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Brain Injury
Cerebral Palsy
Child Development
Child Services
Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disorders Resources
Down Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Government Agencies
Head Injury
Health Portals
Hearing and Speech

Library Web Sites Related to Developmental Disorders
Other Programs & Agencies
Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury
Prader-Willi Syndrome
Research on Disabilities
Special Education
Specific Disabilities

Disability Rights Activist
Compilation of information and resources for activists and self-advocates on a variety of issues related to disability rights.

The Virtual Activist
California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting use of the Internet for effective grassroots citizen action campaigns, and to educating the public, policy makers, and the media about technology policy issues

Real Clout!
A how-to manual for community-based activists trying to expand healthcare access by changing public policy. Available through The Access Project (617-654-9911).

Disability Grapevine
Daily online newspaper, delivered via e-mail, devoted to disability news and commentary. Presented by the Institute for Cultural Research for People with Disabilities (ICRPWD)

Justice For All
E-mail notification of action alerts related to Congressional legislative issues impacting people with disabilities.

The National Parent Network on Disabilities
The National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND) provides a presence and national voice for families of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

The Arc
Online access to facts, resources, advocacy information and news for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities.

Advocacy / Legislative Developmental Disorders Links
U.S. Senate
Information on the U.S. Constitution and other information about the U.S. government.

Advocacy Organizations
The Council For Disability Rights
Advancing rights and enhancing lives of people with disabilities.

A special education community where parents and professionals share information and offer support.

Partners in Policy
Partners is an innovative, competency based leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities
Comprehensive Web site for disability-related news and information.

American With Disabilities Act Technical Assistance
Comprehensive resource for information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible information technology.

PATH (Parents Available To Help)
Parent-to-Parent Network

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Children's Defense Fund
A voice for all children.

Connecticut Parents Plus
A resource of useful links to assist families in finding additional services for their children with special health care needs.

Disabled Peoples' International
A network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.

Down Syndrome Research Online Advocacy Group
A non-profit scientific and educational effort aimed at increasing public understanding and support for scientific and medical research into Down Syndrome.

Easter Seals
Dedicated to helping children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities achieve their full individual potential and future independence.

Family Voices
A resource of useful links to assist families in finding additional services for their children with special health care needs.

National Organization on Disability
In addition to keeping you up to date on the most recent developments of the National Organization on Disability's (NOD), the NOD Web site provides you with the latest in disability-related news, information and resources.

S.D. Advocacy Services
To protect and advocate the rights of South Dakotans with disabilities through legal, administrative, and other remedies.

Native American Advocacy Project
Providing support to the developing role of Native American consumers (persons with all types of disabilities) and their family members in system planning, decision- making, networking, advocacy, and service development for these populations.

S.D. Parent Connection
Information and assistance for families of children with disabilities.

Speaking For Ourselves
A non-profit organization, Speaking for Ourselves is a pioneer in self-advocacy for people with disabilities. 

The ArcLink
Provides customized, specific information on the various sources of assistance available to individuals with disabilities and their families.

The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
Provides professionals, educators, policy makers, and families with education, training, and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Voice of the Retarded
To unite people in advocacy; to educate and assist families, organizations, public official, and individuals concerned with the quality of life and choice for persons with mental retardation within residential options. This includes home, community residences, congregate and institutional settings.

Child Advocate
Become a child advocate to help prevent child abuse

 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Links to health and human services.

The Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI) Program
Seeks to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, including those who are concurrently affected by substance abuse.

National Association on Alcohol, Drugs and Disability Inc.
Promotes awareness and education about substance abuse among people with co-existing disabilities.

Arts and Disability
Sprout Film Festival
Film and video related to the field of developmental disabilities.

National Institute of Art & Disabilities
Provides an art program that promotes creativity, independence, dignity, and community integration for people with developmental and other disabilities.

Passion Works Studio
Inspiring and liberating the human spirit through the arts.

VSA Arts
Creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

Asperger's Syndrome
Creating opportunities and fostering success in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Asperger's Disorder
Resource page.

KidsHealth for Parents: Apserger Syndrome
Providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

Assistive Technology
A statewide program of resources and support that enable individuals in South Dakota greater access to assistive technology devices and services, to maintain independence, to explore funding options, and to become educated about assistive technology issues.

ABILITY Magazine
For people with disabilities, ABILITY Magazine features the latest information on health, new technologies, the ADA, employment opportunities, human interest stories, travel, leisure, and more.

Your Source for Assistive Technology Information.

Alliance for Technology Access
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based resource centers, developers, vendors, and others dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

Virtual Assistive Technology Center
Putting computers within reach of individuals with disabilities.

"Autism: Interventions and Strategies for Success"
Cooperative Educational Service Agency #7/Department of Special Education/Susan Stokes, Autism Consultant

Closing the Gap
Closing The Gap provides objective information about assistive technology products for children and adults with special needs.

The Family Center on Technology and Disabilities
The Family Center on Technology and Disabilities supports families of children and youth with disabilities, and educators, organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities, by providing a range of information and services on assistive technologies.

Infinitec: Infinite Potential through Assistive Technology
Infinitec, Inc. is a joint effort of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago and United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington D.C.

Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center
ITTATC was created to increase the availability of accessible technology in the U.S., focusing, in particular, on improving the accessibility and usability of information and telecommunication technology, such as computers, websites, and telephones, and office technology, such as copiers and fax machines.

"Assistive Technology for Children who have Cerebral Palsy: Augmentation Communication Devices"
Alisa Beth Kahn, New Horizons for Learning

The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
RESNA is an interdisciplinary association dedicated to improving the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. The organization does this through research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.

Provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.

Family Center on Technology and Disability
A resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
To improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology.

Easter Seal Society of S.D. Inc.
To create solutions that change the lives of children, adults and families with disabilities or other needs; to promote disability prevention and awareness.

Autism Network International
An autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people. 

Autism Speaks
A Web site of resources and information on autism.

Autism Distance Education Network
Providing quality services for persons with autism-spectrum disorders.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support
Information for families of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and related disorders, educators who teach children with AS,  professionals  working with individuals diagnosed with AS,  and individuals with AS who are seeking support.

Autism National Committee
Dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches.

Autism Research Institute
Resource guide

Center for the Study of Autism
Provides information about autism to parents and professionals. Also conducts research on the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions.

Autism Society of America
The voice of the autism community.

Cooperative Educational Service Agency
Assists districts with services they would otherwise have difficulty providing, or services that are mandated by state or federal government.

FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment)
Non-profit organization of parents, educators, and other professionals dedicated to providing world-class education, advocacy and support for the Northern California Autism Community.

Autism Research Foundation
A multi-disciplinary clinic dedicated to helping those with neurological disorders.

MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Dedicated to providing information and advice to families of more advanced individuals with autism, Asperger Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder.

Relationship Development Interventions
Treatment program for autism spectrum disorders.

TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication)
Focusing on the person with autism and the development of a program around this person's skills, interests, and needs.

Brain Injury
Brain Injury Association, Inc.
Serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Cerebral Palsy
CP Resource Center
A group of parents, caregivers and others who work with children with cerebral palsy.

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
A multidisciplinary scientific society devoted to the study of cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities, promoting professional education for the treatment and management of these conditions, and to improving the quality of life for people with these disabilities.

March of Dimes
To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Reduce the burden of neurological disease.

Child Development
Human Growth Foundation
Helps children and adults with disorders related to growth or growth hormone through research, education, support and advocacy.

I Am Your Child
Information and resources for parents who want to take action for their children.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Promoting excellence in early childhood education.

Child Services
S.D. Medical Assistance
Provides services to eligible recipients under Title XIX or Medicaid and Title XXI or CHIP through enrolled providers.

Children and Adults with ADD,ADHD disorder
Providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.

Respite Care Program
S.D. respite program

Children's Special Health Services
To improve health care services for South Dakota children with special health care needs.

Child Care Services/Child Protection Services
Help children, families, individuals, elderly citizens, and people with disabilities through some of the most difficult times in their lives with the programs and services we provide.

Help for children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities.

Child Development Institute
Interesting facts about learning disabilities as well as uncovering some of the myths. Practical solutions to help children and adolescents with learning disabilities greatly improve their academic achievement as well as their self-esteem.
Information and resources on cerebral palsy.

Developmental Disabilities
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Supports people with developmental disabilities and their families in a manner that is flexible, responsive to individual needs, and promotes inclusion, growth and choice, enhances productivity, and is cost effective.

S.D. Council on Developmental Disabilities
Assisting people with developmental disabilities to control their own destiny and to achieve the quality of life they desire.

Developmental Disorders Resources
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
We serve the nation as a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA--the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities); and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The FamilyEducation Network is a resource that may be of particular interest to parents.

Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities (Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.)
The Institute for The Study of Developmental Disabilities provides leadership that enables communities to include, support, and empower people with disabilities and family members.

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by reducing birth defects and infant mortality.

Down Syndrome
National Organization for Rare Disorders
NORD is a federation of more than 140 not-for-profit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders and disabilities.

Down Syndrome Educational Trust
A registered charity, based in the UK, and a recognized leader in scientific research into the development and education of individuals with Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome Information Network
Offers a range of information resources and online services to the international Down Syndrome community.

Down Syndrome Health Issues
Portal on Down Syndrome.

National Association for Down Syndrome
Serves individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.

Math and Reading Help
Math and Reading Help for Kids is a directory of hundreds of original articles, tips, and resources centered on the topic of children's learning. Although the articles in this site are primarily written to help parents make informed decisions about their child's education, there is also a comprehensive Just for Kids section containing dozens of articles written for a younger audience.

Council for Exceptional Children
The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

U.S. Department of Education
Access to comprehensive information on education and educational policy in the United States, including special education.

Office of Special Education Programs
Information related to IDEA and its interpretation and implementation. Site offers policy information, research and statistics.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Hundreds of education resources supported by agencies across the U.S. government.

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Information and resources related to IDEA.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) aligns IDEA with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), helping to ensure equity, accountability and excellence in education for children with disabilities. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has developed 19 topic briefs related to high-interest areas of IDEA 2004, including all relevant statutory language around that topic, the citations and cross-references to other, related briefs.

Education Law Resource Center
The Center provides information to help parents and educators to better understand legal requirements and meet individual student needs. Topics include special education, physical restraints, and the No Child Left Behind law.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Access to more than one million pieces of information related to education of individuals with developmental disabilities or those who are gifted. National network co-sponsored by U.S. Department of Education and Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

Family and Advocates for Parental Education/FAPE
The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, was created to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Gentle Teaching
Non-violent approach to teaching children and adults with special needs.

IDEA Practices
Information, tips and ideas related to IDEA and its implementation.

National Institute for Urban School Improvement
Extensive library of resources, research, publications and online sites related to inclusive education.

LD Resources
This site has been providing resources for people with learning disabilities since 1995.

National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE)
Dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with children in special education by giving them numerous resources within the field of special education. By having an association that they can truly call their own, parents with children in special education now have an association that is completely devoted to their needs. NAPCSE advances and strengthens its community through networking, research, publications, and membership benefits.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). If you have children with disabilities and don't know where to turn for assistance, make this your first stop.

Reed Martin
Web site of one of the United States' leading experts in special education law. Site includes access to publications, parent discussion groups and educational products.

Federal Resource Center for Special Education
Nationwide technical assistance network responding to the needs of students with disabilities, especially students from under-represented populations. Addresses major federal legislation, links to federal agencies administering special education programs, IDEA and related publications.
Free information, resources, publications and support to children, and parents of children, who struggle with learning. Funded by the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation.

Sensory Integration Resource Center
Current information resources and resources related to sensory integration issues.

Special Education News
Round-up of recent articles related to special education. Organized by interest.

Site for accurate, up-to-date information related to advocacy for special education and special education law.

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities
This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own.

Parent Training and Information Centers
Parent centers help families obtain appropriate educational services for their children, provide training and information on a variety of topics, and connect children with disabilities with community resources.

Epilepsy Foundation
Works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.
Resources, networks, and information on epilepsy.

National Society for Epilepsy
Our page for young people with epilepsy tells you about treatment and the other issues involved. Social life, contraception, school and college, driving...and more.

Epilepsy Education Association
Dedicated to promoting education about epilepsy.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Assisting people with disabilities and medical concerns to prepare for disasters.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence
Federal initiative devoted to preventing and treating fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

FAS World
An international alliance of parents and professionals who do not want to see any more children, teenagers and adults struggle with birth defects caused when their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy.

Government Agencies
Web site for centralized information on federal government disability issues.

The official website for searching the U.S. government

The Access Board
Providing access to our electronic and information technology, including web pages, for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Administration on Developmental Disabilities
Responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
A diverse group of severe chronic conditions that are due to mental and/or physical impairments.

S.D. Board of Regents
Provides leadership and sets policies for the programs and services delivered  through its six universities and  two special schools.  

S.D. Dept. of Human Services
Promotes the highest level of independence for all individuals regardless of disability or disorder.

S.D. Dept. of Health
News and information relating to health issues.

S.D. Dept. of Social Services
Helping children, families, individuals, elderly citizens, and people with disabilities through some of the most difficult times in their lives with  programs and services.

Head Injury
U.S. Dept. of Justice - Americans with Disabilities Act
Information and assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Health Portals
Brain Injury Society
Federally-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation committed to empowering persons living with conditions caused by a brain injury.

Medline Plus
Directs you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

Resources on disabilities.
Portal to the Web sites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal departments and agencies.
Guide to reliable health information.

Guide to disability resources on the Internet, organized by site popularity, alphabet, type of disability and state.

Providing useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of the Mayo Clinic.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Comprehensive information on Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP, including coverage, laws, regulations and an extensive resource section.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health.

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Research tool for collecting demographic and other health-related data about this population, and making state-by-state comparisons.

National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Provides extensive information on health-care-law affecting low-income people. Site is updated daily with health law news, legislative analysis, and health-law Internet links.

Healthy People 2010
Health-care information and publications that challenge individuals, communities, and professionals to take specific steps to ensure good health is enjoyed by everyone.

Online Health Services
Directory of disabilities-related Web sites.

American Psychological Association
Responsible for making disability eligibility determinations on the basis of mental retardation and a host of other factors.

Adolescent Health Transition Project
Helping smooth the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs.

Husky Health Care Program
Helping all children who don't have health insurance.

Comprehensive directory of both private and public community resources and services.

Hearing and Speech
National Institute of Mental Health
Reducing the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.

House Ear Institute
Advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Information
Improving the lives of people who have a communication disorder.

National Center for Stuttering
Information and resources on stuttering.

Stuttering Foundation of America
Free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.

National Museum of American History: The Disability Rights Movement
Virtual exhibit available through the Smithsonian Institute converted from a live exhibit that physically existed from July 2000 through July 2001. Exhibit covers the disability rights movement, technology, mobility, the ADA, the parents movement and other topics.

The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement
The U.C. Berkeley's Web site on the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement. Includes a collection of primary sources exploring the social and political history of the disability movement from the 1960s to the present. Includes oral history.

History of Special Education
Overview of the history of special education from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Center on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC).

Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project
Four-hour radio series focusing on people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
A national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities.
Online connection to the federal government's disability-related information and resources.

The Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum has no bricks and mortar. The virtual museum is home to a searchable, theme-based digital collection of documents and images related to disability history in the U.S.  Artifacts are drawn from public and private collections around the country.

Disability Resources Monthly WebWatcher: History of Disability
Online review of resources and web sites related to the history of people with disabilities.

Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF) - A History of Section 504
History of Section 504, including eyewitness accounts.

Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement
Key events, persons and social conditions contributing to development of eugenics--the effort to breed better humans. Presented through essays and images.

Kids As Self Advocates: Disability History and Culture
National, grassroots network of youth with disabilities and needs (and our friends) created to spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues.

LD Online
Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers and other professionals.

With an Eye to the Past
Presentation celebrating the contributions Minnesotans have made to improve the care and quality of life of thousands of Minnesotans with developmental disabilities.

Chronology of the Disability Rights Movement
Chronological overview of the Disability Rights Movement in the U.S., from 1817 through 1996.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
An overview of federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Learning Disorders
Disabilities Studies Online Magazine
List of books and resources for educators.

Learning Disability Association of America 
Provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.

Law, Health Policy & Disability Center
An emerging leader in law, technology, education and research. Focused on improving the quality of life for persons living with disabilities.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents.

National Guardianship Association
Establish and promote a nationally recognized standard of excellence in guardianship

Library Web Sites Related to Developmental Disorders
Provides parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys with reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

National Institutes of Health Library
Information about its collection and services.

National Library of Education
Hub of national network of libraries, archives, and other information-providers in the field of education.

Library of Congress
Information and materials from its collection.

The National Library of Medicine's search service.

National Library of Medicine
Access the resources of the National Library of Medicine, the world's largest biomedical library. Located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., the National Library of Medicine is the world's largest medical library.

Exceptional Parent Magazine
Information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Disability History Museum
Promotes understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories.

Disability World
To improve the situation of disabled children, youth and adults in developing and poor countries by including them as a target group within all programs aimed at poverty reduction and increased equity.

Enabled Online
Information and resources on people with disabilities.

A disability community.

Covers news, current affairs, new products and technology, profiles of movers and shakers, education, employment, sexuality and relationships, housing, transportation, travel and recreation.

On A Roll Radio
Speaker Greg Smith--muscular distrophy

A guide to all your health problems.

Harvard Health Publications
To bring the public, around the world, the most current practical, authoritative health information, drawing on the expertise of the 8,000 faculty physicians at the Harvard Medical School and its world-famous affiliated hospitals.

Portal of WebMD.

Other Programs & Agencies
National Center for Health Statistics
Rich source of information about America's health.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of S.D.
Making very special wishes come true for South Dakota children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities
This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own. Here you can learn more about the five important steps in buying a home and about financial assistance programs that are available for you living with disabilities, who want to buy a home.

Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury
Special Olympics of S.D.
Provides year-round sports training and athletics competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children (8 years and older) and adults with mental handicaps or closely related developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
Facts and resources on central nervous system disorders.

Prader-Willi Syndrome
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Leading the way in maximizing the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and diseases.

International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization
Committed to enhancing the quality of life for people with PWS and their families, giving our special children the best possible opportunities for living their lives to the fullest.

America's Athletes With Disabilities
To initiate, stimulate and promote the overall growth and development of sports, recreation, leisure, health and fitness activities for persons with physical disabilities; targeting programs and services for children and newly disabled adults in a manner similar to the sports and recreational opportunities afforded non-disabled children and adults throughout America.

Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association
Committed to enhancing the opportunities for people with cerebral palsy or a related neurological condition to participate in the sport or leisure activity of their choosing.

Kids Camps
Resource to finding disability camps in your area.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
Information center concerned with physical activity and disability.

National Disability Sports Alliance
Serving individuals with physical disabilities in the areas of sports, fitness and recreation.

Special Olympics
Providing year-round sports training and athletic competition to more than 2.25 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries.

Research on Disabilities
Accessible Recreational Travel
Offers affordable, quality vacations to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Center on Human Development and Disability
Makes important contributions to the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, through a comprehensive array of research, clinical services, training, community outreach, and dissemination activities.

Resources for caregivers of children with special needs.

Individualized Funding Information Resources
Provides comprehensive information about the development of ways that people with disabilities can gain control over the funds to pay for needed community services and supports.

It's My Life: Corporation for Public Broadcasting
It's My Life addresses issues children and teens deal with every day. Includes informative articles, personal stories, games and activities, quizzes, polls, video clips and advice from older kids and experts.

Axis Disability Rights
Links to disability sites and resources related to inclusive education, employment and relationships, compiled by consultants Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift.

SABE (Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered)
Information, resources and news for self-advocates.

Disability Advocacy: Suite 101
Information on disability rights and advocacy, featuring recent articles, discussion groups and resources.

Special Education
National Program Office on Self-determination
List of resources

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004

All Kinds of Minds
Non-profit institute helping students  who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise.

Office of Special Education Programs
Improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, ages birth through 21, by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

International Journal of Special Education
Articles on special education.

New Horizons for Learning
International network of people, programs, and products dedicated to successful, innovative learning.

Office of Indian Education Programs
Providing quality education opportunities from early childhood through life.

PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
To expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Partners in Education
Self-study course designed to help parents of children with developmental disabilities navigate the special education system and help their children make the most of their potential.

Specific Disabilities
Washington PAVE (Parents Are Vital in Education)
A parent-directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities.

Batten Disease and Research Association
International support and research networking organization for families of children and young adults with an inherited neurological degenerative disorder known as Batten Disease.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
To assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis (CF) and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Huntington's Disease Society of America
Promotes and supports research to find a cure, helping families and communities affected by this disease and educating the public and healthcare professionals about HD.

National Lymphedema Network
Non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.

National Down Syndrome Congress
Provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down Syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society hotline
To benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy.

National Neurofibromatosis Foundation
Research, information, and resources on neurofibromatosis.

National Fragile X Foundation
Unites the Fragile X community to enrich lives through educational and emotional support, promote public and professional awareness, and advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X.

National Multiple Scelerosis Society
To promote research, educate, advocate on critical issues, and organize a wide range of programs-including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS.

National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, Inc.
Become better informed about this disease and spread the word to others.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
An organization of parents and others who are making a difference in the lives of those with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation
First citizen group to generate a concerted, organized lay movement to eradicate Reye's Syndrome.

Spina Bifida Association of America
Information and resources on spina bifida.

Spondylitis Association of America
A leader in the quest to cure ankloysing spondylitis and related diseases, and to empower those affected to live life to the fullest.

Sturge-Weber Disease Foundation
Comprehensive resource for all individuals interested in birthmarks, Sturge-Weber and Klippel-Trenaunay.

Tuberous Sclerosis Association
National voluntary health organization for the genetic disorder known as tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).

Tourette Syndrome Association
To identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome.

Turner's Syndrome Society of the United States
Creates awareness, promotes research, and provides support for all persons touched by Turners Syndrome.

United Cerebral Palsy Association
Leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability.

Special Education Programs Office-Pierre
Coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability promoting the movement from school to post-school activities.

National Youth Leadership Network
Promoting leadership development and education in the pursuit of ensuring that all youth with disabilities have the opportunity to attain their maximum, unique and personal potential.

Parents Helping Parents
Non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit agency meets the needs of one of our community's most vulnerable populations-children with any special need, and their families.

Project Skills
A paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota.

Transition services liason project
A coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability promoting the movement from school to post-school activities.

Transition Coalition
Online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for youth.<

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