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College Living Experience
(800) 486-5058 (voice)

College Living Experience (CLE) provides individualized post-secondary academic, career, independent living, and social supports to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities.

ADDitude Magazine

ADDitude Magazine provides readers with information about:

  • Adult ADHD
  • Parenting ADHD children
  • ADHD treatment
  • School & learning disabilities
  • ADHD symptoms & diagnosis
  • Finding resources

Best Buddies Maryland
3500 Boston Street, MS-47 Suite 210, Baltimore, MD 21224
410-327-9812 (voice) | 410- 327-9816 (fax)

Best Buddies Maryland offers a variety of Best Buddies International programs that create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

These programs include:

  • Best Buddies Middle Schools - Best Buddies Middle Schools fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without IDD. Students with IDD are often isolated and left out of social activities. Best Buddies Middle Schools helps to create an inclusive school climate for students early on in their educational development.
  • Best Buddies High Schools - Best Buddies High Schools fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without IDD. The high school years are a time of heightened social and emotional development and can be difficult even for those without IDD. Best Buddies High Schools helps break through social barriers at an important time in a young person's life.
  • Best Buddies Colleges - Best Buddies Colleges fosters one-to-one friendships between college students and adults with IDD and college students without IDD. Historically, adults with IDD have been isolated in home or work environments. Best Buddies Colleges is changing this by providing the opportunity for people with IDD to be involved in campus and community life.
  • Best Buddies Citizens - Best Buddies Citizens fosters one-to-one friendships between adults with and without IDD in corporate and civic communities. This program helps people with IDD become part of mainstream society and creates an inclusive and diverse community for all.
  • e-Buddies - e-Buddies provides a safe online forum to develop one-to-one friendships between people with and without IDD. Technology is an integral part of society and by participating in e-Buddies, participants can develop the skills necessary to be able to communicate using a variety of sources.
  • Best Buddies Jobs - Best Buddies Jobs is a supported employment program that secures competitive paying jobs for people with IDD, therefore enabling them to work as respected individuals. The program develops partnerships with employers, assists with the hiring process, and provides ongoing support to the employee and employer.

Camp Virginia Jaycee
P.O. Box 648, Blue Ridge, VA 24064
(540) 947.2972 (voice)

Camp Virginia Jaycee is a summer outdoor recreational and educational program for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The camp offers many safe and fun activities for its campers, including:

  • Swimming
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Sports and games
  • Music and drama
  • Hayrides
  • Campfires
  • Dances
  • Talent shows

Chateau Nightclub
3439 Benning Rd, NE, Washington, DC 20019

The Chateau is the place to go hand dancing in the District (or, really, anywhere). Thursday through Sunday, this club is filled with oldies DJs and a middle-aged clientele that definitely knows how to dance. Many of the people here are regulars who also attend dance classes. This is the best place to enjoy DC's own version of swing dancing.

CLE Summer Career Development Program
401 North Washington Street, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850
800-486-5058 (voice)

Summer Career Development prepares high school students with learning differences such as ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders for future employment. CLE’s 3-week program provides students the opportunity to gain work experience by engaging with the local community. During this time, students will participate in a series of volunteer placements to develop their employment skills across three different industries. Student activities will also focus on enhancing:

  • Independence
  • Career Readiness
  • Self-Determination
  • Leadership & Interpersonal Skills
  • Organization & Time Management

CLE Summer Exploration Program
401 North Washington Street, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850
800-486-5058 (voice)

CLE Summer Exploration is a program for diverse learners entering their senior year or who have recently graduated. Summer Exploration is a preview of independent living in a college environment, with intensive support to build the educational, vocational, social and independent living skills needed for transition to adulthood.

During this three-week summer experience, students will participate in classes to prepare them for life after high school. Lifelong skills will be developed as they receive coaching from our highly qualified staff in:

  • Preparing for higher education
  • Self-advocacy
  • Navigating a new community
  • Building new relationships
  • Independent living

1705 DeSales Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
202 568 8000 (voice) | 202 658 8050

e-Buddies is an e-mail pen pal program that provides opportunities for e-mail friendships between people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their peers who do not have IDD.

Each participant is matched in a one-to-one e-mail friendship, and matched pairs are asked to exchange e-mails once a week for at least one year. Matches are made based on similar age, gender, geography (i.e. participants will NOT be matched with someone from the same state/province), and shared interests.

e-Buddies is open to anyone with an e-mail address who is 10 years old and up. Participants with IDD can sign up individually, or in groups through a special education class or a support service agency. e-Buddies is ALWAYS free of charge for participants with IDD.

e-Buddies is a program of Best Buddies International.

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, , Washington, DC 20008
202-237-1670 (voice) | 202-274-2161 (fax)

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) helps girls to promote diversity, gain practical life skills, and connect with their community through a variety of artistic, educational, and environmental events. Some of these events include:

  • Photography expos
  • College and career conferences
  • Nature workshops

Ms. Wheelchair DC
202-484-3550 (voice)

The Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia is a sisterhood of dynamic women who are dedicated to promoting disability awareness, education, and empowerment. For the last 10 years, the Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia organization has selected a spokesperson to speak to the general public about her life as a person with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a platform issue of her choosing. Moreover, Ms. Wheelchair District of Columbia competes nationally with other state titleholders in the annual Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

Parent to Parent USA (P2PUSA)
2030 M Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20036

Parent to Parent USA (P2PUSA) is an organization that offers programming and parent-to-parent support to families with children that have disabilities, special healthcare needs, or mental health needs.

P2P organizes a one-to-one match between an experienced support parent and a non-experienced parent. This “match” allows the experienced parent to provide emotional support, provide assistance with finding resources, information, services, etc. and allows the opportunity for the non-experienced parent to form relationships and connections in the community. After the match is made, P2P will follow up and provide support to ensure that the match achieves the P2P organization’s goals.

The Reginald S. Lourie Center

Contributes to the stability and strength of the community by fostering the development of emotionally healthy children and strong parent-child relationships through specializing in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems in infants and young children. Supports community-based organizations that host and maintain resource corners in their facilities that provide families online access to community resources.

Riverview School
551 Route 6A East Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA 02537
(508) 888-0489 (voice) | (508) 833-7001 (fax)

Riverview School, an independent coeducational boarding/day school, provides a caring community for adolescents and young adults with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities. The School is committed to developing student competence and confidence in academic, social and independent living skills.

Telecommunicating and Accessibility Issues for the Deaf

This webpage offers a series of educative articles, compiled by Five 9 Call Center Software, on hearing impairment and accessibility issues. These articles provide specific information about:

  • The history of telecommunications devices
  • Telephone relay services
  • Using a TTY system
  • Accessing 9-1-1 emergency services
  • Ongoing efforts to improve telecommunication
  • Overcoming isolation through social media
  • Making distance learning courses more inclusive
  • The challenges of communicating in the workplace
  • Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act

This webpage also offers informative resources related to hearing impairment. These resources include:

  • Webpages devoted to deaf culture
  • Reviews of assistive technology products
  • A database of closed-captioned, educational DVDs

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