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Cabrillo College - Learning Skills Program

The Learning Skills Program is designed to serve students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorder (ADHD). Eligible students utilize accommodations and services which include: extended time on tests in a less distracting environment, note takers, priority registration, assistance with class scheduling, specialized computer applications, tutoring, and/or counseling from DSPS counselors. Learning disability assessments conducted to determine eligibility. Students who have ADHD, or have previously received services because of a learning disability, should bring their supporting documentation to the Learning Skills Program Office. 831.479.6220,
Main Campus: 6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO, SPED ]

211

211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
Phone Only [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, LS, M, PS, Q, SS, SPED, SE ]

Arts Council Santa Cruz County SPECTRA Arts Education

SPECTRA Matching Grants provide schools from throughout the County with up to $1,500 to support offering curriculum-based learning opportunities to students through arts workshops, residencies, and performances taught by SPECTRA artists. The SPECTRA Artist Teacher Partnership (ATP) is a program that unites elementary classroom teachers with mentor artists. Each pair concentrates on one of the major arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts, and work over a 16-week period to design and deliver arts instruction to students in the generalist's classroom. SPECTRA Special Initiatives: The Arts Council applies for government and foundation grants for special educational projects and acts as a conduit between donors and private foundations to re-grant or implement arts education programming in schools. Through Family Arts Nights, parents, grandparents, and children spend an evening with SPECTRA Teaching Artists who are brought into a school to teach families in a variety of arts disciplines. Teaching Artist Directory: A roster of highly qualified professional teaching artists in the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts is maintained and updated annually.
1070 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, G, HW, M, Q, REC, SPED, SE ]

California Department of Education Procedural Safeguards Referral Service

Provides technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights. 479-6431
See Website [ A, LS, PS, SPED ]

California Relay Services

STATEWIDE. Services enable Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Speech Disabled persons to communicate over the phone. Specially trained operators relay the conversation as it takes place. For information on how to obtain special TTY/TDD equipment, call 800-1191 24 hours. Free. Bilingual services.
Phone Only [ SPED ]

Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL)- Santa Cruz County

Advocacy and information center for the disabled. Helps with access to services, programs, benefits/information, living independently, improvingly access to our communities, info regarding disability rights, housing, etc. Also, will provide interpreter for hearing impaired clients of social services agencies. Voice: (831) 462-8720 • TDD (831) 462-8729 • Fax (831) 462-8727 Email: cccil@cccil.org
41st Avenue, Suite 101 • Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, SPED ]

Community Support Services

Provides housing, treatment, case coordination, and peer support services that support and educate mental health consumers and their families. (831) 459-0444
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, HW, H, M, PS, SPED ]

Easter Seals Central California- Santa Cruz County

Information, referrals, support groups, and other services for youth and adults with disabilities. Services for disabled children in the classroom and at home. Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30opm. (831) 684-2166
9010 Soquel Drive, Suite 1, Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, HW, PS, SPED ]

Environmental Traveling Companions

Whitewater river rafting, skiing , kayaking, and a chance to build leadership skills. Open to people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth. http://www.etctrips.org/
See Website [ REC, SPED ]

Launch Pad

Launch Pad is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3:00 to 5:30 PM in Soquel Village and offers one-to-one, specialized instruction to students with learning disabilities and differences, such as dyslexia, or significant gaps in achievement from a variety of causes.
4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA [ A, REC, SPED ]

Mariposa Arts

Mariposa Arts provides after-school arts programs and community workshops for youth that focus on building leadership and social skills and promoting academic success and career development through the arts. The Mariposa Arts TEACH model delivers year-long teacher training coupled with lessons in the arts to high school students. Together with professional Mariposa Arts teaching artists and high school teachers travel to local elementary schools twice weekly to teach. High school students also learn about classroom management, lesson planning, and public speaking; all skills that help them to develop as leaders and to be prepared for the workforce. Mariposa Arts provides high school youth not only the pride and excitement of a paid job, but also a window into the experience of teaching. Elementary school students have high school role models and are able to create art together and learn about themselves. High school students receive stipends for their internship, earn elective credits, and provide service to elementary school sites that are lacking in art and enrichment programs. The internship aspect of the program also provides high school students with the important role of helping to educate, engage, and inspire a younger generation, while simultaneously gaining important work experience. Mariposa Arts has numerous programs including Art TEACH, Mural TEACH, Drama TEACH, Guitar TEACH, African Drum TEACH, and Hip Hop Poetry.
112 East Beach Street, Watsonville, CA : 95076 [ A, G, HW, M, Q, REC, SPED, SE ]

Monterey Bay Career Connect

Monterey Bay Career Connect is your one-stop hub for college and career readiness. Providing free and accessible information to the community, users can explore career pathways, find local scholarships, take a career assessment, find career matches and local salary information, explore related academic programs and view live job postings in the Monterey Bay region. The site features a Resume Builder which allows users to build and save multiple resumes online by signing in via email.
[ A, CO, FY, M, PS, SPED, SE ]

Monterey Bay Horsemanship & Therapeutic Center

Classes and camps for all ages and abilities including those with special needs. (831) 761-1142
475 Eucalyptus Way La Selva Beach,CA 95076 [ M, REC, SPED ]

Mood Matters Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN)

Mood Matters is a weekly, drop-in, peer support discussion group for persons with depression or bipolar disorder. Family and friends are welcome. There are no dues or fees. Meets — Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA For more information contact: Steve Wiesinger 831-246-1893 Jesika 408-489-6377
1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, PS, SPED ]

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program available to families in Santa Cruz County who have children ages birth to 16, including children with special needs. Backed by more than 30 years of international research, Triple P provides families with a tool kit of proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children, promoting children’s development, and preventing or managing common parenting challenges – tantrums, sibling rivalry, homework, bullying, bedtime, communicating with teens, and more. Parents and caregivers can get as little or as much parenting support as they'd like from trained Triple P practitioners in a number of organizations throughout the county. Triple P services are available in English and Spanish for Santa Cruz County families with children birth-12 (Core Triple P), families with teens (Teen Triple P), and families with children with special needs (Stepping Stones Triple P).
4450 Capitola Rd, Suite 106, Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, PS, SPED ]

SPIN of Santa Cruz County (Special Parents Information Network)

Parent-to-parent support, networking, and resource information over the phone and educational workshops for parents of children of all ages with special needs. P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 (831)722-2800 info@spinsc.org
P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ A, CO, PS, SPED ]