The Central Coast Children’s Foundation, Inc. (CCCF) is a non-profit foundation based in Monterey, California. CCCF pursues parallel missions at local (primarily in the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas), national, and international levels, by providing a broad array of supports and services to non-profit organizations that serve young people with disabilities and those from low-income families.

CCCF provides technical assistance, program planning, proposal optimization and staff development support to non-profit entities that serve young people with disabilities and economic disadvantages. CCCF also develops information resources for such groups,  and makes strategic grants to organizations that are developing promising practices in areas of health, education (including charter schools) and welfare.

Among CCCF’s broader initiatives are (1) support for an Augmentative Communication World Network designed to provide information and support to pioneers in emerging nations who are helping to promote access to assistive technology (AT) and augmentative communication (AAC) resources for children with disabilities in areas heretofore under-served, including special education projects in Africa and Eastern Europe, (2) emergency and continuing AAC and AT support to groups serving children with disabilities in areas hit by natural disasters, and (3) a growing national and international effort to disseminate information and promote the use of practical tools that help overcome patient-provider communication barriers in health care settings.

Since 2002, CCCF has amassed a growing list of occasional papers, web essays, useful bibliographic references, and sources of practical information.  This web site is designed also to help share these resources with others who are trying to help children in need around the world.

Quick Links:

This website contains valuable information about a variety of topics. Click on the links below, or use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate to the section you’re interested in.

Under the “AAC” tab, you will find extensive expert resources related to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This includes: myths about AAC in early childhood, presentations about AAC, a guide to assistive technology, assistive technology internet resources, and videos about assistive technology. You will also find a link to the CSWN (formerly ACWN) Newsletters.

Under the “Health” tab, you will find health resources, information about patient-provider communication (and patient communication books), information about nursing homes, the Kinship Care Resource Guide, information related to supporting family caregivers, and an article about “When Foster Care Fails.” Check out the Special Issue: Medical Encounters Newsletter as well.

Under the “Emergency Preparedness” tab, you will find a wide variety of resources related to emergency preparation, planning and response, as well as links to websites from CERV (Community Emergency Response Volunteers) and the RECOVERS program for promoting community resilience in the aftermath of disasters.

Under the “Español” tab, you will find resources in Spanish related to special education for children with disabilities, navigating special education systems in the United States, assistive technology, and augmentative communication.

Under the “Presentation Tips” tab, you will find resources relating to the many mistakes presenters usually make and ways to give more effective, dynamic and interactive presentations.

Finally, under the “Educating Children in Developing Countries” tab, you will find ideas, information and descriptions about ongoing activities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe that focus on promoting more effective learning and literacy among children with disabilities. In addition, you will find connections to a host of resources for children with special needs in the developing world.