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Notice: The resources on this page, including businesses, commercial enterprises, organizations and groups, are provided as a service to parents. Their inclusion does not mean that they are endorsed by this website or by the State of Connecticut. Information is posted as it is received from the resources themselves. We do not post links to sites with political or social agendas. Parents and teachers should contact any resource(s) of interest to determine if they are suitable and appropriate for their children or students. An on-site visit or trial issue is recommended as part of the selection process. Please contact the resource(s) for any additional information, not ConneCT Kids.
Connecticut Resources - Government and Non-Profit
    Assistive Technology Information   Disability Rights Connecticut, INC
New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Resource & Education Center. The NEAT Center at Oak Hill enriches lives by enhancing independence and quality of life for people with disabilities including visual impairments. It sets the standard in providing innovative solutions, program excellence, services and advocacy for people with disabilities.
 The NEAT Center at Oak Hill is a place to learn about products, equipment and services that assist people with day-to-day activities that they have trouble doing themselves, either because of a disability or the effects of aging. It is also a place to donate or buy durable medical equipment. The NEAT Center is a program of Oak Hill.Our legal name is The Connecticut Institute for the Blind, Inc., d/b/a, Oak Hill, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Toll Free in CT: (866) 526-4492
Hartford Area: (860) 243-2869
TTY: (860) 286-3113
Fax: (860) 286-3111

NEAT Locations:
Hartford, 06112:  120 Holcomb Street (directions)
Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM; open first Saturday of each month from 9:00AM - 2:00PM excluding holiday weekends; closed most national and federal holidays; please call for an appointment
Stratford, 06614: 80 Ferry Boulevard (directions
Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM; each Tuesday, scheduled appointments with the director of Equipment Restoration Center; please call for an appointment (We partner with Disability Resource Center of Fairfield County).
United Way 2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 2-1-1 is always ready to assist you find the help you need. Dial 2-1-1 or search online.
Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Connecticut and you will reach a highly-trained call specialist who will assess your needs and provide referrals to the resources in your community. Everyday, call specialists help callers find assistance for complex issues such as financial problems, substance abuse and suicide prevention and for simpler issues such as finding volunteer opportunities and donation options. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day every day of the year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available.

The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI) was created by the Connecticut State Legislature in 1974 to advocate, strengthen and implement state policies affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their relationship to the public, industry, health care, and educational opportunities. On July 1, 2011, CDHI merged into the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).
184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095

 Counseling Unit: 860-697-3560


Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. (DRCT) is an advocacy organization that is dedicated to identifying and eliminating the barriers that people with disabilities face in exercising their civil, legal and human rights.  As Connecticut’s protection and advocacy system (P&A), we work to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, their families and our community as a whole using the activities and programs below.

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. 846 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06114
860.297.4300; Toll-free (in CT only): 800.842.7303
Board of Education and Services for the Blind
The Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) is responsible for the confidential registry of people who are blind in Connecticut and provides, within available resources, comprehensive low vision services, specialized education services, life skills training, case management, and vocational services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and to children who are visually impaired. The agency assists them in acquiring the skills and support services necessary to be independent.
State of Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, Connecticut  06095
Telephone:  860-602-4000
Toll-Free: 800-842-4510
Fax:   860-602-4020
TDD:  860-602-4221
Working together with families and communities to improve child safety, ensure that more children have permanent families, and advance the overall well-being of children is the central focus of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF protects children who are being abused or neglected, strengthens families through support and advocacy, and builds on existing family and community strengths to help children who are facing emotional and behavioral challenges, including those committed to the Department by the juvenile justice system.
DCF, established under Section 17a-2 of the Connecticut General Statutes, is one of the nation’s few agencies to offer child protection, behavioral health, juvenile justice and prevention services. This comprehensive approach enables DCF to offer quality services regardless of how a child's problems arise. Whether children are abused and/or neglected, are involved in the juvenile justice system, or have emotional, mental health or substance abuse issues, the Department can respond to these children in a way that draws upon community and state resources to help.
DCF recognizes the importance of family and strives to support children in their homes and communities. When this is not possible, a placement that meets the child’s individualized needs in the least restrictive setting is pursued. When services are provided out of the child’s home, whether in foster care, residential treatment or in a DCF facility, they are designed to return children safely and permanently back to the community.
DCF supports in-home and community-based services through contracts with service providers. In addition, the Department runs five facilities: a secure facility for boys who are committed to the Department as delinquents by the juvenile courts (the Connecticut Juvenile Training School); a children’s psychiatric hospital (Riverview Hospital); one residential facility (Connecticut Children’s Place); and an experiential program for troubled youth in Connecticut (the Wilderness School).

Department of Children and Families
Commissioner's Office
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
 Phone: 860-550-6300

 The Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS) is a non-partisan arm of the Connecticut General Assembly. As staff to the legislature, the CWCS researches best practices, coordinates stakeholders, and promotes public policies that are in the best interest of Connecticut’s underserved and underrepresented women, children and older adults.; and

Commission on Women, Children and Seniors
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Main Line: (860) 240-1475


Watch Me Grow Program
While the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation provides guide dogs for applicants 18 years or older, the Foundation does have a program designed to benefit both the dogs and school-aged children.
Kids and dogs. Has there ever been a better combination? The Fidelco Watch Me Grow program is a hands-on, interactive program specifically designed for children in grades one through twelve. It is best suited for groups of 50 or more and is easily adapted for Boys and Girls Clubs, church youth groups, 4-H or any youth-based organization.
It all starts when a Fidelco representative visits your class or childrens’ group with one or more of our guide dogs to give an informative, educational and entertaining presentation. The class “adopts” a litter of young Fidelco dogs that are ready to enter the six-month guide dog training program and the children are then kept current on how their adopted dogs proceed through the training program.
For more information, contact Jan Adams at or call 860-243-4801.
The CT Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26. The Center is committed to the idea that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children, given the confidence that knowledge and understanding of special education law and its procedures can bring.
Through outreach efforts and referrals from schools, social service agencies and other parents, the number of families that the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center serves has grown dramatically over the past 27 years. We continue to take pride in providing prompt and personal assistance to all who contact us. CPAC is staffed by parents of children with disabilities who have training in, and personal experience with, the law and disability issues.
In addition to speaking with parents on a daily basis, CPAC staff conducts in-service presentations for schools, teachers-in-training and service providers throughout the state so that they may better understand and serve the parents with whom they work. Staff and Board members serve on numerous statewide committees and various organizations, representing issues that are of concern to parents and families in Connecticut.
Main Office: Available Monday through Friday
Address: 338 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Toll-Free: 800-445-2722; Phone: 860-739-3089; Fax: 860-739-7460
Email:; Website:
Parents and professionals are welcome to visit CPAC, however, Parent Consultants are not available at all times. In order to be sure that there is someone who can assist you, we suggest that you make an appointment or call ahead. All of the services and programs offered by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center are free for parents.
Satellite Office: Spanish Speaking Staff is Available
Address: Fair Haven Community Health Center, 374 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: 203-776-3211; Fax: 203-777-8506
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. has developed a comprehensive resource directory for schools and community organizations serving families of children with disabilities in Connecticut. The directory is available online at
The Council on Developmental Disabilities is a Governor-appointed body of people with disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. First established by Governor Thomas Meskill in 1971, the CT Council is currently authorized and funded by the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. The CT Council receives a fixed amount of federal funds each year and maintains an office with 3 staff members. The CT Council engages in advocacy, capacity building and systems change activities on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities. The Council speaks out on issues; educates communities, policymakers and service providers; and funds initiatives designed to create opportunities for inclusion in community life, reduce dependence on government services and restore citizen control over programs.
The mission of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is to promote the full inclusion of all people with disabilities in community life. Adopted March 13, 1998.
Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1308
Telephone: (860) 418-6160 (voice); (860) 418-6172 (TTY)
1-800-653-1134 (Toll Free Connecticut)
Fax: (860) 418-6003
E-Mail: Molly Cole, Director:
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mission: Create, conduct, and support effective programs and services for families affected with disabilities and health conditions.
Our Vision: Promote a better quality of life for individuals with disabilities and weakened health conditions by providing financial resources to their families to facilitate access to specialized therapeutic care including multisensory based therapies, aqua therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling services, social skills development, educational, and recreational experiences.
Programs in Mystic: The programs were established to offer children a place to learn important skills and strategies for coping in their daily life, while discovering a variety of ways to have fun.
The key for our social skill programs at Mystic Aquarium is exposure to a variety of lessons, strategies, and environments with the fun and games they enjoy. While learning how to appropriately express themselves, read social cues and respond appropriately in an environment that is fun, relaxing, interesting, supportive, and safe.
Some programs incorporate a transitional activity that allows the children to relax and release anxiety they may have pent up from the day and then introduce four major social skills necessary to succeed in school and at home – appropriately respond to directions, interact with the group activity, engage peers, and demonstrate empathy toward others, along with a variety of discrete social rules that can be overlooked.
Mystic Aquarium we found to be the PERFECT place to have classes like this because it exposes the children to a “non school/ non-clinical” environment and allows them to practice in a variety of social settings and scenarios not found anywhere in Southeastern CT. We also feel it is nice for parents to have a relaxing place to wait while their child is in class.
Sensations Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
12 Pinehurst Lane, Moodus, Connecticut 06469
Phone: 860-701-0355

CDR is consumer-controlled and community-based. Operated and administered by persons with disabilities who live in the communities we serve, the same individuals who receive and benefit from the programs decide which programs CDR will provide and how they will be administered. CDR is cross-disability.
CDR is a single point of access to resources for all people regardless of the nature or type of disability.
The CDR Mission: CDR’s mission is to promote options that empower people with disabilities to achieve their full potential and live independently, fully participate in their community, and exercise their rights as citizens. It shall challenge, through advocacy, education and citizen action, those systems that limit such options.
CDR’s Youth Programs are centered around Youth Transition.
This is offered in three ways : 1) Advocacy with youth with disabilities to ensure an appropriate education and transition plan in high school; 2) The Wheel-A-Thon Scholarship Program which enables youth to make the transition to post secondary education by providing financial support to remove barriers to that transition; and
3) Youth Sports and Recreation to reduce social isolation of youth with disabilities. We do this by sponsoring youth who want to access and participate in the Gaylord Sports Association’s adaptive sports and recreation activities.
Center for Disability Rights
764-A Campbell Ave.
West Haven, CT 06516
E-mail us :
Call Us : Voice : (203) 934-7077; Fax : (203) 934-7078

Stamford Jewish Community Center - Hand in Hand Summer Program, Special Needs Division of O-la-mi, at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT
Who is Hand in Hand for? Rising 3rd-6th graders with communication spectrum disorders, including but not exclusive to; high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and sensory motor integration challenges.
What is Hand in Hand? Hand in Hand is a part of O-la-mi, the Stamford JCC’s Summer Day Program, and includes a daily combination of therapeutic social skills provided by local clinicians from the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, and an inclusion program to reinforce what was learned and encourage social connections with their O-la-mi peers.
Hand in Hand children participate with their O-la-mi friends at Morning Flagpole, Picnic Lunch, Afternoon Electives, Afternoon Flagpole, and Wednesday Trips. All children are encouraged to participate in activities, but individualized care is part of the Hand in Hand experience. While O-la-mi at the JCC is driven by the Jewish values of kindness, respect, confidence and responsibility, we warmly welcome children of all faiths, ethnicity and backgrounds.
If you are interested, contact Dinushka De Silva, Inclusion Coordinator, at (203) 487-0946 or to set up an interview with our JCC staff and trained clinicians from the Child Guidance Center. We are sensitive to summer school schedules. If you would like to join the summer program in the afternoon we are open to discussion. As always, scholarship assistance is provided.
The National Resource Center for Blind Musicians, A division of Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, a school of the arts in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The resource center provides information and referral services for visually impaired students of all ages, their parents and teachers, learning opportunities for blind students headed to college, and maintains a network of visually impaired musicians willing to share their expertise in braille music, technology and coping strategies. The Resource Center is best known for its Summer Institute for Blind College-bound Musicians, a residential program which brings together students from several states, who are studying music at the college level. Other activities of the resource Center include development of programs for blind children in Connecticut and teacher training.
National Resource Center for Blind Musicians, Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Inc., 391 East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06608. Telephone: 203-366-3300; Fax: 203-368-2847
Excursions in Learning is an educational enrichment program for youth at Manchester Community College. We currently have programming in the spring, summer and fall semesters for inquisitive and creative minds in grades K-8. Our longest running program is the Summer Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth in August. 2012 marked our 25th year anniversary! 
Our mission at Excursions in Learning is to take a leadership role in gifted education and enrichment programming; to be an educational and community resource for the 15 towns in the college's service area and beyond; and to collaborate with schools, cultural institutions and community groups in educational endeavors.
Office: 860-512-2804 Excursions in Learning, Manchester Community College, Great Path MS # 16, P.O. Box 1046, Manchester, CT 06045-1046 Carleigh Schultz, Coordinator


The Sukhodolsky Lab at the Yale Child Study Center (New Haven, CT) conducts research on behavioral treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders. We investigate both how well different behavior therapies work, and how they change the brain. We currently have 2 ongoing studies:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Autism
Who is it for? Children ages 8-14 with autism and anxiety (e.g., fears, feeling tense, being nervous, worrying too much).
 What is involved?
  • Comprehensive assessment of autism
  • Free therapy (remote or in person) for 15 weeks
  • fMRI (brain imaging) before and after treatment
  • Payment of up to $350 for taking part
  • Behavioral Therapy for Irritability in Autism

Who is it for?
Teens ages 12-18 with autism and irritability and disruptive behaviors (e.g., anger outbursts, temper tantrums, noncompliance, physical behaviors, being easily frustrated, difficulty following directions)
What is involved?
  • Comprehensive assessment of autism
  • Free therapy (remote or in person) for 15 weeks
  • Payment of up to  $250 for taking part

Telephone: (203) 737-7664

Sukhodolsky Lab, Yale Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520
ASRC embraces an “open options” philosophy. We offer education and information on the complete range of treatments and providers, without advocating any particular intervention, approach or program so that families, and to the extent possible, individuals with autism, can select the services and supports that are most appropriate for their individual circumstances. This philosophy is driven by the recognition that autism presents itself differently in different people, and that no one intervention has been proven to be 100% effective.
Email at or call 203-265-7717 with any question about autism, therapies, providers, or programs.
Telephone: 203-265-7717 or 888-453-4975.
Mailing and office address: ASRC, 101 North Plains Industrial Road, Suite 1, Wallingford, CT 06492-5835


Connecticut Family Support Network 

The Connecticut Family Support Network exists to help families raising children with disabilities and special health care needs. 1074 Main Street, South Glastonbury CT 06073. 1-877-FSN-2DAY, 1-877-376-2329



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Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care

The Autism Center at HSC provides a variety of diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Diagnostic Services; Psychological and Academic Evaluations; Occupational, Speech and Language, and Physical Therapies; Behavioral and Educational Planning and Consulting

Who May Be Served: Patients must be at least two years of age, and not over 21 years of age. Prior to the first interview, all medical and educational histories should be provided for review.

For further information about services at The Autism Center at HSC, please call our direct number: 860.612.6381

Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06053

Brochure at :

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Adelbrook Behavioral and Developmental Services - When you need help for your special needs child, Ädelbrook, located in central Connecticut ( CT ), has the resources. We specialize in developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and psychiatric disorders. Our services range from preschool to independent living, with programs for children ages 3-21 and older. We offer in-home care, extended day school, and residential living, among many other programs-whatever your needs, you have help at Ädelbrook.

Community Services, Inc. is an affiliate of Ädelbrook, Inc. and provides the most current evidenced-based practices throughout a number of separate programs statewide. Our programs include outpatient therapy, transitional group homes, in-home supports and an occupational therapy program for individuals with sensory challenges.

Ädelbrook’s educational continuum, consists of 5 schools throughout the state and supports students, ages 3–21 so they may have a successful and enriching school experience. We provide intensive, specialized services to students with learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges and those on the autism spectrum..Ädelbrook’s educational team focuses on the needs of the whole child while providing support to families. In addition to our continuum Ädelbrook offers a school based clinical intervention program, T.E.A.M. (Therapeutic Educational Alternative Model), for students at risk of educational outplacement.

Adelbrook has licensed residential programming for young men and women with intellectual/developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. We serve young men and women ages 12–21. Programming on all of our houses is gender-specific, and utilizes a positive behavioral support model of reinforcement to shape positive behaviors. Most of the youth living at Ädelbrook attend The Learning Center, a licensed special education facility on campus.

Ädelbrook, 60 Hicksville Rd. Cromwell, CT 06416. Phone:(860) 635-6010. Website:

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PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut - is a network of families providing informational and emotional support to others who have a child with developmental or health related needs. PATH/FVCT reaches out to help strengthen families coping with similar situations in Connecticut, and the organizations that serve them to reduce isolation, empower families as advocates for their children and reaffirm their values as parents and caregivers.

We area a STATEWIDE non-profit organization our address is:
P.O. Box 117
Northford, CT 06472

PATH can be reached at  203-234-9554 or 800-399-PATH(7284) CT ONLY
Website is

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Wheels for Wishes & Wellness - Wheels For Wishes & Wellness is Car Donation Foundation's car donation program. Car Donation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to benefit reputable charities' programs. Since our founding in 2010, Car Donation Foundation has donated more than $30 million to reputable charities. If you have a car to donate, your generosity can help bring joy back to children's lives.

You can donate cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, and even boats. Our vehicle donation program lets you:

  • Receive a charitable tax deduction
  • Eliminate the hassle of selling your car
  • Contribute to the green movement by recycling your car
  • Donate almost any vehicle regardless of whether it is running or not
  • Receive fast, free pick-up and towing of your donated vehicle
  • Support local children and improve their quality of life

No matter where you live, you can donate a car to benefit local children. The vehicles we receive are either auctioned to new owners or recycled, and the proceeds from their sale benefit local children's hospitals in Connecticut. Your donation is an easy way to bring more hope and happiness to children in your community. We are proud to offer such a service.

Wheels for Wishes & Wellness Car Donation, 615 West Johnson Avenue Suite 202, Cheshire, CT, 06410; Phone: 1-855-372-9474 Website:

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Abilis (ABLE-ISS),Abilis Therapeutic/Family Advisory Services 1150 Summer Street, Stamford 203-324-1880 x300 Life Services/Headquarters 50 Glenville Street, Greenwich 203-531-1880
Abilis provides state-of-the art care for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs.  A trusted leader in the special needs community for 65 years, Abilis will help you navigate the path from childhood to adulthood, guiding and supporting you at every stage.  Through our Therapeutic & Family Advisory Services, Abilis providesBirth-to-Three early intervention and customized therapies for all ages, including: speech/language, occupational, physical, art/music, and a range of behavioral therapy, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) and autism-specific supports.  Our services are individualized and provided at home, school, community or at our state-of-the art Therapy Center.  We provide family education and advocacy support for parents and caregivers to be knowledgeable and successful advocates for their children. Our Life Servicesprogram provides transition support for young adults as they graduate from high school which includes social and recreational activities, job training and competitive employment and a full-range of adult day and residential programs.  For more information visit or call for Therapeutic/Family Advisory Services at 203-324-1880 or Life Services/Headquarters 203-531-1880.

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Abilis Wilton Life Skills Program - Abilis, the non-profit organization that provides services and support for individuals with special needs and their families, is celebrating the Grand Opening of its fourth and newest Abilis Life Skills Program at the Wilton Trackside Teen Center.

The Abilis Life Skills Program is designed to help high school graduates with special needs transition into adulthood. The Wilton program represents an expansion of Abilis’ Life Skills program in Fairfield County, so that students can transition within their home communities. The Abilis Life Skills Program was created to help high school graduates with special needs who often came to Abilis unprepared to participate in employment programs. The Life Skills program helps these young adults develop the skills they need to be competitively employed and live more independent and socially connected lives. In order to enable students to stay in the communities in which they live, Abilis opened its first Life Skills program in Greenwich in 2007 and then satellite Life Skills programs in Westport in 2016 and in Stamford in September 2017.

Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides services and supports for more than 700 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout adulthood.  Abilis has been a leader in serving the special needs community in lower Fairfield county for 65 years and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, visit, or,, or

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St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services - St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services has been a trusted provider of lifelong education and therapeutic services for more than 60 years. Our specialty is in providing highly individualized care to persons with disabilities and special health care needs through all ages and stages of life. We offer B-3 services with qualified teachers and therapists who provide in-home services. In addition, our State-licensed private special education school, based in Trumbull, is an alternative placement option for children, ages 3-21, with developmental disabilities, special health care needs and students with autism spectrum disorders. Physical, Occupational, Speech/Language and Aquatic Therapy are all offered as part of each student’s individualized education plan. Daytime recreational programs, supported employment and work services programs for adults with disabilities are offered in Stratford. Parent education, transition support services and residential placements for children and adults are also available. For more information, please visit our website at or call us at 203-375-6400.

Address: 95 Merritt Boulevard, Trumbull, CT 06611
Contact: Christine Howard – or 203-375-6400
Hours of operations: school and adult programs run M-F 8:30am – 2:30pm; residential homes operate on a 24/7 schedule.

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Clifford Beers' Marne Street Clinic for Autism/ID/DD - For over 100 years, Clifford Beers has provided outpatient child/family mental health services and support throughout Greater New Haven.  In 2017, Clifford Beers opened Marne Street Clinic in Hamden, CT featuring outpatient care and related services/supports for children and their families who face autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities, including: ADOS-2 diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, social skills groups, parent support, care coordination, nutrition support, and individual and family therapy.  Future services will include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  Multidisciplinary providers include psychologists, licensed clinicians, care coordinators, nutritionists and pediatricians.  

Address: 41 Marne Street, Hamden, CTC

Contract: or call 203 691-9383


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The Lighthouse - With a mission to educate and prepare individuals with disabilities for life, The Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center (The Light House) is a nonprofit that serves the needs of individuals with disabilities throughout Eastern Connecticut.  Divided into three “campuses”, The Light House has a broad range of programming including two state-approved private schools, residential and transitional services, and state contracted adult services. For over 10 years, The Light House Life Campus has helped individuals with Autism transition into semi-supportive and independent living arrangements. With various sites located in southeastern Connecticut, The Light House has managed to develop a community of ‘like minded’ individuals that continue to support one another in lasting friendships. LEARNING CAMPUS - State Approved Private Special Education School, Day and After School Programming, 312 Main Street Niantic, CT 06357 (Upper) Ext. 114, 58 Pennsylvania Avenue Niantic, CT 06357 (Lower Middle) Ext. 116. LIFE CAMPUS - Transition Day Program, Residential Transition Academy, College/ Career Supports, Life Coaching, Friends Program, 23 Grand Street Niantic, CT 06357,  Ext. 111. COMMUNITY CAMPUS - DSO Adult Day Services, Pre-Vocational Day Program, Social/Recreational Night Groups, 125 Shaw Street, New London, CT 06320. Ext. 118.  Phone 860.445.7626. Fax 860.449.1378

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Connecticut Resources - Commercial

With the epidemic of autism on the rise there are a number of different autism related therapies, special diets and even some organizations promoting "cures" for parents to consider. IAN is here to simply provide the most comprehensive plan for your child based on the most effective and proven therapies available. We will work with your family each step of the way not by just offering services but by also offering support and understanding.
We believe that EVERY child can learn and that just like autism, every child is unique. It is this uniqueness that helps IAN offer an innovative roadmap of integrated therapies that build on their strengths and specific needs. This “Roadmap to Success” approach allows us to offer an environment that will maximize their opportunities to learn.
Innovative Autism Network • IAN Creative Learning Center
17 Farmington Ave • Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: 860.351.5407;  Fax: 860.351.5774  Email:

Kids Cooperate is a social skills group for kids 3-18 (in separate age appropriate groups) who are struggling with forming and maintaining peer social relationships. Kids Cooperate offers effective programming for children and families with Autism Spectrum, ADHD, and PDD. Using the innovative Social Sensory Cognition Process pioneered by director, Aaron Weintraub we offer services in the following areas: Social Skills Groups, Behavioral Support, Support for independent Living, and Online Social Groups.
Autism Intervention Specialists is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by autism and related developmental disabilities. Our focus is delivering services grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most scientifically-validated method for treating autism. AIS aims to improve social, language, and play skills while expanding the motor, academic, and self-help competence of children 18 months of age to adulthood. We present an assortment of behavioral services individualized for each client’s needs in the home, school, and community
Autism Intervention Specialists, 29 Boston Post Road, dison, Connecticut 06443
(860) 910-0031

The Brain Balance Program brings hope to families of children who suffer with behavioral, academic and social challenges. We are specialized achievement centers that utilize a drug-free, multi-faceted approach to address the underlying issues in many of the behavioral, developmental, and learning disorders that plague so many children today.
At Brain Balance we don’t just work with a child’s strengths or provide strategies to compensate for a weakness. We address the fundamental problem. At the core of these disorders is an imbalance in maturity between the two hemispheres of the brain resulting in a Functional Disconnection. This means that the two halves of the brain are not communicating or processing information the way they should.
The Brain Balance Program combines sensory-motor training and specific cognitive activities with nutritional support to achieve optimal brain and body function. Brain Balance is an intensive after-school program for children K-12th grade.
Our goal is to allow each child to be more functionally capable of learning academically, socially and behaviorally, so our kids can better benefit from many other therapies and programs available.
We operate from approximately 11am to 7pm M-F and 9am-1pm Sunday.  Additional hours available by appointment. Online Assessment Tool available at
ASD Fitness Center, 307 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477
Phone: (203) 553-9508.
A place where fitness speaks to ASD children, adolescents and adults. Our mission at the ASD Fitness Center is to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to improve their level of physical fitness.
What can we do for individuals with ASD? Improve physical fitness level; Build confidence; Improve social awareness; Decrease anxiety
Specialized 5000 sq. ft. fitness facility. Personalized Individual Fitness Programs (IFP) with option to add nutrition and functional skill goals (e.g. Throwing and catching a ball, riding a bike, etc.). One-on-personal training. Sectioned workout stations, equipped with visual cues, to focus on building core, upper body and lower body strength. Tailored “fun” station following each workout station. Small group classes – adaptive karate, yoga, Bal-A-Vis-X and more. All trainers and class instructors have a special education background. Designated area for functional skill development. Sensory friendly facility (flooring, lighting, color scheme, etc.). Separate workout area for parents or guardians to use while waiting.  
Mon, Wed & Fri: 8 am - 8 pm; Tues & Thurs: Closed; Sat: 8 am - 5 pm; Sun: 8 am - 2 pm.

Swim Angelfish is group of dedicated aquatic professionals offering Aquatic Therapy and Swim Whisperer Swim Lessons for children with Autism and other sensory needs. We offer private, semi private, and group session for our kids. Aquatic therapy sessions address therapy goals such as improving motor planning, body awareness, core strength, endurance, bilateral coordination, and reflex integration.
Swim Whisperer Swim Lessons focus on teaching children of all abilities how to safely and independently swim by overcoming the 14 most commonly seen roadblocks faced by children with Autism, sensory dysfunction, and motor issues.  Swim Angelfish's mission is providing children of all abilities the lifelong skill of being comfortable and safe in the water.
Serving Connecticut, New Jersey New York and Massachusetts. Six Pool locations in Connecticut.
Please call us at 203-545-0024 or email at Our office is located at 1177 High Ridge Road, Stamford CT, 06905. We have pool locations in Stamford, Greenwich, Wilton, Danbury, Wesport, and Norwalk. Please visit our
The Center for Social Enrichment and Educational Development is a state of the art, all-inclusive center for individuals with autism and other related disabilities, providing a wide range of therapies and services. Clinical Evaluations, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Learning Lab, Social Skills Training, Home Programming, Counseling, Parent Training, Sibling Groups, Transition Services
School Consulting, Use of iPad and SMART Board Technology, Fully-Equipped Sensory Gym.
To find out more information, please contact The SEED Center at 203.674.8200 or email at 30 Buxton Farm Rd, Suite 105, Stamford, CT 06905. Serving all of Connecticut. Conveniently located in Stamford, directly off of the Merritt PKWY.

Body 4 Brain is a physical therapy treatment program that is individually designed for each patient. Using a brain-based assessment and therapeutic treatment approach, we help individuals with sensori-motor processing disorders that are affecting academic, behavioral and developmental skills, as well as children and adults with rehabilitation needs. Phone: 1-917-353-2412.Email: 100 Melrose Avenue. Greenwich, CT 06830.
Janessa Rick, PT, Center Founder & Director. Website:
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The Talcott Center for Child Development is a comprehensive, privately owned therapy center for children with special needs and their families. Offering occupational, physical and speech therapy as well as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), The Talcott Center for Child Development works with a vast population ranging in age from birth to 21 years. Our clinicians are skilled in working with a wide range of diagnosis, including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and developmental delays. In addition to individual services and group programming, we offer parent education, consultation, evaluations and outside referrals as needed.

For more than a decade, we have committed ourselves to providing exceptional services and being a strong resource within our community. Whether you are looking for intensive one-to-one treatment or a social skills group, The Talcott Center for Child Development can tailor a program to meet your needs.

Our mission is To enhance the lives of families with special needs by fostering independence, strengthening knowledge and building confidence.

The Talcott Center for Child Development
304 Main Street, Suite A, Farmington, CT 06032
Phone: (860) 674-1824

Educational Hope Center  is a truly unique and special place for children and families affected by autism. Our applied behavior center in Norwalk, CT is staffed and operated by a team of professionals who are among the most experienced in providing ABA therapy for children, teens and young adults.

Educational Hope Center, 9 Mott Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
Tel: 860-315-0565  or 914-374-2601

Christina Skuburdis    M.S., CCC, SLP, OM, TSSH

Christina is a highly trained feeding specialist and speech-language pathologist with 18+ years of experience. Areas of expertise include oral motor, sensory feeding disorders, apraxia, dyspraxia, dysarthria
- Speech Intelligibility (lisp)
- Tongue Tie therapy
- Expressive and receptive disorders and delays
- Works closely with orthodontists to evaluate and treat Orofacial Myology, tongue thrusting
- Feeding therapy : sensory feeding, limited diets and increasing food intake
- /r/ remediation
- Autism
- Down Syndrome

She can provide home based evaluations and treatments as well as in her private clinic in Stamford, CT and works with clients aged 1 1/2 to adult. Insurance accepted.

Christina Skuburdis    M.S., CCC, SLP, OM, TSSH
2043 Bedford St. Stamford, CT 06905
Phone/Fax 203-849-0021

LisaMarie Bernardo, CLC,  Special Needs Parent Life Coach. Do you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed-out, and under appreciated? As a parent or caregiver it is vital to ensure you have time for yourself to work on your happiness. My goal is to help you clarify your goal and then come up with strategies that will help you achieve that goal. In short, I am 100% committed to your success. You will have an advocate that you can trust and a partner that is truly interested in your well-being. My services are confidential. I have experience raising and teaching children so I can relate to your challenges. Together, we can take you from surviving to thriving.

I put parents first always and my desire is to help them in any way I can. I help them with scheduling, time management, sleeping habits, exercise, self-esteem, and I teach them how they can take care of themselves while taking care of their family. In addition, my rates are created specifically at a lower rate because I know the financial toll parents have raising children these days. Sessions are done online through Skype, Facetime and Zoom or by telephone, so there is no need to travel

I'm a Certified Life Coach with a degree in Psychology from the University of New Haven and certification from Coach Training Alliance Certified Coach Program

LisaMarie Bernardo,CLC
Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm then again at 5:00pm-7:00pm   Saturdays and Sundays are by appointment only.

Doreen's Dance Center - Adapted Dance Classes. At Doreen’s Dance Center we believe that music and dance is something wonderful that should, and can, be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical, emotional, or mental disabilities.  It is with great pleasure that we embark on classes specifically designed for students with special needs.  These classes are for those with Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, and any physical or emotional disabilities preventing one from participating in traditional dance classes. These dance and movement classes are set in a studio environment where children with disabilities are engaged by exploring music, movement, and body awareness in a safe space supportive of self-expression, personal progress and physical activity. Learning Objectives: Increase focus and ability to follow directions; Improve balance, posture, and alignment and muscle tone; Distinguish between right and left, fast and slow, high and low, etc; Support self-expression within the parameters of the directions; Explore performance in the studio; Increase knowledge of music, rhythm and tempo; Bring the joy of music and dance movement to all children. Doreen's Dance Center, 711 Middletown Road (Route 16), Suite 4, Colchester, CT 06415. Phone: 860.267.7756; Fax: 860.267.4491; Email:; Website:

Cheshire Fitness Zone Pediatric Therapy - Cheshire Fitness Zone (CFZ) offers a multitude of therapeutic programs that uniquely meet you and your family’s needs. CFZ was designed specifically for children and adolescents of all ages and abilities.  We feature three main therapy areas to include physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and speech therapy (ST).  Our physical therapy gym has a full array of exercise equipment biomechanically designed to fit children as well as a 32 foot long rock climbing wall.  In addition, our physical therapy space has a baby-friendly room and a private treatment room.  Our occupational therapy space features two sensory gyms and two fine motor rooms.  The speech department boasts a number of individual treatment rooms. Each therapeutic program is individually designed to meet the needs of our clients. Our professional staff has many years of experience working with children. We serve the communities of Cheshire, Meriden, Hamden, Wallingford, Prospect, Waterbury, Southington, New Haven, Woodbridge, Durham, and surrounding counties.  We have facility locations in Cheshire, Meriden, and Orange Connecticut. 203-250-9663 Cheshire and Meriden. 203-920-1885 Orange.

AANE is committed to providing a supportive, understanding community for individuals, families and professionals throughout New England. They serve:
  • Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS)
  • Families of Children and Teens with AS
  • Educators and other Professionals who work with people with AS
Although AS is AANE's primary focus, they also offer support and services to individuals with similar neurological conditions, such as High Functioning Autism (HFA), PDD-NOS, and Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD/NLD).
Comprehensive services include:
  • Phone Consultations, including information, individual assistance, and resource referral
  • Professional Consultation and Training
  • Individual Meetings
  • Written Information
  • Support, Social and Activity Groups
  • Conferences and Seminars
  • On-Site Training
  • Speaker Bureau
  • Online Support Groups
  • LifeMAP Adult Coaching Program
  • Employment Assistance
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Family Grants
Asperger's Association of New England
51 Water Street, Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 393-3824
Autism Intervention Specialists is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by autism and related developmental disabilities. Our focus is delivering services grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most scientifically-validated method for treating autism. AIS aims to improve social, language, and play skills while expanding the motor, academic, and self-help competence of children 18 months of age to adulthood. We present an assortment of behavioral services individualized for each client’s needs in the home, school, and community
Autism Intervention Specialists, Corporate Office
 324 Grove St.
 Worcester, MA 01605
 508-232-7555 or 855-646-824
(860) 910-0031

The Center for Discovery, Inc. is a not-for-profit, nationally known provider of educational, health and residential services for children and adults with severe disabilities and medical frailties, including a growing number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center offers individuals – and their families –innovative educational, clinical, social, creative arts and recreational experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment.
Services Provided and Individuals Served
The Center is located on a multi-campus setting in the Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County just 90 minutes northwest of New York City. Distinguished by a philosophy that celebrates each individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities, the agency cares for an ethnically and demographically diverse population through the following programs:

Pediatric Services
With 171 children in 23 residences, The Center is the largest provider in New York State’s program for children with significant disabilities. The Center provides special education services to a total of 269 school age children, including 100 day students. The Pediatric Program includes beautiful, universally designed residences for children, an integrative nature-based special educational program; health/medical and clinical services; advanced rehabilitation technology; adaptive physical education; music therapy, art therapy, and other key services/programs. Services are provided by a highly trained staff that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition The Center’s daycare program for children of its staff serves 60 children.

Adult Program
The Center’s Adult Program features a continuum of residential opportunities for 144 adults, from 21 to 87 years old with severe disabilities and medical frailties, including those with aging issues. Our adult options range from 24-hour nursing residences, to five-bed homes on our renowned Thanksgiving Farm, CSA.

Health & Clinical Services
The Center provides comprehensive health/medical and clinical services, including primary care and dental services, coordinated by a team that includes a Medical Director, primary care physicians and specialists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, audiologists, and 123 registered nurses (RNs) and 29 licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The Center also operates the Discovery Health Center, a 27,000 square foot NYS Department of Health certifiedclinic that offers Center residents and hundreds of individuals from the larger community a broad range of outpatient services. It is the first health care facility in the world to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.
Family Support Services
The Janet and Gerald Carrus Institute is a major educational resource for families who have children with multiple impairments, providing a highly skilled professional team assessment for their child. The team develops an individualized educational/training plan in the areas of motor skills and mobility, communication, oral-motor, assistive technology for personal and environmental access, medical and wellness, and daily living skill development. The Institute also provides support, information resources and training to individuals and families with disabilities while conducting advanced research. The Carrus Institute also provides specialized training for professionals (teachers, administrators and clinicians) in the treatment and education of those with a wide range of disorders.
Discovery Health Center - the first LEED certified healthcare facility in the United States. Music Therapy integrates the power of music with treatment goals. Adaptive physical education program helps motor skills and mobility. Resident tending to the greenhouse at Thanksgiving Farm, CSA. At the Wild Turkey Bed and breakfast, a renovated farmhouse located on campus, The Center provides comfortable, convenient, affordable and accessible accommodations to facilitate visits by families of residents, students and friends.

Special Programs & Resources

• Thanksgiving Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program – is the heart of The Center’s Demeter
 Certified biodynamic agriculture program. The Center’s Adult residents are engaged in a variety of work/vocational opportunities in the large-scale production of organic food for use by The Center and the more than 300 families/members of the CSA. The farm properties include an organic farm with herb gardens, greenhouses, livestock, a Food Co-Operative and Bakery.
• Adaptive Physical Education Program – promotes motor and athletic skills to help children develop agility, coordination, muscle tone and flexibility through enjoyable and challenging physical indoor and outdoor activities in a unique program that has become a national model.
• Music Therapy Program - integrates the power of music with the treatment goals of therapy using an improvisational approach to therapy in which children and adults are engaged in their own music making through the playing of instruments, vocalization and/or creative movement. A team of seven highly trained musical therapists, all Board Certified, facilitate these sessions. The Center also serves as an international site for a Clinical Training Program in Music Therapy that is recognized by the American Music Therapy Association.
• Therapeutic Swimming Pool – is a heated, indoor pool for children and adults that is used for deep muscle relaxation in conjunction with facilitation of movement and recreation. Special lifts, equipment and ramps enable individuals in wheelchairs and those with other disabilities the full use of the pool and freedom of movement with therapists and other personnel.
• Milligan Hill Equine Assisted Therapy Program – a “therapeutic riding program” set in a Amish style barn and large indoor riding arena enables multiple clinical disciplines with the aid of specially trained horses, including a range of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies in an unconventional, fun and challenging setting.
The Center for Discovery
PO Box 840
Harris, NY 12742
Tel.   (845) 707-8889 or (845) 707-8455

Children's Academy CT is an academy committed to providing resources and support for children, birth to nine, with autism. We provide a home and community-based program with a hands-on approach. We use assessments, one-to-one therapy, and parent training to maximize your child's progress. Each program is tailored by our lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Our BCBA will develop a program that addresses behavioral, social, and communicative needs of your child while maintaining a creative and energetic environment. All services are directly implemented by highly qualified Autism Treatment Specialists with on-going BCBA supervision.

ABA Therapy - Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy, is simply the application of behavioral principles, to everyday situations, that will, over time, increase or decrease targeted behaviors. ABA has been used to help individuals acquire many different skills, such as language skills, self-help skills, and play skills; in addition, these principles can help to decrease maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, and self-injury.

Shadow Aides - A shadow aide is trained in the basic principles of applied behavior analysis (i.e., reinforcement, prompting, prompt-fading and shaping), The shadow aide will accompany the student to the inclusive setting and be a support to the student in that environment. The shadow will also assist the student with the skills that he or she already has and help them gain new ones as well.

Parent Counseling - Parent training instruction focuses on strategies that will promote social communication. Social communication involves the use of eye gaze, facial expression, gestures and sounds to communicate. The intervention strategies also encouraged understanding of new words and learning how to use toys, tools and other objects.

Contact - Rose Cremin (Director),

The Birth Injury Justice Center was created as a helpful resource focused on victims of birth injuries and their families. Our mission is to provide legal information and guidance and serve all families with disabilities caused by physical birth injuries. We are devoted to educating families who have a child diagnosed with a birth injury or may be showing signs of a birth injury. Many birth injuries may have been prevented with proper care before, during and after birth and delivery. If your child experienced a physical injury, you have the right to know what happened to your child and your legal options regarding birth injury lawsuits. We aim to empower families affected by birth injuries to start the legal process. Pursuing a lawsuit may result in compensation which may help you and your family with the ongoing costs of care.

The Birth Injury Justice Center has decades of experience representing families in birth injury cases resulting from medical negligence or improper care. Our legal team is made up of nurse case managers, cerebral palsy attorneys and other birth injury attorneys who strive to make a positive difference in the lives of others. We have assisted people across the country get the legal support they need to move their birth injury claims successfully through the court system.

Birth Injury Justice Center

1330 Boylston Street, Suite 400
Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467
(800) 914-1562
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

AAIDD has adopted a 13-point set of principles (or core values) relative to its mission:
  • Achieving full societal inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Advocating for equality, individual dignity and other human rights.
  • Expanding opportunities for choice and self-determination.
  • Influencing positive attitudes and public awareness by recognizing the contributions of people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Promoting genuine accommodations to expand participation in all aspects of life.
  • Aiding families and other caregivers to provide support in the community.
  • Increasing access to quality health, education, vocational, and other human services and supports.
  • Advancing basic and applied research to prevent or minimize the effects of intellectual disability and to enhance the quality of life.
  • Cultivating and providing leadership in the field.
  • Seeking a diversity of disciplines, cultures, and perspectives in our work.
  • Enhancing skills, knowledge, rewards and conditions of people working in the field.
  • Encouraging promising students to pursue careers in the field of disabilities.
  • Establishing partnerships and strategic alliances with organizations that share our values and goals
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
501 3rd Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
202-387-1968 voice
202-387-2193 fax
1-800-424-3688 toll free

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest cross-disability organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.
Over 50 million Americans with disabilities and our supporters have the power to achieve full civil rights for all. We are powered by our vision of a community whose voice is heard through the halls of government, in our culture, and in our communities.
1629 K Street NW, Suite 950
Washington, DC 20006
202-457-0046 (V/TTY)
800-840-8844 (Toll Free V/TTY)
202-457-0473 (Fax)
Affordable Colleges Online, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools and information for current and future college students and their families, has recently published a new resource for students with disabilities, titled “Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities.”  Multiple experts in the field with experience in academia, financial aid, and law contributed to the content in this resource guide, including:
  •  Advice and resources for loans and scholarships available specifically for students with disabilities
  •  A comprehensive list of the best schools for disabled students, evaluated by each institution’s disability services
  •  Distance learning tips for students with disabilities
  •  Job resources for students with disabilities
  •  Additional helpful resources
The American Epilepsy Society is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in this country. The Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy.
Membership consists of clinicians, scientists investigating basic and clinical aspects of epilepsy, and other professionals interested in seizure disorders. Members represent both pediatric and adult aspects of epilepsy.
American Epilepsy Society (AES)
342 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06117-2507
Phone: 860.586.7505
Fax:  860.586.7550
Communication for a Lifetime
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.
Here you will find resources to help you understand communication and communication disorders.
  • Hearing and Balance
  • Health Insurance
  • Speech, Language and Swallowing
  • Additional Resources
Members: 800-498-2071
Non-Member: 800-638-8255
Fax: 301-296-8580
TTY (Text Telephone Communication Device): 301-296-5650
ASHA National Office
2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850-3289 USA
Local: 301-296-5700
ASHA Capitol Hill Office
444 N. Capitol St., NW, Suite 715
Washington, DC 20001 USA
Local: 202-624-5884
Brave Kids, a new initiative of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), serves children with disabilities and chronic/life-threatening illnesses by providing a support community, information and resources on numerous medical conditions like genetic diseases, autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, etc.
At the heart of the new Brave Kids website and community is a belief that people with disabilities and chronic/life-threatening illnesses should be able to live a life without limits. This site contains two primary components:
1.An authoritative directory of information of interest to parents of children, ages 6-17,  with disabilities and/or chronic/life-threatening illness; including a special "Kids Zone" section written for children and young adults, ages 6-17;
2.A social networking community that links parents and caregivers to others raising children with disabilities and/or a chronic/life-threatening illness.
Brave Kids is a campaign of United Cerebral Palsy's Public Education & Outreach Initiative, which aims to empower people with disabilites and their families, friends, allies and caregivers with up-to-date information advocacy tools to create a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.
BraveKids c/o UCP
1825 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC  20006
800.872.5827 (toll free)
202.776.0406 (phone),
Our Mission: To build truly inclusive playgrounds where children — and adults — of all abilities can play and learn together in a fun and welcoming environment.
Our Vision: To create a world where ALL children have the opportunity to gain the developmental and health benefits derived from unstructured play in an inclusive environment.
Our Impact: Since 1997, Boundless Playgrounds has been the leading national nonprofit developer of nearly 200 truly inclusive playgrounds in 31 states and Canada. There are currently over 100 projects under development. Hundreds of thousands of children, parents, grandparents, other caregivers, military veterans and their family members with a disability or limited mobility impairment can freely navigate a Boundless playground.
Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.

We serve thousands of individuals with disabilities through a multidisciplinary network of service providers and consumers. In order to reach as many people with disabilities as cost effectively as possible, we target our services and publications to libraries, disability organizations, independent living centers, rehabilitation facilities, educational institutions, and health and social service providers.

We disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently. 
We monitor hundreds of publications, audiovisual materials, on line services, and other information resources every month. We review and report on worthwhile materials in our newsletter, Disability Resources Monthly (DRM), and our other publications. We also maintain an extensive database of disability-related resources in order to perform customized searches, and an on-line guide to disability resources on the World Wide Web. We are proud of the many awards and positive reviews we have received for this work. 

We are a small group of volunteers (with and without disabilities) who work professionally in library, communications, and disability-related fields. We were founded by Julie Klauber, a nationally recognized expert in disability information resources, and Avery Klauber, a communications specialist for nonprofit organizations. We are most ably assisted by Sally Rosenthal, Ruth Porfert, and Barbara Olsen, among others. (If you'd like to become part of our efforts, please click here to find out how you can help.) 
Disability Resources receives no federal or state funds for this web site; the professionals who maintain it are volunteers. Please help us cover the cyber-costs by becoming a sponsor or making an online donation through's secure server.

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.


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The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.  Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; have increased access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards.

Center on Technology and Disability, FHI 360, 1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W.,, Washington, DC 20009 ,
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to promote awareness and facilitate support of parents caring for their children with special health care needs, and to enhance the Quality-of-Life for these special families.”
Our Mission is to provide support to parents/caregivers and act as a reference source for information, financial resources, used equipment exchanges, research and clinical studies, support groups, web links, etc. This is done in the form of an interactive website, and newsletters;
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project, Inc.
411 Ocean Avenue
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
The National Center for Learning Disabilities works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.

Programs: NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

Events: NCLD's events highlight the important work NCLD and others are doing to advocate for   the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities.
NICHCY is 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; and
  • research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.
Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). Anyone can use our services—families, educators, administrators, journalists, students.
You’ll find an abundance of information on: Specific disabilities, Early intervention services for infants and toddlers, Special education and related services for children in school, Research on effective educational practices, Resources and connections in every state, IEPs (individualized education programs), Parent materials, Disability organizations, Professional associations, Education rights and what the law requires, Transition to adult life, …and much, much more!
We are very pleased to offer:
  • a toll-free number (1.800.695.0285), bilingual services, and a team of research and information specialists who are available to talk with you and address your individual questions and concerns in English or in Spanish;
  • a website in English (you’re there now!) and in Spanish;
  • a monthly eNewsletter called News You Can Use (and you can!); and last but not least…
  • the Research Center where you can find out what research has to say about effective educational practices for children with disabilities.
For learners with sensory, physical, cognitive, or learning differences and their teachers, accessible educational materials (AEM) may open doors to teaching and learning that ordinary print-based materials have closed. Accessible educational materials or AEM are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and with students who are unable to read or use standard print materials. Specialized formats include braille, audio, large print, and digital text. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes a requirement that schools provide AEM in a timely manner to K–12 students who need them for participation and achievement.

In addition, the AEM Center provides support for the use of AEM in early learning, higher education, and workplace settings and has extended its reach to include educational materials that are first developed and distributed in digital formats. The AEM Center will also provide support for the development, selection, and use of accessible technologies.
40 Harvard Mills Square, Suite 3
Wakefield, MA 01880-3233
Tel.: (781) 245-2212
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States. Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful. The NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street, at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: 410-659-9314
Fax: 410-685-5653
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program - To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS All applicants for these scholarships:
1.must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and
2.must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and
3.must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2013 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
4.must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities, July 1 through July 6, departing on July 7.
In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.

The Cerebral Palsy Guide was created to educate and help people with cerebral palsy and to  provide a trustworthy, caring resource for families and individuals affected by this disorder.  The Cerebral Palsy Guide is an easy-to-use, informative website that provides solutions for families. It is our hope that Cerebral Palsy Guide can help parents of children with cerebral palsy find peace, healing and happiness. Families that come to Cerebral Palsy Guide find information about cerebral palsy, its treatments and how to find doctors or legal help. The Cerebral Palsy Guide was written with parents of children recently diagnosed with CP in mind. It answers many of the initial questions parents might have about their child’s condition in a way that is easy to comprehend.

Cerebral Palsy Guide
 3208 E . Colonial Drive
 Orlando, FL 32803

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy
1825 K Street NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
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Accredited Schools Online - Resources for Students with Hearing Impairments
Deaf or hard of hearing students face a host of unique challenges in the classroom and on campus.  With this guide, we've attempted to highlight those struggles as well as provide helpful advice and showcase resources which may aid the student. Some key elements of the guide include:
  • Tech tools for students with hearing impairments
  •  How schools create more audible environments
  •  Scholarships for students with hearing impairments
We've just published our new resource guide for students with hearing impairments. You can check it out here:

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Free Screen Readers
 Reader Operating System   Description 
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard. NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”. 
Apple VoiceOver OS X 
VoiceOver doesn’t just tell you what’s happening, it helps you make things happen. It tells you what’s on your screen, and walks you through actions like selecting a menu option or activating a button using your keyboard or trackpad. VoiceOver gives you complete control of your Mac, with no need to see the screen. And it’s already built in. 
ORCA   Linux 
Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via user-customizable combinations of speech and/or braille. Orca works with applications and toolkits that support the assistive technology service provider interface (AT-SPI), which is the primary assistive technology infrastructure for Unix-like environments like Linux, OpenBSD or Solaris. Applications and toolkits supporting the AT-SPI include the GNOME GTK+ toolkit, the Java platform's Swing toolkit, SWT, OpenOffice/LibreOffice, Mozilla, and WebKitGtk. AT-SPI support for the KDE Qt toolkit is currently being pursued 
 BRLTTY  Linux 
BRLTTY is a background process (daemon) which provides access to the Linux/Unix console (when in text mode) for a blind person using a refreshable braille display. It drives the braille display, and provides complete screen review functionality. Some speech capability has also been incorporated.  
Emacspeak  Linux  
Emacspeak is a speech interface that allows visually impaired users to interact independently and efficiently with the computer. Audio formatting --a technique pioneered by AsTeR-- and full support for W3C's Aural CSS (ACSS) allows Emacspeak to produce rich aural presentations of electronic information. By seamlessly blending all aspects of the Internet such as Web-surfing and messaging, Emacspeak speech-enables local and remote information via a consistent and well-integrated user interface. Available free of cost on the Internet, Emacspeak has dramatically changed how the author and hundreds of blind and visually impaired users around the world interact with the personal computer and the Internet. A rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled access to the audio desktop and evolving semantic WWW. When combined with Linux running on low-cost PC hardware, Emacspeak/Linux provides a reliable, stable speech-friendly solution that opens up the Internet to visually impaired users around the world. 
 WebAnywhere All  
WebAnywhere is a web-based screen reader for the web. It requires no special software to be installed on the client machine and, therefore, enables blind people to access the web from any computer they happen to have access to that has a sound card. 
Spoken Web  Internet Explorer  
Spoken-Web is a Web portal, managing a wide range of online data-intensive content like news updates, weather, travel and business articles for computer users who are blind or visually impaired. The site provides a simple, easy-to-use interface for navigating between the different sections and articles. Using the keyboard to navigate, a person who is blind or who has a visual impairment can hear the full range of an article content provided in a logical, clear, and understandable manner.  
 ChromeVox Google Chrome  
Google ChromeVox is a Google Chrome screen reader extension for visually impaired users. 
 ChromeVis  Google Chrome 
Google ChromeVis is a Google Chrome extension that magnifies any selected text on a webpage. The magnified text is displayed inside of a separate lens and preserves the original page layout. Users can change both the lens text color and the lens background color. 

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