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The Team at RICV utilizes multiple resources to help our consumers and community partners find agencies and online resources related to health, benefits, and other services. Inclusion below does not constitute an endorsement by RICV of any of the organizations or agencies listed.

Just click on an organization's name below and you will go directly to their website.

Useful Links

DISABILITY ADVOCACY & RIGHTS

American Civil Liberties Union-Disability Rights
Discover how federal disability rights laws can provide protection
https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/disability-rights

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Advancing the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development
https://dredf.org/

Disability Rights California
Protecting and advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities across California
https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/

National Disability Rights Network
The Nation’s largest providers of legal advocacy services for people with disabilities
https://www.ndrn.org/

Disability Guidance

DisabilityGuidance.org is an organization that aims to provide more information to people about their disabilities and financial options if they are no longer able to work.

LOCAL DISABILITY RESOURCES

Best Buddies
Offering friendship, integrated employment, and leadership development
https://www.bestbuddies.org/california/

Break the Barriers
Programs, outreach, and inclusion education
https://breakthebarriers.org/

Central Valley Regional Center
Help individuals with developmental disabilities reach their goals
https://www.cvrc.org/

Exceptional Parents Unlimited
Services to strengthen and empower children and families in the Central Valley facing extraordinary medical, developmental, and parenting challenges.

https://epuchildren.org/

Grand Central Valley
Growing resources for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Differences
https://www.grandcv.org/

Valley Center for the Blind
Services for the blind and visually impaired in Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare Counties.
https://myvcb.org/

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Department of Rehabilitation
Vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs
https://www.dor.ca.gov/

Fresno City College-DSPS

Provides students with disabilities with accessible and strategic services
https://www.fresnocitycollege.edu/student-services/disabled-students-program-and-
services/index.html

Fresno State Wayfinders
An inclusive, postsecondary, independent living program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 https://kremen.fresnostate.edu/centers-projects/wayfinders/index.html

Intelligent
Information and resources for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students
https://www.intelligent.com/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-student-online-college-guide/

TOTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

Anthem
Medicaid and low-cost insurance in California
https://mss.anthem.com/california-medicaid/home.html

Family Advocacy Center-Fresno County
Helps families to find and link to the right mental health services

Warm Lines
WarmLines offer non-emergency resources for those seeking mental and emotional support.
California WarmLine Call 855-845-7415
Fresno County WarmLine Call 559-600-9276
Madera County WarmLine Call 888-275-9779
Merced County WarmLine Call 888-334-0163
Tulare/Kings Counties WarmLine Call 888-306-2413

9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Provides 24/7 service to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
DIAL 9-8-8

HOUSING

Fresno Housing Authority
Fuller Center for Housing-Merced County
Building homes, communities, and hope in Merced County

http://www.thefullercenterforhousing.com/

Habitat for Humanity-Fresno & Madera Counties
Building homes, communities, and hope in Fresno and Madera Counties.
https://www.habitatfresno.org/

Habitat for Humanity-Tulare & Kings Counties
Building homes, communities, and hope in Tulare & Kings Counties.
https://www.hfhtkc.org/

INDEPENDENT LIVING

California Foundation for Independent Living
Dedicated to increasing access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers
https://cfilc.org/

California Independent Living Council
An 18-person council which create policy and systems change for independent living
https://calsilc.ca.gov/

Department of Rehabilitation
Vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs
https://www.dor.ca.gov/

National Council on Independent Living
Advancing independent living and the rights of people with disabilities
https://ncil.org/

LEGAL

Central California Legal Services
Free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
https://centralcallegal.org/

Disability Rights California
Protecting and advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities across California
https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/

Legal Advocacy Unit-DRC
Legal services in the fight for the rights of people with all types of disabilities
https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/what-we-do/programs/legal-advocacy-unit-lau

FOOD

Central California Food Bank
Food distribution in the Central Valley
https://ccfoodbank.org/

Madera County Food Bank
Serving the food needs of Madera County
https://www.maderafoodbank.com/

Merced County Food Bank
Serving the food needs of Merced County
https://mmcfb.org/

OTHER SERVICES

Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
Assistance programs in Fresno County
https://www.centrolafamilia.org/services/

United Way 2-1-1
A free information and referral service to connect people to services 24/7. Call 2-1-1

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