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Organizations for People with Disabilities

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation exists to provide awareness, prevention, support and Ultimately a cure for paralysis. The Foundation helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special services.

Variety - The Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children in our local community and around the world. Variety's National Mobility Program provides much needed assistance to children with mobility concerns.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), offers resources for disability and rehabilitation-oriented information. NARIC is dedicated to providing direct, personal, and high-quality information services to anyone throughout the country.

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Disabled Peoples' International is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.

TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities.

Parent to Parent USA (P2P USA) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs. P2P USA is an alliance of statewide P2P programs, promoting access, quality, and leadership in parent to parent support across the country.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Lifespan Health and Function seeks to enhance the health, function, and full community participation of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan and bolster family care giving capacity through a coordinated set of research, training in evidence-based practice, and dissemination activities.


Resources and Services for People with Disabilities

WheelchairNet is a community for people who have a common interest in (or in some cases a passion for) wheelchair technology and its improvement and successful application. The site is intended for people who use wheelchairs, members of their families, clinicians who prescribe or provide wheelchairs, researchers who are interested in improving wheelchair technology, health insurers who provide payment for wheelchair products, and all others who have an interest in wheelchair design.

Free Wheelchair Mission has a non-discriminatory, open door policy and all are invited to join us in our work to reduce suffering by sharing the gift of mobility with the world’s disadvantaged and disabled.

The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one.

The National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH); a charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association; is committed, through collaboration, to arrange comprehensive dental treatment and long-term preventive services to needy disabled, elderly or medically compromised individuals.

The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), provides resources and information that help people with disabilities work toward attaining their own personal goals.

New Horizons Un-Limited makes information and life experiences accessible to individuals with lifelong disabilities and their families. They provide access to informational and technological tools to ensure that people with disabilities may have access to all that life has to offer.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children provides home health (mobility and daily living) equipment to people of any age or any disability, temporary or permanent, for medically necessary and medically helpful reasons.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and show employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Life Services established itself as a major force to (1) help families plan for the time when they will no longer be here and (2) provide direct services to disabled people whose families have left assets for their care.


Resources for Children with Disabilities and Special Needs

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities 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.

The Family Resource Center on Disabilities provides parents of children with disabilities with information, training, assistance, and support.

The National Federation of Families is a national family-run organization that provides advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families, provides leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family run organizations, and collaborates with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America.

Disabled Children's Relief Fund (DCRF) provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan.

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides information on the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities.

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes awareness and support of parents caring for their special-needs children, and works to enhance the quality of life for these special families.

Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through our national network, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a non-profit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center. PHP provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to children with any special need, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Band-aides and Blackboards is a site about growing up with medical problems ...any ole type. Its goal is to help people understand what it's like, from the perspective of the children and teens who are doing just that.

 
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