Best Special Needs Services and Support in the Bay Area

These Special Needs service providers were voted the Bay Area’s 2016 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Gold: PROaupair. Features au pairs who have experience caring for children with special needs and are trained in occupational and physical therapy, special needs education and pediatric nursing. Multiple locations. 844-787-6566.

Silver: Communication Works Oakland. 4400 Keller Ave., Oakland. 510-639-2929.

Bronze: Down Syndrome Connection of Bay Area. 101-J Town and Country Drive, Danville. 925-362-8660.


Gold: Gatepath. Provides a wide range of classes and programs to nurture and support special needs children and teens in a nurturing environment. 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, #123, Redwood City. 650-259-8500.

Silver: Proaupair. Multiple locations. 844-787-6566.

Bronze: Associated Learning and Language Specialists. 1060 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. 650-631-9999.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Hope Technology School. Provides inclusive classes that allow every student to thrive academically, physically and socially. 2525 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. 650-565-8391.

Silver: Parents Helping Parents. 1400 Parkmoor Ave., #100, San Jose. 408-727-5775.

Bronze: Center for Developing Minds.  15951 Los Gatos Blvd., #6, Los Gatos. 408-358-1853.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: PROAupair. The only agency designated by the United States Department of State to place professional live-in au pairs, including nurses and therapists, with special needs families. 844-787-6566.

Silver: The Literacy and Language Center. 1312 18th Ave., San Francisco. 415-242-1205.

Bronze: Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. 1663 Mission St., floor seven, San Francisco. 415-282-7494.

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