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Living with Disabilities Resource List

(As mentioned in Christopher News Note #452)

General Information

American Association of People with Disabilities
1819 H Street NW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 457-0046 (V/TTY)
(800) 840-8844 (Toll Free V/TTY)
AAPD is dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for Americans with disabilities. AAPD works with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Arc of the United States
1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-3842
“The Arc is the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families.”

“A comprehensive federal government online resource specifically designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly.”

Family Village
Waisman Center,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2280
“A global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families and for those that provide services and support.” Books, resource lists available; also, links related to religion.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-2572
(202) 205-8134
TTY: (202) 205-4475
“Provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. All of our programmatic efforts are aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.”

National Organization on Disability
910 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 293-5960
TTY: (202)293-5968
“The National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.” They have a program on issues related to religion. 

Scholarships Guide for Students with Disabilities:

Independent Living Guide:


Groups/Sites Particularly Concerned With Young People

College Resources for Students with Disabilities
With more adaptive technologies and progressive legislature, prospective college students with disabilities have countless resources available to make the transition to higher education less stressful. We created this guide to help these students and their families better understand the resources available to them.  Key elements of the guide include:
- A comprehensive overview of the various cognitive, physical, or other types of disabilities students face while attending school

- Reviews of several technologies and advocate groups available to students who face various disabilities, such as ADD, autism and more
- Tips and resources to help students transition from college to career

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

Children with Disabilities
This Web site presents families with information about advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation, technical assistance, and transportation. It contains material about a broad array of developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities, including learning disabilities, debilitating illnesses and physical challenges.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
(800) 695-0285 · v/tty
NICHCY is the national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues. Anyone can use our services—families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).”

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
c/o Institute for Educational Leadership
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20036
(877) 871-0744
NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities, including education and workforce development.

National Youth Leadership Network
NYLN is a group of youth leaders with diverse disabilities active in promoting self-determination for young people with disabilities. Also concerned with policy and advocacy issues.

Youth With Disabilities
(800) 772-1213
TTY: (800) 325-0778
This section of the Social Security Administration web site is dedicated to youth with disabilities. Information in this section is helpful to youth with disabilities, their parents and families, teachers, and counselors.

Faith-Related Resources

First, check with your own church or house of worship. Then contact diocesan, regional or national offices of any religion for information or assistance. Some examples:

Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities (Evangelical)
7120 W. Dove Ct.,
Milwaukee, WI 53223
(317) 847-0888

National Christian Resource Center
Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc.
600 Hoffman Dr.
Watertown, WI 53094

National Catholic Partnership on Disability
415 Michigan avenue, NE, Suite 240
Washington, DC 20017-4501
(202) 529-2933
TTY (202) 529-2934

Mentioned In News Note 452

American Association on Mental Retardation
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 846
Washington, D.C. 20001-1512
(800) 424-3688
“AAMR promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities.” Also: documents, books available.
Center for Accessible Society

Center for Accessible Society
2980 Beech St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 232-2727
TTY: (619) 234-3130
“The Center for An Accessible Society is a national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues.”

National Down Syndrome Society
666 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(800) 221-4602
“The National Down Syndrome Society was established in 1979 to ensure that all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in community life.”

United States Association of Blind Athletes
33 N. Institute St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 630-0422
“The mission of the USABA is to increase the number and quality of grassroots-through-competitive, world-class athletic opportunities for Americans who are blind or visually impaired.”

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