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National Resources for People with Disabilities
Disability.gov is an excellent federal resource that serves as a search engine for organizations and general information about disabilities including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation.
The following are national organizations that are able to help people with non-FASD-specific disabilities in education, legal, employment, and other matters:
- Assistive Technology State Programs: This site connects users to programs that can help them find funding for Assistive Technology, which is any sort of device or service that allows a person with a disability to perform more difficult or unmanageable tasks.
- Learning Disabilities Association of America: This organization provides parental support services, educates policymakers on legislation regarding learning disabilities, works with school programs that address learning disabilities, and publishes materials for adults with learning disabilities about workplace issues, adult literacy, parenting, and assistive technology.
- National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials: This site serves as a resource to educate parents and teachers on accessible educational materials (AEM) for children who are unable to use regular printed text.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN): The Job Accommodation Network works with both potential job seekers and employers. They help people with disabilities market their skills and assist employers in understanding the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- SourceAmerica: SourceAmerica helps people with significant disabilities find jobs by networking with community nonprofit agencies to fulfill contracting needs for the Federal Government. This organization also offers training to people with disabilities who are trying to find employment and helps them find the best work environment for their needs.
- Think Beyond the Label: This organization connects qualified candidates with disabilities to businesses looking to hire said candidates through a network of online tools, information, and training to help job seekers find suitable positions. They also work with businesses to ensure that 7% of their workforce consists of people with disabilities, as mandated by law.
- American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU works to defend all Americans’ individual rights protected in the Constitution. They offer legal assistance to members of the population who may not always receive the equal rights they deserve, including people with disabilities.
- National Disability Rights Network (NDRN): This organization “works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.”
- State Disability Law Centers: There is no national site for this organization, just individual state websites. Every state is designated a Protection and Advocacy agency through the National Disability Rights Network that provide legal services to people who are disabled as well as people who suffer from mental illness or have severe brain injuries.
- Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR): Here, you can find information about local Parent Training Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers that provide different materials to families to help educate them about raising children with disabilities.
- Disaboom: This is a social networking site where people with disabilities share their knowledge and experiences with others through blog posts, photos, videos, chat rooms, etc.
- Easter Seals (U.S.): This organization has headquarters in every state and provides a wide variety of services in education, outreach, and advocacy. They provide people of all ages with the means to adapt to the challenges that their disabilities present.
- Independent Living Centers: Here, you can access state centers that help people with disabilities gain access to housing and transportation as well as become more fully integrated into their communities.
- National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC): The NDNRC informs people with disabilities about their health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act, helping them enroll in the best possible insurance available to them through the Marketplace.
The NOFAS Resource Directory is for information purposes only. You are responsible for the choice of any treatment or therapy option or service provider. Specific treatment, therapy or services should be provided to an individual only at the direction of the individual’s doctor, caregiver, or other qualified professional.
Reference to any treatment, therapy option or to any program, service, or treatment provider is not an endorsement by NOFAS of the treatment of therapy option, program, service or provider referenced. Further, references to treatment or therapy options, programs, services or providers are not intended to be comprehensive statements of available options, programs, services or providers. You should investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual. NOFAS assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided by NOFAS.
NOFAS welcomes your phone calls, e-mails and letters. Please keep in mind that NOFAS does not provide direct assistance, such as treatment or legal services. We do, however, provide Information & Referral to many services and supports across the country. We encourage you to contact the NOFAS affiliate in your area, as our affiliates are often the most knowledgeable about local services.
The directory was originally compiled by the Fetal Alcohol Education Program at the Boston University School of Medicine through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Special thanks to Barbara Morse, PhD, Ellen Hutchins, Corinne Barnwell, and the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.