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Support for Special Needs

by Twins Magazine
The Arc of the United States
The Arc advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Promotes global development  and dissemination of progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities. 
Disability.gov is the federal government’s one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. 
Disability Resources
This link is a useful gateway to online special needs and disability resources conveniently arranged by subject or state.
The Institute for Community Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community. 
Autism Society of America
The official web site of the Autism Society of America.
Autism Speaks
Dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism and to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society.
National Down Syndrome Society
This is the official web site for the Down’s Syndrome.
Developmental Disabilities Council
This site will help you connect with your state chapter of the DDC. 
Easter Seals
General service provider for individuals with disabilities.
National Endowment for Financial Educations
General source for financial information.
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a Coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. 
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
This site serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.
Yellow pages for kids with Disabilities 
Separate listings for each state and territory. Disability information groups. Evaluators. Tutors. Support Groups. Advocacy Groups. State Agencies. This is an excellent special needs resource.
The HSC Foundation
The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and healthcare barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs.

The Treatment and Learning Centers
TLC is a local, non-profit organization in Rockville, MD founded in 1950. They offer many first-rate programs and services for the community, including a Family Hearing Center, Childcare, and Preschool programs, testing and tutoring services, and a community education program.

Special Olympics, DC
Special Olympics Washington, D.C. has been part of the Special Olympics movement since its start in 1968. Sports offered include track & field, golf, volleyball, basketball, bocce, bowling, tennis, soccer and many more– for a full list, please visit the Special Olympics website.

Cerebral Palsy Group
The Cerebral Palsy Group is dedicated to providing information, material and resources that is available to parents with children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Inclusion Solutions
A business that works to find affordable, common-sense ways for people with disabilities to gain access to restaurants, businesses, shopping areas, polling places and more.

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