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Abilities Network

  • Abilities Network is non-profit organization that assists individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and reach their maximum potential.
  • Services are customized to offer individuals and families choices.
  • They provide extensive training opportunities for families child care providers teachers and community members with the goal of fostering inclusion.

Ability Path
  • AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life – through all phases of a child’s growth and development.

ACM Lifting Lives
  • The charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.

Accessing Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities through Maryland Medical Assistance/Medicaid and MCHP

ACT Today!
  • Autism Care and Treatment Today: awards grants ranging from $100 to $5,000 to help families pay for the cost of effective autism treatments and assessments.

A Holistic Approach to Toilet Training

Asperger's Disorder
  • Provides you with the most basic, important and useful information about Asperger's Disorder.
  • While also connecting you with the best resources out there.

Autism Case Training: A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum

Autism and Computing

Autism Concepts

Autism Distance Education Network

Autism National Committee
  • An autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches.

Autism Network International
  • An autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people.

Autism Outreach Program
  • Provides information, training, and technical assistance to schools, families, and agencies with educational supports for individuals from birth to age 21 with autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Research Foundation
  • The first medically-accredited autism research charity in the world
  • responds to the changing needs of the autism community through neurobiology research, education, family life resources and inclusion programs.

Autism Research Institute
  • Mission is to meet the needs of the global autism community through research, networking, education, and support for families and people of all ages on the autism spectrum.

Autism Society of America
  • The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism
  • We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy

  • BLOOM was designed to bring together the wisdom of families—reflected in firsthand columns such as Parent Talk, Role Model and Trailblazer—and professionals in childhood disability treatment, research, real-world programs and education.

  • Provides access to educational and therapeutic tools—anywhere, anytime—allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development..

Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC)
  • A nationally recognized leader in developing state-of-the-art services for people with autism and serves as a model for other agencies developing community-based housing, employment, educational and early intervention services.

Complex Child Magazine
  • A free monthly online magazine written by parents of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities and is intended to provide medical information, along with personal experiences, in simple language that other parents can understand.

Department of Mental Health & Hygiene Developmental Disabilities Administration

Easter Seals Disability Services
  • Offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Endless Options
  • Mission is to develop a learning environment that is not only enjoyable, but is the foundation for life long changes in both the ability levels and self-esteem of our children.

FEAT(Families for Early Autism Treatment)
  • A non-profit, volunteer-driven organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals dedicated to providing best outcome Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community.

FRAXA Research Foundation
  • Funds grants and fellowships at universities all over the world
  • They have funded more than $24 million dollars in top-notch science

Friendship Circle
  • A useful site to understand the process of meeting with school officials and other mental health professionals.

Geneva Center for Autism
  • An international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention services and training.

  • HelpGuide.org provides articles that can help you better understand autism, identify the symptoms, and overcome the obstacles your child faces.

Home Modification Directory
  • The Home Modifications Directory is a guide that provides useful information on home modification resources throughout the State of Maryland including:
    • Equipment Supplies
    • Funding Sources and Loan Programs
    • Home Assessment/Equipment Evaluations
    • Information and Referral
    • Licensed Home Improvement Contractors
    • Volunteer Organizations

Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
  • Provides a secure online setting where those affected by autism are active participants in ASD research.

  • From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he/she plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.

Linda Barton - Educational Consulting Services

Maryland Autism Waiver Guide – A Practical Guide For Families

Maryland Technology Assistance Program
  • The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) is a program run by the Maryland Department of Disabilities helping to support access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services.

Maryland Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
  • Helps find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state.

Medicaid Waivers by State

Mommies of Miracles
  • Largest virtual support group for mothers of children who have medical complexities, life-limiting conditions, or developmental disabilities.
  • Provides an extended network of resources, products & services, grief support, family matching, and hope.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support
  • Provides information, networking, referrals and printed materials for families, challenged individuals and professionals concerned with the autism spectrum.

Pathfinders for Autism
  • Pathfinders For Autism mission is to improve the lives of individuals with autism and the people who care for them.
  • We accomplish this through a variety of programs and services, all of which are offered FREE of charge.

People on the Go Maryland
  • A group of advocates with intellectual and developmental challenges who use our voices to be heard and recognized.
  • POG is currently a partnership between the Maryland Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Quality Mall
  • A place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Schwallie Family Scholarship
  • Supports qualified individuals with autism residing in the United States pursuing postsecondary education.

Special Education Resource Guide
  • Provides users with a wealth of information pertaining to the procedures and requirements for doctoral programs in special education.

St. Elizabeth School
  • St. Elizabeth School (SES) is a nonpublic, special education school located in Baltimore City.
  • They work with students from all of Central Maryland, ages 6 to 21, in grades 1 ro 12, in their Elementary, Middle, and High School programs.

TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication)
  • The University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program creates and cultivates the development of exemplary community-based services, training programs, and research to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and for their families across the lifespan.

The First Hand Foundation
  • Provides funding to pay for healthcare expenses of children when insurance and other resources have been exhausted.
  • First Hand Foundation will help pay the costs of:
    • clinical procedures
    • medicine
    • therapy
    • assistive technology
    • care devices
    • vehicle modifications
  • The foundation will also help families who must travel for their child to receive treatment with the costs of:
    • lodging
    • food
    • gas
    • parking and transportation

The Fragile X Autism Connection

The Mind Institute, UC Davis
  • The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders.

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project
  • Provides grants to families of children who have physical special needs, regardless of what the underlying disease or disability is.
  • The grants can be used to pay for products or services that help parents meet their children’s special needs and, thereby, enhance the quality of life for the entire family.

The National Autism Association Helping Hand Program
  • Provides grants of up to $1,500 to families of children who have autism that are in need of financial help.
  • The grants can be used to pay for biomedical treatments, supplements and therapeutic services.

The National Fragile X Foundation
  • The National Fragile X Foundation unites the Fragile X community by:
    • Enriches lives through education and emotional support
    • Promotes public and professional awareness
    • Advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X

The Resource Finder at Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Informs consumers, families and professionals about community services, trainings, research, and other information on developmental disabilities and related disorders across the lifespan.

Trellis Services
  • Trellis Services, Inc, headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is a progressive and innovative agency that provides comprehensive services for children with autism and related communication disorders.

Your Child With Autism: Life as an Adult & Planning Ahead