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California Department of Education
This California State Department of Education website provides information, resources, and support to parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

California Department of Rehabilitation
On this site resources from the California Department of Rehabilitation appear in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders for services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.

California Developmental Services
The California Department of Developmental Services is the state agency that provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Incight empowers people with disabilities to become contributing members of society. We accomplish this through several dynamic programs focused in the areas of: Education, Employment, Networking and Independence.

JobTIPS is designed to help individuals with disabilities explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for you.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
This website lets you search any state in the nation for agencies and organizations, providing information, referral, or direct services to individuals with disabilities.

Office of Disability Employment Policy
This U.S. federal government website is designed to connect the disability community to information and opportunities.

Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
The HEATH Resource Center gathers and disseminates information to help people with disabilities reach their full potential through postsecondary education and training.

Taking Charge of Your Education: Transition Planning for Your Future [PDF]
A comprehensive guide with activities and resources to guide students with disabilities from high school to post secondary success.

Talent Knows No Limits
A California public education resource for the employment of people with disabilities.

Think College for Students
Resources for opening doors to colleges for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country.

United States Social Security Administration
Information on how a blind or disabled child, who is a student regularly attending school, college, or university, or a course of vocational or technical training, can have limited earnings that are not counted against his or her Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Youth As Self Advocates (YASA)
YASA is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. YASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need.


California College Pathways
The goal of the California College Pathways is to increase the number of foster youth in California who enter higher education and achieve an academic outcome by expanding access to campus support programs, such as the Guardian Scholars Program, the Renaissance Scholars Program and other successful approaches to supporting former foster youth on campus.

California Foster Care Ombudsperson
Information to help foster youth succeed, a 24 hour a day help line and an avenue for foster children and youth to file complaints regarding their placement, care and services without fear of retribution from those who provide their care and services.

California State University (CSU) Foster Youth Programs
The CSU, through collaborative efforts, provides a full range of services that support foster youth from their transition out of foster care or transfer from a community college to the CSU and through graduation. Learn more about the programs, financial aid, housing, support services and resources the CSU provides to emancipated youth and former and current foster youth.

Student Academic Success Center: Guardian Scholars Program
UC Davis is committed to serving the needs of former foster youth by providing support and services through the Guardian Scholars Program.


Give Us Your Poor
Give Us Your Poor partners with the Horatio Alger Association to offer college scholarships to homeless and at-risk students. The Horatio Alger Association provides approximately 1,000 scholarships each year to eligible students who have overcome adversity in their lives.

Homeless Children and Youth Education
This site provides Information for persons who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate residence.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children
and Youth
NAEHCY is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

California Foster Care Ombudsman
Information to help foster youth succeed, a 24 hour a day help line and an avenue for foster children and youth to file complaints regarding their placement, care and services without fear of retribution from those who provide their care and services. The Foster Youth Rights Handbook contains information relevant to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Expression (SOGIE). 

LGBT Career Planning and Job Search Guide
Although this site is primarily oriented to college students, there are helpful hints on resume writing and interviews that should prove helpful to high school students.

LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index
The LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBT campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBT and Ally people.

The Point Foundation
Point Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, leadership training and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Victory Congressional Internship
The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute's Victory Congressional Internship is developing the next generation of our public leaders. Each semester, they bring outstanding LGBT college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program.

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Migrant Education

Migrant Education Program and Services
Provides information on statewide programs and services coordinated by California's Migrant Education Program.

Military Dependents

Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs
Learn more about the education benefits the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and each of the services have to offer.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation. 


Cal-Learn Program
The Cal-Learn program helps pregnant and parenting teens to attend and graduate from high school or its equivalent. Pregnant/parenting teens may apply for Cal-Learn services at any welfare office located in the county where they live.

Educational Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Teens [PDF]
Schools cannot treat you differently or exclude you from school programs or activities because of your pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, recovery from these conditions, or marital status.

Resources for Parents and Families
Information for parents and family members about early childhood education from the California Department of Education.

Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens
Resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Probation/Court School

Cleaning Your Record
Check out the California Courts guide and information tool for help with cleaning up your criminal record. Learn how to clean it up and find out what types of criminal convictions can be expunged from your record. Access the forms you’ll need and learn how to get help.

Dewey Bozella story
2011 Winner of the Arthur Ashe Award For Courage, Dewey Bozella spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He tells his story about becoming an educated man, staying committed to the sport of boxing, and fulfilling his dream to work with at-risk youth.

Locate Your County Juvenile Court
Locate your Superior Court by county, city of zip code. Superior courts now have trial jurisdiction over all criminal cases including felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic matters. They also have jurisdiction over all civil cases including family law, probate, juvenile, and general civil matters.

Seal It
Use Seal It from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice to learn how you can seal your juvenile record in California.

Take Charge of Your Future: Get the Education and Training You Need [PDF]
This Guide is written for people who are incarcerated and for those on community supervision (probation and parole). It is designed to help you get started—or continue—on the path to education and training.

Students With Disabilities

ACT Services for Students with Disabilities
ACT is committed to serving students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the student's diagnosis. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations.

Applying for Accommodations at the College Board
Details regarding requests for testing accommodations.

California State University Services to Students with Disabilities
Policies, Resources, and a listing of CSU Disabled Student Services Centers.

Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS): California Community Colleges
The DSPS program provides support services, specialized instruction, and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can participate as fully and benefit as equitably from the college experience as their non-disabled peers.

University of California Services for Students with Disabilities Directors
Chart listing contact information for Directors at every UC campus.


Assembly Bill 130 [PDF]
Text of Assembly Bill 130 known as the California Dream Act I.

Assembly Bill 131 [PDF]
Text of Assembly Bill 131 known as the California Dream Act II.

California Education Code Section 68130.5 (Assembly Bill 540) [PDF]
California State Law that allows qualifying undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges (UC System, Cal State System and Community Colleges).

Dream Act
The California Student Commission website provide information, and the application, for the Dream Act.

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