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Assistive Technology Links

 

Purdue University offers an online Master of Science in Special Education (http://online.purdue.edu/sped/masters-special-education/courses) with courses in assistive technology

 

Websites with info on Assistive Technology Resources, Equipment & Services:

Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. - Alliance for Technology Access - Assistive Technology Online - Center for Universal Design - Closing the Gap - DO-IT - Matching Person & Technology - National Center to Improve Practice - Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America - Tech Connections - Trace Research & Development Center - United Cerebral Palsy

 

Electric Mobility Corporation
1-800-718-2082
http://www.rascalinsurance.com/

 

One-handed Typing Software - The OAK software makes it easy for you to type with one hand on any keyboard on a Windows PC. It makes it easier by allowing you to access all the keys without having to move your hand all over the place. Whichever side you use, you can access any letter on the other side by holding down the spacebar. For more information, go to www.BigOakSoftware.com.

   

Michigan Assistive Technology Project - 740 W. Lake Lansing Rd., Suite 400, East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 333-2477 (V/TTY), Phone: (800) 760-4600 (In-State)

 

Also, see IEP Issues - Assistive Technology (AT)

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Disability-related Associations & Organizations (A-Z)

 

Visit Resource Net's Directory of Resources in Michigan at  http://www.resourcenet-hoho.org/orgsearch.html - find resources by keyword, location, type of service, or browse the directory alphabetically.

 

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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007-2778, 202/337-5220 V/TTY

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Alzheimer's Association, 919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611, 312/335-8700 V, 312/335-8882, 800/272-3900

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American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, 8630 Fenton St., #410, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301/588-8252, 588-3319 TTY

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American Association on Mental Retardation, 444 N. Capitol St., NW, #846, Washington, DC 20001-1570, 202/387-1968 V, 800/424-3688, Fax 202/387-2193

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American Council of the Blind, 1155-15th St., NW, #720, Washington, DC 20005, 202/467-5081 V, 800/424-8666, Fax 202/467-5085

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American Foundation for the Blind, 11 Perm Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001-2018, 212/620-2000 or 800/232-5463, 212/620-2158 TTY

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American Society for Deaf Children, 2848 Arden Way, #210, Sacramento, CA 95825-1373, 916/482-0120 V/TTY, 800/942-ASDC V/TTY, Fax 916/482-0121

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301/897-5700;Consumer Affairs: 800/638-8255, 301/897-0157 TTY; Fax 301/571-0457

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Arc of the U.S., 500 E. Border St., #300, Arlington, TX 76010; 817/261-6003, 817/277-0553 TTY, 800/433-5255, 800/277-0553 TTY, Fax 817/277-3491

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Arthritis Foundation, 1330 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, 404/872-7100, 800/283-7800, Fax 404/872-0457

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Association of Birth Defect Children, Inc. (ABDC), 827 Irma Ave., Orlando, FL 32803, 407/245-7035 V, 800/313-2232 V, Fax 407/245-7087

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Autism Society of America, Inc., 7910 Woodmont Avenue, #300, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301/657-0881 V, 800/3-AUTISM

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Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (formerly Mental Health Law Project), 1101-15th St. NW, #1212, Washington, DC 20005; 202/467-5730, 202/467-4232 TTY, Fax 223-0409

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Better Hearing Institute, Hearing Helpline, P.O. Box 1840, Washington, DC 20013, 800/327-9355, Fax 703/750-9302

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Brain Injury Association, 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, #100, Washington, DC 20036, 202/296-6443, 800/444-6443, Fax 202/296-8850

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Cancer Information Service, 800/4-CANCER

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Candlelighters' Childhood Cancer Foundation, 7910 Woodmont Av., #460, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301/657-8401, 800/366-CCCF, Fax 301/718-2686

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Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice, Pelavin Research Center, American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20007, phone: (202) 944-5433 or (888) 457-1551, fax: (202) 944-5454

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Challenge (Attention Deficit Disorder Association), P.O. Box 488, West Newbury, MA 01985, 508/462-0495

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Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) Nat'l Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Parklawn Bldg., 5600 Fishers Lane, Rm. 11C-09, Rockville, MD 20857, 301/443-1333

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Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.), 8181 Professional Place, Suite 201; Landover, MD 20785; 301-306-7070; 301-306-7090 FAX

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Children's Defense Fund, 25 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202/628-8787, Fax 202/662-3510

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Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, 3875 Kincaid Street #18, Eugene, OR 97405, 541-686-5060 phone, 541-686-5063 fax, email: cadre@directionservice.org

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Cornelia deLange Syndrome Foundation, 60 Dyer Av., Collinsville, CT 06022, 800/223-8355, Fax 203/693-6819

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Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589, 703/620-3660, 703/264-9446 TTY, 800/328-0272, Fax 703/264-9494

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Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), 2212-6th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 415/644-2555

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Disability Social History Project

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Educational Policy Reform Research Institute

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Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center (EMSTAC)

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Epilepsy Foundation of America (and National Epilepsy Library & Resource Center), 4351 Garden City Dr., Landover, MD 20785, 301/459-3700, 800/332-1000, 800/332-2070 TTY, Fax 301/577-2684

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ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Career & Vocational Education, 1900 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210, 614/292-4353 in OH, 800/848-4815, Fax 614/292-1260

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ERIC Clearinghouse on Disability & Gifted Education, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091, 703/620-3660 V, Fax 703/264-9494

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Estate Planning for Persons with Disabilities, 2801 Hwy. 280 So., Birmingham, AL 35223-2407, 800/934-1929

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Family Voices, P.O. Box 769, Algodones, NM 87001, kidshealth@familyvoices.org

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Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, P.O. Box 196, Libertyville, IL 60048; 800/886-1762

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Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, 1021 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-2971, 703/684-7710, Fax 703/836-1040

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Fiesta Educativa

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HEAL (Human Ecology Action League), P.O. Box 49126, Atlanta, GA 30359-1126; 404/248-1898 (for persons with environmental illnesses)

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Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC), 111 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050, 516/944-8900, 516/944-8637 TTY, Fax 516/944-7302

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Immune Deficiency Foundation, 25 W. Chesapeake Ave. #206, Baltimore, MD 21204-4820, 410/321-6647 in MD, 800/296-4433, Fax 410/321-9165

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Institute for Families of Blind Children, P.O. Box 54700, MS 111, Los Angeles, CA 90054-0700, 213/669-4649 V, Fax 666-6283

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The International Dyslexia Association Chester Bldg. - #382, 8600 LaSalle Road, Baltimore, MD 21286-2044, 410/296-0232 or 800-ABCD123

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Job Accommodation Network, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6080, 918 Chestnut Ridge Rd., #1, Morgantown, WV 26506, 800/232-9675 or 800/526-7234 V/TTY, Fax 304/293-5407

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Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International (JDF), 120 Wall St., New York, NY 10005-3904, 212/785-9500, 800/223-1138 V/TTY, Fax 212/785-9595

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Learning Disabilities Association of America, 4156 Library Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234, 412/341-1515, 341-8077 V, Fax 412-344-0224

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 600-3rd Av., 4th flr., New York, NY 10016, 212/573-8484, Fax 212/856-9686, 800/955-4654

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Lowe's Syndrome Association, 222 Lincoln St., West Lafayette, IN 47906, 317/743-3634 V

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Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., 130 Piccard, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850, 301/670-9292 V, 800/558-0121, 301/670-9486

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March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1275 Mamaroneck Av., White Plains, NY 10605, 914/428-7100 V/TTY, Fax 914/428-8203

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Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718; 602/529-2000 V, 800/572-1717, Fax 602/529-5300

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National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 200 No. Glebe Rd. #1015, Arlington, VA 22203-3754, 703/524-7600 V, 703/516-7991 TTY, 800/950-NAMI, Fax 703/524-9094

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National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI), P.O. Box 317, Watertown, MA 02272, 617/972-7441, 800/562-6265, Fax 617/972-7444

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National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, 900-2nd St. NE, #211, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/408- 9514 V, 202/408-9521, Fax 202/408-9520

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National Association of the Deaf, 814 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500, 301/587-1788, 301/587-1789 TTY, Fax 301/587-1791

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National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), 1800 Diagonal Rd., #320, Alexandria, VA 22314-2840, 703/519-3800, 703/519-7008 TTY, Fax 703/519-3908

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National Autism Hotline, P.O. Box 507, Huntington, WV 25710-0507, 304/525-8014 V, Fax 304/525-8026

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National Brain Injury Research Foundation, 14408 Newton Patent Ct., Centreville, VA 22020, 703/818-0078, 800/447-8445

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National Captioning Institute, 5203 Leesburg Pike, 15th Flr., Falls Church, VA 22041, 800/533-WORD, 800/321-TTYS TTY

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National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 2000-14th Street N., #380, Arlington, VA 22201, 703/528-4300, 703/528-0419 TTY, Fax 703/528-6848

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National Center for Law and the Deaf, 800 Florida Av. NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202/651-5454 TTY

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National Center for Stuttering, 200 E. 33rd St., #17C, New York, NY 10016, 800/221-2483, Fax 212/683-1372 National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC), University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6, Honolulu, HI, 96822, email: CDS@hawaii.edu.

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National Chronic Pain Outreach Association (NCPOA), 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., #100, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301/652-4948 V, Fax 301/907-0745

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National Clearinghouse on Family Support and Children's Mental Health, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751, 800/628-1696, 503/725-4165 TTY

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National Coalition on Deaf-Blindness, 175 North Beach St., Watertown, MA 02172, 617/972-7347

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National Council on Disability, 800 Independence Av. SW, #814, Washington, DC 20591, 202/267-3846, 202/267-3846 TTY

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National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), 1 Information Way, Bethesda, MD 20892-3560, 301/654-3327 V, 301/657-2172 TTY

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National Down Syndrome Congress, 1370 Center Dr., Suite 102 Atlanta, Georgia 30338 (800) 232-6372, (770) 604-9500, fax number (770) 604-9898 ndsccenter@aol.com

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National Down Syndrome Society, 666 Broadway, #810, New York, NY 10012-2317, 212/460-9330 V, 800/221-4602, Fax 212/979-2873

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National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NEC*TAS), 137 E. Franklin St., 500 Nation's Bank Plaza, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, 919/962-2001 V, 919/966-4041 TTY, Fax 919/966-7463

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National Easter Seal Society, 230 W. Monroe, #1800, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/726-6200, 726-4258 TTY, 800/221-6827, Fax 312/726-1494

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National Fragile X Foundation, 1441 York St., #303, Denver, CO 80206, 303/333-6155, 800/688-8765

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National Hearing Aid Society, 20361 Middle Belt Rd., Livonia, MI 48152, 810/478-2610, 800/521-5247, Fax 810/478-4520

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National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY), Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013, 202/884-8200 V/TTY, 800/695-0285 V/TTY, Fax 202/884-8441

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National Information Clearinghouse for Infants with Disabilities and Life-Threatening Conditions, CDD/USC, Benson Bldg., 1st Flr., Columbia, SC 29208, 803/777-4435, 803/777-7826 TTY, 800/922-9234, Fax 803/777-6058

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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Education, 600 Independent Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202-2572, 202/205-8134 V, 202/205-9136 TTY, Fax 202/205-8515

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National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 1291 Taylor St. NW, Washington, DC 20542, 202/707-5100 V, 707-0744 TTY, 800/424-8567 V/TTY, Fax 202/707-0712

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National Mental Health Association, 1021 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-2971, 703/684-7722, 800/969-6642

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733-3rd Av., New York, NY 10017, 212/986-3240, 800/344-4867, Fax 212/986-7981

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National Organization for Albinism & Hypopigmentation, 1500 Locust St., #1816, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215/545-2322

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National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

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National Organization on Disability, 910-16th St. NW, #600, Washington, DC 20006, 202/293-5960, 202/293-5968 TTY, Fax 202/293-7999

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National Rehabilitation Information Center, 8455 Colesville Rd., #935, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3319, 301/588-9284 V, 301/495-5626 TTY, 800/346-2742, Fax 301/587-1967

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National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, Inc., 11350 McCormick Rd., #800, Hunt Valley, MD 21031-1002, 800/638-5683 TTY

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National Spinal Cord Injury Association, 8300 Colesville Rd., Suite 5515, Silver Springs, MD 20910, 301/588-6959 V, 800/962-9629, Fax 301/588-9414

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National Tourette Syndrome Association, 4240 Bell Blvd., Suite 205, Bayside, NY 11361, 718/224-2999, 800/237-0717, Fax 718/279-9596

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Office for Civil Rights National Office, Department of Education, Rm. 5000, Switzer Bldg., 400 Maryland Av. SW, Washington, DC 20202

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Office of Civil Rights, Region 5, Department of Education, 111 No. Canal Street, Suite 1053, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/886-8438 (region covering Minnesota)

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Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Switzer Bldg., 400 Maryland Av. SW, Stop 2651, Washington, DC 20202-2651, 202/205-5507 V, Fax 202/260-0416

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Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Rm. 3006 Switzer Bldg., 330 C St. SW, Washington, DC 20202-2500, 202/205-5465 V/TTY, Fax 202/205-9252

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 24776, Tampa, FL 33623-4776, 813/855-7077

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People First, Inc., 800/433-5255 (self-advocacy group) Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

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Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, 2510 S. Brentwood Blvd., #220, St. Louis, MO 63144, 314/962-7644, 800/926-4797, Fax 314/962-7869

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Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Program (PAMI), National Institute of Mental Health, Rm. 15C-21, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301/443-3667, Fax 301/443-7926

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Resource Access Project (RAP), Univ. of Illinois, Dept. of Spec. Ed., 403 E. Healey, Champaign, IL 61820, 217/333-3876, Fax 217/333-4293

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Schools Are For Everyone (SAFE), 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., #171-E, Austin, TX 78757

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Short Stature Foundation (formerly Little People of America), P.O. Box 9897, Washington, DC 20016, 800/24DWARF

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Sick Kids Need Involved People, Inc. (SKIP), 216 Newport Dr., Severna Park, MD 21146

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Spina Bifida Association of America, 4590 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20007, 202/944-3285, 800/621-3141, Fax 202/944-3295

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National Center for Research in Vocational Education, University of Illinois, Rm. 345 Education Building, 1310 S. Sixth St., Champaign, IL 61820, 217/333-2609 V/TTY, Fax 217/244-5632

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Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Programs, c/o PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Mpls., MN 55437-1044; 1-888-248-0822 V/TTY, Fax (952) 838-0199.

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Technical Assistance on Training about the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA), c/o PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Mpls., MN 55437-1044; 952/838-9000 V/TTY, 800/53PACER (for parents in greater Minnesota), Fax 952/838-0199

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TASH, 29 W. Susquehanna Ave., Suite 210, Baltimore, MD 21204, 410/828-1306 V/TTY, 800/482-TASH, Fax 410/828-6706

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United Cerebral Palsy Association, 1522 K St., NW, #1112, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202/842-1266 V/TTY, 800/872-5827

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Williams Syndrome Association, P.O. Box 297, Clawson, MI 48017, 810/541-3630

Childcare Information

 

Visit our section that is totally dedicated to Childcare at http://www.bridges4kids.org/CC.html.

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Listservs/Discussion Groups

 

Bella's List of Michigan Disability/Special Ed/Special Needs Listservs (A-Z)

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Education

 

Schools K-12
Offering comprehensive reports on public, private and charter schools— elementary, middle and high schools. We make it easy to conduct a thorough investigation, critical in choosing a top school. Get your child’s academic career off to the right start with Schools K-12.
URL: http://www.schoolsk-12.com/

 

American Association of School Administrators
AASA, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for over 14,000 educational leaders across America and in many other countries. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA's major focus is standing up for public education.
801 N. Quincy Street
Suite 700
Arlington, VA, 22203-1730
Phone: 703-528-0700
Fax: 703-841-1543
Email: webmaster@aasa.org
URL: http://www.aasa.org

Education Commission of the States
The mission of the Education Commission of the States is to help state leaders identify, develop and implement public policy for education that addresses current and future needs of a learning society.
707 17th Street
Suite 2700
Denver, CO, 80202-3427
Phone: 303-299-3600
Fax: 303-296-8332
URL: http://www.ecs.org

Educational Resources Information Center
The Educational Resources Information Center is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.
2277 Research Boulevard
6M
Rockville, MD, 20850
Phone: (301) 519-5157
Fax: (301) 519-6760
Email: accesseric@accesseric.org 
URL: http://www.eric.ed.gov/

EducationNews.org
EducationNews.org calls itself “the Internet's leading source of education news.“
Email: editor@EducationNews.org
URL: http://www.educationnews.org

GreatSchools.net
GreatSchools.net is a nonprofit online guide to K-12 schools that provides parents with the information they need to guide their children's education.
965 Mission Street
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Fax: (415) 977-0704
URL: http://www.greatschools.net/

Just for Kids
Just for the Kids collects enrollment and state test data from state education departments to analyze student achievement in core academic subjects. The JFTK School Reports identify a school's potential for improvement by comparing it to other schools with equally or more disadvantaged students. This analysis identifies which schools are succeeding and which need more help. Our researchers use this information identify and investigate educational best practice.
4030-2 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX, 78759
Phone: 512.232.0770
Fax: 512.232.0777
Email: jftk@just4kids.org
URL: http://www.just4kids.org

National Center for Education Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
1990 K Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone: (202) 502-7300
Email: nceswebmaster@ed.gov
URL: http://nces.ed.gov/

National Home Education Network
The National Home Education Network exists to encourage and facilitate the vital grassroots work of state and local homeschooling organizations and individuals by providing information, fostering networking and promoting public relations on a national level. Because we believe there is strength in a diverse network of homeschoolers, we support the freedom of all individual families to choose home education and to direct such education.
P.O. Box 1652
Hobe Sound, FL, FL 33475-1652
Fax: (413) 581-1463
Email: info@nhen.org
URL: http://www.nhen.org

SchoolMatch
SchoolMatch by Public Priority Systems, Inc. is a research and database service company that collects, audits, integrates, processes and manages information about public and private elementary and secondary schools.
Phone: (614) 890-1573
Email: schools@schoolmatch.com 
URL: http://www.schoolmatch.com/

USCharterschools.org
USCharterschools.org is a resource developed by WestEd under contract with the U.S. Department of Education.
Email: uscharterschools@wested.org
URL: http://www.uscharterschools.org/

 

Hot List of K-12 School Sites online www.edu-cyberpg.com/Schools/default.asp, which includes a master registry of K-12 schools, organized by state and grade level.  The registry also includes sites for school districts, state and regional education organizations, state departments of education, charter schools, virtual schools, state standards and state administrators.

 

“ASK: ERIC” http://ericir.syr.edu/ - ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), a federally-funded national information system that provides, through its 16 subject-specific clearinghouses, associated adjunct clearinghouses, and support components, a variety of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues.

 

Education Digest is a site for education information, education, education resources, curriculum, educational products, lesson plans, directory, awards, reviews, articles, index, student resources, teacher resources, verbal education products, portal for teachers, family, students, friends.

 

Hotmath.org is a free website with tutorial explanations for the actual homework problems assigned from leading US math textbooks, algebra through calculus.
 

Parents for Public Schools is a national organization of community-based chapters working to strengthen public schools through broad-based enrollment.  Invigorated by a diverse membership, our proactive involvement helps public schools attract all families in a community by making sure all schools effectively serve all children.  We believe that quality public education is vital to our democracy and to America's future.

 
bullet Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) - http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/index.htm
bullet Office of Civil Rights - http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR
bullet National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) - http://www.ici.umn.edu/ncset/
bullet Technical Assistance Partnership - http://www.air.org/tapartnership/

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Employment

 

National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability - Over eighty organizations offer a variety of relevant resources and information useful to those interested in workforce development and youth.

 

Visit our section on Job Opportunities & Resources - click here.

 

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Health

 

Health Journals for Parents of Kids with Special Needs - "When my daughter was diagnosed, I created a health journal to help organize all of her medical information. Soon, the clinic asked me to make 40 more for the other parents." The Little Acorn now offers many versions of this book which have been customized to fit specific disabilities. Visit the website for more details or to order. Available items (New products added often - see website for current offerings): "Juggling Autism" Starter Kit, "Juggling Cystic Fibrosis” Starter Kit, "Juggling Down Syndrome” Starter Kit, "Juggling Cerebral Palsy" Starter Kit, "Juggling Asthma" Starter Kit, "Juggling Diabetes" Starter Kit, "Healthy Kids” Starter Kit, "A Woman's Health Journal", and "The Courage Book”

 

Family Voices of North Dakota, Inc. - A grassroots network assisting families of children with special health care needs.

 

MEDLINE is the NLM's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.  MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to the mid-1960's. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts. Citations prior to the mid-1960s can be found in NLM's OLDMEDLINE database.

 

PubMed, available via the NCBI Entrez retrieval system, was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Entrez is the text based search and retrieval system used at NCBI for all major databases including PubMed, Nucleotide, and Protein Sequences, Protein Structures, Complete Genomes, Taxonomy, OMIM and many others.  PubMed was designed to provide access to citations from biomedical literature.  Subsequently, a linking feature LinkOut, was added to provide access to full-text articles at journal web sites, and other related web resources. PubMed also provides access and links to the other Entrez molecular biology databases.

 

Health Finder - As a health care consumer today, you are faced with many decisions concerning doctors, prescriptions, hospitals, long term care, health insurance, and medical privacy.  We've brought together some of the best information on the Internet to help you make these important choices for yourself and your family.  For background on health care providers, ratings of hospitals and nursing homes, guides to health insurance, how to report fraud or make a complaint, and privacy issues, just choose a starting point when visiting their home page.

 

National Patient Travel Center Rare Disease Conference Travel Assistance - Mercy Medical Airlift provides a transportation service to help families attend rare disease conferences.  The World Congress on Disabilities/Coalition for PKU & Allied Disorders conference is listed with Mercy Medical Airlift as a rare disease conference and they may be able to assist families with free transportation to the convention. Mercy Medical Airlift can usually arrange transportation in general aviation aircraft (Angel Flight) to anyone living within approximately 1,000 miles of conference site at no cost.  For more information, contact Mercy Medical Airlift, National Patient Travel Center, 4620 Haygood Rd., Suite 1, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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Links for Kids & Youth

Visit our section that is totally dedicated to Kids and Youth at http://www.bridges4kids.org/Kids-Teens.html.

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Miscellaneous Resource Links
Do you believe that you may have been wrongfully injured while taking pharmaceuticals? You can find information on this website. Note that this listing does not imply endorsement of the services offered, however, the information offered may be useful in figuring out where to begin. Some very popular drugs have been known to cause some very debilitating side-effects and even death. Better safe than sorry, in my book.
Bridges4kids Featured Product: SPIO Orthotic Garment - SPIO is a snug orthotic garment that surrounds the body with pressure-touch and mild proprioceptive input, which promotes body awareness and the release of calming/modulating chemistry. SPIO’s are useful for decreasing sensory seeking behaviors (such as excessive touching, crashing and banging) which leads to improved safely and stability for the child. SPIO’s patented material is breathable and can be worn alone or under regular clothing during waking hours.

Featured Website: Ramapo For Children - Ramapo’s mission is to serve children with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and learning problems in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment, providing educational and recreational experiences that promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Ramapo’s specific focus is to provide adventure-based experiential learning programs that develop character, competence and build community in children from preschool age through late teens, and in families. Ramapo’s newest initiative, Ramapo Training, provides on-site staff training and program support for educational and recreational programs serving at-risk and special needs children.

 

California Scooters, Trikes and Wagons - Heavy Duty Rhino Scooters, Bobbybilt Wagons, and Rhino Tricycles for All Ages and All Terrain!

 

Featured Website: The Vitamins and Nutrition Center - The Vitamins and Nutrition Center provides factual information on vitamins and nutrition, reports on the latest vitamin research and explains just how vitamins prevent disease.

 

Yankz Sure Lace System - Never tie your shoes again thanks to this innovative product which allows you to simply "yank" to adjust.

 

Viewpoint Mobility: Viewpoint Mobility manufactures the "VISION" rear entrance lowered floor wheelchair accessible mini-van conversion.

 

Jel Publishing: Books Designed for Children with Disabilities

 

Healthy Sprinkles: http://www.healthysprinkles.com/

Healthy Sprinkles are 100% powdered fruits and veggies. They come in 8 flavors, all of which are 100% pure with no additives, preservatives, fillers, enhancers or fake stuff.  These fruits and vegetables have been picked off the vine, freeze dried, powdered and then packaged into loveable shakers.  Freeze-Dried fruits and veggies retain nutrients (and color) as well as fresh fruits and veggies.

 

Welcome to the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association Web Site.  We hope that by finding us you’ll be able to contact other families, and join our circle of friends and support.  Our partner page is at http://www.mosaicdownsyndrome.com.

 

Quality Mall - An international web site with lots of free information about the best person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities.  If you already know about us, we have a new design -- check it out!
 

Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide - Due to the expanding volume of information on the Web, parents and students often have difficulty finding the information they want. Equally problematic is that they have difficulty determining the credibility of the information they do find. The Child & Family WebGuide describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development. These web sites have been selected from thousands of sites about children, based primarily on the quality of the information provided. The goal of the WebGuide is to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the Web.

 

Buttons and More! You name it, it can be put on a button! A site dedicated to raising Autism Awareness.
 

Yvonne Singer's World - "Being physically disabled certainly does not make one less of a person. Anything is possible as long as you have the 'YES, I CAN' attitude. Fighting the good fight may be extremely difficult at times. However, when you have accomplished your goals, you will realize that it was worthwhile to struggle climbing the steep ladder."

 

Cooking Made Easy - Until now, there has been a gap in the cooking resources available for people with developmental disabilities.  Picture cookbooks have assisted people who cannot read.  Standard recipes are understood by few.  But there has been no resource available for the many people who can read, but cannot understand standard recipe formats.  (Terms are confusing, steps are abbreviated or blended, instructions are not detailed enough, etc.)  Now, Cooking Made Easy fills that gap!  Using this cookbook, people who needed assistance cooking in the past can now cook independently.  Individual copies are $19.95 + S/H.  Discounts given for larger orders.  "I was sent a copy of this cookbook for review and I absolutely loved it!  It was so nice to see just how simple it all was - step 1 is always 'Wash Hands.'  It is all in this book!" jdi

 

My Handi-Capable Reporter - Online newsletter with articles by and about people with all types of disabilities.

 

Catalyst - Quarterly newsletter on technology in special education.

 

Creative Therapy Associates is dedicated to producing materials and tools that address the mental health issues of children and adults in a unique way. Our products are used by teachers, psychologists, parents, and individuals. Example of one product: The feelings chart is a decorative poster and also a visual aid for children and adults helping them identify, express, and share feelings. Thirty important feelings are illustrated with an expressive face and named with the corresponding word.

 

Family Education Network (FEN), where you can find great content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. FEN's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives.

 

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National Support Group Information

 

Permanently Disabled Online Support Group: MDJunction is a health community focused on becoming a free center for Online Support Groups.

 

Jonah & The Whale Foundation, Inc.

Helping Families of Disabled & Chronically ill Children

P.O. Box 981
Mars, PA 16046
(877) 49-Jonah(56624)
Email: Info@JTWF.org
Web: http://www.JTWF.org

 

Time Out For Families Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/timeoutforfamilies/
Parent to parent support for families who have a child with special mental health and behavioral needs such as AD(H)D, Bipolar Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Depression and more.

 

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse - Website of the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse and the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, a non-profit, social service agency that provides information by phone on over 4500 local self-help groups in New Jersey. Website contains information on starting self-help groups, statewide training workshops, online newsletter, and contact information for over 170 local mental health groups (including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, families of the mentally ill, dual diagnosis, and more). Website made possible through partnership with Med Help International, one of the nation's leading online medical websites, providing online access to world renowned medical organizations and experts.  The non-profit American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, run by St. Clare's Health Services in New Jersey, helps families and professionals to find and form self-help support groups for almost any specific illness, disability, addiction, bereavement situation, parenting, caregiver concern, abuse, or other stressful life situation. Their keyword-searchable database has over 1,100 national, international, online, and model groups. If there is no existing support network in the world for your concern, they provide a registry and free consultation for those who want to join with others to start one. Their website at www.selfhelpgroups.org also has a listing of local non-profit self-help group clearinghouses worldwide, as well as suggestions for starting both community and online groups. If you prefer to phone to get group information or help, the they can be reached at 973-326-6789. If you frequently refer people to such support groups and would like a hard copy of their database, they recently published the 7th Edition of their Self-Help Group Sourcebook, which contains their database, how-to's, research reviews, over 300 additional national to--free help lines. The 448-page guide costs $18 postpaid, and may be ordered by phone with a credit card, or by check to: Am. Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, Attn: Sourcebook, 100 E. Hanover Ave., Rm 202, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927-2020.
  

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