DISABILITY RELATED ORGANIZATIONS & LINKS
Follow these links for more information on services for persons with disabilities.
- A national database of information on assistive technology and rehabilitation
equipment. Provides publications and data research.
Information Center for Mid-Atlantic Region - Provides technical assistance
and training to businesses and people with disabilities regarding the
ADA. Maintains a database of resources available throughout the United
States. Materials are available on alternative formats - Braille, large
print, computer disk, cassette tape, etc.
and Mental Health Center, Montgomery General Hospital - Psychological
inpatient care, detox programs; partial hospitalization and dual diagnosis
programs. Therapy services (individual, group, family) and after-care
programs. Alcohol treatment day program. Outpatient
rehabilitation, geriatrics, adolescent and alcohol programs.
for Justice and Education, Inc. - Provides advocacy training to parents and
children located primarily in Wards 6, 7 and 8 who are being denied educational
Association, Greater Washington Chapter - Education programs for
caregivers, Caregiver Support groups, referrals to daycare, nursing homes and
physicians. Descriptive literature available on disease. Advocates for
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Referral services to local
practitioner, advocacy in area of mental health.
Association of Mental Retardation - International, multi-disciplinary
association of professionals working in the field of mental retardation.
Civil Liberties Union (National Capitol Area) - Monitors legislation that
may impinge on civil liberties; takes on some cases of persons claiming
infringement of civil liberties.
Council of the Blind - Bi-monthly newsletter, "Braille Forum";
referrals to agencies working for the blind.
Psychiatric Association - National association of psychiatrists; authorizes
publications and advocacy dealing with mental illness.
American University, Office
for Disability Services - Offers support for students with disabilities.
American University, Washington College of Law Clinical Program - Operate several legal clinics including a disability rights clinic.
Please (D.C. Department of Human Services) - Information and referral
service by the Department of Human Services.
Arc of D.C.-
Advocacy for the mentally retarded and developmentally delayed. Direct
services include adult day treatment program; job training and placement,
supported and sheltered employment; health services.
Legal Network of Catholic Charities - Provides pro bono attorneys for
family law cases.
Stage - Services include two shows for each production shown in American
Sign Language; audio-described shows; touch-tours of stage arena; full
wheelchair access to theaters; flexible seating; assistive listening devices;
audio loops; handicapped parking; wheelchairs for loan; scripts in Braille and
large-print programs for all productions.
Community Service Walter Reed Army Medical Center - Information and
referral, financial counseling, emergency financial aid, food coupons;
employment assistance, family advocacy.
Technology Program of University Legal Services - Provides information on
assistive technology for persons with disabilities, training sessions,
equipment recycling lending center, advocacy and funding information for
assistive technology devices and services.
Relay Service of D.C. - Relays telephone conversations for persons who are
hearing or speech impaired.
Society of America - Non-profit organization that provides information
about autism and the various options and approaches available to parents of
children with autism, family members and others. More than 225 local
chapters and support groups.
Barney Neighborhood House -
Day program providing socialization, nutrition education and counseling,
education and recreational services, psychological counseling; home delivery of
meals. HIV Education services and services for seniors provided.
Center for Mental Health Law - National organization providing advocacy and
technical assistance on mental health issues. Legal support center on
Academy of Performing Arts - Performing arts activities for persons with
disabilities; includes 4-year-long performing companies producing theater and
musical productions (for teens and adults). Classes for children through
Association - National headquarters offers medical, rehabilitation,
employment information and assistance, information about benefits, and
equipment for blind veterans.
Association, Inc. - A national association seeking to create a better
future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
for the City's Legal Clinic - Opportunity to confer with a pro bono
attorney on civil legal problems. Will provide advice and possibly
referral with no guarantee of representation. Also provide Legal
Services, Medical Related Services and Services for Seniors
Baptist Church, Downtown Social Club - Weekly socialization program
offering recreational activities, arts and crafts, field trips, and
music. Serves persons with physical and mental disabilities; including
formerly institutionalized persons living in the community
Information Service (CIS) - Comprehensive information services about
cancer, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Provides up-to-date
information in English and Spanish, and referrals for local services.
Childhood Cancer Foundation - Information and assistance to children with
cancer and their families. Network of peer-support groups for
Center - Day programs with special/early childhood education/medical
consultation; speech/language, occupational, physical therapies;
computer-assisted education; mainstreaming with typical peers.
Law Center - Provides direct legal representation to abused, neglected and
at-risk children and juvenile and their caregivers. Pro-bono Adoption
project, Special Education project.
House - Homeless persons who are sick or injured. Patients must be
homeless and referred by physician.
Lighthouse for the Blind - Services for persons who are blind or visually
impaired. Includes an early intervention program for blind children from
birth to 3 years of age. Also programs for children of all ages.
Also provide Diagnostic and Evaluation, Employment, Medical, Services for
Seniors and Treatment and Rehabilitation Services.
Community Connections Mental
Health Center - Assessment and treatment for Individual and group
psychiatric services, residential facilities. Also provide housing and
Family Life Services - Food, clothing and employment assistance. Housing
Services Locator Online Directory - The Community Services Locator is an online directory that helps families find national, state, and local services in their communities.
Gambling Center, Inc. - Information and Referral for residential
placement. Also provide Advocacy Services, Diagnostic and Evaluation,
Education Related Services, Services for Seniors and Mental Health Services.
of Commission on Mental Health Services - For persons in severe emotional
David A. Clarke School of
Law Clinics (University of the District of Columbia Law School) - Juvenile
Special Education Clinic - HIV & Public Entitlements Legal Clinic
for Children Today - Gathers information about conditions and policies
affecting children. Seeks to empower and mobilize a city-wide
constituency to become involved in improving the lives of the city's
children. Seeks to hold officials accountable and to advocate for systems
of Aging - Programs for seniors; recreation, socialization, transportation,
nutrition and health services, senior day care, job training. Six
cities. City-wide programs. Shiloh Center for Hearing Impairment
and Hard of Hearing; Hearing Aid Delivery Program at D.C. General; Extended
Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Seniors; Counseling for
Services Administration - Administers services available under the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. Also provide advocacy services,
information and referral, support services, vocational counseling education and
medical related services.
REACH - Programs provide referrals to appropriate services for deaf and
hearing-impaired persons; public advocacy; education services. Case
management, counseling, housing placement services, group homes, and day
program services for deaf MI and deaf MR, substance abuse counseling for the
deaf. Also provide Housing Related Services.
Sports USA - National organization works to ensure that people of all ages
with physical disabilities have access to sports, recreation, and physical
education programs from early childhood through college and adult sports
programs. More than 80 chapters nationwide.
Rights Center - Housing Discrimination complaints
Associates - Vision care for visually or hearing-impaired. Low-vision
aids. Also provides Services for Seniors and Rehabilitation Services
Family and Child Services -
Family Child Care Homes - day care for children with special needs; Foster Care
Program - provides foster care for children with special needs from birth
through 18 years of age. Also provide Recreation Services and Services
Families of Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) - Parent-run
organization. Mission to provide leadership in the field of children's
mental health; address needs of children with emotional, behavioral, or mental
disorders from birth through transition to adulthood; ensure the rights of full
citizenship, support and access to community-based services for children with
mental needs and their families; provide information and engage in advocacy
regarding research, prevention, early intervention, family support, education,
transition services and other supports needed by target group
For Love of
Children (FLOC) - Programs primarily address needs of homeless families,
at-risk youth and abused and neglected children
University, Office for Students with Disabilities - Therapeutic services;
academic and remedial services. Mentorship programs, including Big Brother/Big
Sister; transition program; adaptive physical education; survival skills
training; Also assists students who need accommodations due to their disability
Washington University, Disability Services - Assists students who need
accommodations due to their disability
Georgetown University Legal
Clinics - Diverse clinical programs including special education and
appellate work in civil and disability rights
University Child Development Center - Provides services for children with
special needs. Also provide information and referral, advocacy and
medical related services
Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries - Services for persons with
developmental disabilities and physical or emotional disabilities, as well as
vocational advantages (illiteracy, welfare dependency, homelessness)
Handicapped Plates for Motor
Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
Hear Now -
Keller National Center for Deaf and Blind Youths and Adults - Assessments;
short-term personal adjustment and rehabilitation program
Cross Hospital Caregiver Resource Center - Adult day care program.
for Sick Children and Health Care for Children with Special Needs, Inc. -
Rehabilitation services for children up to 21 years with developmental
University Clinical Law Center - Clinical programs for poor and
University Research and Training Center for Access to Rehabilitation and
Economic Opportunity - Research in the specific needs and status of persons
with disabilities from multicultural communities
Rights Commission of District of Columbia - Adjudicates complaints of
discrimination in any one of the 15 categories of discrimination (race, age,
religion, ethnicity, etc.)
Training Institute - Provides comprehensive instruction and training for
individuals with physical disabilities and mental illness
Services - Professional services for seniors including adult day health
care, care management and counseling, geriatric assessment, mental health
counseling, private care management, social work assistance, healthy aging
Demonstration Elementary School, Gallaudet University - Elementary school
for the deaf
Kids on the
Block - A curriculum using interactive puppet theater to teach children
about disability awareness, medical differences and social issues
(Night School, K - 12) - Provides assistance for adults and children with
learning disabilities: night school, career and college counseling, tutoring,
psychological evaluation, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology
Society of the District of Columbia - Legal representation to indigent and
for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - Services for the blind and
physically disabled, deaf, homebound and senior mobile service for lifelong
learning for seniors
Congress, National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Provides free loan of recorded and Braille books and magazines to anyone
unable to read standard and printed materials because of visual or physical
Library Services for the Deaf
Community, (c/o Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, Special Services) -
Sign-language classes; tutoring, literacy training; weekly book-talks; Internet
Vision Information Center - Comprehensive resource center for visually
impaired persons and their families. Computerized database of resources
and services in the area; demonstrations of adaptive products and strategies;
community presentations, advocacy and information
Joseph P. Kennedy Institute - Rehabilitative, learning and training
services for adults and children with developmental disabilities
Foundation of America, Inc. - Publications, information and advocacy
concerning treatment of lupus
Social Services of the National Capital Area Mental Health Program -
Intensive case management support to assure housing, health care, income, and
psychiatric treatment of mentally-ill individuals
of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation, National Capital Area Chapter - National
organization seeking to prevent birth defects and reduce infant mortality
Training Center - Provides resources to promote and provide full employment
and social empowerment to persons with disabilities, increasing vocational,
employment, residential and recreational services
Association of D.C. - Advocacy, information and referral on issues related
to mental illness; consultive services
Metro ID Card for Persons
with Disabilities - A reduced fare program for persons with a disability
affecting ability to use mass transit
Model Secondary School
for the Deaf (MSSD) Gallaudet University - Secondary school for deaf children
Services Division, Commission on Mental Health Services - Medical treatment
and services, including psychiatric assessment and medications; crisis intervention;
individual, group and family therapy; case management; professional nursing
Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter - National organization
representing interests of persons with MS and their families
Dystrophy Association - National organization representing interests of
Association of Deaf - National organization concerned with issues affecting
the deaf persons
Attention Deficit Disorder Association - National organization dealing with
problems of persons with Attention Deficit Disorders
Center for Mental Health Information - Information and referral on research
projects regarding mental health including substance abuse
Child Research Center - Nursery school and pre-school, can mainstream
special education students
Disability Rights Network
Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) - Library and information center
focusing on information about disability and rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Association - National helpline. Provide
information on spinal cord injuries
Veterans Legal Services Program - Independent non-profit and
non-governmental national organization
Job Match - An initiative of the National Capital Chapter of the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society. A program that assists people with adult
onset of physical disabilities such as Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Diabetes
and Lupus find and retain employment
Veterans of America - National headquarters of Paralyzed Veterans of
Sign - Provides sign language interpreter services
Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities - Provides businesses
with job accommodation information, training and technical assistance through
Job Accommodation Network toll-free telephone service
Inc. - Self-help support groups for persons with mental illness
Legal Services E-Newsletter - University Legal Services issues an e-newsletter
through Yahoo! Groups for parents of students with disabilities. The newsletter
provides information about resources, meetings, trainings, and conferences in
teh D.C. area related to DCPS, disabilities, and/or special education. To join,
follow this link and click on "Join This Group!" You can also send an
e-mail to email@example.com.