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Welcome to Your Special Needs Directory List

When you’re caring for a family member with special needs, having extra help is always appreciated. Here you’ll find an abundance of useful resources to help you in every aspect of the care and development of your loved one.

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  • Alliance of Genetic Support Groups

    http://www.geneticalliance.org/
    Genetic Alliance is a coalition of more than 600 advocacy organizations serving 25 million people affected by 1000 conditions. The organization works to transform leadership in the genetics community to build capacity in advocacy organizations and to educate policymakers by leveraging the voices of individuals and families. Genetic Alliance increases the capacity of genetic advocacy organizations to achieve their missions and leverages the voices of millions of individuals and families living with genetic conditions.

  • Asral Behavioral Consulting Services, Inc.

    http://www.asralbehavioralconsulting.com/
    Asral Behavioral Consulting provides special education and behavioral consulting. We support parents in their efforts to help their struggling children. From IEP planning, parent resources and conferences, to observations, classroom placement and transition decisions, she collaborates with parents and school districts to address academic and behavioral issues. We have over 7 years professional experience in the home, legal and school environments advocating for a variety of exceptionalities including all those recognized under IDEA, and a lifetime of personal experience in advocating for her own siblings with special needs. We work to bridge the gap between home and school in an effort to enrich both the educational and home programs and to address learning and behavioral issues that may occur in both settings.

  • Brain Injury Association of Utah, Inc.

    http://biau.org/
    The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Utah is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.

  • Colorado Civil Rights Division

    https://www.colorado.gov/dora
    DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission.

  • Community Access Unlimited

    http://www.caunj.org/
    Activities are provided to help an individual or small group obtain and maintain a job in competitive or customized employment, or minimum wage and received benefits paid by the employer.

  • Community Residential Services Association

    http://www.crsa-wa.com/
    The COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION represents and supports Washington community-based residential provider organizations in order to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities in Washington state.

  • COPAA The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

    http://www.copaa.org/
    The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, special education advocates and parents. COPAA’s mission is to be a national voice for special education rights and to promote excellence in advocacy. Our primary goal is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities.

  • Delaware Health & Social Services

    http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/
    Mission Statement: “To improve the quality of life for Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.” Vision Statement: “Together we provide quality services as we create a better future for the people of Delaware.”

  • Department of Fair Employment and Housing of California

    http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/
    The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is the largest state civil rights agency in the country. It was established by the Legislature in 1959 as the Division of Fair Employment Practices and was initially part of the Department of Industrial Relations.

  • Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

    http://www.in.gov/gpcpd/
    The Indiana Governor’s Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to promote public policy which leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.

  • Disability Rights New Jersey

    http://www.drnj.org/
    Provide legal and non-legal advoacy services for individuals with disabilities who reside in the state of New Jersey.

  • District of Columbia Fair Employment Practice Agencies

    http://www.ohr.washingtondc.gov/ohr/site/default.asp
    Investigates and discrimination complaints.

  • Early Childhood Development Association of Washington

    http://www.ecdaw.org/
    The purpose of the organization is to provide communication, education and dissemination of information concerning early childhood development and to provide support for existing early childhood programs and foster development of new programs. The emphasis is on promoting quality programs and services for children who have developmental disabilities.

  • El Valor

    https://www.elvalor.org//
    El Valor is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1973. El Valor is the first bilingual, bicultural rehabilitation center in Illinois. Their strategic goals are: to be the best in the nation in early childhood care in the Hispanic community; to become the premier organization developing leadership for the Hispanic community; and to be an international model for inclusion of people with disabilities in the Hispanic community.

  • Equip For Equality

    http://www.equipforequality.org/
    The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.

  • Florida Fair Employment Practice Agency

    http://fchr.state.fl.us/
    The mission of the Commission is to prevent unlawful discrimination by ensuring people in Florida are treated fairly and are given access to opportunities in employment, housing, and certain public accommodations; and to promote mutual respect among groups through education and partnerships.

  • Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity, Fair Housing & Equal Employment Division

    http://www.gceo.state.ga.us/
    The Fair Housing Division of the Commission enforces the Georgia Fair Housing Law, which prohibits various forms of discrimination in residential real estate transactions on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, familial status or color.

  • Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

    http://www.gac.state.il.us/
    Created in 1979, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities.

  • Hawaii Fair Employment Practice Agency

    http://labor.hawaii.gov/
    The state of Hawaii has a strong commitment to the protection of civil rights. Article I, Section 5 of the Hawaii Constitution provides that “no person shall be denied the enjoyment of civil rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of race, religion, sex or ancestry.”

  • Hawaii Protection and Advocacy Agency

    http://www.hawaiidisabilityrights.org/
    HDRC is the designated Client Assistance Program (CAP) and Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System for Hawaii’s estimated 180,000 residents with disabilities. We strive to serve as many individuals with disabilities with as many different legal rights issues as our resources will allow; and to achieve the following outcomes to advance the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities.

  • Health and Disability Advocates

    http://www.hdadvocates.org/
    Health and Disability Advocates seek to assure that low-income older adults, children and adults with disabilities lead secure and dignified lives. HDA advocates for policies that promote economic security and provide health coverage.

  • Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    http://www.vr.idaho.gov/index.shtml
    VR is a state-federal program whose goal is to assist people with disabilities to prepare, secure, retain or regain employment. Our Vision: “Your Success at work means our work is a success.” Our Mission: “Preparing individuals with disabilities for employment and community enrichment.”

  • Idaho Human Rights Commission, Fair Employment Agency

    http://humanrights.idaho.gov/
    The Idaho Commission on Human Rights administers state and federal anti-discrimination laws in Idaho in a manner that is fair, accurate, and timely. Our commission works towards ensuring that all people within the state are treated with dignity and respect in their places of employment, housing, education, and public accommodations.

  • Iowa Civil Rights Commission

    https://icrc.iowa.gov/
    The Commission’s major duty is to enforce state and federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit by investigating and litigating civil rights complaints.

  • Kentucky Education Rights

    http://www.edrights.com/
    Advocating for Special Needs Students ages 3 to 21 years of age with school related problems. We personally attend ARC and 504 meetings with the family to ensure appropriate plans are developed. We assist families through the intimidating process of eligibility determinations, mediate issues with schools and are a resource to parents with questions about their special needs children as it relates to their rights under The Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, The American’s with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  • Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL)

    http://www.lccil.org/
    Lake County Center for Independent Living is a disability rights organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. Lake County Center for Independent Living offers services and advocacy that promote a fully accessible society, which expects participation by persons with disabilities

  • Life’s Plan, Inc.

    http://www.lifesplaninc.org/
    Life’s Plan, Inc. operates trust options for meeting the supplemental service needs of people with disabilities and the elderly without jeopardizing state and federal entitlements.

  • Maryland Fair Employment Practice Agency

    http://mccr.maryland.gov/
    Our mission is to ensure equal opportunity to all through the enforcement of Marylands laws against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; to provide education and outreach services related to the provisions of this lwa, and to promote and improve human relations in Maryland.

  • Michigan Education Law Center

    http://www.michedlawcenter.com/index.html
    A Michigan based professional LLC providing parents, students, teachers, and administrators with law related resources

  • Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.

    http://www.mpas.org/
    Our goal is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination, and expressed choices of individuals. Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) promotes, expands and protects the human and legal rights of people by providing them with information and advocacy.

  • Minnesota Employment Practice Agency

    http://mn.gov/mdhr/
    Our vision and mission is to make michigan a disrimination free state.

  • MN Star Program

    http://mn.gov/admin/star/
    A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration. STAR’s mission is to help ALL MINNESOTANS with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. The Minnesota STAR Program is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration in accordance with the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364).

  • MN State Council on Disability

    http://www.disability.state.mn.us/?agency=MSCOD
    The Minnesota State Council on Disability is an agency that advises, provides technical assistance, collaborates and advocates to expand opportunities, improve the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.

  • Mothers From Hell 2

    http://www.mothersfromhell2.org/
    Mothers From Hell 2 (MFH2) is a grass-roots parent advocacy group, fighting for the appropriate education, community acceptance, desperately needed services, rights of, and entitlements for individuals with disabilities. We offer support and empowerment for families of individuals with special needs.

  • National Council on Disability

    http://www.ncd.gov/
    The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families.

  • National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

    http://www.parentcenterhub.org/nichcy-gone/
    We are the center that provides information to the nation on: disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation’s special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation’s general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

  • National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD)

    http://rarediseases.org/
    Mission Statement: The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)3 organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare “orphan” diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

  • Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Agency

    http://www.neoc.ne.gov/
    The Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission is a neutral administrative agency created by statute in 1965 to enforce the public policy of the state against discrimination. The principal function of the NEOC is to receive, investigate and pass upon charges of unlawful discrimination occurring anywhere within the State of Nebraska in the areas of Employment, Housing, and Public Accommodations.

  • New American Movement for People With Disabilites

    http://www.nampwd.org/cms/
    The New American Movement for People with Disabilities is a movement committed to changing the social,political, and economic structure of our society so that all of us can live in it with pride as equals regardless of gender orientation, religion, income or disability status.

  • New Hope Services

    http://www.newhopeservices.org/
    Some of New Hopes Specific services and programs include adult servicves, affordable housing, Child Advocacy and parental support, childcare, employment services, family preservation, health families, job traing centers, and supported living.

  • New Jersey Department of Human Services

    http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/
    The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) serves more than one million of New Jersey‘s most vulnerable citizens, or about one of every eight New Jersey residents. DHS serves individuals and families with low incomes; people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, or late-onset disabilities; people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; parents needing child care services, child support and/or healthcare for their children; and families facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.

  • New York State Department of Labor

    http://www.labor.ny.gov/home/
    The New York State Department of Labor is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

  • North Dakota Department of Labor

    http://www.nd.gov/labor/
    The North Dakota Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing North Dakota labor and human rights laws and for educating the public about these laws.

  • Pacer Center Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

    http://www.pacer.org/
    The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

  • Paralyzed Veterans of America

    http://www.pva.org/
    Paralyzed Veterans of America works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with SCI/D as a leading advocate for health care, SCI/D research and education, veterans’ benefits and rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs, and disability rights.

  • Parents Care and Share of Illinois- Childrens Home Aide Society

    http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org/Page.aspx?pid=183&srcid=-2
    Saving children’s lives, moving families forward and going where the need is greatest – that’s what Children’s Home + Aid is all about. Since 1883, we have been providing help, hope and opportunity to children and families in need. Each year Children’s Home + Aid serves about 40,000 children and families in Illinois by helping them overcome overwhelming obstacles such as poverty, abuse and neglect.

  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Agency

    http://www.phrc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#.Vjbc2berTIU
    Discrimination, prejudice and bias. Three words that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Our purpose is to provide you with answers to questions that you may have about the Commission, our procedures and our role within Pennsylvania: investigating complaints of discrimination and monitoring bias-related crimes and tension within our communities.

  • People First of Illinois

    http://peoplefirstofillinois.com/
    People First of Illinois is committed to empowering people with disabilities to make their own decisions and choices and to speak for themselves. We will continue to advocate to improve the lives of people with disabilities in our state, and will work to ensure that persons with disabilities are treated equally and are active members of their community.

  • People Services

    http://www.peopleservices.org/
    The mission of People Services, Inc., is to serve as the local community agency, providing the delivery of quality services for people with disabilities. Our purpose it to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing services that promote life exploration and informed choices. To offer an array of service options that are designed to meet the needs, wants and desires of the person served.

  • Protected Tomorrows, Inc.

    http://protectedtomorrows.com/
    Protected Tomorrows is a uniquely qualified advocacy company serving the special needs community. Advocates create Future Care Plans on behalf of individuals with disabilities to enhance their lives. Protected Tomorrows identifies, designs, and implements solutions to Life Planning, such as healthcare, residential, employment, recreation and fiscal challenges.

  • Protection and Advocacy Agency of Indiana

    http://www.in.gov/ipas/index.htm
    IPAS was created in 1977 by state law (IC. 12-28-1-6 as amended) to protect and advocate the rights of people with disabilities and is Indiana’s federally designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and client assistance program. It is an independent state agency, which receives no state funding and is independent from all service providers, as required by federal and state law.

  • Rubicon Programs

    http://www.rubiconprograms.org/
    Rubicon Programs is a nationally recognized nonprofit serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to create and deliver integrated solutions to profound social problems. Our purpose is to make a positive and lasting impact on people living in poverty and on people living with disabilities, especially psychiatric disabilities. We empower people to move out of poverty and improve their quality of life.

  • Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation

    http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/
    The Mission of the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) is to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled; assure appropriate continuity between the child and adult services systems; and provide the highest quality vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to all eligible persons as quickly as those services are required to enable them to work and live independent, self-directed lives.

  • Spina Bifida Association of Central Indiana

    http://www.sbaci.org/
    “To promote the prevention of spina bifida and to support the needs of all people affected by spina bifida.”

  • Tennessee Voices for Children

    http://www.tnvoices.org/
    The mission of UCP is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.

  • The Arc in Hawaii

    http://www.thearcinhawaii.org/
    The Arc in Hawaii is part of the largest national organization devoted solely to working on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.

  • The Arc of Alabama Inc.

    http://www.thearcofal.org/
    The Arc of Alabama, Inc. is the state advocacy organization for people with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families. Since 1957, The Arc of Alabama, Inc has represented the interests of people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities on local, state and national issues.

  • The Arc of Dallas

    https://arcdallas.org/
    The Arc of Dallas is a 501(c)(3) membership nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. The Arc of Dallas service area includes Collin, Dallas and Rockwall counties. Most programs and services take place in local communities and neighborhoods in conjunction with community partners including schools, churches, recreation centers, and others.

  • The Arc of Illinois

    http://www.thearcofil.org/
    The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.

  • The Arc of Monmouth

    http://www.arcofmonmouth.org/
    The Arc of Monmouth is a non-profit organization in Monmouth County, New Jersey providing services and supports for individuals who have cognitive and developmental disabilities and for their families. The Arc of Monmouth is guided by a volunteer board of directors, and is affiliated with The Arc of New Jersey and The Arc of the United States.

  • The Arc of Racine

    http://www.thearcofracine.org/
    The Arc of Racine’s mission is to advocate for and provide information and services to improve lives. Our vision is that people with disabilities will exercise their civil rights by being fully integrated and included in the community with lives that are as independent, productive and self -determined as possible.

  • The Arc Washington State

    http://www.arcwa.org/
    The Arc of Washington State’s mission is to promote the education, health, self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, inclusion and choices of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • The Mentor ABI Group

    http://thementornetwork.com/
    The MENTOR Network is one of shared values and resources, an organization offering those who work with us and those we serve the benefits of a strong national structure. Tying The Network together is a well-defined set of policies, procedures and quality standards that create a level of support and consistency unavailable elsewhere.

  • United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid South, Inc.

    http://www.ucpmemphis.org/
    The mission of UCP is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.

  • Voice of the Retarded

    http://www.vor.net/
    VOR is a national, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring that people with mental retardation and their families are able to access a full array of quality residential services and support options, including community and facility-based care.