San Diego-based not-for-profit company that provides professional service personnel, many of whom have severe mental, physical or psychological disabilities, in a variety of services. JOI currently employs over 900 individuals.
Partnerships With Industry is a San Diego-based nonprofit bringing together employers and persons with developmental and other disabilities in win-win partnerships. They work with over 200 local businesses to provide employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is a San Diego-based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adult. The program offers 24 sports in 4 sports seasons. Athletes with developmental disabilities, families, friends & others can play and compete.
The Arc of San Diego is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. They support and empower persons with disabilities to achieve their life goals, and aim to be the premier provider of services to persons with disabilities, as well as an advocate for diversity of opportunities, enhancing individual life choices as a member of the community.
Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs. The organization runs specialized day schools, provides mental health and therapy programs, and runs the WorkAbility 1 program, which provides valuable vocational training and supports the transition of special education high school students. The Help Group partners with a variety of local businesses to provide students with hands-on experience in areas such as customer service, retail sales, animal care, plant operations, child care and food service.