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Grants and Scholarships

New Micro-Loan Program - The Center for Social Capital (CSC) and the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation (JPKF) are pleased to announce the establishment of The K-Fund, a unique microloan program designed to assist working-age individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) interested in starting a business or enhancing their current job through the acquisition of job-related tools, training, and technology. This collaboration expands the low-interest loan program designed and tested by CSC in several states utilizing local community banks. Currently, loans average $5,000 at 5% interest and are used to supplement other limited resources. 

O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund - A postsecondary education grant awarded by NDSS to adults with Down syndrome.

Foundation for Developmental Disabilities - creates opportunities that otherwise would not be available in the community, including assistance for persons with developmental disabilities to attend conferences on self-advocacy; assistance for parents to obtain valuable information to provide care for their children with disabilities; scholarships from the Peterson Scholarship Endowment Fund to university students pursuing careers in the field of child development or developmental disabilities; and, funds from the Foundation's Help Fund for one-time emergency assistance for individuals when no other resources were available. Call (858) 576-2909.

Homes 4 Angels helps people with disabilities gain access to homeownership and innovative housing opportunities.

United Cerebral Palsy Respite Care offers the hospitality of local hotels to families who are raising children with severe disabilities. This gives parents a short, refreshing break from their demanding daily care routines.

United Healthcare Children's Foundation Grants - Parents and caretakers across the country will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000.00 for health-care 
services that will help improve their children's health and quality of life.  Examples of the types of medical services covered by the grants include speech therapy; physical therapy and psychotherapy, wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, eye-glasses, and orthodontic and dental treatments. To be eligible for the grants, children must be 16 years old or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, live in the U.S. and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan.        

Educational Opportunities

Project College: Experience 6 days & 5 nights of campus living on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego. This is a unique
Orientation to College Life for Youth with Disabilities3. Learn valuable skills for transition to college: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Campus Connections & New Perspectives. Make new friends and be inspired. For more information, contact or
call (858) 278-5420 x131. 

Opportunities for Community Input 

Operation House Call is looking for parents of children with disabilities to talk
to UCSD/Children's Hospital pediatric residents. After pediatric residents attend an orientation at the Exceptional Family Resource Center, they schedule a “House Call” at a mutually agreeable time with participating family. The visit consists of an informal interview with the family. This is an opportunity for pediatricians to learn about the unique experiences and challenges children with disabilities and their families encounter. Please call 619-594-7416.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Science is requesting volunteer participants to work with their students in the Pediatric Physical Therapy Courseusing Patient-Oriented Integrated Neurological Treatment (POINT). Seeking children having difficulty with gross motor skills including gait, balance and mobility (1 month to 16 years old). Must attend four Tuesday sessions (one hour) at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos Campus, 700 Windy Point Way, San Marcos, CA, 92069  Building B Labs: 208, 209, 212. Contact Anna Edwards at or 760-591-3012 x402.

Openings on Area Board - Area Board XIII encourages people with demonstrated interest and leadership in human service activities to submit applications for appointment to the Area Board for their current opening.  Persons with developmental disabilities, their parents, relatives or guardians/conservators, and members of the public are eligible for appointment.  Read more about Area Boards at For more information, please call Area Board XIII at (619) 688-3323.

Project EARN is a career advancement program offered for free through the South County Career Center. Participants typically increase their income $500-$1000 a month within 6-12 months. Call 619-429-1655.
San Diego Job Opportunities in the Non-Profit sector

Computer training for the visually impaired at the San Diego Center for the Blind. In San Diego, call 619-583-1542 or in Vista, call 760-758-5956. 

Volunteer Opportunities  

Social Advocates for Youth San Diego - Most volunteers work directly with children, but there are also opportunities for volunteers to help with office work and special events. Call 858-565-4148 x261. 
San Diego Service Inclusion Network helps communities include individuals with disabilities in community service and volunteerism. Contact Karen Leventhal at
866-698-7867 or email at
Volunteer San Diego needs volunteers for their DOORS team (Disability Outreach Offering Resources through Services). Positions include: Youth Mentor, Administrative Assistant, Computer Coach, Financial Literacy Class Teacher, and more! Increase your professional skills, meet new people, and share a talent! For more information, please contact Stephanie Taube at 858.636.4125,

Other Opportunities  

Cecily’s Closet - sharing tips & information, recycling special needs equipment or toys and offering opportunities for decorative room makeovers for children who spend much time in their bedrooms.

What's Next? Mentoring Program is dedicated to pairing youth(16-26 yrs) who have an orthopedic impairment with mentors, who are successful adults
with disabilities Contact Cathy (619) 232-2727 x105 or

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