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Resources: Children With Special Needs


Autism Society of America (ASA)

Nationwide support network that promotes lifelong access and opportunities for persons with autism. Information about local chapters and resources can link consumers and families to key services such as special education departments, parent training information centers, technical assistance about insurance and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities as well as early intervention, health, mental health and mental retardation resources.


Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite
300 Bethesda, MD 20814-3067
301-657-0881 or 800-3AU-TISM

Autism PDD Resources Network

The purpose of this site is to guide you to the key issues associated with autism spectrum disorders. There is a growing awareness of the nature of autism and the kinds of approaches to diagnosis, treatment and care that are likely to be effective in meeting the needs of autistic individuals and their families.

Cure Autism Now Foundation

Read the latest news about autism; browse answers to frequently asked questions; discover support resources for parents; find out about ongoing initiatives to fund research; and link to the organization's Delaware Valley chapter.

Disability Resources, Inc.

Searchable by state and topic, the site includes a wealth of links to resources designed to help people with various physical and mental disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.

Down Syndrome

National Association for Down Syndrome

Check out the latest news and facts about Down syndrome; access community resources; post your thoughts and questions to the discussion board; and read inspirational stories.

National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy.

Learning Disabilities

PBS "Struggling to Learn"

Learn more about how to recognize and understand a variety of learning problems; read the advice of several learning disability experts; discover strategies for helping a struggling child; and print out a list of resources pertaining to reading, writing, math, attention and general learning difficulties.

Other Resources

Easter Seals

Provides services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families.

Eastern Pennsylvania

Southeastern Pennsylvania

Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore

New Jersey

March of Dimes

March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight.


A web-based resource directory, sponsored by Philadelphia�s Mental Retardation Services, that links users to a wide array of services and supports in the Philadelphia area, including information about assistive technology, education, jobs, recreation, housing, health, transportation and income resources, as well as volunteer activities and networking. The website offers a monthly calendar listing meetings, recreational and social events at no or ittle cost and training and educational opportunities. Referral and consultation are also provided.


Philadelphia Mental Retardation Services
1441 Sansom St., 2 nd Floor
Phila., PA 19102
Email: Jeffrey.Orlin@phila.gov

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

NICHCY compiles disability-related resources for each state to help in locating organizations and agencies that address disability-related issues, including: state agencies and organizations serving children and youth with disabilities; disabilities-specific organizations, organizations specifically for parents and other disabilities-relevant organizations. NICHCY provides referral and consultation on a cost-free basis in Spanish as well as English.


P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
1-800-695-0285 (Voice/TTY)
202-884-8200 (Voice/TTY)
Fax: 1-202-884-8441
Email: nichcy@aed.org

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

UCP has long been recognized for the timely information it provides to parents and families of individuals with disabilities. This information assists parents and families in obtaining the necessary support and services in child care, supported living, education, health, employment, health and recreational activities for their family members.

Information is available in Spanish.