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Helpful Organizations

Here is a list of some helpful organizations within the local, autism, or special needs communities. If there is an organization we are missing, we invite you to please send it to, via our Contact Form, or call 707-527-7032.   


Affordable Colleges Online


Affordable Colleges Online 
No-cost web resource to help students better understand online learning at each degree level researching over 50,000 online programs to create a more comprehensive, up-to-date database than any current government data set available. Also includes tips on choosing a high-quality, accredited degree program, the rise of online learning at not-for-profit institutions, and advice on transitioning to an online degree program.


Autism Learn 101

Autism...Learn offers skill building activities for children with autism and is dedicated to making visually structured activities designed to help develop multiple skills for persons with autism. 

Autism Live

Autism Live
Autism Live is an interactive webshow providing support, resources, information, facts, entertainment and inspiration to parents, teachers and practitioners working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Viewers are encouraged to participate by asking question of experts, offering suggestions for topics to be discussed and sharing progress their children have made.

Becoming IndependentBecoming Independent 
Becoming Independent serves people with varied interests and life objectives who share the common goal of realizing their abilities. They are workers, artists, gardeners, physical fitness buffs, family members and neighbors. Close to 1,000 individuals seek exploration and development through four key offerings at BI: Community Living Supports, Personal Enrichment, Employment Services and Transportation.


California DOECalifornia DOE SELPA
A Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is a consortium in a specific geographical regions of which provides for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators. The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed.

State of CaliforniaThe California Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders
The Committee provides a legislative forum for research, analysis, deliberations, and outreach in order to promote policies and legislation to better assist individuals with ASD and their families. 



Children's VillageChildren's Village of Sonoma County
The mission of The Children's Village of Sonoma County is to provide nurturing, stable family homes in a multi-generational, enriched environment for children and their siblings in foster care. The organization's goals are to minimize the upheaval and disruption of multiple placements for children in foster care, provide opportunity for sibling groups to grow up together, allow children to develop healthy emotional attachments in a nurturing environment, and prepare for successful transition to adulthood.

Cradle to Career

 Cradle to Career Sonoma County 
Cradle to Career Sonoma County is a historic partnership that connects all segments of the educational continuum – early childhood, K-12, college/technical training, careers – with broad community support to improve the educational, economic, and health outcomes for all Sonoma County youth. Cradle to Career Sonoma County engages community partners to coordinate and align the education efforts and resources in Sonoma County to ensure that all of our youth are prepared to succeed. Anova is a participating organization in Cradle to Career.  

Different Roads


Different Roads to Learning is your one-stop resource for helping students on the spectrum learn language, positive behavior, and social skills with quality products that align with the tenets of Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, and Intensive Behavioral Intervention. Since 1995, the mission of the company has been to empower students with autism and other developmental delays with the tools they need to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Browse their online catalog of over 600 products over at,or contact or (800) 853-1057 for more information.


EARLIEARLI (Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation)
EARLI is dedicated to studying families that already have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who are pregnant or who might become pregnant in the future. The EARLI Study focuses on the prenatal (the time between conception and birth) and early life periods in newborns who have brothers or sisters already diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. EARLI will closely follow families from the start of the pregnancy to the time the baby reaches age three. The comprehensive data we collect will be analyzed to help us better understand the complex causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Golden Gate Regional CenterGolden Gate Regional Center
Golden Gate Regional Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who reside in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. In addition, we provide early intervention services to infants between birth and three years of age who are developmentally delayed or believed to be at high risk of having a developmental disability, and genetic counseling and testing for individuals at high risk of having a child with a disability.


Golden Hat Foundation

The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential. With proper education and career training, these individuals can truly realize their dreams.


North Bay Regional Center

NBRC North Bay Regional Center
North Bay Regional Center (NBRC) is a private, non-profit corporation contracting with the State of California to provide diagnostic, evaluation, service coordination, and early intervention services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Regional Center of the East BayRegional Center of the East Bay
Regional Center of the East Bay supports persons with developmental disabilities and their families with the tools needed to achieve lives of quality and satisfaction, and builds partnerships that result in inclusive communities.

Marin Autism CollaborativeMarin Autism Collaborative 
The Marin Autism Collaborative came together to identify and address the service needs of all ages of individuals on the autistic spectrum and their families. Our members include family members, service agencies, educators, non-profit organizations, medical and therapeutic professionals, and government organizations.

Marin Office of EducationMarin County Office of Education
Building the future, one student at a time.


MatrixMatrix Parent Network and Resource Center                   
Matrix's mission is to empower families of children with special needs to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them.

MIND InstituteMIND Institute 
The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders.

National Autism Resources

National Autism Resources
National Autism Resources has been providing quality products for teachers, parents, and therapists since 2006.We believe in a research based, mosaic approach to intervention. Our unique line of over 1400 products is pulled from over one hundred different vendors to meet the specific therapeutic needs of the autism community and support evidence based therapies.


North Bay HousingNorth Bay Housing Coalition 
The North Bay Housing Coalition’s mission is to increase affordable housing for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. 

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR)The Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national non-profit whose mission is to apply research to the challenges that autism presents, helping families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find answers to their immediate questions.  OAR funds studies that have the potential to enhance quality of life, creates timely and user-friendly resources such as the Life Journey through Autism guide series, and is an active partner in the autism community. 

Renaissance HealingRenaissance Healing & Learning
Renaissance Healing and Learning Center is a therapy center that was developed by Fran Sandler Judd, a physical therapist in Sonoma County, California, to utilize Hippotherapy ("treatment with the help of the horse") to help provide benefits to patients with a variety of neurological and orthopedic conditions, that includes Parkinson's Disease, cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays, back pain, and other impairments.

Santa Rosa Chamber of CommerceSanta Rosa Chamber of Commerce
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to support, promote, and advocate for our members and create a vibrant, sustainable economy in our region. For over 100 years we’ve been an organization that provides leadership to our community in addressing both the challenges and opportunities, and seek out and work with other individuals and organizations willing and interested in working together to solve problems.

Sonoma County Office of EducationSCOE Sonoma County Office of Education
The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is to foster student success through service to students, schools, and the community. One of 58 county offices of education in California, SCOE functions as an educational service agency and strategic partner to the 40 school districts in Sonoma County and their 174 schools.

Sonoma County Health ActionSonoma County Health Action
Sonoma County Health Action is a countywide framework to improve health and well-being in Sonoma County. In partnership with the community, the Health Action Council developed a vision for improving community health by addressing key social, economic and environmental determinants of health. Anova is a Sonoma County Health Action Partner. 

State Council Area 4 Board State Council on Developmental Disabilities
The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need. SCDD is uniquely composed of individuals with a developmental disability, parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities, and representatives of State agencies that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Area Board 4 serves individuals who have developmental disabilities and their families in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties, and Area Board 5 serves the consumers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

Upstream Investments

Upstream Investments
This policy, sponsored by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and widely supported throughout the community, seeks to eliminate poverty in Sonoma County and ensure equal opportunity for quality education and good health in nurturing home and community environments. Anova has a Resolution of Alignment with Upstream Investments.

We Connect NowWe Connect Now
We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people on issues which affect people with disabilities, with emphasis on college students higher education & employment.


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