Best Special Needs Services and Support in the Bay Area

These Special Needs service providers were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Gold: School of Imagination. With the motto “Bring Out the Extraordinary in Every Child,” this preschool has programs that help children of all abilities. 9801 Dublin Blvd., Dublin. 877-543-7852.

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

Bronze (tie): Autism Spectrum Therapies. 6601 Owens Drive, #270, Pleasanton. 866-727-8274.

Bronze (tie): Communication Works. 4400 Keller Ave., # 200, Oakland. 510-639-2929.


Gold: Gatepath. Offers innovative programs and community partnerships for residents of all ages with special needs so they can actively participate in their schools, community and workplaces. 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, #123 , Redwood City. 650-259-8500.

Silver: Associated Learning and Language Specialists. 1060 Twin Dolphin Drive, #100, Redwood City. 650-631-9999.

Bronze: TALK-Teaching and Assessing Language for Kids. 1209 Howard Ave, #203, Burlingame. 650-344-9961.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Hope Technology School. Provides inclusive classes to 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: Sensation Nation. Multiple locations.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: The Literacy and Language Center. Provides customized instruction with flexible scheduling in reading, writing, critical thinking and listening comprehension. 1312 18th Ave., San Francisco. 415-242-1205.

Silver: Kidspace. 3401 Mission St., San Francisco. 415-695-1400.

Bronze: Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center. 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco. 415-665-4100.

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