Therapeutic Horse Riding

Therapeutic horse riding

Therapeutic horse riding at the Helen Woodward Animal Center has brought joy and a sense of community to Becky’s life for over 15 years and is always the highlight of her week. We are proud to assist her through our Supported Living program and appreciate Helen Woodward Animal Center for all that they do! 

Wheelchair Regatta

Thanks to the SILVER GATE YACHT CLUB for sponsoring another Wheelchair Regatta and getting people with disabilities out on the water and experiencing new things.   From their website - "Every year since 1960, the Silver Gate Yacht Club has been joined by the boating community and military volunteers to provide a day on the water for hundreds of physically challenged guests from San Diego and surrounding communities. "




CIS Summer Job Fair


Start a Rewarding Career in Social Services!

June 07, 2017 from 10am - 4pm

South Metro Career Center 
4389 Imperial Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 266-4200 

Seeking enthusiastic, resourceful candidates who want to support people with disabilities to achieve their goals and life dreams! Positions available in Central and North San Diego County.  

MySSAPayee - Announcing Our New Social Security Payee Program!


Community Interface Services is proud to announce the newest addition to our array of  Financial Management Services: MySSAPayee, a Social Security Administration (SSA) Representative Payee program.  

How it Works

Community Interface Services offers Social Security approved Representative Payee services to Regional Center clients at no cost to the client.

• Client benefits go directly to a secure bank account.

• Client participates in creating an individualized budget.

• My SSA Payee pays client bills and expenses from Social Security benefits according to the individualized budget.

• Any remaining money is automatically saved on behalf of the client.

• My SSA Payee also assists in completing and filing Social Security paperwork.


Learn More

If you (or someone you know) are a  Regional Center client that needs a Representative Payee…  

• Talk to your Service Coordinator about adding this service to your IPP

• Contact us directly:  • 1-877-238-2071

• Get more information on the website:




CIS Job Fair


CIS Job Fair

Start a Rewarding Career in Social Services!

March 15, 2017 from 10am - 4pm

1111 Bay Boulevard, Suite E
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Seeking enthusiastic, resourceful candidates who want to support people with disabilities to achieve their goals and life dreams! Positions available in South Bay, as well as throughout San Diego County. Great pay of $13.75/hr-$15.75/hr with excellent benefits, flexible schedules and a fun work environment! Minimum Requirements Relevant experience (previous employment or volunteer experience working with people with disabilities or other social services) OR relevant education (a bachelor’s in a related major such as Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Communication, etc)Your own vehicle, in good, working condition. A genuine interest in helping others!

Minimum Requirements:

  • Relevant experience (previous employment or volunteer experience working with people with disabilities or other social services) OR relevant education (a bachelor’s in a related major such as Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Communication, etc)
  • Your own vehicle, in good, working condition.
  • A genuine interest in helping others!

Pizza Port Fundraiser

Eat Pizza and Drink Beer for a Good Cause!


Thursday Aug. 11 • 5pm to 8pm

2 Locations:

1956 Bacon St. Ocean Beach, CA 92107

1956 Bacon St.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

Ocean Beach
1956 Bacon St.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Enjoy Pizza Port’s “Tasty Grub & Grog” and help Community Interface Services raise funds for its annual holiday party for people with Developmental Disabilities.  Just print out this flier or pick one up in the front office at 2621 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, Ca 92008 and bring it with you to Pizza Port.  CIS will get 20% of the sales.

Download the flier here and bring it with you.

Only hours left to help fund the Lanterman Act!

In just hours, our system could see a critically-needed infusion of funds! But it won't happen unless you make a few phone calls NOW!
We need you to call your representatives by 5pm Thursday, September 10th, and ask them to support SBX2-14 (Hernandez), with amendments to provide a true 10% increase.
If you make this call, we could see our first goal achieved - a 10% across-the-board increase for developmental services! Hundreds of programs have closed in recent years, and many more are at risk of closing if this bill does not pass.

What you need to do NOW

You have until 5pm, Thursday September 10th to make these calls!

  1. Find your legislators:
  2. Write down the district numbers, and use a zero with single digits. 5 is "05"
  3. Use those numbers to call their Capitol office!
    • For Senators, call 916-651-40##
    • For Assembly members, call 916-319-20##
  4. When someone answers the phone, say:
    • "My name is [FULL NAME], and I am a constituent of the member. Please ask them to support SBX2 14, by Senator Hernandez, with amendments to provide a true 10% increase to support people with developmental disabilities. Thank you!"
  5. Share this with everyone you know. Please forward this email!

CIS is proud to be CARF accredited for 3 more years!

CIS is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a CARF Three-Year Accreditation for its Supported Employment Program.

CARF Seal of Accreditation
CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Toll free (888) 281-6531.

Supported Living - A Day in the Life

CIS Supported Living - A Day in the Life from Shawn Lloyd on Vimeo.

Besides being a swell couple of guys, Mike and Austin are roommates in the Supported Living department at Community Interface Services. Not only does Austin get paid to hang out with Mike and help with the little things in life that can be challenging for adults with disabilities, but they also go to Padres' games, bowling and lots of other fun activities. Supported Living roommates help CIS realize our fundamental philosophy and belief that people with disabilities belong out in the community where they can can contribute to society, live, laugh and love along with the rest of us. We think Mike and Austin exemplify this ideal and also make a great team!

Action Alert: Affordable, Accessible Housing for People with Disabilities

Affordable, Accessible Housing for
People with Disabilities

Dear Friends,

We’ve got a historic chance this year to come closer to meeting the need for affordable housing that is accessible to people with disabilities.

The Homes and Jobs Act - Senate Bill 391 - will provide a permanent funding source for affordable housing for all Californians who need it. At least 10% of the units in the new affordable housing are to be mobility accessible, and 4% are to be communications accessible.

Here’s what you can do to help:

1.   Sign the new petition Our allies who originated the petition are shooting for 200 signatures. I think that goal is way too low. With the thousands of people who get this action alert, we should be able to do a lot better than that. Let’s show them what the disability community can do.
2.   Call your state assemblymember. We got the bill through the Senate with the needed two-thirds majority last year, and we have to do as well in the Assembly this year. The message is simple: politely but firmly ask your assemblymember to vote for Senate Bill 391, or give you a good reason why not. Here are some other tips for making these kinds of calls: (If you don’t know who your assemblymember is, he or she probably don’t know who you are, either -- and it’s time for them to find out. Here’s where you can find out:
3.   Forward this action alert to anyone you think can be motivated by the need for more affordable, accessible housing in California and the chanced for a big win for the disability community.
Thank you, too, to everyone who contacted Assemblyman Kevin de Leon to ask him to pass the bill to double the number of accessible units for all new publicly funded multifamily housing. I’m sorry to report he didn’t do what we asked. But we intend to try again next year – and if we succeed, our win this year with the Homes and Jobs Act will become twice as important.

Thank you for your advocacy.

Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95814

Support our annual Angel Gala!

As many of you know, our Angel Gala is a magical evening full of live entertainment, great food, and best of all, great friends!  We are starting our fundraising early this year in hopes of making our 30th (wow!) a night to truly remember.  Please visit our fundraising link below and help us get to our goal of $1,983 by July 16th. 

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Karen Gaffney, first living person with Down Syndrome receives honarary doctorate

Karen Gaffney became the first living person with Down syndrome to ever receive an honorary doctorate from a college or university when she received one from the University of Portland on May 5, 2013.

Karen is president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation and famous for her distance swimming exploits and public speaking.

The University is incredibly proud to honor Karen and her incredible advocacy work that has inspired countless people worldwide and especially in our Portland community.


Earth Day

Today is Earth Day.  It is the 43rd year that people across the globe have brought awareness to the environment around them and how to best preserve it for future generations.  Some ways that people choose to celebrate is by planting a tree, riding a bike to work/school, and participating in a beach clean-up. 

What are some ways that you are bringing awareness to preserve our home, the Earth?



April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder and is mainly characterized through delays in language and social interactions.  It was first used to describe a diagnosis by Leo Kanner in 1943.  Until the 1960's, it was thought to be linked to Schizophrenia.  Back then, about one person in 2,000 were being diagnosed with autism.  In the 80's, that number increased to 1 in 1,000.  In the beginning of the new millenia, that number had increased again to 1 in 150.  Today it is estimated that 1 in 88 are being diagnosed.  Experts are not sure if there is in fact a rise in the actual disability or a rise in awareness so that people who would not have been diagnosed, are now receiving the diagnosis.

Researchers agree that there is a genetic link to Autism, but there is no exact known cause.  They do know what is being affected for those who do have Autism versus those who do not.  The main centers of the brain that are affected by Autism are the Cerebral Cortex (perception and behavioral reactions are controlled by this area of the brain), Amygdala (emotional responses), Hippocampus (short-term memory), Basal Ganglia (regulation of autonomous movement), and the Cerebellum (balance and body movement).  Knowing this helps to indentify the best possible treatment for an individual who has Autism.

The only treatment plan that has been proven to be effective is early behavioral intervention.  Since Autism is such a unique  disability, treatment must be tailored to each individual.  This can become very costly.  Fortunately in July of 2012, SB 946 came into effect in California and this treatment now must be covered under medical insurance.

Some interesting facts about Autism (from Autism Speaks) 

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys

  • Autism prevalence figures are growing

  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average

  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism


Tuesday, April 2nd, is Autism Awareness Day.  Supporters are encouraged to "light it up blue" to show that they support Autism.  Hope to see you in blue tomorrow!