50th Anniversary logo sans tag for Print
Page Description

The following page is a three column layout with a header that contains a quicklinks jump menu and the search CSUN function. Page sections are identified with headers. The footer contains update, contact and emergency information.

Welcome to the Community Services Guide


  • Make a gift to CSUN!

Ways to Support Cal State Northridge

Contact Us

Francesca Vega

Director of Government and Community Relations

Susan Widelitz

Administrative Assistant

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8353
Tel: (818) 677-2123
Fax: (818) 677-7739

Disabled Services

Abbott and Linda Brown Western Center for Adaptive Aquatic Therapy

Belinda Stillwell Ph.D., aquatic program director, (818) 677-2182

This aquatic facility provides many programming opportunities for all ages and levels of disability. The facility houses three specialized pools and a spa. The main therapy and movable floor pools are warm-water pools designed for individual and group exercise sessions. The cool pool offers special benefits for those affected by multiple sclerosis or related heat-sensitive conditions. A unique whirlpool spa includes a variety of jets that help ease painful joints.


Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity

Taeyou Jung Ph.D., land-based program director, (818) 677-2182, http://kinesiology.csun.edu/KINcapd.htm

  • The Center offers land-based adapted physical activity and therapeutic exercise programs for individuals with disabilities or special needs.
  • The Center provides internationally known adapted exercise service programs for people with special needs from both CSUN and surrounding communities.
  • The Center serves approximately 900 individuals with disabilities every year.
  • All exercise programs are individually modified to accommodate special needs which include: stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, arthritis, obesity, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological/orthopedic disorders.


Family Focus Resource & Empowerment Center

The FFREC is an informational, referral, supportive and educational organization serving families of: infants with or who are at-risk for developmental delays, children and adults with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

We serve families of children with special needs from birth to 22 and children who may be at-risk for developmental delays.

Website: http://www.csunfamilyfocus.com

Ivor Weiner, Ph.D., director

Birth to 3 years - (818) 677-5575, family.focus@csun.edu

Ages 3 to 22 - (818) 677-6854, family.empower@csun.edu

  • Providing community resources and referrals for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope valleys.
  • Resources on educational programs and support groups for parents.
  • Parent & Student Record Notebook trainings to assist parents in organizing their records in the areas of education, health, therapies, etc.
  • Ongoing educational seminars for parents, caregivers, and professionals.
  • Outreach to Armenian and Spanish speaking families.
  • Outreach to families with deaf children.


Language, Speech and Hearing Center

J. Stephen Sinclair, chair, (818) 677-2856 (V/TTY), Janice Woolsey, coordinator

  • Provides low cost services for all ages: Identification, prevention and/or rehabilitation of communication disorders including speech, language, fluency, voice or hearing disorders.
  • Offers comprehensive evaluation and intervention for families with children up to three years of age who are at-risk for, or who are suspected of, developmental delays.
  • Fees vary. Payment plans are available.

Services, all open to the public, include:

Speech and Hearing Screening

  • Conducts school or community-based screening programs intended to identify the individual who may be at-risk for a communication disorder or hearing loss.
  • Designs programs to meet the needs of a particular school, agency or group.

Speech/Language Evaluation

  • Provides comprehensive evaluation of individuals of any age who have a known or suspected communication disorder. Individuals may be self-referred or referred by any physician, agency, school, etc. Evaluations are conducted for all disorders including developmental articulation or language deficits, stuttering, communication difficulties following stroke or head injury, voice disorders, accented speech, or speech and language difficulties related to a hearing loss.

Speech/Language Therapy

  • Offers a variety of treatment programs for individuals with speech/ language or hearing problems, including therapy for speech sound production, accent reduction, language delays and disorders, language-based learning disabilities, voice, stuttering and neurological difficulties such as aphasia and dysarthria.
  • Therapy is available on an individual or small group basis.

Audiological Services

  • Provides services for individuals of all ages with known or suspected hearing impairments, including audiological evaluations, hearing aid selection and fitting, ear molds, hearing aid batteries, and aural rehabilitation options that seek to enhance oral communication skills in children and adults.

Early Intervention Program—A Multidisciplinary Program

  • Provides cognitive, motor and speech/language intervention for young children (infants to 3 years old) who are delayed or at-risk for delays, and their primary caregivers.
  • Includes instruction for caregivers.

Family Social Communication Group

  • Provides opportunities in a group preschool-like setting for language development and social interaction for children ages 3–7 who are delayed in acquiring language and social interaction skills.
  • Offers a support group for parents of children with social/communication deficits.

Multidisciplinary Developmental Assessment Clinic

  • Provides comprehensive developmental evaluation for young children (infants to 3 years old) who are at-risk for, or who are suspected of, developmental delay.
  • Includes motor, cognitive, speech/language, nutrition and social/behavioral assessment. Periodic monitoring and follow-ups are available.

Neurological Disorders Clinic

Provides evaluation and individual and/or group interventions for adult with closed-head injuries or strokes.

Fluency Clinic

Provides comprehensive therapy services to individuals with stuttering, cluttering, or other fluency disorders.


National Center On Deafness

(818) 677-2614 (v/tty), http://ncod.csun.edu, Email: ncod@csun.edu

  • Assists more than 200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend CSUN each semester through services such as interpreting, realtime and TypeWell captioning, note taking, tutoring and academic advisement.
  • Increases and enhances postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
  • Provides information and training for individuals in administrative or faculty positions who serve deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
  • Aims to increase the knowledge of personnel working in schools, state departments of education and support agencies responsible for implementing, overseeing and consulting on services for students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
  • Facilitates the transition from education to employment for students and employers through workshops, written materials, site visits and individual meetings.
  • Creates long-term working relationships among campuses to ease transition into higher education and the workplace.


Over-The-Line Tournament

Paulette Schuster—CSUN LSRC Department, Emily Leone—Northridge Hospital Medical Center Rehabilitation Unit, and Jaime Eichenbaum—LACRP Valley Therapeutic Recreation Center, co-coordinators, (818) 756-9757

  • Annual August event at CSUN that showcases the talents of athletes with a range of disabling conditions who are wheelchair users.
  • Emphasizes setting and achieving personal goals through recreation competition.
  • Contact LA City Dept. of Recreation and Parks; Valley Therapeutic Recreation Center (818) 756-9757 to register for the event.
  • Jointly sponsored by the Department of Leisure Studies & Recreation, Los Angeles City Department of Recreation & Parks, Valley Therapeutic Recreation Center and the Northridge Medical Center Rehabilitation Unit, Recreation Therapy.


Special Education Literacy Laboratory

Sue Sears and Sally Spencer, co-directors, (818) 677-3333

  • Provides literacy tutoring to students with mild to moderate disabilities.
  • Provides informal assessment of reading and writing.
  • Weekly sessions use interactive, hands-on strategies focused on students’ identified areas of need.
  • Offered on the CSUN campus in the Los Angeles Times Literacy Center.


Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

Sandy Plotin, managing director, (818) 677-2578

  • Largest annual international conference that highlights and demonstrates the latest technological developments that assist people with disabilities.
  • Now in its 22nd year, the conference draws over 4,400 attendees (including more than 750 people with disabilities) from more than 35 countries; a limited number of scholarships are available for first-time attendees.
  • The conference is held every third full week in March at the LAX Marriott & Hilton Hotels. For more information visit: http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf