We focus our work in three key areas, because nurturing the potential of kids, helping people live healthier, and supporting our neighbors are fundamental to strengthening communities.


Compass family center

Helping Special-Needs Families Find Direction

YMCA COMPASS provides family-centered support for those caring for a child or adult with special needs. Services include Counseling and Special Education Advocacy.

Building Bridges

Compass Services

Who We Serve:

  • Families caring for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities
  • No specific eligibility criteria
  • Special needs is defined broadly and includes developmental and physical disabilities, chronic illness, learning differences and mental health needs.
  • Includes diagnoses of Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD.

Who We are:

  • Counseling provided by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Registered interns.
  • Advocacy provided by Special Education Advocates who have completed the Special Education Advocacy Program at University of San Diego.

What We Do:

  • Family and individual counseling for parents, caregivers, siblings and children with special needs.
  • Help families cope with challenges that come with having a child with a disability.
  • Special Education Advocacy including consultations and advocacy representation.
  • Services offered on a sliding scale based on family income.

thank you to our supporters:

National Foundation for Autism Research

S. Mark Taper Foundation