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.
A Voice of Reason
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.
836 S. Arlington Heights Rd. #351 Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Alliance of Genetic Support Groups
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.
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 404, Washington DC 20008-2369
Children’s Home & Aid – Illinois
Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. We help children recover their health, their hope, and their faith in the people around them. We link children to a network of opportunity and care, to extended family, teachers, mentors, and the resources of their neighborhood and community. For 135 years, we go wherever children and families need us, and where that work has been proven to be most effective: at home, in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the course of daily life. Our offices are located across Illinois and serve more than 40,000 children and families each year in over 60 counties.
125 South Wacker Drive, 14th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606
Colorado Civil Rights Division
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.
1560 Broadway, Suite 110 Denver, CO 80202
Community Access Unlimited
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.
80 West Grand Street Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Community Residential Services Association
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
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.
Towson, Maryland 21285
Delaware Health & Social Services
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.”
1901 N. Du Pont Highway, Main Bldg. New Castle, DE 19720
Department of Fair Employment and Housing of California
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.
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100, Elk Grove, CA 95758
Disability Rights New Jersey
Provide legal and non-legal advoacy services for individuals with disabilities who reside in the state of New Jersey.
210 S Broad Street, 3rd Floor Trenton, New Jersey 08608
District of Columbia Fair Employment Practice Agencies
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 570 North Washington, DC 20001
Early Childhood Development Association of Washington
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.
1850 Boyer Avenue East Seattle, WA 98112
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.
1951 W, 19th Street Chicago, IL 60608
Equip For Equality
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.
20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60602
Florida Fair Employment Practice Agency
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
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.
3rd Floor-Suite 351 Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Hawaii Fair Employment Practice Agency
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
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.
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 2102, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
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.”
650 W. State St. Room 150 Boise, ID 83720
Idaho Human Rights Commission, Fair Employment Agency
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.
317 West Main Street Second Floor Boise, ID 83735-0660
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
Created in 1979, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities.
160 N La Salle Street Suite S500 Chicago Illinois 60601
Indiana Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
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.
Iowa Civil Rights Commission
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.
400 E. 14th Street Des Moines, IA 50319-0201
Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL)
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
377 N. Seymour Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060
Life’s Plan, Inc.
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.
901 Warrenville Road Suite 500 Lisle, IL 60532
Maryland Fair Employment Practice Agency
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.
6 Saint Paul Street, Suite 900, Baltimore, MD 21202
Michigan Education Law Center
335 Brighton Lake Road - Suite A Brighton, MI 48116
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.
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.
4095 Legacy Pkwy Ste 500 Lansing, MI 48911-4264
Minnesota Employment Practice Agency
625 Robert Street North, Saint Paul MN 55155
MN Star Program
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).
658 Cedar Street, Saint Paul, MN 55155
MN State Council on Disability
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.
121 E. 7th Place, Suite 107 St. Paul, MN 55101
Mothers From Hell 2
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
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.
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850 Washington, DC 20004
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor Newark, NJ 07102
National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD)
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.
55 Kenosia Avenue Danbury, CT 06810
Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Agency
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.
301 Centennial Mall South, 5th Floor Lincoln, NE 68509-4934
New American Movement for People With Disabilites
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
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.
725 Wall Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
New Jersey Department of Human Services
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.
11A Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville NJ
New York State Department of Labor
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.
W.A. Harriman Campus Albany, NY 1224
North Dakota Department of 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.
600 East Boulevard AveDept 406 Bismarck ND 58505-0340
Pacer Center Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
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.
8161 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55437
Paralyzed Veterans of America
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.
801 Eighteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20006-3517
Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Agency
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
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.
10741 Ewing Ave. Chicago, IL 60617
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.
4195 Lakeshore Blvd. Lakeport CA. 95453
Protected Tomorrows, Inc.
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.
103 Schelter Rd. Lincolnshire IL, 60069
Protection and Advocacy Agency of Indiana
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 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.
101 Broadway Richmond, CA 94804
Smart Policy Works
Smart Policy Works provide expert information and know-how that breaks down barriers to health access, public benefits and disability employment. We provide organizations with strategies, policies, project management, training and community-based partnerships that lead to success. Smart Policy Works’ expertise draws on more than 25 years of experience working with state and federal government, health and community services providers to improve services and supports for people with disabilities. Our continuing education helps organizations create new opportunities for their patients and clients. We unravel complex public benefits programs to expand knowledge and improve practice. Our aim is to provide training and tools that help providers, case managers, social workers and lawyers help others.
205 W. Randolph St. Suite 510 Chicago, IL 60606
Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation
The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities provides the opportunity each year for thousands of disabled New Yorkers to become independent through employment. VESID is an office of the New York State Education Department. We provide services to eligible individuals to prepare them for suitable jobs. We also help people with disabilities who are having difficulty keeping their jobs.
89 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12234
Spina Bifida Association of Indiana
A group of Parents, Adults with Spina Bifida, and dedicated Professionals working together to support and encourage families and individuals throughout Indiana.
Tennessee Voices for Children
The mission of UCP is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.
The Arc in Hawaii
The Arc in Hawaii is part of the largest national organization devoted solely to working on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.
3989 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, HI 96816
The Arc of Alabama Inc.
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.
557 S Lawrence St., Montgomery, AL 36104
The Arc of Illinois
The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.
20901 LaGrange Road Suite #209 Frankfort, IL 60423
The Arc of Monmouth
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.
1158 Wayside Road Tinton Falls, NJ 07712
The Arc of Racine
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.
6214 Washington Ave, Suite C-9, Racine, WI 53406
The Arc of Texas
Founded in 1950 by a group of parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc of Texas has been instrumental in the creation of virtually every program, service, right, and benefit that is now available to more than half a million Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today, The Arc of Texas continues to advocate for the human rights and self-determination of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of society.
12700 Hillcrest Road, Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75230
The Arc Washington State
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.
2638 State Avenue NE Olympia, WA 98506
The Mentor ABI Group
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 Middle Tennessee
UCPMidTN focuses on services to individuals of all ages and all types of disabilities, especially those that primarily affect mobility. United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee also serves as the area clearinghouse for information about the condition known as cerebral palsy. Our vision is a fully inclusive community, where people with disabilities have access and opportunity to achieve their fullest potential; a community where all persons realize the promise of integration, self-direction, and quality of life choices. We have dedicated resources to the state’s unserved populations; including persons with severe disabilities who are not served by the state’s developmental disability services system.
4189 Leroy Ave Memphis, TN 38108