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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

The Arc of the District of Columbia - Beyond High School: Navigating the Future
415 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-636-2950 (voice)

Our project, funded by a 1-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, will serve 30+ transitioning youth and their families during the '10-'11 school year, with hopes of securing funding to continue the project. Together with our partners, DC Public Schools and Developmental Disabilities Services, we will identify students and families who need assistance planning for their futures and navigating government systems and the many services available to them.

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

DC Center for Independent Living
1400 Florida Ave, NE, Suite 3, Washington, DC 20002
202-388-0033 (voice)

The DCCIL is managed by and for persons with a variety of disabilities. The DCCIL is a community based, private non-profit organization that promotes independent life styles for persons with significant disabilities in the District of Columbia. DCCIL has four core independent living services: (1) Independent living skills training including travel training, (2) Peer counseling, (3) Advocacy and legal services, and (4) Information and referral to community services.

DC Disability Guide, DC Center for Independent Living, Inc.

This on-line guide offers a wide range of resources from finding personal attendants to accessible restaurants and apartment communities in the DC-MD-VA area.

e-Trac Vocational Training Curriculum
Midwest Special Services: 3400 Granada Ave. North, Suite 190, Oakdale, MN 55128
(651) 238-1994 (voice)

This innovative online curriculum is designed to teach job search skills to people struggling to overcome barriers to employment, such as disabilities, gaps in employment history or mental health challenges.

This comprehensive curriculum contains six separate courses – the first five focus on a specific phase of the job search process while the sixth focuses on how to successfully keep a job. Each course is fully animated and all information is presented in accessible, easy-to-understand language. Content is reinforced through fun, engaging videos, simulations, interactive exercises, quizzes, exams and a variety of practical opportunities to apply what is learned. All courses are fully narrated.

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305 Courthouse Plaza II, Arlington , VA 22201
703-525-ECNV (3268) (voice) | 703-525-3585 (fax) | 703-525-3553 (TTY)

The Mission of the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV) is to empower people with disabilities to live independently.

Our goals are to enable individuals with disabilities to:

  • improve the quality of their lives;
  • determine their own lifestyles;
  • participate in all aspects of society;
  • secure their human and civil rights;
  • exercise self advocacy; and
  • ensure a system for consumer control and policy direction

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

Income Maintenance Administration (IMA)
645 H St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-698-3900 (voice)

The mission of the Department of Human Services Income Maintenance Administration (IMA) is to determine the eligibility of applicants and to recertify the eligibility of recipients for federal and District-funded assistance programs, and to help heads of households receiving TANF benefits to become employed and move toward financial independence. IMA determines eligibility for benefits under the Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medical Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps), and Child Care Subsidy, Burial Assistance, Emergency Rental Assistance, and Interim Disability Assistance, Refugee Cash Assistance and  programs. In addition, IMA’s Food Stamp Employment and Training Program (FSET) provide employment and training services to able-bodied adults without dependents who receive food stamps.

Income Maintenance Administration, Anacostia
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Washington, DC
202-645-4614 (voice) | 202-727-3527 (fax)

Health (insurance)

Income Maintenance Administration, Congress Heights
4001 S. Capitol St, SW, Washington, DC
202-645-4546 (voice) | 202-645-4546 (fax)

Health (insurance)

Income Maintenance Administration, Fort Davis
3851 Alabama Ave, SE, Washington, DC
202-645-4500 (voice) | 202-645-6205 (fax)

Health (insurance)

Income Maintenance Administration, H Street
Income Maintenance Administration, 645 H St, NE, Washington, DC
202-698-4350 (voice) | 202-645-6205 (fax)

Health (insurance)

Income Maintenance Administration, Taylor Street
1207 Taylor St, NW, Washington, DC
202-576-8000 (voice) | 202-576-8740 (fax)

Health (insurance)

Jenny Hatch Justice Project
202-448-1448 (voice)

Sponsored by Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, The Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP) supports the right of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to make decisions about their lives. JHJP provides access to:

  • Recent research publications on independent living services and alternatives to guardianship
  • Informative brochures on decision-making
  • A sample training program
  • Legal, educational, and transition resources

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute
801 Buchanan St, NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-529-7600 (voice) | 202-529-2028 (fax)

The Kennedy Institute works with teens and young adults with developmental disabilities to provide a broad array of education, therapeutic, employment, and community living programs.

M&L Special Needs Resources Webpage
5603 Potomac Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
855.344.9771 (voice) | 855.344.9771

At M&L Special Needs Planning, we feel that access to the right information is the key to planning a successful future. In keeping with our goal to keep you informed, and to provide you with the tools to enable you to plan a happy and successful future for your family, we have compiled a list of special needs resources.

Organizations: This special needs resource link will take you to a list of organizations that are dedicated to providing special needs services to your family and your child with special needs. The list includes organizations from all across the country.

Advocacy: Advocacy is a public process by an individual or group which attempts to influence governmental policy and resource allocations. We have compiled a list of advocacy groups that can help you fight for issues that are pertinent to you and your family.

Government and Social Security: A key aspect of our special needs planning services involves working with governmental agencies in order to access public resources. We have provided you with the websites for a number of agencies that you may need to contact in order to receive information or benefits that are important to your family’s future.

Housing: There are a number of organizations which provide information and services related to housing issues and questions. These special needs resources are excellent starting points for understanding housing services.

Disability: This link will take you to a list of websites which contain a wealth of information related to disability, including the link to disability.gov, a redesigned federal website that connects more than 50 million Americans with disabilities to thousands of resources on disability related issues, programs and services.

Local ARCS: The ARC is the world’s largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This link will take you to the websites of the ARC chapters located in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The ARCs are located in every state and are an excellent special needs resource for the family with special needs.

Post-Secondary Options: Many parents of children with special needs worry about what their child will do after high school. We have compiled a list of programs and special needs resources to help you access information and begin to plan for this transition in your child’s life.

Health: This list of websites will help you access information regarding medical insurance, medication control, as well as other health related issues.

Transitioning: The transition from school into adulthood is an essential and often complex step in the life of a person with special needs. These special needs resources will provide you with information and access to service providers who can help you and your child with special needs on his or her transitioning journey.

Employment: This section is geared towards employment resources for adults with special needs. There is a number of organization which compile information on this topic. We will add only the best special needs resources to this category.

Magazines and Articles: We have a gathered a number of really fantastic magazines and articles that can provide you with expert information, other special needs resources, and can provide links to other members of the special needs community.

General Assistance: These resources are designed to help with any overall questions, or to provide general information or help on a wide range of topics.

Children with Special Needs: A brief description of what it means to be a child with special needs, the emotional process of the first diagnosis, and the important of early intervention. Early intervention services for both the Washington D.C. area, and nationwide are provided at the end of the article.

Children with Healthcare Needs: A brief description of what it means to be a child with special healthcare needs, how it can impact the family situation, and statistics regarding children with special healthcare needs from across America. Resources to help you find help in obtaining a diagnosis, healthcare, and support are provided.

Special Education Schools: When it comes to helping children with special needs realize their fullest potential, special education schools are a valuable asset. Follow this link for a brief article outlining exactly why special needs schools are so important, and the ways in which the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 affects the way we educate our children with special needs.

Special Need Trust: A Special Needs Trust is the only legal solution to protect an individual with disabilities to qualify for government benefits. Follow this link for a brief explanation of what the term means and the different types of Special Needs Trusts, as well as other important points to consider when setting up your own Special Needs Trust.

Maryland Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Resource Locator: In order to improve access to information about needed services and resources, Maryland’s Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs created the resource database. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) of Maryland created the online resource database for children and youth with special health care needs. In Maryland, over one third of families of these children report that they cannot easily access needed community based services and half of the same families report that they need help finding services for their youngsters. For families in rural areas of the state, it can be even more difficult to find specialty services.

Cerebral Palsy Guide is a website that is intended to give parents of children with cerebral palsy simple, straightforward information about cerebral palsy and its treatment, as well as to help families connect with medical and legal professionals. Designed specifically with parents of children newly diagnosed with CP in mind, the website strives to offer “peace, healing, and happiness.”

The Mason LIFE Program

The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is a dual purpose. The first is to provide a supportive academic environment for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The second is to supply an apprenticeship for George Mason University students..

Medical Transportation Technology's On the Move Program

How do YOU get where you need to go? Learning how to ride public transit provides individuals with disabilities a multitude of benefits: increased independence and confidence, increased opportunities for vocational, educational and social pursuits, and the development of important life-long independent living skills. MTM's On the Move program operates under a contract with Metro to provide intensive and personalized one-on-one travel training services to individuals with disabilities in Washington DC. During travel training activities, our travel trainers work with each individual to increase their travel skills so they can safely and independently ride buses and trains to their chosen destination. For some, travel training may be completed in a short amount of time; for others, it may take longer to learn and be comfortable riding their route independently. We work closely with the individual as well as those involved in their care to ensure that training is comprehensive and satisfactory.

Participating individuals must be eligible for either Metro's Reduced Fare program or MetroAccess. Participation in travel training is free and does not affect an individual's eligibility for MetroAccess.

National Veterans Center (NVC)
2013 H Street NW, Suite 200, Washington , DC 20006
202-652-4742 (voice)

Powered by Student Veterans of America and in conjunction with The HSC Foundation, the National Veterans Center’s (NVC) mission is to empower military veterans to reach their full potential. This partnership between non-profit organizations accomplishes its mission by acting as a central conduit that pairs service providers from the public and private sector with veterans and military families seeking resources. The NVC serves as America’s laboratory for developing, testing, and digitally delivering new solutions to veterans in order to assist them with overcoming disability, completing their education, finding meaningful employment, and thriving in their communities.

New View, LLC
966 Hungerford Dr, Suite 7, Rockville, MD 20850
240-535-4036 (voice)

New View, LLC establishes relationships with children, young adults, adults, and their families and/or educational support team to determine relevant, individualized, and client-centered recommendations related to education, work, self-care, and leisure. We provide quality therapeutic services across the lifespan to create meaningful life experiences that help to improve independence and confidence in education, work, self-care, and leisure activities. We provide occupational therapy treatment and evaluation in addition to vocational, career guidance, and assessment.

RCM of Washington
900 2nd Street, NE, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20002
202-789-1930 (voice)

We strive to support each person in a positive and nurturing environment, which integrates all aspects of living, working, and learning, and acknowledges their place as a valued and viable member of the community. RCM has developed an innovative and creative approach to working with people with Intellectual Disabilities through self-determined choices and experiences tailored to individual dreams, desires, and needs. We promote opportunities for building relationships and  integrating into the community.

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.

Routines and children with disability

This article discusses routines and why they are good for children with disability. It also provides tips for getting the most out of your routines and for helping your child follow them.

Saint John's Community Services
2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite C-120, Washington, DC 20007
202-274-3460 (voice) | 202-337-5459 (fax)

The mission of SJCS-DC is "Advancing community supports and opportunities for people living with disabilities". SJCS-DC is predicated on the tenets that all individuals have the inalienable rights and abilities to be viable, participating, economically and socially empowered members of society. To this end the services and operations of SJCS-DC are designed to promote the full community inclusion of individuals with disabilities through a process that is person centered and demonstrates the utmost respect, dignity and value for individuals with disabilities and their families. SJCS-DC seeks to empower individuals with disabilities and their families through the provision of training, information, experiences, and support that further their capabilities and independence. To this end SJCS-DC stresses choices and meaningful decision making by individuals with disabilities throughout service delivery planning and implementation.

A Wider Circle
9159 Brookville Road , Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-608-3504 (voice) | 301-608-3508 (fax)

A Wider Circle assists individuals and families in transition by providing:

  • Free enrollment in intensive, multi-session job preparedness, financial planning, stress management, nutrition, and parenting
  • Homegoods to formerly homeless families and veterans
  • Emergency response for new mothers, victims of fires or crime
  • Shelter enhancements (e.g., painting and landscaping)
  • Holiday food baskets and toys

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