The recent discussion regarding children with disabilities reveals a lack of awareness on the part of many in our community on the nature and causes of the many types of disabling conditions, and on the positive outcomes people with disabilities can have when provided with appropriate education, therapy and intervention programs.
Fortunately, there are many resources in Imperial County where people can obtain accurate and up to date information on a variety of disabilities.
The Autism Support Group of Imperial Valley has extensive information on autism. The Imperial County Office of Education provides educational programs and resources for children with disabilities from birth to age 21. The Imperial County Office of San Diego Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled is an excellent source for information on developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism and also has information on prevention of developmental disabilities.
The Exceptional Family Resource Center has an extensive library of books, videotapes, pamphlets, and other information on a wide variety of disabilities. Also ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) is an excellent source of information on mental retardation.