National Links


Acoustic Neuroma Association

The Acoustic Neuroma Association provides information and support to patients who have been diagnosed with or experienced an acoustic neuroma or other benign problem affecting the cranial nerves. 


Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is the U.S. Government organization responsible for implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. ADD, its staff and programs, are part of the Administration for Children and Families, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA was passed on July 26, 1990 and prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment. In 2009, the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) became effective and expanded the definition of disability. 

ARC Link

Now individuals and families seeking resources and advice on home and community-based services can find detailed information on service providers within this Web site. Our goal is to provide an open forum that empowers individuals to make sound choices based on accurate, up-to-date information. 

Assistive Technology Training Online (ATTO)

A new site, Assistive Technology Training Online offers free, online training in assistive technology solutions to help students with disabilities. The site consists of "Virtual Workshops" targeted to teachers, parents, and assistive technology service provieders who serve elementary-level students.

We are an online information resource providing up-to-date, thorough information on assistive technologies, adaptive environments and community resources. While assistivetech.netsm focuses on the needs of people with disabilities, including their families, service providers and members of their communities, we recognize the importance of these resources to everyone. The same assistive technology that makes things possible for people with disabilities makes things easier for those without disabilities.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by pervasive inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity and resulting in significant functional impairment. CDC estimates 4.4 million youth ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD by a healthcare professional, and as of 2003, 2.5 million youth ages 4-17 are currently receiving medication treatment for the disorder. In 2003 7.8% of school-aged children were reported to have an ADHD diagnosis by their parent.

Autism Society of America

ASA exists to improve the live of all affected by autism.

Center for Self-Determination

The Center for Self-Determination is the primary clearinghouse, training and technical assistance source on Self-Determination in the United States and other countries.   The Center is devoted to moving power and authority over resources directly to individuals with disabilities, families and allies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a new tool to help early childhood educators monitor childhood development.  It's called "Go Out and Play!". 

Children's Defense Fund

The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to "Leave No Child Behind" and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. 

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. 

DD Act

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities participate fully in their communities through full integration and inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural, religious and educational sectors of our society. The DD Act further ensures that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent services, supports and other assistance and opportunities that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in the community.

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched, a redesigned federal Web site that connects the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities to thousands of trusted resources on disability-related issues, programs and services. Formerly known as, the site has been completely redesigned and updated with new social media tools, such as a blog and a Twitter feed, to encourage feedback and interaction among visitors. is not just for Americans with disabilities, but also for parents of children with disabilities, employers, workforce and human resource professionals, veterans, educators, caregivers and many others. features comprehensive information from 22 federal agencies, as well as educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Topics covered on the site include: benefits; civil rights; community life; education; emergency preparedness; employment; health; housing; technology; and transportation.

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Epilepsy Foundation of America  

The Epilepsy Foundation of America is the national voluntary agency solely dedicated to the welfare of the more than 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families.

Family Center on Technology and Disability

The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. The Family Center offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies.

Family Support Center on Disabilities

The Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network (going by KIN) website offers an on-line centralized resource on a full range of information and resources for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

As an entity of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support. 

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

To provide leadership in the field of children's mental health and develop necessary human and financial resources to meet its goals. 

Health Care for All Americans

This new website will allow Americans to view today's White House Health Forum, share their thoughts about health reform with the Obama Administration. Included on this website is a new report, Americans Speak on Health Reform: Report on Health Care Community Discussions, which summarizes comments from the thousands of Americans who hosted and participated in Health Care Community Discussions across the country and highlights the need for immediate action to reform health care.

Human Growth Foundation

The Human Growth Foundation helps individuals with growth-related disorders, their families, and health care professionals through education, research, and advocacy. 

I Can - On-Line Disability News

Disabilities Online News. 


An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. 

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation           

The National Addison's Disease Foundation was formed in 1985 by a young couple as a result of their experiences with Addison's disease. At that time, there was no organization established which would provide guidance and information about what life was like with adrenal insufficiency. There was no way to contact others who shared this illness. Although Addison's disease is considered a rare disease, it is estimated that at least 10,000 individuals in the United States have this condition (this is probably an underestimation). 

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities  

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is a national membership organization representing the 55 State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities. NACDD is a 501(c) 3 organization with the purpose of promoting and enhancing the outcomes of our member councils in developing and sustaining inclusive communities and self directed services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems 

Supporting state education agencies and local school systems to assure a quality, culturally responsive education for all students.

National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education (NCPSE)

The National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education (NCPSE) is committed to enhancing the nation's capacity to recruit, prepare, and retain well qualified diverse educators and related service personnel for children with disabilities. 

National Council on Disability (NCD)

NCD is an independent federal agency working with the President and the Congress to increase the independence and empowerment of all Americans with disabilities. The site has news of issues affecting people with disabilities including IDEA. 

National Down Syndrome Society

A comprehensive information source on Down Syndrome. 

National Federation of the Blind

A comprehensive source for people with sight disabilities. 

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research  

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

National Mental Health Services/ Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)

CMHS is charged with leading the national system that delivers mental health services. The goal of this system is to provide the treatment and support services needed by adults with mental disorders and children with serious emotional problems. 

National Organization for Persons with Albinism & Hypopigmentation (NOAH)

A place where people with albinism, their families and those that work with them can ask questions and share their experiences. 

National Respite Network

Respite, a break for caregivers and families, is a service in which temporary care is provided to children with disabilities, or chronic or terminal illnesses, and to children at risk of abuse and neglect. 

Online "Disability Museum"

This is a searchable, theme-based digital collection offering documents and images related to disability history in the United States drawn from public and private collections around the country. 

Pike Institute on Law and Disability

The N. Neal Pike Institute on Law and Disability supports education, research and public service activities concerning disability law. 

President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education (PCESE)

On October 3, 2001, President George Bush established a Commission on Excellence in Special Education to collect information and study issues related to Federal, State, and local special education programs with the goal of recommending policies for improving the education performance of students with disabilities. 

Project Tech-Link

More and more people are accessing the Internet for information and education. Many educators and families now have access to computers. Merging these two aspects, the concept of Project TechLink was born over a year and a half ago. It came to life in the Fall of 1996 when the U.S. Department of Education funded Project TechLink for a three year grant period. 

Red Cross

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. 

Rick Hansen Institute

The Rick Hansen Institute's (RHI) vision is a world in which people with spinal cord injury paralysis can reach their full potential. 

Schwab Foundation for Learning

This web site contains information and research, which can be useful as background material for writers, reporters, editors and producers reporting on the subject of learning differences and disabilities. 

Online Services from Social Security – in Spanish

Social Security now has online services in Spanish. You can apply online for Social Security retirement benefits, Medicare, and Extra Help with the cost of Medicare prescription drugs. You can also get an estimate of your future retirement benefits using the Retirement Estimator - all in Spanish. Click here for more information. 

SSA's RED Book

The Social Security Administration has released the 2006 edition of what many people simply call the "Red Book," which is a summary guide to employment support for individuals with disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplementary Security Income (SSI) programs.The Red Book contains useful information that will assist these folks in knowing how to go to or return to work in such a way that helps maximize economic self-sufficiency. This publication may be an empowering and invaluable tool to enable people with disabilities to enter the world of employment as part of their overall life approach of fulfilling career dreams and aspirations and striving to reach their greatest potential as they continually seek to enhance their own economic productivity.Online versions are available both in PDF and HTML formats.To reach the Social Security Administration by phone to obtain the Red Book, which is also available in alternative formats, you may call (800) 772-1213 [Voice] or (800) 325-0778 [TTY]. 


TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their families, advocates and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. 

Ticket to Work

This program is intended to provide an opportunity to meet people engaged in disability and work-related activities. Persons with disabilities who are receiving Social Security and interested in returning to work may wish to attend a local Work Incentives Seminar Event. 

The Disability Consultancy (TDC)

Based in Britain, the Disability Consultancy (TDC) is a specialist division of Westoby Yates Limited, concentrating on assisting businesses to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). The company specifically offers simple and practical solutions for service providers enabling them to respond positively and cost-effectively to the requirements of the Act.The Disability Consultancy (TDC) has worked with many people and organisations to develop a comprehensive range of products and services to guide companies through this highly complicated piece of legislation. 

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet  

Thomas was launched in January of 1995, at the inception to the 104th Congress.  The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public.


University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens.

United Way 

United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement.  Local United Ways create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues.  Common focus areas include helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and independence, and improving people's health.  Our goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems.

White House

America's 43rd President, George W. Bush, and First Lady Laura Bush welcome you to the White House.


Peter and Pam Wright are the founders of Wrightslaw, the #1 ranked website about education law, special education law and special education advocacy. 

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