These National Organizations are information and advocacy resources for families and professionals. Many of these organizations provide a variety of services, others focus on more specific areas of concern.  It is best to contact each organization directly for a full description of services.

 

Assessible Playgrounds

   
Boundless Playgrounds, Inc. 1-877-268-6353 http://www.boundlessplaygrounds.org

Adoption

   
A Kids Exchange 1-914-428-1236  
AASK: Adopt a Special Kid 1-888-680-7349 http://www.adoptaspecialkid.org
Adoptive Families 1-800-372-3300 http://www.AdoptiveFamiliesMagazine.com
Jewish Children's Adoption Network 1-303-573-8113 http://www.users.qwest.net/~jcan
National Adoption Center 1-800-862-3678 http://www.adopt.org
Spaulding for Children 1-248-443-7080 http://www.spaulding.org

Architectural Accessibility

   
Center for Universal Design 1-800-647-6777 http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud

Arts

   
National Arts and Disability Center 1-310-794-1141 http://nadc.ucla.edu

Assistive Technology

   
Center For Best Practices in Early Childhood Education 1-309-298-1634 http://www.wiu.edu/users/mimacp/wiu
New Hampshire Assistive Technology Center 1-603-528-3060  
Lekotek's CompuPlay Programs 1-800-366-7529 http://www.lekotec.org

Bereavement Support

   
Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB), Inc. 1-907-222-5321 http://www.climb-support.org
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. 1-877-969-0010 http://www.compassionatefriends.org
Pen-Parents 1-702-826-7332 http://www.pages.prodigy.com/nv/fgck08a/penparents.html
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center 1-952-473-9372 http://www.pilc.org

Breastfeeding

   
La Leche League International 1-800-525-3243 http://www.lalecheleague.org

Child Care

   
Child Care Plus+ The Center on Inclusion  Early Childhood 1-800-235-4122 http://www.ccplus.org
The Canadian Special Link National Center for Child Care Inclusion 1-800-840-5465 http://www.speciallinkcanada.org

Developmental Disabilities

   
AAC-RERC on Communication Enhancement 1-919-681-9983 http://www.aac-rerc.com
Developmental Delay Registry 1-301-652-2263 http://www.devdelay.org

Early Intervention

   
Pathways Awareness Foundation 1-800-955-2445 http://www.pathways-awareness.org

Education

   
National Coalition of Title 1-202-291-8100  

Employment

   
Electronic Industries Foundation 1-703-907-7400 http://www.eiafoundation.org
Job Opportunities for the Blind 1-410-659-9314 http://www.nfb.org
Just One Break, Inc. 1-212-785-7300 http://www.justonebreak.com
Mainstream 1-301-891-8777 http://www.mainstreaminc.org
National Industries for the Severely Handicapped 1-703-560-6800 http://www.nish.org
Parents Alliance Employment Project 1-630-495-4345  

General

   
Advocates Across America 1-480-917-0955 http://www.axa.org
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) 1-800-424-3410 http://www.aarp.org
Association of University Centers on Disabilities 1-301-588-8252 http://www.aucd.org
The Arc of the United States 1-301-565-3842 http://www.TheArc.org
Birth Defect Research for Children 1-407-895-0802 http://www.birthdefects.org
Children's Defense Fund 1-800-233-1200 http://www.childrensdefense.org
Council for Exceptional Children 1-888-232-7733 http://www.cec.sped.org
Easter Seals 1-800-221-6827 http://www.easterseal.org
Family Voices 1-888-835-5669 http://www.familyvoices.org
KDWB Variety Family Center 1-612-626-3087 http://www.peds.umn.edu/peds-adol/
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation 1-888-663-4637 http://www.modimes.org
National Family Caregivers Association 1-800-896-3650 http://www.nfcacares.org
National Father's Network of Washington State 1-425-747-4004 http://www.fathersnetwork.org
National Vaccine Network 1-703-938-0342 http://www.909shot.com
NICHCY (Nat. Inf. Ctr. for Children & Youth with Disabilities 1-800-695-0285 http://www.nichcy.org
NPA: National Perinatal Association 1-888-971-3295 http://www.nationalperinatal.org
NPND: National Parent Network on Disabilities 1-202-463-2299 http://www.npnd.org
RESNA 1-703-524-6686 http://www.resna.org
The Roeher Institute 1-416-661-9611  
SNAP: Special Needs Advocate for Parents 1-888-310-9889 http://www.snapinfo.org
STOMP: Specialized Training of Military Parents 1-800-572-7368 http://www.washingtonpave.org
The Univ. of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in
Developmental Disabilties, Research, Education and Service
1-800-732-0323 http://www.ruralinstitute,.umt.edu
World Institute on Disability 1-510-763-4100 http://www.wid.org

Genetics

   
BridgeMar Research Foundation 1-708-672-7599 http://www.bridgemar.org
Genetic Alliance 1-800-336-4363 http://www.geneticalliance.org
Hereditary Disease Foundation 1-310-5759656 http://www.hdfoundation.org

Healthcare

   
National Health Council 1-202-785-5923 http://www.nationalhealthcouncil.org
St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children 1-718-281-8800 http://www.stmaryskids.org

Hospitality Housing/Hospice

   
Children's Hospice International 1-800-242-4453 http://www.chionline.org
Hospitality Program (Boston Area) 1-617-482-4338 http://www.hosp.org
National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses 1-800-542-9730 http://nahhh.org

Independent Living

   
Disabled and Alone/Life Services for the Handicapped, Inc. 1-800-995-0066 http://www.disabledandalone.org
Independent Living Research Utilization Program 1-713-520-0232 http://www.ilru.org

Information & Referrals

   
Brave Kids 1-415-561-2393 http://www.bravekids.org
National Christian Resource Center 1-800-369-4636  

Legal Assistance

   
DREDF: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund 1-800-466-4232 http://www.dredf.org
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems 1-202-408-9514 http://www.protectionandadvocacy.com
Pike Institute on Law and Disability 1-617-353-2904 http://www.bu.edu/law/pice

Medical Travel/Transportation

   
National Patient Travel Center 1-800-296-1217 http://www.PatientTravel.org

Prematurity

   
The Alexis Foundation for Premature Infants & Children 1-877-253-9470 http://www.thealexisfoundation.org

Rare Disorders

   
Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders 1-877-302-7273 http://www.cord.ca
MUMS: National Parent to Parent Network 1-877-336-5333 http://www.netnet.net/mums/
NORD: National Organization for Rare Disorders 1-203-746-6518 http://www.raredisorders.org

Rehabilitation

   
Easter Seals/March of Dimes National Council 1-416-932-8382 http://www.esmodnc.org
Easter Seals 1-800-221-6827 http://www.easterseal.org

Respite Care

   
National Respite Locator Service 1-800-773-5433 http://www.chtop.com'locator.htm

Self-Help

   
American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse 1-973-326-6789 http://www.selfhelpgroups.org
National Self-Help Clearinghouse 1-212-817-1822 http://www.selfhelpweb.org

Sexuality

   
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. 1-212-819-9770 http://www.siecus.org

Sibling Support

   
Sibling Support Project 1-206-527-5712 http://www.chmc.org/departmt/sibsupp

Suicide Prevention

   
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 1-212-363-3500 http://www.afsp.org

Support

   
Friends' Health Connection 1-800-483-7436 http://www.friendshealthconnection.org

Toy Lending & Adaptations

   
The National Lekotek Center 1-800-366-7529 http://www.lekotek.org

Training Programs

   
Project DOCC: Delivery of Chronic Care 1-877-773-8747 http://www.ProjectDOCC.rg

Travel

   
Mobility International USA 1-541-343-1284 http://www.miusa.org
SATH: The Society for the Advancement of Travel for the
          Handicapped & Elderly
1-212-447-0027 http://www.sath.org

Wish Organizations

   
Children's Hopes and Dreams Wish Fulfillment Foundation 1-973-361-7366 http://www.childrenswishes.org
Children's Wish Foundation International 1-800-323-9474 http://www.childrenswish.org
Grant-A-Wish/The Children's Promise Foundation 1-800-933-5470 http://www.grant-a-wish.org
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America 1-800-722-9474 http://www.wish.org
Sunshine Foundation 1-800-767-1976  
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada 1-800-700-4437 http://childrenswish.ca
The Dream Factory 1-800-456-7556 http://www.dreamfactoryinc.org