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222 Cherokee Street NE
Marietta, Georgia 30060
voice/TTY: (770) 514-7454
toll free voice/TTY: (800) 821-8580
fax: (770) 514-0374
Vietnam veterans and their families can turn to Access Group for assistive technology information and equipment.
Administration on Developmental Disabilities
US Department of Health and Human Services
HHH Building, Room 329D
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
voice: (202) 690-6590
TTY: (202) 690-6415
fax: (202) 690-6904
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities develops programs designed to protect rights and to promote independence, productivity, and inclusion.
Beach Center on Families and Disability
The University of Kansas
Haworth Hall, Room 3136
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
toll free: (800) 854-4938
voice/TTY: (913) 864-7600
The Beach Center provides parent training, professional and emotional support, education and training materials to assist families who have members with disabilities and to influence national policy regarding the welfare of all persons with developmental disabilities.
Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
voice: (202) 638-8787
toll free: (800) 233-1200
fax: (202) 662-3520
web: Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Defense Fund exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all the children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak out for themselves. They pay particular attention to the needs of poor, minority, and disabled children. Their goal is to educate the nation about the needs of children and encourage preventive investment in children before they get sick, drop out of school, suffer family breakdown, or get into trouble. CDF is a private nonprofit organization supported by foundations, corporations, and individuals. CDF never has accepted government funds. The CDF holds national conferences, distributes information, and funds advocacy efforts on the behalf of children.
Developmental Disabilities Branch
Division of Birth Defects, Child Development, and Disability and Health
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Policy Analysis and Coordination
Atlanta, GA 30333 USA
voice: (404) 639-7120
The site features information about ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, child development, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, hearing loss, hemophilia, mental retardation, Spina Bifida, Thalassemia, Tourrette Syndrome, and visual impairment.
Federation for Children with Special Needs
95 Berkeley Street, Suite 104
Boston, Massachusettes 02116
voice: (617) 482-2915
fax: (617) 695-2939
web: Federation for Children with Special Needs Web Site
Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the Federation operates a Parent Center which offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs.
Projects at the Federation include Parent Training and Information (PTI), Technical Assistance for Parent Programs, Parents Engaged in Education Reform, The ICC Parent Leadership Project, National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System, Early Intervention Parent Leadership Services, Parent/Professional Advocacy League.
Job Accommodation Network
West Virginia University
PO Box 6080
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6080
voice/TTY: (800) 526-7234
Canada - voice/TTY: (800) 526-2262
fax: (304) 293-5407
The Job Accommodation Network provides information about workplace accommodations for people with funcional limitations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They have great information packets for employers and individuals.
The National Council on Disability (NCD)
National Council on Disability
1331 F Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20004
voice: (202) 272-2004
tty: (202) 272-2074
fax: (202) 272-2022
An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
voice/tty: (800) 695-0285
fax: (202) 884-8441
web: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, En Español: Centro Nacional de Diseminación de Información para Niños con Discapacidades
Extensive information regarding infants, children, and youth with disabilities. Includes information on No Child Left Behind Act and IDEA law. National Clearinghouse on Women and Girls with Disabilities
114 E 32nd Street
New York, New York 10016
voice: (212) 725-1803
fax: (212) 725-0947
The National Clearinghouse on Women and Girls with Disabilities aims to increase public awareness of specific issues faced by women and girls with disabilities. They conduct national advocacy efforts, publish manuals and directories specifically for women and girls with disabilities, and provide referrals to local resources.
National Easter Seal Society
230 W Monroe, Suite 1800
Chicago, Illinois 60606
voice: (312) 726-6200
TTY: (312) 726-4258
fax: (312) 726-1494
e-mail: Contact Form
web: The Easter Seals Gateway
Founded in 1919, Easter Seals is a nationwide network of 135 affiliate societies serving 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Societies operate nearly 500 program service sites to meet the needs of more than one million people annually.
Today, Easter Seal has established a leadership role in many areas:
Quality rehabilitation programs to meet the diverse needs of people with disabilities and their families.
Promotion of assistive technology that is leading the way to independence for people with disabilities.
Passage of critical legislation and programs affecting the lives of people with disabilities.
Award-winning public education campaigns to encourage positive attitudes toward people with disabilities.
National Fathers' Network
Attn: James May
16120 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, Washington 98008-3937
voice: (206) 747-4004
fax: (206) 747-1069
web: National Fathers' Network
Designed to support fathers and families of children with special needs. Includes stories from fathers of children with spina bifida, Downs syndrome, and autism.
Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA)
Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Ave, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-2800
phone: (202) 245-7488
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees grant programs designed to help physically or mentally disabled people find employment and live more independently with supports such as counseling, vocational rehabilitation, medical and psychological services, job training and other services. The Salvation Army
web: The Salvation Army International
web: The Salvation Army USA
Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
Windsor Park Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
phone: (800) 772-1213
tty: (800) 325-0778
web: Social Security Online
The site features disability information, Medicare and Medicaid information, employment support, laws, regulations, rulings, fraud information, "how to" information, eNews, Youthlink (info for kids, teens, parents and teachers) and everything you need to know about social security. Includes retirement benefits calculator, social security office locator, and social security news.
United Way of America
701 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2045
web: United Way of America