Below is a range of resources available for disabled community members.
Located at a fully accessible transit hub, the Ed Roberts Campus is a national and international model dedicated to disability rights and universal access. The Ed Roberts Campus commemorates the life and work of Edward V. Roberts, an early leader in the independent living movement of persons with disabilities. Ed believed in the strength of collaborative efforts: He called it “working toward our preferred future.”
Easy Does It is a non-profit organization that provides emergency attendant care, accessible transportation, wheelchair repair, and assistive device repair for seniors and people with disabilities.
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from Berkeley’s independent living movement.
Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) promotes and advocates for the rights of full access to American Sign Language and English, education, employment, and cultural identity of, by, for, and with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and DeafBlind people.
The East Bay Center for the Blind offers services and social activities to a diverse group of people who are blind or low vision, many of whom are not assisted by other agencies. Their notable services include, but are not limited to: assistive technology walkthroughs, Braille classes, and community events.
Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) is headquartered in Berkeley, California and is the leading provider and promoter of accessible sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
As a pioneer of integrated dance, AXIS creates opportunities locally and abroad for people with disabilities to engage in dance by championing access, inclusion and equity, both in dance and in the wider community.
The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability community and the general public by enhancing understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through education and technical assistance.
Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants working for dignified and respectful working conditions that benefit the employer and worker alike.
The Mental Health Association of Alameda County’s mission is to empower adults and youth with mental health disabilities and their families to live their best lives. They do this through education, support, advocacy and shared experience. They provide client and family driven services delivered by highly trained, compassionate and committed staff who share the belief that recovery can and does occur.
The world’s first organization run by and for people with disabilities, the Center for Independent Living (CIL), founded in 1972, supports disabled people in their efforts toward independence. CIL encourages people with disabilities to make their own choices and works to open doors in the community to full participation and access for all.
World Institute on Disability (WID) works in communities and nations worldwide is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security and health care for persons with disabilities.
Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT) ensures that people with disabilities benefit from computer-based assistive technology in order to achieve greater independence, gain access to employment and significantly enhance the quality of their life.
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides education, training, advocacy, and community for blind individuals in California and around the world. Founded and based in San Francisco since 1902, the LightHouse is one of the largest and most established comprehensive blindness organizations in North America, with a wide variety of programs to suit a wide variety of needs, as well as a rich network of blindness advocates and professionals.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy center that seeks to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.
Toolworks is devoted to helping all people with disabilities connect with the opportunities in their community. They provide social services to over 500 individuals with disabilities every year. They offer employment services, vocational training, and the full range of support that allows individuals with disabilities to live independently.